Apple’s streaming ambitions are again under the microscope, with rumors of an iTunes Replay service that would allow TV shows and movies to be re-downloaded and, potentially, streamed to an Apple TV. Working much as iCloud will for music purchases, AppAdvice suggests, iTunes Replay will apparently give users access to content they bought through iTunes as far back as January 1 2009.
That’s despite that content not necessarily being bought on the Apple device the user wants to view it on today. According to the rumors - which have supposedly been independently verified - compatible content will be flagged with an “iTunes Replay eligible” icon and available to re-access on an Apple TV and, potentially, other iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad.
Licensing limitations would supposedly limit some content to a total of five re-downloads, and it’s unclear how that might impact streaming. Apple may also include re-downloads of music under the same iTunes Replay banner, sources indicate, though that - and whether OS X access to the service would be allowed - is still unconfirmed.
Still, it seems Apple is pushing ahead with iTunes Replay sooner rather than later. The company’s media servers are apparently being upgraded to suit the new functionality now, and a public unveil is tipped for the coming weeks. Whether Apple will go the extra step and make the service the equivalent of Spotify for TV/movies, offering subscription-based access, remains to be seen.
Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei has taken the wraps off of its next smartphone, the Huawei Vision, and it is marketed as being the “sexiest smartphone to date also features 3D carousel user-interface”. We’ve already heard about the phone at the end of May as being a high-end device coming to the U.K.
While we can argue about the sexiness - the phone bears a strong resemblance to the Samsung-made Google Nexus S - the phone features a 3D carousel interface and many of you probably already guess it: SPB Shell 3D. Specs-wise, the Vision features a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM expandable to 32GB via microSD card, 3.7-inch WVGA screen, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, five megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash as well as 720p video recording, plus a 1,400mAh battery.
The Huawei Vision will be available with silver, gold and charcoal back covers in selected markets from September, shipping with titles like Angry Birds, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Order & Chaos Online, and Guerrilla Bob HD.
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ASUS’ Eee Pad Slider is fast becoming just as mythical as the flying horse the company’s named after. We’ve had several encounters with potential release windows for the slate, only to see it continually creep back into fall. Well, judging by a recent report from Notebook Italia and the tab’s new product page, it looks like we may actually see a September launch for the 10.1-incher - in Italy. Contrary to prior rumors, the company will be offering the Slider in two storage configurations - 16GB and 32GB at potential 479 and 599 price points overseas, while $400 and $550 models should hit the US. We’ve also got a slew of official specs for the Honeycomb-based device, which should ship with Android 3.1 installed, with a promised 3.2 upgrade to follow. The QWERTYfied tablet packs a 1280 x 800 WXGA display, dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of memory, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, USB 2.0, mini-HDMI, microSD card reader, WiFi and Bluetooth. The company’s also thrown in one year of “unlimited ASUS Web Storage” for your cloud computing needs. Will the electronics maker finally commit to a concrete launch for the Slider? We’ll find out in a month’s time.
Some of you might be asking yourselves, “Is there a new version of Firefox already?” Well, yes there is! For those of you groaning about having to perform another update - well I think you can skip this post. But for those of you looking forward to getting the latest version of Firefox but aren’t daring enough to join the beta channels we’ve got some good news for you.
Even though it’s scheduled to be released this Tuesday, Firefox 6 is available for download now. Thanks to the folks at Maximum PC who managed to dig up the links for the update, you can now enjoy it two days earlier than everybody else. Here’s what you’ll enjoy with the Firefox 6 update: more control over permissions, faster startup times, faster performance on Linux, better plug-in management, increased support for HTML5, and a whole lot more. Hit the break for the download links.
Download Firefox 6 direct from Mozilla’s repositories: