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Netflix unveils exclusive pay TV deal with Disney, Marvel, Pixar

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 May 2016 23:22

Netflix unveils exclusive pay TV deal with Disney, Marvel, Pixar Netflix has unveiled a new exclusive pay TV deal that will bring extra Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm content to the streaming giant starting in September.

The company also showed off their summer catalog additions, including some films that they claim are exclusive for streaming services:

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China's Tencent wants to buy majority share in gaming giant Supercell

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 May 2016 22:42

China's Tencent wants to buy majority share in gaming giant Supercell Last week we reported that an unknown Chinese company was looking to buy SoftBank's majority share in Finnish gaming giant Supercell, and it appears that that unknown company was actually Tencent.

The talks remain in early stages, but it is clear that Tencent is very interested in the company behind Clash of Clans, Boom Beach and Clash Royale.

Supercell has an estimated value as high as $5.25 billion. According to the reports, Alibaba tried to buy the stake last year, but the two companies could not agree on the price.

Tencent recently flew their president out to meet Supercell's founders, who have ultimate veto authority on any acquisition, but it is reported that the founders (still based in Finland) prefer SoftBank since the carrier has given Supercell complete autonomy.

Despite that hurdle, there are clear synergies for a merger. Tencent owns Riot Games, the maker of "League of Legends," an extremely popular desktop game, and has stakes in Glu Mobile and Pocket Gems, as well.

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Mozilla's Firefox surpasses IE/Edge in market share for first time ever

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 May 2016 12:25

Mozilla's Firefox surpasses IE/Edge in market share for first time ever According to the most recent StatCounter figures, Firefox has surpassed Internet Explorer/Edge in market share for the first time ever, although all three browsers still have nothing on Google's Chrome.

For desktop web traffic, Firefox now has 15.6 percent share compared to Internet Explorer and Edge at a combined 15.5 percent. Chrome remains the big dog at 60.5 percent, with the rest of the traffic (8.4 percent) coming through other browsers but mainly Safari and Opera.

Not all is lost for Microsoft, however, as StatCounter notes that IE/Edge remain well ahead of Firefox in both the U.S. and the UK, two of the world's largest PC markets.

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BitTorrent launches its own live video streaming platform

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 May 2016 12:13

BitTorrent launches its own live video streaming platform BitTorrent has launched a new live video streaming platform, available via TV, mobile and desktop apps.

The service, dubbed "Live," runs on P2P tech (duh) and will livestream sporting matches, news, music concerts and other interesting content.

BT says the app is free to download and will come with free programming channels but there will be ad-supported and paid channels in the future.

Here is a list of the content available at launch later this month:

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Apple opens new office in India that will create 4000 jobs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 May 2016 12:01

Apple opens new office in India that will create 4000 jobs Apple has announced the opening of a new office in Hyderabad, India, a move that will create up to 4000 new jobs in the country.

The office will focus on the development of Maps across all iOS products, including expansions of features like 3D views, Flyover and Transit.

"Apple is focused on making the best products and services in the world and we are thrilled to open this new office in Hyderabad which will focus on Maps development,"
said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "The talent here in the local area is incredible and we are looking forward to expanding our relationships and introducing more universities and partners to our platforms as we scale our operations."

"We are honored Apple chose Hyderabad as a home for its Maps development office," added Telangana Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao. "This will create thousands of jobs here and is a testament to our proactive approach, quality infrastructure and the excellent talent base we have in the region."

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Android Instant Apps could be Google's next killer feature

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 May 2016 11:50

Android Instant Apps could be Google's next killer feature Google has unveiled Android Instant Apps, a potentially killer project that lets users launch apps without installation required.

The company says Instant Apps is ideal for those who visit a place infrequently or use a service infrequently and don't want to download and waste space with the app for a one-and-done situation.

An app will likely offer a better experience compared to a full or mobile site when on your phone, and when you close an Instant App, it is gone from your phone, although technically it will remain in your web cache until it is cleared out.

If you love the app, you can actually download the full installation by clicking "Install" in the top right-hand side of the Instant App.

For developers, it is a win-win. "It's the same Android APIs, the same source code, the same project," Android Instant Apps product management director Michael Siliski said. "In fact, it's taken some developers as little as a day to get up and running." Of course, the developers will have to work on editing the app so only necessary bits are downloaded for "Instant," but for some apps that will likely not be an issue given their low complexity. There is one restriction, however. All modules for Instant Apps must be 4MB or less, replicating an average web page.

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Yahoo now expected to see bids in $2-$3 billion range, well below expectations

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 May 2016 11:32

Yahoo now expected to see bids in $2-$3 billion range, well below expectations The story for Yahoo gets sadder and sadder.

According to the WSJ, Verizon and other bidders for Yahoo are expected to bid under $3 billion for the core assets of the once tech giant, much lower than Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's initial hopes for up to $10 billion.

Verizon is the front-runner in the bidding process, although a number of private-equity buyers are said to be interested, including Warren Buffet and Dan Gilbert.

Yahoo has set a deadline for the first week of June for the upcoming round of bids, and it could end up being the final round if the deals are sweet enough. Regardless, the buyer of Yahoo is buying a business in decline, with revenue and profits falling quarter after quarter with no end in sight. In fact, quarterly revenue fell below $1 billion for the first time since 2011 in the most recent quarter.

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Fitbit acquires Coin, the smart payments company

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2016 23:36

Fitbit acquires Coin, the smart payments company Health and fitness wearables giant Fitbit has announced the acquisition of Coin, the one-time Kickstarter darling that offered smart payment products including a connected card that could hold all of your different credit card information.

Says Fitbit of the acquisition: "This acquisition is indicative of Fitbit's commitment to innovation, which centers on making connected health and fitness devices that are motivating, smart, and stylish."

The company acquired all of Coin's wearables payment platform IP as well as employees but does not include the actual credit card hardware, like the Coin 2.0.

"We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals, and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most," said James Park, CEO and co-founder of Fitbit. "Coin has been one of the key innovators in advanced payment solutions. The inclusion of their payment technology into our offerings will further our strategy of making Fitbit products an indispensable part of people's lives."

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Philips launches 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player for $400

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2016 22:56

Philips launches 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player for $400 Philips has unveiled their first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the BDP7501/301.

The player will be available for $400 starting next month in two colors, brushed aluminum and piano black.

Philips' latest has Dolby TrueHD Audio and DTS-HD Master Audio support, HDR video support, a second HDMI-out for audio receivers and the ability to stream 4K from Netflix and YouTube right out of the box.

Right now, the Philips BDP7501/301 is just the second UHD Blu-ray player on the market, joining Samsung's UBD-K8500 which sells for the same price with similar features.

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Nokia confirms another 1000 layoffs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2016 18:39

Nokia confirms another 1000 layoffs Nokia has confirmed they are laying off another 1032 employees, this time in Finland, and across all business divisions.

Many expect the layoffs are part of a much larger move as Nokia tries to cut $1 billion in expenses by 2018 following their recent merger with Alcatel-Lucent.

Nokia's feature phone business, sold to Microsoft and recently sold again to Foxconn, was once the bread and butter of the company which has now become a networking tech giant.

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Apple to use LG for some iPhone 7 cameras as Sony struggles to recover from earthquake

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2016 18:13

Apple to use LG for some iPhone 7 cameras as Sony struggles to recover from earthquake According to Nomura Securities analysts, Sony has been struggling to meet supply needs for their dual camera systems, forcing Apple to order from LG for at least a portion of the upcoming iPhone 7 order.

Says Nomura: "We think Sony may not be able to deliver its full share of dual cameras to Apple due to: (1) lower-than-expected yield, and (2) damage to its production facility from the April earthquake in Kumamoto. As a result, we think LGI will gain majority share of the initial dual camera orders from Apple."

Sony, for its part, has confirmed the earthquake has left significant damage and delays at some of their facilities including those that build image sensors.

Nomura also expects the iPhone 7 to add optical image stabilization and new dual camera system.

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You'll soon be able to unlock your Mac with your iPhone's Touch ID fingerprint sensor

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2016 17:23

You'll soon be able to unlock your Mac with your iPhone's Touch ID fingerprint sensor According to sources, Apple is working on allowing you to use your phone's Touch ID fingerprint sensor to unlock your Mac computer.

The update could come as soon as OS X 10.12, and is certainly a nice feature for those that also have an iPhone, although anyone who doesn't will be waiting for a Mac with a hardware sensor or some other fix.

Bluetooth LE will have to be enabled on both devices, and will be similar to the "smart unlock" feature of the Apple Watch.

Many expect that the new unlocking feature will also work "hand-in-hand" with the rumored upcoming web browser support of Apple Pay.

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Xiaomi to launch first drone later this month

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2016 16:04

Xiaomi to launch first drone later this month Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has confirmed it will add a drone to its widening range of products, with the hardware launching next week.

The company has teased a May 25th press event for its new Mi Drone, but there are very scant details otherwise.

Xiaomi has only said there is "something wonderful and cool is flying to us very soon."

The company, known for its powerful yet highly affordable smartphones in China, recently announced a massive 6.44-inch phablet, a 4K-supporting set-top box with Android TV, and a VR phone that will support Google's Daydream tech, suggesting a big year of expansion.

Source:
Engadget




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Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time ever

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 May 2016 15:46

Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time ever According to IDC, Google's line of Chromebooks outsold Apple Macs for the first time ever, in the U.S.

"Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," says IDC analyst Linn Huang. "Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story."

What Huang means is that schools and students continue to buy Chromebooks, which are normally a tenth of the price of Macs, given their solid feature set and Google's programs for educators.

IDC estimated U.S. Mac shipments at around 1.76 million in the most recent quarter, and Chromebook shipments at close to 2 million.

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Netflix launches simple speed testing site

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 May 2016 23:54

Netflix launches simple speed testing site Netflix has launched a rival to Speedtest.net, a simple site that shows you fast your Internet connection is.

Head over to Fast.com and the site will calculate your download speeds, the determining factor in how solid your video quality is when streaming from Netflix.

That's it.

Netflix does note that if your Netflix streaming experience is not optimal but your speeds are fast, then your ISP may be throttling your connection.





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