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Google Already Increasing The Price Of YouTube TV

February 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

Alphabet Inc’s Google is increasing the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc’s Turner, National Basketball League, and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday.

Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40 per month from $35 per month as it adds Turner’s channels, which include TNT, CNN, and TBS, and soon will be adding MLB Network and NBA TV, the company said.

Google is expanding its offering at a time when a growing number of competing services, such as Dish Network Corp’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirectTV Now and Hulu, are vying to win over the growing number of viewers who are canceling their cable subscriptions to watch their favorite shows online.

The four largest cable and satellite companies lost 1.5 million pay TV customers in 2017.

DirectTV Now has over 2 million subscribers, according to AT&T. Sling TV, Hulu, and YouTube TV do not disclose how many users they have, but research firm BTIG estimates they respectively had 2.1 million, 500,000 and 350,000 as of the end of 2017.

The costs for these competing offerings range from $20 for Sling TV’s most basic offering of 30 channels to $39.99 for Hulu’s one with more than 50 channels and its library of shows and movies, which costs $7.99 separately.

Google is betting that its strong sports offering will help win over more subscribers, said Heather Moosnick, director of content partnerships, YouTube TV.

“Sports is really one of the key offerings that a millennial would be willing to pay for a live TV service,” she said.

To that end, Google has targeted sports fans with its TV ads this year. Ninety-six percent of YouTube TV’s ads on television so far this year have appeared during sports programming, including the Super Bowl, according to iSpot.tv, which tracks TV ads.

When Google launched YouTube TV last April it was cautious with how much content it was offering so that it could keep the price low enough to entice cord cutters or people considering cutting the cord, Moosnick said.

At launch YouTube TV offered almost 50 channels in five markets. With these additions, YouTube TV will have almost 60 channels, and be in 100 markets, Moosnick said.

The new pricing will take effect for new users who sign up after March 13, the company said.

Nintendo To Push Mario Kart To Mobile Devices

February 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Gaming

Now that Nintendo has already released hits such as Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Super Mario Run on both iOS and Android, it’s chose to bring its signature death race to the market. Nintendo has teased the next installment of its mobile market takeover: Mario Kart Tour.

After a very successful 3rd quarter Nintendo already appears to be revving up for the next fiscal year. The Japanese giant of gaming has not given us a lot to go on, but we have a title, a franchise, and a date.
Nintendo plans to release its mobile Motorsport mania sometime between April 1st, 2018 and March 31st, 2019. While that may be a rather large window of time, the prospect of having the mustachioed mascot motoring on your mobile devices within the next fiscal year ought to have some fans chomping at the bit.

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Intel Updates Its NUC Systems

February 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Computing

Intel is updating its NUCs with new models including the “Hades Canyon” gaming model (with AMD graphics), a “Bean Canyon” model sporting 8th-Gen Intel Coffee Lake chips, and a new entry-level set of “June Canyon” computers with low-power Celeron and Pentium chips based on the new Gemini Lake architecture.

Intel has posted technical specs for the new NUC7CJY NUC kit to its website which means we will probably see the June Canyon models out first.

Chipzilla is also talking about a NUC7JYB board, which is the motherboard and processor without any case, memory, or storage.

Lillyputing said that this would be a 4? x 4? motherboard with a soldered 10-watt processor. Systems will be available with a choice of a Celeron J4005 dual-core processor with Intel HD 600 graphics or a Pentium Silver J5005 quad-core chip with Intel HD 605 graphics.

June Canyon PCs can support up to 8GB of DDR4-2133 or DDR4-2400 memory with two SODIMM slots. The NUC7CJY kit is expected to arrive with 4GB of RAM preinstalled, as well as 32GB of eMMC flash storage.

Other features include:

2.5-inch drive bay for HDD or SSD
SD card slot
2 HDMI 2.0a ports (4k60 support
3.5mm audio jack
mini TOSLINK jack for 5.1 channel audio
Gigabit Ethernet
802.11ac WiFI
Bluetooth 5.0
4 USB 3.0 ports
dual digital mic array for far-field voice detection

The June Canyon NUC may be low power, but it’s not fan-less as there’s a fan placed over the motherboard to keep the system from overheating during use.

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ESPN Streaming Service Launching For $4.99 A Month

February 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Disney’s first subscription streaming service — a sports video app named ESPN Plus — will cost $4.99 a month and launch in the spring, while a Netflix-like service for Disney movies is slated to arrive in late 2019, company CEO Bob Iger announced.

The services are the vanguard of Disney’s desired transition into a digital-forward giant. Facing down battles with deep-pocketed tech companies like Netflix, Amazon and Apple that are pouring money into original movies and shows, Disney and other traditional entertainment companies are circling wagons around their own media properties and figuring out how to make them available online on their own terms.

Disney’s Netflix competitor, a hub expected next year that will stream movies and other programming, will have “not just one but a few Star Wars series,” Iger said Tuesday, during a call to discuss the company’s earnings in the fiscal first quarter. “The level of talent will be rather significant.”

ESPN Plus will launch as part of a redesign of the ESPN network’s app. The new service is meant to provide thousands of live sports events that aren’t on the main channels, Iger said. That will include Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and National Hockey League games, as well as rugby, golf, cricket and other contests. The service will also let users stream ESPN films and other exclusive programming.

ESPN Plus will be available on both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile device systems, as well as on Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast streaming-media device.

For all users, the ESPN app redesign will introduce a different user interface to continue showing off scores, sports highlights and podcasts. For people who subscribe to a traditional cable or satellite package that includes ESPN, the app will stream its networks.

Previously, Disney has said that its Netflix competitor will arrive sometime next year and will be priced substantially below Netflix, where the most popular tier costs about $12 a month. In August, Iger said Disney would end a deal that gave Netflix its most-popular movies, aiming to funnel them to its own streaming video service instead.

Raspberry Pi Team With Darktrace

February 7, 2018 by  
Filed under Computing

Raspberry Pi has got pretty serious about protecting its intellectual property and has tasked artificial intelligence (AI) security firm Darktrace to keep hackers at bay.

You wouldn’t expect cybercriminals to go after Raspberry Pi given its friendly nature of supporting the teaching of coding to kids and providing kits to nerds with a hard-on for building all manner of computerized contraptions.

But clearly, the UK company is feeling a little paranoid. And we guess it has a right to, as the IP of Raspberry Pi is now rather valuable given the company, which began life as a quiet Cambridge startup, has shifted 15 million of its low-cost computers and sees no slowing down of appetite for various Pis.

Keeping things firmly in Blighty, Raspberry Pi has signed up to Cambridge-based Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System.

So while Raspberry Pi keeps adding slices to its microcomputer ecosystem, it will do so under the protection of cybersecurity kit that uses AI-based algorithms to learn the normal pattern of devices on a network so it can spot unusual activity, which would be indicative of a hacker getting up to no good within the network.

According to Darktrace, as soon as the Raspberry Pi turned on the switch in its security software, the clever components identified several vulnerabilities in Raspberry Pi’s network. The system grassed up the security holes to the network admins who were able to plug the holes.

Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton was clearly impressed: “Darktrace’s AI technology for cyber defense is a game-changer. It provides us with full visibility into our network, including any connected personal devices, and other weak spots.”

We hope the security tech gives Upton and his team the scope to not worry about security and get cracking on with more Raspberry Pi machines, perhaps doing a little more than just soldering on a header to the Raspberry Pi Zero W.

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Twitter Loses A Key Executive To Startup

January 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Twitter’s chief operating officer, Anthony Noto,  has decided to leave to become the CEO of financial startup SoFi.

Noto, one of Twitter’s most vocal executives, joined the social network in 2014.

“Anthony has been an incredible advocate for Twitter and a trusted partner to me and our leadership team,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a statement Tuesday.

Noto was instrumental in Twitter’s big push for live video on the platform, including a deal to stream NFL Thursday Night Football games in 2016. His departure, which comes a little more than two weeks before Twitter announces its earnings on Feb. 8, is yet another shake-up in the company’s executive ranks. Noto replaced former chief operating officer Adam Bain, who left in late 2016 after six years with the company.

Noto came to Twitter from Goldman Sachs as the social network was preparing to go public in 2014.

Twitter is also facing many other challenges, not just on its executive front. The company faces increasing scrutiny from Congress over the way the social network was used by Russian propagandists during the divisive 2016 US presidential election. Twitter said last week that Russian meddling was more widespread than it initially estimated and that it plans to notify more than 600,000 of its users in the US who liked or retweeted messages from Russian-linked accounts.

Noto is slated to become SoFi CEO on March 1, when interim CEO Tom Hutton will become a non-executive chairman of the board.

It will be hard for the company to replace Noto, who basically ran Twitter’s day-to-day operations, said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. The company still has to overcome stagnant user growth —  it’s been hovering around 330 million users — as other social networks, like Facebook with its 2 billion users, continue to flourish.

“You have a public company that has a known, popular brand in the mainstream that’s used heavily by a certain president and monitored by the media, but they still haven’t been able to truly capitalize on it,” Blau said. “It’s going to be interesting to see who wants to take [Noto’s] position.”

Twitter said Noto’s responsibilities within its business and revenue operations will be assumed by other members of the leadership team.

Shares of Twitter were down as much 3 percent Tuesday in early market trading.

Noto said in a statement he appreciated his time at Twitter.

Google and China’s Tencent Agree On Patent Deal

January 23, 2018 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Alphabet Inc’s Google has agreed to a patent licensing agreement with Tencent Holdings Ltd as it seeks ways to expand in China where many of its products, such as app store, search engine, and email service, are blocked by regulators.

The U.S. technology company has signed similar agreements before with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, and Cisco Systems Inc, but the deal with Tencent is a first with a large Chinese tech firm.

 Google has previously said that agreements such as these reduce the potential of litigation over patent infringement.
 The agreement with the Chinese social media and gaming firm Tencent covers a broad range of products and paves the way for collaboration on technology in the future, Google said on Friday, without disclosing any financial terms of the deal.

Tencent oversees China’s top social media and payments app, WeChat, which has close to a billion users. It also oversees one of the country’s most popular app stores and hosts the country’s biggest gaming and livestream platforms.

Google did not disclose the scope of the new patent deal and Tencent did not immediately respond to questions about which products the patent agreement will cover.

“By working together on agreements such as this, tech companies can focus on building better products and services for their users,” said Mike Lee, Google’s head of patents.

Over the past year, Google has indicated that it was looking to increase it presence in the restrictive Chinese market, with the launch of a local AI research lab, introduction of a version of its translation app and expansion into new cities.

The company announced this month that it had invested in Chinese livestream gaming app Chushou, which is similar to Google’s own YouTube game livestreaming services.

In December, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spoke at a conference in China hosted by the Cyberspace Administration of China, which oversees censorship in the country.

Intel Finally Shows Core-I Processor With AMD Inside

January 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Computing

Intel’s project with rival AMD has yielded five news slices of silicon, with the chip makers revealing the new Core H-series processors that come packing AMD’s Vega M graphics processors.

The chips feature Intel Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs capable of hitting speeds of 4.2GHz and 3.8GHz respectively. Despite being dubbed Kaby Lake-G, with the ‘G’ standing for graphics, the CPUs are eighth-generation chips rather than silicon-based around the seven-gen Kaby Lake architecture.

These CPUs are complemented with AMD’s Vega M GH and Vega M GL GPUs, the former being more powerful than the latter, and have 4GB of second-generation high bandwidth memory (HBM2) to draw upon.

The Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge on the chips is claimed to be the key to getting the CPU and GPU to play nice, as well as reduce the footprint of the silicon to one that smaller than having a standard CPU paired with a discrete graphics card.

The five chips are as follows, starting with the most powerful: Core i7-8809G, Core i7-8709G, Core i7-8706G, Core i7-8705G, and Core i5-8305G.

At CES 2018, touted benchmarks show the chips keeping pace with a computer using a Core i7-7700HQ and Nvidia’s Max-Q version of its mid-range GeForce 1080 GPU.

In both dedicated benchmarking tools and demanding games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the Intel-AMD love-child outpaced the more traditional CPU and GPU setup, though it’s worth noting that the test favours the new eighth-generation architecture and the Core i7-7700HQ is based on last generation Intel tech so it’s perhaps not the fairest comparison.

Nevertheless, for a 2-in-1 chip to out even keep up with a traditional CPU and GPU setup is impressive.

But what will these chips be used for we hear you cry? Well, they’re to be plonked in Dell and HP laptops and 2-in-one devices, slated to be revealed at CES.

And Intel took the covers off its “most powerful” NUC (next unit compute) compact computer to date, which makes uses of the new Kaby Lake-G chips to have a machine that sits in a person’s hand but can still power virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

So basically, these new chips are paving the way for more compact laptops, desktops, and all-in-one PCs that have more graphical grunt than one would expect but don’t hoover up power or cough out heat like more traditional dedicated GPUs.

The real test will be exactly how computer makers put these chips to work and ensure they get the most power and efficiency out of them, but we’re grateful to see a little bit of innovation creep back into Intel’s chip line up, which until now has just being tick-tocking along without much aplomb.

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Will Intel Going To Court Over The “Meltdown” And “Spectre” Fiasco

January 12, 2018 by  
Filed under Computing

Intel is facing multiple class-action lawsuits over the ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ vulnerabilities affecting all of its x64-64x processors from the last decade.

The chip design flaws, which affect everything from iOS and macOS to Linux and Windows, could lead to hackers extracting important protected information such as passwords and encryption keys from programmes and operating systems if exploited.

Although reports claim the flaws have not yet been exploited, The Guardian reports that Intel has, perhaps unsurprisingly, quickly been whacked by a handful of class-action lawsuits, with three separate suits having been filed by plaintiffs in California, Oregon and Indiana.

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation from the chip giant, citing the security vulnerability as well as Intel’s failure to disclose it in a timely fashion. 

They also cite the alleged computer slowdown that will be caused by the fixes needed to address the security concerns, although Intel disputes that this will be the case.

“Intel continues to believe that the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time,” it said in a statement earlier this week.

“While on some discrete workloads the performance impact from the software updates may initially be higher, additional post-deployment identification, testing and improvement of the software updates should mitigate that impact.”

Lawyer Bill Doyle of Doyle APC, who is representing plaintiffs Steven Garcia and Anthony Stachowiak who filed suit in the northern district of California, said: “The security vulnerability revealed by these reports suggests that this may be one of the largest security flaws ever facing the American public.

“It is imperative that Intel acts swiftly to fix the problem and ensure consumers are fully compensated for all losses suffered as a result of their actions.”

More lawsuits are expected to follow, and it’s expected that most big cloud service providers, such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, will likely seek some form of compensation from Intel.

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Intel Said To Release Patch This Week For Security Flaw

January 10, 2018 by  
Filed under Computing

Intel has developed and is rapidly issuing updates for all types of Intel-based computer systems — including personal computers and servers — that render those systems immune to the”Spectre” and “Meltdown.”

Intel paid hundreds of millions of dollars to recall its Pentium processors after the 1994 discovery of the “FDIV bug” that revealed rare but real calculation errors. Meltdown and Spectre are proving damaging to Intel’s brand, sending the company’s stock down more than 5 percent.

This time though Chipzilla and its chums claim to have made significant progress in deploying updates as both software patches and firmware updates. Besides when you are talking 15 years of chips being affected there was never going to be any way Intel would have done a recall.

Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years. By the end of next week, Intel expects to have issued updates for more than 90 percent of processor products introduced within the past five years. Also, many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services

The question is whether this update will transform PCs into shadows of their former selves and make them as slow as asthmatic ants with a heavy load of shopping

Intel continues to believe that the performance impact of these updates is highly workload-dependent and, for the average computer user, should not be significant and will be mitigated over time. While on some discrete workloads the performance impact from the software updates may initially be higher, additional post-deployment identification, testing and improvement of the software updates should mitigate that effect.

Others are not so certain and want to see some benchmarks before declaring Intel safe. Intel said it continues to work with its partners and others to address these issues, and Intel appreciates their support and assistance. Intel encourages computer users worldwide to use the automatic update functions of their operating systems and other computer software to ensure their systems are up-to-date.

System updates are made available by system manufacturers, operating system providers and others.

Initially, AMD told users its chips were not subject to the same sort of attacks as Intel’s chips, but the company has since updated its stance to say its chips are only affected by some of the announced hacks, and these could be fixed with a simple software update. Engineers at Google originally detected the flaw and wrote in a blog post it could affect Intel, AMD, and ARM chips.  Apple has confirmed all its Mac systems and iOS devices are affected.

The Fruity cargo-cult said it had released mitigations to defend against Meltdown in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2. It will release mitigations in Safari to defend against the Spectre bug “in the coming days.”

The Tame Apple Press has been doing its best to claim that Apple is less affected than anyone else because no one had been hacked using the exploit.  One magazine even wrote the whole thing off as just a “scare.”

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Spotify Being Sued for Nearly $2B Over Copyright Infringement

January 4, 2018 by  
Filed under Around The Net

Music streaming company Spotify is bing sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc. Allegations include using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher.

Wixen, an exclusive licensee of songs such as “Free Fallin” by Tom Petty, “Light My Fire” by the Doors, “(Girl We Got a) Good Thing” by Weezer and works of singers such as Stevie Nicks, is seeking damages worth at least $1.6 billion along with injunctive relief.

Spotify failed to get a direct or a compulsory license from Wixen that would allow it to reproduce and distribute the songs, Wixen said in the lawsuit, filed in a California federal court.

Wixen also alleged that Spotify outsourced its work to a third party, licensing and royalty services provider the Harry Fox Agency, which was “ill-equipped to obtain all the necessary mechanical licenses”.

Spotify declined to comment.

In May, the Stockholm, Sweden-based company agreed to pay more than $43 million to settle a proposed class action alleging it failed to pay royalties for some of the songs it makes available to users.

Spotify, which is planning a stock market listing this year, has grown around 20 percent in value to at least $19 billion in the past few months.

 

Germany Implements New Online Hate Speech Law

January 3, 2018 by  
Filed under Around The Net

In Germany, social media companies were hoping to avoid the fireworks marking the start of the new year.

On Jan. 1, the country began enforcing strict rules that could see platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube being fined up to €5 million (about $6 million) if they don’t remove posts containing hate speech within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, BBC reported Monday.

The new hate speech rules, passed last June, require companies to maintain an “effective and transparent procedure for dealing with complaints” that users can access readily at any time. Upon receiving a complaint, social media companies have to remove or block “obviously illegal content” within 24 hours, although they have up to a week when dealing with “complex cases.”

Social media companies haven’t been viewed too favorably in many countries due to the massive volume of hate content on their platforms. To fight that, Facebook in June said it removes 66,000 posts every week, saying it wants to do better but admitting the task is not easy. Last month, Twitter escalated its fight against hate, enforcing an updated policy that bans users from promoting violence and hate in their usernames and bios, and threatening to remove accounts if users tweeted hate speech, symbols, and images.

German isn’t the only country that wants social media companies to do more about hate speech. While the European Union acknowledged Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft for being better at the job, it said it managed to block twice the volume of hate content at a faster rate than those companies did in the beginning of the year.

“We’re committed to being part of the solution to illegal hate speech and extremist content online — around the world, and in Germany, working within its new legal framework,” a YouTube spokesperson told CNET in an emailed statement. “We’ll continue to invest heavily in teams and technology to allow us to go further and faster in removing content that breaks our rules or German law, and by working with government, law enforcement, civil society groups and other companies.”

Was Intel’s Cannon Lake A 7th Generation Processor

January 2, 2018 by  
Filed under Computing

Intel hasn’t announced its 10nm processors, despite us expecting them before the end of 2017. While there is a good indication that we shall see 10nm from Intel in 2018, it means that Chipzilla is two years behind with 10nm.

In August 2015, Intel announced its second generation 14nm process based on a processor codenamed Skylake. This was a tick from the 22nm Broadwell architecture. Broadwell itself was the tock (the new architecture) from Skylake.

Skylake arrived in August 2015 as the Gen 6 Intel or 6000 series. The original plan was to follow up with the 7th generation in 10nm and give it the codename Cannon Lake.

Obviously, 10nm didn’t ship in the following year as mass production was too much for it and even in the last days of December of 2017 Intel has yet to ship any 10nm parts. it could not even announce the Core Y, the easiest and smallest to make the 10nm core. There is some hope that this might happen in early 2018.

Instead of having Cannon Lake as 10nm being the Gen 7, Intel replaced the second generation of 14nm with another optimization known as Kaby Lake. While Kaby Lake did well in both mobile and desktop, it was only a minimal optimization of the 14nm predecessor.

Intel’s agony didn’t stop there. In October 2017 it introduced the second refinement of the 14nm process codenamed Coffee Lake and called it the Gen 8.

The most significant change was squeezing in more cores and L3, which affected the performance of the multithreaded applications but again, it didn’t help Intel get to 10nm. However, these processors did a good job fighting against AMD’s Ryzen series, despite being somewhat elderly tech.

The Tick Tock strategy today looks like Tick – Tock – Refresh – Refresh – and pray for the new Tick in 2018. Until early March 2017 and the Ryzen introduction, Intel was fighting itself. Of course, it didn’t delay its roadmap voluntarily, it had yield-related problems with its 10nm as we described a month ago.

Meanwhile, the successor of Ryzen should use the 12nm optimized 14nm manufacturing process from the GlobalFoundries, but it won’t bring significant leaps in performance. The successor to the original Ryzen will be an evolutionary step.

One of our industry sources once described Intel’s 10nm as Samsung’s / GlobalFoundries 7nm, which implies that the 10nm core from Intel can bring a lot of performance to the table. All Chipzilla needs is to have the 10nm Cannon Lake (desktop) and Ice Lake (notebooks) ready by the second part of 2018, and it will stand well to compete with AMD.

However, that means delays close to two years.

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Will Intel Start Being More Aggressive With New Tech

December 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Computing

Intel CEO Brian Kzarnich has had enough of taking the safe approach and he is casting off the cardigan and bobble hat his mum insisted he wears and is going to take a few risks.

Dashing out a risky memo to Intel employees, he said that the company would be taking more risks in the future. He said that those chip things which made it shedloads of money… well they will not be Intel’s center any more.  Instead it will be more interested in data memory, FPGAs, IOT, artificial intelligence, and autonomous driving.

The Intel CEO also mentioned the company’s financial outlook and growth of recent times, with the increased focus on those same data-hungry fields that have led the company to achieve an almost 50/50 ratio in income divided by both PC and all other Intel growth areas.

Intel’s recent acquisitions of Nervana, Mobileye and Altera, just to name a few, have been some of the more evident of these, but the company has also been picking up slightly smaller companies as well.

To be fair, Intel’s consumer PC market hardly pays its way these days.

Kzarnich said that in the early 80s, he  was hired fresh out of college to be a process engineer in Intel’s New Mexico fab.  At the time, Intel made DRAM and in 1985 Andy Grove and Gordon Moore bet the company on a decision to get out of memory and switch to manufacturing microprocessors.

“I was about three months into the job when my boss walked in and said: ‘We’re not in the DRAM business anymore. We’ll shut the factory down'”. I remember calling up my father and telling him: “Well, I’ll be coming home.” Instead, I watched as Intel made a massive shift. It required downsizing, new investments, and a lot of change. Yet in December 1997-20 years ago this month, Time magazine named then Intel CEO Andy Grove its Man of the Year. “Under his leadership, Intel had transformed from embattled memory maker to the world’s leading microprocessor company and a leader of the digital revolution”, Kzarnich wrote.

He added: “Data is becoming the most valuable asset for any company. That’s why our growth strategy is centered on data: memory, FPGAs, IOT, artificial intelligence, autonomous driving. Anything that produces data, anything that requires a lot of computing, the vision is, we’re there.”

He said that within five to ten years “the world will run on Intel silicon”.

Intel was “inches away” from being a 50/50 company, meaning that half of its revenue comes from the PC and half from new growth markets. While in many of these new markets Intel is the underdog, it is an exciting challenge.

“The new normal for Intel is that we are going to take more risks. The new normal is that we will continue to make bold moves and try new things. We’ll make mistakes. Bold doesn’t always mean right or perfect. The new normal is that we’ll get good at trying new things, determining what works and moving forward”, he said.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with risky business, just so long as you don’t end up being filmed dancing in your underwear.

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YouTube TV App Full Roll-out Delayed Until 2018

December 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Consumer Electronics

YouTube TV finally has a full app, but the implementation for various TV devices is taking longer than originally planned.

The apps for Roku and Apple TV, originally slated to launch before the end of 2017, are now scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Also planned for the Q1 timeframe, a YouTube representative told me, are apps for older smart TVs, namely Samsung sets from 2014 and 2015, and Sony TVs that use the older Linux-based operating system, as opposed to Android TV.

YouTube TV is a $35-per-month live TV service aimed at cable cord-cutters. Unlike the free YouTube you know so well, populated by cat videos, how-tos and myriad independent channels and shows, YouTube TV is a direct competitor to cable TV.

Available in more than 80 cities nationwide, it offers local TV channels such as ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as well as cable stalwarts like AMC, ESPN, the Disney Channel, Fox News and Bravo. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET and Showtime.)

In addition to iOS and Android phones and tablets, and PC browsers, YouTube TV is currently available via the following TV-connected devices. All of them, except Chromecast, use the new big-screen app that debuted in October.

  • Chromecast (including Chromecast built-in TVs from Vizio and others)
  • Xbox One
  • Android TV (including Nvidia Shield and newer Sony TVs)
  • Samsung 2016 and 2017 smart TVs
  • LG 2016 and 2017 smart TVs

Meanwhile, YouTube TV’s competitors, including Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now, are all currently available on most of the same devices, as well as Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. The YouTube TV representative told me there are currently no plans for Fire TV or PlayStation apps.

Separately, YouTube has said it will pull its main, free YouTube app (the one with the cat videos and stuff) from Fire TV devices by the end of 2018.

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