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Thinking of moving to Amazon’s LOVEFiLM Instant?

LOVEFiLM Instant? Wait, what? How did I miss this and is it Amazon‘s answer to Netflix? I don’t understand? How can it have reached two million subscribers and I don’t even know what it is with its cute little “i” and all other letters are capital, I love that! I wonder if they’ll be coming over to the US in the near future because I’d love to trial. It sounds like they are quite a smash in the UK.

Amazon’s LOVEFiLM today announces that they have reached two million subscribers driven by a record number of sign-ups in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Amazon-owned service added hundreds of thousands of new customers that now have access to LOVEFiLM Instant, which provides a unique offering of instantly streamed film and TV series, combined with the vast selection of DVD, Blu-ray and Video Game rentals. This is the fastest customer growth rate LOVEFiLM has experienced since 2009.

Simon Calver, CEO of Amazon’s LOVEFiLM, commented:

“Customers tell us they love LOVEFiLM because of the value, choice and innovation we offer in subscription film and TV entertainment. We offer customers an unparalleled range of titles, including exclusively available blockbusters, with over 70,000 DVDs, Blu-rays, films, TV shows, Video Games and streaming alternatives conveniently available for customers to watch in the location of their choice. Our two million members can look forward to us adding even more world class content, in a variety of formats, to be delivered across an ever expanding range of digital platforms.”

LOVEFiLM also announces the introduction of an unlimited streaming-only package which provides access to films and TV shows via LOVEFiLM Instant. Customers can access the LOVEFiLM Instant digital service through a range of devices including PlayStation(R)3, Xbox, iPad(TM) and a variety of other internet enabled devices.

LOVEFiLM members also benefit from LOVEFiLM Instant video-on-demand exclusivity in numerous major titles such as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, The Dark Knight and hundreds more that have transformed traditional pay-tv windows. In the past twelve months alone LOVEFiLM has added digital content from a broad base of providers including major studios, distributors and networks such as Sony, Warner Bros., Entertainment One, STUDIOCANAL, BBC and ITV.

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Ribbit winners, PS2 price drop, new Intel chips, next iPhone news

Intel updated its processor list with new Core 2 chips for Macbook Air-class laptops and a crush of Xeon processors for workstations and servers.

The number of new processor models is 20 in all.

Intel has introduced new power-sipping low-voltage (LV) and ultra-low-voltage (ULV) processor models for laptops such as the Apple MacBook Air and Dell Adamo.

The new LV and ULV processor models include the 17-watt SL9600 (2.13GHz, $316) and 10-watt SU9600 (1.6GHz, $289). More power-hungry Intel mainstream mobile processors are typically rated at 25 watts or 35 watts.

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Two start-up companies are using new technology to resurrect old but crude strategies to combat hypertension, believing that they can achieve significant improvement in health without the side effects. The Wall Street Journal reports that the companies offered data at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Cardiology that indicated they were on to something big.

One of those companies, Ardian, developed an electrode that emits radio-frequency energy into the renal artery wall to kill nerves that play a role in hypertension, according to the Journal. And data from a 50-patient study indicated a significant improvement in average blood pressure rates. Minneapolis-based CVRx, meanwhile, created a device that is implanted and then emits electronic impulses that signal very high blood pressure, tricking the body to protect itself with all its natural abilities.

Both developers are now planning to mount larger studies to test the technologies.

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Looking to scoop up a PlayStation 2? Starting tomorrow, April 1, Sony will cut the price of its gaming console to $100, down 25 percent from its current price of $130. Today’s announcement is the third price cut for the PS2 since Sony’s first discount in 2002.

Rumors had swirled in recent days that Sony was set to make a major PlayStation 3 announcement today. But that does not seem to be the truth and news updates are stating they have no ideas on lowering the PS3 price in the near future.

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Ribbit, the VOIP platform that was bought by British Telecom last year, announced the winners of its $100,000 KillerApps challenge today. The contest was obviously meant to stimulate interest in Ribbit’s APIs among developers, and judging from the line-up of winning applications, a lot of developers came up with highly creative ways of using Ribbit’s platform in their apps.

Here are the winners of the five categories in Ribbit’s KillerApps challenge:

Media, Advertising, Entertainment: Lucid Viewer

ribbit_lucid_small.pngLucitd Viewer is an authoring tool that allows developers to create interesting, immersive experiences. This demo here, for example, shows a 3D, Google StreetView-like view of a street in Rome, with the ability to call up stores directly from the Flash interface through Ribbit’s service. Lucid Viewer also won the Grand Price in Ribbit’s KillerApps contest.

Business: Sugared Frog

Similar to Ribbit’s own integration with Salesforce, Sugared Frog integrates Ribbit with SugarCRM. With the help of Sugared Frog, users of SugarCRM’s open source solution can use Sugared Frog to organize their voicemail, and dictate notes and memos right from their mobile phones.

Social Networking and Communication: Save A Life

Save a Life is an interesting Adobe AIR application that allows you to quickly reach a group of friends or community members by phone. Currently, the application focuses on blood donations (you can download the application here), though the program could be used for other donation campaigns or emergency services as well.

Breakthrough: CYHAA

CYHAA won Ribbit’s free-form ‘breakthrough’ category. CYHAA, which stands for Control Your Home, Anytime, Anywhere allows users to control their smart home devices with their voice right from their phones.

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Dell today introduced five new blade, rack and tower PowerEdge servers based on the new Intel Xeon 5500 Series processors. Dell designed its 11th generation of servers with input from IT professionals worldwide to help companies do more with less by simplifying data center operations, improving performance and energy efficiency, and lowering total cost of ownership.

The new Dell PowerEdge servers are available today starting at $1,599.

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Apple is expected to begin production on a low-end 3G iPhone and a high-end version with 32GB of NAND flash memory beginning this spring, according to a research report released Tuesday by an analyst for Lazard Capital Markets.

Production is anticipated to begin in April, ramp up in May and the new phones could be announced in June, Daniel Amir, a Lazard Capital Markets analyst, said in his report.

Sega and Mufins

Braeden received a Marvel Heroes pinball machine from Santa for Christmas. It’s not full size, but it’s pretty nice. And I’d say it stands about four feet tall and is maybe 20 inches wide so for his purposes it is perfect and he loves it.

The pinball machine of course got me thinking about how awesome it would be to have a mini arcade in our house. Short of winning the powerball and buying a bigger house I really don’t foresee this ever happening.

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The Sega Taikan Game Collection from Organic looks back at Sega’s custom sit down coin-ops which rocked and veered from side to side to simulate the onscreen action. Four games are lovingly recreated in miniature PVC form as follows:

– Space Harrier
– Super Hang-On
– Outrun
– Thunderblade

I know, I know, it’s not even remotely the same, but maybe with a little imagination I could turn my office desk into a pipe dream.

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On Friday, Mufin launched its music player, which analyzes the songs in your music collection based on their audio content, rather than on human analysis or genre.

Mufin stands for music finder, and it’s your personal music discovery engine for helping you find, listen to, and discover music online! Mufin has millions of tracks and counting ready for you to explore!

The mufin player doesn’t just sort your music by artists or track names like you are used to, but also by sound similarity. It’s not just useful when you’re building a playlist, but also to keep track of which music tracks go together in your library musically.

Once Mufin has analyzed your tunes, it can recommend similar-sounding songs from your collection. It also catalogs songs in its online database and can recommend music from its own sources, if it doesn’t find anything similar on your hard drive.

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Hearst, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, announced on Friday that it has developed an electronic reader for newspapers and magazines, the way Amazon.com’s new Kindle does for books.

Soon you’ll be able to read magazines and newspapers on an e-reader.

The news, first reported by Fortune magazine, is really significant, as Hearst owns about 16 daily and 49 weekly newspapers, and has a strong influence on hundreds of magazines. Examples of those include the San Francisco Chronicle, Oprah Winfrey’s O, and Cosmopolitan.

Of course what would be better is if one e-reader could do it all. No one is going to want to carry around more than one gadget for reading when we already have a bunch of other gadgets in our pockets and bags.