Technology

  • The oldest TV technology is getting popular again with cordcutters

    We've all heard the term "cord cutting" more times than we can stand, but it often seems like, despite the fact that many cable and satellite customers talk about it, very few people are actually axing their pay-TV services in favor of something else. A new study suggests that while it might not seem like many people are actually going back to over-the-air TV, the movement is actually gaining some serious traction. According to the report, a full 15% of households with broadband connections have gone back to TV via antenna exclusively. "Pay-TV subscriptions have dropped each year since 2014, falling to 81% of U.S. broadband households in Q3 2016,” Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research with Parks Associates, said of the data. “Several factors have played a part in this decline, including growth in the OTT video market, increasing costs for pay-TV services, and consumer awareness of available online alternatives." It's important to note that many of the cord cutters are likely not relying solely on their local broadcasters for content, but are instead embracing streaming services in place of their traditional cable or satellite options. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and even Twitch are starting to seriously make a case for themselves as primary video services, rather than supplementary add-ons alongside a monthly cable bill. Still, it's an impressive figure that seems to be growing rather steadily, and with  dissatisfaction in many cable providers at an all-time high, it's hard to imagine this trend doing anything but growing for the foreseeable future.

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  • AT&T is losing cellphone customers, fast

    AT&T is steaming ahead at full speed with its plan to merge with media company Time Warner. That's probably a good thing for the company's bottom line, as the wireless business is losing customers at speed. According to an analyst note from Cowen and Company Equity Research, seen by  Fierce Wireless , AT&T is leading other carriers in customers departing every quarter. "“When asking postpaid subscribers that have been with their carrier (less than) two years which carrier did they previously have, the top answer for current Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon respondents was ‘previously AT&T,’ whereas in previous surveys it’s been more mixed," the note reportedly said. That makes sense when you look at AT&T's numbers. The company lost 268,000 subscribers during Q3 2016, and a Wells Fargo analyst predicted  that the company lost another 220,000 in the fourth quarter. AT&T claims the subscriber losses are due to a new, more focused retentions system, whereby they focus more on lucrative customers, and allow those on cheaper plans to defect to other cell carriers. That's what you'd expect a company that's slowly fading to say, but it does also make a small amount of sense given AT&T's recent direction. It's focusing more on high-value customers who buy cable, TV and wireless service in a bundle, or those who at least subscribe to DirecTV Now. The strategy adopted by T-Mobile , which is probably stealing most of AT&T's customers, is nearly the complete opposite. For T-Mobile, it's all about selling the single semi-unlimited data plan it now offers and getting multiple lines onto one account. Time is going to tell which strategy ultimately makes more money, but history is more in favor of T-Mobile's direction here. The economics of wireless leans in favor of the more customers, the better. The additional cost of letting one more customer use your giant national infrastructure is low, so the more customers you have, the easier it is to grow your network -- and the data shows that the one thing people really care about is good service.

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  • Samsung blames Galaxy Note 7 fires on faulty batteries

    The world's biggest smartphone maker Samsung blamed faulty batteries on Monday for the fires that led to last year's humiliating recall of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 device. Samsung Electronics was forced to discontinue the smartphone, originally intended to compete with Apple's iPhone, after a chaotic recall that saw replacement devices also catching fire. The debacle cost the South Korean company billions in lost profit and reputational damage, in a torrid period which has also seen it embroiled in the corruption scandal that has resulted in President Park Geun-Hye's impeachment.

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  • VRGE is a charging dock for your VR headset that doubles as a storage unit

    If you're looking for a subtle means of storing your virtual reality headset when it's not in use, South Carolinia's Team VRGE has a solution that may even be able to charge your head-mounted display.

    Digital Trends
  • 10 Geographically Remote Places to Get Away From It All (10 photos)

    Luxury travelers are increasingly heading for resorts on secluded, hard-to-reach peninsulas and islands to escape the world for a few weeks, perhaps for the illusion of safety in these turbulent times. However, for more intrepid adventure types, getting off the beaten track means consulting maps, crunching data, and undertaking long and complex journeys to get to the ends of the Earth. We've found 10 super-remote places, some hard to get to, others with bold and unusual geographic claims, but all offering a healthy dose of nowhere in particular.

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall: Everything you still need to know about what's coming next

    A more detailed look at why Note 7 phones caught fire not once, but twice -- and what happens next.

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  • New trailers: Logan, Power Rangers, and more

    Hugh Jackman's final outing as Wolverine looks as action packed as you'd expect, but I certainly didn't expect it to look quite as personal and emotional as it seems to be hinting at in this trailer. This trailer doesn't exactly leave me feeling encouraged.

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  • The world’s ‘most innovative’ economy

    Its lead may have narrowed over the past year, but South Korea still reigns supreme on Bloomberg’s Innovation Index, which ranks the world’s economies using metrics such as R&D spending and the concentration ...

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  • Qualcomm fires back against Apple over lawsuit and FTC action

    Never a dull moment in the smartphone wars. This week, Qualcomm started getting serious regulatory heat when the Federal Trade Commission filed charges against the chipmaker, accusing it of anticompetitive tactics designed to shut competitors out from supplying components to handset companies.Apple was one of the few manufacturers mentioned by...

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  • India turns to AI as cyber warfare threats grow

    In the darkened offices of a tech start-up, a handful of computer engineers sifts through a mountain of intelligence data that would normally be the work of a small army of Indian security agents. "We use artificial intelligence (AI) to look for patterns in the past to predict future behaviour," says Tarun Wig as he explains why he hopes his company Innefu can do more business with India's government. While other countries have long relied on AI to gather intelligence, India -- sometimes seemingly addicted to paperwork -- has continued to use agents to eyeball reams of data gathered over the years.

    AFP
  • How to get the most out of Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones

    Google's new Pixel models come with an array of new features such as built-in Google Assistant, an advanced camera, the latest version of Android operating system and larger screen. To help you get the most out of Google's newest Android phones, IBTimes UK brings you top tips and tricks. ...

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  • Samsung announces what caused the Galaxy Note 7 to overheat and explode

    Samsung says bad battery design and a rush to release an updated version of the Galaxy Note...

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  • People who swear tend to be more honest

    For a study published this week in Social Psychological and Personality Science, researchers ran a three-part experiment to find a connection between foul language and telling the truth. Second, the scientists analyzed the Facebook statuses of nearly 75,000 people who used a certain app. In all three conditions, more swearing equaled more integrity.

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  • Verizon Is Finally Paying Attention to This Valuable Market -- The Motley Fool

    Verizon's new efforts in prepaid customers should start to pay off this year.

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  • 'Droneboarding' takes off in Latvia

    Two snowboarders gripping them glide across the ice, pulled along by the drone before performing a series of high-speed turns and slides. The drone prototype is the work of Latvian specialists Aerones and they are putting their invention through its paces, with up to four snowboarders being dragged across the ice at a time. "It seems to be a successful test," says Janis Putrams, 35, wearing a broad grin, not least because as Aerones CEO he is in charge of the enormous remote control unit used to steer the drone's flight.

    AFP
  • Listen to music together, simultaneously, with new app Vertigo

    The next time you want to have a silent dance party, one that actually lets you and all your friends listen to the same music at the same time for better choreographed routines, you may want to check out Vertigo.

    Digital Trends
  • Lavabit Encryption Service Used By Snowden Relaunches

    Lavabit had 410,000 accounts in September 2013, when it shut down after being confronted by federal law authorities in pursuit of Edward Snowden.

    International Business Times
  • Photos from the Women’s March on Washington and across the nation

    The Women’s March in New York City heads west on 42nd Street past Grand Central Terminal Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge On Saturday, January 21, in the wake of President Donald Trump being sworn into office, more than a million women — and men — of all ages marched in cities around the US and vocalized support women’s rights and for broader equality. ...

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  • Foxconn CEO says investment for display plant in U.S. would exceed $7 billion

    Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker, is considering setting up a display-making plant in the United States in an investment that would exceed $7 billion, company chairman and chief executive Terry Gou said on Sunday. The plans come after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put "America First" in his inauguration speech on Friday, prompting Gou to warn about the rise of protectionism and a trend for politics to underpin economic development. Foxconn's proposal to build a display plant, which would be planned with its Sharp Corp unit, depend on many factors, such as investment conditions, that would have to be negotiated at the U.S. state and federal levels, Gou told reporters on the sidelines of a company event.

    Reuters
  • Twitter’s Stock Stops Falling

    After a great deal of ups and downs, which have been mostly downs, Twitter’s (NYSE: TWTR) shares have stabilized. They are flat for the year, The period during which Twitter shares surged due to buyout ...

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