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HBO Now Vs Netflix: How Do They Compare?

Netflix vs HBO Now

Revenue becomes even more precious among live streaming services with the launch of HBO Now. One of the biggest fallout of the new live streaming service would be the viewership battle between Netflix and HBO Now. While HBO Now will soon be available to viewers as a standalone channel without any cable subscription, Netflix has topped them in terms of revenue generation so far. News also has it that Netflix has made a huge bank of original content, which will create pressure on HBO Now. HBO started operations back in the early 70s and has some of the blockbuster franchises like True Blood and Game of Thrones. They have also declared premiering a new season of Game of Thrones when they launch the standalone streaming service in April 12, 2015. In this race, Netflix is not lagging behind. With experience of only seven years, they have updated their library with [+more]

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Apple iOS 8.4 May Feature Beats Music Streaming Service

iOS 8 Release and All Other Details

There is some great news for music lovers using Apple devices. As the company is improving constantly on its iOS, with the iOS 8.3 beta recently, news has already started coming that they might be working on an iOS 8.4 and may apply the update to launch its Beats-based music streaming service. Codenamed as Copper, the new iOS is expected to release in a few days. Even though there is no official update about the iOS 8.4, rumors suggest that it will be a rebranding of Beats music service, which it has already purchased. It also suggests that it will reduce the offerings of Beats as well. Whether it rebrands Beats or not, Apple is expected to provide a great audio support with this latest addition. Though the iOS 8.4 release is still not confirmed, iOS 8.3 available with developers features CarPlay menu in the general category Settings. The latest [+more]

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PlayStation Store To Offer 10% Discount as Apology After December 2014 Outrage

December 25th outrage- PlayStation Store offers 10 percent discount as apology

Sony Computer Entertainment will be offering 10 percent discount for PlayStation Network users as part of its apology for the service outrage that users had to suffer on 25 December 2014. Distinct discount for each region North America The PlayStation Store will have a Coupon Code for this region. This will also be available on the PlayStation Twitter network. The same will run from 9:00 am PST on January 23 to 9:00 am PST on January 26. Europe The PlayStation Store will have a Coupon Code for this region. This will also be available on the PlayStation Twitter network. It will run between 9:00 am GMT on January 23 to 9:00 am GMT on January 26. Japan Coupon Code for Japan is 8PLLN4L3DQ. The same will run from 0:00 JST on January 23 to 23:59 JST on January 25. PS Vita PlayStation Store does not offer this discount code option and [+more]

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Dropbox Denies 7 Million Accounts Compromised

dropbox hacked

An anonymous hacker is claiming to have hacked about 7 million Dropbox accounts pointing towards a major security breach with the file hosting service provider. The Next Web was the first to have noticed the leak on a Reddit thread containing links to Pastebin files. About 400 username and password pairs, all beginning with the letter B, have been posted in plain text as “first teaser…just to get things going” on Pastebin at 4:10 p.m. CDT on October 13, 2014. The leaks came with a note on top saying, “Here is another batch of Hacked Dropbox accounts from the massive hack of 7,000,000 accounts. To see plenty more, just search on [redacted] for the term Dropbox hack. More to come, keep showing your support.” The perpetrator has promised to update more such combination of username and password if paid through Bitcoin. “More Bitcoin = more accounts published on Pastebin. As more [+more]

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Will LG G Watch R be a Costly Affair?

Will LG G Watch R be a costly affair?

The LG G Watch R smartwatch, which was announced during the month of August, will be available in South Korea during the next week. LG has now confirmed that the latest Android wear device would be launched in its home country on 14October at a price of KRW 352,000, which is about $328. While there is still no information on the date of release or price for this smartwatch in Europe or US, it is known that LG’s cheaper G Watch was known to be originally priced at KRW 277,000, which is $230 in the US. This would mean that the watch would cost about $290 before taxes are added to the US sales. Also Read: Samsung Gear S vs LG G Watch R: The Star Of The Future Is… This means, the LG device would be an expensive Android Wear smartwatch for many. Smartwatches of most other brands stand [+more]

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Apple Likely To Shut Down Its Beats Music Streaming Service

Apple Likely To Shut Down Beats Music

US-based tech giant Apple is likely to shut down its Beats Music, which is a streaming service acquired by the company four months ago as part of a blockbuster Beats acquisition. However, there is no official information available as of now about when the company is going to shut the service down, according to multiple sources of TechCrunch. The company’s recently launched flagship smartphones, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, have not been equipped with built-in app and there was not any announcement of integration during the release of Apple Watch. This shows that the company is all set to permanently get rid of the brand. It was also widely reported that the multi-billion dollar acquisition of Beats by Apple is not related to Beats Music, but was all about bringing co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine into the Apple fold. There have been reports since long that Apple’s download [+more]

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Apple Plans To Make iPhone 6 A Mobile Wallet

iphone 6 mobile wallet

US-based tech giant Apple is planning to make its upcoming flagship smartphone iPhone 6 a mobile wallet. This will enable its users to make secure payments via mobile bu just pressing a finger. This information has been released by Bloomberg citing a person familiar with the matter. The company has reportedly entered into a partnership with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for the service. Apple will make the official announcement on September 9 along with the launch of the next iPhone, the source said.” The latest iPhone smartphone will be able to make payments with the help of a near-field communications (NFC) chip as well as a fingerprint recognition reader, the source informed. Bajarin has been quoted saying, “Love it or hate, Apple drives a lot of standards in the industry. They are the mover in these markets. When they do something, the industry seems to follow. It’s about retention, [+more]

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WhatsApp Active Users’ Count Reaches 600 mn a Month

WhatsApp Records Monthly Active Membership of 600 million

WhatsApp CEO and Founder Jan Koum has recently tweeted that WhatsApp active users count reached a milestone figure of 600 million users a month. Koum tweeted, “Now serving 600,000,000 monthly active users. Yes, active and registered are very different types of numbers.” The mobile messaging app was developed 5 years ago to enables users to exchange texts, photos, and videos. Social networking site Facebook is in the process of acquiring the operations of WhatsApp at a price of nearly USD19 billion in cash and various stock options. The Federal Trade Commission has already granted approval to the proposal, but international regulatory approval is still pending before Facebook can complete the purchase. WhatsApp announced in April 2014 that it has reached the half a billion users mark, with the users sharing 700 million photos and 100 million videos on the app on a daily basis. WhatsApp had nearly 450 million monthly [+more]

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WIndows 9 Release Date Likely To Be 30 September

Windows 9 release date

According to a report by The Verge, US-based tech giant Microsoft is likely to showcase its latest Windows operating system, possibly the Windows 9, during an event scheduled to take place on September 30, 2014. The event is likely to reveal several upgrades to the user interface as well as even include Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant. This launch will be the first under the leadership of Satya Nadella, who took over as CEO of Microsoft in the earlier part of 2014. Microsoft announced in early 2014 that it is expected to lay off up to 18,000 jobs over the period of the next one year. Meanwhile, Winbeta recently claimed that the company will remove the Charms bar from Windows 9. The Charms bar is the menu that comes up from the right with buttons like search, share, start and settings. Winbeta has been quoted saying that “One method that we [+more]

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Samsung Still Claims To Be At Top, Rubbishes CounterPoint Study

Samsung Antutu benchmarking

Countering a recent research by independent consulting firm CounterPoint Research, Samsung’s president and chief executive for South-West Asia, BD Park has told The Economic Times that the company still dominates the Indian market with a market share of nearly 50%. He also said that the company has double the market share in the smartphone category from its next competitor Micromax. CounterPoint Research recently claimed that India-based smartphone manufacturer Micromax has become the largest mobile phone supplier in India in the second quarter of 2014. Micromax has overtaken Samsung for the first time in the mobile race. The report also revealed that the handset shipments share of Micromax stood at 16.6% in the quarter, compared with the Samsung’s share of 14.4%. Nokia managed to gain the third position with the shipments share of 10.9%, followed by domestic brands such as Karbonn and Lava with a 9.5% and 5.6% share respectively, the [+more]

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