Netflix appears to be interested in offering a new privacy-enhancing feature to its subscribers, GigaOm reports, which would be a private viewing mode that will help users hide their history from their Netflix timeline, so that other users who have access to the same account can’t see it. “At Netflix we continuously test new things,” Netflix director of corporate communications and technology Cliff Edwards said. “In this case, we are testing a feature in which a user watching a movie or TV show can choose to view in ‘Privacy Mode.’ Choosing that option means the program will not appear in your viewing activity log, nor will it be used to determine recommendations about what you should watch in the future.” The
Weird Al's final song in his eight days of music videos is sort of like your company's CEO on Auto-Tune: a bizarrely compelling string of often-meaningless buzzwords that sound great together. Called "Mission Statement?," the song parodies the style of Crosby, Stills & Nash with a near-constant self-harmony of Al's vocals over a bit of jangling and quiet guitar. You can watch the video over at The Wall Street Journal. The track's music video is truly what the song might call a value-added experience — itself a parody of the white-board animations that you see on YouTube videos by RSA.
There's a new volley in the war of words over the internet congestion that is hurting the performance of Netflix streaming video: Verizon published a blog post this morning pointing out that, back in 2008, Level 3 got into a dispute with fellow internet provider Cogent over an imbalance in the way they shared traffic. Verizon argues that this is exactly the same dispute now playing out between itself and Level 3, except this time Level 3 is the one sending too much traffic and trying to avoid paying to correct the imbalance. When a customer requests a video from Netflix, that data moves between several companies before it arrives in their home. It begins on Netflix servers before being carried by transit companies like Level 3, which deliver it to Verizon's network, which carry it into the customer's home.
We have good news and bad news, Apple fans. The good news is that the increasing volume of iPhone 6 parts leaks is almost certainly evidence that the new handset is entering mass production. The bad news is that if the latest leak is authentic, rumors that the back of the iPhone 6 might not be as ugly as it appears on the many dummy mockups we’ve seen might not pan out. FROM EARLIER: iPhone 6 and next-gen Retina iPad mini rendered by design master As rumor has it, the schematics for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 and “iPhone Air” phablet leaked from Foxconn several months ago. Using those schematics, people have been creating iPhone mockups that supposedly feature the same size
TrinityVR has launched a Kickstarter for a controller they're calling the Trinity Magnum, a motion-tracking gun designed for first-person shooter play in virtual reality. The gun is designed to sell for under $100, and allow a new level of immersion in a VR setting. Physical movements would track directly onto the virtual version of the gun, allowing a player to aim at a variety of targets without changing the player view.
Sometimes computer-generated scenes can look so real that it's hard to believe a computer played any role in creating them. Gilvan Isbiro regularly manages to reach that level of photorealism with his work, and Davis Street ranks as one of his best. With a quick glance, most people might assume the above image is just your average tourist photo of San Francisco.
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless is launching a nationwide loyalty program this week for its 100-million-plus subscribers. There's a twist, though: To earn points for every dollar spent, subscribers must consent to have their movements tracked so the company can help target ads that match their interests.
We shared tons of awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps with you last week that were all on sale for a limited time, but that doesn’t mean we’re stopping there. Today marks the start of a new week, and it also marks the start of some great new sales on various paid iOS apps. As always, download anything that looks appealing as quickly as possible because these sales could end at any time, be it an hour from now or a day from now. These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could
Alan Turing's work as a British codebreaker is often said to have shortened the course of World War II, and that work is now becoming the subject of the film The Imitation Game. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing, the movie focuses on the computer science pioneer's work on cracking the German Enigma Code, while also touching on Turing's struggle with being a gay man in England at a time when homosexual acts were illegal.
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is boosting the upload speeds of nearly all its FiOS connections to match the download speeds, vastly shortening the time it takes for subscribers to send videos and back up their files online.
Microsoft may be getting ready to release its second scheduled Windows 8.1 update of the year. Known as Windows 8.1 Update 2, the upcoming release is apparently smaller than Update 1, which was released earlier this year, and will arrive on “Patch Tuesday,” which is apparently scheduled for August 12 according to a leaked image posted on Russian website PCPortal.org.ru. It’s not clear what new features will be included in Windows 8.1 Update 2, or whether the update will only bring improvements and bug fixes. Neowin says the update will be smaller than the previous one, and may bring only “enhancements to stability rather than front end features.” Similarly, it’s not known whether the Start menu will return this year via Update
Everything from the iPhone 6's front panel to its feature set have leaked in some way over the past few months, and it seems all that's left to speculate on is its release date. The flier, posted on Chinese social network Weibo and published by GSM Insider, shows both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variations of the iPhone 6, along with regional pricing info for each. Both purported iPhones shown in the flier are black with rounded edges, each sporting a glossy, black Apple logo on the back panel and a camera lens on the top left.
Google Maps is an amazing tool that has quite literally changed our lives. Even the shortest trips to unknown locations used to be a production that involved searches and routing on Mapquest (or, heaven forbid, on an actual paper map) and then carrying printouts of one’s path to consult while driving. Now, we type a quick search in Google Maps on our phones and go. Of course, Google is hardly one to rest on its laurels despite having released a product that has had such an impact. The company is constantly adding nifty new features to Maps, and now it’s working on one we cannot wait to get our hands on. FROM EARLIER: Awesome new Google Maps trick makes travel planning
Uber's days in South Korea may be numbered. The city of Seoul has announced plans to ban the taxi-hailing app, citing concerns that the company threatens the livelihood of the city's taxi drivers. As a replacement, the city government plans to roll out its own GPS-based app by the end of the year, offering Seoul's citizens a similar experience without the predatory reputation that has dogged Uber in the past. "Comments like these show Seoul is in danger of remaining trapped in the past," the company said in a statement.
We have seen dozens of dummy mockups of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 over the past few months, and the odds are very good that we can expect Apple’s actual iPhone 6 to resemble them when it launches sometime this fall. But according to a recent report from Nikkei, which has a very good track record when it comes to Apple’s unreleased devices, these iPhone 6 mockups feature a massive design flaw compared to Apple’s real next-generation smartphone that will completely change the look of the device. Thankfully, we can now see what Apple’s iPhone 6 might look like without that big flaw, courtesy of one of the best in the business. FROM EARLIER: These gorgeous images could show us what Apple’s