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This Simple Mathematical Rule Can Help Your Business Survive for the Long Term

It pays to build the ark before the storm<p>In 1958, a brilliant young mathematician named Benoit Mandelbrot went to work as a researcher for IBM. His first assignment seemed like a straightforward problem, but turned out to be devilishly complex. He was tasked with figuring out how noise in …

Profit

There's a new internet-privacy bill in Congress, and the digital-ad industry says that if it passes it could mean 'Facebook won't be free'

Tennessee Congresswoman Martha Blackburn says she wants to give consumers control of their internet experience.<p>She's introduced a bill — the "BROWSER Act" — that would require internet users to actively opt in to say yes to any sort of ad tracking or online-data collection.<p>To the online-advertising …

Toyota is building a flying car to light the Olympic torch in 2020 — here's a closer look

The Japanese automaker is making a flying car with the ultimate goal of using it to light the torch at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.<p>Toyota unveiled a working prototype of its flying car to journalists on Monday. Scroll down for a closer look:

TV is still media’s biggest platform — but the internet is quickly gaining ground

In a world where people are spending more time watching, streaming, and consuming media than ever, traditional TV is still king. But the gap is closing fast.<p>That's according to a recent report recently from Zenith (via Recode), which found that the average person spent 456 minutes consuming media …

Apple is laying the groundwork for a more advanced Apple TV

At its annual developer conference this week, WWDC, Apple announced widespread support for High Efficiency Video Coding.<p>The company says this is coming to the next versions of iOS and macOS, but its implementation on tvOS seems to lay the foundation for an Apple TV that supports 4K video streaming …

Apple is killing the headphone jack — here's how headphone companies are preparing for a total hardware revolution

Apple is reportedly ditching the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the next iPhone. And Intel is reportedly helping further USB-C's status as an alternative digital-audio connector — the implication being that it could one day serve as the 3.5 mm jack's successor on future Android phones and laptops. Some …

The reward for mining Bitcoin was just cut in half

It’s Halvening!!!<p>Bitcoin just experienced a major milestone in its short little lifespan. The reward for mining a block (a block = a ledger of transaction data) was just cut in half from 25 bitcoins to 12.5 bitcoins.<p>This means that assuming a price of $650 per coin, going forward miners will make …

Bitcoin

Google buys a backbone for pay TV services

Google is snapping up Anvato, a company with tech that's designed to make it easy for broadcasters to put live video online. The system is currently used by plenty of brand-name firms to pump out online video, edit clips in the cloud and handle pay-per-view transactions. Anvato counts companies …

These Millennials Have Become The Top Decision Makers At IBM

A look at how IBM’s 5,000-strong “Millennial Corps” is helping the company stay relevant.<p>Supermodel Karolina Kurkova made an appearance at this year’s Met Gala in an intricately designed couture gown. The dress had two designers–one man, one machine. Fashion designer Marchesa worked alongside IBM’s …

Employment

Four sticky points in the Comcast Netflix X1 deal

The deal that allows Netflix to appear on the Comcast X1 set-top box certainly did not come easily. Here are four big sticking points the pair likely …

This chart shows how absurdly complicated Netflix's competitive landscape has become

It used to be when you talked about streaming video, you were talking about Netflix and Hulu.<p>But in the past few years, and especially 2015, the competitive landscape has become increasingly convoluted. Analysts at Jefferies have identified five major themes that have emerged in the market:<p>Netflix …

Comcast will let you watch Netflix like a regular cable channel

Comcast customers later this year will be able to watch Netflix shows or movies just like they would click to see a regular channel.<p>The two companies said Tuesday they have reached an agreement to incorporate Netflix into X1, Comcast's high-tech pay-TV service. They said the service will be …

Pay-TV

Tactical AI beats a US Air Force colonel in a dogfighting simulation

Whether it’s Deep Blue beating Garry Kasparov at chess, Watson defeating Ken Jennings at <i>Jeopardy!</i>, or Google DeepMind’s AlphaGO besting Lee Sedo at …

Sky's Now TV Combo unites live TV, streaming, phone and broadband

It's been a busy six months for Sky. Between launching a new powerful set-top TV box, sinking billions of pounds into original shows and exclusive sporting rights, the company has quietly been developing a new Now TV product for consumers who like to dip in and out of its ecosystem without having …

How the blockchain could kill off national currencies

People all over the world are moving into urban areas at a faster rate now than at any point in history. By 2050, more than five billion will live in …

Blockchain

Facebook is running into a problem that has plagued live video since 2007

Now Facebook has run into the same problem Livestream intially faced: it's not always easy for media companies to jump from one form to another.<p><b>2007</b><p>When Livestream began in 2007, the "blogosphere" was blowing up, Hertzberg explains, though he wasn't one of the original founders.<p>Prominent bloggers …

Whatever happened to MCNs?

Remember MCNs? Those quaint multi-channel networks — aggregators of YouTube channels — that generally focused on a specific vertical audience? AwesomenessTV (kids), Machinima (gamers), StyleHaul (fashion/beauty), Tastemade (food/travel), Whistle Sports (sports), Mitú Networks (Latino), DanceOn …

Can Netflix Survive in the New World It Created?

One night in early January, a little after 9 o’clock, a dozen Netflix employees gathered in the cavernous Palazzo ballroom of the Venetian in Las Vegas. They had come to rehearse an announcement the company would be making the next morning at the Consumer Electronics Show, the tech industry’s …

Television Industry

How You Watch TV Is About to Change Forever

It’s finally, almost, happening (again). After years of behind-the-scenes brokering, a raft of tech companies are reportedly close to launching new …

Live TV Via YouTube? For Tech, Real TV Is Harder Than It Looks

Launching your own streaming video service? So passé. The new hotness is launching your own skinny bundle of live TV channels — or at least saying …

Australia's Own Streaming Service, Quickflix, Is Going Under

Since late 2011, Quickflix has been a quiet performer in Australia's increasingly crowded subscription video on demand market, with an …

Game of Thrones

Mubi Plans Production Move, $100 Million Fund Raising

Mubi, the curated subscription video on demand service, is seeking an upstream move into film production. It will also seek new funding of over $100 …

Venture Capital

Video on demand report

<b>A report has shown that more than two thirds of online Australians over 16 will be watching video on demand (VoD) by the end of 2016, but TV remains</b> …

Amazon Announces a Simple Way to Put Your Videos on its Platform

While Vimeo has carved a niche out for itself as a hub for independent video makers, Amazon has a major advantage in terms of reach and device support. The company also promises detailed metrics for seeing how your content is doing, including "minutes a title was streamed, projected revenue, …

Amazon Video

South Africa's Naspers expands video on demand service to 36 other African countries | Reuters

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Naspers unit Showmax has expanded its video streaming services into 36 African countries where it aims to lure viewers with a mix of local and international content, the company said on Friday.<p>Naspers’ video on demand service was launched in August last year …

As Comcast Resists, 21st Century Fox and Disney to Launch Competitor Services to DISH Network's Sling TV

Skinny bundles could be the future, and Comcast would do well to fall in line with 21st Century Fox and Disney.<p>Cable companies like <b>Comcast</b> …

The drone race is on

It’s been a little more than a year since I wrote “Are Drones A Fad Or Here For Good?” And what a year it’s been. We’ve seen an increase in drone investments on a huge scale, many new entrants into the field and more mainstream companies getting into the marketplace.<p>So, no, drones are not a fad — …

Drones

Hulu will reportedly challenge cable companies with its own internet TV service

Live streams of ABC, Fox, and ESPN could be coming early next year<p>Hulu is reportedly planning to move beyond offering consumers on-demand replays of popular TV shows; early next year, the company's subscribers might be able to watch them live — if they're willing to pay more money. <i>The Wall Street</i> …

Cable network Starz launches $9 per month streaming package for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

Starz, a premium cable and satellite television network, today announced a brand new video service which permits owners of the iPhone, iPod touch, …

Rogers Launches Sportsnet Streaming Service for Cord Cutters

Sportsnet will now be available to all Canadians as a direct to consumer service beginning tomorrow.Sportsnet NOW is a live streaming service of six …