Rdio's video-streaming service Vdio is no more. The company put an end to the service, saying it failed to deliver the differentiated customer experience despite the company's best efforts.
The ad-free music subscription service closed Vdio as it was still in the beta testing phase. Vdio had entered the beta phase in June 2013. Many beta users had described the on-demand video service as a sort of Apple's iTunes service where they could buy and watch movies and individual episodes of television shows.
SoftBank, the Japan-based majority owner of wireless carrier Sprint, is reportedly in talks with Deutsche Telekom to acquire T-Mobile USA; but analysts are of the opinion that any such deal will not be possible unless the Japanese company overcomes U. S. regulators serious concerns about healthy competition.
A few days back, media reports said that SoftBank was in the `final stages' of acquisition talks with T-Mobile's German parent firm Deutsche Telekom. The reports pegged the value of the potential deal at around $20 billion.
Multiplatform pay-TV channel Epix has officially announced the availability of its premium content to Microsoft's Windows 8.1 authenticated subscribers.
The Epix app was launched on Windows 8.1 platform on Thursday, December 19, becoming the first premium television network available as an app in the Windows Store.
Announcing the launch of pay-TV channel on Windows 8.1, Epix CEO Mark Greenberg said, "Launching the Epix app on Windows 8.1 expands our collaboration with Microsoft to offer subscribers unparalleled content and experience from any device at any time."
Little-known Chinese handset manufacturer Meizu has revealed its intention to enter the U. S. market, saying there is a room in the American market for another player.
Meizu said it should not be taken lightly when it comes to manufacturing high end smartphones, which was the case with most Chinese manufacturers. It added that it had plans to preview its various smartphones at CES 2014.
Games giant Valve has added `VR support' category to its widely popular digital distribution service Steam, making it easier for users to find games for the upcoming Oculus Rift console.
Steam is currently offering a total of 9 games under the VR support category, including the Valve Complete Pack, Strike Suit Zero and Surgeon Simulator 2013.
The absence of Euro Truck Simulator from the list is definitely a bad thing for gamers, but this title could also be made available under the category soon as the game's Oculus Rift support is currently in the testing phase.
Continuing its buying spree, Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday announced that it was acquiring a small California-based content delivery start-up called PeerCDN.
Like other content delivery companies, PeerCDN own servers and other information technology (IT) resources to deliver various sorts of content, particularly streaming video, while ensuring fast response times and low bandwidth costs. Content delivery companies are based on content replication, where several copies of content are positioned on purposefully detached servers.
Facebook-owned photo-sharing service Instagram recently unveiled a new service that allows its users to share their private photos as well as videos with their friends and relatives.
The Instagram Direct allows users to send private photos and videos to their select friends and family members that they do not like to share with others on the network.
The new service was unveiled by Kevin Systrom, the founder of the photo-sharing service, in front of media persons in Manhattan. Systrom stressed that the new service had been created with a sole aim to foster intimacy.
Smartphone chip giant Qualcomm Inc. on Friday announced that its chief operating officer (COO) Steve Mollenkopf would be its next chief executive officer (CEO).
Mollenkopf will succeed current Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, which will step down next year.
The announcement may be a setback for Redmond-based software giant Microsoft, which was reportedly considering Mollenkopf as one of major candidates to replace retiring Steve Ballmer. Mr. Ballmer, who has been leading Microsoft from around 13 years, announced in August that he would retire within a year once a perfect replacement is found.
Microsoft on Wednesday scored a major victory against Cisco Systems Inc. after a European court ruled that the Redmond-based tech giant's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype would hurt competition.
California-based Cisco Systems Inc. and Italian firm Messagenet had mounted the challenge last year, arguing that the Redmond firm's 2011 acquisition of Skype would allow Microsoft to have a monopoly on the future of video communications.
In order to beef up security of its customers' accounts, tech giant Microsoft has added some new security and account control features that will allow users to keep a closer look at their accounts.
The addition of new security features has enabled account users to view a log of recent use of their accounts. They can see the date, time, IP address as well as location from where their accounts were accessed.
Online retail giant Amazon on Monday launched a new promotion that people with a rare opportunity to enjoy considerable savings on several Kindle devices.
The new promotion slashed the price of the 16GB WiFi Kindle Fire HDX tablet by 20 per cent. That dragged the price of the 7-inch tablet computer down to $183.20, which represented a discount of $45.80.
Social-networking giant Facebook has announced its decision to start distinguishing more and more between different sorts of content to encourage higher-quality content on users' News Feeds.
Lars Backstrom, News Feed manager at the social network, said that the company would look at the source of content to decide whether content is of high-quality or low-quality for a user.
The recent launch of Search4BBM's popular BBM PIN finding service for Android is expected to make it a bid easier for the users of Google's mobile operating system to make new friends and find old ones on BBM.
Users can quickly add new and old friends using the service, thanks to Search4BBM that acts as a searchable directory of BBM PINS. Users of BBM platform can voluntarily add their PIN to the searchable directory.
Network providers AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile U. S. Inc are weighing bids for a block of spectrum licenses that Verizon Wireless wants to offload, according to a fresh report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
The WSJ report, published on Wednesday, said that Verizon Wireless had previously made an attempt to sell a block of spectrum licenses, and that it remained open to a deal. It may be noted here that Verizon Wireless, the largest & most profitable U. S. mobile phone carrier, is a joint venture (JV) of Verizon Communications Inc. and British telecommunications giant Vodafone PLC.
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