The number of people who pay cable companies, satellite TV companies and telecommunications companies for TV access — the traditional pay-TV system — has been slowly dropping as online video alternatives such as Netflix become more popular.
Sling TV is Dish Network Corp.’s attempt to attract the estimated 10 million households who pay only for Internet and not for cable.
Dish and Time Warner Inc. said Tuesday that the HBO service over Sling TV will include the live HBO channel and on-demand TV shows and movies.
Dish says the same library of shows, movies, and comedy and music specials that pay-TV subscribers can find on the HBO Go app will be available for Sling TV’s HBO subscribers.
Graham Smith, the former Salesforce CFO who was planning to retire this month, is not leaving the company after all, and will return as an executive VP.
On Wednesday, Salesforce filed a form with the SEC stating, “Mr. Smith would continue his employment with the Company beyond March 31, 2015, his previously anticipated retirement date.”
It doesn’t explain why Smith decided to retract or delay his retirement or exactly what role he will be playing within Salesforce moving forward.
The 8K does state, however, that Smith will be an executive vice president advising its CEO Marc Benioff on projects “reasonably assigned to him by the CEO, including projects on behalf of the Company involving the Salesforce Foundation.” He’s now listed on Salesforce’s leadership team as Executive VP of Finance.
Smith announced his retirement during Salesforce’s earnings call in February of last year. He had served as CFO since March 2008, and said during the call that he would retire on March 31, 2015.
Shortly after the announcement, the company revealed to the SEC that it didn’t have the “financial controls” in place to know exactly how much money it generates from particular products.
Smith was replaced by current CFO Mark Hawkins in August 2014.Salesforce declined to comment on this story.
Original release date: April 01, 2015 Google has released Chrome 41.0.2272.118 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system. US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Google Chrome blog entry and apply the necessary updates. […]
Researchers in England have identified the bacteria on human skin that causes body odor.
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Bilzerian, who has amassed over 7 million followers on Instagram by posting pictures of scantily-clad women, guns, stacks of money, and private planes, is hardly reserved in any medium in which he’s shown off his luxury life to his fans. He was recently kicked off Snapchat (hours after joining) when he snapped a story that contained video of women’s breasts.
People have been wondering about the PSA since it was announced nearly 7 weeks ago. What would it say? What would Bilzerian be like on camera for a government-mandated educational video? It was hard to imagine a Bilzerian reading from a script.
Six weeks later, the PSA has finally been released, and it’s pretty amazing. It’s about gun safety in open land, and Bilzerian himself is speaking as if someone is actually holding a gun to his head.
He’s one-note the entire time.
Then, the camera pans out, and we see the background of the room Bilzerian is using to film in.
Lots of fun Easter eggs here!
He says a lot of things about gun safety — and it’s definitely scripted — but making the PSA means Bilzerian can avoid jail time.
Verizon Wireless has provided its customers with an option to opt out of the wireless carrier’s controversial web tracking program called “supercookies.”
Customers can opt out by going to My Verizon account settings, or by calling the toll-free number…
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With more than a million apps out there and more launching every day, it can be tough to keep track of them all. Luckily, we’ve collected the best apps of the past month so you can find something new to try out. There’s a new app from Twitter that make…
WHEN it comes to great television sound, thin is definitely not in.
While the ever-decreasing depths of flat-panel, high-definition TVs are great for aesthetics, those same setsâ€™ internal speakers are becoming anemic. Audio from most modern midprice televisions sounds thin and tremulous, unable to keep pace with the visual excitement of a high-definition basketball game or an epic adventure film.
The best way to create great sound is to use external speakers, placing them in front and behind the viewer, similar to a setup in a movie theater. A typical home theater system includes five speakers and a subwoofer, collectively known as 5.1 audio. But for those who do not want that headache, sound bars may be the answer.
Designed as a single horizontal unit, sound bars can significantly improve a televisionâ€™s audio, allowing listeners to hear music and effects that would be inaudible without them.
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Sound bars can approximate the more immersive effect of true multispeaker surround systems. They can be used on their own, and many can also work with an external subwoofer â€” a speaker that can enhance low frequencies, like explosions and bass notes â€” to add a more realistic experience.
Soundscape, made by Paradigm, offers rich bass and crisp sound.Credit Paradigm
Sound bars vary widely in price, from $100 to over $1,000. The more expensive units tend to be heavier and use better sound-transmitting materials and electronics.
They also vary in their ability to produce a wide range of frequencies. With some units, for example, you may not be able to clearly hear deep male voices without an additional subwoofer.
Sound bars typically include Bluetooth receivers, allowing users to stream their music from a smartphone or tablet directly to the bar. Some models accept aptX Bluetooth, a compression scheme intended to create a cleaner-sounding experience. But for aptX to work, the device transmitting the music must be aptX-capable. While some Android devices are, Appleâ€™s iPhone is not.
Sound bars also offer a simple setup, sidestepping complex wired connections.
To keep things easy, most manufacturers recommend connecting all of oneâ€™s entertainment sources â€” disc player, video game console and satellite or cable box â€” directly into the television. Then connect the sound bar to the HDTV, using the TVâ€™s optical audio output, into the corresponding optical input of the sound bar.
Once you select the Blu-ray player or satellite signal to play through the television, the appropriate audio signal will automatically be routed to the sound bar.
The Playbar, made by Sonos, includes six midrange speakers and three tweeters.Credit Sonos
The disadvantage is that many TVs cannot pass a true Dolby Digital 5.1 channel surround-sound signal through the optical output, sending a two-channel signal instead. Most sound bars use algorithms to create a simulated surround effect, but selective ears will hear a difference.
Some sound bar manufacturers incorporate HDMI inputs into their products, allowing users to plug Blu-ray players and satellite or cable boxes directly into the sound bar, which then can produce a Dolby 5.1 signal. To display the new ultrahigh-resolution image from coming 4K Blu-ray discs and the streaming content onto 4K ultrahigh-definition TVs, check to ensure that the sound barâ€™s HDMI connection is compatible with the newest version, HDMI 2.0, and the HDCP 2.2 copyright standard.
If all this sounds too complicated, simply connect all your devices into the television, and then connect the audio from the TV to the sound bar and youâ€™re done.
Sound bars are available from a wide range of manufacturers, like Bose, Definitive Technology, Panasonic, Samsung, Sonos, Vizio and others. â€œStick with a brand made by a well-known speaker manufacturer,â€ said Rob Sabin, editor in chief of Sound & Vision magazine.
One should make sure that the sound bar is well constructed, Mr. Sabin added, with a solid, heavy cabinet designed to increase resonance, and that it reproduces sound well when you are listening to music as well as when you are watching movies.
A few products to consider:
The Vizio 2.0 sound bar.
PARADIGM One of the costliest sound bars, Paradigmâ€™s $1,500 Soundscape includes four built-in low-frequency speakers for deep bass. For those who would still like to use an external subwoofer, a wireless receiver is included that attaches to any existing subwoofer unit.
At 42 inches in length, the 20-pound Soundscape offers rich bass and crisp sound. When I tested it, I heard music that I had been missing from my TVâ€™s internal speakers. Two listening modes are offered: one for surround-sound movies and another for two-channel music.
SONOS The company that made a name for itself with audio systems that elegantly play content streamed from devices and the Internet has created the $700 Playbar. The product can be used alone or with a physical subwoofer and several of its Play units to create multispeaker surround sound.
The Playbar is 35 inches long and almost 12 pounds and it includes six midrange speakers and three tweeters. The recommended Sonos wireless subwoofer is a $700 option.
Setup, as with many Sonos products, is simple and intuitive. An existing TV remote controls the Playbarâ€™s volume and the Sonos app is used to stream content from the Internet and local devices.
The Playbar accepts Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. If the television cannot pass it through, the Playbarâ€™s system will create a virtual surround-sound field.
VIZIO The company sells more sound bars than any other manufacturer, according to the market research firm the NPD Group, with prices ranging from $80 to $399, in sizes from 29 to 54 inches long.
Depending on the model, Vizio sound bars can reproduce Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS surround-sound technologies. Some include a wireless subwoofer and external rear speakers, decode aptX Bluetooth audio, and feature HDMI inputs.
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – HSBC Holdings Plc is making progress toward cleaning up its operations, after reaching a $1.92 billion settlement of charges related to money laundering, but has not done enough, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday.
Hold tight, because this one gets a little bit personal: I spent a little over a year and a half at Nebula in 2012 and 2013 as a content marketing specialist.
Once, Nebula was hyped up by investors and the media as the ones who were going to change cloud computing by helping people turn their existing server rooms into high-performance data centers of the kind used by Apple, Google, and Facebook to run their web apps.
When we started this journey four years ago, we set out to usher in a new era of cloud computing by curating and productizing OpenStack for the enterprise. We are incredibly proud of the role we had in establishing Nebula as the leading enterprise cloud computing platform. At the same time, we are deeply disappointed that the market will likely take another several years to mature. As a venture backed start up, we did not have the resources to wait.
On paper, Nebula seemed like a can’t-miss. In addition to co-founder Chris C. Kemp, who headed up the super popular OpenStack open source cloud project at NASA, the executive team at the product’s launch included Jon Mittelhauser, who co-invented the first web browser, Mosaic, plus Dave Withers, a former Dell sales bigshot.
Kemp and co-founder Devin Carlen were able to exploit their NASA connections to bring over a ton of engineering talent from the space agency, too. Investors like Ram Shiram and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors were quick to put money in.
The Nebula product took two years to develop, with the team trying to get it just exactly right, and was reticent to talk about the work in the meanwhile. While that work was going on, the team was burning cash. Kemp, a passionate public speaker with a NASA resume, was in high demand for technology conferences, keeping the Nebula name out there.
When the product launched in the spring of 2013, the future seemed bright, as Nebula’s earliest customers reported positive experiences. But sales were slow to follow. People didn’t really understand what Nebula was trying to sell, and many chose instead to go with competitors they understood.
In late 2013, Kemp was replaced by Gordon Stitt, formerly a founder of Extreme Networks through its IPO, as Nebula’s board sought change (Kemp stayed on as chief strategy officer). I left in 2013, but Nebula’s fortunes apparently never turned around, and it took out $3.5 million in debt financing last April.
“This is a difficult announcement for us to make and we want to assure our customers, shareholders, and employees that we have worked hard to explore alternatives and exhausted all potential options,” says Nebula’s farewell letter.
The company shuts down today, and customers won’t be able to get support for their Nebula clouds.
Just take it as an object lesson in how investor hype, press interest, slick marketing, and cool new technologies are no guarantee of success — you actually need a product that people understand and need.
Everybody wants to be a unicorn, but nobody wants to be a lemon.
Incidentally, while I was there, I wrote the official founding story, some papers, a bunch of sales brochures, and I played a part in scripting the official launch video. (We can’t say who that voice is, but if you make a guess, you’re probably right).