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'Jurassic World' official trailer is here: Killer dinos are back

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Nov 2014 19:45

'Jurassic World' official trailer is here: Killer dinos are back Universal has dropped the new "Jurassic World" trailer two days ahead of time, finally giving fans a look at the movie outside of tiny teaser trailers and set pics.

In the video, the park is open to the public and is wildly popular, but of course that is never enough and the scientists and engineers behind the rebirth of the dinosaurs have created a genetically modified hybrid that, of course, starts running wild and killing things.

Reads the video's small blurb: "Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers."

The movie hits theaters next June.

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Get all 'Angry Birds' games for free on Windows Phone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Nov 2014 18:22

Get all 'Angry Birds' games for free on Windows Phone As the popularity of their franchise games wanes, Rovio has made all of their Angry Birds game free for Windows Phone users.

Among the included freebies are hits like the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Epic, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars, Bad Piggies and Angry Birds Roost.

Notably absent is the latest in the series, Angry Birds Transformers, which is still not available for the platform but will be early next year. It is also expected to be free.

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VLC for Windows Phone now in beta

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Nov 2014 12:35

VLC for Windows Phone now in beta Although the limited beta invites quickly got eaten up, Windows Phone users can look forward to being able to use the VLC media player in the near future.

The media player is one of the most popular for Windows, given its feature set, software acceleration and ability to play nearly everything thrown at it.

Videolan, the team behind VLC, created a desktop Windows VLC with the modern/metro style for Windows 8 but there have been issues building the software for ARM devices.

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BT looking to buy back O2

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Nov 2014 16:40

BT looking to buy back O2 British Telecom (BT) appears to be in talks to buy back major UK carrier O2, the company it sold back in 2005 for 18 billion.

Telefonica, of Spain, was the acquirer and could sell the carrier back in exchange for a 20 percent stake in BT as a whole. The "strategic alliance" could benefit the pair, say early reports.

The report did note that talks are still early, and could fall apart.

In a statement, BT added that they are "assessing the merits of an acquisition of a mobile network operator in the UK," without mentioning any names.

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Yahoo acquire mobile photo app maker Cooliris

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Nov 2014 16:20

Yahoo acquire mobile photo app maker Cooliris Yahoo has acquired yet another startup, the photo app maker Cooliris.

Colliris was founded in 2006 and created the "3D wall" for easier navigation of photos and media content from different sources. The company now has a popular mobile app of the same name that allows you to do the same: browse photos from across services. Included are your social media sites like Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Instagram and Dropbox

Yahoo will keep all 17 employees of the company but it is unclear what Yahoo will use the company or its products for.

Says Cooliris of the acquisition: "Cooliris is passionate about creating fast, fluid mobile experiences for content and communication as exemplified by our newest product, BeamIt. Yahoo has a clear vision and unwavering commitment to making mobile an intuitive and effortless experience.

This makes Yahoo the perfect partner for Cooliris, and we are excited to come together to bring indispensable products to a worldwide audience.
Cooliris for Mobile and BeamIt Messenger will continue to work as usual for the time being.

We are grateful to our users, mentors, investors, and partners. We have been committed to building innovative products for you, and are pleased that CoolPreviews, PicLens, the 3D Wall, Android Gallery, LiveShare, Cooliris for Mobile, and BeamIt have touched hundreds of millions of users around the world. Know that we will remain focused as we pursue our passion from our new home at Yahoo."

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WSJ: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a flop

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Nov 2014 14:56

WSJ: The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a flop According to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, the flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 is a flop, selling nearly 40 percent lower than the company expected.

Samsung is said to have increased production of the device by 20 percent compared to last year's popular Galaxy S4, but sold just 12 million units in its first 90 days. By comparison, the S4 sold 16 million in the same time frame.

With profits down and innovation waning, the report claims that Samsung could be looking to shake up its high-level executive team, giving current TV/home electronics CEO B.K. Yoon the Samsung Mobile business, as well. Samsung Mobile currently has its own CEO: J.K. Shin.

Earlier this month, the company also confirmed that it would be reducing the amount of phones it introduces by up to 30 percent, looking to focus more on a smaller pool. Samsung has already introduced 56 smartphones this year, well above its competition.

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Google shuts down their Glass tech support retail shops

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Nov 2014 14:29

Google shuts down their Glass tech support retail shops Google has confirmed the shut down of their "Basecamp" physical stores from which the company offered support for Google Glass headsets.

Spencer Kleyweg seemingly confirmed the move via his Google+ page. Kleyweg explained: "Google Glass Basecamps are the home to demos and one-to-one appointments for Glass. With only four locations (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and London) they specialized in showcasing Google's wearable device across the US and a section of Europe. People interested in Glass or Explorers needing support could schedule an appointment at one of the Basecamps. Within the past week I have noticed that the page used to schedule said appointments shows no availability for all the Basecamps.

I contacted Glass Support to see if it was a glitch or if they were no longer taking appointments to which they confirmed that the Basecamps are no longer taking appointments."


In reality, it appears that Google, which is now selling the device online to anyone who wishes to shell out $1500, does not need the stores any more nor the cost. Consumers can purchase and have it shipped next day air, avoiding the need to pick it up at a Basecamp. Additionally, Google offers phone tech support. It is unclear how many early adopters have picked up Glass, but judging by recent developer sentiment, that number is likely low.

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T-Mobile adds more music streaming to its list of streaming services that don't count towards data caps

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Nov 2014 14:09

T-Mobile adds more music streaming to its list of streaming services that don't count towards data caps Earlier this year, T-Mobile made waves by announcing that its customer's data caps would no longer be affected by music streaming.

Unfortunately, the "Music Freedom" program only launched with a few services including Spotify, iTunes Radio, Pandora, Songza and Rdio and iHeartRadio (most of the biggies), and the carrier has now doubled the services that will be exempt from eating up your precious data.

T-Mobile has added Google Play Music (thankfully), Xbox Music, SoundCloud, RadioTunes, Live365, Mad Genius Radio, radioPup, radio.com, Fit Radio, Fresca Radio, JAZZRADIO, ROCKRADIO, and Saavn to the program, effective immediately.

To take advantage, you must be on the Simple Choice or Pay in Advance plans, and the carrier notes that it does not work when roaming or when using a Mobile Hotspot to tether.

Notably, Beats Music remains unavailable, although that seems to be mainly due to lack of a big enough subscriber base asking for it.

T-Mobile did add an interesting tidbit of info with the press release, stating: "The number of T-Mobile customers streaming music each day has jumped nearly 300%, and they're streaming a whopping 66 million songs per day − or roughly 200 terabytes of data per day."

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Google giving all new Chromebook buyers 1TB of free storage for two years

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Nov 2014 23:10

Google giving all new Chromebook buyers 1TB of free storage for two years Google says they are getting in the holiday spirit and passing on a great deal for consumers.

All new Chromebook buyers will get 1TB of free Google Drive storage, good for two years - double the normal promotional period for such offers.

Says Google: "Chromebooks make day-to-day computing fast, simple and secure, whether you're searching for a great pumpkin pie recipe or sharing a family photo from Google Drive. And now, as a bonus for the holiday season, new Chromebook buyers can get 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years -- almost $240 in value -- absolutely free.

That's enough space to keep more than 100,000 awkward holiday sweater pics safe and shareable in Drive. With that much free storage, you can use your Chromebook for work, play and pretty much everything else you'll do this holiday season.

The 1TB comes with the purchase of a new, eligible Chromebook for as little as $199. You'll find them at these retail stores and online outlets or on Google Play. Just be sure to redeem the offer before January 1, 2015."

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HBO Go now available on Xbox One

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Nov 2014 22:35

HBO Go now available on Xbox One A year after its release, the Xbox One gaming console finally has access to HBO Go as a native app.

The streaming service gives HBO subscribers access to the company's entire catalog of movies and TV shows and the addition of the app is a big positive for the console in general as it will be the first next-gen console to feature it. HBO Go has been available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 for years.

"Xbox One users can get in on the action and 'Kinect' with HBO" said Jeff Dallesandro, HBO's vice president of digital domestic network distribution.

HBO announced earlier this year that it was building a standalone service for HBO Go, for consumers who have "cut the cord" on cable or other pay TV services.




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Aereo files for bankruptcy, confirming it is out of options

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Nov 2014 20:25

Aereo files for bankruptcy, confirming it is out of options Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, confirming that the streaming TV service is completely out of options after losing multiple court rulings.

In June, the service lost a major Supreme Court case to the big broadcasters, and from there the service has been essentially shut down while it tried different routes to make a comeback, including trying to become a cable company.

Here is Aereo's post to its subscribers and investors:

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Is Amazon getting into the travel business?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Nov 2014 15:41

Is Amazon getting into the travel business? According to a new report by Skift, Amazon is preparing to open their own travel site, including bookings at independent hotels and resorts.

Initially, Amazon Travel will launch with a few hotels that are all within a couple of hours drive of LA, NY and Seattle. The service is expected to launch in the new year, perhaps as early as January 1st.

Skift says "properties would load their room types, availability, pricing information, and photos into an Amazon extranet and would pay a standard 15% commission to Amazon for the prepaid bookings."

Each property would get notified by Amazon of any bookings, and their calendar would be updated on the extranet. Hoteliers do have the right to discount their rooms and can also negotiate with Amazon over the commission price.

Amazon told the independent hoteliers that they were selected by TripAdvisor ratings, and they had to have four stars or higher.

The massive etailer will include editorials, attractions and more at the site, to make it more consumer friendly as only Amazon can, adds the report.

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Jolla drops price of signature phone following success of Jolla Tablet

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Nov 2014 14:18

Jolla drops price of signature phone following success of Jolla Tablet Earlier this week Jolla announced a new tablet on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, and the device quickly hit its target on route to hitting $1 million raised in under two days.

Thanks to the success of the tablet, Jolla is celebrating by dropping the price of their signature Jolla phone, the first device to run the Sailfish operating system.

Originally priced at 350 euros, Jolla has dropped the price of their phone to 250 euros, a significant discount for anyone who may have been on the fence of buying the smartphone.

The Jolla phone has mid-range specs including a 4.5" IPS qHD display with Gorilla Glass 2, a Qualcomm dual-core processor at 1.4GHz, dual 8MP/2MP cameras, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a microSD slot.

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Review: The MB Chronowing smartwatch is the first with true style

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Nov 2014 14:41

Review: The MB Chronowing smartwatch is the first with true style Earlier this year, HP and popular menswear designer Michael Bastian announced they would be releasing a smartwatch that could actually be as stylish as a normal watch while still including the ability to get your notifications and other smartwatch features.

The MB Chronowing, which is available now from luxury flash sale site Gilt, is the culmination of the efforts of the designer and the tech giant, and we have been testing the watch for about a week now.

Read on to see whether the MB Chronowing is the first smartwatch worthy of investing in.

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This review will be different than our past hardware tech reviews, for the simple fact that the MB Chronowing is more of a fashion accessory than a piece of tech. There's no specs to speak of, and no touch screen. There's no mic, no speakers and there are physical buttons to take care of your dashboard needs.

In fact, the only way you can even tell the watch is a piece of tech from a far, is the back of the device, which has a proprietary charging port that allows you to charge the device via USB.

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Watch Conan hilariously try out 'World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Nov 2014 20:47

Watch Conan hilariously try out 'World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor' Twitch, as part of their Twitch Twednesday videos, have a new hilarious video of late night talk show host Conan playing the latest 'World of Warcraft', 'Warlords of Draenor.'

Conan does a popular segment called "Clueless Gamer" where the comedian plays new video games along with a more seasoned veteran. The results are often hilarious as Conan is way out of his element.

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