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Amazon Cloud Player has been laying low following its scuffle with Sony Music, but that hasn’t kept the company’s developers from rolling a crucial new feature out — support for Apple’s iOS devices, which it didn’t have on day one. Despite running in the Safari browser window, we’ve confirmed that songs will indeed play. If you’ve got a device handy, give it a try yourself; otherwise, we’ll update with impressions a little later this evening.

Update: Great news — we ran the Cloud Player on an original iPad and iPhone 3GS without a hitch. In fact, there was very little (if any) lag or time delay when buffering a new song, and were able to refresh playlists and other information quickly. The interface of the Cloud Player is almost the same as — if not identical to — the page that loads up on your computer browser.

Even better, the Cloud Player works flawlessly with the multitasking controls in iOS; the usual forward/pause/volume options are all usable as you play Angry Birds. Sadly, there is just one bump in the road that keeps the process from being perfectly smooth: mobile Safari prohibits you from doing drag-and-drops, which adds a couple extra steps to the process of adding songs to your playlists. Take a look below for some screenshots of the Cloud Player in action.

Sean Hollister contributed to this post.

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Amazon Cloud Player streams tunes to iOS, following silent upgrade (updated) originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 07 May 2011 22:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tor
Soon political dissidents, whistle blowers, and those trying to cheat MLB.TV’s blackout restrictions will have an easier way to protect their privacy thanks to a dedicated Tor Browser. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Tor is a tool for anonymizing web browsing and communications through encryption and proxy servers. Trouble is, it requires both a browser extension and a standalone app to work — leaving average users “horribly confused,” according to developer Mike Perry. So, the organization has decided to retire the Tor Button and create its own fork of Firefox with private browsing features baked in. As an added benefit, Tor will no longer be at the mercy of Mozilla to fix bugs that affect privacy and security. For now, the group will focus on its downloadable bundle with automatic configuration scripts for simplifying setup, but eventually the paranoid will have a browser they can finally call their own.

Tor to fork Firefox for simplified anonymous browsing, doesn’t think you’re paranoid originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 07 May 2011 21:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony woes continue as SOE confirms data breach
Are you starting to feel bad for Sony yet? No? Maybe this will change your mind. Sony Online Entertainment has, apparently, been the victim of another breach that has, according to Nikkei.com, resulted in the release of 12,700 credit card numbers — and presumably some other information as well. 4,300 of those credit card numbers are said to be Japanese, but no saying how many are American. Thankfully, data is said to be from 2007, minimizing the number of still-valid credit cards exposed making us wonder if perhaps this wasn’t some sort of backup that was exposed. Regardless, SOE’s online services were taken offline earlier today and, well, now we know why. We’re presently expecting further information from the company but, until then, feel free to continue cowering in the corner and quietly sobbing onto your compromised credit cards.

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Update: According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony has also confirmed that the latest attack accessed personal information for a staggering 24.6 million accounts. Such info includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, gender, date of birth, login ID, and hashed passwords. Ruh roh.

Sony woes continue as SOE confirms data breach (update: 24.6 million accounts affected) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 02 May 2011 20:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Following up on this morning’s news that Sony Online Entertainment servers were offline across the board, SOE announced that it has lost 12,700 customer credit card numbers as the result of an attack, and roughly 24.6 million accounts may have been breached.

The company took SOE servers offline after learning of the attack last evening, and today detailed the unfortunate results: “approximately 12,700 non-US credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes), and about 10,700 direct debit records of certain customers in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain” were lost, apparently from “an outdated database from 2007.” Of the 12,700 total, 4,300 are alleged to be from Japan, while the remainder come from the aforementioned four European countries.

Furthermore, Sony ties today’s announcement directly to the recent attacks on PlayStation Network and Qriocity, and says SOE customer information was stolen on either April 16 or April 17. Sony has repeatedly stated that its PSN servers and SOE servers are not part of the same network, so it remains unclear just how these two attacks are tied together. Head past the break for the full statement from Sony.

Update, 9:03PM EST: SOE has provided us with the following statement, in which it confirms that its user data was stolen as part of the original intrusion — not a second attack. “While the two systems are distinct and operated separately, given that they are both under the SONY umbrella, there is some degree of architecture that overlaps. The intrusions were similar in nature. This is NOT a second attack; new information has been discovered as part of our ongoing investigation of the external intrusion in April.”

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Internet radio’s first legal mixtape library

Far from the days when it was just Pandora and Last.fm competing for internet radio space, today there seem to be as many music streaming sites as there are mashups that helped drive the phenomenon. Whether you regard the remix as a modern artform or scourge of the entertainment industry, hour-plus-long club mixtapes, musical performances like Girl Talk and many other copyright-flaunting forms are here to stay. Enter Dubset, a new online venture not concerned with just promoting the art of the mix, but being the first legal site to feature the work of DJs.

Dubset uses their own digital tool, MixScan, to pick out all the songs in every DJ’s mixtape. When someone listens to a mix in the Dubset library, Dubset logs that play so that artists within the mix can be compensated. Constantly updated by DJs, the free library is available from the website or from an iPhone with an app.

Browse through Dubset’s site and you’ll find the expected DJ profiles, as well as options to follow your favorites and browse through all the mixtapes by “venue” and “genre.” If you’re the type to bootleg favorite club soundtracks on your phone or dig up the obscure file posted in the cloud the next day, you can now legally relive your favorite nights, right from your computer.


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It’s officially the weekend, which means you’ve got two choices: one, mimic iTr3vor and toss up a YouTube video of yourself dancing in an Apple Store, or two, blow your own mind with the magic of HTML5. In between hour-long Pica-Pic sessions, we’d recommend killing time in The World’s Biggest Pac-Man game, which can be “played for fun” or linked to your Facebook account for those who savvy statistics. We’d bother telling you more, but we’re fairly sure you’re already firmly occupied with the source link. You’re welcome. Or, we’re sorry.

The World’s Biggest Pac-Man game takes over the internet, your life originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 16 Apr 2011 02:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A 75-year old lady from Georgia (the country, not the state) has perpetrated an impressive feat of international sabotage in what seems to have been an accident of extremely bad luck. While foraging for copper wire near her home in the village of Ksani, the unnamed septuagenarian managed to come across a critical fiber optic cable, one responsible for serving internet connectivity to “90 percent of private and corporate internet users in Armenia” and some in her own country as well. Her swift strike at the heart of said bit-transferring pipeline resulted in all those folks being thrown offline for a solid 12 hours, while the Georgian Railway Telecom worked to find and correct the fault. In spite of her relatively benign motivations, the lady now faces three years in prison for the damage she caused. We’d say all’s well that ends well, but this doesn’t actually seem like a very happy ending at all.

Elderly Georgian lady disconnects Armenian internet for half a day… by accident originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 15:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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That’s right, kids: the tyranny of the browser window is over! Thanks to Corey from ProbablyInteractive (as well as clever use of HTML5 and the Canvas tag), we now have URL Hunter. Using the left and right arrows keys, the player controls an ASCII “O” that has nothing better to do all day but kill the letter “a.” When you find yourself on top of the “a” key, hit the space bar to earn a point. Simple? In theory, yes. But trust us — It’s harder than it sounds! Hit the source link to try for yourself.

URL Hunter game takes place entirely in your browser’s address bar, courtesy of HTML5 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Mar 2011 16:11:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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You may have wondered why do so many movie trailers premiere on Apple.com. Chad Little, a former Apple.com employee has posted a public response to this question. The answer? Blame it on Jar Jar Binks and Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace….

Little wrote on Quora.com:

It started as a showcase for QuickTime, at the time of first launch we only had a handful of trailers and one or two studios. It was really the Phantom Menace trailer that put apple.com/trailers into the spotlight. Lucasfilm had posted a rather crappy trailer on their site, the team at Apple was appalled. Through DNS records, the web team at Apple managed to contact the Star Wars web team and set up a meeting. That single trailer showcased QuickTime’s quality over RealVideo by leaps and bounds, and quickly surpassed over 1 million downloads to become the most popular web video of the internet in that time. But that wasn’t the end of it. There was another problem delivering all these trailers at high bandwidth. Enter Akamai. Hosting the Star Wars trailer on this little known startup called Akamai gave Apple the edge in delivery and quality of high bandwidth video. Streaming sites just couldn’t compete. Through these connections studios began sending trailers left and right, and Apple was at the launch of many successful trailer premieres from Lord of the Rings, X-Men, even now with the latest Iron Man 2 Trailer. They don’t pay for content rights, but do host and pay for bandwidth.

So there you have it: Apple and Quicktime profit in the branding department.

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Tom Cruise is surely the first Hollywood star to join the Sina Microblog, a Twitter-like service in China. Surprisingly, in just two days, Cruise has attracted over 60,000 Chinese fans following his microblog updates. He seems to be satisfied with the switch, posting an interesting tweet on his official Twitter account: “We’re having fun talking to you & our new friends at http://t.sina.com.cn/ It’s the Chinese Twitter, but with a lot more functionality, CIO.” Yay, Cruise thinks that Chinese Twitter is better than America’s Twitter, and he is now following 367 Sina Microblog users, including pop singers from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Looks like Cruise is very interested on China, since China is a huge market which shouldn’t be neglected. Being a Hollywood star, Cruise has a super massive amount of fans in China, and by joining the Sina Microblog, it is probably the best way to stay connected with Chinese fans. Without any doubts, Cruise’s new account has become a big news, blanketing the Chinese Internet less than two hours after his first post. Here’s what he said to all his Sina Microblog fans:
Hello and thank you to everyone who is being so nice to us here. It’s exciting to be here with you We look forward to learning more about 微博 !!! We will be writing a www.TomCruise.com/Blog about our experience here soon and will post the link here when we do!

Amazing huh? His first post generated over 2,000 comments. The comments are pretty interesting, and for those users who are followed by Cruise, they are super excited about it. A user from Guangzhou says, “Cruise is following me! I’m getting rich!” What’s more surprising is that Cruise follows the Phoenix Television (the most popular Chinese television broadcaster) on Sina Microblog too.

So, what’s really important is that Cruise thinks Sina Microblog has more features than Twitter, since Sina Microblog has added pictures, in-stream replies, groups and other features that make it much closer to a full-featured social network than a Twitter knockoff. And we are wondering, will there be more celebrities from the West joining the Chinese Twitter after Cruise making the first move?

Check out Tom Cruise’s Sina Microblog!


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