With many parts of the world still waiting for 4G or even 3G coverage, the South Korean government is looking forward and beginning to invest into the infrastructure needed to bring 5G to the country by 2020. South Korea will invest $1.5 billion in the infrastructure build-out and will work with local firms to accomplish the task.
5G is expected to become much faster than most of the wired broadbad service in most of the world with speeds hitting limits up to 1000 times the current fastest 4G LTE bandwidth. This means that 5G users will be able to download a 1GB file in less than two seconds, or an entire Blu-ray ISO in less than a single minute. South Korea expects the network roll out to be completed by the end of the decade, and it expects handset technology to have caught up by then.
In the last few years, YouTube traffic has exploded thanks to faster internet connections and mobile device speeds increasing, and one of the biggest complaints is that YouTube seems to perform better on some ISPs than others. Today Google announced that it has released a performance report that outlines which ISPs perform better with YouTube.
At the moment, Google's video quality report only shows a series of slides that aim to educate the public on how YouTube videos are delivered to you via CDN servers, but ultimately will feature a list of ISPs and will rate them on how they perform with YouTube traffic. If viewers on a specific ISP are able to watch 90-percent of YouTube Videos at 720p resolution at consistent quality without buffering, then that ISP will be branded as "YouTube HD Certified."
"We wanted to give users a measure of performance that they can truly understand," Google's Shiva Rajaraman said in an interview. "The other side is we felt this would be beneficial for ISPs too, because now they can describe their service and the various product offerings and price points they might have to their customers in a way that they can truly understand: You can access YouTube in HD on my ISP, or not."
2013 was a big year for Netflix, and the service is expected to announce that its number of subscribers has risen to 33.1 million for the third quarter of 2013. That means that analyst expect that Netflix managed to pick up an additional 2.1 million subscribers in the past three months of the year.
With Netflix's stock more than tripping in 2013, investors will be happy to hear that subscriptions are continuing to grow and its expected to see the stock rise after the opening bell tomorrow morning. Even with stiff competition from Hulu, Amazon Prime, and even Google Play, Netflix continues to be somewhat of an unstoppable powerhouse in the media streaming world.
The Sacramento Kings from the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced it will become the first professional sports team to accept bitcoin as a form of payment. Until March 1, basketball fans can purchase game tickets and merchandise in a "faster and more" secure manner, according to the team.
"We are maniacally focused on creating the most seamless experience for our fans in all facets,"said Vivek Ranadive, majority team owner of the Kings, in a press statement. "With BitPay, we are able to implement a technology that allows our fans to make Kings-related purchases without physically reaching into their wallets. A major tenet of the NBA 3.0 philosophy is about utilizing technology for the betterment of the fan experience, and this is yet another step in that process."
While the Kings became the first major pro sports team to accept bitcoin payments, expect others to jump onboard as well. If nothing else, other organizations will patiently observe and learn from any technology growing pains that the Kings - and any major business - face when trying to accept bitcoin.
BitPay is processing bitcoin payments for the Kings Team Store. The company now supports bitcoin payments for 20,000 merchants, with an average of 1,000 new partner signing up each week.
We saw Spotify unleash free music streaming on the Internet yesterday, with today seeing Rdio do the same thing. Rdio has announced that customers can now listen to all of its music for nothing, as long as they don't mind ads.
These ads will include "new feature announcements, messages from partner brands, notifications about exclusive content and other helpful tips." If you don't want to sit through the ads, you can wipe them all away for $9.99 per month by opting into Rdio's Unlimited service.
Google led the U.S. search engine to end the year, collecting 67.3 percent of the search market, clearly ahead of Microsoft's search sites which collected 18.2 percent. Yahoo picked up 10.8 percent while Ask Network accounted for 2.5 percent, and AOL trailed with a meager 1.3 percent, according to research group comScore.
During the month of December, there were 18.3 billion core searches, and Google's collection of websites racked up 12.3 billion, while Microsoft sites had 3.3 billion searches, and Yahoo trailed with 2 billion.
Google's lead is clearly safe at this moment, but the Silicon Valley-based company needs to continue to be vigilant to ensure Microsoft and Yahoo don't continue to steal market share. As more users continue to go mobile with smartphones, tablets and other devices, Google Android and Microsoft Windows Phone have an advantage while Yahoo is left out in the cold.
Spotify only recently raised an impressive $250 million, but how would the streaming music company use all of that money? Well, they have just slashed all of its limited on streaming ad-supported music on the web.
The streaming music outfit now allows you to have a totally unlimited music frenzy online, which comes in at a perfect time: a week before the launch of Beats, which was set to compete with Spotify with a gigantic marketing campaign, and promotional deals with AT&T and Ellen DeGeneres. Beats will be offering up a 7-day trial, which will make it much harder for it to compete with Spotify now.
Not only Beats, but everyone else: Spotify has the music streaming business to itself for the time being - and maybe the future.
One of the biggest time consuming aspects of online purchases through PayPal is the need to be redirected to the official PayPal site to complete the authorization process, and is something loathed by many. Today PayPal announced that it has rolled out a new "in-context" checkout system that negates the need to be redirected to the PayPal website.
The new system is being rolled out to both online platforms such as desktops and laptops as well as mobile devices, and is expected to make checking out using your PayPal account much simpler as all of the redirects are now gone. This new system should allow users who were once frightened off by the redirects to now use the service with confidence and ease.
The entertainment business in the United States and across the world is a multi-billion dollar industry that is evolving to keep up with demand.
Two-thirds of U.S. adults have gone out to see a movie at least once in 2013, but 66 percent said they are seeing less movies at the theater. In addition to rising cost of movies, especially IMAX and 3D, rising competition from Redbox and online video services has also increased.
Consumers still tend to prefer watching DVDs and Blu-ray over streaming content, with Blu-ray movies collecting $416 million in sales leading up to Christmas. Home entertainment OEMs are developing 4K and 8K ultra-HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and Blu-ray discs - and interest in UHD will continue over the next 12 to 24 months, according to analysts.
Online piracy also remains a continued problem that movie studios and copyright holders fight vigorously to fight against. The fight over Internet 'piracy' even hit popular online adult website RedTube, with 30,000 visitors receiving threatening letters after viewing a specific video. Internet service providers (ISPs) are finding newer and more innovative manners to prevent piracy, with varying results.
It looks like Google will be making quite the high resolution splash at CES 2014 next week, where it will have its YouTube team on-site to show off its new 4K streaming technology that uses the VP9 codec.
The search giant has 19 hardware partners that are supporting the mostly unused codec, including ARM, Broadcom, Intel and Marvel. At CES 2014, YouTube will be showing off its 4K streaming technology at the booths of LG, Panasonic and Sony. Google developed the royalty-free codec in-house, but hasn't ruled out that YouTube won't have support for H.265 sometime in the future.
As the world begins ringing in the new year, Google has launched a new Doodle celebrating the arrival of 2014. The doodle is quite clever, featuring 2013 dancing the night away on what appears to be a disco dance floor. The number 4 can be seen off to the side, patiently awaiting his turn to boogie down!
Of course the .jpg above does not do the doodle justice, and I highly encourage you to head over to Google.com and check out the fully animated version. Search Engine Land says that they expect the actual new years day doodle to feature audio, with more features being added, so keep an eye on it tomorrow as well. TweakTown wishes everyone a safe and happy new year.
It seems like the drama is never ending at the infamous online drug marketplace known as SilkRoad. Over the weekend, Silkroad's new Admin Dread Pirate Roberts (AKA DPR. Not to be confused with the original SilkRoad DPR) signed off from the site with a post informing users that he would release information concerning the arrest of several SilkRoad employees.
The post was made on Saturday and nothing else has been heard from DPR since. Another site admin who goes by the name DefCon says that DPR has entered exile and his whereabouts are unknown. DefCon says that DPR took the sites key used to unlock its Bitcoin storage with him. This means that none of the bitcoins the site held in escrow can be released until DPR's return. DefCon says that SilkRoad users should not worry too much as DPR will return and the digital currency will be returned.
Edit: It seems to be working seconds after this piece went live - just my luck - but then when I refreshed it was gone. It came back, so it might be OK for now, with intermittent problems.
I woke up this morning, and like the past few mornings, I hit up the Steam Store to see what games are on special during Valve's Steam Holiday Sales. Well today, I couldn't do that, because the Steam Store is completely down.
This could be because Valve is offering Left 4 Dead 2 for free right now - and its servers completely buckled under the immense pressure... but one would think Valve's servers would be equipped to handle that type of traffic. It should be back up soon, but for now, you'll have to keep tapping F5 waiting for it to return.
Hulu has just surpassed the 5 million subscriber mark and is well on its way to passing the $1 billion in revenue milestone in 2014. That amounts to an increase in revenue of more than 300-percent since 2009, with this news, Hulu has announced that it will be bringing more original content to the service in 2014.
Industry analyst attribute Hulu's success to the wide range of devices it is available on which include, Roku, Android, Apple TV, iOS, Chromecast, and many of the so-called Smart TV's on the market today. Hulu now has more than 86,000 TV episodes on its service which are from more than 2,900 TV series, and with more coming in every day, Hulu will only continue to grow.
For the last few years, Microsoft has been making losses on Bing, but going forward, the software giant is optimistic that Bing will turn profitable. ZDNet reported yesterday that Applications and Services CFO, Dave O'Hara, said that Bing was ready to turn the corner.
This is thanks to Microsoft now having the resources to keep its search engine running, without having to continue to pump more investments into it. Future infrastructure of Bing will be incremental, according to O'Hara. The losses on Bing, according to O'Hara, was because the company was building infrastructure to support Bing: things like data centers, and the effort necessary to build Bing's search engine.
The completion of Bing's foundation is now nearly complete, so Bing is ready to be profitable.
Have you ever wished that you could turn back time and stop yourself from signing up for every website you ever visited? While time travel is still impossible, a newly released website will aid in helping you remove your information from many of the websites on the internet.
Just Delete Me is a website that contains a quite expansive list of the most popular websites and newsletters from the past decade and beyond. The service ranks each website by how easy it is to unsubscribe from, with sites like OKCupid being quite simple to remove your information from. On the other hand, sites like Wikipedia are impossible for the user to remove their data from. I took a few minutes and removed profiles from several websites that I have not visited in years, so head over to the source link below and check it out.
The top Google searches of 2013 include the deaths of former South African president Nelson Mandela, 'Fast and the Furious' actor Paul Walker, and the latest generation of the Apple iPhone.
Google compiles the list based on search queries that saw the highest search volume through 2013.
- Nelson Mandela - Former South African president recently died
- Paul Walker - 'Fast and the Furious' movie star; died in a fiery car crash
- iPhone 5S - The latest version of the popular Apple iPhone
- Cory Monteith - Glee actor that died of a drug overdose
- Harlem shake - A song that inspired a viral dance
- Boston Marathon bombing - The tragic bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon
- Royal baby - Birth of England's Prince George
- Samsung S4 - Google-Android device that is the biggest competitor to the iPhone
- PlayStation 4 - Recently released next-generation console from Sony
- North Korea - The volatile nation with a young leader continues to intrigue the world
Can you access Facebook? TweakTown staff have not been able to access the popular social networking site for at least 15 minutes now.
Just 15 minutes, you say? Well, that is a big deal for a massive site like Facebook.
Leave your comments below if you are also experiencing issues accessing Facebook.
It's widely known that Google would like to see the entire world digitized and uploaded to the web, and its newest initiative brings us one step closer to that reality. Today Google launched its Open Gallery service that enables museums and art galleries to easily upload photos and build online exhibits for the world to see.
The new Open Gallery Initiative is part of Google's Cultural Institute, and allows museums and galleries to enhance their existing website, or create a new one for free. Open Gallery will help parties develop extremely high-resolutions images of their exhibits so that visitors can zoom in on paintings and see each individual brush stroke the artist left behind. Entry into the program is on a Google-selected basis at the moment, and interested parties can visit the source link below to sign up to be considered.
Today Google announced that National Geographic will be the first of many companies to contribute its custom maps to Google Maps via the new Public Data Program for Google Maps. National Geographic will upload more than 500 historic and educational maps to the service for everyone to freely access.
National Geographic does plan on offering high-resolution prints of each map however, and copies can be purchased by clicking on those maps once the feature has been implemented. The company says that this will generate revenue back to its non-profit efforts and will allow it to add more custom maps and interactive content as time passes.
When it comes to online entities, there are few who change domain names as often as ThePirateBay, and this morning we are learning that the infamous BitTorrent tracking site has moved yet again. After Caribbean authorities were bullied into to seizing the .sx domain name TPB had used over the last six months, the pirates have moved to Ascension Island and now lay claim to thepiratebay.ac.
Unfortunately the website will not have much time to rest in its stay on Ascension, as the pirates are planning a more permanent stay in Peru and its .pe top level domain. If Peruvian authorities choose to let the RIAA and MPAA bully them into seizure as well, then TPB officials say that they have dozens of TLD's that they can move to at any time.