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Sundance and tech: Like a trip into 'Black Mirror' - CNET - General - 1 hour 9 min ago
The annual independent film fest brings together auteurs, glitzy celebs and some of the artiest tech and geekiest plot devices.

Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

The Register - 1 hour 17 min ago
Fearless Flatley flouts inauguration boycott

Fears that Donald Trump inauguration will be more winalot than Camelot have abated, with the news that renowned trad Irish hoofer Michael Flatley will parachute in his Lord of the Dance troupe to Friday’s virtually celeb-free inauguration.…

Netflix CEO calls out HBO for not letting subscribers binge on new shows

Ars Technica - 1 hour 23 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Westworld, HBO)

Netflix has gleefully poked a stick at its competitors in the video streaming market, after revealing it had added more than seven million subscribers to its service in the last three months of 2016.

HBO also got a special mention. In a letter to shareholders, the company's boss Reed Hastings teased the TV drama maker by noting that, if the BBC was willing to stream shows before they air on television, then maybe HBO—which has rigidly stuck to its strategy of eking out episodes to viewers—should do the same. He said:

the BBC has become the first major linear network to announce plans to go binge-first with new seasons, favouring Internet over linear viewers. We presume HBO is not far behind the BBC.

In short, it’s becoming an Internet TV world, which presents both challenges and opportunities for Netflix as we strive to earn screen time.

But it's worth noting that HBO currently has an exclusive deal with Sky in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, and Italy, allowing the broadcaster to have first-run rights on the likes of Game of Thrones and Westworld until 2020—so any such change isn't likely to happen in the near-term.

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Facebook urged to be more transparent over 'censorship'

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 35 min ago
A coalition of more than 70 civil rights groups urges Facebook to be clearer about content it removes.

Voice trouble

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 57 min ago
Our voices can activate gadgets and authenticate ourselves to banks. But can they tell if we're ill?

Korean boffins vow 1,000km-an-hour supertrain

The Register - 2 hours 42 sec ago
Anything Elon can do…?

Korean boffins want to create the blueprint for a train capable of operating at 1,000km/h (621mph).…

Selfie obsessives will rejoice at this dual front-facing camera phone - CNET - General - 2 hours 1 min ago
With not one but two separate camera lenses stuck on the front, your selfies on the Vivo V5 Plus might be better than ever.

New figures reveal scale of cybercrime

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 4 min ago
Police recorded an 8% rise in all offences in England and Wales as a survey shows figures in cybercrime and fraud.

Slovakia’s Hyperloop Moves a Step Closer to Not Being a Joke

Wired - 2 hours 5 min ago
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies strikes a deal to explore extending its plans to the Czech Republic. The post Slovakia's Hyperloop Moves a Step Closer to Not Being a Joke appeared first on WIRED.

Fighting Cancer’s Crisis of Confidence, One Study at a Time

Wired - 2 hours 6 min ago
The Reproducibility Project announces its initial cancer study results today. The post Fighting Cancer's Crisis of Confidence, One Study at a Time appeared first on WIRED.

Amazon inspires 'oh shit' moment in the retail world - CNET - General - 2 hours 6 min ago
The Amazon Go brick-and-mortar concept has spooked retailers looking to tech to get you back in their stores.

Now begins the @realDonaldTrump era - CNET - General - 2 hours 6 min ago
Think Donald Trump is the first president to use new media to spread his message? Think again.

What does a Trump presidency mean for tech? - CNET - General - 2 hours 6 min ago
Some say it might not be as bad you think. Others say Donald Trump's potential influence on the industry is "alarming."

HTC hopes $10m VR fund will help save the planet - CNET - General - 2 hours 25 min ago
The $10m fund will be used to create content for the HTC Vive that showcases issues facing the planet.

Great app migration takes enterprise “on-prem” applications to the Cloud

Ars Technica - 2 hours 35 min ago

Enlarge / Fly, legacy app code! Off to the cloud!

Over the past decade, companies have virtualized more and more of their IT. We’ve moved to cloud services and “DevOps” to build and deploy bundles of our new applications. But a significant portion of most organizations' applications still run inside the corporate firewall today. Such setups use tried and true technologies, like 32-bit Windows code and enterprise Java, that were developed without any consideration for the cloud.

Let’s get one thing perfectly clear: the best way to have a butt-kicking cloud-native application is to write one from scratch. Leverage the languages, APIs, and architecture of the chosen cloud platform before exploiting its databases, analytics engines, and storage. This will allow you to take advantage of the wealth of resources offered by companies like Microsoft, with their Azure PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) offering or by Google Cloud Platform’s Google App Engine PaaS service.

Sometimes, however, that’s not the job. Sometimes, you have to take a native application running on a server in your local data center or colocation facility and make it run in the cloud. That means virtual machines.

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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

The Register - 2 hours 40 min ago
Maybe it doesn't need friends? But it should worry about fragmenting Android further

Google’s decision to keep premium Android features for itself attracted surprisingly little comment last year - but the dangers are heaving into view. By declaring war on its most important customers, Google risks losing a degree of control over Android, further fragmenting the platform.…

Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods

The Register - 3 hours 36 sec ago down?

A software engineer is calling on netizens opposed to Donald Trump to visit the site and overload it with traffic tomorrow.…

The Magnificent Refuges That Hide Humanity’s Information

Wired - 3 hours 5 min ago
What do data centers and monasteries have in common? Data storage apparently. The post The Magnificent Refuges That Hide Humanity’s Information appeared first on WIRED.

Now You Can Save the Democratic Party for the Low, Low Price of $4.68 a Month

Wired - 3 hours 6 min ago
On the eve of Trump's inauguration, Democrats are falling apart. For the price of a latte, one political techie thinks he can bring them back together. The post Now You Can Save the Democratic Party for the Low, Low Price of $4.68 a Month appeared first on WIRED.

The Touchy Task of Making Robots Seem Human—But Not Too Human

Wired - 3 hours 6 min ago
On the anthropomorphic spectrum, is there a sweet spot for robotic assistants? The post The Touchy Task of Making Robots Seem Human—But Not Too Human appeared first on WIRED.

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