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Windows Phone 7 Mango shots reveal built-in IM, cloud Office

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

Microsoft’s Mango update for Windows Phone 7 had some more features unveiled today. The release will have built-in instant messaging for Windows Live Messenger and also for AIM and Facebook. Microsoft’s system is smart and weaves into the people hub, automatically detecting which is the best network and create group messages.

Integrated SkyDrive and Office 365 will be included in Windows Phone 7.5. Microsoft is rumored to be building support for editing documents with Internet Explorer 9 mobile. Other features include album art on the lock screen with an active track and syncing for the games hub to pick up progress from an Xbox 360 game on WP7 or the other way around.

Google kicks off Music Beta

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on May 10th, 2011

Google has taken its first steps into cloud media today with Music Beta, which allows users upload up to 20,000 songs that they can then stream from either a web browser or an Android device. Listeners can even “pin” music to a mobile device to have a permanent copy of those songs to play while “offline”. I wonder what Apple thinks about all of this.

There’s also a new playlist feature called Instant Mix, where Music Beta ‘listens’ to the music and uses the sound of the music to automatically generate a playlist. A Music Manager desktop app for Macs and Windows PCs will allow users to automatically grab and upload their iTunes or Windows Media Player collections to the cloud as well.

Save your PS3 games in the cloud

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2011

Sony has told developers that the PlayStation 3 will soon have the ability to save games in the cloud. They’ve named it simply Online Saving. Soon you’ll be able to save your games and access them from anywhere. You won’t have to carry your PS3 to your friends house anymore.

It isn’t free however. This cloud service will only be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers. If you are among those who subscribe to this, you can expect to get Online Saving with the upcoming 3.60 firmware update.

JoliCloud 1.0 now ready for your netbook

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

It’s been quite a wait, but JoliCloud 1.0 is finally ready for download for your netbook. This Linux-based OS is also compatible with touchscreen displays. Once installed, you’ll have that 700-app directory to keep you busy for awhile.

Did we mention that it’s free? This operating system is based in the cloud, which should allow you to automatically synchronize across multiple devices, while managing your interface from said cloud as well, as long as you have an HTML5-supporting browser.

Lala to give iPhones, Apple tablets an online locker?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2010

No one seemed to know exactly what Apple intended to do with Lala after it bought the company, but now it looks like Apple may be looking to use it for an online locker for users’ music. Where users will be able to access collections anywhere, through a web browser, or through the iPhone, Apple tablet etc.

Everything would be stored in the cloud, so users could free up memory on their devices. Since customers already own the music, Apple won’t need to renegotiate with labels to get sharing rights. Microsoft has a similar service, but it’s not the same thing. Microsoft charges a $15 monthly fee for a Zune Pass, which offers you unlimited access to the entire Zune Marketplace music catalog.