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Amazon to start selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast

Dec 14, 2017 - 10:42 PM - by Reverend
Amazon said Thursday that it will again be selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast devices, two video-streaming gadgets the e-commerce giant removed from its site two years ago and that compete with its own Fire TV products.

"I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast," an Amazon spokeswoman told CNET on Thursday, referring to the company's plans to stock up on the devices. She offered no further statements.

Amazon added product listing pages for the Apple TV and two versions of the Apple TV 4K, as well as the Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra. The gadgets aren't available for sale yet, but customers should expect they will be shortly.

Amazon's move should be a relief for customers of all three tech titans, who may have felt caught in the middle of public disputes between the companies.

The change may de-escalate mounting fights between Amazon and Google in particular, whose disagreements resulted in Google pulling YouTube from Amazon devices just last week. Amazon is pushing deeper into Google's turf of online advertising and Google is moving into Amazon's territory of e-commerce and smart speakers, which seems to be causing tensions between the two companies.

"We are in productive discussions with Amazon to reach an agreement for the benefit of our mutual customers," a Google spokesperson said Thursday. "We hope we can reach an agreement to resolve these issues soon."

Apple representatives didn't respond to a request for comment.

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Dec 13, 2017 - 1:28 PM - by Reverend
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Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:26 PM - by Reverend
Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string.

The connection reached speeds of 3.5Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold engineer who conducted the experiment.

The point of the experiment appears to have been purely to see if it was achievable.

The firm does not believe there is a way to exploit the finding.

"To be honest it was a bit of fun, which one of our techies decided to try out - we have equipment we could test in the office, and why not?" Adrian Kennard, the internet provider's director, told the BBC.

"There is no commercial potential that we are aware of."

"What it does show, though, is how adaptive ADSL really is. This can be important when it comes to faulty lines with bad (or even disconnected) joints still providing some level of broadband service."

An asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) is used by nearly half of premises in the UK. It works by splitting a single copper telephone line into separate voice and data channels.

The string used in the experiment was first put in salty water - chosen because salt is a good conductor of electricity.

Prof Jim Al-Khalili from Surrey University's department of physics explained how it worked: "Although wet string is clearly not as good a conductor of electricity as copper wire, it's not really about the flow of current.

"Here the string is acting as a waveguide to transmit an electromagnetic wave. And because the broadband signal in this case is very high frequency it doesn't matter so much what the material is."

Matthew Howett, principal analyst at research firm Assembly said: "While we often get tied up in knots over whether it should be fibre to the street cabinet or fibre all... [Read More]
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Twitter officially recognizes tweetstorms with a new threads feature

Dec 13, 2017 - 1:21 PM - by Reverend
A few months after being spotted in tests, Twitter’s tool for creating tweestorms is now an official part of the app. Threads, as the company is calling them, let you string together tweets by tapping a new plus button in the tweet composer. “A few weeks ago, we expanded our character count to make it easier for people to fit what they’re thinking into a Tweet,” the company said in a blog post. “But we know people also may want to serialize a longer story or thought, or provide ongoing commentary on an event or topic. That’s where this update to threads comes in!”

If you post a thread, the first tweet will appear in the timeline as normal, along with up to two more tweets from the thread. To see the rest, your followers will need to tap “show this thread.”

As the company acknowledged in its blog post, threads are only the latest user-created feature to become official products within the app. It follows the retweet, the @ mention, and the hashtag, among others. Threads as we know them have been possible ever since 2014, when Twitter began linking replies to originating tweets. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen began threading enthusiastically soon afterward, and some have called him “the father of the tweetstorm.” The form rose to new prominence in the aftermath of the 2016 election, when it became a platform for longer-form discussion of current events.

Twitter says “hundreds of thousands of threads” are posted daily. The need for an official thread feature has been apparent for years: third-party developers have been building apps to thread tweets since at least 2008.

To create a thread using the new feature, type your first tweet and then hit the plus button in the lower right-hand corner of the composer. That brings up a new area within the composer where you’ll have another 280 characters to express yourself. Repeat the process until your thread is complete, and then hit “tweet,” and the entire... [Read More]
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Apple confirms it has acquired Shazam

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:33 PM - by Reverend
Apple has acquired Shazam, the company announced today. The deal was first reported by TechCrunch last week and is worth $400 million, according to Recode. Shazam lets users identify songs, movies, TV shows, and commercials from short audio clips.

“We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple,” an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement."

“We are excited to announce that Shazam has entered into an agreement to become part of Apple,” Shazam said in a statement to The Verge. “Shazam is one of the highest rated apps in the world and loved by hundreds of millions of users and we can’t imagine a better home for Shazam to enable us to continue innovating and delivering magic for our users.”

The acquisition cost is far from the $1 billion Shazam was valued at during its last funding round, but the company has had a hard time finding a viable business model, pulling in only $54 million in revenue in 2016.

Despite its low revenues, Shazam can help Apple in a number of ways. The most obvious would be with Apple Music, where Shazam’s team could help improve the experience of the service. If Apple decides to shut down the app, it would also take away referrals to Spotify, which together with Apple Music gets 1 million clicks per day from Shazam. Also, Shazam’s music and sound recognition, which is already integrated with Siri, could gain a deeper integration with iOS, much like Google has done with its song recognition feature on the Pixel.

Apple is also likely interested in Shazam’s augmented reality technology, which... [Read More]
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Microsoft Fixes Serious Flaw in Windows Defender

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:37 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has quietly fixed a serious bug in its Windows Defender antivirus software that allowed hackers to hijack infected PCs.

The vulnerability was found in the software's malware protection engine, which is designed to regularly scan files for computer viruses. UK authorities discovered that it could actually be exploited when scanning a "special crafted file," according to Microsoft's security advisory.

The rigged file will trigger the protection engine to execute code on the Windows system, which could let a hacker install programs, edit files, or create new accounts with full user rights.

Getting the rigged file on to a PC could happen in a number ways. Imagine a convincing phishing email or instant message loaded with the attachment. Victims wouldn't even have to open the file; they would simply need to download it, and let Windows Defender scan it.

The threat is especially serious for PCs that enabled Windows Defender real-time protection, which will scan downloaded files automatically.

Fortunately, Microsoft issued a fix that is automatically rolling out to its Windows Defender and Security Essentials software. Users don't need to install any update.

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre —which defends the country from cyber attacks— discovered the flaw, suggesting that it may have been used in a real hack.

It isn't the first time a serious bug has been found in Windows Defender. In May, Google security researchers discovered a remote code execution flaw with the software that was described as "crazy bad." That bug also worked when the malware protection engine scanned a rigged file. Microsoft quickly issued a fix.

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Mozilla, Yahoo Sue Each Other Over Firefox's Default Search

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:59 PM - by Reverend
Firefox users may be happy to see Google as the browser's default search engine again. But the move has sparked a legal battle between the browser's developer, Mozilla, and Yahoo.

The two companies are now suing each other over a 2014 deal that made Yahoo Firefox's default search provider. That deal was reportedly quite favorable to Mozilla; it allowed the company to back out of the deal—and receive an annual payment of $375 million through 2019—if another company acquired Yahoo and Mozilla found the new partner to be unsuitable.

Last month, Mozilla decided to trigger the company's contractual rights and terminated the deal, following Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo. This came as Mozilla launched Firefox Quantum, a major update to the browser that has been earning rave reviews.

On Tuesday, Mozilla detailed the decision in a blog post, saying it spent months studying how the new Verizon-owned Yahoo might affect Firefox's web search, the user experience, and the brand. In the end, Mozilla concluded that sticking with Yahoo would have had a "negative impact."

In response, Yahoo filed a legal complaint against Mozilla in a California court, claiming breach of contract.

"Yahoo has suffered and will continue to suffer competitive injury to its business and reputation, among other harm," the complaint says. The lawsuit is demanding that Mozilla pay damages.

On Tuesday, Mozilla filed a counter-claim in court to force Yahoo to hold up the terms of the deal, and pay up.

"The payments owed by Yahoo are key to financing Mozilla's efforts to launch the new version of its flagship product, Firefox," the complaint says.

The document adds that Mozilla took a high risk by choosing Yahoo as its default search provider, so it sought "contractual protections." It also blames Yahoo for dragging down Firefox usage, by failing to... [Read More]
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Apple iTunes 12.7.1 (12.7.1.14)

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:05 PM - by Reverend
You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player.

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