I don't know about you, but my first thought is that it must have been Eminem.
He appeared in a highly visible (and, to some, risible) Super Bowl ad for Chrysler. He swears a lot. Perhaps they didn't pay him on time. Perhaps he's just in a bad mood.
In any case, some wise soul, employee or associate of Chrysler (or not), managed to tweet the following on Chrysler's official Twitter feed: "I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to f***ing drive."… Read more
PlayStation 3 owners who are also PlayStation Plus subscribers will be able to save game data in the cloud, Sony announced today.
After updating the PlayStation 3 with firmware version 3.6, which rolls out tomorrow, PlayStation Plus subscribers will find a new backup utility on their console. Users can go to the utility and upload up to 150MB of saved-game data to the cloud. Up to 1,000 data files can be stored on the service. The storage is connected to the user's PlayStation Network account, Sony says.
Sony's new feature goes beyond storage. Users can download … Read more
iPad corporate users can directly access and control their Windows PCs from their tablets through a new app from VMware.
Launched in Apple's App Store today, the free VMware View app for the iPad is designed for business users who want to be able to access their own office PCs or PCs set up in their company's data center through their tablets. The app can run over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection, allowing people to connect either in or out of the office.
In a blog posted today, VMware said that iPad users can use the tablet's … Read more
Lime Wire has settled a copyright lawsuit brought against it by several music publishers.
Yesterday's settlement puts to rest the copyright infringement suit filed in June against Lime Wire by more than 30 different music publishers, including the publishing arms of EMI Group, Sony, and Vivendi SA.
The former file-sharing site and its founder Mark Gorton were sued last year by a bevy of music publishers and record companies over charges that the LimeWire service enabled its users to illegally download copyrighted songs. That suit followed a previous court ruling in a case involving the Recording Industry Association of … Read more
There are more rumors fluttering around Seattle that at some point, likely the holiday season of 2011, Amazon will start giving away its Kindle e-book reader for free, likely to select (as in Prime) members. And as the e-book market expands, the possibility is looking more and more likely.
Amazon doesn't make much money on the Kindle e-book reading device. And it's not supposed to; the hardware is a loss-leader that allows mobile access to--and binds customers to--Amazon's e-books store. It's a way for Amazon to say that, yes, its e-books really can replace dead tree … Read more
If Russia wants to prove the country is a good trade partner, then the country must be more aggressive in fighting online piracy. That's the message a group of U.S. congressmen wants Vice President Joe Biden to send during his visit to Moscow this week.
In a letter written Friday by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the lawmakers reminded Biden that Russia appears to have once again grown soft on copyright violations and the congressmen want him to nudge leaders there back on track.
Opera announced today the opening of its own mobile app store.
The new online Opera Mobile store is offering both paid and free apps designed for a variety of phones, including those running Java, Symbian, BlackBerry, Android, and Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS. The company launched the new store with help from mobile app marketplace Appia, which provided the storefront e-commerce technology.
Opera is specifically looking to reach users of its own mobile browser by setting up the store's mobile Web site as a Speed Dial link. Opening the site on a mobile device prompts users to either select … Read more
Mog is planning to make a play for the car and home, the company announced today.
Next week at South By Southwest (SXSW), the company's CEO, David Hyman, will demonstrate Mog running in a Mini USA vehicle. The service, according to a brief statement from the company, will let users have "fast and easy access to unlimited music on demand from virtually anywhere."
Mog, which boasts more than 10 million tracks, offers customers two streaming services: a $5-per-month option, which provides access on a computer; and a $10-a-month service that lets users connect to Mog from mobile devices in addition to their PCs and other electronics.
Since Mog expects to reveal plans for the car service next week, details are slim. However, The New York Times is reporting that Mog's service will be preinstalled in Mini cars and will require subscribers to connect their smartphones to the in-car stereo. The built-in Mog service will use the smartphone's Web connection to access music, but the user interface will be on the in-car stereo and not on the user's smartphone, according to The Times. Mog hasn't revealed how it will handle pricing for in-car service.… Read more
Angry Birds won't be making its way to Facebook anytime soon, a new report claims.
According to The Next Web, which says it spoke with Rovio's Peter Vesterbecka, the wildly popular game won't be available on Facebook until May, two months after it was expected to launch on the social network.
Last week, Rovio announced that Angry Birds would be coming to Facebook and said it would launch in March. Vesterbecka reportedly told The Next Web that he was "not sure how the March date got in there."
Rovio did not immediately respond to request … Read more