Say goodbye to Google Shopping Express and hello to Google Express, the new (and shorter) name for Google's same-day delivery service. In addition to the slight name change, Google added three more cities to the fold -- Boston, Chicago, and Washington D.C. -- and 16 new merchants, such as Nine West, PetSmart, SportsAuthority, and more. And if you live in Bay Area, you can now order alcohol, provided you're at least 21-years-old.
In a game of one-upmanship, Crytek undercuts Epic Games on subscription pricing model
Crytek today announced the launch of its "Engine-as-a-Service" (EaaS) program, which is a fancy pants way of saying developers can license its CryEngine technology on a subscription basis. The cost is $9.90 per month, which trumps the $19 per month subscription plan Epic Games rolled out for its Unreal Engine 4. Further upping the ante, developers who subscribe to the EaaS program don't have to make any royalty payments on commercial products they build using CryEngine, whereas Epic Games requires a 5 percent kickback.
Want to atone for pirating that copy of Photoshop a couple years back? Adobe has come up with a promotional offer that it hopes photographers will find too good to refuse. From now until December 2, 2013, you can join Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99 per month, giving you access to Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Behance ProSite, and 20GB of cloud storage.
Microsoft hopes you’ll choose its subscription based version of Office over the severely gimped retail edition.
Windows and Office make up the lion’s share of Microsoft’s revenues, so when everybody’s favorite “devices and services” company makes decisions that fundamentally alter its business model, people stop and take notice. Changes to Office 2013’s licensing terms might not sound all that interesting at first glance, however, they almost certainly hint at the future Microsoft is preparing for.
Seemingly since the beginning of time, man and woman have been willing to paying discounted prices for subsidized hardware with long-term service agreements. It's how the majority of smartphones are sold, and in the dial-up era, you could snag a low-cost PC if you were willing to pay out the nose for blazing fast 56K Internet service. Could the same principle drive Xbox 360 sales? Get ready to find out.
When Final Fantasy XIV first launched, it was a bit of a mess. Actually, scratch that. It was a complete and utter disaster -- the kind of half-baked idea spillage so radioactively heinous that we were surprised it didn't trigger a Godzilla attack. Square Enix, however, owned up to its mistakes and gave players a fairly lengthy subscription-fee-free grace period while it hammered the game's salvaged scraps back into shape. Now, though, time's almost up. In anticipation of FFXIV 2.0, Square's bringing back fees on January 6, at a reduced base rate of $9.99 per month. Which is still sort of terrible timing, given the launch date of a certain subscription-based sci-fi to-do with giant glowsticks or some such. Regardless, you've got exactly one month to make up your mind. So, are you willing to forgive and fork over some cash, or are you packing your bags?
Google TV’s name says it all: it’s Google’s attempt to merge TV, Internet videos and apps in one convenient set-top box. For the most part, the merging of Internet and TV has meant users can stream TV shows and movies in a TV-like way, or launch apps and surf the web in a more Internet-like way. Now, one third-party provider is truly merging the soul of the Internet with the convenience of television; Vivid Entertainment, the top adult film studio around, has announced that it’s launching “the first TV app designed to make sexually explicit content available through the new Google TV set top device.” In HD, nonetheless.
When Google launched its Chromebook initiative for business and education customers, potential clients weren’t given very much flexibility when it came to financing. Basically they either chose to agree to a three-year subscription fee, or they could look for something else. In a rather rare change of heart, Google has reversed the three-year requirement, and are now giving both sets of customers the option to buy the machines outright with one year of support instead. Clients will have the option to renew web-based admin, phone support, and hardware for years two and three, but it is no longer required.
While book publishers have been, for the most part, friendly to the idea of e-books – at least since the rise of the Kindle and its ilk – the shift from dead trees to lively pixels still scare many in the industry. Meanwhile, on the TV and movie front, streaming providers like Hulu Plus have been bucking heads with traditional content producers who are fearful of devaluing their content. A new report says Amazon’s looking to take all those anxieties and mix them up in one big worry stew by introducing a Netflix-like subscription e-book service to Amazon Prime accounts.
Much has already been made about Google's business and subscription plans for its Chromebook, and so far the details have raised more questions than answers. How long are the contracts good for, and are there are any other requirements or strings attached? What's included, and what's not included? A handful of Google executives took the time to answer these questions and clarify how its Chromebook subscription model works.