MySpace and Facebook have slugged it out a few years back, with the latter emerging to be the 800 lbs gorilla, while MySpace licks its wounds. Well, MySpace hopes to boost its sagging revenue figures by agreeing to an ad deal with Google that will expire when 2010 is no more, and has to look for alternative sources of revenue after that. In doing so, MySpace is mulling with the idea of charging for its streaming music section - after all, the music section is the most heavily viewed area of MySpace. Currently, MySpace is reportedly spending more than $20 million on streaming royalties alone, and it looks to be one big money sucking black hole without any light at the end of the tunnel in sight. With a subscription model in place, it might just put off its users, which in turn isn't good if MySpace wants to strike an ad deal with any company out there. Will budding musicians look elsewhere to get their material out now?
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Bluetooth headsets are pretty subjective accessories to own, and it really depends on plenty of factors although we are in favor of using it while driving to avoid untoward accidents as well as picking up a ticket from your friendly neighborhood (but ever vigilant) traffic cop. Callpod has come up with he Onyx and Vetro Bluetooth 2.0 headsets that not only offer around 50 meters of talking radius, it also boasts 2-Way Walkie-Talkie and Dual-Mic Noise Suppression technology to ensure you enjoy crystal clear conversations no matter the condition. Apart from that, it will also double up as a Skype headpiece, letting you chat on your PC or Mac with the option to switch back to cellphone connectivity at the push of a button if there is an incoming call. It takes around 3 hours to achieve a full charge via USB port or outlet, and if you're interested, the Onyx is the cheaper of the two at $69.95 while the Vetro will be a shade under one Benjamin at $99.95. Any takers? [Press Release]
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Flash might be a contentious issue for some, but we know that the Internet experience won't be what it is today without the presence of Flash (for better or for worse, that really depends on how you see things). Well, Adobe isn't going to sit around doing nothing with Flash, as they could very well be looking into a future of 3D graphics using Flash, where you will be able to find out more at the "Flash Player 3D Future" talk that will be happening this coming October 27th. Does this mean Flash-based games will be much more complex, and how will Adobe make sure there won't be any security loopholes?
Netgear with their latest ReadyNAS Ultra family of network storage systems could very well usher in the death of local media storage, where you can choose form 2-Bay, 4-Bay and 6-Bay network storage systems. This is perfect for power users who want to achieve unprecedented freedom where their digital entertainment content is concerned, being the first-ever storage with media-shifting capabilities that allow users to centralize media on a ReadyNAS, while users are able to consume it in any networked location and on any networked device. Boasting double the speed of legacy ReadyNAS systems, the Ultra family seems to hold plenty of promise. Other features include it being the first TiVo compatible DVR network storage systems, letting you store HD programming content onto any TiVo box at a later date without the need for additional software or computers. Perfect for those who are finding managing so much local media storage data a hassle, especially if you have plenty of computers at home. The Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4 will retail for $599.99 sans disks, while the 2 x 2TB model will cost $899.99. As for the diskless Ultra 6, it will retail for $899.99 and $1349.99 in a 3 x 2TB configuration. Shipping commences from the middle of this month onwards.
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Taking a shower is always something relaxing for most of us, and the Dornbracht Ambiance Tuning adds a touch of class. Designed by Sieger Design, this hi-tech shower fittings allow you to enjoy a customized shower experience, since each of them will work individually to transform water via the JustRain, WaterSheet and WaterBar outlets. Gotta love the band of color around the knob as well, making showering in the dark more fun than we originally thought. Now, if only we could afford to have one of these puppies at home. All three pre-programmed scenarios are controlled through the eTool, eValve and eSwitch controls, and you can start checking your bank account balance since the Ambiance Tuning will be out from September this year onwards.
Whispers are going around that Apple is in talks with TV studios so that TV episodes can be rented out for $0.99 a pop instead of purchasing downloads for an extra dollar. This rental program which Apple is promoting will function in the same way as existing movie rentals, where you have 30 days to get to watching it, and once you start, you have 24 hours to finish before it expires. What makes it different though, would be having the TV programming streamed from Apple's cloud servers. This service could very well be perfected by the time the rumored iOS-based replacement for Apple TV is released.
Solar power is free, although the implementation of it could very well be too expensive for most. Marvin the Martian here does not refer to a cartoon character, but instead is the name for an eco-friendly solar-powered boat. This 50' solar-powered cruising catamaran comes with 35 sq. meters of photovoltaic panels that are carefully affixed to its roof, providing the vessel with enough juice for it to be self-sufficient. Capable of making full use of its electrical propulsion that offers 30Nm autonomy at 5 kn, it can also achieve achieve a 487Nm autonomy at 9 kn with diesel propulsion. The fact that Marvin the Martian ain't bad looking either sure helps its case!
The iPhone 4 is one good looking smartphone, that no one can deny, but what happens when you want to merge the old and the new? You end up with the Original Gameboy iPhone 4 case, of course. This unique DIY project could very well be the first in the world, with the top of an actual Gameboy was cut open so that the iPhone 4 can be squeezed in nicely. Since the Gameboy display and the iPhone’s screen are of two different sizes, which means you can only see the time through the case. Getting it out of the case is another tricky proposition though, since the iPhone 4 could very well be scratched all too easily during the insertion and extraction process. Since the Gameboy no longer needs to use any batteries, its empty battery compartment can be used to hide your headphones when it is no longer in use.
Biking around is a healthy pursuit, and it also does its bit in reducing the amount of pollution and traffic gridlock in our cities. There is one gripe though, you will need to be careful to lock up your bike whenever you need to park it, lest someone steals away your trusty steed. This bendable bike clearly "bends" our perception, since it will bend to lock onto itself without the need for you carrying around a heavy lock, resulting in one less key to tote as well. Interestingly enough, you will need to find a nearby lamp post (or other equally suitable spot) to "tie" your bike to, which might not be too conducive in select areas. There is a possibility that this invention could enter production.
In a blend of East and West, MSI of Taiwan has teamed up with the Los Angeles Dodgers to come up with limited versions of an all-in-one Wind Top AE2220 PC and Wind U135DX netbook, where both will sport LA Dodgers logos that are strategically placed to announce your allegiance as well as a special color scheme. No idea on how much either special edition system will cost, nor the production run, but more details are expected to be revealed as they are due to ship within the next week or so. Bear in mind that neither machine is fitted for heavy duty processing, but are more towards casual computing use.
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