So let’s say you’ve decided to cut the cord on your expensive pay TV service and get all your favorite shows over the Internet. Which apps will you need the most on your connected television? NPD Group has just come out with a new survey of connected TV users and has unsurprisingly found that viewers see Netflix as their most essential app for TV watching. However, Netflix isn’t the only TV app that cord cutters love and the rest of NPD’s survey on popular TV apps contains some surprises. More →
AT&T knows that it can’t beat over-the-top content providers such as Netflix and Amazon, so it figures it might as well join them. AT&T announced on Tuesday that it has joined with the Chernin Group media holding company to invest $500 million in a new venture that will “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” This is particularly interesting because it’s the first time we’ve really seen a company that offers pay TV services make this kind of big investment in over-the-top video. Cable companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable have traditionally done their best to wall off live cable TV programs from the Internet, but the popularity of over-the-top services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video has apparently grown too big for AT&T to ignore. The company’s press release announcing the venture follows below. More →
Amazing but true: The folks at TechSmartt don’t just try to destroy phones, they also try to use them. TechSmartt, which has tried and failed to kill the Galaxy S5 multiple times this year by putting it through a wide range of torture tests, has put together two terrific videos that each contain more than 50 tips for getting the most out of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8). More →
Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t have the same reputation as a “visionary” that late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs had but that doesn’t mean he won’t try to be inspiring. In a new video released on Monday, Cook describes how Apple’s overarching goal with everything it does is to make things “better,” whether it’s through products such as smartphones and tablets or through its use of more environmentally friendly power sources. More →
Late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs famously went on a tirade against Flash back in 2010 when he said that the video technology was on borrowed time and would soon be replaced by HTML5. While Flash is very much still with us four years later, Rapt Media CEO Erika Trautman thinks that HTML5′s time has finally arrived. More →
In addition to news on possible price increases, Netflix on Monday also officially took a stance against the proposed $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. In its letter to shareholders released Monday, Netflix said that a combined Comcast and TWC would “possess even more anticompetitive leverage to charge arbitrary interconnection tolls for access to their customers.” To back up its reasoning, Netflix said that the decline of DSL has made cable Internet the default broadband technology for most Americans and claimed that if the merger were approved then many American households would have “Comcast as the only option for truly high-speed broadband” that offers service of 10Mbps or higher. More →
If getting unlimited streaming for $7.99 per month sounds like a deal that’s too good to be true, that’s probably because it is. The Wall Street Journal reports that Netlfix plans to raise its prices by between $1 to $2 a month for new subscribers, which would represent an increase of as much as 25% from current prices. The Journal says that current subscribers will keep their rates “for a generous time period,” but they too might have to pay higher prices in the future as well. News of future price increases came as part of Netflix’s Q1 2014 earnings report, where the company said it added 4 million new streaming subscribers and posted earnings of $0.86 per share on revenues of $1.27 billion.
AT&T is signaling that it has plans to aggressively expand its 1Gbps Internet service offering. Following an announcement earlier this month that it was in talks to bring its 1Gbps Internet service to North Carolina, AT&T announced on Monday that it’s in talks to bring 1Gbps Internet service to 21 new major metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco. More →
If there’s anything cooler than wirelessly charging your smartphone, it’s wirelessly charging 40 smartphones at the same time. GigaOM points us to an experimental wireless charger developed by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) that can charge up to 40 phones at the same time from as far as 15 feet away. Chun T. Rim, a professor of Nuclear & Quantum Engineering at KAIST, says that the new Dipole Coil Resonant System (DCRS) has “proved the possibility of a new remote power delivery mechanism that has never been tried at such a long distance.”
Although we’re starting to get a steady stream of actual iPhone 6 leaks, it’s still fun to go into the land of make believe and imagine the fantasy iPhone 6 of our dreams. The team at ConceptsiPhone has come out with yet another video showing off one of its gorgeous visions for what the iPhone 6 might look like and this time it’s given its fantasy smartphone a super-thin 7.2-millimeter frame, a 16-megapixel UHD camera and a heart rate monitor that’s located on the upper-right hand side of the device. More →
The end of an era is fast approaching. Microsoft announced on Monday that it will finalize its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division on Friday, April 25th, thus marking the end of the line for Nokia smartphones. Nokia, an iconic Finnish company that was instrumental in making mobile phones a staple gadget throughout the world, will now focus primarily on making telecom equipment while Microsoft will use Nokia’s engineering talent to make its own smartphones and tablets. Microsoft will not retain the Nokia branding for its mobile devices and will instead rename the division “Microsoft Mobile.” Microsoft also says that “this acquisition will help… accelerate innovation and market adoption for Windows Phones” all while “introducing the next billion customers to Microsoft services via Nokia mobile phones.”
If there’s one thing in the world that is guaranteed to drive Samsung crazy, it’s alleging that the company isn’t innovative. And now Samsung is going yet another step in its quest to shed its copycat image by opening up a new “Samsung Innovation Museum” at its Samsung Digital City complex in Suwon, Korea that shows us all of the major innovations of the last couple of centuries, from the invention of the lightbulb to Samsung’s innovations in display technologies.
Home brewing is rewarding but it’s also often fraught with peril — if you don’t thoroughly sterilize all of your equipment or if you drop in the yeast while your wort is still hot, it can ruin hours of hard work. Bloomberg Businessweek has written a profile on former Windows engineer Bill Mitchell, who left Microsoft in 2010 to work full-time on PicoBrew, a startup that’s dedicated to take away as many potential pain points as possible for home brewers.