Just one day after HBO announced it has launched a standalone online streaming service, it looks like CBS is ready to join the online subscription fun. The CBS All Access offering costs $5.99 per month and provides access to live television programming along with current and past on demand content - with no TV subscription required.
Content providers and broadcasters have found many users are interested in watching content online - whenever they want to - without paying for pricey cable or satellite subscriptions. CBS also plans to launch a standalone digital news content service on October 28.
"Everybody is talking about it," said Leslie Moonves, CBS Corporation CEO, in an interview. "It is an important part of our future. Our job is to do the best content we can and let people enjoy it in whatever way they want. The world is heading in that direction."
United Airlines recently announced it will modify 200 United Express regional jets, so they will provide Wi-Fi Internet access and better personal device entertainment. United passengers can expect these added perks starting prior to the end of 2014.
The personal device entertainment pairs allows passengers to watch TV shows and movies on their Apple iOS or Google Android device - and on laptops. The expansion of Wi-Fi and entertainment, even on shorter flights, gives passengers the ability to either relax and watch a movie, or get some work done without worrying about wireless connectivity.
"United is pleased to extend our growing Wi-Fi and personal device entertainment platform to our fleet of larger regional jets," said Jeff Foland, United EVP of marketing, technology and strategy, in a press statement. "These new elements will enhance the entire in-flight experience for our customers."
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had to pay a $10,000 fine for wearing his Beats headphones, but found a way to avoid another fine: just put tape over the Beats logo. Bose is the official audio partner of the NFL, and athletes are not allowed to wear non-Bose audio products during broadcasts - and that makes Beats founder Jimmy Iovine feel "lucky."
"We didn't do anything, and now the players are going out and putting black tape on our logo," Iovine recently said. "It's like, I can't believe I am this lucky. I feel like sending them the tape."
Iovine also added: "What happened there, you have a tech company that's culturally inept. There's no one at the company that said, 'If you ban these guys, you're going to look bad to the young people, and they're going to look like superheroes even though they're just pure capitalists - well they're not pure capitalists, but they're real capitalists and [they] sold that company to Apple - but you're going to make them look like the underdog."
NVIDIA has taken to its Facebook page to announce that its Shield Tablet is "Ready for Android 5.0 Lollipop" and that "Android 5.0 Lollipop and more is coming to NVIDIA SHIELD tablet". I'm sure we'll hear more about it soon, but it's great to see NVIDIA jumping out right away pledging support for Google's latest mobile OS.
The FBI has recently issued a warning to U.S. companies that potential Chinese state-sponsored hackers have unleashed another wave of cyberattacks - and it appears targeting customers and conducting cyber espionage are the top goals. The memo sent to corporations warns them who is suspected of targeting them, and the methods they are using to gain access.
"The FBI has recently observed online intrusions that we attribute to Chinese government affiliated actors," said Josh Campbell, FBI spokesperson. "Private sector security firms have also identified similar intrusions and have released defensive information related to those intrusions."
The threat of foreign-based cyberattacks is nothing new, but the hackers - largely sponsored by governments - have continued to evolve their attack strategies. Trying to stifle their success has proven to be extremely difficult, while millions of U.S. citizens have been caught in the cross fire.
The CryptoWall ransomware has migrated to the TOR network, encrypting critical files that are necessary to conduct day-to-day operations for business users. Ideally for the cybercriminals, users won't be able to rely on a backup and the company will instead choose to pay the ransom for access to their own PCs and servers. Using TOR makes CryptoWall 2.0 more difficult to track down and remove, giving cybercriminals a potential goldmine as they victimize businesses.
KnowBe4 was contacted by a company that was hit by the new variant of CryptoWall, with the IT admin's computer infected - which spread to seven servers in just one hour, shutting down the entire server farm. Despite having recent backups that could be used, there would be too much downtime to recover data and have the servers operational in a timely manner.
"The cyber criminals hit pay dirt with this one and the admin ended up paying the ransom, 1.3 bitcoin, rather than face the serious costs caused by days of downtime," said Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 CEO, in a press statement. "This is the next generation of ransomware and you can expect this new version to spread like wildfire."
Fifty five percent of teenagers conduct at least one voice search per day on their smartphones, according to the Northstar market research firm. A surprisingly high 41 percent of adults use voice commands, but 56 percent of adult survey respondents said using voice search made them feel like a "geek." The survey included 1,400 people using a mix of Google Search, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana.
"Voice search is a key feature of the Google app that's becoming even more important as people spend more time on their mobile phones," said Scott Huffman, Google VP for Conversational Search, in a press statement. "We wanted to learn more about how people of all ages use Google hands-free on their phones."
As a random voice-related tidbit, 22 percent of teenagers and 15 percent of adults admit to using voice search while in the bathroom.
Taking a few minutes from making beats, Will.i.am has just unveiled his Puls wristband. It's a smartwatch to the rest of us, but it doesn't need to be tethered to a smartphone in order to send text messages, make calls, or send emails.
Will reiterated that it's not a watch, as smartwatches don't normally come with SIM cards, but the Puls does. It also features speakers, and a curved screen along its body, which makes it look quite stylish. The Puls also rocks 16GB of on-board flash, 1GB of RAM, GPS, a battery that wraps around the bracelet, pedometer, and accelerometer.
The Puls runs an Android OS, with Qualcomm providing a Snapdragon processor to go inside. Puls connects to the Internet through 3G, but it also connects through Wi-Fi. This means that it can have carrier plans through companies like AT&T in teh US, and O2 in the UK.
Far Cry 4 is nearly here, so Ubisoft is fully unleashing gameplay videos of its upcoming open-world, first-person shooter. The latest trailer to Far Cry 4 features the usual, but welcomed over-the-top action, some massive explosions, and an interesting choice in background music.
The trailer above shows some great gameplay, and makes me actually look forward to playing Far Cry 4. I had a great time pumping tens of hours into Far Cry 3, and this looks like a great addition to that. Far Cry 4 runs at 1080p on the PS4, and most likely 900p on the Xbox One, with both versions running at 30FPS. Ubisoft said if they had to do 60FPS, they would've required some form of 'sacrifice'.
On the PC however, NVIDIA has been working closely with Ubisoft to ensure that the PC version stands head, shoulders, mountains and entire planets above the console versions. NVIDIA GeForce owners can enjoy HBAO+, PCSS, TXAA, God Rays, Fur and Enhanced 4K support in Far Cry 4. We will be testing out the game on our setups when its released, so keep your eyes peeled to TweakTown.
Tesla showed us all the D last week, unveiling their dual-motor AWD Model S vehicle, but now its founder is talking about the future of autonomous vehicles, where he says that a full autonomous vehicle isn't that far away.
Elon Musk, the Tony Stark of the real-world, has said "That will be the case at some point in the future. Like maybe five or six years from now I think we'll be able to achieve true autonomous driving where you could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination". He did add that it would be a few more years after that before regulators, governments and red tape can be cut before these things will be driving us around autonomously.
When it comes to a self-driving car, Musk reiterated that Tesla's autopilot system is not the same as a fully self-driving car. Tesla's autopilot system uses radar, ultrasonic sensing and cameras, where it creates a kind of super-smart cruise control, obstacle avoidance and lane-keeping system - but, it's not a self-driving car, not yet. Musk continued "Autopilot is what we have in airplanes. For example we use the same term that is in airplanes where there is still an expectation that there will be a pilot. So the onus is on the pilot to make sure that the autopilot is doing the right thing".