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MoviePass Drops Yearly Subscription to $6.95 a Month

MoviePass is an interesting service that trys to get people back into the theatre. The subscription used to be pretty pricey, but not at $6.95 a month for a year, it's a very good deal. In the USA, you'll be able to subscribe and use this service to attend as many movies as you want per month, for one low price. While many people won't take advantage of it, I'm sure many others will use and abuse the service. At that price, I sure would! 

In August, AMC Theaters, the largest movie chain in the US, threatened MoviePass with a lawsuit and claimed that the company’s business model was unsustainable. MoviePass pays theaters the full price for each ticket, except at a few theaters where it gets a discount, Wired reports. The average cost of a movie ticket in North America is $8.84, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which means if subscribers on the new plan attend just one screening per month, MoviePass will already be losing money.

Source: TheVerge

Facebook Won't Let You Delete Your Posts

This is interesting. It appears that Facebook has updated their service and won't let you delete your own posts anymore - if you are using the web-version of their service. If you are using an Android or iPhone device, you can still delete those embarassing posts, but not from your PC. This doesn't affect everyone at the moment, and there is no word yet if this is a bug, or a new "feature". Be aware that anything you post online - anywhere - is there for good.

Users across the world have taken to other social networks to complain that the functionality has been removed. At the time of writing Facebook is yet to confirm or deny the situation but we've just checked and it appears that we can still delete - though there are plenty of people who can't.

Source: TheInquirer

iPhone X Can Run Windows 95 and SimCity 2000

Well, the non-responsive, green-edged, screen is good for something! Windows 95 and some old-school gaming! Take a look!


Source: RedmondPie

Surface Laptop - Surprisingly, Not Horrible

Microsoft has tried to expand their "Surface" line with another product - the Surface Laptop. This is designed at taking some market away from Chromebooks as it is quite affordable, simple to operate, but has limited ability to install full applications that are available to mainstream laptops. The biggest reason for the application limitation is that the Surface Laptop runs a slightly tweaked (and crippled) Windows 10 S. It can be upgraded to full Windows 10. It's currently on the review bench and they find that it's actually pretty solid. Take a look below to see how it all holds up.

I'm also not a big fan of having only one Type-A port. I like to use a USB mouse, so whenever I have to use anything else, I have to disconnect it. A second USB port is always helpful, in my opinion. There's the option to use a dock with Microsoft's Surface Connect port, but aside from the fact that I don't want to have to carry one around, you have far less choices in docks since it doesn't use the standard USB Type-C.

Source: Neowin

Mashable sells for $50 million

Yet another internet publication has been swallowed up by a bigger publication with the announcement that Mashable has been bought by Ziff Davis for a cool $50 million. While $50 million sounds like a nice price, it was a far cry from the $250 million they were expected to sell for, however, after they reported losses of $10 million last year that valuation dropped like a rock. Variety has more on this story.

Digital-media firm Mashable has clinched a sale for the company — and it’s not for a price that founder Pete Cashmore or investors including Turner were looking for.

Ziff Davis, a tech, gaming and healthcare publisher, is buying the New York-based company for about $50 million, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources. That’s 20% of Mashable’s valuation of $250 million following a $15 million round of funding last year led by Time Warner’s Turner.

OnePlus troubles

OnePlus has been slowly gaining some pretty good momentum over the past few years and has been one of the few startup smartphone companies that has been able to last past one or two versions. Unfortunately for the OnePlus crew, they've received some negative publicity thanks to some backdoor access that comes with the phone and now it's being reported that they've found another backdoor application that can collect data without the owners knowledge. While backdoor access isn't anything new, people were fleeing from the big names to companies like OnePlus in an effort to keep their data safe but apparently the grass isn't greener on the other side. HackRead has more details.

A couple of days ago it was reported that an IT security researcher Robert Baptiste who goes by the handle of Elliot Alderson on Twitter had discovered a pre-installed backdoor application called “EngineerMode” on OnePlus smartphones including its 5, 3, 3T models and OxygenOS for OnePlus 1.

Now, the same researcher has found another preinstalled app in OnePlus devices sold to customers around the world. Dubbed OnePlusLogKit by researchers, the app runs with system privileges and has access to user’s GPS logs, WiFI data, Bluetooth, NFC, photos, videos, and list of the running processes – All that without the user’s permission or knowledge.

Amazon changing plans on live TV

Amazon had been working on plans to introduce live TV to their streaming service but have now had a little bit of a change of plans. Every streaming service has been working on offering streaming live TV as an alternative to cable or satellite TV but no one has been able to figure out how to make it work and turn a profit. Unfortunately if Amazon doesn't see a way to make a profit it probably doesn't mean good news for some of the others who were hoping to make this finally work. Engadget has the full story.

Amazon was working on plans to launch a streaming bundled TV service that would feature both broadcast and cable networks, though that's been on hold since the spring, according to Bloomberg. However, now we know why this endeavor was scrapped: money. People close to the issue told Reuters that Amazon believes it will be unable to make money on this kind of bundled cable service.

Weekly Tech Update #413 - The iPhone X Has a Cold (Issue)

We have just posted up Episode #413 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing Nintendo ramps up Switch production, the iPhone X doesn't like the cold and you'll never believe this, but Yahoo still doesn't know how 3 billion accounts got hacked. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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Hisense buys Toshiba's TV division

It's been rumored for a while that Toshiba has been looking to sell off parts of their business and it appears that Toshiba's TV division is the first casualty as Hisense has dished out $113 million for a 95% stake. Hisense was producing Sharp TV's and that didn't go so well so it's not too surprising that they are looking for new partners. The Verge has the story.

Toshiba signed a deal today selling its television subsidiary to China’s Hisense, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. The Japanese company will sell a 95 percent stake in Toshiba Visual Solutions to Hisense Electric for $113.6 million. Toshiba will keep a 5 percent stake.

Toshiba is struggling hard after its US nuclear department filed for bankruptcy in March. It has sold other parts of its business to stay afloat, including its dishwasher and washing machine appliance branch to China’s Midea Group. The Visual Solutions subsidiary, in particular, had reported a net operating loss of $54.1 million in the last fiscal year.

Walmart raises prices online

In an attempt to drive more people into their stores, Walmart has raised prices online than what you pay if you go to the store. This seems to be an opposite strategy from the competition, and will either work out and make them look really smart or it might just encourage people to shop online elsewhere. The Verge takes a closer look at this new strategy.

Walmart is taking a bit of an nontraditional approach to boost sales ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events by raising prices for products sold online and discounting those same items in physical retail stores. According to The Wall Street Journal, the big-box store has quietly raised prices for household and food items such as toothbrushes, macaroni and cheese, and dog food on its website while the prices in stores remained the same. If there are price discrepancies between online and in-store purchases, Walmart will now highlight this on the product’s web listing to encourage customers to buy them from their local stores.

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