The journey towards a Google-powered smartwatch appears to be just a little bit closer, as Sundar Pichai announced an SDK for developers to build apps that play nice with Android. Using a smartwatch […]
Thanks to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, few of us are probably watching many movies on our Macs -- but for those who are, a new rather sly piece of software makes it easy to stream Hollywood's finest.
Popcorn Time is a slick-looking piece of software for Mac, Windows and Linux that allows movie watchers to stream their favorite titles directly from torrents, no messy downloads required.
Built by a self-proclaimed "bunch of geeks from Buenos Aires," Popcorn Time is currently in beta and offered free of charge (at least for now) for Mac OS X 10.7 and up. Through the magic of technology, the application makes it possible to stream feature films from existing torrents, rather than download them the traditionally slow way.
Best of all, features such as artwork, search, HD quality and subtitles are all present and accounted for in a user interface that makes it easy to find just about anything by genre or title. And yes, that includes Hollywood's latest hits -- even some that haven't hit DVD or Blu-ray in the United States quite yet.
Intrigued, we downloaded Popcorn Time and true to marketing claims, within moments were streaming recent blockbusters such as Delivery Man, American Hustle, Frozen and Gravity, all without paying a dime. You guessed it: This isn't entirely kosher with the law, but the developers have a pretty clear waring on the website: "Downloading copyrighted material may be illegal in your country. Use at your own risk."
Of course, the downside is you'll have to sit at the computer to actually watch anything and the software doesn't have every movie available. There's also no telling how long it will be before Hollywood finds a way to shut Popcorn Time down. Until then, feel free to download Beta 2.5 and see for yourself just how polished torrent-based software can be...
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Are you an iPhone owner who can't make your handset last an entire day without a charge? If so, the new CEO BlackBerry has a little sympathy for you (but only a little), and even a cutesy nickname to go along with it. Read on to find out more about it for yourself, but we can't help feeling like it comes off as a bit of sour grapes, considering BlackBerry sightings are about as rare as Bigfoot these days...
BlackBerry CEO Calls iPhone Owners "Wall Huggers"
Yahoo sat down with BlackBerry CEO John Chen (pictured above) last week during the Oasis Montgomery conference in Santa Monica, where he had a few choice words for iPhone users. “I call you guys wall huggers,” the executive said, referring to how owners of Apple's smartphones apparently can't reach the end of the day without fleeing to a power outlet in search of a charge. Aside from bashing the competition, Chen also reflected on why he rose to the challenge of guiding BlackBerry after the relative comfort of private equity firm Silver Lake. “I wanted to do something where I could wake up every day and worry... and I have fulfilled my dream," Chen remarked.
T-Mobile US Doubles Simple Choice Data Plans Starting March 23
There's no rest for T-Mobile US, who announced Friday that the carrier plans to "double down" on 4G LTE data for users of its less-expensive smartphone plans. Apparently in response to AT&T's latest Mobile Share Value plans, T-Mo's base Simple Choice plan has now doubled from 500MB to 1GB for the same $50, 2.5GB to 3GB for $60 or 5GB for $70, each with double the tethering and unlimited international texting. Unfortunately, customers eyeing T-Mobile's unlimited plan will actually wind up paying a little more at $80 per month, a $10 jump which at least doubles the tethering-only data to 5GB for the extra dough. The news plans won't kick in for postpaid customers until March 23, while prepaid and no credit check customers will have to wait until April 26.
Social Local Discovery Service Findery Finally Comes to iOS
Fresh out of an extended two-year beta, Findery for iOS is now available worldwide as a free app from the App Store. The service uses geolocation to allow users to take photos and notes for others to view, which can be a mobile diary of your travels or just interesting places found. For notes tagged as public, other users can favorite or comment on your posts, creating a map-based social network for discovering new places around the world. Both the service and the app are currently free and ready to board new users.
AT&T Drops Prices for Individual Wireless Lines
Not to be outdone by T-Mobile's weekend news, AT&T announced Sunday that it's also slashing prices for individual and two-line accounts who can't take advantage of the more generous Mobile Share Value plans announced last month. Effective immediately, a single line of smartphone service has been reduced by $15 per month to only $65, while a pair of lines cost $90, and each come with 2GB of data, unlimited talk and text, 50GB of cloud storage and unlimited international messaging to more than 190 countries. Best of all, there's no annual service contract and customers on existing two-year agreements are also eligible to jump over to this plan. As usual, the only catch is you won't be able to get a subsidized device, but the plan is eligible for AT&T Next early upgrades.
Beats Music Opens Its Doors to Developers with New API
CNET reported Friday that the new mobile streaming music kid on the block now has a public API. Beats Music is ready to see how far developers can go with integrating the service into others, such as Sonos wireless speakers and Bop.fm, a music aggregator. Rivals Spotify and Rdio have successfully expanded their horizons through such APIs, and now Beats Music is hoping to pair its more than 20 million tracks with just about any app or service that would make a great match. "If you're willing to pay $100 a year for music, which in my experience for all the world's music is a tremendous bargain, you should have access to music anywhere you might want it, in your car, house, anywhere," remarked Beats Music Chief Executive Ian C. Rogers.
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The all new HTC One has showed itself off yet again, albeit unofficially, through new photos leaked online.
Posted Sunday on a Chinese Weibo site as reported by French tech news site NowhereElse.fr, the latest series of photos reveal the front, back, and sides of the next HTC One with close-ups of the camera and other features. The phone is also displayed in comparison with its bigger brother, the HTC One Max.
On Saturday, known leaker @evleaks tweeted images of purported covers for the new HTC One that apparently can display the time and other information. Codename the HTC M8, the next generation HTC One will debut on March 25 at launch events in New York and London.
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PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in French low-cost telecoms company Iliad soared 15 percent on Monday after it announced industry-beating sales and profit growth and signed what could be a transformative mobile network deal with larger rival Bouygues.
(Reuters) - Mt. Gox, once the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for U.S. Bankruptcy in Dallas late Sunday, a move that will temporarily put U.S. legal action on hold against the Japanese company.
TORONTO (Reuters) - New smartphone apps that link to hearing aids are helping people with impaired hearing to pump up the volume on their devices or to use them as headphones to stream phone calls, YouTube videos and music.
(Reuters) - EBay Inc on Monday rejected activist investor Carl Icahn's two nominees to its board, saying both were unqualified, and urged shareholders to vote against them at its next annual meeting.
(Reuters) - A Chinese state-owned company offered to buy Montage Technology Group, a Shanghai-based chipmaker, in a deal valued at about $600 million, roughly four months after failing to buy rival RDA Microelectronics Inc.
(Reuters) - EBay Inc in a preliminary proxy statement on Monday urged its shareholders to vote against the two directors whom activist investor Carl Icahn nominated to its board.
LONDON (Reuters) - A U.S. biotech company pioneering tablets containing edible embedded microchips that can tell if patients have taken their medication is to establish its first international manufacturing site in Britain.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan Display Inc, the world's biggest maker of screens for tablets and smartphones, set the price of its stock listing at the bottom of its guidance range after foreign investors gave the offering a cool reception.
SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co's Galaxy S5 smartphone could get off to a slow start in South Korea as the flagship's launch next month will coincide with a 45-day ban on local carriers selling phones, analysts said.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd's new partnership with China's No. 2 online retailer JD.com takes aim at dominant rival Alibaba's Achilles heel - its weakness in mobile - in a move set to reshape the country's e-commerce industry.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - An online education company backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Monday that a unit of Softbank Corp had made a strategic investment in the company for an undisclosed amount.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd will buy a 15 percent stake in e-commerce firm JD.com for $214.7 million, as the two seek to challenge Alibaba Group Holding's dominant position in online shopping in China.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Tencent Holdings Ltd will buy a 15 percent stake in China's No. 2 e-commerce firm JD.com for $214.7 million, saying the two firms want to form a strategic partnership to transform the country's e-commerce industry.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Employees of Freescale Semiconductor who were on a Malaysia Airlines flight presumed to have crashed were doing sophisticated work at the U.S. chipmaker, a company spokesman said on Sunday.
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Google plans to release a software development kit in the next two weeks that will allow third-party developers to create Android software for use on wearable computing devices
The announcement was made Sunday by Sundar Pichai, Google's SVP of Android, Apps and Chrome, during a panel discussion with John Battelle at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas.
"In two weeks we are launching the first developer SDK for Android," Pichai said. "That will lay out the vision for developers in how we see this market working."
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Likening the evolution of wearable devices to the smartphone revolution, Pichai said the goal is to take Android beyond smartphones and tablets to a multi-screen world.
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