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Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service to close

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:26 PM - by Reverend
The Lovefilm By Post DVD rental service will cease to operate on 31 October this year, its owner Amazon has said.

Amazon cited a "decreasing demand" for the discs and a growing number of customers who were streaming movies and TV series instead.

The move has irritated some fans, who argue that a wider range of films is available to rent on DVD and Blu-ray.

Lovefilm was founded in 2002 and acquired by Amazon in 2011, when it had more than 1.4 million subscribers.

For a monthly subscription fee, Lovefilm customers could receive a DVD or Blu-ray disc of their choice via post that they would send back once watched.

From 2010, some content could also be accessed via online streaming instead.

A spokesman for Amazon told the BBC it planned to donate Lovefilm's thousands of discs "to charity partners".

The spokesman did not say how many individual discs this amounted to, but he noted that Lovefilm's catalogue covers more than 80,000 titles.

"We have very much enjoyed delivering the Lovefilm By Post service to our customers," said Amazon in a statement.

"However, over the last few years we've seen a decreasing demand for DVD and Blu-ray rental as customers increasingly move to streaming.

"We are committed to finding alternative roles for all Lovefilm employees within Amazon."

Some fans of Lovefilm were left disgruntled by the decision.

"It's not great, to be honest," customer Michael Harrison told the BBC.

He argued that there was a wider selection of films available to rent in physical form than with streaming services.

"You don't have to buffer it, or worry about pixelation," he added.

"I live in a small town and we don't have many shops around - it was great for... [Read More]
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WinRAR 5.50

Aug 14, 2017 - 3:20 PM - by Reverend
WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format.


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Facebook introduces new video service

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:07 PM - by Reverend
Social media giant Facebook has made a move into dedicated video, pitting it against YouTube and TV networks.

Users will soon see a new Watch tab that will offer a range of shows, some of which have been funded by the social network

Watch will be personalised so that users can discover new shows, based on what their friends are watching.

Viewers will also be able to see comments and connect with friends and dedicated groups for shows.

"Watching a show doesn't have to be passive," said the company's founder Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post.

"It can be a chance to share an experience and bring people together who care about the same things."

Video has been available on Facebook for some time, but until now, it has mostly been dominated by amateur clips or short segments from news organisations.

The world's largest social network added a video tab last year, and has hinted for some time that it might make the move to producing original content.

Watch could open up new revenue potential for both Facebook and programme makers, while users can expect to see targeted advertising before and during the shows.

BBC News
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Mozilla Firefox 55.0.1

Aug 10, 2017 - 9:04 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

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Intel unveils specs for Core X-series processor family coming in September

Aug 08, 2017 - 10:55 AM - by Reverend
Intel has announced availability of its Core X-series processor family, which will compete with AMD's Threadripper high-end desktop (HEDT) CPUs.

The devices, which will be marketed as Core i5, Core i7 and Core i9 models have a higher than usual TDP, enabling Intel to boost their base clock speed, as well as what Intel calls Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, pushing clock speeds on at least one of the multiple cores to 4.5GHz, in the case of the $999 Core i9-7900X.

That 10-core, 10-thread device, will compete against AMD's top-of-the-range Threadripper 1950X, which boasts 16-cores and 32-threads for the same price, which AMD has released this month.

The first of the new microprocessors out of the traps will be the 12-core, 24-thread Core i9-7920X, available from 29 August, with the 14-core Core i9-7940X and the top-of-the-range 18-core, 36-thread Core i9-7980XE available from 25 September.

The four and ten core microprocessors - the Core i5-7640X, the Core i7-7740X and the Core i9-7900X - are already available.

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Mozilla Firefox 55.0

Aug 08, 2017 - 10:51 AM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

Release notes

Firefox homepage
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Google tests publishing tech similar to Snapchat

Aug 05, 2017 - 6:44 AM - by Reverend
Alphabet Inc's Google is developing technology that media companies could use to create stories similar to those found on Snapchat's "Discover" platform, a person familiar with the plans said on Friday.

Google's project, dubbed "Stamp," is in the early stages of testing with publishers, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tech firms including Google, Snapchat's owner Snap Inc and Facebook Inc are racing to develop publishing tools for media companies, hoping to fill their own apps with news, entertainment, sports and other content.

The challenge for such tools is making them faster and easier to use than a web browser, while creating an interesting experience for users.

Snapchat's "Discover" tab is distinct in the way it integrates video clips with text and photos, allowing users to skip to a new story or advertisement with the touch of a finger.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the development of Google Stamp earlier on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Google has been in discussions with several publishers, including Vox Media, Time Warner Inc's CNN, Mic, the Washington Post and Time Inc to participate in the project, the newspaper said.

Google said in a statement: "We don't have anything to announce at the moment but look forward to sharing more soon."

The name Stamp echoes an existing Google product, Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, that allows for faster loading of online news stories. Facebook has a competing product, Instant Articles.

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Spotify is coming to the Xbox One

Aug 04, 2017 - 3:31 PM - by Reverend
Spotify is planning to release an Xbox One app soon. Pictures of Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (Major Nelson) testing a Spotify app for Xbox One were spotted on Reddit earlier this week, fuelling speculation that a real Spotify Xbox app is on the way. Sources familiar with Spotify and Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that a Spotify app for Xbox One is coming soon, and is currently being tested internally.

Spotify arrived in the Windows Store recently as a desktop version for Windows 10 devices, and not a special Universal Windows App that works on Xbox One devices. The new Spotify app for Xbox app will mean Microsoft’s console now has access to the popular music streaming service, more than two years after Spotify first debuted on Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. Microsoft is also planning a number of dashboard enhancements to the Xbox One in the coming months, in the lead up to the new Xbox One X console.

The Verge
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