Adobe Creative Cloud gives you access to software for just $50 per month

Now you can get Adobe’s entire suite of creative software and more for just $49.99 (£31.04) per month, with their new Creative Cloud service, launched today along with Creative Suite 6.

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For years, Adobe sold Photoshop, Illustrator and its other applications for creative pros primarily in stand-alone boxes — like items on an à la carte menu. In 2003, it bundled them all into a multiple-course feast it called Creative Suite; today, that’s how 75 percent of customers buy their Adobe software.

Now the company is announcing an all-you-can-eat subscription service it calls Creative Cloud: $49.99 a month (with a one-year commitment) for ongoing access to all the Creative Suite apps and a whole lot more.

It’s unveiling the new service in conjunction with Creative Suite CS6, an update to the suite in its traditional form. CS6 includes an impressive new version of Photoshop plus upgrades to Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Pro, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro and other programs. It also has two new video post-production apps, Prelude and Speed Grade. Four versions of the suite are available, from Design Standard ($1299…

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Asus Eee Pad MeMo to become the Nexus tablet?

The £157 quad-core 7″ Asus Eee Pad MeMo, which made its debut at CES, could become Google’s first Nexus tablet according to a report by Techland.
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As if we weren’t already excited enough about the Asus MeMo 370T, a new rumor suggests that the $250, 7-inch, quad-core tablet could get a $50 price drop and launch with Google’s “Nexus” branding.

Citing “two different industry sources,” Android and Me reports that Google was impressed by a prototype of the MeMo that Asus showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. At the time, Asus had promised to launch the tablet for $250 in the second quarter of this year, but Google then reportedly approached the electronics maker to see about reducing the bill of materials to reach a $200 price point and launching a Google-branded tablet running Android 4.0, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich.

(MORE: Asus MeMo 370T: The 7-Inch, Quad-Core, $250 Dream Tablet)

(A caveat before we go any further: Android and Me tends to be hit-or-miss with its rumors. For recent…

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The best of MWC

Time takes a look at the best new devices to turn up at MWC this week, from the insane camera of the Nokia 808 PureView and the convertible Asus Padfone to the downright bizarre LG Optimus Vu and Samsung Galaxy Beam.

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Quad-core phones, slim tablets and gimmicky features abound at the 2012 Mobile World Congress. Here’s a roundup of the most interesting smartphones and tablets from the show.

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Nintendo Network announced for 3DS and Wii U

Techland takes a look at the new Nintendo Network, Nintendo’s new online service for the 3DS and Wii U. Will it be enough to take on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, or will Nintendo continue on their downward spiral?

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Nintendo says it’s finally going to get with the program and release an honest-to-goodness online gaming service, dubbed “Nintendo Network,” that’ll cover both the Wii U and 3DS. Hooray, I think.

Say what you will about Microsoft’s Xbox 360 (and Microsoft’s affection for overpriced peripherals, like the legendary $100 USB Wi-Fi adapter), its Xbox LIVE gaming network may be the singular reason the PlayStation 3’s still in Redmond’s rearview mirror. In its 2011 summary, Microsoft claimed it had 40 million Xbox LIVE members worldwide, out of 66 million Xbox 360 consoles sold. If we assume the 66 million figure’s actually high based on significant preliminary system failure and replacement rates — the so-called “red ring of death” — that LIVE membership figure looks even more impressive.

Sony, by contrast, claimed it had upwards of 70 million registered PSN users when it was hacked (to the nines) last April, but the number of paying members using its…

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Angry Birds to win your Facebook hearts on Valentine’s Day

Rovio have announced that Angry Birds, our runner-up for Best App of 2011, will launch on Facebook on February 14th (aka Valentine’s Day) having already conquered every other platform under the sun. In the announcement that Time said was sure to kill office productivity, founder Peter Vesterbacka explained that the game would be free to play, but with premium content such as the Mighty Eagle available for the 40% of users who are expected to be willing to pay for such madness. Leaderboards will also find their way on to the Facebook version, cueing mass bird-flinging wars in the Digixav offices.

How will you spend your Valentine’s Day this year? Crushing pigs or with that special someone? Watch the video below to get a teaser of the game and then make a decision. Just don’t forget how angry these birds can get.