The package, wrapped with brown paper and a white ribbon, contained a wooden block, 4 inches long and wide and 1.75 inches thick, covered with a printed Instagram shot and a slot in the back so it can be hung on the wall. The included note invited the press to "share a moment with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team." The event will kick off at 10 a.m. on December 12 in Midtown … Read more
Is there an Android game or app that you can't live without? You can now give it a thumbs-up though the Players' Choice Awards.
Google's new awards page invites you to vote for your favorite app among various categories. You can vote for the "most addictive games," the "best franchise games," the "best games based on a movie," the "best apps for enhancing the everyday," the "best app for booking and buying," and the "best Google apps."
Google offers several suggestions in each category. The most … Read more
Xbox Music users now can identify their music and listen to it across different PCs and mobile devices courtesy of Gracenote.
Buying a $10-per-month Xbox Music Pass entitles you to tap into the new service, which can identify albums and songs you already own and unlock your music online. All of your music can be unlocked, including songs bought through Amazon or Apple as well as those ripped from your CDs.
Aereo, the online TV service that streams and records over-the-air shows in some parts of the US, said Thursday that it will launch in Baltimore on Dec. 16.
The company aimed to expand from its New York home base to 22 total cities in the US this year, but has been held back technical difficulties on top of accumulating legal wrangling. With Baltimore, it will be in 10 cities, comprising NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Salt Lake City, Houston, Dallas, Detroit and Denver.
Aereo also identified San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, as cities it would enter, … Read more
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime made abundantly clear in a recent interview that his company's direction is driven by strategy and not the changing desires of its fan base.
In an interview with Siliconera published on Wednesday, Fils-Aime was asked how does "what fans want or say influence [his] decisions." His response, which centered mainly on petitions brought to Nintendo by fans asking them to bring legacy games to newer devices, was telling of Nintendo's view of the market.
"I have to tell you -- it doesn't affect what we do," Fils-Aime … Read more
The Google Barge, not quite as mysterious as it once was, now is facing a mystery of its own: Does it have the proper permits to be in San Francisco Bay?
An investigation launched in the past week by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development will attempt to make sure the barge isn't running afoul of local permit regulations, Reuters reported Thursday. Specifically, the agency, which watches over development in the bay, will examine which permits were needed to build the barge and whether Google secured them.
"We want to make sure that the permits that are … Read more
Intel was set to revolutionize television.
In fact, Erik Huggers, the head of Intel Media, said in February that this would be the year Intel shakes things up. After all, he had a small army of 300 at work and more than 2,000 Intel employees testing OnCue, a new box and service that would allow users to watch live TV, on-demand video, and other Internet-based offerings like video apps in one package.
One of regulators' biggest worries about virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, is whether they may be susceptible to fraud or manipulation. Well, two people in Germany apparently just proved this was possible.
The pair is accused of illegally generating nearly $1 million worth of Bitcoins, according to the Associated Press. German police nabbed the two people during a computer fraud investigation earlier this week. No further details on the arrests were available.
The authorities' investigation centered around the belief that the suspects were disseminating malware on the Internet to create a network of hacked computers they could control remotely. According to … Read more
It wasn't cheap to buy into the earliest round of Google Glass testing, but Google is now offering an unexpected benefit: a free hardware upgrade.
In an e-mail sent to early Google Glass owners on Wednesday, the company offered to upgrade the $1,500 Explorer Edition headsets to a newer model for free. Google said that the newer model is faster, more durable, and compatible with upcoming prescription frames and the recently announced accessories such as the mono-earbud and the sunglasses attachment Shades.
Vicco, Ky., is about as small town as it gets, with a population that hovers around 330 people. That does not appear to have kept its residents, namely Police Chief Tony Vaughn, in the dark when it comes to Internet trends and emerging crypto-currencies.
The city commission on Monday approved a measure that would allow Vaughn to receive his salary entirely in Bitcoin, an alleged first in the US and yet another story bolstering the reputation of the unregulated virtual currency as a payment method that will one day, supporters hope, stabilize and become commonplace.
Vaughn's pay, still set … Read more