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WWDC '13: Apple announces iTunes Radio

Apple finally lifts the lid on iTunes Radio at its WWDC 2013 keynote, an ad-supported service that will battle with Pandora and Spotify in the streaming music space.

June 10, 2013

Apple takes a bite out of Chomp

With Apple's iOS app approaching half a million titles and 25 billion downloads, it's getting harder and harder for mere mortals to find apps with the traditional iTunes search box.

February 23, 2012 by

Space spectrometer arrives at ISS

A particle physics experiment designed to search for antimatter has arrived at the international space station on the Endeavour space shuttle, according to Cern.The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) arrived on Wednesday, and will be deployed on Thursday 19 May at 7:56 am CEST, according to a Twitter post by Cern.

May 18, 2011 by

Wanted at NASA: A new identity

NASA is a storied government agency in search of an identity and a mission once the Space Shuttle program ends. Before those things are found, NASA will be stuck in limbo.

November 1, 2010 by

Google brings Listen podcatcher to Android devices

One of the primary functions I perform on my smartphones is listening to podcasts, which I actually listen to much more than music. Nokia has an excellent Nokia Podcasting application that lets you subscribe and download podcasts with and the iPhone has iTunes integration so syncing podcasts over is fairly simple. There are a couple of 3rd party apps for Android, but I was very pleased to see Google launch their own podcatcher called Listen. Listen lets you search, subscribe, download, and stream podcasts to your Android-based device.

August 21, 2009 by

TomTom arrives on the iPhone for $100

AT&T Navigator's subscription based GPS navigation solution (see our review) was the first full GPS voice navigation system for the Apple iPhone, but there is now some serious competition in the GPS navigation space that may even start knocking out dedicated PND. The biggest news today is that TomTom for the iPhone was released in the US. TomTom (iTunes link) is a well known name in PNDs and their iPhone solution is one of the most costly at $99. Other recent stand-alone (no subscription required) GPS navigation solutions for the iPhone include Navigon at a special $69.99 launch price and CoPilot Live for $34.99. There is quite a price range across these navigation solutions and we'll have to see if the high cost of TomTom is worth the premium over CoPilot Live 8.

August 17, 2009 by

Will the OS not matter in time?

It was late Wednesday afternoon here when news of Google's plans to unveil a desktop operating system (OS) first broke, further intensifying its rivalry against current desktop OS lead Microsoft.There has long been speculation that the search giant will eventually come up with its own desktop platform, but it was anybody's guess--until now--how far Google was willing to go to pit itself against Microsoft's stronghold in this space.

July 9, 2009 by

Apple celebrates App Store birthday on 11 July, 56,000+ apps in 1 year

As a guy who has been writing about and following the mobile phone/PDA space since 1997 I have to say the first time I used the original iPhone I was completely blown away that a phone could respond so quickly and transition so fluidly. Then when the App Store was launched I was again blown away by how fast developers embraced the iPhone and rolled out high quality applications at a significantly lower price than I have ever paid for mobile apps before. As points out, Apple will be celebrating the App Store's first anniversary (has it really only been a year?) this Saturday, 11 July. and they have started the festivities with an App Store birthday page (iTunes link) that highlights some of the most popular games and applications available.

July 7, 2009 by

Semantic Search Round Table at the Semantic Technology Conference

Wednesday's opening Keynote here in San Jose sees Guidewire's Carla Thompson joined on stage by senior representatives from many of the more interesting players in the Semantic Search space; Tomasz Imielinski from Ask, Peter Norvig from Google, Riza Berkan of Hakia, Scott Provost from Microsoft, William Tunstall-Pedoe of the UK's True Knowledge, and Andrew Tomkins of Yahoo.

June 17, 2009 by

Flick through iPhone search results with Taptu

Search has become one of the main functions people perform on their mobile devices and I know I use all of mine for this on a daily basis. With the finger friendly touch UI on the iPhone, it was just a matter of time before companies started rolling out iPhone-friendly optimized search applications. Taptu was announced today and is available for free in the App Store (iTunes link).

June 16, 2009 by

Amazon CFO fields Kindle questions, mum on digital video, music expansion

Amazon fielded a number of questions this morning during a presentation at the Credit Suisse First Boston conference. But what attendees really wanted to know more about, gauging by the questions they were asking, was the Kindle e-book reader, the company's plans to expand digital music and video offerings and how it plans to deal with the competition in this space, notably from Apple's iTunes and Wal-Mart.

June 10, 2009 by

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