Tech 2.0 for Thursday, April 4, 2013
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is not building a phone or an operating system. Rather, Facebook is introducing something that's a lot deeper than an app. It's called "Home" because it's on the home screen of any Android phone. Zuckerberg says users can have an experience on Android phones that they can't have on other platforms. The new product is a family of apps designed around people's Facebook connections.
Put a ring it! That's what one analyst says about the rumored Apple TV. Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets says the "iTV" will be a 60 inch set, with a unique remote control. He says Apple will also release a small "iRing" that fits on the viewer's finger, allowing the user to control the screen by pointing. White bases his report on visits with Chinese and Taiwanese companies that supply Apple with components.
Music streaming service Rdio is going video. New and current subscribers of a $10-a-month unlimited music plan will get 25 bucks to spend in the new digital store for video, called Vdio. The content will work on personal computers and Apple's iPad for now. The latest episodes from shows like "The Walking Dead" will sell for about $3 each and will be in HD. Movies like "Zero Dark Thirty" will cost from $3 to rent to $20 to buy.
#Facebook Home: A Really Nice Screensaver http://t.co/Q4saIGMVVj
Today Facebook introduced Facebook Home, on the Android Phone - interested? http://t.co/Y8jAZOBL9m
Welcome to Facebook Home, where friends live at the heart of your phone. Come in. Take a look around. http://t.co/SEAPrjInt4
Rumor mill runs rampant suggesting a 60-inch Apple iTV is coming this year: From a ring to a "mini" and now th... http://t.co/E9mFcfwWLp
Put a ring on it: Latest Apple iTV rumor implies an iRing will act as remote control http://t.co/bzaKx5c19F
Analyst: Apple will launch 60-inch 'iTV' late this year; to be controlled by finger ring: http://t.co/hYoGZ3fEXb
Vdio Opens In The U․S․ And UK With No Subscription Model, Rdio Unlimited Users Targeted First http://t.co/fFqZWYUAjP
Rdio branches out by launching an on-demand video-streaming service. It's called Vdio, and @mat has the deets http://t.co/hfQ1NyQDOm
A look at the new Social TV and Movie rental and purchase service Vdio, from the makers of Rdio http://t.co/OqdiUBCUCg