Xbox Music, Microsoft’s spiritual successor to Zune marketplace and its current foray into the streaming music subscription market, is going to launch with Windows 8 next month. But some leaked screenshots obtained by Engadget already show the two most important things about the service: its UI and how much it’s going to cost. According to the screenshots, a one month subscription will cost†£8.99, which will probably work out to around $15 per month in the United States. There’s also a year-long subscription, which will cost†£89.90–so it offers 12 months of service for ten months of price, similar to Xbox Live pricing.Ubergizmo. Related articles: Microsoft Windows Update phishing alert, Microsoft may face hefty fines over lack of browser choice in Windows 7,
If you own a private jet, have a limousine waiting for you outside an airport when you land and often have to spend your time in palaces, you may not want to stick with the regular iPhone 5. It may looks too mundane for the rest of your lifestyle and too common too, given the 5 million sales off the very first weekend.
Rather, you can opt for the gold-plated iPhone 5, thanks to Gold & Co. of London. The sparkling iPhone 5 comes studded with a 24-karat gold and you choose between the regular gold tint or a rose gold shade. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: iPhone 5 camera reportedly causes purple flare in photos, Pad & Quill introduces the Little Pocket Book for the iPhone 5,
Yesterday it was discovered that a simple URL could completely wipe a whole range of Samsung phones. At the time, it was thought that the flaw was part of Samsung’s Touchwiz UI. Although the specific flaw was patched by Samsung, we may not have seen the end of the vulnerability. Dylan Reeve writes that the original flaw isn’t limited to Samsung devices, but is instead the problem comes from the Android dialer itself. Reports show that the HTC One X and the Motorola Defy both have the vulnerability. What’s worse is that the problem was identified and patched three months ago, but Android updates comes so rarely that even high-end phones can still be wiped by clicking on a link.Ubergizmo. Related articles: NFC-enabled Android and Nokia phones vulnerable to hijacking, DARPA awards $21.4 million contract to Invincea to make Android more secure,
Although Dropbox is predominantly known as a cloud storage service, it has also come about to be known as a file-sharing tool. File sharing using Dropbox accounts is not new and the company has been making encroaches into the social media with that feature.
Apparently, it has now partnered with the undisputed champion of the social media, Facebook, to bring Dropbox file sharing straight to Facebook Groups. The feature becomes available once you link your Dropbox account to your Facebook account. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: BlackBerry 10 has native Facebook app, Twitter and LinkedIn in tow as well, Facebook ?Registered to Vote? Timeline event now available,
On October 1st, Google Docs users won’t be able to download or upload documents, spreadsheets, or slideshows in Office 1997-2007 format. Although Microsoft has long since left these file formats behind, replacing them with .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx, Google provides Google apps for Business, Education and Government, which may still very well use the antiquated formats†institutionally. A consumer version of Google Apps has supported Microsoft’s new formats, so institutional customers can expect to see the ability to export into the x-appended formats. It’s simply a rather quick turnaround for some users who relied on the exporting ability: they’ve only got a week to adapt. In many ways, this “feature” change illuminates the differences between Microsoft and Google: Microsoft is hyperaware of backwards compatibility, and Google thinks old technology and formats get in the way of progress.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Google spreadsheets get all talkative with discussions, Protected Ranges in Google Spreadsheets now available,
It has been frequently rumored in the past that Apple has been considering the use of carbon fiber in its products. Such rumors were on a temporary halt, thanks to the iPhone 5 launch, but it seems that they are back.
The Cupertino-based company is yet again rumored to be looking into the option of carbon fiber use for its future products. According to reports, sources close to Apple have revealed that the company has ordered samples of carbon fiber products. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: iPhone 5 camera reportedly causes purple flare in photos, Rabbi orders followers to burn iPhones, Android devices go unscathed?,
A number of patterns exist in nature which are mathematical in their nature. Scientists have long explored these patterns in both inanimate objects as well as living organisms. For instance, researchers at Queen Mary University believe that the study of a bumblebee’s flight pattern could lead to the creation of faster companies.
This hope is premised on the fact that bumblebees are able to find the briefest route to their destination, usually a flower with nectar, in a very short span of time. And their method to find the shortest route is quite mathematical in nature, a trait which is usually found in organisms with larger brains. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Element 113: Made in Japan, New Java vulnerability found, could affect 1 billion users,