Chances are good that if you’re a fan of streaming music online, you’ve heard of Pandora. And, apparently users of the service like it so much that they’ve actually been asking about ways to pay the company to guarantee its survival. At long last those (strange) questions have been answered, with the introduction of Pandora One.
Pandora One is a subscription-based model allowing users that shell out $36 a year access to some premium options. First off, premium users will no longer have to put up with ads of any kind (this includes the in-stream audio ads). Secondly, and most notably, they’ll gain access to a Pandora desktop app that includes high quality streaming audio (bumped up to 192 kbps), a personalized look, a mini player, and extended player time outs.
For many of us, the free-to-use service is just fine as is. The ads that are currently keeping it alive aren’t very invasive (even the audio ones), and with apps such as OpenPandora out there it’s admittedly a tough sell. But, for those looking to show their love for their favorite online streaming service, $36/year isn’t too bad a price.
According to Google’s co-founder Larry Page, Twitter has them beat in the race to meet web user’s demands for real-time information – by a long shot.
Instead of gearing up for some heavy competition in this market, Google’s Search Engine Chairman and Chief Executive, Eric Schmidt, has hinted towards them becoming a partner of Twitter. “People really want to do stuff real time and I think they [Twitter] have done a great job about it,” said Eric Page. “I think we have done a relatively poor job of creating things that work on a per-second basis.”
No official word yet on what the partnership could be, but it’ll surely be an interesting situation to watch.
While AirTran claimed that they would be the first to implement Wi-Fi on all of their flights, Virgin America just beat them to the punch.
Yesterday Virgin officially announced that they would feature Wi-Fi on all 100 of their daily flights. Costs clock in at $12.95 for three hours and over, $9.95 for less than three hours, $5.95 for red-eye flights, and $7.95 if you just want to use a handheld device (such as a cell phone or a DSi).
Sure, the prices might seem a little beefy, but when I’m given the mental option between watching the inevitably bad movie that’s playing on the screen in front of me, or surfing the net on my own accord, I’ll opt towards the latter every time.
We're not sure what it is about Corsair and May 20, but on that same date last year, the memory maker set a world record for DDR3 memory frequency by pushing its Dominator kit to 2462MHz. Fast forward a year later, and on May 20, 2009, Corsair Labs announced it had coaxed 2533MHz out of a 6GB triple channel DDR3 Dominator GT kit, which the company says is the highest frequency ever achieved on a Core i7 platform using three modules.
"When it comes to overclocking and memory, Corsair has proven -- once again -- that its engineering team truly is the best," said Kevein Conley, Vice President of Engineering for Corsair. "As the new world record shows, Corsair's modules are second-to-none in terms of performance, stability, and quality."
To set the new mark, Corsair slapped a Dominator GT 2000C7 tri-channel kit into an Evga X58 3X Classified motherboard and ran fairly aggressive 7-8-7-20 timings. Other components included an Intel Core i7 Extreme 975 processor, GeForce 8800 GTS videocard, and a Corsair P256 SSD.
Jonas Brothers fans and those looking for marblecake recipes on YouTube may get more than they bargained for today. That's because 4chan and eBaum's World have teamed up for "Operation Porn Day," which involves uploading explicit video clips to YouTube using innocuous tags.
Many of the clips have already been removed, but according to Arstechnica, it was able to find others that haven't yet been caught (still reading?). In addition to the false tags, a lot of the clips contain 20 to 30 seconds of seemingly legitimately content, such as a newscast, before getting down and dirty.
"It may take some time for video search results and thumbnail images to disappear from the site," Google spokesperson Scott Rubin said. "Typically, this should not take more than a couple of days, but the videos themselves are no longer viewable."
In other words, you may want to keep your kids and nephews occupied with something other than YouTube for the time being.
According to a report from Piper Jaffray, an international middle market investment firm, Apple might be putting itself in a position to release a netbook sometime in 2010.
Apple hasn't stated publicly any plans to release a low-cost notebook, and such a move would seem to go against the company's M.O. However, the investment firm points out the acquisition of PA Semi, several patents Apple has taken out, and the recent hiring of chip designers as evidence that Apple wants to be more active in the mobile world.
"We are anticipating a new category of Apple products with an operating system more robust than the iPhone’s but optimized for multi-touch, unlike Mac OS X," Piper Jaffray wrote. "The device’s OS could bear a close resemblance to Apple’s mobile OS and run App Store apps, or it could be a modified version of Mac OS X."
The reports suggest Apple could release a touchscreen tablet between 7 and 10 inches for anywhere from $500 to $700, which is out of netbook pricing territory, but might find an audience among those looking for a low-cost Mac. Moreover, the firm says Apple may use a proprietary CPU design.
Acer's new easyStore Home Server has made its way to the U.S. in a cool looking cube and sporting Microsoft's Windows Home Server, as well as 1TB of backup storage from the get-go.
"The trend of multiple computer devices per household continues to grow, particularly with regard to mobility. A significant pain point for consumers is how to consolidate and protect their digital data that's spread among multiple devices," said Sumit Agnihotry, Vice President of Product Marketing for Acer America. "Aspire easyStore is the ideal solution for networking home PCs and providing round the clock data protection. Offering remote access to digital data at home from anywhere in the world and automatic daily back-ups, it's the perfect companion to netbooks and notebooks. It's an extremely practical and affordable way to simplify and manage one's personal digital life."
Other hardware and specs includes an Intel Atom 230 processor (1.6GHz), 2GB of DDR2 memory, five USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, and a 200W power supply. But the coolest thing about the easyStore is the ability to add more drives via three hot-swappable 3.5-inch hard drive bays on the front of the cube, which potentially ups the ante up to 7TB of total storage.
Whether you're chasing a world overclocking record or ever thought to yourself, "Self, if only I could get this RAM to sub-ambient temp levels, I think it'd really shine," Corsair's Cooling Ice Series T30 apparatus might be just what you've been waiting for.
Designed specifically for both Corsair's Dominator and Dominator GT modules, the T30 is a thermo-electric cooling (TEC) unit that hooks up to your existing water-cooling setup. Water block, humidity sensors, and control circuitry are all included, just bring your own 3/8-inch tubng. Once installed, Corsair claims the T30 will cool your modules up to 20C degrees below ambient temperature, which, according to the company's own testing, was enough to increase memory frequency overclocking by up to 100MHz over standard cooling.
If street pricing holds true to the MSRP, that extra 100MHz will run you $199. No word yet on availability.
The last time you saw Ravage, he was transforming from a demon cat into a mini-cassette, but that's no way to lie inconspicuous in the modern era. Not to worry though, because Soundwave's minion has managed to avoid obsolescence by now transforming into a 2GB USB thumb drive.
That's just cool, albeit pricey. You can pre-order the drive now for $43 (ships in September), and toss in another $2 to upgrade to "Collector's Grade,' which guarantees packaging to be 90 percent mint or better. That could come into play when, decades from now, your grandkids ask you what the hell a USB thumb drive is.
Thanks to a recent report, a new worst-case scenario has been proposed that details the downfall of the modern GPS system, as we know it.
The report, distributed by the Government Accounting Office, states that our nation’s GPS could begin to fail sometime next year. Our GPS system has supposedly been extremely mismanaged, and when the aging equipment used to keep it all running begins to fail there will be no new satellites to take their place.
“If the Air Force does not meet its scheduled goals for development of GPS IIIA satellites, there will be an increased likelihood that… the overall GPS constellation will fall below the number of satellites required to provide the level of GPS service that the U.S. government commits to,” says the report.
It also notes that the Air Force has failed to build successful GPS satellites within the cost and schedule constraints provided to it.