If you participate in a NCAA Tournament pool each year, you’ve probably spent many a work hour obsessively refreshing scores. TPS reports be damned! You have to keep your eye on potential bracket busters as games come down to the wire.Thankfully, those days are done, as the NCAA’s March Madness Live website and associated iOS and Android apps now allow you to watch any game, anytime, anywhere, on any connected device capable of streaming video. And the best part of all is: It’s free! … sort of.“Within 5 years I anticipate that more than half of our customers will be watching the majority of their video in over-the-top fashion.”In the past, streamers needed to pay a small fee ($5 in 2012) to access the games, but this year fans with a cable subscription can tune in to any game at no extra charge. Fans without one can get any game broadcast on CBS for free, but after a four hour preview, they’ll be prompted to provide their subscription … [Read more...] about Why do sports fans get all the live streaming love?
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United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized 70 more websites for allegedly hocking counterfeit goods online. Part of an operation known as “Project Copy Cat,” this most recent batch of seizures brings the total number of websites snagged by ICE over the past two years to 839.The sites’ URLs are currently being held by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) until further action takes place. The newly seized sites, which sold fake physical goods like knock-off sports jerseys, jewelry, and other luxury goods, “closely mimicked” legitimate websites, which tricked customers into buying the counterfeit products without knowing it, according to ICE. Anyone who tries to visit these sites now will be met by the increasingly prevalent ICE “seizure banner,” which the Department of Homeland Security-run agency says has now been viewed a total of 103 million times since the launch of … [Read more...] about U.S. gov’t seizes 70 more websites for copyright infringement — not the digital kind
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched an addition to its online business that has outside retailers selling nearly 1 million new items through Walmart.com, a move that could help the world’s largest retailer catch up in the online world. The Walmart Marketplace has products from categories that include home, baby, toys, apparel, sporting goods and sports memorabilia. The company said it picked the retailers — including eBags, CSN Stores and Pro Team — because they have large product assortments and solid customer service track records. Retail consultant Burt Flickinger III said Wal-mart can use online sales an area for growth, especially considering how the company’s stores have saturated much of the U.S. market. He said Wal-Mart can also draw online customers from the European continent and South Korea, where it no longer has stores. "This gives Wal-Mart a chance to close the widening gap with Amazon.com and Apple," Flickinger said. Apple has knocked off … [Read more...] about Wal-Mart to sell goods from other vendors on Web
Snap Inc., the maker of visual messaging app Snapchat, has released its initial public offering (IPO) filing through the Securities and Exchange Commission. The document finally offers an insight into the workings of one of the most secretive tech companies.Just over five years since its launch, the Snapchat app reached 158 million global daily active users as of December 31, 2016, a year-over-year growth of 48 percent. The majority of that figure is made up of North American users, which totaled 68 million in its fourth quarter 2016, an increase of 40 percent over the previous year. Europe is Snapchat’s second biggest region with 52 million users, and in the rest of the world the app has amassed 39 million users — although that figure was stagnant in its most recent quarter.Snap has refrained from providing monthly active users (MAUs) in its filing. This could be because it does not want to attract unfavorable comparisons with bigger rivals Facebook (1.86 billion … [Read more...] about Snap public IPO finally gives insight into Snapchat’s financials and user numbers
It's been a year since the next-generation DVD battle kicked off with the launch in Japan of Toshiba Corp.'s first HD DVD player. In the last 12 months we've seen players and recorders for both formats go on sale and customer reaction has made one thing clear: people just aren't interested in picking sides in the format battle and would rather sit out until one wins.We've also discovered a little more about each format and are in a better position to judge some of the claims made before launch. For example, the HD DVD folks kept telling us their format was cheaper -- a claim that was disputed by the Blu-ray Disc camp but that has proved to be true to-date. However, now there's a price war brewing.Back at CES in January Toshiba said it would soon begin selling an HD DVD player that offers 1080P output for $600. 1080P is the highest of several levels of video quality that fall under the high-definition banner and that price makes it the cheapest such player yet available. Now Sony Corp. … [Read more...] about TOKYO EDGE – March’s coolest gadgets
May begins each year in Japan with Golden Week. A week-long holiday for most people thanks to four public holidays, three of which are bunched together. It's a great chance to relax or get out of the city and the first big holiday of the year after the new year break. For many companies the weeks before and after the holidays also mark the start of the build-up to the summer sales season.It's the first decent chance we get to see some of the upcoming new products, like NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s motion-sensitive cell phones. Digital video, both consumer-generated and recorded from the TV, continues to be a big theme and something that many of Japan's consumer electronics companies are now pushing heavily in the hope it will be embraced by consumers.NTT DoCoMo Motion Sensitive Cell PhoneMix the Nintendo Wii and a cell phone and what do you get? Something like NTT DoCoMo's new line of motion-sensitive cell phones. In a boxing game users can throw punches or duck, and their movements are picked up … [Read more...] about TOKYO EDGE – May’s coolest gadgets
The term "premium netbook" initially sounds like a self-contradiction, particularly given the evolution of this particular species. After all, netbooks were conceived not just to be small and light -- they typically weigh two-and-a-half to three pounds -- but also inexpensive. For instance, the Asus Eee PC, the first successful consumer-oriented netbook, cost US$400, and there are now equivalent or better systems available for less than that.However, since the initial release of the Eee PC, vendors followed one of the unwritten laws of technology: When something is successful, add features and increase the price. It didn't take long before high-end -- and more-expensive -- netbooks were hitting the market.Most recently, though, prices of these high-cost netbooks have dropped, largely because of the reluctance of consumers and enterprises to make new purchases in the current economy. Here, we take a close look at four premium netbooks that range from $440 to $900.While netbooks were … [Read more...] about Premium Netbooks: Good Value Or Oxymoron?
Almost a quarter of potential PC buyers are looking seriously at getting a netbook, according to the results of a market research study released Wednesday, as recession-hit Americans shift their PC lust toward cheaper options.According to ChangeWave Research's April survey of 3,231 U.S. consumers, 23% of respondents who plan to buy a computer in the next three months expect to purchase a netbook.That is up from 18% in February, and 14% in January."Since we first reported higher consumer interest in the more affordable mini-laptops, overall netbook demand has skyrocketed," ChangeWave said in a release.Such predictions could help companies such as netbook market leader Acer Inc. The third-leading PC maker sold 5 million Aspire One netbooks last year, edging out trailblazer Asustek Computer Inc. Acer expects to sell between 10 million and 12 million netbooks overall in 2009.Besides being more wallet-friendly than other computers, netbooks are becoming mainstream after strong Christmas … [Read more...] about U.S. Consumers’ Appetite for Netbooks Surging, Survey Says
It has not been a good Olympics for the U.S. Speedskating team at Sochi. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock As of this writing, the team has no medals. None. They were expected to win many. This is a team that has won more speedskating medals than any other country in Olympic history. They won an historic eight medals back in 2002. Now it looks likely they will leave the Winter Olympics without a speedskating medal for the first time since 1984.And whose fault is it? Why, Under Armour of course!You know who Under Armour is. They’re the people that make that super expensive long underwear – I’m sorry – “innovative sports clothing” that “empowers athletes everywhere.” Your kids demand the stuff. Athletes love it. It’s light. It’s warm. It’s a fortune. It’s the latest thing. It’s not your father’s long johns. And this year, the U.S. speedskaters developed a … [Read more...] about Sochi 2014: Is It Really Under Armour’s Fault?
NEW YORK (AP) — The departure of Target's chief information officer in the wake of the company's massive pre-Christmas data breach highlights the increased pressure facing executives who are charged with protecting corporate computer systems from hackers whose attacks are on the rise and becoming more sophisticated. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock CIOs from companies in all walks of business —from retail to banking and drug discovery— are using the Target breach as a rallying point to call attention to their struggle and garner additional funds and manpower to fight digital threats.Cyberattacks were on the rise long before Target's news that hackers had stolen 40 million debit and credit card numbers, along with the personal information belonging to as many as 70,000 people. A 2013 Hewlett-Packard Co.-sponsored study by the Ponemon Institute found that the average annual cost of cybercrime incurred by a benchmark sample of U.S. … [Read more...] about Target Exec’s Departure Puts Spotlight On CIOs