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Poor Samsung. Even the leader of the free world won’t spare them from ridicule. In a speech today, President Obama compared Obamacare to a smartphone, noting that when a smartphone (or a law) has a few bugs, you fix it or upgrade it. You don’t just throw it away.Unless it catches fire. Then you pull it off the market. But you don’t go back to using a rotary phone. You don’t say “well, we’re repealing smartphones.” We’re just gonna do the dial-up thing. That’s not what you do. The same basic principle applies here. ...
If you live in an AT&T area, chances are you're not in love with the level of control the company already has over your internet and TV service. But according to a new report, things are about to get even worse. DON'T MISS: New tests confirm there’s one iPhone 7 model that’s much slower than the rest According to a report from Bloomberg , "senior executives at AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. have met in recent weeks to discuss various business strategies including a possible merger." While the talks are still "informal," the fact that there are any talks at all are the final confirmation that we really should just end 2016 right now. A merger of the two companies -- one of which has significant monopoly power over cable TV, and the other that makes much of the content that goes over those pipes -- would be great for business, and probably not good for anyone paying for it. The takeover makes sense for AT&T, since the company has been looking at getting into the content creation and media side of the business. Profits for cable TV providers are dwindling, and with Netflix making serious money investing in content rather than infrastructure, it's a good option for AT&T. Exactly how much Time Warner would be worth to AT&T is debatable, but the company is currently valued by the stock market at about $62 billion. Time Warner rejected a takeover offer of $75 billion in 2014. The obvious sticking point for a merger or acquisition would be regulation. Anti-competition regulators (and the FCC!) would be very unlikely to approve an offer that creates a company with so much monopoly power. But then again, regulators did approve Charter's takeover of TWC last year, so anything's really possible. Correction: A previous version of this article confused Time Warner Cable (TWC) with Time Warner Inc. We regret the error.
According to a non-scientific poll of our internal Slack channel, the American company we'd most like to see dead is AT&T. Second place goes to TWC. So let's not even think about what would happen if both those cesspools of bad billing and awful customer service were to ever merge. DON'T MISS: New tests confirm there’s one iPhone 7 model that’s much slower than the rest Unfortunately, we have to entertain that possibility. According to a report from Bloomberg , "senior executives at AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. have met in recent weeks to discuss various business strategies including a possible merger." While the talks are still "informal," the fact that there are any talks at all are the final confirmation that we really should just end 2016 right now. A merger of the two companies -- who both already command monopolies for cable and internet across wide swathes of the country -- would be fantastic for business, so it's no surprise that the two companies are in talks. AT&T is the largest provider of cable TV in the US at this point, while TWC's new parent company Charter is the third-largest. A merger of the two would give them over 50 percent market share, which is terrifying to everyone already being screwed over by the lack of competition for cable internet and TV. Exactly how much TWC would be worth to AT&T is debatable, but the company is currently valued by the stock market at about $62 billion. TWC rejected a takeover offer of $75 billion in 2014. The obvious sticking point for a merger or acquisition would be regulation. Anti-competition regulators (and the FCC!) would be very unlikely to approve an offer that creates a company with so much monopoly power. But then again, regulators did approve Charter's takeover of TWC last year, so anything's really possible.
Nintendo has announced a new gaming system that combines a portable handheld device with a dock to use at home. Nintendo Switch will be released in March. The gaming giant released a preview video of the ...
Microsoft posted its first quarter of its 2017 fiscal earnings today, reporting revenue of $20.5 billion and net income of $4.7 billion. The highlights of Microsoft's latest earnings come in the form of Office and Cloud. Office commercial revenue grew 5 percent, while Office consumer revenue was up 8 percent in the latest quarter.
Imagine if your company actually paid you to stay under budget when booking business travel. Targeted at small to medium businesses, TravelBank makes it easy to capture expenses using its "camera-first" design, which resembles Snapchat. TravelBank's intelligent algorithm takes into account not just the cost of airfare but also transportation, meals and parking.
Gartner's Janelle Hill made an unorthodox recommendation to the tech leaders at Gartner Symposium this week. She told them to stop spending so much time on strategy.
Battlefield 1’s campaign is nothing like its recent predecessors. Imagine living in someone’s shadow for a decade, and you’ll get the gist of the Battlefield brand as of late. While more creatively ambitious, more technically impressive, and all around prettier than the Call of Duty series, the Battlefield video games have been its competitor’s perpetual runner-up.
El regreso de la serie 'Gilmore Girls' es uno de los puntos sobresalientes de la programación del servicio de 'streaming' de video en noviembre.
For an added layer of security on your CentOS system, you should consider installing Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment. Find out why.
Alpine Electronics just introduced its new 14-gallon cooler that doubles a speaker. Apparently the speaker was designed to match the "lifestyle activities" of people who own Jeeps, full-size trucks, and SUVs.
The Galaxy Note 7 has harmed people and caused tens, perhaps even hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to users' property. It burned furniture, floors, cars and even a house . The phone has officially been recalled and discontinued, with Samsung warning all owners that they should power down the device immediately and return it to a local retailer at once. There has never been a more serious problem with a smartphone in the history of the industry, and yet many people refuse to turn in their handsets and insist on putting themselves and those around them at risk. DON'T MISS: There might actually be an Android phone faster than Apple’s iPhone 7 There is absolutely no question that, battery defect aside, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is the most spectacular phablet the world has ever seen. We said as much in our Galaxy Note 7 review this past August. The phone features a stunning design, the best display the world has ever seen, and a camera so good that it's hard to believe it's stuffed into a smartphone. But the phone is unsafe, and has therefore been recalled and cancelled. Samsung has certainly made a few mistakes along the way — the company has allegedly been slow to make pay for damages , and one person claims the company tried to bribe him to keep quiet — but full refunds are available to anyone who returns their Note 7 phones. According to a new report out of South Korea, however, more than a million people are still using the Note 7 despite all the warnings. Korea JoongAng Daily reports that in South Korea especially, many users have refused to return their Galaxy Note 7s because they like the phone so much. Many more have also said that the return or exchange process is too much of a hassle to deal with. "The process seemed complicated and with my current workload, I simply didn’t have the time to do all that," one man told the news site. "I might buy the Galaxy S8 that is supposed to be released next year. But before then, I don’t really want to downgrade." Another Note 7 owner said he had to wait in line for an hour to exchange his original Note 7 for a "safe" replacement last month, and he refuses to go through the trouble again. "I’m not willing to go through that again," he said. "The phone isn’t bad at all in terms of functions, so I just decided to keep it." More than 1 million people have yet to return their potentially dangerous Galaxy Note 7 phones, according to the site's sources.
Just like a hoverboard, you control it by shifting the weight of your body and stop it by stepping off, navigation methods that even the former "baddest man on the planet" Mike Tyson has had trouble with.
Mediaset said on Thursday French media group Vivendi had told it in letter that an interim management accord over the Italian broadcaster's pay-TV unit no longer stood. "The main consequence of today's formal letter is the implicit recognition of the validity of the existing contract," Mediaset said. Vivendi has backed out of an April deal to buy Mediaset's pay-TV arm and the two groups have been battling since over the validity of the original accord.
Last month, we shared a selection of the best movies coming to Prime Video in the coming month for the first time in months. Based on the response, there are plenty of Amazon Prime subscribers who use the service and want to know what movies and shows are being added, so we've decided to do it any for November. DON'T MISS: These 5 insanely thin iPhone 7 cases are perfect for people who hate iPhone cases As in October, Amazon is adding dozens of movies to Prime Video in November. Rather than copy and paste all of them, we scanned through the list to find the best movies and TV shows you'll be able to stream next month. All the movies will be available on November 1st, while the shows have release dates next to them: Movies: Barbershop The Conversation Die Another Day Erin Brockovich From Russia with Love Get Shorty Goldfinger Major League On Her Majesty's Secret Service Rocky TV Shows: The Night Manager: Season 1 - November 5th Red Oaks: Season 2 (Amazon Original Series) - November 11th Grantchester: Season 2 - November 18th Check back next month for another list of quality additions to the Prime Video library (and prepare for a list of Netflix arrivals in the coming days).
Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro launches next month, and there’s still a whole lot we don’t know about how this new device will affect the quality of games and what it means for the cadence of the console industry as we know it today. To assuage some fears and shed some light, Sony’s chief PlayStation architect Mark Cerny sat down with The Verge this week to offer a rundown of what’s going on inside the Pro and what we can expect to change and stay the same when it hits the market. Cerny, who's worked on everything from Crash Bandicoot and the first Uncharted to Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank, is a game industry veteran with some considerable hardware experience. Here’s what he had to say about the PS4 Pro’s specs and capabilities, as well as what mysteries and open questions remain.
After announcing its plans to crowdsource a smartphone, collecting user ideas, and letting people vote on the designs, ZTE has announced that the user-submitted "Eye Tracking, Self-Adhesive Phone" concept has won the Project CSX contest with over 36 percent of the votes. The winning design (which is described in full on ZTE’s forum) features a pair of cameras on the top and bottom bezels of the front of the phone for eye-tracking support, a split-screen function that displays different images at different angles for enhanced security. It also includes a self-adhesive backing for the rear of the phone to stick it to things and provide extra stability for the eye-tracking system.
If you're having trouble opening Google Docs on your Android device, see if this solution resolves the issue.
A mobile app is important to business success, right? True, but a bad app can be a key part of business failure. Here are five features of mobile apps that turn users off.
By Suzanne Barlyn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Energy technology company FMC Technologies Inc will pay a $2.5 million penalty to settle charges that it overstated profits in one of its business segments, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday. Two now former executives made the improper adjustments after being pressured to improve the financial performance of the Houston-based company's energy infrastructure department, the SEC said. FMC Technologies and the two executives consented to the SEC’s order without admitting or denying the findings, the agency said.