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Hulu Plus adds new and classic CBS shows, boosts Kids offering with Fraggle Rock spin-off

More than a year after CBS struck a deal with Hulu to stream its shows on the latter’s subscription service, and the Tiffany Network has finally agreed to add even more programming to the mix. About 2,600 episodes, to be exact. The addition includes full-length videos from classics such as The Brady Bunch, Cheers and Happy Days, along with titles like United States of Tara and Everybody Loves Raymond. This arrives on the heels of last week’s announcement that CBS agreed to an exclusive partnership with Hulu to stream complete past seasons of Sherlock-inspired Elementary along with police drama Blue Bloods.

If you prefer something a little more kid-friendly, Hulu has plans to expand its kids programming as well. It just signed a deal to be the exclusive US distributor for “The Doozers,” a spinoff of the popular ’80s children’s show “Fraggle Rock.” It’s marked as a “Hulu Original” even though it’s already aired elsewhere in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and will be available on Hulu starting April 25th. Hulu also recently announced a deal for the Pokemon franchise and plans to bring classics like Charlie Brown and Strawberry Shortcake on board as well. The year’s barely started and it looks like the streaming service is already making good on its promise to add even more content to its library.

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Source: Hulu, Variety


Bing now shows how much your Bitcoin is worth in other currencies

While some may be opposed to the idea of Bitcoin, others are doing all they can to adjust to the recent digital currency rush. Today, Bing, in partnership with Coinbase, announced it has added support for Bitcoin within its currency conversion tools. Simply put, you can now use Microsoft’s search engine to see what the value of your new-age money is in, say, dollars, pesos, euros or any of the other 50-plus currencies Bing has indexed. And it’s all done in real time, too. No Bitcoin? No problem — there’s nothing wrong with entering some random numbers for fun’s sake.

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Source: Bing


iTunes Radio starts streaming in Australia

iTunes Radio for an Australian band

We’ve seen quite a few hints that iTunes Radio would soon be available outside of the US, and it’s now clear that there was something to all those clues: the music service is now available in Australia. Listeners on the island nation can get the same personalized radio streams as their American counterparts, and they can strip out ads if they fork over $35 AUD per year for an iTunes Match subscription. Apple hasn’t confirmed rumors of impending iTunes Radio launches in Canada and the UK, but we imagine that it’s just a matter of time before music lovers in those countries can tune in.

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Source: Apple


Shazam Testing Redesigned iOS App Aiming for Deeper User Engagement [iOS Blog]

shazamMusic recognition app Shazam was today updated to version 7.4.0, adding a few minor enhancements and laying the groundwork for a larger content rollout happening later this month. With the update, Shazam is aiming to refocus its app on content, offering quicker, more integrated access to song lyrics, TV results, and music videos.

Shazam, which is designed to “listen” to a song and identify its name and the artist from a large database, has given some “test group” users access to its upcoming redesign. That means some users who download the new 7.4.0 update will have immediate access to the app’s new features while other users will need to wait for the update to rollout later.

The revised Shazam app includes a new card-style layout that gives more prominence to lyrics, other recommended songs, and tools to listen to songs within other apps such as Rdio or Spotify.

The new experience means Shazaming becomes the beginning of a journey, giving users effortless access to:

– A brand new look and feel for music and television results with easy access to previewing, buying, and sharing a track;
– Quick access to lyrics with a preview as soon as a track is matched;
– Direct access to the music video and additional videos related to a song; and,
– Recommendations unique to Shazam.

Users who were not selected to be members of the test group will see few changes to the app, aside from more information within the news feed and improved handling of pending tags. The update is available for both the free and Encore (ad-free) versions of the Shazam app.

Shazam is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Shazam Encore is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for $6.99. [Direct Link]



Popular Android Theming App Pulled From Google Play Due to Apple Complaint Over iOS 7 Skin [iOS Blog]

Google has pulled Themer, a popular Android home screen customization app, from its Google Play Store following a complaint from Apple over one of the themes included in the app.

“Seven”, one of more than 200 themes within the app, was designed to make an Android phone look like an iPhone running iOS 7. It incorporated multiple Apple design elements and several icons, including Phone, Mail, Messages, Maps, Music, and more.

sevenImage courtesy of Lifehacker
Though the app and the theme have been in the Google Play Store since at least October, Themer was removed on February 2 for copyright infringement following a copyright complaint from Apple. Given the app’s resemblance to iOS 7, it is no surprise that Apple, a company that rigorously defends its property, asked for the theme to be removed.

According to Themer CEO Ashvin Dhingra, who spoke to TechCrunch, the Seven theme was immediately removed from the app following Apple’s notice, but Google opted to remove the app from its Play Store entirely and has yet to restore it.

“We’ve spoken to legal representatives from Apple (who have been very nice, reasonable, and helpful), and they have no remaining concerns. But apparently, Google has a process for these things, and there’s nothing we can do to accelerate that process. Unfortunately, we still have not heard from anyone at Google.”

While Themer has been able to settle its dispute with Apple by removing the offending iOS 7-style theme, the company is running into some organizational hurdles with Google. Google seems to lack a point of contact overseeing the Google Play Store, which has resulted in Themer contacting multiple people with little result.

It remains unclear when Themer will return to the Google Play Store, but Apple’s issue with the app has been successfully resolved.



WSJ: Nokia will debut first Android phone at Mobile World Congress

Nokia expects to debut its first Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to the news outlet, the device was under development when Microsoft made its bid for Nokia’s device business. Thus far the leaked specifications suggest the smartphone will target low-end users, perhaps first-time buyers. The WSJ says that the upcoming handset will be a modified version of Android that does not feature the Google Play Store. In its place will be Nokia’s own app store, apps, and services; HERE Maps and Mix Radio, for instance.

The Android phone was aimed at emerging market customers, and has been tailored in a way that won’t promote some of the key Google-developed features that a more traditional Android-powered phone might.

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Huawei bringing smartwatch to Mobile World Congress

Chinese hardware maker Huawei will bring its own smartwatch to Mobile World Congress later this month, says the Wall Street Journal. In addition to its first wearable device, Huawei will also introduce a pair of tablets and a new smartphone. The phone will be the successor to the Ascend P6, which has been rumored as of late to be the Ascend P7 “Sophie”. Unfortunately, Huawei stayed tight-lipped about the smartwatch; we’ll have to wait until February 24 to find the official details.

Wall Street Journal

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Nexus 7 finally get “certified” for Verizon 4G LTE

It seems Verizon is finally ready to carry the Nexus 7, and it is Verizon 4G LTE CERTIFIED. The tablet is now arriving at Verizon stores, although we don’t know when they will officially release it, but it is rumored that Feb 13 is the date. In the image below, you can see the Verizon logo on the box:

Screen-Shot-2014-02-08-at-12.10.58-PM1On the box below, you will see that it’s a 32GB version, and 32GB LTE model is available for $349 on Google Play Store. It seems that Verizon will launch it on contract-based, so it might be a good option for people looking forward to a LTE/4G tablet. Everything else is same under the hood, just like the original Nexus 7.
Screen-Shot-2014-02-08-at-12.11.20-PM1Are you planning to grab Nexus 7 from Verizon or you already got one? Tell us in the comment box below.

Source: DroidLife

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Sprint takes another look at T-Mobile deal

After meeting with various members of the FCC and U.S. Dept. of Justice, Sprint is said to be rethinking its intentions to acquire T-Mobile. As CEO Dan Hess and Chairman Masayoshi Son have learned first hand, the deal would face certain scrutiny and quite the resistance. According to the Wall Street Journal, officials have told the Sprint duo that customers are better served with four national wireless providers, not three. This is not to suggest, however, that Sprint is ready to throw in the towel. We might just be looking at a few more weeks before any more noise is made.

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Themer by MyColorScreen Missing in Action After Apple Complaint

Themer MyColorScreen app DCMA Complaint AppleCopyright infringement is never a word that any of us ever like to hear. Whether is be for the look of a device, how an icon looks, some technology or software that is built into a device or any of a million other things that could lead to a claim and/or lawsuit. The powers that be do a fairly great job at finding things and raising red flags and are quick to send out DMCA complaints. The popular Themer App by MyColorScreen is the latest to come under fire in the last week for a DCMA complaint filed by Apple.

Many of you know Themer quite well. It is a n app that lets you sift through hundreds of preconfigured themes for your Android device. Choose the one you like, install it and you are off to the races with a completely new look and feel for your device. It is quite a brilliant app and one that is extremely user friendly, even for the newest of Android users. Apple didn’t go after MyColorScreen for the app, but rather one theme that was in the “Most Popular” category of the app called “Seven”. Apple’s complaint ..

This application violates Apple’s copyrights, in addition to other Apple IP rights. (This app developer’s unauthorized reproduction of Apple’s multiple copyrights may be viewed in-app by first downloading and installing the app, allowing Themer to create widgets on one’s device, and loading the “Seven” theme from the list of the “Most Popular” category under the Browse Themes.)

The end result, Themer is no longer available in the Play Store for download. Obviously MyColorScreen was quick to rectify the DMCA complaint and removed the offending theme from the lists. However, it is now a waiting game to see how long it takes Google to get back around to clearing them and allowing the app back in the Play Store.

Until it does make its way back, don’t go uninstalling it if you happen to have it still. This won’t stop the development of the app of course. The app went from closed beta to open beta in near the end of October last year and is rapidly headed towards v1.0 where it will exit all beta tags.

Source: Droid-Life

UPDATE: We found a letter with various bits of information from the CEO of Themer. Feel free to read through it on their Themer G+ page.


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