If you've got a sizable music collection at home or at work, the odds are that you've wanted access to it elsewhere. Syncing MP3 players can be a hassle, and few can handle the storage requirements for a big library. Audiogalaxy is a free service that can stream your music from your library to any Web-enabled device. Here's how to use it.
In an average day, more than 60 percent of all Web-enabled devices exchange traffic with the tech giant's servers. That means Google is now bigger than Facebook, Netflix, and Twitter combined.
Google signs on another energy monitor maker to connect to PowerMeter, which will let people in the U.K. view home energy data from Web-enabled devices.
One software company aims to make searching for local businesses on the Web more intuitive, especially on future Web-enabled mobile devices.
Microsoft's MSN Web portal unveiled a new service that alerts bargain hunters to sales at such Web sites as Amazon.com, Drugstore.com and Cooking.com. Called MSN Shopping Alerts, the service will notify people via e-mails sent to their MSN Hotmail accounts and through a variety of Web-enabled devices, such as cell phones, Pocket PCs and other handhelds. The shopping alerts are another example of Microsoft's .Net initiative, the software giant's plan to distribute services and software over the Internet. Although Microsoft eventually plans to charge subscriptions for its .Net services, MSN Shopping Alerts is currently free.
BellSouth began offering business customers a new wireless service this week, a result of a joint marketing agreement with wireless Internet services firm Air2Web. The service allows a company to give its employees, customers and partners access to sales, inventory, e-mail and other business information from Web-enabled mobile phones and personal digital assistants. BellSouth will host the Air2Web application at its data center in Atlanta and market the service to its business customers as part of a revenue-sharing agreement. BellSouth holds a nearly 10 percent stake in the wireless start-up. The Air2Web application pulls data from companies' back-office order management and customer service systems using standard Internet protocols and renders the information for presentation on various wireless devices. BellSouth has yet to set standard pricing for the service, but several Air2Web customers, including United Parcel Service and The Weather Channel, are already planning to use BellSouth's hosting centers to house and manage the service.
Online brokerages are positioned to be among the first sectors to use the wireless devices to retain customers, according to a new study by Internet research firm IDC. Investors will continue to do most of their trading and banking on PCs with wireless devices, such as Web-enabled phones and the Palm VII, which should augment the PC, providing a new convenience and improve customer relationships. The study showed that offering wireless services is "unlikely to attract new revenues or generate additional revenues," IDC said Friday in a written statement.
The iPlanet Calendar Server, aimed at ISPs, will allow users to customize content in calendars and can be accessed from most Web-enabled devices, the firms said.