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Spotify Signs More Deals, Still Waiting on Warner

posted Saturday Mar 5, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Spotify Signs More Deals, Still Waiting on Warner

It seems like every week I have Spotify updates for everyone. Starting in January, I mentioned Spotify would make its way from Europe to the US very soon. So far, the streaming music company has finalized a deal with Sony and EMI and has even hinted at arriving the the US sooner than we think. The only problem holding them back was the ability to land a significant deal with another big record label, which would force analysts to consider Spotify as a serious competitor. That is, until now.

Want to know who Spotify scooped up this week? Hit the break.

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Forrester Report Suggests Mobile Apps Are Just Getting Started

posted Saturday Mar 5, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Forrester Report Suggests Mobile Apps Are Just Getting Started

Mobile Apps started to become advertised around 2007 along with the iPhone and the concept was adopted very quickly resulting in mobile apps spreading to almost every mobile OS imaginable. Today iOS has over 350,000, Android has around 270,000, BlackBerry boasts over 65,000 and let's not forget about WebOS or Windows Phone 7 who are continuously climbing the ladder. According to Forrester Research, revenue generated by customers purchasing apps will hit $38 billion in 4 years. The current revenue generated is around $5.5 billion, meaning that Forrester expects a 7 fold increase by 2015. They also attribute part of the mobile apps future success to a new category of apps that will store information via the cloud making the information easily accessible on many devices. There are already some Apps utilizing the cloud such as Evernote, but the trend is just beginning.

Hit the break to get the 411 on the future of mobile apps.

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Androids Hijacked by Innocent-Looking Apps

posted Friday Mar 4, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Androids Hijacked by Innocent-Looking Apps

We've talked in the past about the benefits and issues from Android's lack of approval process for apps. This week, the fears we had about the process came true when Google was forced to remove 50+ apps from the Android Marketplace for containing malware. Yes, there are now distributed viruses and bots for Android.

While other OS developers have known that anytime data can be installed to a device from outside the developer's direct control there can and will be malware, Google seemed to think that they were above it. Microsoft doesn't include a web browser on their Xbox 360 console just for this reason. Google, however, was brought kicking and screaming into the real world when as many as 200,000 devices became infected with DroidDream, a rootkit malware, installed through these apps.

To find out what happened and how Google responded, hit the break.

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BlackBerry on Android and iOS?

posted Friday Mar 4, 2011 by Scott Ertz

BlackBerry on Android and iOS?

Here's a story for the crazy bin - according to sources inside RIM, the company is planning on launching its BlackBerry Messenger service on Android and iOS devices in the near future. My first thought in hearing this news was that it seemed like nonsense. BBM is what keeps BlackBerry handsets in customers' hands at this point. It's certainly not handset design, minus the Torch, or OS design.

So, what would BBM on Android or iOS mean for RIM? It would certainly mean they would have the ability to completely own the messaging space on 3 of the top 5 mobile platforms. Companies like WhatsApp and Kik wouldn't stand a chance against the powerful features that BBM brings to the table. Their success, however, is entirely based on how well they market the product.

Wait, that seems to be all they are advertising lately. Every time I turn around I am seeing a commercial on television touting the benefits of BBM in the real world. Could this be an indication that they are going to be expanding the application's reach? How about the disastrous hiring portal that RIM created only 2 months ago? Are they expecting to hire a lot of new people to develop these apps?

How could RIM fail at this? Hit the break to find out.

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Man Upgrades From MS-DOS 5.0 to Windows 7 (with video)

posted Friday Mar 4, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Man Upgrades From MS-DOS 5.0 to Windows 7 (with video)

Sometimes in wandering the Interwebz, I encounter things I just need to share. This week, I encountered a video where a man with WAY too much time on his hands decided to create a virtual machine in VMWare and try to install every version of Microsoft Windows, in order, straight through and see what happened.

He started with an installation of MS-DOS 5.0, which was required for most of the early Windows installations to work. He then installed Windows 1.0 over top, since Windows was merely a GUI shell until Windows 2000. From there, it was upgrade after upgrade; never a clean installation.

At Windows 2.0 he set a desktop and titlebar color scheme that was definitely unique, and that scheme was carried through right up until Windows XP. In Windows 3.0, he created a program group from some DOS applications he had installed, like Monkey Island and Doom II, which were surprisingly carried through the modern Windows 7. That's over 25 years of software compatibility. You can't say that for all computers.

If you're a big Windows fan and have 10 minutes to watch the process, hit the break and see the compatibility wonderment.

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Wizard World's Miami Comic Con 2011 Recap

posted Sunday Feb 27, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Wizard World's Miami Comic Con 2011 Recap

The staff of PLuGHiTz Live! have had the opportunity to attend a lot of events around the country since we started this thing 4 years ago. Some are great, some are terrible, most are tolerable. It is very unusual for a first-time event to be a huge success, but if someone could pull it off, it's Wizard World, and they certainly did.

If you don't follow the convention world, you may never have heard of them, but you have probably heard of their events. From Big Apple Comic Con to Atlanta and Anaheim Comic Cons, this group certainly gets around. They have finally gotten around to Florida and we got Miami Comic Con. Taking place at the newly renovated Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC, formerly the DoubleTree Miami Mart Convention Center), where other Florida conventions have taken place, but never one of this calibur.

To find out who was there and what to expect from future Wizard World cons, hit the break.

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