• BBC iPlayer streams sport in 4K HDR for first time

    The BBC has broadcast a live event in 4K resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) colour for the first time. Its iPlayer service streamed a full rugby match on Sunday, which was made available to the public but not promoted in advance. BT began screening live sport in 4K in […]

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  • Alibaba is bringing its smart assistant to cars from Daimler, Audi and Volvo

    Alibaba is jumping behind the wheel after it announced that Daimler, Audi and Volvo will bring its voice assistant to their vehicles. The assistant — Tmall Genie — is scheduled to go into cars “in the near future.” When it does, Alibaba said it will enable drivers to check fuel levels, mileage, battery levels and […]

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  • Uber to stop storing precise location pick-ups/drop-offs in driver logs

    Uber  is planning to tweak the historical pick-up and drop-off logs that drivers can see in order to slightly obscure the exact location, rather than planting an exact pin in it (as now). The idea is to provide a modicum more privacy  for users while still providing drivers with what look set to […]

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  • ‘It is not rude to leave’: Elon Musk says excessive meetings are a ‘blight’, urges staff to ‘walk out’

    Elon Musk is famed for his unconventional approach to management, but most of us would agree with his latest advice to staff. STUCK in a terrible meeting at work? Elon Musk reckons you should just walk out. According to the South African-born billionaire, as soon as it’s “obvious you aren’t […]

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  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains his famous one-character emails, known to strike fear in managers’ hearts

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos still personally reads customer-complaint emails sent to him, even though he doesn’t reply to many of them, he said during an onstage interview Friday. Often he’ll forward those emails to the executives in charge, with a single character: a question mark. The manager who receives the […]

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  • This Is the Secret to Elon Musk’s Astonishing Productivity

    Hint: it’s a mental strategy that’s over 2,000 years old. In an effort to cut back on spending for the production of Tesla’s new Model 3 sedan, CEO Elon Musk revisited his favorite ancient Greek philosophy: first principles. The term was coined by Aristotle more than 2,000 years ago. The […]

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  • Amazon Prime Video wins US Open tennis rights in the UK

    Amazon has signed an exclusive agreement with the organisers of the US Open Tennis Championships. The five-year deal with the USTA gives the streaming service live rights to the tournament in the UK and Ireland. Prime members will have access to live matches and on demand highlights. “We are proud […]

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  • Google Chrome now mutes annoying videos that autoplay with sound

    There’s good news for Google  Chrome users — the latest version of the world’s most popular web browser has arrived with a new feature that prevents websites from automatically playing sound. That means that pre-loaded videos, and other content that involves sound, won’t blare out unless you specifically choose to enable it to. Aside […]

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  • Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on mobile

    Netflix  is introducing its own take on Snapchat and Instagram stories after it began to roll out 30-second preview videos for mobile viewers. The previews look much like Stories because the thumbnails are circular and the content plays with virtual videos, so there’s no need to move your phone to the […]

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  • Mirantis bets on Spinnaker, Netflix’s open-source continuous delivery platform

    Spinnaker is the new open-source project to watch. It’s a multi-cloud continuous delivery platform that came out of Netflix and that now also has the backing of Google. The typical cycle for these kind of products, which mirrors what we’ve seen with projects like Kubernetes or OpenStack, is that a […]

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  • ESPN launches its streaming service ESPN+

    Meet the first big piece of Disney’s strategy In addition to being the sports media giant’s first big push into digital subscriptions, ESPN+ is also parent company Disney’s first streaming launch since it took a majority stake in technology company BAMtech last year, with the explicit goal of helping Disney move into […]

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  • 3D movie box office totals take another dive

    Could it be that the scourge of 3D film is coming to an end? The box office contribution of 3D showings dropped in 2017 to 12 percent of the U.S. and Canada’s $11.1 billion total take, its lowest point essentially since 3D movies became a thing. The numbers come straight […]

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  • plex podcasts

    This past fall, media software maker Plex expanded its service with the integration of a dedicated news hub within its app — a feature that arrived by way of its acquisition of streaming news startup, Watchup. Now the company is preparing to move into other verticals that will further complement […]

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