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Archive | June 21, 2011

Best Buy jumps the music cloud bandwagon with Music Cloud – Review

You know how it goes, iCloud, youCloud, Best Buy Cloud…In a move that reminds us strongly about crowd behavior, Best Buy launches its own music cloud in an effort to compete directly with Apple’s iCloud, Google Music or Amazon Cloud (plus several other smaller players). Called Music Cloud and powered by Catch Media’s Play Anywhere infrastructure, Best Buy’s attempt to channel your hard earned money to their pockets features pretty much the same features you would expect  – streaming music to a variety of devices including smartphones, slates and obviously, computers. Beside streaming, you can also save back the uploaded Read More…

Mozilla 5.0 released – features Do Not Track on Windows, Linux, MAC and Android

At a time when lack of privacy seems to be a given when surfing online, it is refreshing to see that some companies are still trying to protect us. Just several months after the last version and the first product of Mozilla’s rapid release development cycle, Mozilla 5.0 is out in the wild today. Beside over a thousand of fixes and improvements, one of the main features is the “Do Not Track” privacy option, a way to tell the websites to stop tracking you. Whether the option will be respected, remains to be seen, but at least is there.

Per Mozilla, Firefox 5.0 is the first browser to support “Do Not Track” across all important platforms (Windows / Linux / MAC and Android). What seems to be missing is a version for iOS, which in our opinion should qualify as an important platform considering the install base. At this point, we can only hope.

You can visit the link at the bottom to download the new Mozilla version. If you are using the previous versions on Android, you’ll get a notification to upgrade to the new 5.0 version. I just downloaded it and it works fine on my Nook Color (see the screenshots after the break). I just wish for an easy way to change the browser user agent string. Read More…

Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get some Sprint love on July 24, no 3G/4G though

Tethering through your smartphone works for you? Then save some money and skip the 3G/4G Galaxy Tab 10.1 version and get the WiFi only model. Starting on July 24th, you can pick the cheap WiFi + 16GB basic Galaxy Tab 10.1 model for around $500, no plan required (of course, Sprint will love to sign up with them and buy the MiFi router in the process), but if you already have a smartphone with a healthy data plan, don’t bother. If money is no object, wait a tad longer and get the 4G LTE version from Verizon later in the summer.

If you are still undecided as of which tablet to buy, check out our top 10 tablets article. iPad 2 is still the tablet to buy, not necessarily because of the hardware but because it still has the most tablet optimized apps by far. If you hate all things Apple though (I have a friend that does), Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the next best thing. Better hardware, thinner, lighter than iPad 2, the new tablet from Samsung is the best Android tablet to date, and that is no small thing considering how diverse the Android market has become.

Check after the break for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 full technical specs. Read More…

Deal of the Day – Amazon buy the $299 Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle get $100 credit

If these gadget deals keep coming, my blog will be transformed in a daily deal blog and I really don’t want that, so I’ll try to make this the last one for today. If you get the $299 Xbox 360 4GB Kinect bundle, Amazon will throw in a $100 credit for good measure. What can you do with a console? Well, first of all, Microsoft just released the Kinect Windows SDK, so if you have some intentions toward app development, you can get a really cheap development system and start churning source code. Or you can use to play / watch Netflix/Hulu Plus/ESPN. Even better, the XBOX 360 can work as a Windows 7 Media Center Extender, so you can play/pause/skip those recorded videos you got on the main server. What? You didn’t cut the cable cord yet? What are you waiting for? You are wasting money, man!