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Netflix is easily the most notable streaming video service out there and the thing that helps keeps it that way is the wealth of original programming that the network offers. Not only does it have a lot of original content including shows and movies, but that content it's typically VERY good. The downside to this expansive catalog of high quality original content is that it costs a lot of money to produce. To cover the costs for making such good shows, Netflix has announced that it is increasing the price for higher tier subscriptions. Reports indicate that the $7.99 basic monthly plan is staying the same price for now. However, the Standard plan with HD content and two screens at once that most... Read more...
Google has announced a significant change in how it handles digital publications that show stories and news items on Google Search results and on Google News. Google had a policy in place in the past called First Click Free that required websites listed in Google News or in Google's search results to offer a minimum of three free articles per day to readers. After those three free stories daily were consumed by the reader, they could be shown a paywall to try and convert the reader to a subscriber. Online news fans aren't known to be the sort who pay for news that is perceived as being a free service. Google is changing its stance, which could mean that news from some publications via Google... Read more...
After 11 months of negotiating, the SAG-AFTRA and 11 different game companies have reached a tentative deal that is expected to see voice actors for video games head back to work. The strike started back in October 2016 and this week a tentative agreement has been reached. Among the 11 video game companies that SAG-AFTRA voice actors are protesting include Activision, EA, and Warner Bros. This strike was the longest in SAG history, with the tentative arrangement being reached on Saturday morning. The new terms of the deal will include a bonus structure giving the voice actors an additional payment that must be delivered no later than the game release date that is calculated using the number... Read more...
Roku has been one of the leading makers of streaming set top boxes for a long time now and it has some serious competition in the market. Those competitors include Amazon and Apple and that competition will only grow. A rumor is making the rounds that an Apple TV supporting 4K HDR is set to debut alongside the iPhone 8. One of the things that Roku needs to compete in the market is money and to get that cash, Roku has applied for an initial public offering (IPO). The company has stated that it applied to list Class A common stock on Nasdaq and wants to use the ticker symbol "ROKU". This is a big move for Roku, but some key details about the IPO are a mystery right now. Details that we don't know... Read more...
Foxconn has announced that it is making a massive investment into a new U.S. manufacturing facility. The gigantic factory will cover 20,000 square feet and is said to be a virtual village with the factory, housing, and services arrayed around a 1,000 acre parcel of land. The investment in the facility by Foxconn will cost $10 billion and will be constructed somewhere in Wisconsin. The construction of the facility is expected to be completed by 2020, and could employ as many as 13,000 workers. One source claims that when completed with other suppliers wanting to relocate closer to the new Foxconn factory, as many as 22,000 jobs could be created in the area. The factory will build LCDs with the... Read more...
One of the things that President Donald Trump had promised during his campaign, and has been pushing for since he took office, is to bring manufacturing back to the US. President Trump was quoted this week speaking about Apple's plans to bring some manufacturing operations back to the US. President Trump indicated, "I spoke to (Cook), he's promised me three big plants, three big plants, beautiful plants." This isn't the first time that we have heard Apple and its supply chain partners were eyeing bring some manufacturing back to the US. In January of this year, we talked about Foxconn and Apple eyeing a $7 billion display factory in the US that had the potential to employ 50,000 Americans. Foxconn... Read more...
At an event held in San Francisco earlier today, Intel's Tom Garrison heralded the benefits of his company's sixth-generation Skylake vPro processors for business users. While these CPUs are not brand-new (they came out at the same time as the rest of Intel's Skylake lineup this past fall), the company has waited until now to roll out a couple of feature enhancements, as well as discuss the general benefits enterprises could enjoy by upgrading. The overtone of Intel's event focused on a singular fact: upgrading a 5-year-old machine can introduce dramatic and immediate benefits. Versus that 5-year-old machine, today's 6th-gen vPro processors are 2.5x faster and enjoy 3x the battery-life.... Read more...
Lenovo's Thinkpad 540 is a beast, but you didn't need us to tell you that. This professional-caliber laptop is probably more powerful than your average desktop PC. And if its price doesn't tip you off to the fact that this laptop is sporting some serious hardware—$1,600 for Lenovo's "ready to ship" iteration of the laptop; starting at $1,400 for the customize-it-yourself iteration—then the system's spec sheet will surely give it away.  When loaded up with the high-end hardware inside our the system, the Thinkpad 540 inches past $2,500, easily.Yet, for all of this laptop's internal goodness, which includes a speedy Haswell processor and an eye-opening discrete... Read more...
Workplace diversity has become a hot topic in the tech industry, with companies like Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook all admitting the need to do a better job. Go ahead and clump Intel into that category. Intel said it's making a concerted effort to take advantage of the available talent that's out there and to diversify its work force. Intel's mission is a five-year plan in which it vows to do a better job of plucking women and minorities out of the talent pool. Should Intel ultimately reach its goal, the number of women, blacks, Hispanics, and other groups in its work force would increase by 14 percent, The New York Times reports. A pair of interns at Intel meet... Read more...
Lenovo updated its ThinkCentre line of business-class desktop PCs this morning, touting the systems’ security and reliability. All three new PCs come standard with Smart USB Protection, which lets companies manage security for the USB ports. Considering the recent reports of a firmware-based attack that exploits USB ports, that’s not a bad feature to have. The systems also include Energy Star 6.0 and EPEAT ratings, as well as SSHD support, but the similarities end there. One system is a slim, “affordable performance” PC, another has an exceptionally small form factor, and the last has more video graphics chops than you typically see in a business desktop. Lenovo ThinkCentre... Read more...
The Dell Latitude E7440 is not quite as sexy as some of the sleek ultrabooks out there, but it’s also not as square as most business notebooks we've been subjected to over the years. The Dell Latitude E7440 thus continues a trend we’ve been noticing lately of companies gussying up their business-class laptops, while maintaining a professional look so as not to distract in the conference room. It’s tough trying to straddle two worlds with a product line, offering a business notebook with consumer features to entice end users, but Dell has been doing as good a job of it as any company. Primarily, that’s because it’s been rolling out a ton ultrabooks, and the slim and... Read more...
The Dell Latitude E7440 is not quite as sexy as some of the sleek  ultrabooks out there, but it’s also not as square as most business notebooks we've been subjected to over the years. The Dell Latitude E7440 thus continues a trend we’ve been noticing lately of companies gussying up their business-class laptops, while maintaining a professional look so as not to distract in the conference room. It’s tough trying to straddle two worlds with a product line, offering a business notebook with consumer features to entice end users, but Dell has been doing as good a job of it as any company. Primarily, that’s because it’s been rolling out a ton ultrabooks, and the... Read more...
It’s a ThinkPad. No, it’s a Yoga! No, it’s...a ThinkPad Yoga. Lenovo has melded two of its popular laptop design approaches together to create a sort of hybrid ultrabook, bringing together elements of its workhorse ThinkPad lineup and multi-mode capable Yoga notebooks. It has the work-friendly keyboard design of the new generation of Lenovo ThinkPads, yet it also has that innovative hinge flexibility and multimode configurations of the Yoga series. Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga: A Yoga Dressed For Business The result is a laptop that’s either a more utilitarian, thicker version of the Yoga or a much cooler version of the ThinkPad. It sort of depends on if you’re a glass-is-half-full... Read more...
It’s a ThinkPad. No, it’s a Yoga! No, it’s...a ThinkPad Yoga. Lenovo has melded two of its popular laptop design approaches together to create a sort of hybrid ultrabook, bringing together elements of its workhorse ThinkPad lineup and multi-mode capable Yoga notebooks. It has the work-friendly keyboard design of the new generation of Lenovo ThinkPads, yet it also has that innovative hinge flexibility and multimode configurations of the Yoga series. The result is a laptop that’s either a more utilitarian, thicker version of the Yoga or a much cooler version of the ThinkPad. It sort of depends on if you’re a glass-is-half-full or glass-is-half-empty type. So which... Read more...
Now that Steve Ballmer has announced his impending retirement, Microsoft is in search mode as it looks to hire a replacement Chief Executive Officer. It's the biggest decision facing Microsoft right now, followed by what comes next after hiring a new chief, a decision the incoming CEO will have significant input over. Given the magnitude of choosing a chief for one of the biggest tech companies in the world, you would expect some infighting among the board, but how much? According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the search for a new CEO has caused a rift among Microsoft's board members. There's some disagreement over who should assume the role, as well as the future of Microsoft and where... Read more...
When you think Intel, you probably think "CPU." You might also think "USB." But in truth, Intel does a lot more than invest in interconnectors and microprocessors, and increasingly, it is having to look towards entirely new pathways to success. The chip market just isn't as huge as it once was. Dell knows first-hand how tough it is to survive in a "post-PC" world, where fewer and fewer individuals and companies alike are buying new desktops. So, Intel's been acquiring new and emerging technology firms in order to position itself as a technology pioneer, not just a chipmaker. The latest acquisition is Indisys, which Intel purchased quietly this summer. The discovery is just now making the rounds,... Read more...
It would probably take most of us a few lifetimes to earn a billion dollars, but it evidently only takes a few days to officially spend it. The extravagant purchase of Tumblr by Yahoo has officially closed this week, making the site formally a Yahoo property. CEO Marissa Mayer is once again assuring users that Tumblr will continue to function as a separate business, led by CEO David Karp. According to Mayer, "Their product roadmap, their team, and tone will all remain the same as will their mission to empower creators and curators alike to do what they love best: create." It's still tough to see how in the world Yahoo is going to make this pay off, but perhaps Mayer has a longer-term view that... Read more...
What do you do as a major, billion dollar corporation when your chief financial officer steps away? You find another one, preferably one you're familiar with. That's what Microsoft has done, after announcing during its Q3 2013 earnings report that existing CFO Peter Klein would be stepping away after June. So, Microsoft is filling his shoes by bringing in an existing vice president, Amy Hood. She's been at Microsoft since 2002, but will take on the role of CFO immediately. Hood, 41, joined Microsoft in December 2002 and currently serves as CFO of MBD, overseeing all financial strategy, management and reporting for the $24.1 billion business. During her time as CFO of MBD, Hood was also deeply... Read more...
As carrier networks gravitate more and more towards data (and less towards pure voice services), Sprint has announced a bolstering that'll position it to serve its future customers -- folks who will no doubt be clamoring for plenty of IP-based information. The operator this week launched Sprint Data Link and Static IP networking services over the Sprint 4G LTE network. Both products are compatible with 3G as well as 4G, and include upgrades that make it easier for businesses and government agencies to deploy, manage and extend an enterprise network to modems, tablets and handsets. Sprint Data Link enables business networks to reach beyond the limits of a corporate enterprise WAN. Sprint Data... Read more...
Apple has terminated its contract with a third-party labor supplier in China after an audit discovered it had "intentionally" hired dozens of underage workers. The audit uncovered 74 cases of underage labor at the one facility, and 106 active cases overall, the remaining ones resulting from an inability to detect forged documents. "11 facilities were found with underage labor, with a total of 106 active cases and 70 historical cases," Apple stated in its Supplier Responsibility Report. "In all but one case, the facilities had insufficient controls to verify age or to detect false documentation, but there was no intentional hiring of underage labor. In one case, our detailed audit concluded that... Read more...
Stop us if you've heard this one before: AT&T is looking to merge with a telecom...what's that, you have heard this one? Well this time it's different. AT&T isn't looking to make another run at T-Mobile, the U.S. subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, and presumably the wireless carrier learned its lesson about offering massive breakup fees as insurance against regulatory vetoes. Nevertheless, AT&T is still in the market for a merger. Specifically, AT&T is shopping telecoms in Europe to offset slow growth here in the States, The Wall Street Journal reports. A deal could be made by the end of the year, indicating that AT&T is in somewhat of a rush to make this happen. At the same... Read more...
We hate to break it to investors who dumped barrels of cash into Apple over the last several months, but the bitter truth is it was a bad investment. Maybe in the long term they'll all look like savvy investors and the past three months will become a distant memory. Or maybe Apple was never worth as much as its share price suggested. To put things into perspective, Business Insider crunched some numbers and found that more money has been lost in Apple over the last three months than in Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Research In Motion (RIM) combined. How so? Follow BI's lead on this one. At its peak in 2000, HP's stock hit a high of $65 per share, which valued the company at around $130 billion. Today... Read more...
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