LaCie today announced a new version of its Fuel external hard drive, which now offers a total of 2TB of storage. First introduced in January during CES, the Fuel is a wireless hard drive designed to work with the iPad, the iPhone, and Mac computers.
It is able to wirelessly stream to any Apple device, serving as a portable storage unit for extensive media libraries. Like the original Fuel, the new expanded Fuel does not require an Internet connection, functioning instead as a Wi-Fi hotspot able to connect to five devices simultaneously. Media on the drive can be accessed via the Seagate Media app, and Dropbox integration is also supported.
With double the capacity than before, LaCie Fuel offers more storage than any 2.5″ wireless hard drive on the market. It is the ideal cable–free, portable solution for movie buffs, photographers and others to gain 2TBs of on–the–go access and storage for iPad® or iPhone® and Mac®.
Back in February, MacRumors went hands-on with the original Fuel, giving a complete rundown on functionality of the hard drive and the Seagate Media app.
If you need more reasons other than Plex, Vudu, YouTube, AllCast, Netflix and Hulu to spend $35 on a Chromecast device, how about Crackle. Crackle has been around for quite some time. It is an app that offers movies and tv shows of varying variety for you to stream and watch legally. Legally being the key word. You won’t find the latest and greatest flicks out, but you will find a movie list that is always changing. Often times you will even find flicks that aren’t available through Netflix to stream. For instance, Crackle has the Johnny Depp flick ‘The Rum Diary’ available to stream, where as Netflix only has it available on DVD.
There is a price to pay for free service though. You will have to deal with a couple commercials throughout your viewing experience. There are usually one or two before the movie starts and then a number of them throughout the movie.
You can see where the breaks are in the bar there at the bottom, looks like 8 commercial breaks on this 1 hour and 36 minute movie. I have been personally using Crackle for a number of years on my Google TV boxes and phones. I am happy to see it updated with Chromecast support.
If you have never used Crackle, or have a Chromecast and want to give it a looksy, then click down below and head tot he Play Store and pick it up. You can also just go to Crackle.com and watch right from your browser.
Today is sure shaping up to be a good day for current and future owners of Chromecast devices. Another music service app has just updated today that now adds in Chromecast supports. The fairly popular Rdio app is available for free and does offer a $9.99 a month subscription option as well. In a nutshell, the app offers up over 20 millions tracks to choose from. Listen to individual tracks, curated stations or create your own. You can sync your favorite playlist for offline listening anytime. Rdio also offers up a social side that allows you to follow friends, artists and other music lovers to see what they are playing and help you discover new tunes.
Give Rdio a shot for free by simply installing the app. A small disappointment is that you either need to login with Facebook or create a new account with your email address.
In the spirit of April Fools Day Google again played their joke on us. This time with Google apps and Nintendo’s Pokémon. As the picture show I caught a Pidgey. Once caught you can bring up a pokédex and view the Pokémon that have been caught. There is also a video on how to play.
Luckily, or unluckily, you don’t have to go climbing up a rock face to really find one. You can simply cruise around your map on your device, tap the Pokémon and then tap catch. True to Pokémon, there are 150 various ones to catch, can you catch them all!?
Honestly though, this could really become a thing if they factored in augmented Reality and turned it into its own gaming world like Ingress.
The Chromecast’s media universe just got a little bit larger today. You can now stream Rdio’s music service through the Google TV adapter using Android, iOS and web apps; you’ll get both album art and track details when you send tunes to the big screen. Meanwhile, Crackle has updated its own Android and iOS apps to let you watch its free movies and short videos through Chromecast. Whether you’re itching to play Chvrches’ album or Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, you’ll find the relevant app updates at the source links.
Internet security was turned on its ear in December when leaks revealed that the NSA had inserted a back door into a common encryption method from the RSA, a big security provider for remote work access and other major parts of the corporate web. However, it turns out that the vulnerability was worse than some thought. University researchers have shown evidence to Reuters that a second NSA-supplied tool, which sold as part of a security kit, let the intelligence agency crack the RSA’s already susceptible encryption “tens of thousands of times faster” than usual. In other words, it was sometimes trivially easy for the NSA to compromise sites. It’s not clear how much damage this tool did, though. The software was strictly optional, and not many people used it — the RSA says it pulled the tool within the past six months, so it won’t be a major concern in the future. Even so, the discovery suggests that the NSA effectively had free rein when snooping around some places online.
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Amazon’s Alpha House will return for a second season, with production beginning this summer. The original series, starring John Goodman and three other guys, follows a group of Republican senators living together in Washington, D.C. Season one is currently ready to stream through Instant Video for Amazon Prime subscribers, with the first three episodes available to everyone for free. Amazon also greenlighted six other series, including The After, Bosch, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent and Wishenpoof. Of course, you’ll be shelling out more for Prime by the time any of these go live — if two-day shipping wasn’t enough to justify the price, at least you’ll have another batch of fresh content to justify that $99 subscription.
Apple is seeking more than $2 billion in damages from Samsung in a second patent infringement suit that begins Monday in the US District Court of Northern California with Judge Lucy Koh presiding over the case (Via The Financial Times).
This second lawsuit involves new patents and more recent devices than the previous case, which ended with an $890 million judgement in Apple’s favor. This latest suit focuses on five utility patents involving software features such as auto-correct, slide-to-unlock and Siri’s universal search. Apple lists Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Nexus smartphones as infringing devices.
Google is expected to take a bigger role in the litigation with testimony from executives such as current vice-president of Android engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer and former Android Chief Andy Rubin. These executives will discuss how Android was developed outside the influence of Apple and iOS. Apple is expected to again call Phil Schiller to testify on the design, development, and marketing of iOS and associated hardware.
Before the trial even begins, Samsung already has been handed a minor setback as reported by Re/code. Judge Koh rejected a motion by Korean company that objected to an instructional video describing the patent process because it includes references to Apple products. Samsung argued the newer video, shown above, was “highly prejudicial to Samsung” and asked that the jurors be shown an older, more neutral version. Koh disagreed.
A set of images posted on Chinese microblogging site Weibo (via GforGames) may depict the iPhone 6 under development at Foxconn. Said to be sourced directly from Apple’s manufacturing partner, the images show an iPhone with a slim chassis, rounded corners, and a protruding camera lens, similar to the camera in the iPod touch. The device appears to be taller and potentially wider than the existing iPhone 5s.
The design is potentially in line with some leaked facts about the iPhone 6, including the thin size of the device, but the quality of the images makes it difficult to determine the veracity of the iPhone in the picture.
The text is nearly unreadable, and though it is hard to see the phone’s flash to glean more information, it appears to have rounded design. Apple introduced a much-improved pill-shaped True Tone dual LED flash with the iPhone 5s and it is unlikely to deviate from that design in the next iPhone.
Schematics are also included in one of the pictures, but do not appear to indicate the size of the device. Apple’s next iPhone is said to come in two display sizes, one near 4.7 inches and the other at approximately 5.5 inches.
The front of the device is not depicted, but rumors have indicated the iPhone 6 display could have an edge-to-edge design that does away with bezels. The upcoming phone, which may or may not be depicted in these photos, is also said to include an upgraded processor and an improved camera.
Rdio is the latest music service to fold in support for Google’s Chromecast media device. Log into the web experience today and you’ll find the familiar icon at the bottom row of your screen. The Android and iOS mobile apps also offer Chromecast playback; software updates are rolling out today.
As a refresher, Rdio offers a 14-day trial service for the Rdio Unlimited listening experience which includes a $9.99/month all-you-can-listen plan. There’s also a similar, free experience which is supported by advertisements. You might also qualify for one of their discounted rate plans; students, families, and web-only packages exist.