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Google may be working on a digital newsstand for Android devices

Unlike Apple, Google still hasn't come through with its own digital content services for the Android platform. We've known for some time that a Google music service is being worked on, and now the Wall Street Journal reports that Google is also working on a "digital newsstand" for its mobile OS. Major publishers like Time Inc., Conde Nast, and Hearst Corporation have been approached, though th...

Playboy releases over 650 issues spanning 56 years on a big, black hard drive

Last Christmas it was 120 years of National Geographic, and this year it's an equally beautiful but very different vista: 56 years of Playboy on a 250GB hard drive. That link is safe to click, but the online shop linked from there isn't. There are also some 'free samples,' if you want to check out the 'digital magazine' experience before you buy. The archive, which costs $299.95, features ever...

Acer to launch app store, will pre-load on PCs

Our pals over at Engadget covered the Acer hullabaloo this morning, and there's one bit which blipped on the Download Squad radar. Yes, software aficionados, Acer is launching an app and content store. It'll be called Alive, and you can't really blame Acer for the move -- they're a top-3 manufacturer selling millions of laptops and desktops every year. The opportunity to glean a few percentage...

RAW compatibility update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto '09 released

If you don't know what RAW format is, you can stop reading now. If, on the other hand, you've just bought a brand new camera, shot a few pictures, and then bashed your head against your shiny white miracle machine because it doesn't recognize the file format -- well, I have good news! Apple's Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.3 adds RAW support for a bunch of brand new cameras to Aperture ...

Judge rules that circumventing DRM is not illegal

In what will surely become a landmark case -- or at least a massive thorn in the MPAA and RIAA's clubbed, pygmy feet -- a judge has ruled that bypassing DRM via hacking, reverse engineering or any other means is not in itself illegal. The case itself ruled that General Electric, in using hacked security dongles to repair some uninterruptible power supplies produced by another company, did not v...

Adobe Camera Raw 6.1 arrives; automatic lens correction finally here!

If you use your digital camera for anything other than family or touristy snaps, you've probably run into the raw image format. If you haven't heard of raw, think of it as a bigger, high-quality JPEG file. Unlike JPEG, raw files contain a lot more data, enabling you to manipulate your photos a lot more easily. With JPEGs a lot of data is lost -- if you shoot raw photos, you have more choice over ...

Finland to do away with regular snail mail; replaces postal service with scanned email copies

In a move to reduce CO2 emissions and number of postmen required, Finland is about to do away with regular mail -- instead, mail will be opened, scanned and delivered digitally to its recipient. It could only happen in one of the most cold and sparse nations in the world -- Finland has a population of just 5 million, and only Iceland has a more-northerly capital than Helsinki -- but if it takes...

Valve finally unveils an overhauled UI for Steam, and it's awesome

I remember when Valve first revealed Steam back in 2003. No one quite knew what to make of it -- was this just another flash in the pan, or was Valve onto the next great thing? There was one thing that everyone could agree on though: it was slower than a dopefiend on horse tranquilizers. Steam's 'funky' UI with its green bits and rounded corners lagged. To this day, I don't know if Steam improved...

Aperture 3, Apple's prosumer photo manipulation and management tool, is unleashed!

Aperture is Apple's answer to Adobe's Lightroom -- and with Aperture 3 being released today, Lightroom 3 (still in beta!) definitely has some serious competition on its hands. With the tag line 'Taking photos. Further.' -- complete with punchy period and Web 2.0 reflection! -- this new release definitely pushes the envelope on sub-$200 'prosumer' software. If you got a new digital camera this ...

Get every National Geographic since 1888 on a 160GB hard drive

From the massively-nerdy-but-really-quite-cool news department, I bring you the coolest thing I've seen since unwrapping my presents on Christmas Day. 120 years of amazing discoveries, eye-opening editorial and mind-expanding stories form The Complete National Geographic. Maps, stories and every single damn photo, all lovingly reproduced in 'stunning high resolution'... and distributed on a hard d...

Amazon sells more Kindle books than conventional tree-murderin' books

It had to happen eventually, and it's not really a surprise, considering people don't tend to shop online for books on Christmas Day but... it will be marked down in history, that's for sure -- Christmas Day 2009: the day digital books outsold their physical, paper counterparts,(At Amazon anyway). It's a misleading statistic, as I said: no one buys paper books online on Christmas Day -- people ...

Amazon Software Download Store to include video games soon

A job posting on Gamasutra suggests Amazon will soon start a PC game download store to compliment Unbox, its video-on-demand service, and the site's MP3 download store. The job posting asks programmer/engineers to apply to become a part of the Software and Video Games Digital Technology Team at Amazon, which is "responsible for digital distribution of software and video game products from the Am...

Target enters digital music biz with John Legend album

After about three years of preparing and attempting to get into the digital music business, Target is finally offering digital music (320kbps MP3) for download. Currently the only album available is the latest John Legend album "Live From Philadelphia" with SonyBMG as the label. The album is a Target exclusive, so you'll need to shop there if you're lookin' to score the latest of Legend, but it'...

Is Amazon's iTunes Killer growing up to be a big boy?

It's been a little over two months since Amazon launched its MP3 Download store, and the site's still around. So how is it doing? Well, Amazon hasn't publicly announced any numbers yet, but billboard speculates Amazon's captured about 3% of the digital download market and 6% of the physical CD market. Considering that it hasn't even been three months since Amazon's digital music store opened sh...

RIAA, extortion, and conspiracy, in the same sentence

Finally someone, more specifically Ms. Del Cid has filed counterclaims against the RIAA under Florida, California, and Federal law. She's tired of the RIAA's nonsense and decided to uphold her right to defend herself and ultimately others, if this case turns out right. The claims Ms. Cid is bringing against the RIAA are of Trespass, Computer Fraud and Abuse, Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices, C...