Author Archives: Brittany A. Roston


Starry Station router is simple, beautiful, and IoT-ready

Starry Station router is simple, beautiful, and IoT-ready

Founder of now-defunct Aero is back with a new company, and it is called Starry. As with Aero, Starry’s founder and CEO Chet Kanojia is looking to change how things are done, not merely rehash the norm, and his latest attempt has set its focus on Internet, not television. Starry is in the process of deploying the first millimeter wave band active phased array technology for consumer-level Internet, but ahead of that comes something different: Starry Station, a router.

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Hulu and IFC Films strike deal over documentaries

Hulu and IFC Films strike deal over documentaries

Hulu is ramping up its documentaries game through a new partnership with IFC Films. Under this business deal, Hulu has scored the streaming rights to IFC documentary releases, including IFC Midnight and Sundance Selects documentaries. This comes at a time when Netflix has stepped up its own documentary efforts, and has seen ample success with “How to Make a Murderer."

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Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix blocked by Indonesia’s biggest telecom

Netflix hit a snafu during its expansion today, with the biggest telecom in Indonesia, PT Telekomuniksai Indonesia Tbk, blocking access to the service. The blockage is said to be over Netflix’s lack of a content provider permit, as well as objections to some content made available through Netflix. Concerns about adult and violent shows were cited as part of the reason for the banhammer.

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Google Slides and Sheets get mobile commenting

Google Slides and Sheets get mobile commenting

Google has added mobile commenting to both Sheets and Slides, two of its office products. As well, it has also tweaked comments for Google Docs, making it possible to add someone else to a commenting thread by typing their name within a comment. While relatively small changes, they are welcomed additions that help bring Google’s online office products up to par with competing services, namely Microsoft’s Office Online.

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Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox adds real time file co-editing in Office Online

Dropbox has announced that under its partnership with Microsoft, it has added a pair of new integrations with Office Online and Outlook.com, expanding both services’ usefulness for subscribers. Subscribers can now co-edit files — that is, make changes to the same file at the same time, and see what the other is doing in real time. In addition, Outlook.com users can send documents directly to Dropbox.

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ThermalTech’s new solar smart fabric is made of steel yarn

ThermalTech’s new solar smart fabric is made of steel yarn

ThermalTech has introduced its new solar smart fabric made of steel yarn. This fabric has been used to create a collection of new jackets that draw energy from the sun and other lighting to help keep the wearer warm, doing so without the bulk of thick winter coats or the weight one might anticipate from a steel-based yarn. According to the company, its jackets can generate up to 18F of heat from light sources in two minutes.

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FCC’s radical new proposal will overhaul set top box market

FCC’s radical new proposal will overhaul set top box market

Yesterday, a report surfaced claiming the FCC would soon propose a change involving set top boxes, and such a proposal was indeed made public today. According to the FCC, “Ninety-nine percent of pay-TV subscribers are chained to their set-top boxes because cable and satellite operators have locked up the market.” If the commission gets its way, its proposal will save consumers money currently spent on leasing boxes from providers, and will open the doors for more consumer options.

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Google teams with Fox News for final Republican debate

Google teams with Fox News for final Republican debate

Google has teamed with Fox News Channel ahead of the final Republican debate. This is the last debate ahead of the 2016 primaries, and with this Google partnership, people will have a trio of new options for staying up to date on the details. Says Google, it is integrating three additional elements into the debate, including Google Trends data, questions from YouTube stars, and a new way to get info from candidates.

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White giraffe in Tanzania is one of a kind

White giraffe in Tanzania is one of a kind

The Tarangire National Park in Tanzania is home to a white giraffe with a red mane, something described as being “extremely rare.” The calf was born last year and was recently spotted with some other (regular) giraffes — her name is Omo, something derived from the name of a detergent brand. Omo is a Masai giraffe, and she has leucism, a condition where small amounts of pigment exist in some parts of the body.

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Apple News tipped in plan to add paywall content

Apple News tipped in plan to add paywall content

Apple is looking to appease publishers with subscription content by adding a paywall option to Apple News, according to a new report. Under this change, Apple News users would have the option of subscribing to paid content, expanding their options while making Apple’s service more attractive to companies. Under the current arrangement, paid content excerpts can be shown on Apple News.

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Adobe Portfolio lets anyone create a simple website

Adobe Portfolio lets anyone create a simple website

Adobe has expanded Creative Cloud with a new service called "Portfolio." Using Adobe Portfolio, anyone can create a simple website, though the purpose is to showcase and otherwise present creative and professional work, such as photographs or paintings. Adobe points toward the Internet's increased use as a resume platform and the need for personal websites sans the skills needed to start from scratch.

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AI machine learns to write political speeches

AI machine learns to write political speeches

Machines are one step closer to taking over the world -- a researcher has created an artificial intelligence machine capable of writing political speeches, doing so with the same flavor of ordinary and usually stereotypical political spiels. Segments from thousands of real political speeches were used to teach the algorithm how to generate its own.

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