Tech 2.0 for Thursday, December 20, 2012

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Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 12/20/2012 1:59 pm


The battle between Google and Apple continues -- this time on the music front. Google has launched what it calls a "scan and match" service which lets Google Music users store copies of their songs online. If you think that sounds like the iTunes Match service, you're right. Except Google is offering its service for free -- compared to the $24.99 Apple is charging for its service. The Google service scans a user's computer and gives them online access to songs it finds -- along as they match songs on Google's servers. If they aren't on the servers, Google will upload the songs to a user's online locker. There is one major difference between the two services. Google's storage lets users download songs only at the same quality they were at when they were scanned. Apple upgrades songs from its users' libraries to iTunes quality.

Have you forgotten what you've tweeted over the years? Twitter is rolling out a new feature that lets users download an archive of every tweet they've typed. You can view the tweets by month or search for specific words or hashtags. All Twitter users will receive the option over the coming months and will be notified by Twitter through e-mail. On Wednesday, Twitter announced it had 200 million monthly active users.

If you're buying a child a new toy or electronic gift for Christmas, Consumer Reports has a few tips before you put that gift under the tree. Remember the batteries! Find out how many and what size and have a screwdriver on hand to get into those kid-proof battery cases. If the device is rechargable, make sure you charge it "before" you wrap it, no child of any age wants to wait for hours to play with something new. And for those potentially breakable items, such as tablets, buy a sturdy case to go with it and consider downloading some apps to it.


Google offers music service that rivals Apple's iTunes Match for free - HeadlinePong #google #apple #tech http://t.co/IgQiDBmN

Google Launches Free Scan and Match Music Service to Compete With Apple and Amazon http://t.co/g5X1h1NH

Google launches free music service to rival Apple's $25 a year iTunes Match http://t.co/qRGBNBvs

Let the archiving begin: Twitter starts rolling out option to download tweets to all users http://t.co/mQD1jANq

Prepare to cringe: Twitter is allowing users to download their entire history of tweets. http://t.co/gr89uBtR

Twitter confirmed Wednesday that it has begun rolling out the ability to download all of your tweets http://t.co/k4Dgurz7
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