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Artists Use The App Store For Promo

Funhouse

P!nk: Funhouse

P!nk, along with LaFace/Zomba Label Group and Sony BMG, has entered yet another new kind of marketing with a free application available on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The application is available on the Apple App Store. Once installed, users will be able to listen to 30-second samples of all tracks available on P!nk’s newest album, Funhouse, which is available today. The application also allows access to restricted fan material such as pictures, videos, biography, etc.

It will only be a matter of time before we see all kinds of applications like this for other artists and let’s bet that the future only holds even more original marketing ideas for the public.

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Autodesk Acquires Softimage

Autodesk & Softimage

Autodesk & Softimage

Softimage, the Canadian company behind the visual effects in movies such as Jurrassic Park, Titanic, The Fifth Element, Happy Feet, 300, and many other movies and video games has been acquired by Autodesk. The acquisition will cost $35 million to Autodesk.

Autodesk are the makers of widely used 3D design software like Maya, and popular CAD software know as AutoCAD. Both companies share simalar goals and work in related markets. This acquisition should strenghten both companies and diversify their product lines to become more competitive in their respective markets.

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Android’s “Kill Switch”

Google Android

Google Android

The Android platform is following in Apple’s footsteps as Google has specified in their terms and conditions that it could remotely “remove those applications from your device at its sole discretion”.

This means that they control what you can and cannot use on your own device.

Of course, Google will probably only use this in case certain applications are messing up with the internal components of the software to a point were it could make the device operate outside of their established norms.

Only time will tell.

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Online Office Apps Eating Part of the MS Office Pie

Zoho

Zoho

It’s no secret that Microsoft Office is the most used desktop office application suite in the business world. What is surprising, is that more and more businesses are switching from desktop office applications to online suites.

Zoho and Google Apps are the most popular ones. Zoho has now over 400,000 users and Google Apps has over 500,000 users. Big names like GE, L’Oréal and now Washington DC are going this way for various reasons. Continue reading

RIM Planning Their Own “App Store”

BlackBerry

BlackBerry

The new business model that has been around now for a few years is to build a service around a product so that people are “forced” to spend more money even after having bought the product.

Music, software, games, etc. It has always been around but now is more integrated than before with virtual stores appearing on all games consoles (Wii, PS3, Xbox), music stores specifically designed for specific products (Zune Marketplace, Apple iTunes), and app stores designed only for specific devices (Apple iTunes Store, Android Marketplace).

Now there is a new one joining the hype: the RIM App Center. At first, the application center will support only the new Blackberry Storm touchscreen smartphone but will (probably) be supporting other devices as time goes by.

Each carrier will have their own RIM Application Center so they will be able to control what appears on theirs and maybe have “exclusive” content not available to other carriers.

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Good News for Apple iPhone Developers

Apple

Apple

The non disclosure agreement that Apple enforced on their developers prevented them from ever talking about the reasons why their software was being refused by Apple. This in turn frustrated many programmers as they felt helpless spending so much time and energy on something that would be turned down by the very organization in which they believed in.

Apple announced today that it will send iPhone developers a new agreement without the controversial Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) that has fueled anger amongst them.

From TechCrunch: “According to Apple, it “put the NDA in place because the iPhone OS includes many Apple inventions and innovations that we would like to protect, so that others don’t steal our work.” But after dealing with public outcry, Apple believed it wasn’t worth it.”

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IE6 Coming to a Windows Mobile Phone Near You

Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile

Microsoft officially announced their upcoming Internet Explorer 6 browser for Windows Mobile.

This is a much anticipated release as the version on current Windows Mobile devices is outdated and based on a very old version of IE4. Lets hope Microsoft will offer this as an easy upgrade for all WinMo users!

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TiVo on your PC!

TiVo

TiVo

Coming Soon! Nero LiquidTV™ | TiVo® PC will allow you to have all the great features of a TiVo box (live recording, pausing, scheduling, etc. but minus the streaming over the Internet) on your Windows PC.

Some say it’s a little too late and that there are many options available already to consumers but nothing’s like the familiar TiVo interface. In fact, the interface and navigation will be the same as on TiVo boxes so it should be easy for people to learn how to work it out.

You can get a complete package including a Tuner card, software, remote control, and 1-year TiVo services subscription for $199.

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