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.

    BGR News
  • 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.

    BGR News
  • 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 hit its flagship Galaxy Note 7 device last year, as it sought to draw a line under the humiliating recall.

    AFP
  • 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
  • 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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  • China sets up $14.6 billion internet investment fund: Xinhua

    By Dominique Patton BEIJING (Reuters) - China has set up a 100 billion yuan ($14.55 billion) fund to support investment in the internet sector, said official news agency Xinhua on Sunday. The fund, backed by China's cabinet, is designed to help turn China into a major player in internet technology, said the report. An initial 30 billion yuan has already been raised from major banks and telecoms firms including ICBC, China Mobile and China Unicom.

    Reuters
  • Rumor: Could iOS 11 bring with it group FaceTime calls?

    Before we tell you this, we want to tell you not to get too excited. Sometimes the rumor mill churns out nothing more than, well, rumors. And the latest one to emerge about iOS 11 is about group FaceTime calls.

    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.

    Travel+Leisure
  • The exec Xiaomi poached from Google in 2013 is now leaving to go back to Silicon Valley

    Hugo Barra, the vice president of international at Xiaomi, said the role had taken a "huge toll" on his life and plans to leave the company in February.

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  • Hackers briefly took down the Sundance Film Festival’s box office today

    The Sundance Film Festival reported this afternoon that its box office had been briefly been shut down due by a cyberattack. Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that has shut down our box office. The attack appears to have left the festival’s box office closed for just under an hour before the system was brought back online.

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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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  • 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
  • Samsung: Batteries only problem with fire-prone Note 7s

    Samsung Electronics said Monday that tests of more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones found defects in two sets of batteries from two different manufacturers that made the devices prone to catch fire. ...

    Associated Press
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • '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
  • Xiaomi exec Barra, who drove smartphone maker's global push, steps down

    Hugo Barra, the most prominent global executive at China's Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL] and the face of the smartphone maker's global expansion, has left the company citing health concerns and a new role. In a social media post on Monday, Barra, Xiaomi's vice president in charge of global operations, said he was leaving the company after three-and-a-half years for a new project based in Silicon Valley.

    Reuters 35 min ago
  • 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
  • If You Think Intel Is Dead Money, Think Again

    Intel made great moves in 2016 that will start paying off this year

    GuruFocus.com