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Huge Hacks Net Chief Execs Raises

The corporate world is a bit different that my "real world". Normally, if I screw up, oversee a bad decision or generally don't address a serious issue, I would expect to get a pay cut - if not outright fired. Not so with a whole bunch of executives that somehow managed to get a raise after their companies were hacked. It's pretty disgusting and I really don't understand the rational behind it. There is a list compiled for your view pleasure at the link below.

Things blew up this week when Dido Harding, the chief executive of TalkTalk, a British internet and phone provider, saw her pay packet almost triple in size in the wake of a devastating hack, in which hackers stole personal information on four-million customers. Harding's paycheck scaled to about £2.81 million ($4.12m) thanks to a cash bonus and a payout as part of the company's long-term incentive plan (LTIP) between 2012 and 2015.

Source: ZDNet

Google Adds "Sick" New Feature

Google Voice Search / Assistant is a great feature that I use daily - multiple times a day. It allows me to quickly and easily add appointments, math, calendar events and a number of things on my device. It allows me to contact people via SMS or even ring them up. Google has just added a new command to their voice database. See if "OK, Google. I think I'm dying," works for you. Google will help search up your symptions - vetted through Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic to help get you some answers. This is not a replacement for your doctor, and no I'm not pregnant.

"Our goal is to help you to navigate and explore health conditions related to your symptoms, and quickly get to the point where you can do more in-depth research on the web or talk to a health professional," said Google project manager Veronica Pinchin.

Source: TheInquirer

Spotify Montly Active Users Top 100 Million

If you determine success by dominating the competition in your market, I guess Spotify is successful. They have now topped just over 100 Million monthly active users and of these, 30% of them are paid subscribers. This is huge news as 30 Million subscribers * $10 / month = $300,000,000 montly income. As impressive as that sounds, I'm sure they also generate some revenue from in-app ads on the free platform. Sounds successful right? Well, if you factor in that they lost $209 Million last year - you will have to re-think your definition of success and also re-think how much money the music industry robs from Spotify.

Swedish music streaming service Spotify said on Monday its user base had grown to 100 million, up from 75 million previously, as it pushed into new markets and despite competition from the likes of Apple Music. Spotify has the music streaming industry's biggest paid subscriber base, with 30 million users paying to listen, but the vast majority still tune in for free with commercial breaks.

Source: Reuters

WTU Episode #362 - Spotify Breaks the Magic 100 Million

We have just posted up Episode #362 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing free games that aren't free, more rumors on the iPhone 7 and Nintendo is content with third place. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the links below.


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Amazon Hires USPS Ultimate Frisbee Team to Speed Deliveries

As customers, we always want our product faster. Same week delivers are too slow, overnight is almost bearable, but Amazon has been trying out same day deliveries. This is a good thing and thankfully the USPS team is up to the challenge - sort of.


12 Things You Should Know About the Xbox One S

The Xbox One S is much more than a smaller take on the original Xbox One. The One S has a few new features, a new controller, some extra power and more tricks up its sleeve that I knew - until I checked out this article. One thing I didn't realize is that Microsoft killed the Kinect port - showcasing that the Kinect is pretty much dead.

Maybe you'd rather not have an external hard drive running all the time, sitting in your media center — totally understandable. You'll have to shell out a bit more cash, but there's now an option in the Xbox One S to get a 2TB internal hard drive. If you're filling up that thing, well, bless all your free time.

Source: BusinessInsider

How Much is Too Much to Pay for Streaming TV?

People love content - and love cheap content even more. Netflix has been a pretty solid value over the years, but they have had a few price increases and it always leaves people feeling pretty bummed about the service. With the latest announcement showcasing a $2 / month price increase, the public is very sadly, outraged and it appears that they could lose almost 500,000 subscribers globally. If that's the case - even with the bottom tier costing ~$10 - that's $5 million month they stand to lose... How much is too much to pay for streaming?

With cable increasingly breaching the $100+ per month mark (and rising), the idea that an increase from $7.99 to $9.99 (or $8.99 to $9.99 for some customers) could send customers packing is ludicrous. Netflix not only has one of the largest streaming catalogs online but, with House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Narcos, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and others, it’s also creating some of the best content on the airwaves.

Source: TheNextWeb

AMDs Big E3 Announcements

E3 is about video games and video game hardware and AMD took this opportunity to show off what they've been working on. There has been a lot of rumor and excitement about their new RX 400 series products in terms of cost for performance on the mid-range and AMD showed off just what to expect in terms of performance, price and release dates for their upcoming line. Will this be enough to take NVIDIA down a notch? I doubt it - but competition is always good.

Advanced Micro Devices says the Radeon RX 480 is expected to deliver “smooth AAA gaming experiences to gamers at 1440p resolutions”. This means that AMD expects this card to perform fairly well compared to the high-end of the previous generation, roughly falling somewhere around a GTX 970.

Source: Forbes

Google Really Pushing Two-Step Verification

With a new hack happening every week, I guess it makes sense to finally enable two-step verification for platforms that support it. Google has had the option for a while, but only recently have they taken another round at pushing it to their users. The will be a prompt on your device or PC shortly requesting once again that you turn it on - and this makes it simple and really helps secure your data. Secure data is never a bad thing.

The setup is simple: when logging into gmail or other Google apps product, a Google Prompt notification on your phone will ask you to approve or deny the login request, along with information about the profile, location and device you're trying to log in from. Making things even easier: the new feature is actually baked into Android using Google Play services, users only need to update to the latest version to get it.

Source: Engadget

Crapware Free Windows

There are very few things that are more frustrating than finding your PC is slowing down due to the amount of bloatware and crapware it comes with. The beautiful thing is that very soon, the Windows "Refresh Windows" tool will have an option - not only to Refresh it to just like when you go it, but it will also be able to restore and refresh Windows right to the out-of-the-box freshness we all love. Take a look below for more details.

In other words, if this tool works as advertised—and I’ll be testing it to this end over the weekend—anyone should be able to buy a new computer from any source, take it home, turn it on, and then blow away the crapware-laden PC maker install and get a clean image of Windows 10 on there. And then they can get on with their lives.

Source: Thurrot

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