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HBO NOW falls short of expectations with 800,000 subscribers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Feb 2016 22:55

HBO NOW falls short of expectations with 800,000 subscribers HBO CEO Richard Plepler has revealed today that the HBO NOW streaming service has 800,000 subscribers, well below industry expectations of 1-2 million.

NOW allows consumers to stream HBO shows and movies standalone without a cable TV subscription, similar to services like Hulu and Netflix.

Despite the lower than expected numbers, Plepler says the company "is just getting started" and that recent launches on the PlayStation and Xbox consoles will boost numbers significantly.

Additionally, Plepler noted that extra content would be coming soon that should boost the userbase: "We've not yet put out the content like Jon Stewart, Bill Simmons, Vice daily news show, that we think is particularly suited for those platforms," Plepler added.

HBO Now costs $14.99 per month and is available on nearly all platforms.

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Apple TV is finally getting voice dictation

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Feb 2016 22:19

Apple TV is finally getting voice dictation Thanks to the latest tvOS beta released this week, we have confirmation that the popular Apple TV set-top box is finally getting voice dictation - a long awaited feature.

At launch, the device only accepted text entry, despite having support for Siri. Siri is usually pretty bad, but needing to type in questions to Siri is even worse. This should fix that issue.

As of Apple tvOS 9.2 beta 3, you can now speak into the Siri remote for any text field, and the voice dictation will also support the spelling of usernames and passwords, although it probably still makes sense to type in your password to avoid mistakes.

Additionally, you can search the App Store from any page in the Apple TV interface by holding down the Siri button and speaking commands.

In non-Siri updates, the tvOS update will also allow you to group apps into folders on the Apple TV home screen, just like on your iPhone.

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Final Fantasy IX now available for Android for $17

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 Feb 2016 21:45

Final Fantasy IX now available for Android for $17 Square Enix has finally released the remade Final Fantasy IX for Android, available now for $16.99.

The title was initially released for the original PlayStation, and was one of the more popular games for the console.

As with other ports, Square Enix has added HD graphics, auto-save, achievements and other modern "game-boosting" features.

Of importance, you will not be able to play this game if you have thousands of selfies saved since the game requires 8GB of storage just to download it. The initial download from the Google Play is 1.4GB, and the rest comes via installation.

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Samsung's first Ultra HD Blu-ray player is now available

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Feb 2016 21:12

Samsung's first Ultra HD Blu-ray player is now available Samsung's first Ultra HD Blu-ray player is available for sale now, about two weeks earlier than expected, at least if you live in Southern California.

Retailers like Fry's have units in stock in SoCal, and online with a shipping date of the 16th or later. Other companies, like Best Buy, have updated their pre-order pages to show a February 10th ship date.

Additionally, there are some 4K Blu-rays available, as well, although the selection leaves much to be desired.

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Pirate Bay will let you stream torrents through your browser thanks to Torrents Time

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Feb 2016 20:55

Pirate Bay will let you stream torrents through your browser thanks to Torrents Time The Pirate Bay has integrated the new Torrents Time plugin, allowing users to stream torrents directly from their browser.

If you have Windows or OS X and are running IE, Chrome or Firefox, you can hit the new "Stream It" option on the torrent page rather than download the content.

Currently, the option is in beta, but users seem to like the ability to stream. Torrents Time works on other warez sites, but The Pirate Bay appears to be the first of the majors to implement it.

Says Torrents Time: "By harnessing the incredible abilities of torrents, you can transform your website, in a matter of seconds to an amazing, simple to use streaming website. With Torrents Time you'll be able to [...] generate more revenue than with any other monetization company while putting a stop to annoying ads."

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Microsoft and GoPro sign a patent licensing deal

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Feb 2016 11:49

Microsoft and GoPro sign a patent licensing deal Microsoft and GoPro announced a patent licensing deal earlier this week for "certain file storage and other system technologies."

It is unclear what patents are specifically included in the licensing deal but both companies appear to be excited by the prospects.

"This agreement with GoPro shows the incredible breadth of technology sharing enabled through patent transactions,"
said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. "Microsoft's licensing of personal wearable technologies is seeing strong demand as we partner with companies from all industries to optimize solutions for their customers around the globe."

There is speculation that the deal will cover licensing of the exFAT file system for storage media of 32GB and larger. GoPro currently uses FAT for 32GB and 64GB cards, which forces files larger than 4GB to be split up. This can be a nuisance if you are recording larger videos.

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Here is VAIO's new Windows Phone flagship

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Feb 2016 11:24

Here is VAIO's new Windows Phone flagship Despite its struggles, Microsoft's Windows Phone (Windows 10 Mobile) program could be getting a boost from a well-known brand.

VAIO, the brand born of Sony and then spun-off in 2013, is back to making hardware and they have just announced a new Windows 10 smartphone.

The new VAIO Phone Biz (what?!) will launch in April in Japan in partnership with NTT DoCoMo and will sell for 50,000 (about $420) unlocked.

Overall, the device seems like a step up from the boring, plastic Lumia phones of year's past (where are you, Surface Phone?) including an aluminum design, a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, dual cameras (13MP/5MP), 3GB RAM and a mid-range Snapdragon 617 processor under the hood.

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Red Dead Redemption added to Xbox One backwards compatibility list, kind of

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Feb 2016 11:13

Red Dead Redemption added to Xbox One backwards compatibility list, kind of It appears that the digital version of the popular game Red Dead Redemption is available now for Xbox One via the backwards compatibility service (if you have a little technical know-how).

For some odd reason, the game is not available via your "My Games and Apps" page or in the Xbox Live Marketplace, but if you already own the game digitally, then you can download it and start playing via the instructions embedded below in the video.

If you own the game on physical disc (most of you do), it's just a waiting game now until it is officially launched for the system, and many are speculating that the official launch will come alongside an announcement of a Red Dead sequel for Xbox One.

Stay tuned.

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Apple shipped 12 million Apple Watches in 2015, dominating industry

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Feb 2016 11:02

Apple shipped 12 million Apple Watches in 2015, dominating industry According to research firm Canalys, Apple completely dominated the smartwatch market in 2015, shipping over 12 million units.

The company accounted for nearly 70 percent of all shipments for the year, handidly beating out Samsung, Pebble and Huawei. Making that top 4 notable is the fact that Apple uses iOS, Samsung uses Tizen, Pebble uses Pebble OS and Huawei uses Android Wear - suggesting that Android Wear has a long way to go before it becomes popular.

For the overall wearables market, there were 37 million fitness bands shipped for the year and Fitbit continued to dominate by shipping over 20 million. Xiaomi shipped 12 million Mi Bands for the year, a siginifcant figure given its limited availability outside of Asia.

"Cashing in on holiday sales, Apple managed to rack up over five million shipments in the fourth quarter," added analyst Jason Low. "Software increasingly belongs on the wrist, and this is the direction the market is going," said another analyst, Daniel Matte. "As the next step along this path, the Fitbit Blaze is the right product for the company to develop. It is competitively priced and is still being squarely focused on fitness."

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Twitter CEO tries to quell revolt after rumored move to algorithmic timeline

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 06 Feb 2016 18:15

Twitter CEO tries to quell revolt after rumored move to algorithmic timeline Yesterday, news broke that Twitter was preparing to launch a new 'algorithmic timeline' which would reorder your timeline in levels of popularity and importance based on their algorithm.

For example, a popular post from 5 hours ago might show up on top of a brand new tweet from 1 minute ago based on the algo.

Fans of the service went into an uproar, even getting #RIPTwitter trending for most of the day. CEO Jack Dorsey tried to stop the all-out revolt by posting this morning but he did not deny the report. In fact, other media outlets have posted evidence that the new timeline is coming, and as rumored, as soon as this month.

Here were Dorsey's tweets, which basically tell users to relax:

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The new 'Doom' is almost here!

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 06 Feb 2016 18:01

The new 'Doom' is almost here! Fans that have been waiting a decade for the next 'Doom' now have a set date to get their hands on the new game.

Bethesda and id Software announced this week that the game will be available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on Friday, May 13th. The companies also dropped a new trailer, albeit a short one, showing off the campaign mode.

Pre-orders are available now at $60 for standard and $120 for Collector's Edition (pictured) which includes a 12-inch, LED-lit statue of a Revenant demon.

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Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for 'threatening or promoting terrorist acts'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 06 Feb 2016 16:56

Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for 'threatening or promoting terrorist acts' Twitter made an important post this week, explaining how they are taking actions against accounts that promote terrorism.

The microblogging giant says they have taken down 125,000 accounts since June, 2015, with more being suspended daily.

Here is the site's post on the matter:

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BlackBerry laying off more employees

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 06 Feb 2016 16:50

BlackBerry laying off more employees According to multiple reports, BlackBerry is laying off more employees, this time from their Waterloo offices.

Most estimates place BlackBerry employing nearly 3000 in Waterloo, and reports claim up to the 35 percent of those are being laid off over time. The company's BlackBerry 10 and Devices teams saw 150 employees laid off, by themselves.

Additionally, BlackBerry is said to be laying off 75 employees from their Florida office.

Essentially, BlackBerry as an operating system is dead (a move that is five years too late), as the company made clear when it launched the Android-powered Priv smartphone late last year. The company shut down its "Built for BlackBerry" certification program for BlackBerry apps last month, pushing developers to Android.

"As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global work force. As a result, approximately 200 employees have been impacted in Canada and Florida. For those employees that have recently left the company, we know that they have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions," noted the company.

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Google's search boss retires

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 06 Feb 2016 16:19

Google's search boss retires Amit Singhal, Google's head of search, is retiring after 15 years at the position.

Singhal has led the technical development of the search engine since 2000, supervising the tool that over 60 percent of the world uses every day for their search needs.

"When I started, who would have imagined that in a short period of fifteen years, we would tap a button, ask Google anything and get the answer,"
Singhal wrote. "My dream Star Trek computer is becoming a reality, and it is far better than what I ever imagined."

John Giannandrea, who has been overseeing Google's recent forays into artificial intelligence, will move into the role when Singhal officially leaves. Giannandrea had started a company that was acquired in 2010 by Google and eventually became the foundation of Google's knowledge graph.

Google's efforts into AI include the addition of a neural network to boost the accuracy of search results, a "Smart Reply" option in Gmail for auto-responses and better results using image recognition.

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Apple to pay patent troll $625 million over FaceTime, iMessage violations

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 06 Feb 2016 15:56

Apple to pay patent troll $625 million over FaceTime, iMessage violations A court has ruled that Apple must pay $625 million to VirnetX, a publicly traded patent troll, over infringement of multiple intellectual properties.

The jury ruled unanimously against Apple, agreeing on all counts that Apple had infringed communications protocol patents in its FaceTime, VPN on Demand, and iMessage services.

VirnetX had sued Apple back in 2012 over the same patents, winning $368 million before the decision was overturned by an appellate court. Apple redesigned FaceTime but VirnetX sued again last year, increasing the damages figures because Apple continues to use the protocols.

As with all cases of this magnitude, Apple is likely to appeal the most recent ruling.

Source:
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