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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

Amazon hopes FIRE STICK will light up its video service

Amazon hopes a new dongle will revive its flagging video ambitions. The Fire TV stick is essentially the same as Google’s Chromecast concept: a low cost HDMI dongle bundled with a taster of Amazon’s own entertainment service – and a miniature version of the Fire TV box 'n’ remote that it revealed in April. Both old box and new …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Oct 2014

Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!

Yahoo! Japan has launched a service called “Endings” designed to help you after you die. Endings is intended to let the dying set their affairs in order before they shuffle off this mortal coil. The service allows one to set up an automated message to email to up to 200 loved ones after you're gone. The email is triggered by a …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
Wuaki.tv Selection

'Wacky' Spanish VoD squad launches people-picked online vid service in UK

Bizarrely named video-on-demand service Wuaki.tv – the first part’s pronounced “wacky” – has introduced a new subscription scheme: a selection of movies and TV shows which changes every seven days and is picked by people rather than computers. Readers over a certain age will be familiar with this kind of notion already. It’s …
Tony Smith, 26 Sep 2013

Win a year’s supply of chocolate (no tech knowledge required)

There is no techie angle to this competition, so we're not going to pretend there is. Everyone loves chocolate, though, so who cares? One of the makes of chocolate Cocoa Runners sells is Pump Street, which is made in Orford The prize is a one-year subscription to Cocoa Runners chocolate service. Each month you get a box of …
Simon Rockman, 18 Oct 2014
PlayStation Network

Sony snoozes over substandard PS Plus service

Sony's latest pledge to fix Europe's faulty PS Plus subscription service "as quickly as possible" will do little to appease users, who were told the exact same thing two months ago. The PlayStation Plus subscription is supposed to give PSN users access to heaps of additional content. However, many of these freebies, discounts …
Caleb Cox, 17 Sep 2012
Kindle Unlimited screenshot

Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

Amazon has confirmed the launch of a monthly subscription service that will allow unlimited access to ebooks and audiobooks. The company said Kindle Unlimited will allow peeps to pay a $9.99 flat fee and have full access to a collection of 600,000 titles. The service covers printed and audio titles. To promote the subscription …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jul 2014

Players gonna play (play, play): Google confirms YouTube Music 'access all areas' key

The year's most controversial new music service has arrived - with a sense of anticlimax. Google's YouTube music streaming subscription service has finally been confirmed - with indie labels on board. "Google YouTube Music Key" (yes, it's really called that) feels provisional, a cog in a bigger picture. As the comments under the …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2014
The Register breaking news

JB Hi-Fi rolls out own digital music service NOW

Gadget house JB HiFi is extending its digital footprint with a music subscription service. Its NOW brand, launched in beta on December 13, claims digital licences to over 10 million songs, with discovery and social media/community plugins. The retailer said that it kicked off with over 100,000 artists and 3 million songs. “Tens …

VMware reveals plan for pay-as-you-go hybrid cloud and hybrid NSX

VMware has let some senior folks from its vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) off the leash and into the wilds of a Reddit Ask Me anything (AMA) session, and they've spilled a few nuggets about future directions for the hybrid cloud offering. Answers in the AMA came from Mathew Lodge, the second person hired to work on vCHS, plus …
Simon Sharwood, 21 May 2014
Broken record

Looks like Google may ask you to PAY for YouTube music - report

Google appears to be readying YouTube for a music subscription service, after intriguing references were spotted in the app by the Android Police blog. It posted a series of strings detailed in the 5.3 version of the YouTube app, which tantalisingly mentions a number of juicy terms, including "Music Pass", "Offline playback", " …
Team Register, 28 Nov 2013
CoreOS

CoreOS offers private Docker container registries for world+dog

Container-loving Linux vendor CoreOS has made its on-premises Docker container registry software available as a standalone product. Previously, CoreOS Enterprise Registry was only available as part of the company's Premium Managed Linux offering, which it describes as "OS as a service." As of Thursday, it is now available for …
Neil McAllister, 30 Oct 2014
The Register breaking news

Google preps YouTube movie service 'for UK'

Google is reportedly planning to launch an unlimited movie subscription service in the UK. The company is still searching for ways to make money out of its online video-sharing website YouTube, which – despite various content deals with big name record companies – remains something of a pet project at Mountain View. According …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Feb 2011
Microsoft

Microsoft postpones plans for web telly service

Microsoft has postponed plans to launch an online subscription service for TV shows and movies because new content costs too much to license. According to folk familiar with the talks between Microsoft and content providers, the high cost of the material made the service unviable, Reuters reports. "They built Microsoft TV, they …
Caleb Cox, 12 Jan 2012

Kickstarter hopefuls promise high-res aerial maps for the masses

San Diego-based Drones Made Easy is nudging the Kickstarter target of $30,000 it needs to bring "mapping to the masses" with an site allowing people to "upload raw aerial imagery for processing into high quality stitched aerial imagery". The idea is to take the grunt work out of creating your own stitched imagery "at up to 20 …
Lester Haines, 05 Aug 2014

We're being royalty screwed! Pandora blames price rise on musos wanting money

Streaming music biz Pandora will raise the price of its One subscription service, blaming a jump in royalties it has to pay out to record labels. The company on Wednesday said that it will raise the cost of its online service from $3.99 per month to $4.99 for new users. Pandora said that current users will not be subject to the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2014
Homer Simpson

Universal Music mulls 'all you can eat' buffet of song downloads

Universal Music Group (UMG) is developing an online service that offers unlimited music downloads for a monthly subscription. That news comes from The LA Times, which was treated to a PowerPoint presentation by the record giant's execs. The end result of that briefing was this profile of Universal Music's British boss Lucian …
Andrew Orlowski, 12 Mar 2014
Photo of an espresso

Is Microsoft hinting at a fully fondleslab-friendly future for Office 365?

Microsoft will soon debut a new formulation of its Office 365 subscription service aimed at individual consumers, the company said on Thursday, and in the process it hinted that new, touch-centric Office apps may be coming soon. "We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we're committed to delivering the …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Hulu headed for subscription service scheme?

Hulu's days as a completely free internet TV outfit may be numbered if News Corp.'s new digital chief gets his way. The service is currently only available in America, although a UK version may arrive as early as September. But will it remain an entirely ad-sponsored font of television and movies when it crosses the Atlantic? …
Austin Modine, 05 Jun 2009

Oracle nemesis SkySQL gins up enterprise MariaDB product

Anti-Oracle software startup SkySQL has put the finishing touches on a subscription service that wraps up the MariaDB database, Galera cluster tech, and a proprietary manager, as the company tries to get more organizations to dabble in the drop-in replacement for MySQL. The new MariaDB Enterprise subscription service was …
Jack Clark, 23 Jan 2014
cloud computing Fight

Thanks, Amazon – we'll take it from here: SAP muscles in on cloud subscriptions

SAP is putting its entire business applications suite online and selling the lot through subscription. The on-premise giant last week announced SAP Business Suite via the SAP Hana Enterprise Cloud service. Underpinning the service is Hana, SAP’s in-memory database technology. Subscriptions are a huge deal for SAP. The world's …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

Apple to launch streaming online radio service?

The market for streaming media services is growing increasingly crowded, but if sources close to Apple are correct, the 800-pound gorilla is about to enter the room. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, anonymous insiders claim the iPhone maker is in talks with record labels about licensing music for an online …
Neil McAllister, 08 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Apple's cloud music service 'WIPES your iPHONE'

Apple's cloud music subscription service iTunes Match has gone live – for Americans only, at first. Announced in June, the $24.99 service allows subscribers to stream their music collections back from Apple's servers. Unlike other "locker" music services, Apple scans your iTunes library so that much, if not most, of your music …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Nov 2011

Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage

Adobe has blamed a maintenance failure for the 27-hour outage in its Creative Cloud suite that left video and photo editors unable to log into online services. “The failure happened during database maintenance activity and affected services that require users to log in with an Adobe ID,” Adobe said in a blog post apologising for …
Brute force

Hey guys. We've got 1.2 BILLION stolen accounts here. Send us your passwords, 'cos safety

The backlash is growing against the infosec firm that claimed it had uncovered a Russia-based gang's stash of 1.2 billion nicked website passwords. Hold Security claimed the gang was hoarding over a one billion unique stolen usernames and passwords, siphoned off from insecure websites vulnerable to SQL injection and other common …
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2014
The tablet comes with loads of subcriptions

S is for SMACKDOWN: Samsung takes Galaxy Tab slab war fruit-side

Samsung has raised the stakes in its assault against Apple's ever-popular iPad with its newest range of Galaxy fondleslabs, which are both bigger and have higher screen resolutions than those of its fruity rival. The new Galaxy Tab S comes in 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch configurations, both of which are the thickness of a current …
Simon Rockman, 13 Jun 2014
Crime in Russia

Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

Russian hackers have amassed the largest ever cache of stolen website passwords – 1.2 billion, it's claimed – by swiping, one way or another, sensitive data from poorly secured databases. A network of computers quietly hijacked by malware, and controlled from afar by the gang, identified more than 420,000 websites vulnerable to …
Darren Pauli, 05 Aug 2014
The Register breaking news

Regulator sniffs mobile services bods: 'Something's off. Hand me the probe'

UK premium rate regulator PhonepayPlus has launched an investigation into five mobile phone subscription services after it said that evidence had emerged that each had been marketed though ransomware-style browser lock-in tactics. Bafona Ltd’s Zovut subscription service, which costs £4.50 per week, is billed as a chance to …
John Leyden, 03 Jul 2013

Google slips Chromecast stick into SAUCY new partner: HBO Go

Chromecast users have another string to their media bow with the addition of HBO Go to the list of media companies streaming content through Google's cheap and cheerful dongle. "Grab your favorite snack and get cozy on your Iron Throne, because HBO GO has added Chromecast support to their Android, iOS and web app," wrote Shanna …
Iain Thomson, 21 Nov 2013
The Register breaking news

Lights out at Lala - Apple shutters music service

Apple has shut down Lala, the cloudy online music service it acquired less than five months ago, reanimating the long-running rumor that an iTunes subscription service is right around the corner. Lala's demise is no surprise. As soon as Lala began listing its address as 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, it was only a matter of time …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Apr 2010
cloud

Selling phones? Nonsense, BlackBerry is all about THE CLOUD

Ailing smartphone vendor BlackBerry says it will soon launch a new cloud-based service to enable easy, web-based management of mobile users and apps. "The cloud service will be purpose-built to meet both business and end user needs, and will require no IT experience, servers, or software," BlackBerry's Luke Reimer said in a blog …
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2013
The Register breaking news

Yahoo! tunes! out! of! music! subscription!

Yahoo! is taking some time out from worrying about what it's like to be a Microsoft tentacle to offload its damp squib music subscription service. Rhapsody, the near-identical subscription service joint-owned by RealNetworks and Viacom, will take on Yahoo! Music Unlimited's undisclosed customer base, in what's descibed as a " …

So you've got a nice virtual desktop stack – wait, here comes DaaS Boot

Storage supplier GreenBytes has teamed up with desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) provider Desktone to dedupe virtual desktop data and accelerate its delivery to employees' machines. Desktone provisions and boots virtual desktops from its cloud through partners such as Dell and Fujitsu. Customers can treat their entire virtual desktop …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2013
PS4 with controllers

Sony sets dates for US and Euro PS4 unleashment amid Xbox heckles

Sony has used the Gamescom 2013 conference in Germany to announce the launch details of its PlayStation 4 console, price changes, and revamps for older hardware, and to take a few now-customary digs at rival Microsoft. "Our goals for PS4 are clear, ambitious and unwavering. We set out to build the most powerful gaming platform …
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2013

Aereo finds new way to ENRAGE TV barons: An app for Android things

TV-streaming subscription service Aereo is about to launch a public beta of an Android app that will allow fandroids to watch its controversial service - one that's roundly hated by television broadcast giants. "We know consumers have been waiting a long time for an Aereo Android app and today, we're happy to announce its …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Oct 2013
The Register breaking news

Office 2013 now on sale for business customers

Office 2013, the latest version of Microsoft's desktop productivity suite, is now available for purchase by business customers, even though individual users won't be able to order it until next year. The final versions of the Office application suite have been available to members of Microsoft's MSDN and TechNet subscription …
Neil McAllister, 03 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

News Corp prez threatens to pull Fox TV off the air

In response to a New York appeals court ruling that upheld the right of media mogul Barry Diller's fledgling Aereo streaming service to continue to provide its subscribers with broadcast television content, News Corp.'s president and COO Chase Carey says he might turn Fox television into a subscription-only cable service. "If we …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Apr 2013

Speaking in Tech: 'Wanna come upstairs and look at my VRTX?'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Another fine instalment of El Reg's all-encompassing tech podcast wings its way to loyal Reg readers (and listeners), hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week all three of the terrific trio are together for the first time in weeks! Technet's gone …
Team Register, 03 Jul 2013
The Register breaking news

Apple said to prep iPad news sub service

Apple is preparing to throw an iPad lifeline to the rapidly sinking news biz by offering to host a newspaper subscription service on its "magical and revolutionary" device. That's the word from the San Jose Mercury News, which notes that an announcement of the service is expected "soon". This lifeline would not be a …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Sep 2010
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

What if Microsoft announced it's not ending support for Windows XP next Tuesday after all, and instead will offer perpetual updates (for a small fee, of course). Something inside me, somewhere between my sense of humor and soul-crushing cynicism, drove me to turn that dream into an April Fool for this year. But all cruel joking …
Trevor Pott, 02 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

Watchdog relieves iPhone 5 scammers of £10k

A British company who offered "iPhone 5s" to punters has been slapped with a £10,000 fine by regulator PhonePayPlus, which ruled that the adverts for the non-existent phone were misleading. According to the judgment published today, the Bumbalee service run by Mobile Minded BV used "prizes" such as the iPhone 5 to lure punters …
Anna Leach, 08 Jun 2012
AppleCare

Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

Cupertino is reportedly planning changes to Applecare with a move towards shop-based iDevice repairs and a lucrative subscription service scheme. The AppleCare and AppleCare+ schemes look likely to be overhauled in America this autumn, with the altered services rolled out across the world afterwards. Tara Bunch, an Apple vice …
Jasper Hamill, 14 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Microsoft unwraps sysadmin-friendly Office 365 for biz update

One month after lifting the curtain on the updated version of its Office 365 subscription service for home users, Microsoft has officially launched the equivalent service for business customers with three new offers for small and midsized companies. Microsoft debuted Office 365 in 2011 as a set of subscription-based, hosted …
Neil McAllister, 27 Feb 2013
adobe

Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging

Adobe is moving ahead with plans to phase out the boxed, retail versions of its Creative Suite and Acrobat software families, in favor of a distribution model based exclusively on digital downloads and subscriptions. Word that the graphics software maker had set a hard date to stop selling its wares on physical discs first …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2013
The Register breaking news

First bite as Apple fishes for iPad games subscriptions

The first subscription game service for the iPad has been approved by Apple, allowing iPad owners to pay $7 a month for access to games from Big Fish. Seattle-based Big Fish is the first company to take the Cupertino shilling and agree to hand over 30 per cent of its subscription revenue every month, Bloomberg reports, but for $ …
Bill Ray, 23 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

Leading figures in the online music industry have cast doubt on Apple's claims that its new streaming iRadio service will revolutionise the way fanbois listen to songs. The fruity firm announced iRadio at the WWDC yesterday, telling the gathered hordes that it would allow them to listen to personalised radio stations and then …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

AOL UK ups subscription costs

AOL UK is to up the price of its flat rate subscription service by £1 a month. From May 2 the cost of the unmetered dial-up service, "AOL Flat Rate", will rise from £14.99 to £15.99 a month. The ISP claims the "modest increase" is a result of investment in its service and network. This is the first price rise since AOL Flat …
Tim Richardson, 02 Apr 2002
Xbox Live

Microsoft launches ad-funded Xbox Music audio streaming

Having failed to take on Apple and win in the music download business, Microsoft is hoping it can dominate - or, at least, stay relevant - with a streaming offering, this one free to users - provided they’re willing to accept advertising. With a library extending to some “tens of millions” of tracks in a catalogue claimed to be …
Tony Smith, 15 Oct 2012
Aln Sugar's not a Sugababe

Inside Lord Sugar's 'you're fired' YouView bust-up with TV baron

YouView has announced that Lord Alan Sugar will leave the consortium two years after he headed up the organisation. It was reported over the weekend that he stepped down after an especially animated Apprentice-style boardroom bust-up between the peer and Richard Desmond, owner of Channel 5. Lord Sugar was apparently told "you're …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Mar 2013

eMusic intros UK MP3 download service

US digital music supplier eMusic has launched its MP3 DRM-free download subscription service in the UK, and its attempting to tempt would-be buyers with a free two-week trial and 25 free downloads. Over here, eMusic currently has some 1m tracks on offer, most of them from independent music labels. Songs are not available as one …
Tony Smith, 14 Aug 2006
The Register breaking news

Microsoft notices Xbox gamers actually slack-jawed TV fans, adds 43 new apps

Everyone's been waiting for a game-changing Apple TV product to come riding over the hill, but it could be Microsoft that captures the internet TV market first. In the Xbox, Microsoft already has a popular internet box that people plug into the sitting room TV. Now Microsoft is ramping up the TV and video content available on …
Anna Leach, 11 Dec 2012