Netflix cheered its Hollywood-blockbuster flick "Bright," a fantasy/action film starring Will Smith, as the company on Tuesday reported its best quarter ever for booking new members.The news, hitting before Oscar nominees are unveiled Tuesday morning, underscored how Netflix's productions have widened toward broad appeal after its early strategy focused on critical gems.Faced with the challenge of luring in global members and the remaining US population that didn't already subscribe, Netflix broadened its originals to touch on more languages and genres."Bright," a cop action/thriller movie with a fantasy twist, was Netflix's megabudget bet on replicating a blockbuster-style flick.Landing on Dec. 22, it capped Netflix's year by debuting in the streaming service's style: letting viewers see it immediately in the comfort of their living rooms, rather than having to trudge to a theater.The movie, which reportedly had a $90 million production budget, was panned by critics but appeared to appeal to fans -- Rotten Tomatoes lists it with 27 percent score from critics but an 86 percent score from users.
With its Windows VR headsets, Microsoft wanted to make it simpler and cheaper to get into PC-based virtual reality.But perhaps not quite this cheap: most of the Windows VR headsets on the market are now available on Amazon in the US for around 50 percent off: for as little as $200, you can get a headset complete with a pair of motion controllers that'll run Windows Mixed Reality software and which has beta quality support for SteamVR titles too.When first announced, Microsoft promised its headsets would be around $300-500, compared with the $600 or more for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.Since then, both the Rift and the Vive have some big price cuts of their own, and while the Windows VR devices do still retain the pricing edge, the difference is much less pronounced than it once was.For the moment, the Windows hardware retains one advantage—it doesn't need base stations to track movement because all the tracking is handled in the headset itself, which makes installation and setup substantially easier.But this benefit, too, is set to disappear in the near term, as this style of tracking is going to become the norm.
Fancy a mug with a smiley face on it?As part of KitKat's latest promotion, you can win one of 50,000 'Joe the Mugs'.They want you to eat a lot of KitKats 'til you find a winning code.The mugs look pretty cool - white with one of eight happy faces on:In order to grab your own Joe, you'll need to buy a KitKat with promotional packaging, and grab a code printed inside.Entering it online will tell you instantly if you're a winner or not.
The next time you catch yourself tapping your feet or tearing up to a movie montage, thank Sergei Eisenstein.The Soviet film director was a pioneer in the theory and practice of the montage, a film editing technique involving combining short pieces of film to condense space, time and information.Google celebrated Eisenstein's contribution on Monday -- the 120th anniversary of his birth -- with an animated Doodle.Eisenstein believed the montage was "the nerve of cinema," finding that a collage of shots could be used to manipulate the emotions of the audience and produce film metaphors.Eisenstein was also a revolutionary in other ways, often depicting the class conflict of downtrodden workers against the ruling class.In addition to being the father of the movie montage, Eisenstein was also the director of several groundbreaking silent movies, including "Battleship Potemkin," "Strike" and "The General Line."
Prince Harry’s bride-to-be may still only just be coming to terms with her newfound Meghan Markle effect, but she’s already harnessing it to shine a spotlight on local talent.Markle was spotted wearing Dina skinny fit high waist jeans from Welsh brand Hiut Denim Co. while visiting Cardiff Castle with her fiancé on 18 January.She may be following in the Duchess of Cambridge’s footsteps, as her future sister-in-law is known to use her appearances to support local designers.Markle looks fetching in a black turtleneck and chic Stella McCartney coat.The jeans, which cost £175, are cut to order in Cardigan, West Wales, and will be available from March in sizes 6 - 14.The brand takes a sustainable approach when it comes to washing their jeans.
The battle to save net neutrality is heating up as Senate Democrats edge closer to overturning the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of Obama era net neutrality regulation and lawsuits challenging the agency are filed.These efforts are long shots."When we force a vote on this bill, Republicans in Congress will – for the first time -- have the opportunity to right the administration's wrong and show the American people whose side they're on: big ISPs and major corporations or consumers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners," Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.The efforts represent a glimmer of hope for the fate of net neutrality, which was essentially dismantled when the FCC voted last month to repeal rules adopted in 2015.On the other side, cable operators and phone companies, like AT, Comcast and Verizon, say the rules went too far in treating broadband like a utility, subjecting it to decades old regulations meant for the telephone network.To help you understand what all this means and whether Democrats in Congress or these lawsuits can succeed in saving the old rules, CNET has put together this FAQ to help explain the situation.
After burning for nearly an entire week, the Sanchi oil tanker has finally plunged to the bottom of the East China Sea.The slick is primarily comprised of the heavy fuel that was used to power the vessel, but the Sanchi’s cargo—136,000 tons of ultra-light crude oil from Iran—has likely leaked from the sunken ship as well.This form of crude is not easily detectable, and the wreck could be producing a giant and toxic underwater slick.The Sanchi collided with a cargo ship on 6 January, about 160 miles (260 km) off the coast of Shanghai.All 32 crew members were killed in the incident.The cause of the collision is still unknown, but the ship was in waters not typically traversed by large vessels, which tend to travel closer to the Chinese coast or nearer to Japan.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been confirmed as being cast in the upcoming film, Tarantino’s ninth as a director.In the film, DiCaprio will play the role of an aging actor on what Deadline describes as a “Pulp Fiction-esque movie set” during the summer of 1969.Before Tarantino cast DiCaprio as racist plantation owner Calvin Candie in 2012’s Django Unchained, he had wanted an older actor to play the role, but rewrote it to take into account DiCaprio’s age.DiCaprio is the first major actor cast in the film, but there has been speculation about other top-tier actors joining the project.Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were rumored to play two lead male actor roles around the same time reports came out of DiCaprio possibly joining the cast.If Robbie does get cast in the film, it will be her first time acting opposite DiCaprio since the pair played an unhappily married couple in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
Cisco’s switched on latent features in its recent routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic.Switchzilla’s not made a dent in transport layer security (TLS) to make this possible.Instead, as we reported in July 2016, Cisco researchers found that malware leaves recognisable traces even in encrypted traffic.The company announced its intention to productise that research last year and this week exited trials to make the service – now known as Encrypted Traffic Analytics – (ETA) - available to purchasers of its 4000 Series Integrated Service Routers, the 1000-series Aggregation Services Router and the model 1000V Cloud Services Router 1000V.Those devices can’t do the job alone: users need to be signed up for Cisco’s StealthWatch service and let traffic from their kit flow to a cloud-based analytics service that inspects traffic and uses self-improving machine learning algorithms to spot dodgy traffic.Some of the techniques used to spot malware’s activities aren’t super-sophisticated: Cisco looks at unencrypted handshake packets for known dodgy destinations, searches for things like self-signed certificates and other signs of either sloppiness or slippery intentions.
A new watch from fitness specialist Suunto wants to let you know it's okay to miss a workout and will even replan your exercise routine accordingly.The Suunto 3 Fitness has new adaptive training guidance that sets you up with a series of sessions after it considers your fitness level and exercise history.It'll then keep an eye on you during your workout by using your heart rate data to make sure you're exercising at the right intensity.Then, if you miss one of your sessions it'll notice and change your workout regime for you.In terms of tracking your workouts, this watch will be able to handle running, swimming, cycling and gym training plus it uses an optical heart rate sensor so it should be able to monitor your BPM accurately.There's no sign of GPS here though, so it may not be the best running watch for you.
Remember that cruise you took a long time ago, probably with the grandparents, where the highlight was the endless (bottomless) buffet?No wonder you haven’t done that again.Carnival Cruise Lines knows the industry has some baggage, so to speak, and aims to wipe away those musty old images with its new “Choose Fun” campaign, its first with agency Anomaly.Told from a vacationer’s point of view, the new ads aim “to inspire people who’ve never considered a cruise, or those who don’t think it’s for them,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president.“There are a lot of myths about cruising, and we’re trying to debunk them.”Error loading player: No playable sources found
If Toyota has its way, the future of Burning Man would be a sea of autonomous, electric minibuses.The company showed off a new concept vehicle at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show that looks a bit like a rounded shipping container on wheels and is designed to be everything from an autonomous taxi to a food truck.The multi-function vehicle, known as the E-Palette, is supposed to fit into a vision of the future where electric and autonomous vehicles are a key part of a city’s infrastructure.What’s more, CEO Akio Toyoda sees E-Palette vehicles as a way to bring on-demand retail space and restaurants to where they’re needed, whether that’s inside a city or at a festival in the desert.“Just think of how great E-Palette would be at Burning Man,” he said.(One can only imagine how the Burning Man crowd would react to the arrival of a shiny, autonomous electric bus, given the angst over tech luminaries bringing luxury dwellings to Black Rock City.)
Michael Wolff’s name has saturated cable news and social media for the past week, thanks to his bombshell book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”While Wolff is well known and somewhat notorious in media circles, many outside of journalism are likely just learning about him for the first time as he becomes one of President Trump’s most high-profile critics of the moment (and target of the president’s late-night rage tweets).Wolff’s sudden, polarizing popularity—not to mention the nature of his book—makes it especially interesting to go back to a 2013 ad USA Today made to promote Wolff’s business column.In the brief spot, which was inescapable for anyone riding New York taxis at the time, we see an exec realizing with panic that the Wolff is at the door:Error loading player: No playable sources foundFrom the executive’s abject terror at hearing Wolff’s name to the sprinting scream of “This is off the record!”, the ad seems like it was about five years ahead of its time.
In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.In the meantime, here are some B2B Reads we love:10 Examples of Effective Re-Engagement EmailsRe-engagement emails play a vital role in the email lifecycle.Thanks for the tips, Scott Cohen.
Back in 2017 at the China Mobile Global Partnership Event the world’s largest mobile operator, China Mobile announced its own first smartphone.Today the China Mobile A4 has gone on sale officially.And though this is a very entry-level device at a quite affordable price tag, there is every chance to make this brand very popular in every corner of the globe.The China Mobile A4 sports a 5-inch HD resolution screen covered with a 2.5D arc glass.The phone is packed with a Spreadtrum SC9832A chip, which is paired with a 1GB of RAM and 8/16GB of intern storage (for the standard version) and a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM (for the high version).There is also a 2800mAh battery providing up to 2 days of normal use, and it runs on AliOS bringing many goodies including a remote assistance and many more.
The unique service delivers crucial blood bags to remote regions of Rwanda in 30 minutes or less.As critics continue to raise drone-related safety concerns, an American start-up is using the technology for a life-saving job in a small African nation — delivery of blood to people in need.Rwanda is home to nearly 12 million people, with many living in rural areas.The country, which is popularly known as the land of a thousand hills, is actually covered in mountains and is extremely difficult to traverse via roads.In such situations, delivering blood on time becomes extremely difficult, especially in cases of emergency.People in need such as those suffering from anaemia or fatal injuries could even die if blood bags are not delivered as and when needed.
In a move that could be a big boost for Google as well as India, Android Go phones are set for release in the country this month.These smartphones will be on shelves for as little as $30 in India with 1 GB RAM.The $30 segment in India is dominated by feature phones like Jio Phone.However, this condensed Android version on ultra-affordable phones will usher in a new wave of smartphone users.Google announced Android Oreo (Go Edition) in India last month.Now, the multi-national has tied up with local manufacturers like Micromax, Intex, Lava, and Karbonn to make these new devices a reality.
2017 will for sure be remembered as a hard year for the chipset manufacturer, Qualcomm.The company saw itself involved in lawsuits against one that was once one of biggest buyer of the modems manufactured by the chip maker, Apple.After a couple of lawsuits that one filed against the other, we probably are not going to see a deal in the next year, and Apple may drop Qualcomm modems in favor of MediaTek and Intel.Not much time ago, Qualcomm was suffering pressure for its shareholders to accept a bid from another giant in the sector, Broadcom, which offered the whopping amount of $105 billion to absorb the Snapdragon manufacturer in their business, the latter refused and until the moment Broadcom has not offered a better offer.Besides all those negatives happenings surrounding Qualcomm, the company achieved once again the crown of Smartphone Chipset Ruler of the Market.During the third quarter of 2017, the companies responsible for about 42 percent of the revenue generated by the chipsets made for smartphones.
‘Alt-right’ poster child Milo Yiannopoulos is suing publishing house Simon & Schuster for $10 million after breaching the contract to publish his book, Dangerous.In newly-released court documents outlining why the firm cancelled the “unacceptable” tome, Simon & Schuster provides details of brutal comments attached to the manuscript.They reveal how senior editor Mitchell Ivers was clearly unimpressed with what he was supposed to make sing, repeatedly pointing to the author’s vanity and crude jokes that fall flat.An email to Yiannopoulos and his agent in January 2017 made clear the book would not be published in its current form, as annotations stating a section “doesn’t pass intellectual muster” and another was “unclear, unfunny, delete”.Software engineer Sarah Mei accessed all of the edits to the manuscript and wrote a comprehensive summary of the editor’s frustrations on Twitter.Screenshots of the most entertaining notes have since gone viral.
Since 1992, Cigar Aficionado has been the go-to guide for all things tobacco and, just this week, the magazine released its picks for the top 10 cigars of 2017.“Each and every cigar that made it to the top 25 is truly outstanding — with an impressive level of artistry, build quality and craftsmanship — and their producers should be proud,” says Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado.“We are thrilled to present these cigars, which we are sure our readers will thoroughly enjoy.”To reach their top 25 list, Cigar Aficionado‘s tasting panel took the highest rated cigars from the publication throughout the year and subjected them to another round of blind taste testing.From there, they continued to whittle down the list of only the best cigars, round after blind round, until they arrived at the top 25 cigars.Below are Cigar Aficionado‘s picks for the top 10 cigars of 2017.