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Netflix support is officially making its way to Linux, finally

EngadgetHD - September 19, 2014 - 10:03am

Linux users, you've been very, very, very, very, very, very patient. And now, your patience is being rewarded with Netflix support on your OS of choice. For the longest time Netflix relied on Microsoft's would-be Flash competitor Silverlight. But, of course, support for the plug in was practically non-existent on the open-source OS. Now, with Silverlight fading, and Netflix embracing the power of HTML5, your wish of watching flicks in your favorite distro (be it Ubuntu, Mint or Arch) may finally come true. Paul Adolph from Netflix posted a message to Ubuntu developers, telling them that, "Netflix will play with Chrome stable in 14.02 if NSS version 3.16.2 or greater is installed."

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Source: Ubuntu Developers

Alibaba's Jack Ma arrives for historic debut

Reuters Technology - September 19, 2014 - 7:35am
Alibaba founder Jack Ma arrived at the New York Stock Exchange after the world's largest IPO and his stock prepares to debut. Bobbi Rebell reports.

Why is Microsoft buying Minecraft?

EngadgetHD - September 19, 2014 - 7:30am

Microsoft announced this week that it's buying hugely popular game franchise Minecraft for $2.5 billion. For that money, Microsoft gets rights to the game and ownership of its Stockholm, Sweden-based development studio, Mojang. It doesn't retain the company's founders or Minecraft's infamously outspoken creator, Markus "Notch" Persson.

Does that sound like a lot, $2.5 billion? Well, it is in human dollars, but not so much when you're Microsoft and you've got $85 billion in "cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments." Regardless of the fact that this week's deal only cost Microsoft around 3 percent of that, here's the real kicker (in the form of a statement from Microsoft): "Microsoft expects the acquisition to be break-even in FY15 on a GAAP basis." Woof, that's a doozy of a sentence right there.

Here's the translation: Microsoft expects the purchase of Minecraft/Mojang to make it a lot of money. And that is why Microsoft bought Minecraft.

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YouTube throws a lot more money at Originals content partners

EngadgetHD - September 19, 2014 - 5:55am

Google has gone on record as saying it loves original YouTube content like Epic Rap Battles of History, and now it looks as though the outfit is doubling down on such. How so? Well it seems that its fully-stocked studio spaces for partners are just the beginning. YouTube is investing millions into its partner channels, according to Recode. And it's part of a more concerted push into different types of content, replete with varying lengths and formats, too. That includes partnering with Hollywood producers, according to Recode's sources, which naturally gives Google something to sell. The wording on head of YouTube Originals Alex Carloss' blog post makes it sound like the firm's existing pool of talent will be commissioned to do new shows -- albeit with a heavier infusion of cash than they're used to. It sounds like it could be a solid deal for everyone involved: affording content creators more money for their work and pushing YouTube's hopes of becoming a more TV-like experience another step closer to reality.

[Image credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images]

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Source: YouTube Blog, Recode

Apple fans line up for iPhone 6 release

Reuters Technology - September 19, 2014 - 5:22am
iPhone fans line up at multiple Apple store locations for the launch of the new iPhone 6. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Get adds Android devices to multiscreen

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 3:32am

Around 100,000 customers in Norway will benefit from the introduction of Android devices to the Get TV service. Read the story »

iOS 8 brings Virgin Media busiest download day

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 3:19am

Virgin Media says Wednesday’s update to Apple’s mobile operating system caused an increase of 10% in peak download traffic, week on week. Read the story »

Vectra revamps its offer

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 3:18am

Poland’s second largest cable operator Vectra has announced a major overhaul of its services. Read the story »

Hastings and Fries remain ‘best of frenemies’

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 3:17am

During this year’s gathering of cable marketeers, OTT providers such as Netflix cast a shadow – as everyone seems to be afraid of the threat of OTT. Read the story »

Rostelecom gains broadband subs

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 3:01am

Rostelecom is now the third leading provider of fixed broadband services its Moscow, with it brand OnLaym claiming over 600,000 subscribers as of this month. Read the story »

Deutsche Telekom selects Sport1 for free-TV basketball

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 2:44am

Germany’s national telco Deutsche Telekom has selected Sport1 as its free-to-air TV partner for live coverage of domestic basketball league Basketball Bundesliga (BBL). Read the story »

Clover’s Week: Holding pattern

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 2:38am

Anyone who flies regularly into London’s Heathrow Airport will be familiar with the stacking that takes place at peak times – often off-peak times – before coming into land. Read the story »

Viacom inks Czech deal

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 2:19am

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and Atmedia Czech Republic have signed an agreement on the exclusive sale of airtime on Nickelodeon. Read the story »

Libratone's got a new soundbar, and yes, it's covered in wool

EngadgetHD - September 19, 2014 - 2:17am

If only there was a way to combine your two greatest passions: high-quality audio and soft, fluffy fabrics? Well as it turns out, Libratone is kind of a specialist in that field, and for its next wool-covered creation, the company is revisiting soundbars with the "Diva," announced today. Following on from its "Lounge" speaker of several years past, the Diva trades the square form factor for a curvier, oblong shape. And while it's supposed find a home under your big-screen TV, the idea is the Diva can be your primary sound system, rather than just an accessory. Nestled beneath its woolen coat are two 1-inch, 25W tweeters taking care of the higher end; two, 3-inch 50W mid-range speakers; and one, 5-inch 75W subwoofer dealing with bass tones. In addition to the on-board digital amplifier, that sub is also supported by two passive radiators that are meant to facilitate a richer low-end sound without increasing energy consumption or weight. %Gallery-slideshow224316%

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RTL Nederland turns RTL Z into 24/7 news channel

BroadbandTVNews - September 19, 2014 - 1:37am

RTL Nederland will turn its daytime business news channel RTL Z into a full-time, 24/7 news channel on multiple devices. Read the story »

Netflix's European tour comes to an end in Belgium and Luxembourg

EngadgetHD - September 18, 2014 - 11:40pm

This week began with Netflix launching streaming video service in France, and since then it's added Germany, Austria and Switzerland to the list. Belgium and Luxembourg are the final two on the list this fall, putting them among the 40 or so countries where Netflix now offers its services. CEO Reed Hastings (pictured above at the launch event in Berlin) called out the " incredible viewer enthusiasm" for the service's original series, including the ones coming to Europe for the first time like Orange is the New Black and Bojack Horseman. Upcoming Netflix series will remain exclusive to the service as well -- some of the existing ones like House of Cards are tied up in exclusivity deals with other broadcasters for now. Netflix is also the only place to (legally) watch a few other shows like From Dusk Till Dawn, Fargo and Penny Dreadful. No matter what country you're in, if you're looking for the something to watch we have a few suggestions on how to find it. If you just want the exclusives though, a recent tweak to the website means you can just search for "Netflix" and they will appear.

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Source: Netflix PR

Chris Dziadul Reports: Polish blow for Astra

BroadbandTVNews - September 18, 2014 - 11:15pm

Polish public broadcaster TVP’s decision to stop using Astra’s services from the beginning of next year has come as something of a surprise, not least to the satellite operator itself. Read the story »

Not all of Samsung's curved displays are gigantic

EngadgetHD - September 18, 2014 - 6:37pm

Want a curved display from Samsung but don't quite have the scratch to bring one of its gigantic models home? Maybe try the 27-inch S27D590C monitor on for size when it releases at some ambiguous point in the future. The firm seems to be targeting gamers specifically with the monitor, saying that the curve creates a wider field of view (178 degrees horizontally and vertically, if you're curious) and gives the screen a "3D-like" effect when you're playing shooters and racing games, among other genres. There's even a one-button game mode that makes a few adjustments to compensate for motion blur, color and contrast too. Unlike Dell's not-flat display, however, this one's limited to a paltry 1,920 x 1,080 lines of resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. This'll probably be fine for us commoners, sure, but it might not be enough for the PC Master Race.

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Source: Samsung, Flickr

Xbox One's newest Kinect game is a comic-book styled murder mystery

EngadgetHD - September 18, 2014 - 2:04pm

Lets say you're already burned out on Destiny and are looking for something a bit, well, different than what the Xbox One currently has on offer. That might just mean that D4 (short for Dark Dreams Don't Die), the latest game from the creator of cult-hit Deadly Premonition, could be the relief you didn't even know you were looking for. It's one of the scant few Kinect-enabled games releasing soon, too. The episodic title was first teased during Microsoft's E3 event last year and has gone largely unheard from since. That's recently changed, as Xbox Wire has an interview with its developer Hidetaka Suehiro, better known as Swery65, ahead of the first installment hitting the Xbox Marketplace today.

Update: D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die is now available for $15 right here.

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Source: Xbox Wire

Retro? Modern? This home-brew NES game is both

EngadgetHD - September 18, 2014 - 10:37am

Retro gaming projects on Kickstarter are pretty common, but here's one that's a bit different: a game cartridge that, when plugged into the original Nintendo Entertainment System, plays an 8-bit game, and when plugged into a Mac or PC (via USB) plays a modern version of the same game. Perhaps the coolest aspect is that the two versions will interact with each other; an ability or weapon unlocked in one is available to futz with in its cousin. That is, if the project's Kickstarter is funded, of course. As Mystic Searches' project lead Joe Granato IV tells it, the concept comes from a design document he drew up, quite literally, as a seven year-old back in the '80s.

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Source: Kickstarter

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