The streaming giant missed the mark on several of its projections, and analysts are blaming its lacklustre content.Bloomberg points out the dearth of megahits for the company, which is gradually becoming more reliant on original content:One reason for the shortfall may have been a lack of content.Netflix released a thin slate of shows in the quarter, relative to its typical output.It didn’t add new seasons of its biggest hits, such as “Stranger Things,” nor did a new show become a phenomenon.The new season of House of Cards has suffered a long delay after Netflix fired the show’s star, Kevin Spacey, following numerous sexual assault allegations.
The Amazon Prime Day deals are here today and chances are, you're going to be spending money.Possibly a lot if the deals are going to be as good as we think they are.It's all very hush hush before the discounts go live.And as much as we hate recommending such a thing, you're going to have to put your shoes on for one of them.The first deal involves getting £10 added to your Amazon account for free when you top up your balance 'in stores' with £40.We're pretty confident about spending at least £50 on Amazon Prime Day, so getting a tenner of that for free is ok by us.
If you're looking to boost your home wireless network, then Amazon Prime Day has some fantastic deals on routers and range extenders.Networking devices from big names such as Netgear and Linksys have had their prices cut for Prime Day, and these deals end at midnight tonight, July 17.You don't want to just jump on a deal without checking it out first and making sure it's right for you, so below we've listed the best router and networking deals on Prime Day.Netgear RBW30 Orbi Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi Satellite | was £110.88 now £69.99 at AmazonIf you already have a Netgear Orbi setup, then this satellite can help you expand your Wi-Fi network so that every part of your home is connected.With a 37% reduction, this is a great time to buy.View Deal
Black hats haven't yet found a way to mass-exploit the Spectre vulnerability – but mitigations are already arriving.Beyond chip vendor and operating system patches, there remain reasons to seek out additional defences: there are still circumstances in which protective coverage is incomplete – and over in the world of Android phones, updates dribble out slowly.At arXiv, Singaporean and US researchers have published work, appropriately dubbed "007", which checks code to see if it's trying to exploit Spectre; and at Virus Bulletin, Fortinet's Axelle Apvrille takes a look at the bug from an Android point of view.Apvrille's work backs up what we've heard from other researchers: so far, Spectre exploitation is theoretical, with no exploits in the wild.She wrote that while there was a flurry of “Spectre exploit” stories based on AV-Test sample collection, it turned out that all of the reported samples were proofs-of-concept rather than genuine malware.She adds: “there is a significant difference between a PoC of Spectre and a piece of malware using Spectre.
The bits on land don't expect to get salty, and that's 1,100 Internet pieces of internet infrastructure in the US aloneUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison boffins have warned submarine cable owners that their landing stations and onshore cables are at risk from rising sea levels.Submarine cables are meant to get wet!” you might say – yes, but the onshore infrastructure isn't protected against a soaking like a cable designed to exist at depths of 5,000 metres.The researchers took a straightforward approach to their analysis: they took National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maps of projected sea level rise, for example in New York by 2033; and analysed fibre maps against them.The networks most at risk in the US, the research said, belong to AT, CenturyLink, and Inteliquent.The effort was led by University of Oregon professor Ramakrishnan Durairajan, who worked with University of Wisconsin – Madison professor Paul Barford, who convenes the Internet infrastructure mapping effort known as the Internet Atlas.
And that’s one reason why The Register has been denied access to the final documentThe final report into the two major failures of HPE 3Par storage area networks at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) would likely lead to “further negative publicity” for the vendor – which is one reason the ATO has decided not to release the document.HPE's 3Par kit fell over in December 2016, and then again in February 2017.It later emerged that the ATO had disabled error reporting on the storage area networks, so missed signs of things going awry.The ATO also did not have a failover rig in place in case of an breakdown because it couldn’t afford one, and was also unprepared for outages.In the aftermath of the IT cockups, the ATO asked tech services giant DXC, which installed the storage boxes, to compile a final report on the matter.
Last year, AMC and Next Games unveiled an augmented reality mobile game based on hit TV show The Walking Dead.In the teaser trailer revealed at the time, we were introduced to a game where zombies are brought into the real world, as well as weapons used to combat them and iconic characters from the series.Nearly a year has passed since that unveiling and the game, Our World, is finally available to download.The Walking Dead: Our World has launched alongside a brand new trailer, which shows a gaming experience that differs in notable ways from what we saw last April.As with other augmented reality games, such as Pokemon GO, Our World requires the user to hold up their phone, camera facing outward, to combat the walking dead that generate near them.Players are tasked with destroying the zombies using in-game weapons, such as guns, and they play alongside characters from the TV show.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi confessed that during his first year he was mostly focused on Uber fixing its reputation "externally," addressing issues with cities, drivers and the public.But he said he dropped the ball on making sure Uber's internal culture was cleaned up.last week, Uber's chief HR person, Liane Hornsey resigned followed an investigation into how she handled racial-discrimination concerns.And Khosrowshahi confirmed that Uber's COO, hired by him, is under fire for alleged remarks he made about race and gender.Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was not pulling any punches while on stage at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen on Monday.He said he was proud of the work his team has done cleaning up its reputation "externally" in places like London, where Uber had been kicked out right when Khosrowshahi took over as CEO.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he won't approve the Sinclair/Tribune acquisition as it's currently structured, saying Sinclair's plans for divested stations would violate the law.Pai's decisions came after months of pressure from Democratic lawmakers, consumer advocacy groups, and industry lobby groups.Pai has been repeatedly accused of making regulatory changes that benefit Sinclair; the FCC's inspector general in February agreed to investigate whether Pai has improperly coordinated with Sinclair on rule changes.Pai's FCC previously rolled back broadcast TV station ownership limits, a move that at the time gave Sinclair a better chance of buying more stations.When the FCC confronts disputed issues like these, the Communications Act does not allow it to approve a transaction."That's why analysts and investors rightly see today's news as potentially a fatal blow for this merger."
When big companies buy tiny, beloved products like Instapaper, there's always a fear they'll get unceremoniously killed off.Particularly when a new privacy law (GDPR) makes it tempting for companies to destroy things rather than spend money updating them.But Instapaper isn't getting the axe -- after two years under its owner Pinterest, the bookmark-and-read-it-later app is going indie, and creating its own company Instant Paper, Inc.According to the company's official blog post, new ownership is the only change you should expect."The product will continue to be built and maintained by the same people who've been working on Instapaper for the past five years.We plan to continue offering a robust service that focuses on readers and the reading experience for the foreseeable future," reads a statement from the Instapaper team.
Twenty-five researchers from seven research institutes have put their heads together to draw up rules for designing high-efficiency organic solar cells.The research is led by Feng Gao, associate professor at Linkoping University, Sweden.Organic solar cells, made from carbon-based materials, present unique advantages compared with other solar cell technologies.Their flexibility and low weight make them perfect for powering the sensors for the internet of things applications.Following these rules, we present a range of examples with low energy losses and high power conversion efficencies", says Feng Gao, associate professor at the Division of Biomolecular and Organic Electronics at Linkoping University.The design rules, which challenge some previously held ideas, have been published in an article in the prestigious journal Nature Materials.
ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell University researchers have developed a prototype of a robot that can express "emotions" through changes in its outer surface.The robot's skin covers a grid of texture units whose shapes change based on the robot's feelings.Assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Guy Hoffman, who has given a TEDx talk on "Robots with 'soul'" said the inspiration for designing a robot that gives off nonverbal cues through its outer skin comes from the animal world, based on the idea that robots shouldn't be thought of in human terms."We have a lot of interesting relationships with other species.Robots could be thought of as one of those 'other species,' not trying to copy what we do but interacting with us with their own language, tapping into our own instincts."Their work is detailed in a paper, "Soft Skin Texture Modulation for Social Robots," presented at the International Conference on Soft Robotics in Livorno, Italy.
Apple is in trouble in India, where it’s sold less than a million iPhones across the country in the first half of 2018, reports Bloomberg.That’s after a dismal 2017, where it sold just 3.2 million handsets across India.Contrast that with Xiaomi, the current leader in the smartphone market, which sold 8.2 million phones there in Q4 2017 alone, and stole the crown from Samsung.That leaves Apple with just a 2.5 percent share of the market nationwide.It’s not entirely surprising, given that Apple simply can’t compete with many Android handset brands on pricing.But it did begin manufacturing some phones in India last May with a view to bring prices down, and continued to sell older models there well after newer ones became available.
We've had a sneak peek at some of the Nintendo Switch deals going live later today for Amazon Prime Day, and we can confirm you're going to want to check them out if you've been considering buying the console.Two deals are set to go live at 12PM BST, but we can't share pricing news of each until each goes live.First is a deal for the Nintendo Switch in Neon colours with Super Mario Odyssey and a Nintendo Switch Pro controller all in one bundle.Separately that'd normally cost you around £375, but this deal is much better than that.The second deal features the brand new Super Mario Tennis Aces game, the console in Neon colours and a spare Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controller as well.Both of these deals will be going live at 12PM BST when Amazon Prime Day kicks off officially, but each is a lightning deal though so you'll have to act fast to be able to grab whichever one you want as it's each is sure to sell out fast.
Intel has acquired fabless designer eASIC, a specialist in the structured ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) business.eASIC's technology gives Chipzilla an intermediate technology between ASICs and the FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) segment Intel entered in late 2015 when it acquired Altera.The reconfigurability of an FPGA becomes less important to many products over time – designs become settled and bugs get patched – and at that point, the vendor prioritises performance and power consumption instead.That's the portfolio gap Intel wants to plug with eASIC, since it gives Chipzilla a way to capture programming logic customers throughout the lifecycle of their products.eASIC was founded in 2002 to ship an ASIC core aimed at third party system-on-chip developers.These days, its focus is a family of platforms called Nextreme, which it says combines ASIC devices' low unit cost and high performance with familiar FPGA design flows.
Then we spent a long time convincing one another they were impractical, pointless and a big ol' fat waste of money.I can't handle all this uncertainty.Let's add it all up, shall we?We have an Airbus and Audi partnership, currently trying to build a city car/flying taxi concept.We have Uber building a flying taxi hub in Paris.Then we have Kitty Hawk, a secret company founded by Google co-founder Larry Page -- it's working on a project called Cora.
Going by the online moniker “Xiaotian,” she commands a big fan base, jokes with her customers, and models for her own business.That the Chinese are shopping on the internet in droves is not news.But a new trend is emerging among sellers on ecommerce platforms: they’re ditching old marketing playbooks and are turning to more personal interactions instead.Already, the Chinese equivalent of Amazon has legions of daigou agents: Chinese expats who buy foreign brands for their compatriots back home.Many like her are using a wide range of marketing tools, including short videos and blog posts, to build their “fan bases.”The most effective among these tools is, of course, livestreaming.
Amazon Prime Day, the online retailer's giant 36-hour sale, starts at noon PT (3 p.m.ET) on Monday and runs through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PT (Wednesday, 2:59 a.m.There will be over a million items on sale during that time, so we're gearing up for curating the best of the best in each category.We'll be compiling notable bargains on PCs, accessories and peripherals here.Check back Monday at noon PT (3 p.m.ET) for an updated list of current deals.
ROUNDUP Juniper Networks has issued its semi-regular bug-dump, with sixteen advisories arriving late last week.There's a Spectre/Meltdown patch in there, but you need to go looking: it's in the Junos Space management platform, along with various other items.If you're running an SRX device running Junos OS 12.1X46, 12.3X48, 15.1X49, 17.3, 17.4, 18.1, 18.2, and operating as a DNS proxy, there are four BIND bugs to patch in this advisory.The oldest vulnerability reported in the list dates back to 2000 – CVE-2000-0973, the first ever reported for the URL download scripting tool.The issue only affects a handful of versions in the BIND 9 release series, and only if your system is likely to accept zone data via zone transfer from untrusted sources.ETSI pushes mission-critical push-to-talk, but does it matter?
But while Elon Musk’s company is now set on showing EVs can also be affordable and accessible for the masses, with the minimalist Model 3, others are taking batteries and motors in the opposite direction.If you've got the cash, you get a hypercar that can reach 60 mph in under two seconds, top out at 250 mph, and offer 310 miles of driving between stops to recharge the batteries.Another advantage to being the sort of person who can afford the PF0: You get to see what the thing looks like.So far, Pininfarina has only shown teaser images of the vehicle, which reveal a low car with the wheels pushed out the corners (a design allowed by using electric motors instead of an engine and driveshafts) and little else.When Pininfarina unwraps the actual sheetmetal at next month's Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it will only invite potential buyers (ie, the rich).Yet the new automaker's team promises a design that improves on todays's EVs.