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  • Netflix boss imagines replacing movies and TV shows with entertainment drugs (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 23:48:30)
    Netflix has become a household name by offering streaming movies and TV shows, but CEO Reed Hastings is already looking to the future, to a time when people stop binge-watching entire seasons and take futuristic entertainment pills instead. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal's WSJD event, Hastings said that in the long term, movies and shows "will be like the opera and the novel," indicating that there "would be substitutes" that make their way into the mainstream. When asked what those substitutes would be, Hastings said Netflix's long-term challenge was to figure that out, the company hopefully hitting on something that future customers wanted to consume.
  • Samsung's prestige takes another hit over lawsuit (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 23:42:28)
    A South Korean law firm said Tuesday that it expected thousands more people to join a class action lawsuit seeking compensation from Samsung over its combusting Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Seoul-based Harvest Law filed the initial suit on Monday on behalf of 527 Note 7 buyers -- demanding 500,000 won (US$440) per plaintiff for time and effort lost during a chaotic recall process that turned into a PR nightmare for the world's largest smartphone maker. Although the sums involved -- even when accumulated -- are tiny for a giant like Samsung, the lawsuit illustrates the dent the Note 7 fiasco has made in the prestige of a company used to be being treated as corporate royalty in South Korea.
  • John Oliver tackles America’s opioid problem on ‘Last Week Tonight’ (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 22:01:29)
    One of the reasons why HBO's Last Week Tonight is so compelling is because it has a unique knack for taking a topic that most people don't know much about and subsequently doing a great job of informing while also keeping the laughs coming. During the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight , John Oliver and his writers set their sights on America's opioid problem. From heroin overdoses to an increase in prescription pain killer related deaths, America's ongoing struggle with opioids is a serious topic that doesn't typically attract the level of attention it deserves. Thankfully, Oliver was in top form this weekend as he provided viewers with no shortage of interesting data about this growing epidemic. DON'T MISS:  Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming "As of 2015," Oliver said towards the beginning of the segment, "an estimated 2.6 million Americans were addicted to [opioids] and they're now involved in almost 30,000 overdose deaths a year in the U.S." Another interesting data point tis that approximately 75% of all heroin users started off with prescription painkillers like OcyContin and Vicodin. Getting to one of the root causes of the problem, Oliver explains: And look, a nuanced discussion between the medical community about the complexities of pain treatment is clearly important. The problem is that discussion became dominated by the pharmaceutical industry who started amplifying the message that opioids should not just be used for acute pain like that from cancer or surgery, but for all sorts of pain like arthritis and backaches. Which makes sense as a motive coming from the pharma industry. The full video is embedded below, and per usual, it's as educational as it is laugh out loud funny.
  • U.S. takes aim at cyber attacks from connected devices as recalls mount (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 21:34:59)
    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and dozens of other major websites unavailable. The Department of Homeland Security said it had held a conference call with 18 major communication service providers shortly after the attack began and was working to develop a new set of “strategic principles” for securing internet-connected devices. DHS said its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center was working with companies, law enforcement and researchers to cope with attacks made possible by the rapidly expanding number of smart gadgets that make up the "internet of Things.
  • ‘The Walking Dead’ season 7 premiere had two awesome moments you probably missed (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 21:30:14)
    The season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead was positively insane, exceedingly bloody and downright distressful. Before we get too much further into things, you should know that spoilers do lie ahead, so read along at your own risk. Sunday night's episode was harrowing to say the least, with Negan showing himself to be epitome of pure evil. By the time The Walking Dead premiere came to a close, the show's landscaped looked markedly different, with both Abraham and Glenn falling victim to Negan's deadly bat Lucille in a pair of scenes that many have opined were far too brutal and gory than they needed to be. There were, however, two touching moments in the show that you may not have caught the first go-around. DON'T MISS:  Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming First off, after Negan bashed Glenn over the head with a baseball bat, we hear a bloodied Glenn say something that was partially inaudible. Was it a message to Negan? Something meant for the group, perhaps? Or, more likely, a message for Maggie? As it turns out, it was in fact a message for Maggie. If you missed it, Glenn, mustering all of his remaining energy, tells his wife Maggie, "I will find you", one last romantic gesture before ultimately succumbing to Negan's brutal blows. Maggie, played by dutifully by Lauren Cohan, explained during Sunday's episode of Talking Dead : "Time and place doesn't erase that. [Glenn's statement means] I'll find you; I'll be with you; I'll watch over you and the baby; I'll be there." Meanwhile, Steven Yeun who played Glenn insightfully points out, "Glenn died in a very Glenn way, still not thinking about himself. It's appropriate that he ends there and also appropriate that he puts those last words out as a final look out for each other." Moving along, there was another touching moment that occurred in a blink of an eye right before Abraham was murdered by Negan. Defiantly standing up to Negan, refusing to cower, Abraham flashed a quick peace sign to Sasha. Vanity Fair adds that the idea for the peace sign came from Michael Cudlitz, the actor who plays Abraham. [Director Greg] Nicotero explained that going into the Season 7 premiere—and having already shot the Season 6 finale death scene from a first-person point of view—there were limitations on what Abraham could do as he faced the bat. For instance, he couldn’t turn to look at Sasha, since the finale kept the lens locked on Negan. “So that was something that Michael added, and it was a beautiful little moment,” Nicotero said. “That little peace sign was to her.” All in all, the first episode was a surefire way to kickstart what may very well be the most violent, disturbing and controversial season of The Walking Dead yet.
  • Twitter plans to cut about 300 more jobs: Bloomberg (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 21:19:22)
    (Reuters) - Twitter Inc may cut 8 percent of its workforce or about 300 people, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter. The job cuts could be announced before the company reports third-quarter earnings on Thursday, and the number of jobs affected could change, Bloomberg said. Last year, Twitter announced plans to lay off up to 336 employees, or about 8 percent of its workforce, a week after Jack Dorsey, its co-founder who had been serving as interim chief executive, took over as permanent CEO.
  • Absurd ‘CIA Election’ malware charges $50 to let you vote (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 21:03:12)
    I used to think no computer scam would ever get more ridiculous than Nigerian princes. But as it turns out, human creativity does know bounds, which is why the deliciously titled "Official CIA Election AntiCheat Control" malware is doing the rounds. Details of the program were exposed by the MalwareHunterTeam . Once installed, the malware closes down all your common processes and displays a big and scary message. It says that unless you send $50 in a PaySafeCard to the CIA/FBI (standard operating procedure for large intelligence organizations), the "reigstred name on your house adress election vote will not be valid." I assume that made sense to someone, somewhere. DON'T MISS:  AT&T’s internet-only, no-cable TV package will launch in weeks It could be described as ransomware, if counting your imaginary friend hostage could be considered ransom. Obviously, this software has nothing to do with voting control, and unlike real ransomware, it doesn't appear to encrypt all your files. A good antivirus program, mild Windows skills, or just a simple reinstall should easily defeat this virus. But as we all know, the world's grandparents generally don't have the skills to do any of that, and these scams only become popular because they work. Preying on current affairs often works well for scammers, and given what an out-of-control inferno this election cycle is turning into, I'm not that surprised it works. To avoid this malware, follow the same steps that you should already be doing: don't download files from websites you don't trust, use an adblocker, install updates for Windows (and your browser) regularly, and have some kind of antivirus (even the built-in or free antivirus) running and up to date.
  • Apple’s fiscal 2016 will mark company’s first annual revenue decline in 15 years (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 20:00:30)
    Tomorrow afternoon after the bell closes, Apple will post its earnings results for the recent September quarter. Because Apple's fiscal year ends in September as opposed to December, tomorrow will not only give us a little bit of insight into how the iPhone 7 is doing, it will also provide us with a complete picture of Apple's finances over the last year. Interestingly, because Apple experienced two consecutive quarters of iPhone sales declines this year, 2016 will likely mark the first time in 15 years that Apple will report a year-over-year decline in annual revenue. DON'T MISS:  Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming Touching on this topic, VentureBeat relays that Apple's revenue for its fiscal 2016 will likely land somewhere in the $215 billion range. By way of comparison, Apple in 2015 posted revenue of $233.72 billion, marking a year-over-year decline of 8%. Still, it’s incredible to think one has to go all the way back to 2001 to find any decline, when the company reported $5.36 billion in revenue, down from the $7.98 billion revenue it reported in 2000. That’s also a reminder of just how puny Apple was at that point: The drop in annual revenue for 2016 could be about three times Apple’s total revenue in 2001. All that said, it's not as if investors are exactly worried. On the contrary, shares of Apple are trading at a level we haven't seen since 2015, bolstered in large part by better than anticipated iPhone 7 sales, an upcoming revamp to Apple's Mac line and, last but not least, what will likely be an iPhone 8 with a radical new redesign . When Apple posts its earnings results tomorrow, there will be two items in particular worth keeping an eye on. One, it will be interesting to see if revenue from Apple's services division continues to impress. Apple of course derives the bulk of its revenue from hardware, but thanks to the ongoing success of the App Store and continued growth the company is seeing with Apple Music, Apple's services division is fast becoming a balance sheet item worth paying attention to. And two, and more importantly, Apple's earnings guidance for the company's upcoming holiday quarter will be important to keep tabs on.
  • Faster Wi-Fi will be in smartphones and laptops next year (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 20:00:03)
    The Wi-Fi Alliance is now beginning to certify smartphones, laptops, routers, and other devices that include a super-fast Wi-Fi standard called WiGig, which nearly doubles Wi-Fi’s current top speed. The Alliance says it’ll be in “marquee” smartphones and laptops next year. “We talk about it as an in-room technology,” says Kevin Robinson, who is VP of marketing at the Wi-Fi Alliance.
  • Washington's version of Silicon Valley startup founders (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 19:17:02)
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's "18F" program to create its own version of a high-tech startup for government digital projects has foundered since its launch in 2014, losing nearly $32 million as its staff spent most of its time on unbillable work, according to a new inspector general report published Monday.
  • Gadgets in decline as R&D shifts to software and services -study (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 19:02:05)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Research and development spending by the world's biggest companies is accelerating into software and services while investment in physical products is falling sharply, an annual study by consulting firm PwC has found. The study is both a reflection of current spending priorities by the top 1,000 companies in North America, Europe, Japan, China and the rest of the world, but also a benchmark against which many firms will judge their future growth plans. The 2016 Global Innovation 1000 Study released on Monday by PwC's "Strategy&" unit found that by 2018, the healthcare industry will overtake computer and electronic hardware as the top R&D sector, spending $165 billion versus $159 billion.
  • These are the cars Tesla hopes to release after the Model 3 (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 19:01:33)
    Tesla may have become a household name thanks to the tremendous success of the Model S, but the company's ambition for automotive domination certainly don't end there. In fact, the company's product roadmap doesn't even end with the upcoming Model 3. If all goes according to plan, and assuming that Tesla can manufacture enough Model 3 vehicles to meet staggering demand in a timely manner, the company hasn't been shy about revealing what other types of vehicles it may manufacture in the future. DON'T MISS:  Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming That said, Fred Lambert over at Electrek did a great job compiling a list of every single Tesla vehicle that we might see by 2020. From the list, one of the more intriguing vehicles is a Tesla pickup truck. While the idea of Tesla, a company known for its sleek design, rolling out an electric pickup truck may sound a bit absurd at first glance, it's important to remember that pickup trucks are without question the most popular vehicles in the U.S. year in and year out. Notably, word of Tesla's interest in a pickup truck came straight from CEO Elon Musk's mouth. During an interview earlier this year , Musk said that releasing a pickup truck would be a logical next-step for the company. “I think it is quite likely we will do a truck in the future,” Musk said. “I think it’s sort of a logical thing for us to do in the future.” Another car Tesla has in the works is the Model Y. Set to be built upon the Model 3 platform, Tesla's rumored Model Y will likely be a crossover version of the Model 3, similar to how the Model X was an offshoot of the Model S. Again, word of the Model Y's existence came from Musk himself late last year. Additionally, note the following slide from a presentation given by Tesla CTO JB Straubel many months ago. Those two vehicles aside, Lambert does a solid job of breaking down other Tesla vehicles that we might see on the road at some point in the future, including a Minibus and a Tesla Semi. Check it out via the source link below.
  • MIT scientists are foolishly training AI to scare people (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 18:57:44)
    Just in time for Halloween and the presidential election, MIT scientists have created an AI that makes images spooky. A three-person team created an algorithm called Nightmare Machine that generates Halloween-inspired images from pictures of faces and places. The algorithm is still a work-in-progress, however.
  • The Trump campaign just launched a nightly talk show on Facebook Live (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 18:50:10)
    Donald Trump’s campaign just began broadcasting the first installment of what it’s calling a nightly campaign coverage show exclusively on Facebook Live. The show, which will be broadcast on Trump’s Facebook page at 6:30PM ET from today until Election Day, is hosted by campaign advisors Boris Epshteyn and Cliff Sims, as well as The Blaze commentator Tomi Lahren. For the first episode, the trio is interviewing campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and adviser Jason Miller, according to Wired.
  • Alipay targets Chinese tourists with U.S. payment deals (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 18:30:20)
    By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - China's Alipay is expanding its mobile payment app service into the United States through partnerships with payment processors First Data and Verifone, the latest deals in a global strategy to reach Chinese consumers travelling abroad. Alipay, which counts 450 million active users in China, is the top mobile payments player there. It has begun actively expanding outside China over the past year via partnerships in Asia and Europe.
  • Now Galaxy S7 Edge Is Reportedly Catching Fire (Update: Samsung Responds) (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 18:29:00)
    Samsung's troubles have apparently just spread from the Note 7 to another flagship phone. According to Android Headlines, a Canadian man says his Galaxy S7 Edge caught fire while he was driving home from work. Separately, Phone Arena reports that an employee of one of the big U.S. wireless carriers told the site that one of its customers' Galaxy S7 Edge devices had exploded while it was charging overnight using the included charger.
  • How to manage user security in Samba (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 18:25:00)
    When securing your Samba shares, start by locking down user and group security. Follow this tutorial to learn how.
  • AT&T, Time Warner shares dip with worries about deal clearance (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 18:14:41)
    Wall Street signaled skepticism on Monday that AT&T Inc would secure the government approvals needed to carry out its planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, with shares of both companies falling as analysts scrutinized the deal. Time Warner shares were trading some 20 percent below the implied value of AT&T's $107.50 per share cash and stock offer, indicating investors doubt that the companies would be able to complete the transaction. The deal, announced on Saturday, would give AT&T control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted assets and reshape the media landscape.
  • Apple Watch sales crashed this summer, still the best-selling smartwatch (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 18:09:43)
    New data from IDC estimates that Apple shipped 1.1 million Apple Watches between June and September this year. That's a lot of wrist 'puters to sell, but it's actually a 70 percent decrease in sales from the summer before. You might think that falling sales figures is not a good thing for Apple, but there's a few things in the IDC report to make the company feel better. Most notably, despite the drop in sales, Apple remains the biggest seller of smartwatches by a country mile. DON'T MISS: Report claims iPhone 8 will feature a revolutionary new design that no one saw coming The obvious killer of sales is the fact that the Apple Watch Series 2 was announced at the beginning of September, and not released until later in the month. We all had a good idea that new Apple Watch hardware would be coming sometime this summer, and it's a safe bet that a lot of customers deferred their Watch purchases until after the announcement. Apple also continues its dominance as the largest maker of smartwatches, with an estimated market share of a little over 40 percent. Garmin and Samsung are the next closest, with 20 and 14 percent of the market respectively. But neither company is really competing much with the Apple Watch. Garmin's wearables are focused squarely on fitness with little thought given to aesthetics, while Samsung's Gear line is more about fitting as many features (and cellular radios) into a thing you strap to your wrist, with little concern for what it's actually meant to do. Overall, only 2.7 million smartwatches shipped in Q3 this year, according to IDC's estimates. Those aren't big numbers, especially for a product that was supposed to be the next smartphone. We'll have to wait and see if the numbers bounce back after the launch of the Apple Watch Series 2, but so far, it seems like Apple has squarely won the smartwatch war. It just doesn't really seem like a war worth winning.
  • What's next for AT&T megadeal? A look back at Comcast-NBC (Yahoo Tech 2016-10-24 17:53:30)
    AT&T is following in the footsteps of its rival Comcast in snapping up its own entertainment conglomerate — in this case, Time Warner. But what's happened in the aftermath of Comcast's 2011 purchase of ...