In a show of sensitivity carefully plotted nine month ago, the $2.2 billion Seattle-based sporting goods co-op is officially opting out of the shopping madness the day after Thanksgiving this year.In a touching email dispatched to its 5.5 million co-op members yesterday, the company pledged to keep its doors closed on Nov. 27, the day when all hell breaks loose at malls across America, sometimes fatally.That’s right: All 143 of REI’s retail locations, along with its headquarters and distribution centers, will not be open for business.The same goes for Thanksgiving Day, too.Gee willikers, Charlie Brown would be proud.Instead, they’ll shake a leg in the Great Outdoors to “reconnect with family and friends…” (We’re sure none of them will Netflix and chill, lazily riding out the tryptophan crash, like we can’t wait to do.)
An exhaustive analysis of pixels and resolutions has found some bizarre inconsistencies with the 1080p browser output of streaming kingpin Netflix, with stats suggesting its 1080p output isn't actually 1080p when using some underground niche browsers like, er, Chrome and Firefox.The official stats are buried within a Netflix support page, which says that Chrome, Firefox and Opera can only support HD video up to 720p via HTML5 -- while Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge can push out 1080p resolution should your internet be fast enough.It's almost as is Microsoft has bunged an enormous amount of money at Netflix to buy some tech superiority to boast about, eh?Although perhaps it's not all an enormous conspiracy, as users of Safari through Mac OS X 10.10.3 or higher should also get full 1080p video as long as their roadside BT cabinet isn't too congested on the evening in question.That said, if you're broadcasting browser tabs to a TV, you're not really doing streaming right.A Roku or Chromecast or [Chinese clone of choice] ought to be able to handle 1080p streams if your internet pipe's fat enough, so it's only going to inconvenience pixel counters hooking up PCs and laptops through cables and full-screening the web player.
Forget extra vacation days, good health insurance, and 401k matching — these companies take their employee perks above and beyond.Glassdoor/FacebookFacebook, Google, Netflix, and other top companies in the US are competing for the best talent out there.See which companies are raising the bar and going beyond free food, on-site gyms, and 401(k)s to attract new talent.According to career site Glassdoor, more than half (57%) of all workers say perks and benefits are among the top things they consider when deciding whether to accept a job, and almost 80% of employees say they would prefer new benefits over a pay raise.Spotify provides six months of paid parental leave, plus one month of flexible work options for parents returning to the office.Lactation consultations for new moms at American Express
Music, movies and books to share which network the use of the services is facilitated within the EU.the EU institutions reached a basic agreement on the reform-related copyright issues on Tuesday night.the content of the mobile security concerns so payable as fees tomiakin subscription services.As the video service Netflix, Spotify as Yle Areena can be used in the future in another EU country as in Finland, i.e. the provider would have the same content.Services can already now be used outside Finland, but for example, Yle Areena can currently view copyright reasons mainly domestic programs.the web services movement is becoming a force estimated at the fall of 2018, but the schedule is still specified.
Google has flicked the switch on the Australian version of YouTube Red , the twelve bucks a month version of the service that features no ads and allows online viewing.If you pony up you also get access to a clutch of YouTube Originals that extend the output of popular YouTubers and look to be aimed squarely at the youth market.Google also throws in a subscription to its streaming music service and folks who already pay for that get YouTube Red gratis.YouTube ads are an endurable irritant and the Originals are not likely to excite many: your correspondent's 14-year-old progeny thinks YouTube-spawned comedian PewDiePie is old hat, while my 11-year-old's ardour is fading.But Vulture South's team cannot imagine that YouTube Red will scare Australia's incumbent paid video providers Foxtel, Stan and Netflix, or make telcos Optus and Telstra feel like their strategies are weak.Sponsored: Make your system highly available and recoverable using PureApplication system
Streaming video may be what Netflix is best known for, but now the company also offers a tool for checking the speed of your personal internet connection.You don t have to be a Netflix member to use the website, nor does it throw any ads at you.You literally just go to the website and wait for it to quickly report its findings.When you re experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you re getting from your Internet service provider, wrote David Fullagar, Netflix s vice president of content delivery architecture, in a blog post published today.While they re certainly useful, the company s motives in launching them are likely not 100 percent altruistic.Plus, the tool may inspire users to opt for faster internet, which would in turn improve their streaming experience — and thus their Netflix satisfaction.
MaaS Australia, founded by investors in MaaS Finland, is on board to take the concept to a country very different from Finland.One click would pay for it all and you could choose based on price, time, possibly a preferred route, or maybe even sights and scenes along the way.The monthly commuter package would include all your travel that month, whether by car, bus, taxi or other mode of transportation.As a bonus, this package would cover home grocery order deliveries, too.The economic models for consumers show that most people would save money by only using cars when they need them, along with other transportation services, rather than paying the costs of ownership.It ll be a big change from the long-standing love affair Americans and people in many other countries have had with their cars, and it won t change overnight.
This system includes VR Mode for Android N - that's the next version of Android for all smartphones and tablets - so this is going to be a fully-integrated big deal for the next generation of smart devices.This system is phone-based.There's still going to be a headset that holds your smartphone, just like Cardboard did.Like what Google revealed earlier today as The Google Assistant, this is more of an idea, or a clarification of terms, than it is a brand new set of apps/hardware.Facts about Daydream VIA Google:• Android component and device manufacturers for Daydream-ready phones: Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus, LG, HTC, Mediatek, ARM, Qualcomm, Imagination Technologies• App partners: The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are bringing their VR apps to Daydream, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, IMAX are bringing their libraries to Daydream, USA Today, CNN, MLB, NBA and Lionsgate are also app partners• Gaming partners: Ubisoft, CCP, Netease, Electronic Arts, Otherside Entertainment, Minority VR, Resolution, Turbo Button, nDreams, Climax Entertainment are creating games for Daydream• Google services like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Play Store and Google Photos will have VR apps• Daydream home will be the first place you go with Daydream, a place for your content, apps, and to discover new thingsGoogle suggests that they are "working with Android manufacturers to add a few key components like specific sensors and screens to their upcoming devices that will make them Daydream-ready."Google also says that they are "sharing a reference design for a viewer and controller with Android manufacturers so they can make their own, they will focus on being comfortable and intuitive."
Netflix really wants to show you how fast or slow your Internet connection is, and to do so it has launched a new website at Fast.com that conveys the real-time speed of your connection to the Web — it s designed to give people greater insight and control of their Internet service.It looks like Netflix procured the Fast.com domain last month and, according to a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO , it s in the midst of trademarking the Fast logo.It works globally, on mobile Internet or domestic broadband, and it displays the speed of your connection, in megabits-per-second, at any given moment.The launch comes just a few weeks after Netflix introduced new cellular data controls to let users tweak the quality of their video streams, so that those on patchier connections can select lower-quality streams.Fast.com does seem like a random product on the surface, especially given the myriad of existing speed-test tools online, but Netflix wanted something of its own, that works in real-time, and which is devoid of any annoying distractions such as ads and other bells-and-whistles.Netflix s new speedtest tool actually links directly to Speedtest.net to allow you to compare the results and we can confirm they are accurate .We all want a faster, better Internet, yet Internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your Internet service provider,  said David Fullagar, vice president of content delivery architecture at Netflix, in a blog post.Using Netflix servers, fast.com works like other globally available tools including speedtest.net, and the results should be similar in most cases.
View photosMoreXiaomi-mi-boxChinese tech juggernaut Xiaomi may be best known for making high-quality smartphones like the new Mi 5 and selling them at low prices, but the company has made it very clear it wants to become a household electronics giant that can rumble with the likes of Samsung and Apple on a global scale.The Mi Box runs Android TV 6.0 and and is positioned to compete directly with the Apple TV, Fire TV and other set-top boxes.Xiaomi's streaming box supports 4K playback, like the Fire TV, but it does it one better with HDR High Dynamic Range for picture quality with more colors, higher brightness and increased contrast.The set-top box has access to a full range of apps available in the Google Play store including YouTube, Netflix, Vudu and more."This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US.I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room," Xiaomi vice president of international Hugo Barra said in a press release.
Netflix has unveiled a free tool for measuring Internet speed — no subscription needed.All you have to do is go to Fast.com, and the tool will measure your Internet speed at that particular moment, whether you re on mobile or broadband.We all want a faster, better Internet, yet Internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your Internet service provider, David Fullagar, Netflix s vice president of content delivery architecture, wrote in the post.When you re experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you re getting from your Internet service provider.Fast.com works like similar tools out there, and Netflix s site even provides a link so you can compare its results with speedtest.net.But Netflix points out that its tool has no ads.This rollout comes a couple of weeks after the company launched a way for its subscribers to control their data use when they watch Netflix.That move came in response to complaints over Netflix throttling video streams to mobile users.In addition, Netflix has an ISP Speed Index that measures average monthly speeds of actual Netflix streams during prime time hours.
One draws from publications where the majority of shared links fell into the very conservative category during Facebook s study, while the other pulls from sources whose links, for the most part, aligned very liberal.With access to more information than ever online, how could other points of view be so alien?The problem is difficult to quantify, but you can find variations of it all over: Google customizes search results, Amazon recommends what to read, Netflix NFLX 2.62 % downplays search for its own personalized suggestions.The echo chamber blame game may rage on, but the real issue is how technology can serve to broaden our views.Once you take a detour to the other side, your own news looks different—we aren t just missing information, we re missing what our neighbors are dwelling on.And as of a few months ago, you can do more than like a news story—you can even sad or angry it, which are particularly useful in a political season.
This is Google s way of moving beyond the Cardboard headset introduced two years ago.There will be a headset, a controller, and many smartphones that work with Daydream.Google is now working with Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel on phones that meet the Daydream spec, and the first phones will become available this fall, Google VR head Clay Bavor said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.The controllers, which have their own specification, will also become available this fall.There will be Daydream-compatible apps from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, HBO Now, Netflix, NBA, Hulu, MLB.com, IMAX, and Lionsgate, Bavor said.Developers can start building apps for it in the newest Android N developer preview, Bavor said.Games will become available from EA and others.Google has fleshed out Cardboard with support for the Unity gaming engine and made it work with Google apps like Street View and YouTube.And in a striking move, Google recently reassigned Amit Singh from the top post in its Google for Work business Apps, Chromebooks, Google Cloud Platform to the VR business, where he is now vice president of business and operations.While companies like Facebook and HTC took plenty of time and got everything in order before launching VR hardware, Google moved quickly to release the simple and low-cost Cardboard that required an Android phone in June 2014, just three months after Facebook announced its acquisition of Oculus VR.Cardboard has gained momentum since then and even got a remodel after a year.Most recently, Engadget and Gizmodo cofounder Peter Rojas published a tweet indicating that Google is working on Android VR and that it would be less powerful than the Vive or Rift.While desktops can provide power to VR systems, Google doesn t have the leadership that Microsoft and Apple do with Windows and OS X, respectively, and one could argue that mobile is a higher priority than desktop company-wide at Google.
On Wednesday, Charter Communications completed its massive purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, which means that America s newest three-headed cable monster has finally hatched out of its $65.5 billion egg.It will also see the cannibalization of one of America s most hated companies: a Charter spokesman told Bloomberg that the Time Warner Cable name will soon disappear altogether, folded into Charter s Spectrum brand.But as Gizmodo has pointed out more than once, the deal has some potentially bad consequences for customers.Though it was subject to a number of regulatory conditions, including a limit on data caps and an agreement not to charge streaming companies like Netflix special fees, these conditions are only in place for seven years.Charter claims that it will maintain a superior product set at highly competitive prices, but such a massive conglomeration can and should leave consumers feeling a little uneasy.Larger, more powerful companies, which Charter has just become, means less space for the small companies—and that, of course, means consumers will no doubt get screwed over in the end.
If we re right, this poses a long-term strategic risk for these firms, analysts including Jason Bazinet wrote in a research note.Citigroup downgraded Scripps and Discovery to sell from neutral and maintained a neutral rating for Viacom.Hulu, the online video service co-owned by 21st Century Fox Inc., Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp., is said to be planning a live TV package of channels from its owners and their peers.Because the three represent the largest buyers of sports rights in the U.S., Citigroup expects one Hulu bundle to be sports-centric -- what it termed NewLu.Discovery slumped 3.3 percent to $26.55 and Viacom lost 1.7 percent to $38.74.Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger confirmed Hulu s plans to become a cable-like service Wednesday, saying the move will help his company as a part owner of Hulu and as a programmer.Media companies and pay-TV distributors are beginning to offer smaller packages of live channels as an alternative to costly cable and satellite service and to draw new viewers to their channels.Sports content is unique: it s not fungible with Web-based video offerings from Netflix and Amazon, they wrote in the note.
Now, Talk It Over: On your anniversary, you want to remember the good times that got you to where you are today.You probably don t want to feel forced into spending time with someone you don t really feel like hanging around with.Well, that s kind of what Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg was faced with Wednesday.See, Wednesday marked the fourth anniversary since Facebook held its IPO and became a publicly traded company.On this day in 2012, Facebook went public at $38 a share.And in order to ensure whatever comes out of Handler s mouth is understood as much as possible, Netflix has hired more than 200 translators to handle the 20 languages in which Chelsea is being streamed.It s too early to say if Handler s humor will cross all those international borders no matter how well Netflix s translators do their jobs.The company will offer up $1.4 billion of its shares, and the rest will come out of the portfolio of Chief Executive Elon Musk.Tesla is banking on the $35,000 Model 3 to spur its next phase of growth, as the company has set a target of producing 500,000 cars a year by 2018.Cisco Comes Out On Top: Cisco Systems reported its fiscal third-quarter results after the stock market closed Wednesday, and investors liked what the networking-equipment maker had to say.Cisco reported a profit of 46 cents a share on revenue of $12 billion.Apparently, a bunch of people thought Lively s use of one of Sir-Mix-A-Lot s lines from his 1992 hit Baby Got Back showed racial insensitivity.
You may have heard that LinkedIn was hacked and Dr.Motherboard Netflix now has their own super simple bandwidth tester so you can gauge the speed of your internet service.Nokia is licensing their brand to a new company called HMD that will produce smartphones, tablets, and feature phones with the Nokia name.It s a lot like browsing OneDrive on the web, meaning it doesn t actually sync and download every file.Microsoft Office Blog YouTube for iOS now lets you watch any video in VR mode which you would use in conjunction with Google Cardboard or equivalent viewer .Of course, that doesn t make every video 360 degrees or 3D; it just duplicates and adjusts the video for each of your respective peepers.
Netflix has just launched what is probably the simplest speed test on the Web.It s called Fast.comIt s incredibly minimal, and loads pretty much immediately, probably because there are no ads.A frequently asked questions section explains that keeping the site minimal was a conscious choice:Fast.com is a simple-to-use way for consumers to estimate what speed their ISP is providing.Netflix does give you the option to compare your results with Speedtest.net,which provides detailed results on upload speeds, latency and other metrics as well.That s a nice touch, given the companies aren t affiliated at all – there s isn t even a link to Netflix proper.Of course, this is all part of the company s continued vendetta against slow ISP speeds, and we wouldn t be surprised to see links to Fast.com show up on the Netflix site and apps, especially when users are having connection problems..
All you have to do is go to that URL, and Netflix will run a test.While a few websites already do this, including Speedtest.net which the Netflix tool actually links to in case you'd like to compare results , Netflix's pitch is that its tool is "ad free with a streamlined design that is quick and easy to understand."Here is the full blog post from Netflix's David Fullagar:Today we are launching fast.com, a simple-to-use website to help you see how fast your Internet connection is, whether on mobile or broadband, anywhere in the world.And like the Netflix service, it s ad free with a streamlined design that is quick and easy to understand.We all want a faster, better Internet, yet Internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by other users on your network or congestion with your Internet service provider.When you re experiencing streaming issues, fast.com allows you to check the download speeds you re getting from your Internet service provider.Using Netflix servers, fast.com works like other globally available tools including speedtest.net, and the results should be similar in most cases.This consumer speed test is different than our Netflix ISP Speed Index.The speed index measures average monthly speeds of actual Netflix streams during prime time hours.Like the cellular data controls we recently introduced, fast.com is another tool consumers can use for greater insight and control of their Internet service.
The goal with the site is to help you figure out who s to blame when you have a problem with your Netflix connection.When you launch the webpage, it immediately begins running a test.Of course, many mainstream consumers won t know if the numbers Netflix s Fast.com displays are good or bad.According to the FAQ, the company says that if consumers aren t getting the speed they re paying for, you can ask your ISP about the results.As Netflix s user base and usage have increased over the years, the company has worked to keep ISP s competitive and honest with regard to their promised connection speeds.Speed is critical for maintaining a good quality of service, which is why these sorts of tools are important to the company.
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