Although Vevo has a presence on seemingly every platform, it hasn't done much of anything special on the desktop: so far, it's been either the web or nothing. That's changing -- the company has just launched a native app for Windows 8 and RT devices. The software puts all of Vevo's core music video features into a touch-friendly format, including Vevo TV, live concerts and playlists. While we suspect that many will still be content with the web interface, those who just have to watch Selena Gomez on a Surface can grab the Vevo app for free at the source link.
Source: Windows Store
Rdio, that lover of social streaming and sworn enemy of the vowel, is finally opening up its new TV and movie service to all users in the US and UK. Previously only the realm of Rdio Unlimited subscribers, Vdio lets users rent, buy and do various social activities with television and film. At present, the service is offering a solid set of new releases, like Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook, which can be rented for $2.99 and $5.99, respectively. Each movie description also lets you know which of your friends have watched the feature, with help from the Facebook sign-in up front.
Source: Rdio Blog
Verizon's DroidLanding account (Twitter) has shaken back to life.
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The official DroidLanding Twitter account has reactivated itself and is broadcasting beacons again.
After sitting dormant for the better part of two years, @DroidLanding is teasing followers with transmissions and videos.
It is this account that has been used to help drum up interest in previous Droid models as they neared launch. While one might assume a new Droid branded smartphone is in order there is nothing in the rumor mill to suggest that be the case.
As to what exactly will happen should become clear in short order; a YouTube video tells us "combat begins in June". Reading the other new tweets one could sense that this is merely a new Droid-themed game. With talk of "nationwide sightings" and "wARriors" under the control... [Read more]
Twitter has signed a deal to begin delivering social video ads built around Viacom's most popular TV shows.
In the announcement, put out by Viacom, the two companies said that the campaigns would center around shows aired on networks like MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1, CMT, TV Land, Spike and more. The first ads will appear during the MTV Video Music Awards on August 25. During that show, MTV will tweet a series of the most notable moments, as well as backstage access, interviews, and more, all with integrated advertising.
Bloomberg first reported in April that a deal between Twitter and Viacom was in the works.
Twitter's pact with Viacom is just the latest in a string of deals the social networking giant has made to bolster its advertising scope. In recent weeks, it has agreed to work with ESPN, the NCAA, the ... [Read more]
Is that small team working on a video service for Instagram?
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Facebook unveils its next "big idea" on Thursday, and CNET will bring you all the news with live commentary and photos.
The social network was as mysterious as ever when it snail-mailed printed, coffee-stained invitations to the press last week, inviting journalists to "join us for coffee and learn about a new product." The invite, which was followed by a e-mailed link to an invite-only RSVP splash page, teased, "A small team has been working on something big."
Facebook's event starts at 10 a.m. PT, and you can follow along on CNET's live blog here:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg does enjoys calling Facebook's... [Read more]
Leawo Tunes Cleaner is free for a limited time.
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If you're anything like me, you have an iTunes library you've amassed over the course of many years, one that includes everything from ripped CDs to Amazon MP3 purchases to song downloads from any number of outside sources.
In other words, it's a messy collection, with duplicates, missing album art and tags, and so on. There are plenty of utilities out there promising to clean things up, but most of them will cost you.
Not today. Until tomorrow, you can get Leawo Tunes Cleaner (PC/Mac) absolutely free. There's a slightly obnoxious catch, but ultimately it's no big deal.
True to its name, Tunes Cleaner aims to clean up your iTunes library. It can locate and delete duplicate songs, restore missing song tags and album art, and even work with folders outside iTunes. It normally sells for $29.95.
So, what's the catch? After you click one of the Download buttons (red for Windows, blue for Mac), and then actually download and install the program (which will be the trial version), you have to return to Leawo's giveaway page, click that Download button again, then leave a review for the program. Along with that, you'll supply your e-mail address, which the company will use to send you an activation code to unlock th... [Read more]
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Feedly has completed the next wave of its Web site upgrades designed to ease the transition for Google Reader users.
Existing Feedly users and those migrating from Google Reader will now find a refreshed Web site compatible with any of the major browsers, Feedly said in a blog posted Wednesday. The overhauled site adds support for Internet Explorer and Opera and boasts a new interface that doesn't require plugins or browser extensions.
In line with its new cloud, Feedly is no longer shackled to Google. Previously, the site depended on Google Reader's servers for its back end technology. But now Feedly has its own dedicated infrastructure that it promises will be fast and scalable to handle a growing amount of information. The company said that its new cloud is now processing more than 25 million RSS feeds and billions of articles each day.
Finally, developers have cooked up nine cloud-based applications for Feedly users. Among those are news readers for most of the major platforms, including Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. Also on the list ar... [Read more]
The mind behind BioShock's Big Daddies and BioShock Infinite's Songbird is apparently also getting behind the script for a Logan's Run film remake. Irrational Games creative director and head Ken Levine is working on a Logan's Run remake script, Irrational confirmed to Engadget today, which he was tapped to pen by Warner Bros. "I can confirm that the information is indeed correct, but unfortunately there is no other information we can share or comment to be given at this point," the rep told us.
According to a Deadline report that surfaced earlier this week, Levine is continuing his work at Irrational in the meantime -- the studio's working on a few content packs for its latest BioShock release, and assuredly other things -- while Jon Berg oversees the Logan's Run project. Also in the report: this remake has been in the works for some time, though Levine's addition is new to the project.
In case it wasn't already clear, there's a pretty sweet Logan's Run movie (based on the original 1967 book) starring Michael York as "Logan 5." The very, very mid-'70s poster for that film is cropped just above.
Rdio announced the news on its blog Wednesday, saying Vdio is no longer available solely to those people who have Rdio subscriptions.
Rdio launched Vdio in April as a competitor to similar services from Apple and Amazon. The offering lets users buy, rent, and share movies and television shows with others in real time. In addition to Web-based viewing, Vdio lets users access its programming from the iPad through its mobile application.
Vdio is available now to any and all customers in the U.S. and U.K.
On Wednesday Stardock announced an update to their Windows style and theme customization app, WindowBlinds. This update brings it to version 8 and comes with a handful of new changes, including a much more intuitive user interface, updated skin styles, and an improved preview window to see your adjustments before applying a new skin. WindowBlinds also comes with SkinStudio, a built-in tool that lets you customize specific parts of the Windows interface.
WindowBlinds is available at Download.com. Follow the link and grab the product here.