Spotify lifts time limits -- letting users listen on and on

Spotify upped the ante in the music streaming game on Wednesday by getting rid of all time restrictions on Web listening. Now, users in all countries where Spotify operates can stream music for free on the Web endlessly.

"In the past, we had to restrict your listening time to some hours a month once a 6-month unlimited grace period had passed," Spotify spokesman Diego Planas Rego wrote in a blog post. "But now, if you haven't noticed, there's no more time limit if you are using Spotify for free. We have removed these caps completely … Read more

Blue-light glitch taints PS4's hot launch

CNET Update tries turning it off and on again:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why a pulsing blue light has some PlayStation 4 owners stressed out. A small percentage of the first batch of PS4s seem to be defective.

- Get twice as much storage in the limited-edition Ouya, sold in North America for $130.

- Fling videos from a Kindle to the TV -- and learn other new tablet tricks -- with the Kindle Fire OS 3.1 update.

- Stream live and recorded shows from a cable box to another TV using the new Slingbox Roku app. … Read more

Ouya limited-edition console offers twice the storage

The makers of the Ouya game console are trying to lure buyers with a special edition that costs more but doubles the storage.

Now available for preorder, the Ouya limited edition costs $129, up from the usual price of $100. For that extra $29, the storage capacity jumps to 16GB from 8GB. The new edition also is white, whereas the standard model comes in black.

The limited edition is available only in North America. Ouya promises that buyers will receive it in time for the holidays if ordered before December 8.

The Android-based Ouya comes as a small cube that … Read more

Apple quietly doubles cellular app download limit to 100MB

Alongside iOS 7's arrival today, Apple has quietly doubled the size of apps users can download while away from Wi-Fi.

That cap is now 100MB, up from the 50MB Apple instituted last March. Before that, the limit was 20MB, something developers began running into problems with as they tried to fit in artwork and other elements into apps that would work on the iPhone and iPad, as well as Retina and non-Retina Display devices.

Some developers attempted to get around the issue, designing games to download things like additional levels and content once a user had already installed the … Read more

Restrict volume on iPhone, iPod, and iPad

If your kid is using an iPhone, iPod, or iPad to blast music at unsafe levels, you should consider setting a limit on their maximum volume. I mean, they'll hate you for it -- but they'll also hate having tinnitus in their 20s, right?

In the above video, I'll walk you through the steps of lowering the maximum volume limit on any iOS device, as well as locking that setting in place using a password of your choosing.

If the video doesn't appear above, try going directly to the video on CNET TV or pay a … Read more

Block Facebook and YouTube for set periods of time with the free FB Limiter

It had to come to this, didn't it? You can't trust yourself to stay away from Facebook long enough to get any work done before lunch. And don't get us started on YouTube. We mean that: don't get us started on YouTube. Hours vanish. So you're thinking about software that blocks Facebook and YouTube at specific times because something must stop the madness. That's where FB Limiter from AxiomCoders enters the scene. This free tool prevents users from accessing Facebook, YouTube, or both. Your password controls access. You can keep your kids from going … Read more

Pandora limits free mobile streaming

CNET Update teaches you how to say Ubuntu:

Thursday's tech news roundup has bad news for Pandora addicts. Free music streaming on Pandora apps is limited to 40 hours a month -- but there's no limit for desktop users. Pandora is bringing back limits just as Spotify evolves: it's making changes to be more social, just updated its iOS app, and is going to be available on Ford's Sync AppLink. Another streaming cousin, TuneIn, also updated its site and iPad app to offer live listening recommendations.

And as Mobile World Congress coverage wraps up, we're … Read more

Apple said to nix apps using 'cookie tracking'

Apple may be on the way to controlling more of how advertisers get user information from mobile devices.

According to TechCrunch, unnamed industry sources are saying that Apple's App Review team is denying apps that use "cookie tracking." This could be a signal that the company is going full force into its own Advertising Identifier technology.

Theoretically, the way cookie tracking works on mobile is similar to desktop: a cookie saves data and information on users' browsing history that can be used later by the app or Web site. According to TechCrunch, it was introduced as an … Read more

2013 Toyota Avalon charges Qi-enabled phones without wires

People have been modding wireless inductive phone chargers into their cars since the Palm Pre and its magnetic Touchstone, but Toyota claims today to be the first automaker to offer the tech with its announcement that the 2013 Toyota Avalon will be available with Qi wireless charging.

Specifically, the Qi wireless charging will be available as part of the 2013 Avalon Limited's and Hybrid Limited's $1,750 Technology package, so you'll also want to make sure that you're interested in the radar cruise control, precollision system, and automatic high beams that also come as part of … Read more

How to set a monthly iTunes allowance for your kids

There are plenty of iOS devices on holiday wish lists this year. Which means there's bound to be plenty of iOS devices under trees, waiting for anxious kids to unbox and begin using them.

On the other side of those iOS devices are parents, like you, trying to figure out how to limit the amount of spending on games, apps, books music and movies their kids (or perhaps themselves) can do in iTunes.

Today I found a feature in iTunes I didn't know existed; the ability to set up a monthly iTunes allowance for specific Apple IDs. Brilliant! … Read more