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Spotify and Microsoft have announced the release of Spotify for Windows Phone 7. This highly anticipated app brings Spotify’s music streaming services to Mango OS, and is another breakthrough for Microsoft’s mobile enterprise. According to Spotify, the app is available on a wide variety of WP7 mobiles, which together with their apps for Android and iOS makes them one of the most widespread music apps.
Do you ever wish you could read your tweets no matter where you are or what you’re doing? Or maybe you’re just so addicted to Twitter that you need to get your hit even while driving or folding your laundry? If one of these is true, you should give Tweet Speaker ($1.99 for a limited time, usually $2.99) a spin. Tweet Speaker for iOS turns your Twitter timeline into your own, personal news podcast.
If you’ve been looking for a good reason to download IE9, Microsoft is trying to give you one. They’ve just launched a new campaign called “Where’s the love?”, and they’re offering to give you free stuff if you download and install IE9. You heard right. Microsoft will give you prizes if you go ahead and just get IE9 already.
Barnes & Noble have officially announced the release of their new tablet reader, named simply the Nook tablet. It is designed to offer direct competition to Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and the two devices are in fact quite similar. The Nook tablet will sell for $249, which is $50 more than the Kindle Fire, but will also come equipped with double the storage and double the RAM.
Miss your old neighborhood library? Amazon is trying to help with their newly announced Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. This service allows Kindle users to check out books from the library and later “return” them and get a different book, all without buying any of the books.
The world of Voice over IP is expanding fast, and we’re getting more and more options for calling our friends without paying cellphone providers. The strongest, and most known contender in this area is obviously Skype, and they’ve been rather good at it. However, Tango offers a pretty good alternative, especially since the latest updates to Skype have not been to everyone’s liking.
The world is divided into two sections – Phone lovers and Android enthusiasts. Or so it seems sometimes. But in reality, things are not as black and white as all that. I, for example, own an iPad and an Android device, and actually wish I could own a Nokia. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that some Android owners are looking for ways to turn their device into something more iPhone-ish.
This week, we’re giving away 25 6-month licenses for CleanMyPC. Read on to see what CleanMyPC is all about, and how you can win your own copy.
Amazon has launched a new augmented reality app for the iPhone called Flow. With Flow, you can use your camera to scan either a whole product or a product’s barcode, and get an overlay of Amazon details on top of it. The app recognizes products such as CDs, DVDs, games, books, and tens of millions of other packaged products, such as “a box of cereal” (Amazon’s own example).
The world of books has gone through a dramatic change over the last few years. It started with cheap paper books that ship for free all over the world, continues with e-ink eReaders such as the Kindle and the Nook, and has no evolved to actual tablets that are meant to be used as readers. So how do you like your books?
Following the new looks they’ve launched to all their products, Google just added a new feature to Google Calendar – Suggested Times. If you use Google Calendar to schedule multi-participant events, this new feature should make your life a lot easier, provided your guests are also using Google Calendar. To use the feature, create a new event and add some guests.
With iOS 5, Apple decided to publicly introduce the multi-touch gestures. These gestures were included in the betas of iOS 4.3, but never made it to the public release. These are 4-5 fingers gestures that allow you to perform several useful tasks such as reveal the multitasking bar, switch between applications and return to the home screen. There’s one catch, though.
After giving us a preview several months ago, Gmail is now launching its brand new look and will automatically update all accounts soon. The new look is keeping up with other Google+ themed changes that have been happening all over Google products (like Reader, for example), and comes packed with new features on top of the aesthetic changes.
BitTorrent is still a reliable and pretty fast way to download large files. It might not be the best method out there, but sometimes it sure is the easiest. The clients are straightforward enough and the files are easy to come by. Today, I will give you a list of the best BitTorrent clients out there right now – each suited for somewhat different needs.
Adobe has launched a new photo sync service by the name of Carousel. This service, currently only available for Mac OS X Lion and iOS, is an alternative for Apple’s new Photo Stream and allows photo sync across multiple devices. The service, however, is not entirely free. Mac and iOS apps are free, but the cloud storage itself currently costs $6 per month. You can try a full month for free before you decide to pay.