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Comcast,Consumer Backlash,Merger,Time Warner

April 24, 2015

The Comcast Time Warner Potential Merger Is Over

Comcast Is Walking Away From The $45.2 Billion Merger

Comcast knows when to hold them and when to fold them. Comcast gambled that a giant merger with Time Warner would be approved by the FCC. But as the months passed waiting for a sign of encouragement, all they got was the consumer backlash for bringing up the deal in the first place.

No one wanted these two giants to merge except the giants themselves. After all, they would be the ones that would win. Expenses would be cut, shareholders would be happy and their bottom line profits would go down in the history books. The merger could have produced a company bigger than Apple, and no one in their right mind wants another Apple.

Brad Reifler of the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission started to voice his distaste for the merger recently (on bradcreifler.com). The government didn’t official reject the merger, but they put out familiar signs that pointed to rejecting the deal. The Comcast board will meet and make their decision final. Time Warner is formulating a plan to survive without Comcast, and they will share that plan with employees when it is finalized. The Comcast decision is a good one for consumers. But Comcast customers will still have to deal with the insolence of the cable company, and that’s the bad news.

Google,Innovative Company,Internet,Trendsetter

Google’s Rising Claim to Fame

You’re very familiar with Google. You don’t live under a rock. But within the past decade Google has made significant strides as an internet and software industry as they continue to expand globally. So what is their real claim to fame and are they going to continue with their brand of innovation?

Starting after Yahoo in 1998, Google has made leaps and bounds as a trendsetter in all things internet that makes it no surprise their revenues are up. Google is known for taking chances with their newer products and has made a number of acquisitions that has made it a giant of today’s industry. Let’s take a look at the myriad of special products Google has to offer.

In 2007, Google initiated Android, which is now a major competitor to Apple’s products. You may be familiar with the little green robot, but Android has continued to rise above Windows and iOS(Apple) based on operating system market share.

You may be surprised to learn that YouTube, the leading video website was actually acquired by Google in 2006. 4 billion videos are streamed daily with increases in postings yearly.

If you think Google’s reign stops there, you’re sadly mistaken. Google launched Google fiber to enter the Internet provider industry. This service boasts of more reliable connection speeds and give the Internet provider monopolies a real run for their money. They also provide advertisement opportunities to companies like Bulletproof Coffee (company Instagram) making for a win-win situation.

In short, Google continues to shock and amaze us with their innovative strategies and wide variety of services. They don’t show any signs of stopping, so stay tuned for further development as they excel in multiple industries with ease. For a list of popular Google products click here.

New Shows

April 22, 2015

iZombie Recap

The CW’s iZombie has been getting rave reviews for its quirky, fun story that does a fair job of following the original iZombie comics. Tuesday’s episode didn’t disappoint fans in the least.

Last week, Liv’s former fiance, Major, was beaten to a bloody pulp by The Candyman. This week’s episode opened with Major on a steel morgue table. Thankfully, he wasn’t dead. Instead, he asked Ravi to help stitch him up. Ravi also helped Major with his search for two missing teens from his social service program and Ravi learned that Blaine has been creating zombies and killing people.

Newlin stated that the police case of the week was about an angry, agoraphobic, peanut-allergy suffering video gamer and hacker who died while trying to get to his upstairs epinephrine pen [Sidebar: this part was a little weak because the writers never explained why the epinephrine pen would be upstairs instead of in the basement where the gamer/hacker spent most of his time]. In the end, it turned out that he was murdered by the brother of a former customer service agent who killed herself after this guy ridiculed her extensively over the phone.

On the boyfriend front, Liv finally realized that she can be a little more human with fellow zombie musician Lowell. After a missed opportunity for a kiss, she met up with him to show that she’s ready to move on from Major.

Check It Out,Drones,gadgets,Super Cool

April 21, 2015

Start-Up Will Use Drones To Plant Trees

BioCarbon Engineering, a drone start-up, plans to use its technology to plant trees. The group will start by mapping target areas and determining what kinds of trees will grow best there. They will choose seeds that have already germinated and encase them in a gel loaded with nutrients. They will then use drones, which will be hovering five to ten feet above the ground, to shoot the seeds into the soil.

Hypothetically, BioCarbon Engineering could plant 36,000 trees per day in this fashion by using multiple drones for the planting. They hope to plant one billion trees per year with the drones, and they expect to spend 15 percent of what it would cost to plant the trees through conventional means.

BioCarbon Engineering plans to work with forestry services and non-profits around the world to plant trees by drone. Ray Lane posted on Carnegie Mellon University’s blog that he will also monitor the results of such plantings and use the data to refine their techniques. BioCarbon Engineering also notes that 26 billion trees a year are cut down or burned. Such large-scale deforestation can be combated only by planting methods that plant lots of trees and ensure most of them grow into healthy plants.

Web Design

April 20, 2015

Buzzfeed Deletes Three Posts and People Find a Reason to Care

Social media is blowing up over three posts that were deleted on the popular Buzzfeed network over advertising complaints. We are talking about a website that deletes more posts every year than some sites publish in a lifetime. So why is it that these three posts are so special?

I think the main reason is that the posts in question were written by editorial staff of Buzzfeed and were actually targeted against major corporations. They even targeted the advertising campaigns of companies they were currently working with at the time. How stupid is that?

In 2013 a member of the staff decided to slam Internet Explorer publicly. Is that even necessary? I’m pretty sure everyone already knows Internet Explorer is trash. The staff member had actually worked on a previous advertising campaign for Microsoft in the past. Not too smart there if you ask those at CipherCloud and other tech companies.

In 2014 a staff member decided to criticize Pepsi for the Twitter campaign they were currently running. The only problem is that at the time Buzzfeed was actually producing Twitter content for Pepsi that was related to the Super Bowl. I just don’t know what people are thinking sometimes.

This year Buzzfeed introduced a whole new set of editorial guidelines. There are definitely some adjustments they need to make as they move from social media playground to behemoth media outlet.

Tech

Google’s Flawed Logic

In a move that had many Chrome users fuming over the weekend, Google forced an automatic browser update last week: Google’s Chrome 42 was released with new security and other features. Some of these features are beneficial, while others have caused more harm than good.

Google decided yet again that it must pick and choose the type of tech that everyone in the market uses and then forced it on the public. With the recent Chrome release, they decided that Adobe’s standard Flash (NPAPI non-PepperFlash) and Java, among other plugins, are no longer necessary and removed access to users. The only upside is that users such as Fersen Lambranho can work around this change with a temporary flag that works until the version 45 release, according to Wikipedia at least.

Google claims that the NPAPI plugin, for example, is the “leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity.” But, that is a partial lie on the company’s part.

The Google Chrome Product Forum has been filled with user complaints for years about how PepperFlash and HTML5 cause many to experience video “hangs” and “crashes.” It’s well-known that Google has been unsuccessfully attempting to force PepperFlash and HTML5 — Google’s partnered and proprietary products — on users.

In one thread started over the weekend, many users stated they will switch to another browser if the Chrome 45 release by September takes away their ability to use the NPAPI plugin.

Videos

April 16, 2015

Watch The Video With Justin Bieber And Friends Singing

Justin Bieber, along with Kendell Jenner, Ariana Grande, and many other celebrities, took the time to create a fun video, lip syncing to Carly Rae Jepsen’s song, “ I Really Like You.” In Carly’s version of the video, she has Justin Bieber, as well as Tom Hanks, dancing around in the video, having a lot of fun. Justin. In the video that Justin Bieber put out, it was similar, although everyone did their own part, especially Ariana Grande, and even her brother was featured in the video as well.

The video seems to have been filmed, during the past weekend at Coachella, as well as other locations, because of who is in the video, and the locations for filming. Even one of the stars of the hit show “Empire,” was featured in the video. The video looks like a lot of fun, and if you’re not a fan of Justin Bieber, you just might become one, after you finish watching the video. Forbes says that the video has gone viral, of course, which is what can be expected of a home video, which is filled with stars.

The only person missing from the video, who would have made it even more fun, is Taylor Swift! There is even a part in the video, where Kendell Jenner and Justin Bieber speak, and she tells him that she’s pregnant! Yes, this Is just a joke, but if you blink, you’ll miss it.

Super Cool

April 9, 2015

New Material Makes Water Bounce Off

The most water-repellent surface has no name yet, but many ideas as for where it could be used already. The material is more hydrophobic than Teflon.

While you would need to slide a Teflon surface to 70 degrees for the water to slide down, the new material is so well rejecting the liquids that they bounce off stated Ivan Ong on his blog. This means that any structure covered with the material is anti-corrosive, self-cleaning, and anti-freezing. The scientists believe that it could be used in many ways, but the most efficient would be to have buildings covered with the hydrophobic material, as it would save so much money and time on cleaning them. There have been a lot of chemical substances that one could spray in ordinary materials to obtain the effect, but they are not comparable to the new achievement.

The hydrophobic material has this inherent structure that will not be washed off or diminish in time. However, at this moment the technologies are at a stage where creating a very small piece of the new hydrophobic material requires hours. For you to have an idea, a 1 inch by 1 inch sample took one hour of laser treatment.

Super Cool

April 7, 2015

The Bike That You Can’t Steal

Ever seen the statistics about stolen bikes? The number is huge, and no lock can help against that. Someone had to think outside the box though. If your bike breaks while you are trying to steal it, there is no more use out of it… so why steal it. Said and done, the Yerka Project is what they claim to be the first unstealable bike. The mechanism allows you to take out the seat, use it as a lock incorporating the pedals, and leave with the key. The process looks funny from aside, but takes only 20 seconds.

Those who have ever had their bike stolen will agree that a bike parked with no seat (as it is on one side locking the bike) is better than finding the place empty and walk home instead of pedaling. The good side is that you don’t carry around extra weight, with this technique, as the ordinary locks do have their share of weight.

The bike has not been launched officially yet, but the videos promoting it are already on the internet, and the new bike has gathered some fans reported therealdeal.com. The model will be sold for $399 in the beginning.

gadgets,Super Cool,Tech

March 26, 2015

5 Dollar Wi-Fi Coming To a Hot Spot Near You

It was not too long ago that the startup company named FreedomPop made the headlines with its free basic cellular plans. Now they are offering unlimited Wi-Fi use at 10 million hotspots across the United States. Most of the current hotspots are located in the top metro areas in the country. Places that host a pro sport teams are on the top of the hotspot list. FreedomPop is planning to expand the coverage to 25 million spots by the end of the first quarter.

The app needed for this service is available on an Android device. Such devices can be purchased from FreedomPop. An Apple app was also released. One of the advantages to this Wi-Fi service is when a user is in the proximity to the hotspot, the user is automatically signed into the service. There is no more searching for service or having to log into the hotspot. This feature will allow for a smooth transition from users going from service from their cellular service to the Wi-Fi service from FreedomPop.

CEO Stephen Stokols sees many benefits from this type of service. One benefit is that cellular customers will be able to eliminate costly data plans. They will be able to cut their cellular bills in half in most cases. People who do not have a cell service will now be able to use Wi-Fi compatible phones without having a cellular carrier. This is an inexpensive way for people who cannot afford the expensive premium plans that cellular carriers charge their customers. Unused phones will now have a purpose. FreedomPop also plans to introduce a Wi-Fi handset to their customers in the price range of 50 dollars. The FreedomPop reviews are in and at this price point it is certainly more affordable than most tablets and cell phones that are on the market.