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Google's been chomping at the bit over "white space," which is unused spectrum that resides next to broadcast TV spectrum, for some time now. On Monday it, announced the launch of Free the Airwaves, a site promoting the unlicensed use of "white space" spectrum. While definitely not altruistic, it certainly sells itself as such, saying its... Read more...
In the latest results from market research company, Ipsos's quarterly study of the U.S. online video market, Ipsos found that most users are willing to accept advertising within free, online video content. The percentage of folks who find the inclusion of advertising in their free streaming or downloaded videos acceptable, however, depends... Read more...
Free access at AT&T hotspots for iPhone users was first announced at the beginning of May.  Then it was disabled.  It was reannounced today, but once again, it was a mistake.  Why they keep doing this, who knows?The notice, which was still live at 8:30 a.m. PDT but then was removed by 9:30 a.m., said:"AT&T knows Wi-Fi... Read more...
Not only has Starbucks been busy outfitting all of its company-operated Starbucks locations with AT&T-supplied Wi-Fi, but that Wi-Fi will now be free to Starbucks card holders for up to two hours per day: "As a way to thank our loyal customers, Starbucks is offering a reward for registering and using your Starbucks Card - complimentary... Read more...
Following up on their February promise to release a free version of their award-winning physics and animation software product – Havok Complete - Havok's website now has the download available.Havok announced in February an Intel sponsored PC version of our award-winning physics and animation products for dowload at no charge. The products... Read more...
The FCC is gearing up to auction off exclusive use to a spectrum of airwaves (2155 – 2175MHz, a.k.a. the AWS-3 band), and it is considering requiring the purchaser to provide high-speed (768Kbps) Internet access to most of the U.S. for free: ''We're hoping there will be increased interest (in the proposal) and because this will provide wireless... Read more...
California's hands-free mobile phone law goes into effect on July 1st. Starting on that date, California drivers will no longer be able to use hand-held phones, but will instead either need to use a hands-free device, whether it's a headset or integrated into the car.A study released Monday by the non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California... Read more...
The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has won a default judgment against Valence Media's download site Torrentspy. The judgment is handy for figuring out exactly how much all those free movies everyone's downloading are worth. According to a federal judge, $110 million dollars ought to about cover it. In 2006 TorrentSpy was more... Read more...
Yes, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Prize winner and internationally known humanitarian, is a fan of free music. Don't read that to mean he supports illegally downloading music, however.Tutu has become involved with SOS Records, a label that plans to let users decide which acts it signs. Tutu was in New York on Tuesday to help launch the... Read more...
Never one to follow the traditional paths of the recording industry, today the Nine Inch Nails have made their latest album, "Slip," available as a free download from their Website. This comes on the heels of the free release of their single, "Echoplex," on Facebook's iLike a few days earlier. This is not the band's first foray into digital... Read more...
The iPhone is getting free access at any ATT hotspot.  Others are getting it because ATT goofed.Now that AT&T has full control of wireless hotspots like Starbucks and Barnes and Nobles, it looks like they're doling out freebies to their favorite customers: iPhone users. Apparently, if you've got one of Apple's devices, you can hop... Read more...
Grand Theft Auto IV has created a frenzy of news stories, including rave reviews and record sales, but the one that has gamers hot under the collar: freezes.Last month, the launch of Rockstar Games' Bully on the Xbox 360 was marred by a bevy of crash bugs and other glitches. With this morning's heavily anticipated release of Grand Theft Auto... Read more...
Thursday Adobe launched Photoshop Express, an free, online version of its popular Photoshop picture and graphics-editing software. In doing so, Adobe joins the crowd of vendors offering online versions of productivity software. Typical of such offerings, Photoshop Express (PE) arrives in beta form.San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe Systems Inc.... Read more...
It's free, so do they have the right to censor it?Officials have blocked access to content they deem provocative on the airport's free Wi-Fi service.The Denver Post points out that some of those questionable sites include, Vanity Fair, the gossip column perezhilton.com, the hipster-geek site boingboing.net, and photos from the Sports Illustrated... Read more...
Much concern has been expressed over the possibility of Apple restricting 3rd-party iPhone apps developed with its upcoming SDK.  It appears, however, one category of apps may be excluded from any restrictions: free ones.In spite of fears that Apple may impose tight restrictions on third-party iPhone applications developed with its upcoming... Read more...
Intel and FREEDOM4 Collabrate to Accelerate Deployment of WiMAX Network in the U.K. Intel Capital Provides Growth Capital to FREEDOM4 LONDON – Feb. 11, 2008 – In an effort to bring people faster, lower cost and a truly mobile, data broadband technology, FREEDOM4 and Intel Corporation today announced a collaboration to accelerate mobile WiMAX... Read more...
Remember the Red 80GB Zune that Microsoft announced in mid-January? A nice idea for Valentine's Day, especially with special limited time Zune Originals artwork. Unfortunately, the best-laid plans ....Microsoft is e-mailing customers who are on the cusp of not receiving their special Zune orders on time, saying that while they are trying their... Read more...
Who could have imagined?  Free shipping is a crime?  In France, it is.Amazon.com said on Monday that it would rather pay €1000 a day in fines than abolish its free shipping on books in France.Free shipping from Amazon.fr is apparently a violation of a 1981 law that was passed to ensure the French public receives equal access... Read more...
Sony has confirmed what was rumored last week: DRM-free downloads are coming.  The silly part is you have to go to a retail brick-and-mortar store first.The No. 2 record company after Universal Music will sell plastic cards, called Platinum MusicPass, for individual albums for a suggested price of $12.99. Buyers enter a code from the... Read more...
This is interesting.  Free software, but you potentially give up your privacy for it.Microsoft pulled the free software offer from its Web site Tuesday, which made free copies of Vista and Office among other applications available in exchange for feedback.Users will be required to install a piece of software on their computers for three... Read more...
Are you watching analog television? Somewhere between 13 and 21 million households still are. By federal government mandate, all TV broadcasting must switch over to digital by 2009. To ease the transition, the government is offering up to two coupons worth $40 each to buy converter boxes. Big box retailers like Best Buy and Wal-Mart are... Read more...
It has been a bad couple of days for external hard drive makers.  First Western Digital restricts sharing of multimedia files, and now it appears Seagate's FreeAgent drives don't play nice with Linux.The problem is to do with the power-saving systems on Seagate's latest range of drives and the fact that it is shipped already formatted... Read more...
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