Posts Tagged ‘services’

iTunes to Move into the Cloud?

January 21, 2010

The latest piece of speculation courtesy of the current press-obsession with Apple is that the company could move elements of its iTunes service into the ever-nebulous “cloud.” Still, there’s more to this one than most.

It seems as though Apple is on a bit of a roll at the moment, with the world and its mother speculating on just what it is, could be or might one day build or offer through its existing services. While most of the buzz has been around the upcoming tablet offering, there’s also a lot around the iPhone’s rumoured new OS, the latest from the Wall Street Journal indicates something of a shift in the established iTunes model.

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Mozilla to Reignite Thunderbird

December 7, 2009

Mozilla has announced that it intends to give the for-pay mail clients out there a run for their money with its upcoming update to its Thunderbird client, which we’re told we can expect to revitalise a scene that’s started to look a little stagnant.

According to TheRegister’s interview with the chief of Mozilla Messaging, David Asher, the company has some fairly big plans in the works that it hopes will breathe new life into Thunderbird over the course of 2010. Thunderbird 3.0 is already well on the way, with beta versions looking tighter and tighter, but perhaps more interesting is what we can expect to see from Thunderbird 3.1, and thankfully we won’t have to wait an eternity to see it.

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Yahoo to Increase Facebook Integration

December 3, 2009

Yahoo is to push further into Facebook integration than it already has in the first half of 2010. It’s announced that it is to start “deeply” integrating Facebook Connect with its own services, including Mail and News.

Earlier this year, Yahoo told us all that it wasn’t a search company, which raised all kinds of questions about how it had managed to gain such a substantial block of the search market. It then rebranded itself as a kind of ultimate homepage, boasting news, mail and support for users to post Facebook status updates without having to leave Yahoo’s own page, which means more people spending more time on Yahoo… something it clearly wanted.

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Microsoft to Launch Zune Services in Europe

November 16, 2009

Microsoft has announced that it is to launch its Zune brand outside of the US, though sadly without the hardware that accompanies the services in North America.

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Microsoft’s own entry to the portable media player (PMP) market, originally simple called the Zune, proved to be a fairly solid piece of hardware, but never quite seemed to take off in the face of Apple’s iPod dominance. The more recent launch of the Zune HD hasn’t seen Microsoft’s marketshare increase substantially (in fact, it’s fallen to just two per cent), but the Zune HD is by a far a more impressive piece of hardware.

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See What Data Google Has on You

November 6, 2009

Google has launched a new service called Google Dashboard, which allows users to see all of the data that Google has accrued from its various services about your various habits.

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For many, the sheer ubiquity of Google services has long been the scariest thing about the search giant. Google’s combination of targeted ads, Gmail, Google Docs the Chrome browser, alongside ownership of YouTube, has long meant that the company has a hand in, for a lot of us, some very widespread datasets about your habits on the web.

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Microsoft Opening Up Office Web Apps

October 29, 2009

Microosft has announced that its ongoing technical preview of the web-based version of its upcoming Microsoft Office 2010 suite is to be opened up to new users via online application.

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Microsoft’s Office 2010 web apps is a suite of web-based applications for those who don’t mind using their office suite in a browser. It includes web-based versions of Word and Excel, though for the moment there seems to be relatively little else. The aims seems to be to make the web-based version of Microsoft Office 2010 available for free to as many users as possible. These kinds of “technical previews” are excellent for both getting the word out and building a bit of buzz around the new suite.

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Google Wave to Launch in September

August 17, 2009

There’s been an awful lot of buzz about Google’s upcoming Wave, which it seems to think will completely revolutionise the way people use and think about the web. For now, we don’t know an awful lot about Wave apart from some interesting features, but now we have word of a release date at least.

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InfoQ is carrying the news that Google Wave will enter an open preview state on the 30th of September. This makes sense, if only because there have been things leaking out for the past month or so that Google Wave was starting to look like a very interesting service. For those of you who haven’t already seen it, you might want to take a little time to check out this video of Wave being demonstrated at Google I/O earlier in the year.

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