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It’s still nearly impossible to get HBO, or any other pay-TV channel, without subscribing to a pay-TV package that gives you a bundle of channels, whether you want them or not. But the people who sell you TV are starting to tinker with the model, at least at the margins. Several pay-TV...
Apple keynote presentations are a mecca for new product announcements, where CEO Tim Cook and his fellow VPs discuss every little detail of the newest iPhone — well, maybe not every little detail. There is only so much time for Apple to discuss new products, and they only have time to ...
Kickstarter announced several updates late Friday to its terms of use and policies for crowdfunded projects, according to a blog post at the company’s site. The terms of use are not changing much about the spirit of the platform, but the update provides more detailed guidelines f...
We’ve seen robotics improve by (literal) leaps and bounds recently, but what about more nuanced things, like a fine sense of touch? Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University are showing off a new fingertip version of the GelSight sensor, a cube-shaped attachment that uses a ...
On January 26, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show premiered on CBS on the East Coast. The show was poorly reviewed and, worse still, the TV ratings were just okay. As the legend goes, the president of CBS, who was in New York that night, saw the show for the first time and wa...
We’ve put Apple’s Siri through the wringer, and have given Google Now an all-access pass to our data, all the while documenting our experiences to offer you the best tips and tricks out there for intelligent assistant apps. Now it’s Cortana’s turn. Cortana is Microsoft’s virtual assist...
Oculus gave the world the first look at its new prototype Crescent Bay at the Oculus’ Connect conference, and I got the very first hands-on demo. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360-degree head tracking, and integrated headphones, plus it’s lighter. Oculus also announced the new ...
2014 is the year of the emoji. Within the last year we’ve seen an emoji social network, emoji on Twitter, emoji music videos, and even an emoji city. And now, emoji is on your Pebble smartwatch. The feature comes as part of firmware 2.5,which you can install now. The new firmware...
Verizon began rolling out its Advanced Calling service earlier this week, enabling voice over LTE (VoLTE) capabilities for select devices that support the service, which includes the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.  Numerous iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users are reporting that the VoLTE servic...
  When Alibaba stopped trading its shares on Friday, the Chinese e-commerce company had officially logged the biggest Initial Public Offering (IPO) in US history, raising $21.8 billion in its first day on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s earnings give it a market c...
The London School of Economics. World-renowned. Prestigious. Giant embarrassment. In late August, the university accidentally sent an email to 200 students with a bizarre error: (picture) Did you catch the name of the email recipient? Aa-Kung Fu, Panda Tiger Test Test Classify this one...
Data is more powerful in the presence of other data. That is a hard, fast, immutable law. But what do you do when you run out of first party data (the data you collect yourself)? Or, what if you simply don’t have enough meaningful data to build the model you need for your particu...
For an illuminating glimpse of government power in action, it’s hard to beat the fines the Justice Department threatened to level against Yahoo if it didn’t comply with a secret and sweeping surveillance request in 2008. News coverage of the case, for which documents were unsealed last...
3D printers are far from a perfect technology at this point, but one of their most glaring issues is that their printing capacity is limited to the size of the machines. The print head on a 3D printer can only travel so far, which is why moving it onto a wheeled platform that’s c...
A few weeks ago, the world went crazy when reports surfaced that Facebook Messenger was snooping on you. Reporters, hackers, and users alleged that, because Messenger had the permission to use your camera, monitor your location, or (on Android) read your text messages, that it was doin...
Someday soon, users may be able to interact with their favorite websites even when these sites aren’t accessible, thanks to a new browser standard called Service Workers being developed by Google. With Service Workers, “We can make sure when you go to your site, it always feels respons...
Last night, researchers at Malwarebytes noticed strange behavior on sites like Last.fm, The Times of Israel and The Jerusalem Post. Ads on the sites were being unusually aggressive, setting off anti-virus warnings and raising flags in a number of Malwarebytes systems. After some diggin...
Sling Media recently announced support for Chromecast through the Slingplayer apps on iPhone, iPad and Android phone, with plans to bring support to Android tablets “very soon.” Each of these apps now has an integrated ‘Cast’ icon, which also shows Roku devices on you...
The recent iPhone 6 and Apple Watch unveiling makes one thing perfectly clear: Apple has no interest in the several billion people who don’t own smart devices. It doesn’t care if you can’t afford its products and services. Apple is focusing solely on an affluent audience. If you want t...
Home Depot said Thursday that the security breach it reported this month allowed cyberthieves to cull information from 56 million credit and debit cards, far worse in terms of data loss than a similar attack late last year on the Target store chain. The malicious software, or malware, ...
Before you stop reading and scoff at the idea, this is a conversation starter around how to jump-start grassroots innovation. I am sure that all of you have had great (and not so great) HR experiences and we want to hear them. Tell us how you would improve (anonymity will be respected)...
Following last week’s announcement that iPhones would support Wi-Fi Calling, and that T-Mobile would get it right away, all the other carriers have been forced to make their plans for the service known. Lo, Verizon will get the service, albeit, a little reluctantly. Fierce Wirele...
What exactly is an Apple Watch? No one – not even Apple – knows. It may be a gateway to health and wellness, sports and fitness, quantified self or personal navigation. It may be none of these things. It may be a platform for app developers or a failed attempt at a user interface. As.....
Selling yourself requires both: Strong Plot, and Interesting Narrative. Living in Saratoga Springs, NY, and going to the oldest racecourse in the United States, I became a fan of announcer Tom Durkin, who communicates information and increases excitement during every race. Tom, recogni...
Amazon might not have a security issue at Audible but they do have one on their main website. A security researcher has reported, and I can confirm, that Amazon has a security hole on the “manage Your Kindle” page – one which is relatively easy to fix. Thanks to this hole, a hacker can...
Smart home thermostats are becoming quite common and, for the Nest at least, downright popular. But most of these systems only monitor from one direction—that is, the user remotely checking the home. The new Ecobee 3 system, however, works both ways; the device is watching its watchers...
What’s in a name? As it turns out, a lot. That’s the thinking behind Handybook’s decision to rebrand itself simply as “Handy.” The two-year old company, which provides on-demand home services via a web and mobile app, wants to become the definitive brand in the category… and it believe...
IBM on Tuesday announced a new product called Watson Analytics, one they claim will bring sophisticated big data analysis to the average business user. Watson Analytics is a cloud application that does all of the the heavy lifting related to big data processing by retrieving the data, ...
After a series of legal setbacks in Europe and North America, the ride-hailing service Uber got some welcome news on Tuesday. A court in Frankfurt overturned a nationwide ban against the company’s car-sharing service in Germany, lifting, for now, one of the most severe legal restrictio...
On Tuesday, permits for self-driving cars issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) took effect for the first time. Applications for the permits began in May 2014. Only the Volkswagen Group (which includes Volkswagen and Audi cars among others), Mercedes Benz, and Goo...
Apple finally added NFC to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but if you were hoping that the company’s new NFC chip will allow you to pair speakers or integrate NFC tags into your favorite apps, you’ll have to keep waiting. Apple has put its NFC chip on lockdown, at least for now. Sources at......
Google+ first popped up as Mountain View’s answer to Facebook, but as the platform has grown its most useful components have been nothing to do with social networking in the traditional sense. Here are three features that might make it worth your time to dust off your Google+ acc...
When Facebook launched Slingshot, some people saw it as nothing more than a Snapchat knockoff. But Slingshot had a unique feature: to see the photos or videos your friends sent you, you’d need to sling a photo or video back to them. The most recent update to the app, though, makes that...
Verizon Communications will give subscribers who trade in an old iPhone a free iPhone 6 in exchange for a two-year contract, the country’s largest wireless carrier announced hours after Apple Inc unveiled the widely anticipated device. The announcement came as critics speculated ...
In about an hour, I’ll have my copy of Destiny in my hands. I thought about turning this blog into a review, but I’m no good with reviews. Also, here’s the review for Destiny: It’s great. It has to be great. With the amount of money that Activision is throwing at it (along with Bungie’...
  Bill Ready, who led the company through its sale, says that mobile conversion rates are still far off from where they are on the desktop web. That’s partially because it’s a lot more tedious to enter or re-enter credit card information on mobile devices. Ready says that more tha...
Months after Comcast upgraded its subscribers’ Netflix performance, AT&T and Verizon have finally followed suit. The average Netflix stream on Verizon FiOS hit 2.41Mbps in August, up from 1.61Mbps in July, Netflix said today in its monthly speed test update. AT&T’s ...
  The news comes as part of an update to version 5.0 of Amazon’s own app in the Play Store, which sees a broader content shift – the new Amazon app allows users to access Amazon’s entire digital catalog, meaning that – besides instant video content – ...
  Comcast’s decision to inject data into websites raises security concerns and arguably cuts to the core of the ongoing net neutrality debate. A Comcast spokesman told Ars the program began months ago. One facet of it is designed to alert consumers that they are connected to...
Facebook wants you to know exactly what you’re sharing with whom, and its latest feature, ‘Privacy Checkup,’ will help you do just that. After a successful test run in May, Facebook is now asking all of its users to complete the checkup, which makes you review your privacy settings and...