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Hulu announces its pay service, while keeping the free content, too. T-Mobile is preparing to introduce Vibrant to Pandora at the end of July. Kindle makes some noise on iOS devices while sharing some love with Android. Cisco chisels out its own tablet. Add a soundtrack to your YouTube videos without infringing on copyright laws. And Nexus One gets an update.
More Hulu for You
Look out, Netflix (NFLX) online video hub Hulu.com confirmed rumors that it’s introducing a paid service for viewers. For $9.99 a month, Hulu Plus will give you access to full seasons of your favorite shows. And, you can watch them anywhere, whether it’s via an iPhone, iPod Touch or Xbox 360.
Hulu fans who like to watch the latest episode of their favorite show for free will still be able to at no charge. But extra content will cost you. Hulu Plus is available now through a private invitation, but is expected to be available to the masses “soon.”
Calling Mr. Cameron
Samsung’s much sought-after “Vibrant,” a version of its “Galaxy S” model, is coming to T-Mobile on July 21. It’s priced at $199 and boasts a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 4-inch AMOLED display and touch screen, plus a 5-megapixel camera. And Avatar fans will be pleased to know that a copy of the film will be pre-loaded on each Vibrant, just in case you feel like watching the movie on your new phone. Also included is a pre-loaded Sims 3 Collector’s Edition, for all you gamers out there.
Lights and Sound
Amazon.com (AMZN) wants to add a little more action to your summer reading list. The company says its free Kindle e-reader app for Apple devices will feature e-books embedded with video and audio clips, adding a little excitement to your literary experience.
And Android users no longer have to feel left out of the Kindle app club. Amazon introduced its e-reader app to the Android Market on Monday.
Cisco Systems (CSCO) joins the tablet craze with its new Cius device. It’s a seven-inch tablet computer that weighs a mere 1.15 pounds. It will feature the Android system, along with Wi-Fi, 3G/4G network access, and HD video. Cisco says the Cius will be available to a select few on a trial basis later this year, with the massive launch in early 2011.
Create your own music video and post it to YouTube, using your favorite songs for just $1.99. Portland-based Rumblefish is a music licensing store that just opened its “Friendly Music” shop online. Stop by and search for music according to genre and artist, scrolling to find your favorite band under the “Sounds Like” option. Once there you’ll find songs to apply to your YouTube
videos, to use however you’d like. (Remember, of course, that it’s for non-commercial purposes only.) Rumblefish says it hopes to add some more well-known artists in the future, but they’re off to a good start so far.
Nexus One More Time
Nexus One (GOOG) users are starting to get their new Android 2.2 software updates. The update is over-the-air, meaning you’ll receive a message on your phone telling you to download the update when prompted. The new software includes heavier mobile security, an LED flash feature for the phone’s Camcorder, and enhanced browser performance.
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