Daily Report: A Net Neutrality Setback for Facebook in India
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
Sci-fi sandbox game Planetoid Pioneers debuts on Steam Early Access
Planetoid Pioneers is a sci-fi sandbox game where you visit little “planetoids” and explore the physics-based environments. It is debuting today on Steam Early Access on the PC. The game from independent developer Data Realms is sort of like Minecraft in space, and it is counting on users to help make the game into a […]
GamesBeat weekly roundup: Rockstar’s new lawsuit, and Titanfall 2 announced
Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, the PlayStation 4 outsells the Xbox One (again), someone puts Flappy Bird on an e-cigarette, and we review anticipated games like Dark Souls 3 and Bravely Second: End Layer. Happy reading, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: The narrative of the […]
The DeanBeat: The narrative of the underdog in the gaming industry
Our GamesBeat Summit 2016 event is approaching on May 3-4, and I am the head cheerleader and organizer of it. It’s going to call out stories about the “underdogs” of gaming and the lessons that we can extract from them. It’s only our second GamesBeat Summit event, and I’m looking forward to the talks, stories, […]
Microsoft rolls out preview of plugin-free Skype for Web support in Edge
Microsoft today launched a preview of plugin-free Skype calls in Microsoft Edge. The new functionality works anywhere you can use Skype in the browser: Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive. Both voice and video calls are supported, including one-to-one and group sessions. A Microsoft spokesperson says the preview is rolling out gradually and […]
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and Cricket Wireless has announced that it will be launching the LG Stylo 2 to help celebrate the holiday. The kicker? The device isn’t launching until May 13, meaning that your mother will have to wait a few days before her gift arrives. But if she’s a real [...]
Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out
New apps need lovin’ too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We’ve shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with [...]
Apple Music too messy? Makeover may come soon for WWDC - CNET
The paid music-streaming service may be getting a cleaner look in time for the June developers' conference, while rival Spotify rolls out a new look this week. Also, Hulu plans to stream live TV in a cord-cutting bundle.
The Right Vibrations Will Make Particles in Liquid Break Into a Circle Dance
Chances are you’ve seen the gorgeous patterns that sound waves produce when sand is sprinkled on a vibrating metal plate. Now French physicists have produced inverse versions of these patterns using microbeads suspended in a liquid. They described their work in a recent paper in Physical Review Letters.
Hell No, the UAE Should Not Build a Rain-Making Mountain to Fix Its Water Problems
It sounds like the plot of a summer blockbuster, but the United Arab Emirates is apparently quite serious about building a mountain to increase rainfall in the region. Would it work? Probably. But instead of launching an infrastructure project where a very rich country attempts to dig its way out of a drought, the UAE needs to get serious about conserving its water.
The Simpsons have been around for so long (since 1989!) that it’s no surprise that they’ve influenced our culture so much. And though obviously it’s much easier to make a cartoon joke about fake inventions than to actually invent them in the real world (and they’re not always the first TV show to predict them), some of these inventions really were influenced by the fiction of Homer and Marge and Bart and Lisa and the rest of the world of Springfield.
What It's Like to Look Straight into the End of a Rainbow
There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but there are some colorful visuals you can trip out on if you can figure out how to stare the right way. Here’s a video that supposedly shows a camera gliding through the spectrum of a rainbow and making its way through ROYGBIV backwards.
Hacker Guccifer Claims He Broke Into Hillary Clinton's Email Server
The Romanian hacker who first inadvertently revealed the existence of Hillary Clinton’s secret, off-the-books email account back in 2014 now says he directly breached her home server, contradicting claims to the contrary by the Clinton campaign.
Just a great photo. Here’s the wall of fire display at the 2016 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The silhouette of the plane against the giant dark orange and black flames makes it look more like art from some comic book than a real life shot.
Xiaomi Technology will delay the launch of its second-generation Mi Band 2 to June, one month behind its original schedule, company CEO Lei Jun said in a statement posted on China-based social media platform weibo.com.
Acer steps into digital signage via cooperation with AOpen
Acer has extended its operations to digital signage through cooperation with Taiwan-based digital signage solution provider AOpen of which Acer is a 12.79%-stake shareholder. Hardware solutions supplied by AOpen are integrated with Acer's BYOC platform, according to Acer.
Quanta Computer on May 3 firmly denied reports that the company will lay off 10-20% of employees in June, adding that a number of employees voluntarily resigned due to merging a business office in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan into its headquarters in late 2015 and corporate reorganization in the first quarter of 2016.
China market: Component orders from China white-box handset makers to decline
While parts and component makers in Taiwan's handset supply chain are still receiving substantial orders from China-based white-box handset makers, orders are likely to reduce gradually due to a saturating domestic market in China and increasing shipments from first-tier brand vendors, according to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain.
Asustek Computer is currently the largest global gaming notebook vendor, particularly ranking first in the US, UK, Germany, France, Russia and Italy. Asustek sold nearly 90,000 units in February 2016, followed by China-based Lenovo with over 40,000 units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Micro-Star International (MSI) shipped around 20,000 units in the quarter.
AiRISTA finishes implementation of new security badges for Ohio school
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AiRISTA Flow, the world leader in true Wi-Fi enabled location services and workflow software solutions, and who recently acquired Ekahau RTLS, successfully completed a staff safety implementation at The Lawrence Upper School in Sagamore Hills, OH.
T3 Motion unveils ballistic vest pads as part of new tactical gear line
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T3 Motion, Inc. (OTC: TTTM), the global leader in the design and delivery of electric vehicles and tactical technology to the law enforcement, military, and security markets, unveiled their new line of T3 Motion Tactical Gear, including the revolutionary T3 TG-7 ballistic vest impact insert pads. The T3 TG-7 Pads are a proprietary, non-Newtonian fluid designed to reduce the soft-tissue impact of bullet strikes when used underneath a standard Kevlar Level IIIA bulletproof vest.
Boise State picks Rave Mobile Safety application to bolster campus security
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Rave Mobile Safety, the trusted creator of innovative public safety data and communication software, today announced that Boise State University has deployed the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App to increase protection for its nearly 25,000 students, faculty and staff. Rave's Guardian App is the first and most proven technology of its kind, protecting students at more than 1,200 higher education institutions across the United States.
Boeing subsidiary picks Mississippi State University for drone facility
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From homeland security, to maritime search and rescue, to precision agriculture, to environmental monitoring, UAS have the potential to revolutionize business and operations on land and at sea.
Which is why officials from Insitu, Mississippi State University (MSU) and Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) gathered today to announce that Insitu has opened a new facility at MSU in Starkville, MS.
DHS Secretary Johnson adds TSO agents at airports, wants Congress to approve OT pay as airport wait times grow
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The Homeland Security Secretary said in a statement Wednesday that the agency responsible for securing the nation’s airports is taking steps to ensure safety while also reducing the amount of time passengers must wait to board their planes.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson laid out three steps the Transportation Security Administration is taking. First, the agency will add additional Transportation Security Officers at airport checkpoints.
NTSB’s Hart: Metro’s governance system ‘uniquely dysfunctional’ as safety concerns linger in wake of 2015 L’Enfant Plaza incident
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The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Tuesday that a short circuit in electrical wiring led to smoke pouring into a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority rail station in January 2015. The incident killed one person and injured more than 90 others.
HTC 10 pre-orders begin shipping in the UK starting tomorrow
While the HTC 10 is still in the process of landing on the doorsteps for a vast majority of folks, there are those who pre-ordered the device in other regions wondering when they’ll finally get their shot. For those in the UK, it's tomorrow.
Google patched a 5-year-old Android vulnerability but devices running Jelly Bean and below are still at risk
There has been a lingering vulnerability in Android that has been hiding for the last five years. Google has just patched the issue with the May security update, but there are still many devices at risk.
Check your email: unlocked HTC 10 pre-orders have begun shipping!
Joe wont be the only Phandroid editor with the shiny new HTC 10 to play around with. For those that pre-ordered the HTC 10 as soon as they became available, the first batch of shipments are now going out.
Meet The Company That Poached The FBI's Entire Silk Road Investigation Team
Patrick O'Neill quotes a report from The Daily Dot: The FBI team that brought down Silk Road has a new home. After headline-grabbing investigations, arrests, and prosecutions on some of America's highest-profile cybercriminals, five of U.S. law enforcement's most prized cybercrime aces have all left government service for greener pastures -- a titan consulting firm called Berkeley Research Group (BRG). BRG's newly hired gang of five includes former federal prosecutor Thomas Brown, as well as former FBI agents Christopher Tarbell, Thomas Kiernan, and Ilhwan Yum -- names that punctuated many of the biggest cybercrime stories of the last decade including Silk Road, LulzSec, Liberty Reserve, as well as the hacks of Citibank, PNC Bank, and the Rove Digital botnet; and the prosecution of Samarth Agrawal for stealing crucial code for high-frequency trading from the multinational, multibillion dollar bank Societe Generale. "Private industry provides a lot of opportunity," NYPD intelligence chief Thomas Galati told Congress earlier this year. "So I think the best people out there are working for private companies, and not for the government."
India Plans To Spend $6 Billion On Creating New Forests
The Narendra Modi government plans to spend $6.2 billion to create new forests through the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015, which has been passed by lawmakers in India's lower house this week. The bill aims to increase India's forest cover from 21.34% of the total land to 33%. Where does the money come from? It comes from private companies and various "other entities" who paid fees to the Indian government since 2006 for allowing them to set up projects on forest land. The bill proposes local state governments be provided 90% of the accumulated funds, with 10% left with the central government. "Our forest cover will dramatically increase and it will result in achieving our target 33% of tree cover and most importantly 2.5 billion tonne of carbon sink as we have indicated in our intended nationally determined contributions (INDC)," India's environmental minister, Prakash Javadekar said on May 3rd. Naturally, some experts are concerned with how appropriately the funds will be used, as well as how exactly the government will develop forests on alternate land. According to Quartz, "Since 1980, the environment ministry has approved the diversion of 1.29 million hectares of forestlands for non-forestry purposes, according to a study by CSE." India's comptroller and auditor general has expressed his dissatisfaction with the ministry's failure to grow forests on alternative land in a report in 2013.
Tesla Plans To Produce 500,000 Electric Cars In 2018, 1 Million In 2020
"Tesla Motors Inc said it was stepping up production plans for its upcoming Model 3 mass-market sedan and would build a total of 500,000 all-electric vehicles in 2018, two years ahead of schedule, but warned that spending will ramp up in tandem," reports Reuters. Tesla said capital spending would rise about 50% more than originally planned this year, to around $2.25 billion. Producing 500,000 vehicles in 2018 will be no easy task, especially considering the company is only on track to deliver between 80,000 and 90,000 electric vehicles this year. In addition to producing 500,000 electric vehicles in 2018, Elon Musk also said the company expects to produce nearly 1 million vehicles in 2020. These are certainly ambitious goals, even for a company that had the 'biggest one-week launch of any product ever.'
LAPD Hacked An iPhone 5s Before The FBI Hacked San Bernardino Terrorist's iPhone 5c
According to recently released court papers, Los Angeles police investigators found a way to break into a locked iPhone 5s belonging to April Jace, the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace. The detectives were able to bypass the security at around the same time period the FBI was demanding Apple unlock the iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. LAPD detective Connie Zych wrote on March 18, the department found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could "override the locked iPhone function," according to the search warrant. There's no mention of how the LAPD broke into the iPhone or what OS the iPhone was running (Note: iOS 8, which features improved encryption and security features, came out months after the killing). The information stored on the iPhone should help in the criminal case against Jace's husband, who is charged with the May 19, 2014, killing.
Microsoft Overhauls SharePoint To Compete With Slack In The Mobile Era
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Microsoft is overhauling SharePoint today, and introducing iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile apps. The iOS SharePoint app will arrive by the end of June, with the Android and Windows 10 Mobile versions due for release later this year. All of the mobile apps are designed to make SharePoint more accessible on the go, allowing users to access things like corporate intranet sites and content. Alongside the new apps, Microsoft is also providing access to SharePoint Online document libraries in OneDrive mobile apps, and the ability to copy from OneDrive to SharePoint. Microsoft plans to synchronize SharePoint Online document libraries with the new OneDrive sync client by the end of the year, and integrate SharePoint sites with Office 365 Groups. Microsoft's new Flow service, which lets you automate tasks, will also be integrated into SharePoint by the end of the year.
Man Sets World Record With 25 Continuous Hours In Virtual Reality
An anonymous reader writes: Derek Westerman has made it in the Guinness Book of World Records by spending 25 straight hours in virtual reality. He used the HTC Vive and spent his entire time playing Tilt Brush. "Guinness has a whole set of rules and regulations, one of those being 'one game only the whole time.' I wanted to pick something that gave me the most freedom," Westerman says, "And painting in 3D space for 25 hours seemed like the best bet." At around the 17th hour mark, Westerman reportedly experienced some vertigo and threw up into a bucket provided for him by an assistant. The same bucket was used around the 6th hour mark when Westerman had to urinate. Then around the 21st hour, he starts babbling incoherently while waving the Vive controllers around, saying at one point, "I don't know where I'm at..." The video of the event has been released on Wednesday, even though Guinness lists the record as being achieved on April 7th.
In Search Of A Healthy Gut, One Man Turned To An Extreme DIY Fecal Transplant
Josiah Zayner writes: Arielle Duhaime-Ross at The Verge followed Dr. Josiah Zayner, a former Scientist at NASA turned BioHacker, as he attempted the first ever full-body microbiome transplant. She writes "Over the course of the next four days, Zayner would attempt to eradicate the trillions of microbes that lived on and inside his body -- organisms that helped him digest food, produce vitamins and enzymes, and protected his body from other, more dangerous bacteria. Ruthlessly and methodically, he would try to render himself into a biological blank slate. Then, he would inoculate himself with a friend's microbes -- a procedure he refers to as a 'microbiome transplant.'".
'Largest Recall In American History': Takata To Recall Nearly 70 Million Airbags
An anonymous reader writes: Federal regulators are ordering Japanese supplier Takata to recall as many as 40 million additional airbags linked to a defect already blamed for at least 11 deaths, bringing the total number of faulty airbags in the U.S. to 69 million. Previously, the recall involved about 24 million vehicles sold in the U.S. over roughly the last decade, with 14 manufacturers impacted. With the latest recall, almost every other major carmaker will now be pulled. "This is the largest recall in American history," National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters on Wednesday. Initial estimates said 35-40 million airbags were to be recalled. And because some vehicles use more than one Takata airbag, the total number of vehicles will likely be smaller. Now it's considered highly likely that the total number of cars, trucks and crossovers will now top the 50 million mark, and as many as a quarter of all vehicles on U.S. roads could be covered. The NHTSA has reported that just over 8 million vehicles had been fixed as of April 22. The airbags have so far been tied to at least 10 U.S. deaths and more than 100 injuries -- two more fatalities in Malaysia were confirmed Wednesday. "The exploding airbags can send shrapnel into the faces and necks of victims, leaving them looking as if they had been shot or stabbed," according to Fox 59.
Sprint: LG G Flex Will Launch Online on January 31 for $299 on Contract
Starting today, Sprint customers can pre-order the unique LG G Flex smartphone for $299 online with a two year contract. By pre-ordering between now and January 31st, customers will receive a complimentary Quickwindow Folio Case, which is valued at $60. Sprint…
Motorola Announces Moto X Launch in UK, France, and Germany on February 1
Certain European consumers interested in the Moto X smartphone from Motorola will soon have their chance to purchase the excellent handset. Expected to launch on February 1st, Motorola will sell its iconic Moto X device in Black or White in…
FreshTeam app brings unity to mobile teams, solves the 'Where Are You?' problem
As the working world inches its way into this millennium, we're seeing a greater number of teams work remotely. These highly mobile crews, oftentimes distributed all across the globe, are no doubt impactful, but struggle to keep tabs on who happens to be where.
FreshTeam is a new app that aims to solve that quandary, billing itself as the "anti-messaging app." Teams (or families) that embrace it are able to opt-in to sharing, whereby they're able to see at a glance where someone is, if they're in transit, if they're busy/available, and even if their phone's battery is about to exhaust itself.
The app aims to cut out the trite "where are you?!" messages and calls that eat up precious time, and it also includes a built-in voice and video chat system that can handle up to 100 participants.
The app is free of charge on both iOS and Android, though a $9.99 in-app purchase throws in unlimited group capping and allows you to "set FreshTeam Places for your office, customer sites, and more."
The ideas presented here are certainly sound, but it faces a pretty big obstacle: how do you persuade a team to embrace an entirely new tool? Changing habits and workflows is daunting enough as an individual, but it's an entirely different beast when you're trying to change the way an entire team operates.
5 things you need to know about Nokia's VR partnership with Disney
Nokia has just announced a multi-year agreement with Disney, which will see it use its OZO camera to create VR experiences to complement Disney movies.
OZO is a US$60,000 (£40,000/AU$83,000) camera, so it's a serious piece of VR kit. It can capture 3D 360-degree spatial audio and video using eight synchronised global shutter sensors, each paired with an integrated microphone.
With this type of hardware in the hands of the company behind Star Wars and Marvel content it's hard not to get excited about the sorts of immersive experiences we might soon be seeing. With that in mind, these are the five things you need to know about Disney's and Nokia's VR partnership.
1. You can get a taste of OZO right now
Nokia has already partnered with Disney to create two 360-degree videos for The Jungle Book. One of them takes you onto the red carpet and the other puts you face-to-face with the cast as they're being interviewed.
Neither of them take you into the jungle itself, but in the future we might see 360-degree and VR content that brings Disney worlds to life. We chatted with Paul Melin, VP of digital media and technology licensing at Nokia, and while he wouldn't talk specifics he did tell us that "we really expect to see a lot of innovation in how the new medium is used."
2. OZO content is likely to be made for a variety of properties
Melin wouldn't be drawn on which properties we'll see OZO VR content for, saying "Disney has many great properties and we look forward to working on several of them but we can't disclose the next ones right now." So it sounds like there could be a few things in the works.
It might not just be Disney content that we get either. When asked how exclusive the deal with Disney is, he replied, "Our aim is to really enable VR to become a scalable business and we expect to work with many partners in this area."
3. You probably won't be able to walk around Tatooine any time soon
That's not to say that we won't get Star Wars VR content. Nokia wouldn't confirm one way or another but it would seem an obvious choice. However, whatever content we do get as part of this deal will likely be fairly fixed experiences for the time being, rather than supporting the full body movement potential of the HTC Vive.
Melin told us that "the current commercially deployable video capture solutions do not yet support that but we are absolutely working with the industry to create even richer VR video experiences."
So it sounds like this isn't being ruled out in future. The technology just isn't there yet, which might be for the best, because if we could roam the Star Wars universe in VR we might never take our headsets off.
4. Disney's VR content is likely to be available on a wide range of headsets
Whatever your VR headset of choice you're likely to be able to enjoy Disney's VR content. Nokia's software development kit for OZO supports multiple platforms and content could be made to work on everything from low-end platforms like Google Cardboard all the way up to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Melin explained that OZO "enables you to shoot 360-degree content in stereo but you can also create monoscopic 360-degree video from the same content…
"That enables distribution like with The Jungle Book which is also on Facebook 360 which as such is not VR but very immersive, so we expect that this type of experience will be distributed on all platforms, starting with YouTube and Facebook 360 and ending up with high-end VR platforms."
5. In future we could see full films in VR
Right now VR video in Hollywood is largely limited to companion content and that's what we're expecting to see made with OZO too for the time being, but one day we could see full films in VR.
Melin told us that "not specific to this announcement but more generally we're seeing enormous interest from all the studios in Hollywood, so we absolutely expect that there will be a lot of experimentation and work going into new experiences.
"At what point those become primary content remains to be seen but certainly we're seeing that many studios are working on companion content for their major releases."
We wouldn't expect to see true VR cinema for a while and given the inherently antisocial nature of donning a VR headset it might never fully replace standard films. But for the sheer level of immersion it could offer it's an exciting thought.
Gigabyte's pint-sized PCs are powerful and well-connected
Gigabyte has launched a number of new kit PCs which promise to cram a ton of power into a very compact case.
There are four new models, the Brix GB-BSi5T-6200, GB-BSi5HT-6200, GB-BSi7T-6500 and GB-BSi7HT-6500, providing high-end PC solutions in a small box targeting home theater enthusiasts and general home or office use.
All of these models benefit from Intel's latest generation of Skylake processors, with integrated Intel HD Graphics 520, and they all have a USB Type-C port supporting Thunderbolt 3 for data transfers of up to 40GB/s (and the ability to daisy-chain up to 6 devices to that single port).
You also get four USB 3.0 ports on these Brix machines, plus an HDMI 2.0 port along with a Mini DisplayPort, allowing you to hook up multiple displays (or you can do so via the USB Type-C port, of course) and drive 4K monitors at 60 fps.
There's also a Gigabit LAN port on board plus support for 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.
Kit it out
Note that this is a kit PC meaning that you have to supply your own system memory and storage for the device. There's a free slot for an M.2 SSD and a pair of DDR4 memory slots to that end.
These machines also have a VESA bracket bundled so you can mount them on the back of your display, tucked away out of sight.
As for the exact size of these little boxes, the BSi5T-6200 and BSi7T-6500 are 34.4 x 112.6 x 119.4mm, with the other two models being the same size but slightly taller at 46.8mm rather than 34.4mm.
The extra headroom on the BSi5HT-6200 and BSi7HT-6500 allows for an additional 2.5-inch SATA hard drive to be fitted alongside the SSD, so you can include a hefty drive to store all your media on.
These models are available now if you hunt around online, and for example you can find the BSi5T-6200 pitched at around the £375 mark (about $540, or AU$700).
Updated: Beyoncé's new album Lemonade is the latest Tidal exclusive [Update: now on iTunes]
Update 2: Beyoncé's Lemonade is now available to buy as a digital download on iTunes and Amazon. The tracks can be bought individually, but if you want the video you'll have to buy the album as a whole.
Update:Media reports suggest Lemonade will be available to download through iTunes in the next few hours, although Tidal will remain the only streaming service carrying the album.
Our original story continues below.
If you want to emerge triumphant from the streaming music wars then exclusives might be your best strategy – and they don't come much bigger than Beyoncé's Lemonade. The new album was launched in the US on Saturday night, and is only available on Tidal.
No real surprise there: Beyoncé is a co-founder of the service, and married to Mr Tidal himself, Jay Z – but it's another snub to the likes of Spotify, Deezer and the streaming services offered by Apple and Google.
The whole point of paying a monthly subscription fee is that you can get all the music you want, and having to sign up for two (or three) services is a lot less appealing. If you're a Tidal subscriber, head here to listen to the new tracks.
The 10-track album features appearances from Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake and Kendrick Lamar. It's Beyoncé's first long-player since her self-titled release in 2013, which was also released with little preceding fanfare and was an iTunes exclusive.
As yet you can't buy Lemonade anywhere; Tidal is the only way to listen to it. Whether the site will also make the album available to download, or whether it will eventually appear on iTunes and similar download services, isn't clear at the moment.
Kanye West recently attracted the ire of fans after launching his The Life Of Pablo album as a Tidal exclusive, only to have it appear on Apple Music, Spotify and other services a few weeks later. Beyoncé is more invested in Tidal, and so is unlikely to pull the same trick, but it's yet another factor to consider when choosing a streaming service.
Microsoft kicks out fix for buggy Win Server 2012 WSUS updates
Patch aims to alleviate issues with unpacking downloads
Microsoft has a released a fix to address problems with its Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) tool. For those not in the know, WSUS is a component of Windows Server that lets IT administrators push particular updates to users' PCs.…
ALP promises 'fibre' NBN as 'NBN defenders' return with new petition
270,000 signatures achieved nothing at all last time, but clicktivists are trying again!
The Australian Labor Party has hinted at its policy for the nation's national broadband network (NBN), with leader Bill Shorten promising “a first-rate fibre national broadband network” in his Budget in Reply speech.…
Nerds make it rain in Nevada. The Las Vegas strip? No, cloud-seeding drones over the desert
Big plans ahead if the FAA gets its act together
Cloud seeding – spraying chemicals into the air to encourage rainfall – used to be regarded as a fringe science at best, but now it's kinda of big deal. As such, eggheads in Nevada hope to use drones to turn parts of the largely arid US state, otherwise famous for the Las Vegas adult playground, green.…
Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs
How about dat Enterprise upgrade, huh?
Last month, while we were all distracted by iPhone hacking and Jay-Z's web fiasco, Microsoft silently bumped off the ability for IT administrators to easily take the Windows Store off Windows 10 Pro PCs.…
DETROIT, USA -- The likely Democratic nominee for president, Hillary Clinton, was the keynote speaker at the NAACP’s Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner in Detroit, in which she expressed a concern that she was going to “shirk” what needs to be done. In the event...
The Guatemalan claim to Belize, like all the claims that exist among the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, has its roots in the Treaty of Tordesillas that was signed between Spain and Portugal in 1493 and approved by the then Catholic Pope Alexander VI of Spain.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A Bahamas Supreme Court jury wasted little time on Tuesday before convicting Fred Ramsey on 14 counts, finding that the former Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) board member took several hundred thousand dollars in bribes.
Blacklist of tax havens coming within six months, says EU
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A European-wide blacklist of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions is definitely coming and will be announced within six months, according to EU officials. Member of European Parliament (MEP) Jeppe Kofod, who is part of the TAXE2 Committee...
Bahamian author presents latest book to governor general
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Master Motivator Spence Finlayson, Bahamas based international motivational speaker, corporate trainer, talk show host, bishop of motivation and author, recently presented his latest inspirational book Phoenix Rising to Dame Marguerite Pindling, governor general...
FIFA seeks lifetime football ban for former vice president
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman’s fallen football hero, Jeffrey Webb, is facing a lifetime ban from the sport as FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, opened formal proceedings against him this week. The ethics case is based...
NASSAU, Bahamas -- A Bahamas Supreme Court jury wasted little time on Tuesday before convicting Fred Ramsey on 14 counts, finding that the former Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) board member took several hundred thousand dollars in bribes in bribes to steer contracts to...
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Rising Vincentian soca star Adonis “Major Dan” Browne from Lowmans Windward is currently recording at Cloud 9 Studios, Central Productions in Belfast. Major Dan is also working with top producer Lester "Mack" Irona of 4th Dimension Production in St Vincent.