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Another Music Service Bites The Dust

May 1, 2015 in News, Software

musicWhen I started going to college I felt ahead of the curve and on top of the world. It was only until a family with a younger daughter was sitting around listening to music that I realized I wasn’t “with it” anymore. The service she was using was Grooveshark – something I had never heard of and although the name was strange I made sure to remember it and pass it on.

It seems more and more we are seeing free music streaming services getting targeted and shut down. mrtzcMP3 was a well known spider that hunted out music files and neatly indexed them for anyone to find. Though this website simply indexed them and did not host any illegal files directly, the creator still battled with many legal issues and eventually closed its doors for good. Today the very popular streaming service Grooveshark has shut down as well. With over half the monthly users as Spotify this is a pretty big hit to the music streaming community.

Through my life I’ve watched many free services die. Games were painful until Steam came along. Movies and TV was painful until Netflix came along. Music used to be painful but now there are vast numbers of licensed streaming services. Although I’m a big fan of pay-what-you-want style transactions for artists and believe there should be a better way to find and try before you buy in the world of music, we are moving forward and the trend is positive. What I will miss the most was Groovesharks html5 page which worked fantastic on any mobile device. Soundcloud fills a small gape but there are still holes. Hopefully in time these services will get better and this loss pushes progress forward.

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Today, You May Not Have Internet

July 9, 2012 in News

Last night a friend asked me why some people would be without internet this Monday, knowing about this issue since last Friday I found it somewhat funny that it took so long to truly circulate. Basically for those who don’t know, some people created malware that changes the DNS settings on your computer – appropriately named DNSChanger. When you type in a website, instead of the DNS pointing your web browser to the real website, it would point you to a website that would make profit off of you visiting the page through ads and other monetized functions. No big D though, the FBI found the fraudulent DNS server and turned it into a proper DNS server.

Since then, Google and Facebook have been monitoring incoming DNS requests and provided users with a friendly message explaining that their computer has been compromised and given some easy ways to fix the problem. Now today, July 9th the FBI plans on turning off this DNS server… Now this may not make sense to anyone but the DNS server had the power to point your computer to any website they wanted… So instead of turning it into a normal fully working DNS server, why didn’t the FBI just make it so any website request pointed users to a tool that would fix their DNS settings, thus avoiding the whole catastrophe of having over 200,000 users suddenly not have internet any more! Sure, it probably would have been “illegal” but if it was done by the FBI for a constructive and positive reason, who cares? Everyone would have known about the problem right away and been able to fix it.

I can’t complain though, things like this keep me employed! =)

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G+ Gets a Face Lift

April 11, 2012 in News, Software

There’s no doubt Google has been trying very hard to get themselves noticed in the social networking world, but I think a lot of people couldn’t help but think they missed the mark. Last week they unveiled Google Play and now they have given Google+ a great new look. Personally I think the home page could use some work since on my monitor it just doesn’t seem to make good use of the screen real estate. I think where this update shines is the profile. A truly good social networking platform needs a good profile page, and I think they did a really good job with this. A very familiar layout to any facebook user with flexibility to add a single cover photo or several photos.

From the video it looks like a Youtube layout change might also be rolling out soon. This may be the start to several design changes Google will be launching through the rest of the month! Keep an eye out for more to come.

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Google Play

March 26, 2012 in News

Bored? Google now introduces Google Play! “Now your favorite music, books, movies, apps, and games are all in one place that’s accessible from the Web and any Android device.”

Though we have waved goodbye to Google products buzzkilled, I have a feeling Play will be around for good. Many users may notice Google Music will redirect you to Google Play, and here’s why! Some of Play’s key features are:

  • Store up to 20,000 songs for free and buy millions of new tracks
  • Download more than 450,000 Android apps and games
  • Browse the world’s largest selection of eBooks
  • Rent thousands of your favorite movies, including new releases and HD titles

So now it seems they have Android Market, Google Music, Google Books, and Youtube’s new movie rental all in the same place! I guess it means this isn’t really new after all…

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THIS MUST STOP

March 7, 2012 in News

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PlayBook OS 2.0 Coming Soon!

February 17, 2012 in News, Software

Finally a solid date has come out of the woodwork. It seems PlayBook OS 2.0 will be dropping on February 21st and featuring native email, calendar and contacts. The new OS will bring a TON of other great features too such as being able to run Android apps!

I think what I’m looking forward to the most is Open On, updated Video Chat, and Android market!

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Mobile Devices Now Account for 8.5% of Internet Traffic

February 10, 2012 in News

Everything looks like it’s back up and looking good now. I thought I would leave you with this interesting fact I came across. Turns out since 2010 we have DOUBLED the amount of traffic we use on our mobile devices! As mobile internet gets faster I can only expect these numbers will go up in the next few years, how much will be interesting to see.

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