06 July 2013

When You Open Gmail's Compose Box in a New Window



Sometimes little details matter. If you open Gmail's compose box in a new tab or a new window, the formatting options are visible by the default and you no longer have to click the formatting button.






How to open the compose box in a new tab or window? There are at least 7 ways:



Open in a new window

1. Shift+click the compose button

2. Shift+c (keyboard shortcuts need to be enabled)

3. Click the pop-out button from the compose box.



Open in a new tab

1. Ctrl+click the compose button

2. Ctrl+c (keyboard shortcuts need to be enabled)

3. d (keyboard shortcuts need to be enabled)

4. Ctrl+click the pop-out button from the compose box.



Replace Ctrl with Command if you use Mac OS.

What's The Right Answer?



Sometimes the same question can have multiple answers, even when you're looking for a simple fact. I've searched for [ny population] using Google and Bing and got two completely different answers. Google's answer is 8.245 million, while Bing's answer is 19,501,616.






It's obvious that Google replaced "ny" with "New York City", while Bing replaced it with "New York State". If you're searching for [new york], Google will show information about the city, while Bing's data refers to the state.






To disambiguate your query, you need to search for [ny city population] or [ny state population] and both search engines will return similar answers.



What if you search for [ronaldo age]? Here's what you get: 28 years (Google) and 36 years (Bing). Google mentions that the answer is for Cristiano Ronaldo, but Bing doesn't.






Both answers are OK because there are two football players known as Ronaldo: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (born 18 September 1976) and Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born born 5 February 1985). Most of the top search results from both Bing and Google are about Cristiano Ronaldo.



To sum up, it's a good idea to disambiguate your query and to check the answers provided by search engines.

Make Writing Papers Easier – 4 Websites That Help You Cite Sources



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When the time comes to write a paper, one of the biggest pains can be citing your sources. You've spent hours and hours slaving away over your computer, perfectly crafting every word. You're cruising for an easy A, and then you have to go and spend even more time citing all those sources. Thankfully, the Internet makes this arduous part of the paper writing process a little easier.

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Create Survey Forms With Style Using Typeform Beta



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I have used Google Forms to post quick surveys and collect contact information for various purposes. As part of the Google Drive suite of tools, Google Forms is convenient and pretty easy to use. There are similar online form creation services that are just as good, but none as far as I can tell are as stylish as the new Typeform form creation and data collection service, available for free at the beta level.

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10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of BBC iPlayer



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What is the best in British entertainment? Is it on TV or on the radio? Either way, both media are accessible with the BBC’s iPlayer service. BBC iPlayer is a browser-based service that is also available as desktop, mobile, and console apps. International viewers can also take advantage of the service, with some restrictions. With so many shows on offer and many options for playback and downloading shows (with DRM) if you’ve ever used the service it might be the case that you haven’t used BBC iPlayer to its full ability.

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10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of BBC iPlayer



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What is the best in British entertainment? Is it on TV or on the radio? Either way, both media are accessible with the BBC’s iPlayer service. BBC iPlayer is a browser-based service that is also available as desktop, mobile, and console apps. International viewers can also take advantage of the service, with some restrictions. With so many shows on offer and many options for playback and downloading shows (with DRM) if you’ve ever used the service it might be the case that you haven’t used BBC iPlayer to its full ability.

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10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of BBC iPlayer



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What is the best in British entertainment? Is it on TV or on the radio? Either way, both media are accessible with the BBC’s iPlayer service. BBC iPlayer is a browser-based service that is also available as desktop, mobile, and console apps. International viewers can also take advantage of the service, with some restrictions. With so many shows on offer and many options for playback and downloading shows (with DRM) if you’ve ever used the service it might be the case that you haven’t used BBC iPlayer to its full ability.

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Twitter’s Tracking Your Internet Activity Now – But Will Let You Opt Out [Updates]



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Twitter has started tracking the Internet usage of its American users, just in time for the 4th of July – but you have the freedom to opt out. Users won’t see more ads on Twitter, but they may see better ones.

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Pure Android



I'm sure that one of Google's OKRs is to increase the number of pure Android users. This has multiple benefits: users get the latest updates faster, Google promotes its own apps, users get to try Google's original flavor of Android, the latest version of Android gets more market share and developers are encouraged to use the latest APIs.



Here are some strategies used by Google to make pure Android (or almost-pure Android) more popular:



1. Nexus is now a family of affordable devices and Nexus 7 is the most popular Nexus device ever released. Google sells them online in a few countries and provides software updates.



2. Google Editions of the most popular Android devices: HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Manufacturers provide software updates for the devices and include some of their software. Devices are still sold online via Google Play, but only in the US. Maybe other devices will follow.






3. Motorola will only release devices with stock Android. "Consumers love what the Android OS can do for them, and they want to have the most recent releases faster. From a software and UI perspective, our strategy is to embrace Android and to make it the best expression of Android and Google in the market. It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience," said Jim Wicks, Motorola's design chief.



4. A lot of stock Android apps are now in Google Play Store and many Google apps are preinstalled on devices from Samsung, HTC and more. You can now install Google's calendar app, the keyboard, Hangouts, Google Search with Voice Search and Google Now, Chrome, Google Maps, Google's music player, Gmail and much more. Some missing apps: the launcher, camera, gallery, clock, calculator, news & weather, contact manager, phone app and the messaging app.



Pure Android is not perfect and some Android flavors from Samsung, HTC and others offer support for more technologies, more features and better built-in apps. What they don't offer is a coherent experience: few developers implement their APIs and you end up with features that only work in a small number of apps, features that compete with each other (Google Voice Search vs S-Voice) and apps you can't remove.



Maybe OEMs should focus on the user experience and add their features and software on top of the pure Android. Improve Google's stock apps, develop a better camera app that takes advantage of your hardware, build a great music player and some beautiful widgets, but only include the apps that are strictly necessary. Featuritis helps create some nice demos, but you end up with software that's hard to maintain and hard to use, while slowing down devices and using more resources.

A Guide To Good Deals: How To Save Money On Everything You Buy Online



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Online shopping makes it easier than ever to get a good deal. We've put together a short guide on how to get the best price on just about anything you might be looking for online. And remember, to be a conscious consumer, you also should do a little bit of research to make sure that your good deal really is a good deal.

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05 July 2013

Party Planning Made Easy: 12 Of The Best Resources



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As summer rolls in (and out again, for the famous week long British summer), the time for garden parties is upon us. You’ve set a theme and instructed everyone to come in costume, but as the host your job is the hardest: food, decorations, perhaps activities and games. So here, my fellow party planners, are (at least) 12 sites that should be your first stop for inspirational ideas to help you pull off that perfect party.

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Download Windows XP For Free and Legally, Straight From Microsoft



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As the years progress and Microsoft moves on from Windows 7 into Windows 8 and beyond, it's certainly starting to feel like Windows XP is just an artifact of the past. But is it? There may be situations when you need to use XP again or you might want to take a stroll down memory lane. Well, Microsoft offers VirtualBox, a free Virtual Machine featuring a free version of Windows XP, which runs within your current OS. You can use this system for testing or running older programs that only work in Windows XP.

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YouTube's Video Pages Will Load Faster



A few weeks ago, a reader noticed an interesting YouTube experiment that displayed a red progress bar when loading video pages. It was obvious that video pages were loaded dynamically using AJAX.



Gizmodo posted an article last week about this experiment. It turns out that YouTube will soon launch this new interface.



"Currently, when you click on a YouTube video, first the watch page loads (the webpage that the video sits on). Then the JavaScript that controls that page is downloaded, then the video player, and then the video itself starts downloading." In the new interface, everything is downloaded simultaneously. When you click a new video, YouTube only loads the new page and then the video. It's no longer necessary to download the video player and the JavaScript/CSS files.






Another change is that YouTube preloads the page and the first part of the video you're likely to watch next before you even click it, so that the video loads almost instantly. This works because the Flash player now uses adaptive streaming and downloads videos in slices. The first slice of the next video you're likely to watch is prefetched. This works well for playlists and search results (YouTube prefetches the first result), but also for video pages, where YouTube shows suggestions.

How I Make Software Demos using Animated GIFs



Aniamted GIFs are a good alternative to screencast videos since they are easy to produce, can be hosted anywhere and people love sharing them on social sites.



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3 Windows 98 Bugs Worth Revisiting



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Is it just nostalgia that keeps me attached to this OS, or was Windows 98 actually worth remembering? This operating system released 15 years ago had its ups and downs. Critics have been pretty harsh on the recent versions of Windows. Vista took it the hardest, but there are a lot of you who don’t seem to be the biggest fans of Windows 8 either. Maybe we should take a trip back in time and remember just how bad certain parts of Windows 98 were. Love it or hate it, you were in for some pretty big problems.

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6 Ways To Reclaim Your Email Inbox



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Is there anything else that’s as useful, prevalent, and frustrating as an email inbox? It’s been around forever and we keep using it, and as long as we keep using it, people like me will keep writing about it. You probably think it'd be easier to tame a lion than tame your inbox, but there are tools that will make you think twice. There are built-in features for some email services that will do most of the heavy organizational work for you.

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New York City Gets Its Own .nyc Domain Name [Updates]



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The Internet domain regulation organization ICANN has recently approved .nyc as the official top level domain for New York City. This decision makes New York City the first city in the world to be granted approval for its own domain, with London and Paris close behind.

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4 Good Ways To Disguise Yourself Online



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Why would it ever be necessary to disguise yourself online? Isn't such behavior only for the likes of hackers, spies, and lowlifes? Well, not exactly. It isn't always easy to fully disguise yourself in a way that is untraceable, but using the tools described in this article, you should be able to pull it off in fairly short order.

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04 July 2013

Fedora 19 “Schrödinger’s Cat” Is Alive And Full Of New Features and Improvements



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Joy to the world, a new version of Fedora codenamed "Schrödinger's Cat" has been released! In the past, Fedora has provided leadership in the open source community, holding up to strict open source policies, continuous support to upstream projects, and by offering the latest software before any other distribution.

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How To Boot Directly To Desktop In Windows 8.1



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Microsoft’s decision to remove the Start menu and replace the same with Start screen in Windows 8 didn’t go well with end users as most XP, Vista, and Windows 7 users who upgraded to Windows 8 either installed third-party Start menu programs, disabled the Start screen or used programs to skip the Start screen to [...]

Spotify Challenges iTunes Radio With Discover For iPhone [Updates]



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Spotify officially launched its "Discover" feature for iPhone to the public on Tuesday. The feature allows users of the app to view a news feed which offers listening recommendations based on existing listener habits and what's currently popular on Spotify.

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Mega launches Official Android App



Mega Cloud storage has just released their official Mega Android apps, Actually Mega has acquired a third-party client app and officially released that apps with some more new features.


Now the official app released with new design, new thumbnails, and updated some bugs.


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Mega Android App features -



  • Browse your MEGA cloud storage account

  • Fast up- & downloading

  • Camera sync: Automatically upload your photos and videos to MEGA

  • Export and send file and folder links

  • Image thumbnails

  • Create, delete, rename and move files and folders


Download Mega App from Google Play.


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Full-Screen Google Translate



If you use Google Translate to translate a web page, there's a simple way to get more real estate. To hide the navigation bar and the search box, just the click the arrow button next to: [View: Translation|Original]. It's below the red "sign in" button in the following screenshot:









Of course, you can also use Google Chrome, which has a built-in translation feature.

Borrow The Google Street View Trekker And Contribute To Google Maps [Updates]



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Getting your hands on the Google Street View Trekker and taking it around could be a dream answered. Google is now helping you take a shot at that dream by inviting applications from prospective candidates. The Street View Trekker is available on a loan program and is an initiative aimed to increase the visual mapping program's reach across the world.

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How Translated Tweets Work?



Twitter can translate foreign language tweets into your native language using the Bing Translator. You can also use translated tweets in your web apps.



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Digital Inspiration @labnol This story, How Translated Tweets Work?, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 04/07/2013 under Language Translation, Twitter, Internet.



4 years old Android bug affects 99 percent of devices



Security researchers from bluebox has discovered a 4 year old Android bug ( since Android 1.6 Donut,) and affects 99 percent (or nearly 900 million devices) of devices released in the last 4 years.


This Android vulnerability allows a hacker to modify APK code without breaking an application’s cryptographic signature, to turn any legitimate application into a malicious Trojan, completely unnoticed by the app store, the phone, or the end-user.



Installation of a Trojan application from the device manufacturer can grant the application full access to Android system and all applications (and their data) currently installed.


The application then not only has the ability to read arbitrary application data on the device (email, SMS messages, documents, etc.), retrieve all stored account & service passwords,


it can essentially take over the normal functioning of the phone and control any function thereof (make arbitrary phone calls, send arbitrary SMS messages, turn on the camera, and record calls). Finally, and most unsettling, is the potential for a hacker to take advantage of the always-on, always-connected, and always-moving (therefore hard-to-detect) nature of these “zombie” mobile devices to create a botnet.



The Bluebox team says the vulnerability was disclosed to Google in February 2013. Now it’s up to device manufacturers to produce and release firmware updates for mobile devices (and furthermore for users to install these updates).


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Google and Feeds



For some reason, a day before Google Reader was closed, Google Developers blog published an article about PubSubHubbbub, feeds and the Google Feeds API. PubSubHubbub (PuSH) is a protocol for sending notifications when a feed is updated. "Using the PuSH protocol, servers can subscribe to an almost arbitrarily large number of feeds and receive updates as they occur." Google encourages publishers to submit their feeds to a public PuSH hub like Google's hub and Superfeedr's Open PubSubHubbub Hub.



The most interesting part of the post is this one: "Google directly hosts many feed producers (e.g. Blogger is one of the largest feed sources on the web) and is a feed consumer too (e.g. many webmasters use feeds to tell our Search system about changes on their sites). Our PuSH hub offers easy access to hundreds of millions of Google-hosted feeds, as well as hundreds of millions of other feeds available via the PuSH ecosystem and through active polling." And something else: "We are planning some improvements to the Feed API, as part of our ongoing infrastructure work."



This means that Google Reader's backend will continue to exist, but will focus on the Google Feeds API and Google Search index updates. Google Feeds API will also continue to exist and third-party feed readers could use it. All of this was an important part of the Google Reader backend, but Google Reader also had to manage subscriptions, labels, the read/unread state, create a search index for each user.






Hopefully, this also means that Google's services will continue to offer feeds.

How To Hide or Remove SkyDrive Folder In Windows 8.1 Explorer



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SkyDrive has been deeply integrated into Windows 8.1 operating system and it’s now used as default location to save documents, backup settings, and save camera roll folder. The SkyDrive in Windows 8.1 works in a sophisticated way and lets you manage files in a better way. With default settings, SkyDrive shows all files and folders [...]

Which Dead Website Do You Miss The Most? [We Ask You]




At the time of the announcement regarding the future of Google Reader we asked you what should have been culled in its stead? We've also previously asked what one website do you value above all others? This week we're combining these two questions, sprinkling a little nostalgia on top, and (hoping) to have a fruitful discussion about dead websites.

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Beware from United States Independence Day (4th July) Spam Emails



Experts from Symantec warned people to be safe from various spam emails during the US Independence Day celebrations or 4th July 2013 celebrations.


Researchers found many spam email campaign regarding sale offers, summer savings etc for targeting US users in a eve of fourth july celebrations.


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Here are some of spam sales mails for the United States Independence Day 2013:



  • (July 4th) Independence Day Sale – Insane!

  • Retrieve 4th of July Day Prices On All Cars Today

  • Every 2013 automobile is (50%-off) July 4th

  • Summer Kickoff (4th of July deals start now)

  • INCREDIBLE 4th of July Savings on New Cars in Your Area xxx!


Spammers invites users to purchase the products with a bogus coupon code for a discount. The discount codes used in the spam attacks are seen as JULY [RANDOM NUMBERS] and attempt to lure users into clicking a link in order to take advantage of the United States Independence Day offer.


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Why Following Up On Email Is Important (Or How I Overreacted When Someone Didn’t)



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Following up on emails is the proper thing to do. Backing up your claims is the proper thing to do. I thought I should share my experience with you as someone who was on the bad end of poor communication. This is a personal story and it goes a long way in underlining the importance of following up with emails, before any other recourse.

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How To Track Wikipedia Edits In Real Time And Catch What’s Trending



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Wikipedia is run by a vast army of volunteers. They add, update, and also delete. These can range from keying in the latest information and even covering up scandalous news. The changes often looks like a chaotic mess, so if you want to have a birds-eye view of Wikipedia edits in real time, take advantage of Wikipedia tracking tools.

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Type Fu: Ramp Up Your Words-Per-Minute With This Chrome Extension



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Want to increase your typing speed? I’m sure we all do. Not only can we save ourselves a lot of time over years of typing, having a high typing speed can be impressive to see. And while most typing improvement regimens are sluggishly boring, I’ve found a Chrome extension that makes the progression feel easier and more natural. It’s called Type Fu.

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The Latest Tech That Everyone Is Searching For [Search Trends]



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In this update, I’m going to take a look at Google Trend buzz searches from the past couple of weeks. Top buzz identified at Google Trends covers topics ranging from entertainment to politics and occasionally, yes, technology. It’s the tech news that I decided to hunt for. I’ve identified five new search terms that are exploding across the Internet, and may indicate stories that you could very well see in the news very soon.

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3 Ways to Disable Windows 8 Gestures



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Windows 8 is full of gestures and shortcuts. In addition to touch-screen gestures, there are swipe gestures you can perform with your laptop's touchpad and mouse gestures that involve moving your cursor to the corners of the screen. However, there are ways to disable all of these gestures. This is particularly useful if these gestures get in your way while using your touchpad or mouse. You can even disable a Windows 8 device's touch screen entirely -- we don't recommend it, but it's something you can do if you want.

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The End Is Nigh… The Last Pages Of The Internet




The Internet consists of at least 4 billion webpages, which, you'll realize unless you have lost all sense of scale, is a vast collection of content. Not all of it is good content, obviously, and I suspect a fair percentage is pornography. Still, the Web is epic and only likely to grow even more epic from this moment forth. But wait! It turns out the Internet has an end.

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Facebook Animated GIF Images/Picture Sharing Tool




Recently we posted article on "How to share animated gif images on Facebook".In this post we are introducing a tool to share animated gifs directly on Facebook without the hectic process.


One of my good friends and blogger ,Nitin Maheta from Making Different sat down to design some cool tool to share animated gif images directly on Facebook.I am very much impressed with this tool and thought of sharing the same here.


You can share GIF images to Facebook directly from the below Tool:




Note: For a quick demo check video at the end of the post or click here.




03 July 2013

5 Truly Hidden Features In Windows 8.1



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Microsoft recently released its latest desktop operating system called Windows 8.1. Although the new version looks similar to Windows 8, the newest version of Windows has hundreds of new features and functionalities, we have already covered the 50 major new features in Windows 8.1 update. While Microsoft has talked about most of the major changes [...]

Spotify vs. Rdio: A Complete Comparison




I recently cancelled my Spotify Premium membership after a year of uninterrupted monthly payments to the company. This decision came about when I accidentally signed up for 14-days of free Rdio Unlimited. Quite frankly, I was left confused as to who I should be paying money to and after playing with both services there's a good chance you would be too. If you're choosing to take the Netflix-style "all you can eat" route with your music, you've got quite a selection of services to choose from - but who reigns supreme?

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Spotify vs. Rdio: A Complete Comparison




I recently cancelled my Spotify Premium membership after a year of uninterrupted monthly payments to the company. This decision came about when I accidentally signed up for 14-days of free Rdio Unlimited. Quite frankly, I was left confused as to who I should be paying money to and after playing with both services there's a good chance you would be too. If you're choosing to take the Netflix-style "all you can eat" route with your music, you've got quite a selection of services to choose from - but who reigns supreme?

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