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By Grant Ecker | Social, Mobile, Cloud, Big Data and the Internet of Things
At least for its streaming media busiess.
After a seven-year migration to the cloud, Netflix revealed on Thursday that as of January, it had moved the rest of its video streaming business to the cloud.
Since Netflix’s off-site initiative began, the streaming video company has become the poster child …Netflix
After Windows 10 was offered up as a free upgrade to any user currently using a legal version of Windows, reports started to roll in that Microsoft’s generosity was actually a thinly-veiled excuse to track users and collect data with its most invasive operating system yet.
It’s not believed that …Microsoft Windows
As part of the company’s Q4 2015 earnings report, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai announced that the company’s massively popular email service Gmail has …Google
A Surface-branded smartphone could be coming soon.
Reddit user nok4us noticed Microsoft now owns surfacephone.com; the URL redirects to the company's Surface website. Microsoft also snatched up surfacecar.com, although it's less likely that an actual Surface car is going to be announced any time …Microsoft
Over the weekend a story appeared on Medium that will make any Amazon user wince. According to customer Eric Springer, all a hacker needs to unlock …Amazon
Given a long plane ride and enough booze, I can just about solve a Rubik’s cube. The most talented humans can manage it in about five seconds; for a …Robots
Today, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin accomplished a first among firsts: It launched and brought back to Earth the same New Shepard rocket that it landed …Jeff Bezos
Michael Saba and Christina Lee are living a nightmare.
For the past year, the Atlanta couple has been fielding visits from angry strangers, sometimes accompanied by police officers, who believe their device is located somewhere within Saba and Lee’s home.
The reason? Popular “find my phone” apps …iPhone
You’re about to spend $37,000 on a custom kitchen. Do you want eco-conscious bamboo flooring or Corinthian tile? Stonebriar or garden sage paint for …Home Improvement
Update: Nest got back to us, saying that the researchers assumed incorrectly what the geo-location data was for, which actually was used for the weather station, not the user’s house:
“The authors initially made an incorrect assumption, which we pointed out to them before they presented their …Internet of Things
(Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc is merging an Arkansas-based division that develops computer systems for its stores with a fast-growing technology unit in Silicon Valley, aiming to hasten its move to compete in the online era.
The information systems division, based at the world’s largest retailer’s …Walmart
#SurfacePhone #iPhone7 – Microsoft Surface Phone to challenge iPhone 7 – Several reports were published last year claiming that Microsoft would …Microsoft
DETROIT — Turns out, the first self-driving car you will ride in won't be one you own; it'll be one you order up on your smartphone from Lyft.
"The first mainstream deployment of autonomous vehicles won't be to customers but to a ride-share platform," General Motors President Dan Ammann told …Car Sharing
Getting hacked sucks, but there’s something worse than that: getting hacked because of your own smart doorbell.
Ring is a popular smart doorbell that allows you to unlock your door from your phone, as well as see and hear visitors via a webcam.
Unfortunately for Ring, that same doorbell meant you …Wi-Fi
It’s super simple to track your phone now, thanks to programs like Find my iPhone and Android Device Manager. Your lost keys are also a thing of the …
LAS VEGAS – In the original Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger clicks one button on a remote control to transform the TV built into the wall of his futuristic apartment from a small-screen newscast to a huge nature landscape.
Now, 26 years later, Samsung has done something very similar. At CES 2016, …Samsung
Facebook has allowed select developers access to an unannounced SDK that lets them build interactive bots in Messenger so users can get information, shop and pay for purchases within a conversation, reports TechCrunch.
The Chat SDK reportedly allows the creation of bots that can automatically …
Lumos Labs, the maker of the mobile brain training app Lumosity, has been ordered by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to pay $2 million to the agency (PDF) for falsely advertising that its software can help users perform better at work and in school, and reduce or delay cognitive …
Everyone is copying Microsoft’s Surface tablet. Whether it’s Lenovo, HP, Google, Apple, or Dell, it feels like the entire PC industry is heavily inspired by Microsoft’s combination of tablet, removable keyboard, and stylus. One company we haven’t seen a Surface clone from is Samsung, which is …
Of all the activations of new tech products during the Christmas period, Apple made up half, a new survey reveals.
According to a study published by Flurry Insights, 49 per cent of all products activated over December 2015 belonged to Apple, beating nearest rival Samsung by nearly 30 …
In an effort to see just how far it could go to get Android users to abandon its platform, Facebook reportedly sabotaged its mobile app in years past with errors that would cause it to crash for hours. The Information reports that Facebook wanted to test users' loyalty despite issues. Where the …Facebook
I've warned that this day might come, and, according to Engadget, it looks like January 8 is that day. Not only is AT&T bumping up the price for those of us with AT&T grandfathered unlimited data contracts, it is going to stop offering subsidized phones for signing up with a two-year agreement. If …
In an effort to keep up with the demand for fast public WiFi, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and LinkNYC have teamed up to replace 7,500 pay …Wi-Fi
Foursquare has an amazing 'superpower' called Pilgrim that could finally let it take over your phone
One of the top-rated pizza places in Brooklyn on Foursquare is called Lucali.
The first time I went there for dinner a couple of months ago, I sat down at a table, picked up the menu, and felt my iPhone vibrate. It was Foursquare sending me a notification with one of the app’s millions of …Foursquare
In November, T-Mobile introduced a new ‘Binge on’ service that zero rates video streaming from participating services so customers can watch as much Netflix as they please — provided they’re ok with a lower video quality.
Binge On, which is enabled by default for all customers, signed up Netflix, …YouTube
"We want to make sure that if anyone is riding them, that they're not violating the law."
Plenty of New Yorkers will have woken up on Christmas morning and discovered a motorized two-wheeler, otherwise known as a "hoverboard," underneath their festive tree. The electric curiosities are currently …Hoverboards
A report from the Commercial Times (via MacRumors) claims that the iPhone 7 will be waterproof.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus both have higher levels of water resistance than previous models, but Apple didn't describe them as waterproof.
It's unclear from the report what kind of steps Apple is going to …Apple News
There's a quiet revolution going on in messaging.
Companies like Facebook, Google, Atlassian, and Slack are expanding their messaging apps beyond merely sending text, video, and audio and into something a little bit more like an operating system.
On Tuesday, for example, The Wall Street Journal …Google