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UPC Austria to launch free Wi-Fi service

BroadbandTVNews - October 1, 2015 - 5:14am

Austria’s largest cable operator UPC Austria will offer its customers the possibility to surf the net for free using other customers’ Wi-Fi networks. Read the story »

RTL to rebrand Passion in Germany

BroadbandTVNews - October 1, 2015 - 3:50am

German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland will change the name of its pay-TV channel Passion into RTL Passion on November 12, 2015. Read the story »

Altice provides financial update

BroadbandTVNews - October 1, 2015 - 3:48am

Altice has announced that it has successfully priced $8.6 billion of new debt in connection with its acquistion of Cablevision Systems Corporation. Read the story »

Ericsson teams up with UPC Hungary

BroadbandTVNews - October 1, 2015 - 3:33am

UPC Hungary has signed a managed services contract with Ericsson for certain field operations and maintenance service. Read the story »

Barb launches ‘gold standard’ for online viewing measurement

BroadbandTVNews - October 1, 2015 - 3:25am

BARB has launched the first joint-industry, audited measure of online TV viewing. Read the story »

Russian TV holding restructures

BroadbandTVNews - October 1, 2015 - 3:23am

The Russian holding YUTV has begun to restructure in order to ensure its business complies with the 20% foreign ownership rule that comes into force at the beginning of 2016. Read the story »

ITV Player comes to Amazon's Fire TV

EngadgetHD - October 1, 2015 - 3:13am

ITV's replacement for ITV Player is meant to launch before the end of the year, but that doesn't mean the company is holding back on its app expansion. As promised, the broadcaster has brought ITV Player to the Amazon Fire TV, letting you catch-up on all of your favourite programmes on demand. The rollout is staggered, however, as Fire TV Stick owners will have to wait a couple of weeks until they can get in on the action. And if you've pre-ordered Amazon's new 4K-ready Fire TV, that too will support the app when it starts shipping on October 5th. When ITV Hub does launch, with a focus on live TV, ITV Player will be swapped for the rebranded app, but you shouldn't need to lift a finger.

Swisscom upgrades to VCAS Ultra

BroadbandTVNews - October 1, 2015 - 2:53am

Swisscom is deploying the Verimatrix VCAS Ultra content security architecture as part of its new Android-based set-top box system, the security company has announced. Read the story »

LG unveils new V10 smartphone, Urbane smartwatch

CNET Media 2.0 - September 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
The new smartphone features an independent second screen, while LG offers a glimpse of smartwatch that can be used as a phone.

Google, Microsoft settle long-running patent feud

CNET Media 2.0 - September 30, 2015 - 5:12pm
The tech giants agree to dismiss about 20 patent-royalty lawsuits related to use of smartphones, Wi-Fi and Web video.

Let's move into this Mars Ice House someday (Tomorrow Daily 250)

CNET Media 2.0 - September 30, 2015 - 4:43pm
Ashley congratulates the winners of NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, explains how controlling a robotic arm with a paintbrush may help disabled patients someday and drools over Tesla's new Model X (but cries a little at its price).

One login to rule them all: Welcome to the new Engadget comments

EngadgetHD - September 30, 2015 - 4:15pm

Our community of readers (that's you!) is of the utmost importance to us, and we're committed to making the Engadget experience the very best it can be. For three years, Engadget's been using Livefyre as our commenting system, and while it's not perfect, it served us well. We believe we can do better, however, and so it's time for a change. Our new commenting system was built in-house, by us and for you. That means we can and will be adding features to make it better as we go, and we want your feedback. This is just the first step in our plan to make Engadget the very best place on the web to not only read about technology, but also to talk about it with your fellow like-minded readers, too!

Apple pulls iFixit's app after it tears down the new Apple TV

EngadgetHD - September 30, 2015 - 3:46pm

The team at iFixit is learning a hard, hard lesson about the importance of honoring developer agreements. Apple has banned an iFixit developer account (and consequently, the iFixit app) after the repair-it-yourself outfit tore down a pre-release Apple TV sent out to developers, violating Apple's terms and conditions. The crew just couldn't resist deconstructing new gear, apparently. Before you ask, though, iFixit isn't trying to stir up internet drama. It knew the risks going in, and isn't about to fight a decision that most anyone could see coming a mile away. This will have ramifications if you relied on iFixit's (admittedly old) native app for tips: if you're on iOS, you'll have to use the company's mobile website for help from now on. The tradeoff won't be all that damaging, but it's safe to say that other devs will think twice about prying open gear that isn't strictly off-the-shelf.

Source: iFixit

Tidal's music-streaming service reaches 1 million subscribers

EngadgetHD - September 30, 2015 - 3:32pm

Remember when Jay Z said Tidal, the streaming music service he acquired earlier this year, was doing just fine? Well, as it turns out, things are still on a respectable course. The musician/entrepreneur took to Twitter to reveal a significant milestone for Tidal: 1 million subscribers. "'Nothing real can be threatened, nothing unreal exists,'" Jay Z tweeted. "Tidal is platinum." To celebrate, Tidal announced it will be hosting a charity concert in Brooklyn's Barclays Center on October 20th, featuring high-caliber artists such as Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Prince and, of course, Jay Z himself. And don't worry if you can't attend, the service says it plans to stream it to everyone (including non-subscribers) on its website.

Source: Jay Z (Twitter)

Twitter reportedly to name Dorsey as permanent CEO

CNET Media 2.0 - September 30, 2015 - 2:12pm
The microblogging service will name co-founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey as its new chief this week, according to a report. His first job: getting more people to tweet.

Former Sprint exec lands at Mississippi wireless operator

CNET Media 2.0 - September 30, 2015 - 2:12pm
Once Sprint's technology chief, Stephen Bye will soon head up strategy for rural operator C Spire, as the company decides whether to participate in the government's upcoming spectrum auction.

Pumped-up camera may vault Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X phones into mainstream

CNET Media 2.0 - September 30, 2015 - 2:06pm
Better photo tech should help Google's Android-powered phones escape the techie buyer niche. Too bad there's no image stabilization.

Make this massive Jabba the Hutt inflatable your lawn slave

CNET Media 2.0 - September 30, 2015 - 1:28pm
Prepare for the new Star Wars movie by installing a fat inflatable Jabba the Hutt in front of your house.

Eat your food like Darth Vader with lightsaber cutlery

CNET Media 2.0 - September 30, 2015 - 1:09pm
Even if you aren't a Sith Lord, you can still dine like one with Star Wars lightsaber cutlery sets and graters from Underground Toys. Bantha steaks not included.

TiVo Bolt lets you skip commercials and speed-watch TV

CNET Media 2.0 - September 30, 2015 - 1:06pm
TiVo hopes you'll pay more for TV with its time-saving tricks. Also, Tesla Model X spreads its wings, and Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch hits stores Friday.

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