Tech Today: iTunes 'Season Pass' update, RIM buyout news
Tuesday's late breaking news saw reports of bids for RIM, while Apple has launched 'Complete My Season Pass' for iTunes TV shows. Meanwhile Xbox LIVE gets 4oD and Demand 5
Apple launches 'Complete My Season Pass' on iTunes
iTunes users, who've purchased a number of TV shows from the store can now complete the season for a discounted price. Apple has long offered 'Complete My Album' for music purchases. In essence, this means if you've already purchased individual shows, you won't have to buy them again if you want the whole season.
Rivals lining up to buy RIM?
Tuesday evening brought two separate reports claiming RIM may have been subject to a number of takeover bids from rivals. The Wall Street Journal says that Nokia and Microsoft have 'flirted' with the idea of making a joint bid for the ailing Canadian giant, while Reuters reckons that Amazon considered bidding for the BlackBerry maker this summer before going off the idea.
Link: Reuters, WSJ
RIM 'offered' BB10 to Samsung and HTC
In another eye-raising piece of RIM news, the WSJ reckons the BlackBerry maker is touting its forthcoming BB10 operating system to rival manufacturers HTC and Samsung. RIM is desperately seeking a way out of its troubles, but any such move would surely spell the end of its tenure as a hardware manufacturer? And who's to say Samsung and HTC would want BB10 when they have Android and Windows Phone?
Xbox LIVE gets 4oD and Demand 5
Microsoft considered its video app roll-out by bringing Channel 4 and Five's on-demand portals to Xbox LIVE members. The roll-out follows last week's launch of Xbox and YouTube apps. Xbox owners will have to wait until the new year for the BBC iPlayer app to arrive.
Google to remain Firefox's default search provider
Following months of speculation that the two companies may end their long accord, Mozilla and Google have re-inked a deal to keep the giant as Firefox's default search provider. With Mozilla heavily reliant on Google's financial support, it keeps the third-placed browser in the hunt.