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Nielsen finally tracking streaming shows

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Aug 2015 23:22

Nielsen finally tracking streaming shows Analytics firm Nielsen has confirmed that it has finally begun tracking streaming viewership, tracking nearly 1000 shows that are available via services like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.

The overall goal is to help studios negotiate proper licensing rates for its shows that stream extremely well on subscription services.

Streaming has taken a decent chunk of traffic away from traditional TV viewership and studios are always looking for ways to make up for the lost revenue.

Reports note that Nielsen's tracking is still very limited, as it is limited to the U.S. and does not include mobile devices. Hulu is most popular on mobile devices.

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LG builds 'Rolly Keyboard,' a QWERTY keyboard that rolls up into a small, portable stick

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Aug 2015 22:19

LG builds 'Rolly Keyboard,' a QWERTY keyboard that rolls up into a small, portable stick LG has created a new Bluetooth keyboard that should be your ultimate companion in portability.

The new 'Rolly Keyboard' is only slightly smaller than a regular keyboard, with the keys at 17mm compared to the usual 18mm. The keyboard needs just one AAA battery, and has a listed battery life of about 3 months.

"LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we'll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings," said Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "The goal was to create a product that could add more value to LG smartphones and tablets at the same time offering a unique design proposition that hadn't been explored before."

We will know more next month at IFA, including price and availability.

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Uber hires the two security researchers that recently remotely hacked Jeeps

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Aug 2015 22:00

Uber hires the two security researchers that recently remotely hacked Jeeps Massive startup Uber has hired the two vehicle security researchers that recently remotely hacked Jeeps, causing a major recall of 1.4 million cars.

Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek will begin working with Uber next week, after resigning from their current positions at Twitter and IOActive this week.

Moving forward, the two will join Uber's Advanced Technologies Center, a research lab that is working on autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. Uber says the new hires will work "to continue building out a world-class safety and security program at Uber."

Just like other tech companies, Uber expects that one day it can offer a full fleet of self-driving vehicles, and it is imperative that these vehicles are as secure as possible.

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Ashley Madison top executive resigns

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Aug 2015 21:47

Ashley Madison top executive resigns Noel Biderman, the former CEO of Avid Life Media, has resigned.

Avid Life Media is the parent company of recently decimated cheating site Ashley Madison, among others including Cougar Life.

"Effective today, Noel Biderman, in mutual agreement with the company, is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Avid Life Media Inc. (ALM) and is no longer with the company. Until the appointment of a new CEO, the company will be led by the existing senior management team. This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base.

We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members' privacy by criminals. We will continue to provide access to our unique platforms for our worldwide members. We are actively cooperating with international law enforcement in an effort to bring those responsible for the theft of proprietary member and business information to justice,"
reads the press release.

In July, hackers attacked Ashley Madison, gaining access to millions of profiles, email addresses, and even photos of cheaters and would-be cheaters. Even more damaging for Ashley Madison was the fact that it charged users $19 for a "full wipe" of their profile yet actually kept that data on file. The attackers posted all that data, as well.

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Here are Microsoft's Cityman and Talkman flagships

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Aug 2015 0:43

Here are Microsoft's Cityman and Talkman flagships Thanks to Evan Blass (@Evleaks), we have what appear to be press images and images of Microsoft's upcoming flagship Lumia devices, codename Cityman and Talkman.

Cityman is the larger of the two, at 5.7-inches, and it also has a massive 20MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash. In addition, it will include support for Microsoft's latest Surface Pen, will have a USB-C port and Qi wireless charging.

Full Specs:


Matte White or black polycarbonate body
5.7 inch WQHD (1440x2560) OLED display
Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa core
Iris scanner (infrared) for Windows Hello
3GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
20MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash
1mm silver ring inside the circumference of the black camera pod
Aluminum side buttons
5MP Wide-angle front facing camera
3300 mAh removable battery
Qi wireless charging integrated
USB Type-C


Full specs for Talkman:

Matte White or black polycarbonate body
5.2 inch WQHD (1440x2560) OLED display
Snapdragon 808, 64-bit Hexa core
Iris scanner (infrared) for Windows Hello
3GB of RAM
32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
20MP PureView rear camera
5MP Wide-angle front facing camera
3000 mAh removable battery
Qi wireless charging with flip cover
USB Type-C
Cityman (Lumia 950 XL)

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LG invests big in OLED; will show off four new 4K and curved TVs at IFA

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2015 23:50

LG invests big in OLED; will show off four new 4K and curved TVs at IFA LG will be making a big OLED push at next week's IFA 2015 event in Berlin.

The company will unveil four new OLED TVs at the event, including 65 and 55-inch 4K high dynamic range (HDR) sets as well as a curved OLED TV that is just 4.8mm thick.

As LG explains, the "OLED display technology ensures that images are displayed in perfect black as well as perfect colors. This is what makes OLED technology an ideal match for HDR content because only OLED panels can deliver the absolute black which makes the bright colors of HDR look even more impressive. OLED TVs are able to render the required HDR light range at lower peak brightness, resulting in an exceptional and more comfortable viewing experience. What's more, LG's HDR-capable OLED TVs allow consumers to view HDR content from both streaming content partners as well as external sources."

All the new TVs will run on the webOS 2.0 smart TV platform and all include speakers built in partnership with Harman/Kardon.

"Anyone who sees our newest TVs at this year's IFA will walk away without a shred of doubt that HDR and OLED complement each other perfectly," said Lee In-kyu, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Home Entertainment Company. "Our expanded 4K OLED TV lineup will demonstrate to consumers that OLED is here to stay and that LG is committed to leading the next generation TV market."

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uTorrent exploring new revenue models, including charging for the client

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2015 23:22

uTorrent exploring new revenue models, including charging for the client According to a new report, popular torrent client uTorrent is exploring new revenue models for its parent BitTorrent Inc., including charging for the client which has been freeware for a decade.

uTorrent has over 170 million users and currently makes money through bundled software and some ads but development costs appear to be high and BitTorrent says they were never too happy with the bundled model.

Moving forward, the uTorrent team will be testing alternatives to bundling, including "paid options for every budget."

"As you know, uTorrent is a free piece of software. To support it, we use bundled software and offers to offset the cost that would otherwise be paid directly by the user," said the uTorrent team. "We've never been satisfied with this revenue model. It requires compromises that detract from a premium user experience. We want to find a model that adds value to our product and our users. We want to find a better way."

We should know more in the coming weeks.

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T-Mobile Austria says no when asked to block torrent sites like The Pirate Bay

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2015 22:29

T-Mobile Austria says no when asked to block torrent sites like The Pirate Bay T-Mobile Austria has refused to block access to popular torrent sites like The Pirate Bay and Isohunt after a local music rights group asked them to voluntarily begin doing so.

The group, LSG, has been asking providers to block traffic to the sites following a court order that was issued against ISP A1 in the nation. Besides The Pirate Bay, Isohunt.to, 1337x.to and h33t.to were also named.

Helmut Spudich of T-Mobile said "We will not to comply with this request and access to The Pirate Bay will not be blocked." The company also noted that authorities in the nation should "implement clear legal regulations with regard to Internet blocking in Austria. We don't want to block our customers to be blocked inadvertently and would like a clarification on the correct procedure."

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Lenovo folds its mobile division into Motorola

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2015 21:53

Lenovo folds its mobile division into Motorola A year after acquiring Motorola Mobility, Lenovo has folded their own struggling smartphone division into its now more famous brand.

Motorola will now take over smartphone development and manufacturing in an effort to cut costs.

The news comes via Lenovo mobile business head Chen Xudong, who said the combined company will take the "best talent" from both Motorola and Lenovo.

Earlier this year, Lenovo laid off 3200 staff to help streamline the business, but it was not enough as its Motorola division continues to lose money.

Chen also noted that Motorola will run Lenovo's smartwatch development, as well, although non-Apple Watch smartwatches have generally struggled mightily to gain any traction.

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Apple confirms new iPhone event for September 9th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Aug 2015 21:12

Apple confirms new iPhone event for September 9th Apple has confirmed that its upcoming iPhone event will take place on September 9th at 10AM PST at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

The tech giant is expected to unveil the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which are not likely to be major upgrades from last year's blockbuster devices.

What we do know so far is that the smartphones will add animated wallpapers, 4K video support, a 12MP rear camera, and flash for the front-facing camera, meaning night-time selfies will be a possibility.

There is also the chance that Apple will make the iPhones with force-touch, the feature released on recent Macs. Force-touch senses the strength of the press on the display, allowing for much more options.

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Windows 10 now installed on 75 million PCs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 21:58

Windows 10 now installed on 75 million PCs Microsoft has boasted today that Windows 10 is now installed on 75 million computers, in just one month of availability.

By comparison, it took six months to get 100 million Windows 8 licenses out there, although it is not an apples-to-apples comparison given that Windows 8 was not free.

Additionally, the company says "90,000 unique PC or tablet models" have upgraded to Windows 10, the Windows 10 store "has seen 6x more app downloads per device than Windows 8" and 122 years of gameplay have already been streamed to Win10 PCs from the Xbox One.

It seems Microsoft is well on its way to "1 billion connected Windows 10 devices" as they've proclaimed.

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States begin experimenting with 'cloud taxes' on services like Netflix and Spotify

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 21:02

States begin experimenting with 'cloud taxes' on services like Netflix and Spotify As the world has moved away from physical media, states are now looking to make up the lost revenue in the form of "cloud taxes" on your favorite streaming services.

Chicago is currently experimenting with such a 'cloud tax' on cloud computing and streaming music and video sites, and Tennessee and Idaho have already been testing such taxes for some time.

The move is unsurprising. Annual sales of physical movie discs (DVD, Blu-ray) are down to $10 billion from a high of $20.2 billion in 2006, and recorded media (CDs) are down from a high of $13.2 billion in 2000 to just $1.9 billion last year.

"Seems to me like this might be kind of grudgingly... accepted by a Netflix," Yahoo Finance's Michael Santoli predicted. "I think it reminds me a little bit of when you look at your cable bill and see all the various taxes that are applied there."

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Ashley Madison employees came to work and heard AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' from their PCs after hack

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 20:03

Ashley Madison employees came to work and heard AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' from their PCs after hack It appears that large-scale corporate cyber attacks may have a theme song.

According to the Toronto police, Ashley Madison employees came to work on July 12th and were met with their PCs blasting AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" and their monitors stuck on a 'threatening message' that private data belonging to million of users was soon to be released.

As we all know, earlier this month the attackers released the names, email addresses and more of nearly 50 million cheaters and would-be cheaters as well as emails and financials for the company and employees.

In 2012, it was reported that an Iranian scientist had heard Thunderstruck from his PC following a cyber attack, so is it possible that hackers have a theme song?

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Office 2016 for Windows expected to launch September 22nd

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 19:45

Office 2016 for Windows expected to launch September 22nd According to a new report, Microsoft will launch Office 2016 for Windows on September 22nd, a couple of months after it launched for Mac.

There aren't expected to be any changes between versions, and the Windows app will launch with the new "colorful" theme known to mobile users and it will be touch-optimized, of course.

Additionally, Microsoft has improved search, attachments and email performance within Outlook 2016 and Word 2016 will get real-time co-authoring just like its web app counterparts.

Microsoft has not confirmed the date, but with developers testing the final release candidate as we speak, it is a good guess if anything.

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YouTube Gaming is here and ready to take on Twitch

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Aug 2015 19:21

YouTube Gaming is here and ready to take on Twitch Earlier this year, Google announced that it was preparing to take on game streaming service Twitch and that time has now come.

YouTube Gaming is now available for iOS, Android and desktop and has been well received.

The move has been well forecasted. Google was rumored to have tried to acquire Twitch last year but they were eventually outbid by Amazon. As Google has been known to do, they then set out on building their own version.

YouTube Gaming, just like Twitch, allows gamers to broadcast gameplay live to viewers and will also have exclusive content and interviews. Additionally, there will be 25,000 different landing pages for specific popular games.

For now, the service is just in the U.S. and UK but should expand.

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