All posts on December, 2015


Why you should watch Apple TV sales this season

Will you be watching TV coverage as the year changes on your Apple TV? If you do you won’t be alone as there’s strong evidence to suggest the set top box was a big gift in the company cracker this year.

36% Christmas

AppLovin claims Apple TV use climbed 44 percent across Christmas. Not only this but it appears tens of thousands of these things may have been given and received as gifts. “Between December 24th and 26th alone, usage grew by 36 percent,” AppLovin explains.

(I’m not clear if that figure suggests 36 percent increase in comparison to overall Apple TV market share, which I see as around 25 million or more, or specific to the 4G model. I’ve dropped the company a line to request clarification.)

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Aunty BBC smashed by DDoS — or so Beeb tells Beeb (and best 2015 TV)

The BBC—that mainstay of British broadcasting, education, journalism, and whatever Top Gear was—is ruing the day someone dropped a cup of tea into the server. Or perhaps it was a distributed-denial-of-service attack—we don’t know and Aunty Beeb isn’t saying (well, apart from BBC journalists quoting BBC “sources,” that is).

Good heavens, what? Pass the crumpets, mum.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are in denial. Not to mention: The best of British telly in 2015

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Aunty BBC DDoS’ed, say BBC sources quoted by BBC (come again?)

The BBC—bastion of British broadcasting, journalism, and whatever Top Gear was—is cleaning up today after someone spilled their soda down the back of the server. Or perhaps it was a DDoS—we don’t know and Aunty Beeb isn’t saying (aside from the BBC journalists quoting BBC “sources,” that is).

Good heavens. Pass the tea and crumpets.

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This is an odd one, chaps. An anonymous BBC scribbler, writing on the BBC News website, quotes an anonymous BBC source—Web attack knocks BBC websites offline:

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iPhone 7 rumors: Apple goes waterproof, stripe-free, earlier release date

These iPhone 7 rumors are unquenchable, despite Apple’s traditional secrecy. As well as whispers about an earlier release date, we hear that the new shiny will be waterproof and will lose the oh-so-ugly antenna stripes.

Not only that, but there’s also a resurgence in the feeling that Apple will delete the headphone jack. And that will likely force you to pay more for accessories.

This time, we have supply-chain sources in China to thank for speeding up the news day. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers shave with Mr. Occam’s lex parsimoniæ. [You’re fired -Ed.] <!– Not to mention: XXXXXXXXXXXX… –>

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IDG Contributor Network: My biggest tech predictions for 2016

We are about to cross a chasm in a few days, both in a virtual sense and on the calendar. We’ll switch over to 2016, but we’ll also see some major advancements in technology next year — some of which might debut as early as Q1 or even right away in January. Here are the innovations I’m expecting will happen in 2016.

1. The Hyperloop will become fully operational

There’s a good chance the first Hyperloop train, which uses air to speed you along in a tube at 600-mph, could become operational by the end of 2016. One company is already starting to build a test track and plan to make it work in a small section by March. It’s amazing to think that Elon Musk’s original vision for the next mode of transportation, speeding you from LA to Vegas in 20 minutes, could happen. I plan to be one of the first passengers.

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T-Mobile CEO sees doubling of U.S. business customers in 2016

T-Mobile CEO John Legere brashly predicted that the number of U.S. businesses switching to the carrier will grow even faster in 2016, doubling the number of small- and mid-sized businesses already in T-Mobile’s fold.

In typical bluster, Legere on Wednesday noted in a blog, which included wide-ranging 2016 predictions, that growth with business customers has become “by far the fastest area of growth for us.”

The reason?

“American businesses are fed up with backroom deals, overages and overcharging from AT&T and Verizon,” he said. “So it should come as no surprise that businesses of all sizes are flocking—and will continue to flock—to the Un-carrier.”

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Should auld connections be forgot…

This environmental testing company has strict data-retention requirements — and they go beyond the data, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

“Per federal law, we had to keep all testing data for seven years,” says fish. “We also had to keep the equipment used to originally process the raw data for that long. This means that we had all sorts of old computer equipment in storage or on tables or shelves.

“One fine day many years ago, my assistant had to set up a new PC on a table right next to an old S-100 bus minicomputer — remember those? — that probably hadn’t been turned on in years.

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