Netflix Vs. Broadcast TV

Netflix already killed your video store and it’s coming after broadcast TV next

By on February 24, 2015 at 1:45 PM.

Netflix already killed your video store and it’s coming after broadcast TV next

For years, the decline in broadcast audiences has been sort of a mild, persistent headache for TV executives. U.S. viewership of “linear television” has been dipping at a speed of few percentage points per year: In some quarters, the drop stabilized for a spell while in others, it briefly expanded to 4% or 6%. But the Nielsen numbers from the second half of 2014 are the worst on record for a six-month period because U.S. television audience decline accelerated by a scary 7% in Q4 2014. More →

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New York City Blizzard Report

Terror grips NYC: Impending blizzard nightmare turns Manhattan into a ghost town

By on January 26, 2015 at 1:29 PM.

Terror grips NYC: Impending blizzard nightmare turns Manhattan into a ghost town

By noon, midtown Manhattan has turned into a ghost town. Times Square, the heart of Broadway, is nearly deserted and seems like a set for a chilly zombie movie. More →

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CES 2015 Preview Analysis

CES is a great showcase for products that are about to die

By on January 5, 2015 at 11:55 AM.

CES is a great showcase for products that are about to die

I’ll be heading for CES again tomorrow, but mainly to meet people. As a device showcase, CES has demonstrated an uncanny ability to highlight trends that will never be. Perhaps the most legendary example was the year 2006, one year before the iPhone arrived. The highlights of CES 2006 pretty much represented every trend that was going to fizzle out far before anyone expected. More →

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Netflix Vs. Movie Theaters

Netflix is starting to wound the movie industry where it hurts most

By on January 2, 2015 at 4:00 PM.

Netflix is starting to wound the movie industry where it hurts most

Streaming video services, mainly Netflix, have been undermining broadcast television and cable channels for years — but we are now getting some signs that movie theaters may be coming under the gun as well. More →

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Jake Dyson Aerial Light

A lamp that lasts 40 years will debut in May

By on December 30, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

A lamp that lasts 40 years will debut in May

For nearly a century, lightbulbs have been the poster child of planned obsolescence. Manufacturers have been accused of deliberately designing products that only last months or years — and there is even evidence that a formal cartel called Pheobus existed in 1920s and ’30s. More →

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The Interview Online Revenue

Theater chains made a lethal mistake in rejecting The Interview

By on December 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

Theater chains made a lethal mistake in rejecting The Interview

Much has been made about movie theater chains’ decision to reject running The Interview on December 25th due to safety concerns. It is now becoming clear that these theaters have made a huge miscalculation that may cause much bigger problems than just reputation damage. More →

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iPhone 6 Plus Vs. iPad Air 2

Apple is killing off the tablet market that it single handedly created

By on December 29, 2014 at 2:40 PM.

Apple is killing off the tablet market that it single handedly created

Apple waited for three years to dive into the phablet market while allowing Samsung to rack up big sales with devices featuring jumbo screen sizes. This fall, the iPhone finally jumped into the ring with two new variants boasting large displays. Perhaps the biggest question in the consumer electronics market this winter is what happens to the tablet market now. More →

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2014 Vinyl Records Sales

2014’s biggest shocker: Vinyl records are making a huge comeback

By on November 28, 2014 at 4:30 PM.

2014’s biggest shocker: Vinyl records are making a huge comeback

There have been signs of revival in the vinyl record scene for quite some time. Back in early 2013, one of the most high-profile Kickstarter projects was the modern, minimalistic Orbit turntable with a cool USB connection twist. Orbit raced to $230,000 in fundraising, eclipsing its original target of $60,000 handily. Lately, mass market U.S. retailers like Best Buy have started stocking a surprisingly deep range of turntables, including offbeat, faux-’40s curios like Paprika and VictoriaMore →

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Russian Satellite Secret Weapon

Is this mystery satellite Putin’s secret space weapon?

By on November 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM.

Is this mystery satellite Putin’s secret space weapon?

An oddball Russian satellite that launched to orbit last May is now raising suspicions. The so-called Object 2014-28E was put into orbit at the same time with several communications satellites, but Russia has not elaborated on its purpose. The object has been maneuvering in a precise way and it’s possible its purpose is to clear out space junk or refuel other satellites. More →

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Apple Market Cap $700 Billion

Apple’s market cap hits $700 billion – but is this the end?

By on November 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM.

Apple’s market cap hits $700 billion – but is this the end?

Apple’s market capitalization hit $700 billion during Tuesday morning’s trading session, which is a lot of moolah. It’s more than the value of the entire Russian stock market combined. It’s more than the annual gross domestic product of Sweden, home to such powerhouse companies as Ikea, Volvo, Ericsson, H&M, Spotify, Astra Zeneca and Assa Abloy, the world’s leading lock brand.

The Cupertino-based company also now towers over ExxonMobil, which used to be the world’s most valuable company. Poor Exxon is stuck at around $400 billion. More →

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Google Netflix Uber Vs. France

One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence

By on November 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM.

One country’s desperate battle to erase Google, Netflix and Uber from existence

The French don’t play. Ever since Minitel bit dust, the continental power has been hopping mad about American domination of Internet services. And over the past weeks, attacks on U.S. giants have escalated from Paris to Lille. More →

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Blood Sport

First truly immersive video game hardware drains your blood when you get shot

By on November 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM.

First truly immersive video game hardware drains your blood when you get shot

Forget Oculus Rift. Of course, it took Canadians to develop a true break-through in video gaming immersion technology: Blood Sport hardware. From Justin Bieber to Rob Ford, the world has recently started learning about the dark side of our seemingly gentle northern neighbor. Now comes gaming hardware that reroutes the electrical signal meant to trigger the rumbling sensation in the game controllers… instead, turning on blood collection system that is actually hooked into player’s veins. More →

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