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Aereo files for bankruptcy, confirming it is out of options

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Nov 2014 20:25

Aereo files for bankruptcy, confirming it is out of options Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, confirming that the streaming TV service is completely out of options after losing multiple court rulings.

In June, the service lost a major Supreme Court case to the big broadcasters, and from there the service has been essentially shut down while it tried different routes to make a comeback, including trying to become a cable company.

Here is Aereo's post to its subscribers and investors:

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Is Amazon getting into the travel business?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Nov 2014 15:41

Is Amazon getting into the travel business? According to a new report by Skift, Amazon is preparing to open their own travel site, including bookings at independent hotels and resorts.

Initially, Amazon Travel will launch with a few hotels that are all within a couple of hours drive of LA, NY and Seattle. The service is expected to launch in the new year, perhaps as early as January 1st.

Skift says "properties would load their room types, availability, pricing information, and photos into an Amazon extranet and would pay a standard 15% commission to Amazon for the prepaid bookings."

Each property would get notified by Amazon of any bookings, and their calendar would be updated on the extranet. Hoteliers do have the right to discount their rooms and can also negotiate with Amazon over the commission price.

Amazon told the independent hoteliers that they were selected by TripAdvisor ratings, and they had to have four stars or higher.

The massive etailer will include editorials, attractions and more at the site, to make it more consumer friendly as only Amazon can, adds the report.

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Jolla drops price of signature phone following success of Jolla Tablet

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Nov 2014 14:18

Jolla drops price of signature phone following success of Jolla Tablet Earlier this week Jolla announced a new tablet on crowdfunding site Indiegogo, and the device quickly hit its target on route to hitting $1 million raised in under two days.

Thanks to the success of the tablet, Jolla is celebrating by dropping the price of their signature Jolla phone, the first device to run the Sailfish operating system.

Originally priced at 350 euros, Jolla has dropped the price of their phone to 250 euros, a significant discount for anyone who may have been on the fence of buying the smartphone.

The Jolla phone has mid-range specs including a 4.5" IPS qHD display with Gorilla Glass 2, a Qualcomm dual-core processor at 1.4GHz, dual 8MP/2MP cameras, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a microSD slot.

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Review: The MB Chronowing smartwatch is the first with true style

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Nov 2014 14:41

Review: The MB Chronowing smartwatch is the first with true style Earlier this year, HP and popular menswear designer Michael Bastian announced they would be releasing a smartwatch that could actually be as stylish as a normal watch while still including the ability to get your notifications and other smartwatch features.

The MB Chronowing, which is available now from luxury flash sale site Gilt, is the culmination of the efforts of the designer and the tech giant, and we have been testing the watch for about a week now.

Read on to see whether the MB Chronowing is the first smartwatch worthy of investing in.

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This review will be different than our past hardware tech reviews, for the simple fact that the MB Chronowing is more of a fashion accessory than a piece of tech. There's no specs to speak of, and no touch screen. There's no mic, no speakers and there are physical buttons to take care of your dashboard needs.

In fact, the only way you can even tell the watch is a piece of tech from a far, is the back of the device, which has a proprietary charging port that allows you to charge the device via USB.

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Watch Conan hilariously try out 'World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Nov 2014 20:47

Watch Conan hilariously try out 'World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor' Twitch, as part of their Twitch Twednesday videos, have a new hilarious video of late night talk show host Conan playing the latest 'World of Warcraft', 'Warlords of Draenor.'

Conan does a popular segment called "Clueless Gamer" where the comedian plays new video games along with a more seasoned veteran. The results are often hilarious as Conan is way out of his element.

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Take a look at the leaked images of the upcoming Game of Thrones games by Telltale Games

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Nov 2014 23:35

Take a look at the leaked images of the upcoming Game of Thrones games by Telltale Games Telltale Games, the publisher behind the award-winning Walking Dead series of games, is developing a Game of Thrones game for release next year (or very late this year) and we have the first leaked pictures.

The images show off some familiar characters from the hit HBO show, although there has been no verification that they are real images from the game. You can be the judge.

Telltale's new games series will be six episodes long, and take place in the time frame of the 3rd-5th seasons of the show. The 5th season will launch on HBO in April.

Available for iOS, Mac, PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, the cross-platform game is highly anticipated among GoT fans.

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Billboard to add streaming music, digital download services to its calculation for rankings

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Nov 2014 23:09

Billboard to add streaming music, digital download services to its calculation for rankings Billboard has announced that it will begin counting plays from streaming services when calculating its namesake music rankings.

1500 streams via sites like Spotify, Rdio or Beats Music will now equate to one album sale. Additionally, 10 individual song downloads will also count for one album sale.

The Billboard 200 chart is highly regarded as the most important album sales chart in the industry.

Interestingly, the move follows Taylor Swift removing her catalog of music from Spotify in a high-profile attack against streaming in general. Swift, who has the top selling album of the past few years, believes that steaming devalues artists.

"Adding streaming information makes the chart a better representation of music consumption activity," says Silvio Pietroluongo, VP of charts and data development at Billboard. "While an extremely valuable measurement, album sales would mostly capture the initial impulse only, without indicating the depth of consumption thereafter. Someone could listen to the album just once, or listen to one track or a number of tracks 100 times. We are now able to incorporate those plays as part of an album consumption ranking throughout one's possession of an album, extending beyond the initial purchase or listen."

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Report: Apple to make Beats Music a pre-installed iOS app

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Nov 2014 22:46

Report: Apple to make Beats Music a pre-installed iOS app According to multiple reports, Apple is looking to make their newly acquired Beats Music a pre-installed iOS app.

The update could come as soon as March, with the launch of a future version of iOS such as iOS 8.3.

Earlier this year, Apple acquired Beats for $3 billion in an effort to boost its streaming abilities. Beats is famous for its headphones, which are a hit among celebrities and consumers, but the streaming Beats Music service was only slowly gaining subscribers, with 250,000 registered as of May. Major rivals like Spotify have 50 million users (13 million paying), so Beats was playing catch up.

It is unclear whether Beats Music will replace another homescreen app for iOS (like iTunes Radio), or just be added on.

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Customers abused Walmart's price matching policy to obtain PS4s for under $100, forcing company to edit policy

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Nov 2014 22:22

Customers abused Walmart's price matching policy to obtain PS4s for under $100, forcing company to edit policy Walmart has shut down part of their price matching policy which was being abused by scammers.

Earlier this month, the giant retailer announced it would price match select retailers including Amazon, meaning if you found a price for your item cheaper online, you could bring in a screenshot and Wal-Mart would match the price.

Unfortunately, there were those that took advantage of the vague wording by Wal-Mart and made fake Amazon sales pages offering the PS4, Xbox One and other big ticket items for cheap, even under $100.

The scam forced Walmart to update the policy, eliminating third-party vendors, marketplace vendors or auction sites from price match.

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Here is the Jolla tablet

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Nov 2014 21:55

Here is the Jolla tablet Finnish startup Jolla reached their crowdfunding goals for the new Jolla Tablet within 2 hours, and is now close to pushing $1 million in funding.

The device, which runs on the upcoming Sailfish OS 2.0 operating system, will have high-end specs with an interesting design to go along with a price tag cheaper than all current comparable tablets (iPad Mini 3, Nexus 9, Nokia N1).

Most interestingly about the device, besides the open-source Sailfish OS, is the fact that you can run Android applications, significantly expanding the library of available apps for the device. Sailfish, since being launched last year, has had nine major updates adding 350 new features, and 2.0 should be a lot more stable and offer better performance.

The Jolla Tablet has a 7.85-inch display with 2048x1536 resolution, a 64-bit quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 2GB RAM, dual 5MP/2MP cameras, 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD) and a small-ish 4300mAh battery.

Jolla was quick to boast about the multitasking ability of the new operating system. "Multitasking on Sailfish OS shows all your running apps conveniently in one single view. At a glance, you'll see everything that's going on, as well as easily switch between apps. You can also control Sailfish OS apps directly from the multitasking view for example, change your music or play and pause your video stream without opening the app in full," reads the page. In addition the tablet will work almost entirely with gestures, making simple tasks easier.

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Facebook did it again: Stand-alone Facebook Groups mobile app

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 19 Nov 2014 2:58

Facebook did it again: Stand-alone Facebook Groups mobile app Despite the s..tstorm caused by forced extraction of messaging into Facebook Messenger, Facebook wont give up. This time around the social media giant is spinning off its groups feature into a stand-alone mobile app, called Facebook Groups.

Unlike with Messenger, company isn't removing the group features from its main mobile app, at least not yet, but instead, tries to give users an alternative way to use Facebook groups.

Facebook currently owns three of the world's top five mobile apps, according to App Annie's charts: Facebook app, Messenger app and Instagram.

As expected, Facebook Groups is available for iOS and Android, download links are here:

Facebook Groups for iOS
Facebook Groups for Android




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Netflix streaming headed to Australia, New Zealand in March

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Nov 2014 0:05

Netflix streaming headed to Australia, New Zealand in March Netflix has confirmed two more nations will be receiving the streaming service in the coming months.

Both Australia and New Zealand will get access to the Netflix streaming library in March.

There was no word yet on pricing or supported devices, nor was there a full list of programming available. Netflix did say all of its original content will be available, however.

Netflix currently has 53 million subscribers, with about 26 percent from outside of the U.S.

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U.S. Marshals auctioning off 50,000 Bitcoins seized from Silk Road operator

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Nov 2014 23:41

U.S. Marshals auctioning off 50,000 Bitcoins seized from Silk Road operator The U.S. Marshals Service has announced that it will be auctioning off 50,000 Bitcoins seized from the alleged operator of the Silk Road drug marketplace.

At current Bitcoin pricing, the coins should bring in about $19 million USD. The coins were found in the digital wallet of Ross Ulbricht, who is accused of running the online bazaar for drugs found in the Tor deepnet.

Five months ago, the Marshals sold 30,000 seized Bitcoins following the raid in October 2013 in which the marketplace was shut down.

Bidders will have a six-hour window on December 4th to bid on the lots which will breakdown as 10 blocks of 2000 Bitcoins each followed by 10 blocks of 3000 Bitcoins each. Bidders will have to go through a background check to ensure they are not connected to the Silk Road or Ulbricht.

Even after the two auctions, the Marshals will have plenty of remaining coins to sell. In total, nearly 174,000 Bitcoins were seized in connection with the Silk Road. There are plans to auction the remaining currency in the coming months.

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Popcorn Time 2.4 beta for Android takes experience to new level with offline playback

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Nov 2014 22:30

Popcorn Time 2.4 beta for Android takes experience to new level with offline playback The Popcorn Time team has announced a new killer feature for the software: Offline viewing.

With the new 2.4 beta for Android, smartphone and tablet users can watch TV and movies even when they are not connected to the Internet.

In addition, the new update comes with some major upgrades for other recently announced features. The full change log here:

What else does this version have in store for you?

- You can watch stuff offline.
- We fixed bugs from crash reports you sent us (thanks!)
- We added support for physical keyboard
- We made some major improvements (torrents, vlc, Chromecast, updater and other)
- We added subtitle font color chooser in settings
- We added dimensions for normal, large and x-large screen sizes.


You can get the update here directly from Popcorn Time, as the app is not available through the Google Play Store.




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Samsung admits troubles, will reduce smartphone models by up to 30 percent

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Nov 2014 22:16

Samsung admits troubles, will reduce smartphone models by up to 30 percent Samsung has admitted it needs some refocusing and will cut costs by dropping the number of models it sells by up to 30 percent next year.

The company recently saw its profits fall 49 percent year-over-year for the last quarter, and high-level executives have promised investors a more cost efficient company moving forward.

Samsung offers a plethora of different models aimed at pretty much the whole range of consumers, from the entry-level to the premium but only a few models have ever been truly successful.

Over the past few quarters, the company has seen its margins slide and sales drop due to the fierce competition of lower-cost Chinese smartphone makers, most notably Xiaomi and Huawei.

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