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+ - Microsoft accepting Bitcoin as payment method->

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An anonymous reader writes "A new page in the help guide in the payment information of Microsoft's website reveals that the Redmond giant is now accepting Bitcoin as a payment method for products and services on Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. Currently the payments must go through to credit a Microsoft Wallet account, and the service is initially only available to U.S. users. But the wording of the new page combines with an expansive year for Microsoft and a number of positive statements about Bitcoin from Bill Gates to indicate that this first step is more than just an experiment. Microsoft is now the largest commercial entity accepting the Bitcoin currency, which it processes via the BitPay system, thus protecting the company from fluctuations in the value of Bitcoin."
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+ - Quicktime creator brings Flash and Office to the iPad->

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adycarter
adycarter writes "Steve Perlman, the man responsilbe for Quicktime and WebTV has recently launched OnLive Desktop which now offers a "plus" service enabling iPad users to use Flash, Microsoft Office and the ability to use a Gigabit-speed version of Internet Explorer. The service runs on the same basic technology as their game streaming service in that you're using your iPad as client to access a machine located in the cloud."
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+ - Flash now available on the iPad-> 1

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adycarter
adycarter writes "Cloud gaming and computing company OnLive http://desktop.onlive.com/ has today revealed the first of their paid plans for their OnLive Desktop service. This $4.99 per month plan brings a fully featured and Flash capable Internet Explorer to the iPad, alongside the pre existing Microsoft Office offered by the Free versions of OnLive Desktop."
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Comment: Or just use OnLive? (Score 1) 402

by adycarter (#39092013) Attached to: Should Microsoft Put Office On the iPad?

Theres at least two companies, one http://desktop.onlive.com/ and another one called CloudON that offer this kind of functionality if its really needed.

Having used the former its pretty decent and rather handy, but really I don't see the need to actually *have* Office on the iPad, the ability to use it briefly if needed is enough.

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+ - Cloud gaming aims for the mainstream..->

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adycarter
adycarter writes "Cloud Gaming gets kicked around as "the future" quite a bit, but most people seem to be dismissive still claiming it doesn't work or is years away from becoming a reality.
OnLive is pushing the boat out this holiday weekend with an offer of $1/£1 for any users first purchase on the system and as the only way to play many AAA titles on a Mac its well worth a look; even just out of curiosity."

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Comment: Virgin do me nicely... (Score 1) 121

by adycarter (#37624734) Attached to: BT Promises 300Mbps FTTP By 2012

30mb/3mb connection with Virgin. £27 a month with no need for a phone line or paying any form of "line rental" to BT, infact I dont even have a phone line in the building.

Their trafic management policy is nicely listed here:
http://shop.virginmedia.com/help/traffic-management/traffic-management-faster-uploads.html

I get on average 33mb down and 3.1mb up according to speedtest.net if I manage to hit their cap in the evening (OnLive uses about 2.5gb per 30mins) then I get throttled down to 7.5mb which to be fair is way more than anyone round here gets on BT anyways.

Its rarely down and always works nicely, problem for most people is down to their cable network not covering most places, if you're lucky enough to get it then get it...

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