Streaming Wars Drive Media Groups To Spend More Than $100 Billion on New Content

The top eight US media groups plan to spend at least $115bn on new movies and television shows next year in pursuit of a video streaming business that loses money for most of them. From a report: The huge investment outlays come amid concerns that it will be harder to attract new customers in 2022 after the pandemic-fuelled growth in 2020 and 2021. Yet the alternative is to be left out of the streaming land rush. "There is no turning back," said media analyst Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanso...
Tags: Amazon, Disney, US, Tech, Morgan Stanley, Financial Times, Michael Nathanson, Walt Disney Comcast WarnerMedia

CES and In-Person Events, Brain Implants, Social Media Accountability, with Jeff Gamet – ACM 566

Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet talk about CES and the future of in-person events. They also take a look at brain implants, which, believe it or not, are here. And, they talk about efforts to make social media companies accountable and say: be careful what you wish for. Wealthfront: To start building your wealth and get your first $5,000 managed for FREE, for life, visit Sources referenced in this episode: Darth Nihilus Light Saber by ArtSabers This Paralyzed Man Twee...
Tags: Apple, Social Media, Ces, Bryan, Jeff Gamet, Bryan Chaffin, Instagram Bryan, Facebook Bryan, GeekTells Jeff Gamet

CES's Justification for Keeping the Show IRL is Absolutely Unhinged

An anonymous reader shares a report: Somehow CES 2022 is still happening in a little over a week, despite the single-largest surge in COVID-19 cases ever recorded in the United States. The electronics show will be far less enormous than usual, but not necessarily because organizers at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) wanted it to be that way. CTA president Gary Shapiro went as far as to post an extensive rant on LinkedIn (and in the Las Vegas Review-Journal) about why, exactly, CES is s...
Tags: Linkedin, Tech, Cta, United States, Las Vegas Review Journal, Shapiro, Gary Shapiro, Consumer Technology Association CTA

Amazing / Strange Things Scientists Calculated in 2021

fahrbot-bot writes: The world is full of beautiful equations, numbers and calculations. From counting beads as toddlers to managing finances as adults, we use math every day. But scientists often go beyond these quotidian forms of counting, to measure, weigh and tally far stranger things in the universe. From the number of bubbles in a typical glass of beer to the weight of all the coronavirus particles circulating in the world, LiveScience notes the 10 weird things scientists calculated in 2021...
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Ask Slashdot: New Year's Resolution For Tech Companies?

theodp writes: Slashdot has surveyed personal New Year's resolutions in the past. So this year, how about coming up with a list of New Year's resolutions you'd like to see tech companies keep in 2022? As for me, I'd like to see the tech giants resolve to making their desktop software work in the Cloud (and not just for Business), include a programming language with their desktop and mobile OS, provide the capability to share 'meaningful' file names, and allow developers to cap their Cloud charge...
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2021: Reviewing a Year of Apple Hardware

As happens each year, Apple launched a number of new or refreshed products in 2021. At the same time, a few offerings were discontinued. Let’s take a look at Apple hardware in 2021, the new and the retired. New and Refreshed Apple Products During 2021, the Cupertino-based company continued its transition away from Intel CPUs in its computers. We saw the M1 iMac launch, following 2020’s introduction of M1 MacBook and Mac mini products. Later in the year, Apple expanded with the 14-inch and 16-i...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Intel, Analysis, Macbook, Apple Watch, Cupertino, iMac, Magic Mouse, MacBook Pros, HomePod, HomePod Apple

A Program for Cheaper Internet for Low-Income Americans Launches Today

Starting today, eligible US residents can apply for help with their internet bills under the new Affordable Connectivity Program. The program launched today with $14.2 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure law passed in November. From a report: Households can apply to take up to $30 a month off their internet service bill. For households on qualifying Tribal lands, the discount is up to $75 per month. The program could help to connect millions of people to the internet who haven't had acces...
Tags: US, Tech, United States, Alaska Native, Federal Communications Commission FCC, Organisation for Economic Co, US Census Bureau Read, Affordable Connectivity Program

Slashdot Asks: What Are Some Books You Liked Reading This Year?

What are some books that you read this year that you enjoyed reading? Doesn't have to be those that released this year -- though if possible, mention any recently published books. Further reading: Ask Slashdot: What's a 2021 Movie or TV Show That You Enjoyed Watching? Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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This Lenovo Chromebook is ON SALE for $119 at Best Buy today

The 11-inch Lenovo Chromebook 3, powered by Google's Chrome OS, is available from Best Buy with a $100 discount that lowers its price to an affordable $119.
Tags: Google, Deals, Trends, Computing, Lenovo Chromebook, Chromebook deals, Lenovo Chromebook 3, Computing Deals, Best Buy 2021

Samsung teases Exynos 2200 with AMD’s RDNA 2 graphics coming January 11th

Image Credit:Samsung Samsung has commenced teasing its subsequent flagship cellphone SoC — predicted to be known as the Exynos 2200 — in advance of a January eleventh statement with a tantalizing tidbit of information: the brand new chipset will function a GPU powered through AMD’s RDNA 2 pics architecture, higher regarded for powering the subsequent-gen pics at the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and AMD’s RX 6000-collection pics cards. Of course, for the reason that the Exynos 2200 ...
Tags: Mobile, US, Samsung, Tech, Amd, Gpu, Snapdragon, Exynos, Samsung Samsung, RDNA

Experts warn Omicron ‘blizzard’ to disrupt U.S. for next month

Health experts warned Americans on Thursday  that a rising tide of COVID19 cases, led by the Omicron variant, threatened major disruptions in their lives, from schools to shopping, and urged them to prepare now for a challenging month. The United States had a record seven-day average of new cases, with more than 290,000 new infections reported daily, a Reuters tally showed. According to the record, at least 18 states and Puerto Rico have set pandemic records for new cases. Maryland, Ohio...
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South Africa lifts curfew as it says COVID-19 fourth wave peaked

South Africa  lifted the nightly curfew at 4 a.m. The course of the pandemic,  vaccination rates in the country and available capacity in the health sector, according to a press release from Mondli Gungubele, Minister of the Presidency, South Africa is currently at the lowest of its five phases of alert.  "All indicators suggest that the country may have passed the peak of the fourth wave at the national level," said a statement from the special cabinet meeting  on Thursday. Health mi...
Tags: Africa, Tech, South Africa

Truck driver’s 110-year sentence reduced after US outcry

A truck driver, Rogel Aguilera Mederos, whose 110-year prison term caused outrage over a fatal accident, had his sentence reduced to 10 years on Thursday. More than 4.5 million people, including reality TV star Kim Kardashian, called for a reduction in Rogel Aguilera Mederos's sentence. Aguilera Mederos, a Cuban immigrant, was moving lumber in April 2019 when his brakes failed on a downhill stretch and he was not using an emergency route. Exit ramp. His runaway truck crashed into traf...
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Colorado, US, Tech, Jared Polis, Aguilera Mederos, Rogel Aguilera Mederos

‘Serious’ talk between Joe Biden, Putin sets stage for diplomacy 

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged warnings about Ukraine on Thursday  but were optimistic that diplomatic talks in January could ease rising tensions. In a 50-minute call, their second conversation this month, Biden said he had to see Russia downsize its military near Ukraine, while Putin said sanctions threatened by Washington and its allies could lead to a break in relations. "President Joe Biden reiterated that substantial progress in these dial...
Tags: Putin, Vladimir Putin, Washington, White House, Russia, International, Tech, Joe Biden, Ukraine, West, United States, Nato, Moscow, Crimea Peninsula, Biden, Kiev

Forget AirPods Pro: Beats Studio Buds are ONLY $120 at Amazon today

If you're considering picking up a pair of earbuds, then you need to check out this deal at Amazon that slashed the price of the Beats Studio Buds by $30.
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Deals, Mobile, Music, Trends, Apple deals, Amazon 2021, Beats Studio Buds, Beats Studio Buds Deals

Intel Demos Lightning Fast 13.8 GBps PCIe 5.0 SSD with Alder Lake

Intel has demonstrated how its Core i9-12900K Alder Lake processor can work with Samsung's recently announced PM1743 PCIe 5.0 x4 SSD. The result is as astonishing as it is predictable: the platform demonstrated approximately 13.8 GBps throughput in the IOMeter benchmark. From a report: Intel planned to show the demo at CES, however, the company is no longer going in person. So, Ryan Shrout, Intel's chief performance strategist, decided to share the demo publicly via Twitter. The system used for ...
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Cobra Kai Season 4 Finally Told Us What Happened To Miguel's Dad

Throughout "Cobra Kai," I've come to love Miguel (Xolo Maridueña). I'm not the only one. Miguel's dad may be out of the picture, but his sensei, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), and his girlfriend's father/other sensei, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), both care deeply about him. So much, in fact, that it causes fights between them.Until episode 4, we only knew that Miguel's biological father was no longer in the picture, and that every day, Johnny is getting closer and closer to looking at Migue...
Tags: Google, Television, Movies, Mexico, Chicago, Sam, Miguel, Carmen, Peter Cetera, Daniel, Valley, Johnny, Yaya, Miyagi, Robby, Chozen

How to Use Apple Maps to Check for COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

With the rapid spread of COVID-19, especially the omicron variant, it’s more important than ever to be safe. Whether you’re traveling or just going out on the town, you might want to know COVID-19 vax requirements for the places you visit. Using Apple Maps, you can check COVID-19 vaccination requirements for a growing number of businesses and landmarks. Not a New Feature, but Maybe New to You Back in August 2021, Apple partnered with Yelp to allow businesses to share their vaccination policies...
Tags: Apple, Tips, Brazil, John, Apple Maps, Kennedy International Airport, Quick Tip, COVID-19

How Chinese Police Track Critics on Twitter and Facebook

The Chinese government, which has built an extensive digital infrastructure and security apparatus to control dissent on its own platforms, is going to even greater lengths to extend its internet dragnet to unmask and silence those who criticize the country on Twitter, Facebook and other international social media. From a report: These new investigations, targeting sites blocked inside China, are relying on sophisticated technological methods to expand the reach of Chinese authorities and the li...
Tags: Facebook, Australia, China, Tech, New York Times, Communist Party, Twitter Facebook, Ms Chen

How to use Google Translate

With Google Translate you can translate written or spoken text using just your phone -- even without internet.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Trends, How-to, Languages, Google Translate, Language Translation, Tier 4, Language software

Apps to help you start good habits and level up your life in 2022

Regardless of what your New Year's resolutions might be, these apps will help you achieve your goals, reach your aspirations, and become a better person.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Features, New Years Resolutions, Tech The Halls

What to Expect From Apple in 2022: iPhone 14, New iMac, AR/VR Headset, and More

There are some exciting products on the horizon for 2022 if rumors are to be believed, including the first iPhone without a notch, a larger iMac with... #iphone #iphone14 #vrheadset #imac
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India Antitrust Watchdog Orders Investigation Into Apple's Business Practices

Indian antitrust watchdog on Friday ordered an investigation into Apple's business practices -- in particular, the company mandating iPhone app developers to use a proprietary payments system -- in India, where the American firm commands less than 2% of the smartphone market. From a report: The Competition Commission of India, which ordered the Director General to conduct the probe within 60 days, said it is of the prima facie view that the mandatory use of Apple's in-app payments system for pai...
Tags: Apple, India, Tech, Competition Commission of India

REVIEW: Black Forest Cake M&M’s

What are Black Forest Cake M&M’s? Arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day, this seasonal flavor takes its inspiration from the Black Forest cake. Each M&M combines milk and dark chocolate with a twist of cherry flavor. For those of you who haven’t binge-watched an embarrassing amount of baking competition shows, a Black Forest cake consists of layers of chocolate cake, whipped cream, and syrup- or kirsch-soaked cherries, topped with chocolate shavings. How are they? The spirit of Valenti...
Tags: Reviews, Google, Shopping, Walmart, Valentine's Day, Candy, Barry White, Black Forest, M&m's

Plans To Capture CO2 From Coal Plants Wasted Federal Dollars, Watchdog Says

The Biden administration wants to shove more money into projects that are supposed to capture CO2 emissions from power plants and industrial facilities before they can escape and heat up the planet. But carbon capture technologies that the Department of Energy has already supported in the name of tackling climate change have mostly fallen flat, according to a recent report by the watchdog Government Accountability Office. From a report: About $1.1 billion has flowed from the Department of Energy...
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How to have Spotify tunes put you to sleep with Android’s Bedtime mode

Having trouble sleeping lately? Help yourself drift off and get a better night's sleep by using Android's Bedtime mode, with support for Spotify and Calm.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Sleep, Trends, How-to, Bedtime

Tech That Died in 2021

In the following video, from CNET, we bid farewell to the gadgets and apps that we lost this year — and gasp in horror at the dead tech rising back to life! Plus: Is Cortana done for?
Tags: Cortana, Tech, Radio, Cnet, General Interest, 2021

Apple’s 2021 iPad is on sale for $299 at Amazon

It’s New Year’s Eve, and while that means we are very soon waving goodbye to the year 2021, it just wouldn’t be special enough day without a selection of great tech deals from your friends at... #ipad #newyearseve #amazonit
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MacRumors Giveaway: Win an Apple-Themed T-Shirt or Hat From Throwboy

For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up Throwboy to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win an Apple-themed t-shirt or hat. Throwboy is best known for its pillows designed to look like classic Apple products, but the company also has a line of t-shirts and a series of hats featuring designs immediately recognizable to Apple fans. The 9:41 shirt, for example, displays the exact time that Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPhone, and the now-iconic time is also used regularly in Apple marketin...
Tags: Apple, UK, Steve Jobs, Quebec, Giveaway, Command, Throwboy, No AMP, MacRumors Facebook

Canon's Flagship DSLR Line Will End With the EOS-1D X Mark III, Eventually

An anonymous reader shares a report: When Canon revealed the EOS-1D X Mark III in January 2020, we proclaimed that the DSLR "still isn't dead," but that camera will mark the end of the line for a flagship model that some pro photographers still swear by to capture everything from sporting events to wild animals. CanonRumors points out an interview Canon's chairman and CEO Fujio Mitarai gave this week to the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun (via Y.M. Cinema Magazine). The piece highlight how hi...
Tags: Tech, Dslr, Canon, Mark III, Fujio Mitarai, Yomiuri Shimbun, Y M Cinema Magazine

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