Major League Baseball’s MLB.tv launched on Microsoft’s Xbox One Tuesday, giving users of Microsoft’s new game console a way to watch live baseball games as well as replay full games from the archives. As always, blackout rules apply, and users need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription as well as a MLB.tv Premium subscription — but if you are a cord cutter who want to follow your team from back home, this may be the best way to do it.
Something is wrong when publishers — and likely Apple — are paying consumers to go shopping at Amazon. Here’s the latest from an ebook investigation that jumped the shark some time ago. Read more »
A newspaper’s leaked internal presentation on performance metrics and expectations for reporters has caused a furor about the rise of “hamster wheel” journalism, but the strategy also gets a lot of things right about where media outlets need to be focusing Read more »
Want an HTC One M8? You won’t have to wait long, if at all, provided you use Verizon’s network. The carrier will have inventory in select retail stores today while other carriers will start online orders. Read more »
First impressions are important, even for your mobile app. Mobile-app-performance management solutions enable individuals to create high-performing apps by providing granular, actionable data to monitor, prioritize, troubleshoot and trend mobile app performance. Read more »
The new HTC One (M8) might look the same, but it features a bigger 5-inch screen, faster processor, secondary camera lens and an even more polished design. Read more »
The driverless car may one day change the insurance industry said Progressive’s CEO, but in the meantime he explains how data is changing it today. Read more »
Frank Frankovsky, one of the men responsible for Facebook’s foray into building hardware, has left the social networking giant to form his own startup. Read more »
An amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would see online harassment cases moved to a different type of court that can dole out sentences of up to two years. Read more »
Group messaging app Rumr brings the novelty of anonymity to private messaging, but is the company ready to handle the possible consequences? Read more »
Since T-Mobile launched Un-carrier, the operators have all restructured their pricing, but monthly mobile bills aren’t falling. If we’re in a price war no carrier is suffering yet, but that could change as competition escalates. Read more »
The French consumer rights group UFC-Que Chosir has sued Facebook, Google and Twitter in the Paris high court over their terms of service and data collection practices. In a statement on Tuesday, the group said the French-language terms were inaccessible and sometimes — quelle horreur! — linked to pages in English. UFC-Que Chosir is also concerned about the social networking services not seeking proper user consent before allowing others to exploit their data. The claims seem rather broad, though France does have a track record of cracking down on U.S. web firms’ privacy violations as hard as it can, so the case may turn out to have legs.
AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega doesn’t want consumers to pay for the capacity that Netflix and other large video streaming services require by pushing for some type of pay-per-use broadband. Read more »
Who has the largest music streaming collection? If you said Spotify, Rdio or Rhapsody, you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, it’s Nokia’s MixRadio which now boasts 30 million tunes, right in time for a potential launch in China. Read more »
Customers who bought agency-priced ebooks between 2010 and 2012 are receiving credits for those books as a result of the publishers’ settlements with the states. Kindle customers appear to be the first to get those credits. Read more »
KiOR is a mess and provides yet another cautionary tale to energy entrepreneurs and investors. Read more »
With a broad ecosystem, support for distances up to 100 meters and backwards-compatibility with existing gigabit Ethernet networks, 10GBASE-T is poised to drive growth in 10 gigabit Ethernet deployments. Learn about deployment options and considerations from Intel, Cisco and Panduit. Read more »
College students who subscribe to Spotify just got more money to spend on pizza: The streaming music service announced a half-price discount on Tuesday. Instead of the standard $9.99 a month subscription fee, U.S. collegians can take advantage of a new $4.99 plan available on Spotify’s website. The monthly fee offers the same Premium features as the full-priced plan, including ad-free playback of more than 20 million songs, downloadable playlists for offline listening, improved sound quality and Spotify access on various devices and home entertainment systems.
LG already announced that several of its older phones will get the Knock Code wake and unlock feature; the company is now planning to push the firmware to make it happen. Two handsets will see the software update in April, with more to follow. Read more »
Right now the wearables market is hot. But how much hotter could it get if hardware designers had access to a ready-made radio core that consumed less than half the power? Read more »
The Russian-founded, Berlin-based operation offers more secure and private messaging than WhatsApp, but is it right for you? Read more »
Hey, mock if you will, but words have consequences so erasing “Windows” from “Windows Azure” branding is a big deal for a company built on Windows. Read more »
This week Kevin huffs candles, I lose my car and a visit to the Savant demo home makes me reconsider how I view the future of the smart home. Listen to this week’s podcast. Read more »
Hadoop vendor Hortonworks has closed a fourth round of venture capital worth $100 million. It follows up on news last week that competitor Cloudera had closed its own $160 million round. Everyone agrees there’s huge opportunity in Hadoop, but capitalizing on it takes capital. Read more »
Can NRG be as effective as Google, Amazon, Apple or Facebook in the energy space? Read more »
If you are interested in reading about Box, its horrid financials and high cost of customer acquisition, or the new reality for enterprise focused startups, then I suggest you stop reading this. Because this is really about Aaron Levie, the co-founder of Box.net and me. Read more »
Arevo is the newest startup offering unusual types of filament for 3D printers, including carbon fiber and PEEK plastic. Read more »
Lara Setrakian, a former foreign correspondent for ABC News, started Syria Deeply because she believed that a news site focused on a specific topic would fill a need in the journalism marketplace — and she is planning to expand that idea with other sites like Arctic Deeply Read more »
Google Glass will have new frame options and you’ll likely recognize the brands behind them: Oakley and Ray-Ban. Both are part of Luxottica, which is Google’s newest partner to bring stylish pairs of Glass to mainstream consumers in retail outlets. Read more »
The soaring price of bitcoin likely minted many new millionaires last year. They owe the tax man some of their profits, but no one is sure how much. Read more »
Get ready for Epic Rap Battles to come to Disney World any day now: Disney has officially acquired Maker Studios for $500 million. Read more »
Roku just launched version 3.0 of is remote control app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, and the new app doesn’t just look better, it also offers universal search for movies and TV shows across Roku channels. It’s a feature that Roku introduced for its set-top boxes last year, but it makes even more sense on the mobile, where text input is easier to handle. As before, the apps also support local content playback.
Cloud storage company Box files for IPO to raise $250 million Read more »
What are the opportunities for developers building applications for the cloud, and what are the key considerations from an architecture, design, network and cost standpoint when building applications for the cloud? Find out when you join the live webinar on April 1. Read more »
With the release of Verified Profiles, Quora is offering users a chance to ask questions to public figures in a town-hall style format. Read more »
HP will not necessarily release further details on its first 3D printer in June, as CEO Meg Whitman stated last week. An HP media relations official said today that the date was an “inadvertent statement,” and the announcement will actually come by the end of HP’s fiscal year, which falls on October 31. Whitman said last year that the company would enter the 3D printer market in mid-2014. HP did not say if she actually meant the end of the fiscal year or if the printer was pushed back.
After months of appearing in experimental and beta versions of Chrome, Google is rolling out Google Now notifications in its mainstream edition of the Chrome browser for Windows and OS X. If you’re signed in with your Google account when using Chrome, you’ll begin to see contextual notifications from the Google Now service, such as when to leave for appointments due to real-time traffic data or reminders for favorite television programs. The Google Now service already supports mobile devices and Chromebooks and will also be the basis of smartwatches built using the Android Wear software platform.
Opower has set the price range on its planned IPO, and it could raise $110 million in the offering. Read more »
Researchers recently found that solar cells made from perovskite can both absorb and emit light. They could be integrated into windows, which could then double as lights or displays. Read more »
Data collected by a music tech hacker reveals that people tweet a whole lot more about SoundCloud than about Spotify or Pandora. Read more »