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HP hops on the OpenFlow train with 16 new switches

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Programmable networks could mean less downtime. HP is following other big systems makers into the world of software defined networking with a line of 16 OpenFlow-enabled switches. That’s a pretty serious commitment to OpenFlow, a protocol that helps take the intelligence associated with routing packets off of the high-priced switching...
HP hops on the OpenFlow train with 16 new switches

More choice in the UK: Sky's NOW TV movie subscription service lands on Roku devices

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NOW TV, the internet TV service powered by Sky that offers customers subscription-based access to Sky Movies, is now available on Roku streaming players. More specifically, NOW TV is available from today on Roku LT and Roku 2 XS boxes, which are both available in the UK for £49.99 and...
More choice in the UK: Sky's NOW TV movie subscription service lands on Roku devices
Remote control: why is turning on the TV still so hard?

Steve Jobs Predicted Siri and the App Store In 1983 (AAPL)

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In 1983, Steve Jobs appeared at an event called the International Design Conference in Aspen to speak to a crowd of artists and designers on the theme "The Future Isn't What It Used To Be." Life, Liberty, and Technology has posted an audio recording of his full presentation. (Previously, only...
Steve Jobs Predicted Siri and the App Store In 1983 (AAPL)

iTunes Festival 2012 Live Streaming App Appears on Apple TV

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Back in May, Apple announced that its annual iTunes Festival in London would be moving to September for 2012, with the event once again offering 30 days of free concerts at The Roundhouse. While tickets to the shows have been awarded on a lottery basis, Apple this year is offering...
iTunes Festival 2012 Live Streaming App Appears on Apple TV

Hands-on with Toshiba's new LED Cloud TVs and Media Box with Blu-ray

www.engadget.com
Although a mixer isn't exactly the best place to spend quality time with new TVs and Blu-ray players, we did take advantage of the time with the new hardware that was on display at Toshiba's CES party. We saw new a few Media Boxes with Blu-ray as well as...
Hands-on with Toshiba's new LED Cloud TVs and Media Box with Blu-ray

Google Shows Off Its Latest "Baby Steps" Toward Becoming the Star Trek Computer

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On Wednesday, Google announced new natural-language voice search on iOS, new, touch-friendly Web interfaces for its answers, and an ambitious, voluntary experiment to bring your Gmail messages into search results. Google wants to be like the Star Trek computer when it grows up, letting us ask questions naturally about anything...
Google Shows Off Its Latest "Baby Steps" Toward Becoming the Star Trek Computer

Samsung's eeeny-weeny Galaxy Pocket is examined under the FCC's magnifying glass

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Once those wags at the FCC had finished joking about how difficult the Galaxy Pocket is to see with the human eye, it was time to get examining. Samsung's cellphone with a 2.8-inch display was revealed to be packing GSM 850 / 1900 and UMTS Band V radios that'll...
Samsung's eeeny-weeny Galaxy Pocket is examined under the FCC's magnifying glass

Plex reaches Roku media boxes in channel form

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Plex on Tuesday said its custom media interface had reached Roku's Internet Players for the first time. The new version shows as a Roku Channel Store option and brings a new, streamlined version of the interface within its self-contained section. All subscribed channels are available, as well as access to...
Plex reaches Roku media boxes in channel form

Spotify now streaming to premium customers on TiVo Premiere boxes

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Spotify is continuing its bid for electronic ubiquity, today announcing yet another device its streaming tunes will be available on: TiVo Premiere. The Premiere series of set top boxes from TiVo come in a variety of flavors, but it sounds like the service should work on any of the...
Spotify now streaming to premium customers on TiVo Premiere boxes

Tumblr wins Tumblr.co.uk after former owner is unresponsive to the dispute

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According to reports from Domain Name Wire, NYC-based blogging service Tumblr has finally got its grips on Tumblr.co.uk, following a dispute with UK-based domain name registrar, Nominet. The former owner, Paul Guerin, never responded to the dispute, which allowed Nominet to “issue a summary decision.” From Domain Name Wire: With .uk disputes, unlike .com...
Tumblr wins Tumblr.co.uk after former owner is unresponsive to the dispute

LG may bring Google TVs to Korea, China soon; seeing 'good returns' in the US

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While Eric Schmidt's proclamation that "most" new TVs would have Google TV embedded last year didn't come true, LG stated today that it's bringing the platform to more regions soon. The Korea Times reports an unnamed company executive at the KCTA Digital Cable Show stated the platform is yielding...
LG may bring Google TVs to Korea, China soon; seeing 'good returns' in the US

Box Of Awesome, The 'Free Birchbox For Kids', Targets Girls With Box Of OMG!

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Having proven the concept, Dylan Collins’ Box Of Awesome, which we previously described as a “free Birchbox for kids“, is launching a new box targeting 8-14 year-old girls only — a move that feels like a very logical next step. Similar to the original BOA, which launched last month, the...
Box Of Awesome, The 'Free Birchbox For Kids', Targets Girls With Box Of OMG!

Marvel brings a gig to WiFi with new 802.11ac 4x4 system-on-chip

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If you need data to flow more copiously than your current wireless connection will permit, Marvell has just announced a new WiFi product that might let you finally cut the cord. The Avastar 88W8864 802.11ac "4x4" SoC will permit WLAN products to stream data at up to 1.3Gbps using...
Marvel brings a gig to WiFi with new 802.11ac 4x4 system-on-chip
Samsung's Video Discovery app turns your tablet into a super-sized TV remote

Microsoft's Great Patent Application: Xbox Achievements For Watching Advertising

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You may recall the concern some have raised over Smart TVs, those internet connected glowing boxes with cameras ripe for exploits that would allow hackers to watch you watch TV. Supposedly less nefarious were concerns over technology that would allow those same Smart TVs to recognize when you had...
Microsoft's Great Patent Application: Xbox Achievements For Watching Advertising
eBay listing claims to have every game from 22 classic consoles, asks for €999,999.99
TiVo tweaks pricing on Premiere lineup, updates Premiere model with 500GB storage

Crazy-Stupid Or The Future? SoPost Wants To Turn Your Twitter Handle Into A Physical Address

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Chalk this one up as crazy-stupid or the future: SoPost, a new UK startup launching today, is on a mission to reinvent the postal address by mapping things like Twitter handles, Facebook names, email addresses and other social IDs to a physical location to make it easier and more convenient...
Crazy-Stupid Or The Future? SoPost Wants To Turn Your Twitter Handle Into A Physical Address

Google Revamps Its Currents Mobile Newsreader App To Make It Smarter And More Scannable

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Google just launched an update to Google Currents, the company’s Flipboard competitor, that makes it easier to scan through categories and editions from Google publisher partners like The Guardian and Forbes in the app. In addition, Google says it also brought some of its search technology to the app to...
Google Revamps Its Currents Mobile Newsreader App To Make It Smarter And More Scannable

How To Get People To Use Your iPhone App Over And Over Again

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New York investor Fred Wilson recently noted that some consumer internet companies are struggling to master mobile behavior: Distribution is much harder on mobile than web and we see a lot of mobile first startups getting stuck in the transition from successful product to large user base. strong product market...
How To Get People To Use Your iPhone App Over And Over Again
Steve Jobs details drug use, phone hacking, and more in Department of Defense docs

Agawi and Marvell team up to bring cloud-based gaming to Android set-top boxes

www.engadget.com
It's like a match made in heaven. Agawi and Marvell have partnered up to combine a cloud-based gaming platform with the equipment that powers many popular Google TV devices. Together, both companies will offer a white-label Android gaming solution to OEMs, internet and cable providers, game publishers and retailers....
Agawi and Marvell team up to bring cloud-based gaming to Android set-top boxes

TiVo Will Bring Slingbox-Like Streaming To Your iOS Device This Summer (AAPL)

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TiVo has unveiled a new box called the TiVo Stream that will transcode your recorded video and stream it over the internet to your iOS device, reports ZDNet. Users also have the option to store converted video on their devices for offline viewing. The Stream doesn't replace your DVR, however....
TiVo Will Bring Slingbox-Like Streaming To Your iOS Device This Summer (AAPL)

'iPad 3' cases shipping to Best Buy ahead of Apple's announcement - report

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Best Buy stores have reportedly begun to receive cases sealed in boxes for Apple's third-generation iPad ahead of Wednesday's anticipated unveiling....
'iPad 3' cases shipping to Best Buy ahead of Apple's announcement - report

LinkedIn user alerts mistakenly blocked as spam

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Many of the LinkedIn emails alerts instructing users on how to reset passwords accessed by hackers were dumped into spam boxes, according to email security vendor Cloudmark....
LinkedIn user alerts mistakenly blocked as spam
Intel seeks an alternate way into your living room with Atom CE5300 for set-top boxes

Walmart Workers Post Video Of Themselves Destroying iPads, Then Promptly Get Fired

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Walmart employees posted a video of themselves destroying merchandise in a Kentucky Walmart, reports NBC station WLEX18. "This is why you don't buy an iPad from Walmart," says a man at the beginning of a video. The workers then proceed to chuck boxes across what looks like a stockroom, slamming...
Walmart Workers Post Video Of Themselves Destroying iPads, Then Promptly Get Fired
Facebook Is Testing A New Way To Format Your Profile Page (FB)

Letters: Off the record

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I am growing tired of your constant hagiography of record shops (Got any Sam Fox?, G2, 16 April). I have been buying records for 30 years and since the day I foolishly asked for a copy of Love Song by The Damned "with Dracula on the cover" (it was lead...
Letters: Off the record
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