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Big Cable broke its promise and you're paying for it

 

Cable companies originally probably to give us free apps to watch TV without having to pay for cable boxes. We’re still waiting.

Last June, Big Cable made an appealing offer for viewers and regulators. Companies would provide consumers with free apps to watch TV rather than making them pay monthly fees for cable boxes. But the cable companies didn’t do this out of the kindness of their hearts — they wanted to stop the Federal Communication Commission from passing regulations making them ship apps.

A year after that “Ditch the Box” pledge, two things have changed. There’s now zero threat of federal regulators requiring cable operators to give subscribers free apps to replace rented boxes, and the industry’s “Ditch the Box” plan seems to have disappeared.

What was on the table

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The 3 big challenges facing Uber’s next CEO

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is out. After a series of public relations disasters resulting from claims of sexual harassment, sexism, privacy invasions and law enforcement evasions, the co-founder announced his resignation under pressure from investors.

But a changing of the guard won’t necessarily right Uber’s listing ship. The new face for the company will undoubtedly encounter a slew of challenges right off the bat. But the most important matter is whether the person can continue to grow the business while completely changing its corporate culture.

Profit and culture

“It’s really important that they get someone in there that not only has a good business mind, but also has a good culture,” said Gartner research director Michael Ramsey. “That will be vital for them going forward.”

Kalanick, however, won’t be easy to replace. As Ramsey points out, a company’s founder helped bring the...


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Here’s who could lead Uber out of its scandals

To call last week a “doozy” for Uber would be an understatement, with CEO Travis Kalanick announcing a leave of absence from the ride-hailing business following a slew of scandals in recent months and the death of his mother in a boating accident.

Now that the dust has settled somewhat, the question remains: Who can steer Uber into a new chapter?

The onus could fall on a chief operating officer, which the company has actively searched for since March, following allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace from a former Uber engineer. The Wall Street Journal reported in April that Uber interviewed candidates including former Walt Disney Co. COO Thomas Staggs, former Wal-Mart CIO Karenann Terrell, and Helena Foulkes, executive vice president of CVS Health Corp (CVS).

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Nintendo's 'Arms' is a whimsical fighter with wonderful multiplayer

The Nintendo Switch has just two major titles capable of pulling people in: the incredible “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” and “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.” But now you can add a third game to the list with the company’s new fighter “Arms.”

A Switch exclusive, “Arms” offers the kind of whimsical, party game-style fun that Nintendo (NTDOY) excels at. That’s not to say that “Arms” is a perfect title, though.

It does have shortcomings, especially when it comes to its single-player mode. But its local and online multiplayer options and spring-inspired character design make it the kind of approachable game you’ll enjoy playing with friends on your couch and online.

Getting into the swing of things

Fighting games are a staple of the gaming industry. But getting the hang of a new fighter always takes time. And if you take the fight online, you better be an expert, because button mashing...


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Why Apple would need to use ex-NSA workers to stop leaks

Apple (AAPL) is tired of leaks. And according to a report by The Outline’s William Turton, the company is employing individuals with experience through the likes of the N.S.A., F.B.I. and the U.S. military to stop its confidential information from being tomorrow’s big headline.

But in the irony to end all ironies, the information that Apple is trying plug its leaks comes from a leaked recording of an internal meeting about how to prevent leaks. So it’s a safe bet that Apple is quite unhappy right now.

The report not only touches on who is working with the tech giant, but also how successful its Global Security team has been in reducing leaks as of late.

Most interesting is the fact that Apple has cut leaks at its production facilities overseas so much that the main sources of information leaving the company are employees at its Cupertino, California headquarters.

We reached out to...


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The top 10 games of E3 2017

The greatest video game show on Earth has ended, but the hype is just heating up.

Nearly 70,000 gamers flooded an overpacked Los Angeles Convention Center for three straight days (not counting a few days of fancy media briefings) of digital insanity, and game makers of all shapes and sizes delivered enough gaming goodness to last a lifetime — or at least until the holidays.

Though E3 2017 lacked the explosive punch of last year’s incredible show, it was home to dozens of cool games spanning every system under the sun. So how do you narrow that down? Some games were playable; others were little more than a trailer and some concept art. You’ll get your hands on a handful of them in 2017, while many more won’t see the light of day for years. But regardless of development state (and in no particular order) these are the 10 titles we’re most excited to play.

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ (Switch |...


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These are the coolest VR games at the world's biggest video game expo

There’s no getting around it: virtual reality has stalled out.

After years of gushing previews and bold corporate stage shows, reality seems to have virtual reality. It’s clunky, pricey and still mostly a curiosity. We know that will eventually change — the headsets will slim down, the prices will drop and the experiences will get more exciting — but it’s safe to say that our virtual future is taking a lot longer than many anticipated.

Take a gander around the massive E3 video game conference in Los Angeles this week, however, and you’ll find plenty of proof that game makers are still very much on board the VR hype train. Sony (SNE) prominently displayed a half-dozen VR games during their fancy media briefing, Bethesda went all-in with three VR games based on hugely popular franchises and games for Facebook’s (FB) Oculus and HTC and Valve’s Vive were scattered throughout the show...


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Microsoft's new Surface Pro is a powerful machine with a slight drawback

When it launched back in 2012, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface was little more than a reference design for the company’s Windows 8 operating system. Unfortunately, Windows 8 was a disaster. But the Surface hardware proved to be a diamond in the rough thanks to its simple, 2-in-1 laptop-tablet design.

Which brings us to the new Surface Pro. The follow-up to Microsoft’s excellent Surface Pro 4, the new Surface Pro — there’s no number designation for this one — builds on the successes of its predecessor with improved performance, a new, more flexible kickstand and an upgraded stylus. And while you’ll now have to shell out an extra $100 to get the whole package, it’s still worth the price of admission.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro is a winner, but its pen will cost you.

Haven’t we met before?

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Nintendo shows off new 'Super Mario Odyssey' and more at E3 2017

If you’re interested in upcoming Nintendo Switch games, Nintendo’s got you covered.

Nintendo of America (NTDOY) president Reggie Fils-Aime and a number of developers introduced a slew of new and previously announced Switch titles during its brief Nintendo Spotlight online event at the annual E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles. While other companies put on lengthy, lavish media briefings in cavernous event halls, Nintendo once again streamed a simple, pre-taped online video detailing some of the big games coming to its fast-selling home console.

But for all its pop, Nintendo left some of the biggest consumer concerns about their complex ecosystem and business interests unanswered. Here’s what we learned — and what we didn’t.

It’s a Mario world

The biggest game in Nintendo’s upcoming stable, “Super Mario Odyssey,” got the star treatment. Due out October 27, the next game from the...


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Microsoft's new Xbox One X is a beast, but faces an uphill battle

After months of anticipation, Microsoft (MSFT) unveiled its newest game console, the Xbox One X, at E3 2017 in Los Angeles, California, over the weekend.

Microsoft is pushing the One X as the world’s most powerful system. And that power will cost you a pretty penny: $499 to be exact.

Officially slated for release on Nov. 7, the One X faces some stiff competition in Sony’s (SNE) incredibly popular PlayStation 4 and VR-ready PS4 Pro, not to mention the still hard to get Nintendo (NTDOY) Switch. And while the One X might be more powerful than the PS4 and Switch, its biggest features probably won’t benefit the majority of gamers.

Microsoft unveils the Xbox One X at the annual E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California on June 12.

The Xbox One X basics

Previously known by its code name Project Scorpio, the Xbox One X is a new console, but it’s not considered a full-fledged...


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Pogue's Basics: Operate the Windows Ribbon from the keyboard

The Windows 10 Ribbon is supposed to enhance your efficiency by putting every conceivable command in one place, with nothing hidden. But how efficient is a tool that requires mousing?

Fortunately, the Ribbon is fully keyboard-operable. It even has a built-in cheat sheet. To see it, press the Alt key. You see little boxed letter-key shortcuts for each of the tabs. (Those keystrokes work even if you haven’t first summoned the cheat sheet.)

Sometimes, you’ll actually see two-letter codes, to be typed one letter a time. In a Pictures library, for example, the Picture Tools tab of the Ribbon offers “JP” as the keyboard shortcut to get you to the Manage tab. But the idea is the same: to save you time and mousing.

Adapted from “Pogue’s Basics: Tech” (Flatiron Press), by David Pogue.

 

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America has slower LTE wireless than Canada or Mexico

A new report on wireless broadband is out, and it may not leave readers cheering “USA! USA!” According to OpenSignal’s study, Mexico, Canada, France, the United Kingdom and more than 50 other countries offer faster LTE cellular data speeds than the U.S.

Still, the latest installment of this biannual survey by the London-based research firm isn’t all bad. OpenSignal’s findings, based on almost 20 million reports collected by its app from 558,260 users in the first quarter of the year, also show that the U.S. is making strong progress in expanding LTE availability to more users, even if it’s not always the fastest.

A need for speed in any language

According to OpenSignal’s data the average LTE download speed in the U.S. was 14.99 megabits per second (Mbps) in the first quarter of 2017. That’s not exactly bad  — it’s an improvement from the 13.95 Mbps average it the survey reported six...


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The big issues we want Apple to address in macOS High Sierra

This fall, Apple (AAPL) will bring us the latest of its California-themed updates to its desktop operating system with macOS High Sierra. Like any new software release showed off in a carefully rehearsed demo, High Sierra looked promising during its Monday introduction at the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference.

For example, the new Apple File System should speed common desktop tasks like duplicating files or calculating a folder’s size. And Safari will stop web videos from playing automatically with the sound on and make it harder for advertisers to badger you about products you looked at earlier on some other site.

But there are still some issues Apple didn’t mention during its keynote — lingering problems with the Mac’s core software that we can only hope see attention in the final version of High Sierra.

Memory management

The single most maddening part of my Mac experience...


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E3 Preview: What to expect from 2017&apos;s marquee video game expo

Hope you like video games, because your social networks are about to get flooded with countless tweets, posts, pics, hot takes, snarky asides and full-on rants about interactive entertainment. The reason? E3, otherwise known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

You’ve likely heard of E3 — it’s in its 24th consecutive year — but you might not know why the annual video game industry convention/circus is such a big deal. Focused primarily on upcoming games and hardware, E3 offers a glimpse into the strategic motivation of some of the world’s biggest entertainment companies. Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE), Nintendo (NTDOY) and others parade their latest and greatest wares, hoping to drum up pre-orders, dominate headline, and ride a wave of gamer goodwill into the lucrative holiday season.

Here’s what you need to know about the most important video game show of the year.

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The 27 most interesting new features in iOS 11

If there were one big lesson from the announcements at Apple’s developer conference Monday morning, it’s this: It’s getting harder and harder to add Big New Features to a phone operating system.

When iOS 11, the new, free iPhone/iPad OS upgrade comes this fall, you won’t gain any big-ticket feature. Instead, you’ll get a wholllllle lot of tiny nips and tucks. They seem to fall into five categories: Nice Tweaks, Storage Help, iPad Exclusives, Playing Catch-Up, Fixing Bad Design.

Nice Tweaks

Expectations set? OK—here’s what’s new.

  • A new voice for Siri. The new male and female voices sound much more like actual people.
  • One-handed typing. There’s a new keyboard that scoots closer to one side, for easier one-handed typing. (You can now zoom in Maps one-handed, too.)

The new one-handed keyboard.

  • Quicker transfer. When you get a new iPhone, you can import all your settings from the...

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Apple polishes up 23 features in Mac OS High Sierra

Let’s be honest: The biggest Mac news from Apple’s developer conference Monday wasn’t about software features—it was about new hardware.

All Apple (AAPL) laptops and iMacs will gain Intel’s latest, fastest processor, known as Kaby Lake. The new iMacs will get huge bumps up in available storage, memory, and graphics power. And in December, Apple will see just how much it can pack into an iMac by releasing the iMac Pro: the most powerful Mac ever made. Dark gray metal, 5K screen, an Intel Xeon chip with up to 18 cores, 128 GB RAM, 4 terabytes of solid-state storage, and a 10 GB Ethernet jack. $5,000 and up. A truly monster machine—and yet it’s not the long-awaited update to the Mac Pro; that’s coming, too, Apple says.

But there was a software unveiling, too—of the next free Mac OS version, coming this fall. It will be called Mac OS High Sierra, and the name suggests exactly what it is:...


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Pogue&apos;s Basics: The "Minimize All" keystroke in Windows

Sometimes you’ve got Windows open, and you want to have a look at your desktop to find a certain icon. Well, here’s a keyboard trick that lets you minimize all your windows at once, revealing your entire desktop. Just press Windows key+M (think of it as M for “Minimize all”). Boom! They all fly away to your taskbar.

Add the Shift key to that keystroke to bring them all back.

Oh — and if you want to hide all but one certain window, grab the title bar and give your mouse a little shake. Boom! Weird, huh?

Shake again to bring ’em back.

Tip: This shaking business makes a very snazzy YouTube demo video, but it’s not actually the easiest way to isolate one window. If the window you want to focus on is already the frontmost window, then you can just press Windows key+Home to achieve the same effect. Press that combo a second time to restore all the minimized windows.

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Apple’s top new iOS 11 features 

Apple announced new features at the WWDC 2017.

Here are the top 10 features to look out for this fall:

The Apple Pay Cash Card will let users pay and receive peer-to-peer money transactions in iMessage.

Siri will be able to translate in various languages, like English, French, Chinese, German, Spanish and Italian.

Siri Male and Female voice get an update to sound more natural.

“Intelligence” feature will let Siri make suggestions on what you might find interesting.

Users will be able swipe up to get access to the redesigned control center, and use 3D touch to expand the options.

New live photo features will include looped live photos, a bounce feature and a simulated long exposure.

Apple Maps will have indoor maps for shopping malls and airports in select cities.

Maps will also have safety-driving features like speed limits, lane guidance and “do not disturb.”

IOS will roll out...


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Here’s what’s new: Apple’s High Sierra 

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017, Apple claimed that the new macOS High Sierra

will have the fastest desktop browser to date.

Safari is said to be 80 percent faster than Chrome, and will have an autoplay blocking feature.

For those who are concerned about Internet privacy, High Sierra will have an Intelligent Tracking Prevention tool.

Mail also got a few updates, including “Top Hits” in Spotlight, and Split View keeps messages you are replying to on the right side and mail on the left.

One of the most promising updates is designed to speed up the file system.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/05/macos-high-sierra/

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Amazon Echo, Google Home and now, Apple HomePod

Apple jumps into the smart speaker race with HomePod.

Announced at the 2017 World Wide Developers Conference, the Siri-powered speaker will make listening to music at home a better experience.

The built-in “musicologist” will tailor to your music preferences.

Just like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, HomePod can give you the weather, news and sports scores, and perform other tasks… with the command, “Hey, Siri.”

The 7-inch-tall HomePod is covered in mesh and has a 4-inch woofer.

It will run you $349 and will hit stores in December.

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