Verizon Offering Media Manager to V CAST Phones
Today Verizon Wireless announced a new piece of PC-based software that it is making available to customer to help them manage the media they sync between their phones and computers. The V CAST Media Manager will let people transfer pictures, videos, music, and purchased content, as well as rip and burn CDs. Verizon notes that the software can import playlists from other media management programs, but doesn't specify which. Verizon said the service works with about a dozen different phones, including the LG enV Touch, Samsung Alias and Alias 2. Verizon said that the software will support more phones over time, including Android-based devices. V CAST Media Manager supports Microsoft Windows XP and Vista. Verizon said that it would support Windows 7 and Apple's OS X at some point in the future, but didn't provide a timeline. The software is a free download.
Verizon Updates Cloud App with Smart Albums
Verizon Wireless has improved the Verizon Cloud app for Android devices with new features called Smart Albums and Print Shop. Smart Albums can automatically select the best photos and videos to create albums based on events and locations.
Opera Adds Video Downloader to Mini for Android
People who use Opera Mini on Android devices now have the ability to download videos directly from the browser. Opera Software updated Mini with a tool for saving videos to a phone for offline playback.
Verizon Closes Acquisition of AOL
Verizon Communications today finalized its acquisition of AOL. AOL now exists as a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon.
Google Search Boosts Music, Movie, TV Results
Google has improved Google Search to include more details about artists, actors, movies, and television shows. Now, when people search for particular musicians or bands, each result will point towards events, albums, and songs, as well as links to apps where the artist's tracks are available.
Verizon and Hearst to Acquire Complex for Mobile Content
Verizon Communications and Hearst have agreed to acquire Complex, a media organization founded by Mark Ecko that creates content for young adult audiences. Under the terms of the agreement, Verizon and Hearst will each own 50% of Complex through a joint venture.
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