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Apple TV channel lineup is updated with Fox Now and CNBC

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 5:08 pm

Apple TV owners now have a couple new channels to enjoy thanks to a recent update. The new channels include Fox Now and CNBC. One catch is that both of the channels do require a cable subscription to unlock most content.

 

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A little of the content on both channels is available without cable credentials. The CNBC channel supports live broadcasts and the viewing of older shows and content as well. Fox Now has popular shows from the network that can be watched.

 

Those popular shows include American Idol, Glee, Family Guy, The Following, and others. Fox Now will offer full episodes of Fox series the day after the air on cable if you have a cable subscription. Participating providers include Comcast, AT&T, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon, and others.

Netflix and AT&T sign peering deal to reduce video buffering

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 4:00 pm

Netflix has been fighting to improve video streaming quality for a number of its users. The way it is fixing many of these streaming issues is by paying the ISPs for peering deals that improve video quality. The latest company to put its hands in Netflix's pockets is AT&T.

 

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AT&T and Netflix have announced a new peering deal that will help reduce buffering when users on the AT&T network are watching Netflix. The peering deal kicked off on Tuesday of this week according to two people who claim to be familiar with the deal.

 

No word on the financial terms of the agreement has been offered. "We reached an interconnect agreement with Netflix in May and since then have been working together to provision additional interconnect capacity to improve the viewing experience for our mutual subscribers,'' an AT&T spokeswoman said in the statement."We're now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days."

Scientists discover origin of 18th century wood ship under WTC

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 3:00 pm

One of the big mysteries that remained after the September 11 attacks was an old wooden ship that was discovered under where the towers once stood during clean up. While excavating the site, a wooden ship was discovered in the earth leaving scientists to wonder where the ship came from and what it was doing there.

 

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Scientists have used tree rings in the lumber used to build the ship to learn something about where it came from and when it was built. The rings in the lumber reveal that the trees matched other lumber that was cut down about 280 years ago near Philadelphia. The researchers believe the wood was harvested in 1773 and was cut down somewhere around the time of the Boston Tea Party.

 

The rings in the lumber help the scientists pinpoint its year and location of origin while providing a bit of history about the climate in the area where it was harvested. The ship is believed to have been constructed by a small shipyard, because details in the design of the ship are unlike those used by larger shipyards. The ship is believed to have been retired in the city, coved by garbage and landfill, and then the Twin Towers were built over it.

Scientists measure record waves in Arctic Ocean that may break up ice

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 2:04 pm

Historically much of the Arctic Ocean is covered in ice, even in the summer. Scientists say with global warming that ice pack is starting to melt. Arctic Sea ice faces another way that ice may break up and melt faster, massive waves.

 

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Typically, with ice covering the surface of the ocean, waves aren't recorded. Scientists have recently measured record setting waves in the Arctic Ocean. Sensors under the water that communicate via satellite have recorded swells in the Arctic Ocean of around 16-feet high.

 

The largest wave measured was 29-feet high. The scientists say these massive and uncommon waves could break ice up and make it melt faster than it would from global warming alone. These waves were measured in a part of the Arctic Ocean near Alaska called the Beaufort Sea.

Ford unveils pricing on new aluminum F-150 truck

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 1:07 pm

Ford has set the truck market on fire when it announced that it would be making the body of its new F-150, one of the top selling vehicles in the US, completely out of aluminum. The move was done to shed weight from the truck and increase performance and fuel economy. One of the questions that has remained about the truck is exactly how much it will cost.

 

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That question has been answered with Ford unveiling the pricing for the truck this week. As you might expect, the price has increased with the base model F-150 XL starting at $26,615. The 2015 F-50 XLT will start at $31,890, both those base model trucks get $400 price increases.

 

Where the big price increases come in is with the higher-end models of the new F-150. The 2015 F-150 Lariat increases $900 to $39,880. Pricing for the King Ranch will go up $3615 to start at $49,460. Platinum top of the line models will start at $52,155, an increase of $3,055 compared to 2014 models.

Nintendo reports loss as Wii U and 3DS sales continue to decline

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 12:04 pm

Nintendo reported its quarterly earnings recently and racked up another loss for the company during its most recent quarter. Nintendo announced a loss of $97.2 million in the quarter that spanned April to June. The loss in the most recent quarter is much higher than the loss of $48.2 million that it reported in the same quarter of 2013.

 

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Nintendo is blaming the continued losses on disappointing sales of the Wii U and 3DS game consoles. Nintendo is still predicting that it will return to profit for the full year, but with half the year racking up losses that will be very hard to do. Nintendo's sales for the quarter fell to $731 million compared to the $799 million in the same quarter of the previous year.

 

Nintendo reported sales of 820,000 3DS game consoles in the quarter that ended in June and 8.57 million games sold. The Wii U saw 520,000 units sold and 4.39 million games. Mario Kart 8 accounted for 2.82 million of the game sales after a May release.

Twitter reports second straight quarter of strong user growth

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 11:02 am

Twitter reported its Q2 earnings this week and quieted some of the naysayers by posting user growth for the second quarter in a row. The growth rate is helping the company get over concerns from its previous quarter that it had peaked for popularity. Twitter saw its shares surge in after hours trading to $49.62 each.

 

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That $49.62 share price was higher than the first-day closing price for the stock of $44.90. Twitter announced that it had added 16 million new users during the quarter. Those millions of new users represent 6.3% more people around the world who logged in at least once a month.

 

Twitter reported revenue of $312.2 million, which is more than twice its previous revenue. Even with more than double the revenue, Twitter remains unprofitable with a $144.6 million loss for the quarter.

BlackBerry purchases German security firm Secusmart

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 10:25 am

BlackBerry was one of the most popular smartphone providers in the world years ago, but it has slumped and is seeing many of its customers leave for other devices today. BlackBerry is trying to turn itself around and get some of the popularity it once enjoyed back and one of the ways it is doing that is by trying to turn itself into a provider for people who are security conscious.

 

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To help build up its security chops BlackBerry has reportedly purchased a German security firm called Secusmart. Secusmart specializes in providing voice and data encryption and was partnered with BlackBerry in the past.

 

Smartphones from BlackBerry with the Secusuite software from Secusmart are in use in Germany already with government agencies. Terms of the deal are unknown at this time. "The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security," said BlackBerry chief John Chen.

Microsoft is currently building 94.5% of all Windows Phone devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 9:46 am

Adduplex, a company that services Windows Phone, has a new report out that states that Microsoft is now making some 94.5% of all Windows Phone devices. The data comes from its July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem, that in July, devices that the company marks as Nokia units had close to a 95% market share. That market share, now belongs to Microsoft.

 

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The assets that Microsoft now owns are also gobbling up market share, securing another 0.7% this month according to adduplex. This means that Microsoft has become the biggest Windows Phone OEM, which should come at no surprise. The company is working with OEMs across the world to open up its hardware base, but to no avail just yet. We should see a bigger effort over the next year or so from Microsoft.

 

Right now Microsoft has a majority hold on its market share with Windows Phone, but this isn't great news - it means that other companies aren't investing in the platform like they do with Google's Android OS.

An artificial leaf could be the future of space travel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jul 30, 2014 8:25 am

Space travel has a variety of restrictions, especially when it comes to humans making that trip across the sea of stars. Humans rely on oxygen to live, and so do other things like trees and plants.

 

 

Julian Melchiorri, a graduate from the Royal College of Art, has created the very first man-made, biologically functional leaf that is capable of taking in carbon dioxide, water, and light and releases oxygen. This leaf features chloroplasts, which are the part of a plant cell where photosynthesis happens, suspended in body made of silk protein.

 

Melchiorri explains: "This material has an amazing property of stabilizing (the chloroplast) organelles. As an outcome I have the first photosynthetic material that is living and breathing as a leaf does". Most can see the potentials of this for space travel, but it has big potential here on Earth, too. We could see front of buildings and lampshades made from the material, where it would exhale fresh air with just a thin coating of this new leaf material.

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