Viber launches ‘Viber Out’ – call any phone from within the Viber App – In an aggressive shot across Skype’s bows Viber has announced it’s new service ‘Viber Out’ – A service that allows users to make calls from within the Viber App to any mobile or landline at significantly lower prices than Microsoft’s industry goliath. The low per minute rates coupled with the omission of connection fees results in a significantly reduced per call cost. A fact that Viber were quick to draw attention to at launch.
Viber out also has another trick up it’s sleeve in that it displays your real telephone number to recipients allowing them to see via caller ID who the call is coming from. This feature is likely to very positively received in the age of call-screening.
The Pirate Bay resurfaces at a new domain following seizure – The Pirate Bay’s move to the Caribbean retreat of Sint Maarten this summer didn’t last long, as Torrent Freak today reports its domain has been seized by authorities — ostensibly under pressure from copyright holders keen to shut the file-sharing site down. Unfortunately for them, thepiratebay.ac is already up and running in the equally obscure realm of Ascension Island.
Apple’s 12 Days of digital gifts comes to the US for the first time – Apple’s donning the Santa suit again this year to dole out digital freebies, and for the first time, iOS users in the US make it to the “nice” list. Today, the company has launched the annual 12 Days of Gifts for 2013, offering one complimentary song, app, book or movie every day between December 26th and January 6th. In previous years, US iOS users could only look on as folks from Canada, some parts of Europe and other countries worldwide
unwrapped downloaded their presents from Cupertino. Now that the event has arrived stateside, make sure to install the 12 Days app, linked as a source below, and fire it up under your tree the day after Christmas.
Twitter’s new head of news explains why she left NBC – Twitter may have been born out of San Francisco’s fast-moving startup culture, but its latest leader comes from a place far from it. Vivian Schiller, who will start as Twitter’s first news partnerships leader in January, comes straight out of the old media world, where she’s worked at a number of top organizations from NPR to The New York Times. Most recently, Schiller has been working at NBC News, and in a blog post today she explains why she’s choosing to make the jump from “digital person in a media company” to “the media person in a tech company.”
NimbleTV launches in New York City, streams paid TV starting at $4 per month – After nearly a year in beta testing, NimbleTV’s streaming service is at last ready for prime time. Anyone with an address in the New York City area can sign up to watch local cable programming anywhere they have a fast internet connection; they just need a web browser, an iOS device or a Roku player. Viewers with existing TV subscriptions through Cablevision, RCN, Verizon’s FiOS or Time Warner Cable can pay as little as $4 per month to add NimbleTV, while those starting fresh pay $30 or more per month.
Google Chromecast adds ten new apps to its streaming arsenal – For users of Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle, the inclusion of HBO Go was pretty much the final piece of the holy streaming trifecta (the others being Netflix and Hulu Plus).
Now, however, Google’s opting for quantity over quality and adding ten new apps to its Chromecast-friendly suite. So what’s in that grab bag of apps? Well, beyond just supporting its own Chrome browser, Google’s now made media casting easier by supporting Plex, RealPlayer Cloud and Avia.
HP intros EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 business Ultrabook, refreshes its Revolve convertible with LTE – Now that HP’s unveiled its holiday lineup, it can turn its attention back to more evergreen products — you know, like business laptops. Today, the company announced the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1, the successor to its current enterprise Ultrabook, along with the EliteBook Revolve G2, a slightly tweaked version of the original Revolve.
Microsoft updates Photosynth with ultra high-resolution and 360-degree objects – Microsoft’s Photosynth software has its fair share of fans. The high-tech panorama capture has always excelled at stitching together stunning images. The latest beta update brings a host of enhancements to the table that ensure Redmond wont be eclipsed by its competitors in short order.
‘Because the Internet’: online fame gives Donald Glover the feels – Donald Glover — otherwise known as the rapper Childish Gambino — is a particularly potent kind of celebrity today. He’s certainly prolific: having gotten his big break writing for 30 Rock, he followed that up with standup specials, a celebrated role as Troy Barnes on NBC’s Community, and a string of rap albums that culminated in 2011’s Camp, his first studio release. However, he also manages to balance his freewheeling creative life with a sizeable digital footprint: He tweets in torrents. He does guest appearances on podcasts as disparate as The Nerdist and Rosenberg Radio. He has performed in numerous viral videos with the Derrick Comedy troupe. The list goes on.
President Barack Obama takes selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service – The “selfie” and its most controversial subcategory, the funeral selfie, briefly dominated online conversations earlier this year — narcissism or reclamation? Callousness or an honest expression of grief?
Whatever they represent about American society, it’s now being reflected at the highest levels of our government. AFP / Getty photographer Roberto Schmidt captured President Barack Obama snapping a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, along with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
Amazon’s Cloud Drive Photos app now backs up your iOS videos, runs natively on iPad – Amazon’s Cloud Drive Photos app ranks among the simplest and best ways to back up your mobile photo collection.
Today it’s been updated on iOS with two big features: Cloud Drive Photos now runs natively on the iPad, and it will finally upload videos you’ve recorded for safekeeping on Amazon’s servers. Clips up to 20 minutes in length can be backed up (file size is also limited to 2GB), and if you enable auto-upload, Amazon will dig back through your entire iOS camera roll to ensure that all of your content is in the cloud.
GM names Mary Barra as CEO, first woman to lead a global automaker – General Motors will instate Mary Barra as its chief executive officer next year, which Bloomberg Businessweek reports will make her the first female CEO throughout the global auto industry. GM’s current CEO, Dan Akerson, has held the position since 2010 and will be retiring on January 15th of next year. Barra, 51, is a longtime GM employee who has worked her way from the ground floor up. She started as a co-op student with Pontiac back in 1980, and since then has worked her way through various engineering and staff positions over 33 years with the company.
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