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Netflix's Ted Sarandos says piracy drops in territories shortly after Netflix launches

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2013 2:03 am

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Officer, recently completed an interview with Most of the information was rather boring, though you can read the full interview at Source #1 below. The one interesting piece, at least to me, is that Sarandos says piracy drops in a region shortly after Netflix launches.




One of the things is we get ISPs to publicise their connection speeds - and when we launch in a territory the Bittorrent traffic drops as the Netflix traffic grows. So I think people do want a great experience and they want access - people are mostly honest. The best way to combat piracy isn't legislatively or criminally but by giving good options. One of the side effects of growth of content is an expectation to have access to it. You can't use the internet as a marketing vehicle and then not as a delivery vehicle.


It does make quite a bit of sense. Often times people are forced to turn to BitTorrent to get the content they want to watch. However, most people are willing to pay for that content if the content providers would just license it to the region. This is similar to what has been seen with Spotify and other offerings. People are willing to pay as long as they can get the content they want.

Facebook rolls out Trust Contacts feature, uses friends to help unlock accounts

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 3, 2013 1:33 am

Facebook has rolled out the new Trusted Friends feature. Trusted Friends allows a Facebook user to set various friends as trusted contacts to aid in recovering a Facebook account. Should you forget your log in or need emergency access, these trusted friends will be able to lend a helping hand.




The feature is much the same as you might do with your house keys. Many people give neighbors house keys when on vacation or just to keep in case they lose their keys or have an emergency. The system will send security codes to each trusted contact who will then need to provide the code to you.


You'll apparently need the security codes from each friend, which should help prevent a single trusted contact from gaining access to your account.

Apple starts countdown to 50 billion app downloads, offers $10,000 gift card

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2013 1:05 am

Apple's App Store is getting close to hitting the 50 billion download mark and wants to celebrate. They've started another countdown, this time to 50 billion and will be awarding a $10,000 gift card to the person who manages to snag the 50 billionth app download.




As part of the countdown, Apple has listed up some of the all time most downloaded free and paid apps, citing these apps as being what helped propel the App Store to such great heights. Interestingly enough, the top paid app is Apple's Pages and the top free app is Microsoft's Skype for iPad. Goes to show what we use these devices for the most.

Blockbuster launches iOS app, allows users to rent and stream movies

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2013 12:33 am

Blockbuster was acquired by Dish back in 2011 after filing for bankruptcy in 2010. The defunct movie rental company has had a desktop app, Smart TV app, and Android app since January and has now added an iOS app to the line up. The new app performs the same functions as the other currently available apps.




Users are able to browse, rent, then stream movies from Blockbuster's catalog of almost 5,500 different movies. Pricing ranges from $2.99 all the way to $6.99 for new releases. You'll need a free account, which you can create through the app or on Blockbuster's On Demand website.


Blockbuster has some competition in the streaming market. Netflix is rather well established and Redbox has recently entered into the market. It's going to be an uphill battle, but definitely doable. The app is available from Apple's App Store.

Google debuts Keep app for Chrome, provides Evernote-like functionality

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2013 12:03 am

Google has debuted a Keep Chrome web app, bringing the functionality of the Android app to the desktop. For those who don't know, Google Keep functions much the same as Evernote, providing content storage and syncing between devices. This content is generally notes and other journal-like data.




The new app, available from the Chrome store, offers up offline support on the desktop. Google Keep allows users to store notes, pictures, and other content and sync it between devices.


The Google Keep Chrome app launches in its own window, so you can create notes, cross out your to-do lists, and attach photos to tasks while you work on other things. And if you don't have an internet connection, don't fret: the Chrome app works offline because we all know that ideas (big and small) can be sparked at any time.

Enermax announces their power supplies are ready for Intel's upcoming Haswell-based CPU's

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 2, 2013 11:30 pm

Enermax has confirmed that their power supplies have been tested and are ready for Intel's upcoming Haswell-based CPU. Some power supplies will be incompatible with Intel's new C6 and C7 power states, which are capable of reducing idle power draw to just 0.05 amps, an impressive feat for Intel.




Enermax says that all current high-end and mid-range models are compatible with the new C states. In fact, all high-end power supplies manufactured by Enermax since the Revolution85+ in 2008 are compatible with the so-called ZERO Load Design, meaning you won't have to upgrade. To make sure your PSU is compatible, check it against the list Enermax has published.

Rovio's Angry Birds Friends released, features Facebook integration to allow playing against friends

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 2, 2013 11:02 pm

Rovio has delivered the latest Angry Birds game in the form of Angry Birds Friends. The new Angry Birds game features Facebook integration to allow users to play the game with friends. Players can expect new levels and tournaments each week along with daily gifts and challenges.




The game syncs progress between the Facebook version and the app, allowing you to seamlessly transition from one device to the next. The gameplay doesn't deviate too much from the standard Angry Birds that you've come to know and love over the past iterations of the game.


You can use the new iOS app on the iPhone 3GS or later, iPod Touch third generation, or any iPad. It's available in the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

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Intel picks Brian Krzanich as new CEO as Paul Otellini steps down

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2013 10:31 pm

Paul Otellini, the former CEO of Intel, announced last year in November that he would be retiring this year. This meant that Intel needed to find a replacement CEO. The competition boiled down to two candidates: Intel's current COO and current CFO. We now know who won. Welcome to Brian Krzanich, the former COO of Intel.




Krzanich has been with the company for more than 31 years, an impressive track record for anyone. He worked his way up from a process engineer all the way to COO. The stock market seems to be indifferent about the selection as Intel's stock price hasn't fluctuated much throughout the day.


I'm sure you'll all join us in wishing Brian Krzanich the best.

Three Samsung workers have been injured in acid leak at chip plant

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2013 9:47 pm

Samsung's main chip factory in the city of Hwaseong has suffered a second major leak of the toxic hydrofluoric acid, a chemical used in the manufacturing of semiconductors. Three employees have been injured and admitted to a local hospital for further examination.




Samsung had a similar leak just three months ago. Samsung was fined a minuscule $1,000 and received a telling-off from police investigators. It clearly wasn't enough as a second leak occurred earlier today. The three injured staff were contract workers who were upgrading parts of the facility.


At approximately 11:30 a.m. on May 2, three external contract workers were partially exposed to diluted hydrofluoric acid at Samsung's semiconductor manufacturing facility in Hwaseong, Korea. The workers received immediate first aid attention on site and were admitted to hospital for further examination. This occurred while the workers were upgrading parts of an existing facility in line with Ministry of Employment and Labor requirements. Samsung has reported the incident to the appropriate local authorities and is fully cooperating with investigations. We take the health and safety of workers very seriously and are committed to addressing any issues regarding the well-being of those working in our facilities.

HTC aiming to increase One sales with weekend promo offering $100-375 for trade-ins

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2013 9:31 pm

Everyone seems to be in the trade-in business. Recently AT&T started a trade-in promo, and now HTC is looking to do the same for this weekend to boost sales of its flagship device. The expanded promotion is available in the United States and Canada for this weekend only.




Anyone who buys a new HTC One between now and May 5 is eligible to trade in their current smartphone for a minimum of $100. Some devices, depending on age and condition, are eligible for up to a $375 credit. It's obviously a better deal for those with extremely old smartphones as $100 is likely higher than the going rate on Ebay.


To get the full details and rates, check out HTC's promo page.

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