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New Tablet

Amazon Canada has just released their 8″ Fire tablets in Canada, enabling people to access Netflix, Spotify, Facebook, Kindle, Prime Music and Prime video for 12 hours on one charge for less than $130.

The device has a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and is available in with either 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage, which can be expanded by another 256 using a MicroSD card. It also has front and back facing 720p HD cameras, though these are 2 MP.

I personally don’t use my tablet for photography so I wouldn’t mind the lower resolution. But I prefer a larger screen, although this compact tablet would be great for those longer train or plane rides. I’d definitely consider one for those trips over my significantly more expensive Samsung tablet, which doesn’t have as much battery life and storage capacity as the Fire Tablet.

Yes, Youtube, Google Play and Gmail will not likely be available via an app on this tablet because of the ongoing issues in-between Google and Amazon. But you should be able to access these services through the tablet’s browser and Plex is available on this tablet, an app that allows people to access media on their personal computer.

Overall, i’d say it’s a great tablet for the price.

Discounted Gift Cards : Google Play

Participating Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore stores are offering 10% discounts on $25 and $50 Google Play gift cards until October 27th, 2016. No coupon required. Consult your local flyer for additional details.

Google Introduces Scan & Match Service

Google’s new scan and match music service is online in the States, as of yesterday. And though subscribers are limited to 20,000 recordings, the service is free and streams 320kbps recordings.

At the moment Amazon.com offers their American subscribers 250,000 recordings at 256 kbps for $24.99 per year whilst iTunesicon offers 25,000 recordings at 256 kbps for $24.99 per year to Americans and $27.99 per year to Canadians. But both store music purchased through their service for free.

There’s no news in regards to a service for Canadians by Google but a $4.99 per month, unlimited music streaming service is available : Millions of tracks, free for 7 days on rara.com. Click here

Google Refines Searches

Google has announced that they will be updating their search algorithms, prioritizing legitimate sources for film and music over sites that have received remove notices.

This will enable people to find sources and avoid some of the less secure sites, some of which have viruses and malware.

A counter-notification process will also be offered to individuals whose sites have been wrongfully flagged.

Google To Launch Cloud Beta Today

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Google may have it’s own cloud music service up by today.

The paper claims that an announcement about a beta service may be made today at Google‘s annual developers conference in San Francisco, this simplified service consisting of a remote server on which music can be uploaded and stored for playback on any web browser.

Unfortunately due to the limitations imposed by copyright, the users of this service will likely be able to download music from this server nor be able to add music to the service remotely, like on Amazon.com. The Wall Street Journal claims that Google has yet to begin negotiating with the labels for licenses.

Meanwhile, the iTunes cloud service appears to be on schedule, Apple having secured lisencing from Warner Music Group last month. But many speculate that a fee will likely be charged because of the bandwidth the service requires to operate.

Warning for Android Users

Do not download software from China ! They may be infected with a virus and these are the known infected titles :

  • Monkey Jump 2
  • Sex Positions
  • President vs. Aliens
  • City Defense
  • Baseball Superstars 2010

Always download aps from Android Market.