Jason Bouwmeester

Google Acquires Music Streaming Service Songza

Google Acquires Songza
Google Acquires Songza

Google has just announced via Google+ that it has purchased music streaming service Songza. The purchase amount remains unknown at this time. Google has stated that Songza will continue to work for existing users and that they will be looking to integrate Songza features into Google Play Music.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold: July Edition

Xbox Live Games with Gold for July
Xbox Live Games with Gold for July

Each month, Xbox releases two games for the Xbox 360 and two for the Xbox One as part of it’s Games with Gold program for gamers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Major Nelson recently announced the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for July.

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Android L Developer Preview: Hands On

Android L Developer Preview: Hands On (image modified from developer.android.com)
Android L Developer Preview: Hands On (image modified from developer.android.com)

At Google I/O, Google announced that the Android L Developer Preview would be made available for anyone willing to flash a factory image on a Nexus 5 phone or Nexus 7 (2013) WiFi tablet. This is the first time that Google has released a preview version of Android to the general public. The Developer Preview has been made available and we’re taking a look at some of the changes in Android “L”.

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Google Counters Apple’s CarPlay With Android Auto

Android Auto
Android Auto (courtesy Google)

Google announced a number of Android initiatives based on its upcoming Android L at their I/O 2014 Developer Conference yesterday. One of the more interesting features was the announcement of Android Auto. While Google announced the Open Automotive Alliance a few months ago, Android Auto gives us a better look at what exactly the OAA will eventually be bringing to the automotive market.

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Google Domains Website Screen Capture

Google Testing Google Domains

Google Domains Website Screen Capture
Google Domains Website Screen Capture

Many small businesses still don’t have a custom domain name and instead rely on website building providers for their web presence solutions. Google is aiming to change that with Google Domains.

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Google Domains Website Screen Capture
XBL Achievements Website Screenshot

View All Your Xbox Achievements in One Location

XBL Achievements Website Screenshot
XBL Achievements Website Screenshot

It’s looking like July is Xbox Achievements Update month for Microsoft. Last week we took a look at the July Update Preview – part of which focuses on increasing the accessibility to Achievements while in-game.

Ever since the launch of the Xbox One last November, gamers have had to rely on the Xbox One SmartGlass app in order to view their achievement progress when not at their console as the achievements on the Xbox Live website are limited to Xbox 360 and Windows achievements – something that was somewhat puzzling to say the least.

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Xbox at E3 2014

E3 2014 in Review – Part 1: Microsoft

Xbox at E3 2014
Xbox at E3 2014 (courtesy Xbox Wire)

In case you missed the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo, we have an “E3 2014 in review” series for you! First up, we take a look at what Microsoft had to offer for the Xbox One and 360 going forward.

Microsoft led the E3 press conferences on Monday morning with a few expected announcements, a couple of surprise announcements, and a focus on games. Microsoft’s strategy was completely different from E3 2013 which focused more on the entertainment side of Xbox Live and the (then) upcoming Xbox One.

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Google Glass "Glass for Work" Screenshot

Glass At Work Certified Partners Announced

Google Glass "Glass for Work" Screenshot
Google Glass “Glass for Work” Screenshot (courtesy Google)

Google announced their first round of Glass at Work Certified Partners this morning. The Glass Certified Partners are authorized for delivering enterprise solutions for Glass.

Read on for a breakdown of the first of these partners – Augmedix:

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Xbox One Achievement Snap Screenshot

Xbox One July Update Preview

Xbox One Achievement Snap Screenshot
Xbox One Achievement Snap Screenshot

Over the past few months, Microsoft has been updating the Xbox One on a monthly basis. It looks like July will be no exception as Xbox’s Larry Hryb, a.k.a. Major Nelson, recently previewed the Xbox One July Update. Each of these updates has proven to enhance the user experience and shows that Microsoft has been listening to its user base. With the July update, users can expect to see some interesting updates.

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Canadian Supreme Court Upholds Internet Users’ Right to Privacy

Laptop Keyboard
Courtesy Jason Bouwmeester

Earlier this morning, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled on a recent case before them which examined the legality of voluntary warrantless disclosure of subscriber information from an internet service provider (ISP) to law enforcement. Matthew David Spencer was charged and convicted after a police officer tracked illegal child pornography file downloads to his IP address. The police officer was able to obtain Spencer’s real identity – without a search warrant – by asking his ISP (Shaw) for the customer information attached to that IP address which then allowed the police to track Spencer down.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch Tablet

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab S

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch Tablet

Yesterday, Samsung announced the 10.5 and 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S tablets. Samsung is touting these Super AMOLED devices as their thinnest and lightest tablets to date.

“The tablet is becoming a popular personal viewing device for enjoying content, which makes the quality of the display a critical feature,” said JK Shin, CEO and President of IT & Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics. “With the launch of the Galaxy Tab S, Samsung is setting the industry bar higher for the entire mobile industry. It will provide consumers with a visual and entertainment experience that brings colors to life, beautifully packaged in a sleek and ultra-portable mobile device.”

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5-inch Tablet