Not so fast cordcutters – cable’s not going anywhere
NEW YORK — Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there — why would anyone sign up now for cable?
Well, don’t sound the death knell for cable companies yet.
Will Apple Pay be the next iRevolution?
CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple’s skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week’s launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet.
The service, which goes live Monday and has hundreds of banks on board, is “hugely important” says Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett. It puts Apple in the middle of a wide range of consumer transactions, underscoring Apple’s value as a brand and giving people a powerful new reason to buy iPhones, iPads and other gadgets.
Time Waster - ‘Alliterate’
Word games are awesome – if a little frustrating at times. “Alliterate” is just such a game. You have 60 seconds, and when you click on the field you are given a letter. You have to type correctly as many words as possible that begin with that letter. Every 20 seconds the letter changes (for those of you who are paying attention, that means your letter will change three times per game).
You get points for the complexity of the word, and I believe for uses of troublesome letters like “x” or “z.”
Music player learns your tastes over time
NEW YORK — Some things get better with time: wine, jeans and this “smart” music player I’ve been using on and off for a few months.
The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it’s a lazy Sunday morning. It then plays what it thinks you’re in the mood for.
Voiceprints being harvested by the millions
LONDON — Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice.
Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords.
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