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Cotton candy ice spun by fungus

CNET Media 2.0 - July 23, 2015 - 7:07am
Microscopic and chemical analyses of the elusive and mysterious hair ice have finally revealed its secret: fungus.

EU launches antitrust probe against Disney, other film studios

CNET Media 2.0 - July 23, 2015 - 6:46am
The European Union contends that the studios and British pay-TV provider Sky UK are violating antitrust regulations by restricting the broadcasting of studio films to only the UK and Ireland.

New owner for Farncombe

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2015 - 6:39am

Cartesian has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Farncombe Technology Limited for an undisclosed fee. Read the story »

Critical security flaws patched in latest Chrome release

CNET Media 2.0 - July 23, 2015 - 6:24am
Google has fixed a number of critical bugs in the new Chrome 44 update across multiple operating systems.

Uber to courier Xiaomi Mi Note phones directly to customers in Asia

CNET Media 2.0 - July 23, 2015 - 5:44am
The ride-hailing company will hand-deliver the Chinese smartphone maker's new phablet to impatient buyers in Singapore and Malaysia.

Sky UK and major US movie studios hit by EU antitrust probe

EngadgetHD - July 23, 2015 - 5:06am

There's nothing the European Commission likes more than a good ol' antitrust case, and today it's set its sights on Sky UK and six of the broadcaster's US film studio partners: Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. In a "Statement of Objections" sent to the parties, the commission has formally accused Sky and the studios of engaging in anti-competitive behavior, by drawing up contracts that prevent Europeans from accessing Sky's pay-TV services outside of the UK and Ireland. While it's implied Sky is partly to blame, the commission's main issue with the agreements is they stop Sky from coming to its own decision on whether to offer pay-TV access in other EU countries.

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Via: The Verge

Source: European Commission

Northern Lights rocket launch could solve GPS interference

Reuters Technology - July 23, 2015 - 4:46am
Rocket containing multi-needle probe is fired into the Northern Lights to unlock the secrets behind Aurora Borealis and solve the interference caused to navigation systems by electron clouds. Jim Drury reports.

Technicolor to acquire Cisco STB business for €550m

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2015 - 3:31am

Technicolor has entered into an exclusive agreement with Cisco to acquire its customer premises equipment (CPE) business for €550 million in a cash and stock transaction. Read the story »

TVP on a roll

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2015 - 1:58am

The Polish public broadcaster TVP has posted a gross profit of PLN144.4 million (€35 million) for the first half of this year, or PLN28.2 million more than in the corresponding period in 2014. Read the story »

Telekom rebrand in Albania

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2015 - 1:38am

Albania has become the twelfth country in Deutsche Telekom’s European footprint to introduce the Telekom brand identity. Read the story »

MTS to launch OTT service

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2015 - 1:15am

Russia’s MTS will launch an OTT service in August aimed at LG connected TV users. Read the story »

Intelsat 34 arrives at Kourou

BroadbandTVNews - July 23, 2015 - 12:32am

The Intelsat 34 satellite built by SSL is now at launch base. (PRNewsFoto/SSL)

Intelsat 34 has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. Read the story »

Netflix launches first major update to TV applications

BroadbandTVNews - July 22, 2015 - 10:57pm

Netflix has released the first major update to TV applications since late 2013. Read the story »

Twitch starts dumping Flash for HTML5

EngadgetHD - July 22, 2015 - 8:31pm

Twitch is ditching Flash. The first step is a redesign of its video player controls, swapping out the old Flash model for shiny, new HTML5 and Javascript controls. Twitch videos are still Flash-based for now, but this is all in preparation for a full HTML5 player. The new controls will be rolled out gradually to all users, and you'll notice them on channel pages first.

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Source: Twitch

Google introduces 360-degree YouTube ads

EngadgetHD - July 22, 2015 - 6:11pm

Google's already rolled out 360-degree videos on YouTube, like Bjork's latest musical venture, and now the company has announced that it's doing the same with advertisements. The new feature debuted on Wednesday for both Chrome and the mobile YouTube app on Android and iOS. It works exactly the same way existing 360-degree videos do -- just scroll your mouse up, down, left or right to adjust the view. The new ad format is also compatible with Google's Cardboard VR headset.

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Source: Google Adwords

Lawsuit claims Sling tricked viewers by introducing ads

EngadgetHD - July 22, 2015 - 4:46pm

Don't like that your Slingbox setup is dishing out ads when it wasn't before? You're not alone. Two viewers have sued Sling Media for allegedly pulling a "bait and switch" on existing customers, serving them ads that they hadn't actually agreed to see. It's tantamount to fraud, according to the lawsuit, and it's particularly egregious when many viewers paid $300 or more for their set-top boxes.

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Via: Multichannel News

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'Hearthstone' expansion is a Grand Tournament with new cards

EngadgetHD - July 22, 2015 - 4:24pm

That's 132 new cards, to be exact. The Grand Tournament is Hearthstone's latest expansion, due to hit in August with 132 new cards, plus fresh spells and weapons. It also introduces a new keyword -- a special attribute attached to certain cards -- called Inspire, which adds attack and spell boosts to some plays. Plus, the game board gets a revamp with tournament tents and competition grounds. The Grand Tournament comes at a price, of course: These card packs will be available for in-game gold or real money at the same price as standard packs, ranging from 100 gold for one pack and $3 for two packs, all the way to $50 for 40 packs. There's a pre-purchase price of $50 for 50 Grand Tournament card packs to be unsealed on launch day. The expansion launches sometime in August across iOS, Android, PC and Mac. Ready your decks, champions.

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Netflix's TV apps get their first major update since 2013

EngadgetHD - July 22, 2015 - 2:49pm

While Netflix has focused on rolling out more original content to more countries over the last couple of years, we haven't seen as many updates to its software as we used to. Last week the streaming video service said it would start optimizing its mobile apps, but first up is a tweak for the TV apps you probably use more often. Netflix says this is the first major change its TV apps have had since the new look rolled out in late 2013, and it will start or resume video as soon as you select a title, while keeping the info on the screen (check after the break for a GIF showing how it works). An earnings report earlier this year mentioned bringing video "forward" in the TV experience, and this seems to be a part of that plan, delivering what Netflix says is a more cinematic experience.

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Source: Netflix Blog

These are your favorite video game soundtracks

EngadgetHD - July 22, 2015 - 1:55pm

Not that long ago we published a list of the Engadget crew's favorite game soundtracks. But, of course, we left some of your favorites out. Well, we listened. What you'll find below are a selection of soundtracks that y'all made impassioned pleas for in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter. The big takeaway? You gals and guys really like the music from Eastern-developed games like Chrono Trigger and Shadow of the Colossus. You'll find those along with other, perhaps more modern, examples as well.


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Sky Deutschland to exit stock exchange

BroadbandTVNews - July 22, 2015 - 11:51am

Sky Deutschland will soon fully be owned by parent company Sky UK as the German pay-TV broadcaster’s shareholders approved the request by majority shareholder Sky German Holdings to squeeze out the minority shareholders and remove the company from the German stock exchange market. Read the story »

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