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The end of Seeso

NBCUniversal has announced they'll be shutting down their niche comedy streaming service Seeso later this year. Most people have probably never heard of the Seeso streaming service, and chances are good that played a part in their decision. Seeso offered comedy fans the opportunity to watch a whole bunch of older shows like Monty Python and SNL episodes in addition to some exclusive content all for $3.99 a month. The price wasn't too terrible, however, it just another subscription that people have to get and in the end it just wasn't as popular as NBC was hoping. No word yet on if there will be some alternative option in the future from NBC but I think it's safe to say that we'll probably seeing more and more of these smaller streaming services disappearing as very few of them have been able to gain much traction against the giant services like Netflix and Hulu. TechCrunch has more details.

Subscription streaming service Seeso will be shutting down later this year. The NBCUniversal-owned service made the announcement today on Facebook.

It was revealed earlier that several Seeso originals, including HarmonQuest and My Brother My Brother and Me, will be moving to Vrv, a gamer- and geek-focused streaming video service from digital media company Ellation. (Ellation PR would like me to remind you that HarmonQuest season 2 will premiere on Sept. 15.)

Seeso hasn’t been around for very long — it launched at the beginning of 2016, offering a mix of originals and classic comedies like Monty Python and Saturday Night Live, all ad-free for a subscription price of $3.99 per month.

Lease your next smartphone

Sprint has come out with their newest plan, called Sprint Flex, which will let you lease your next cell phone and upgrade every 12 months. Previously Sprint had a similar plan that allowed you to upgrade every 18 months, however, that appears to have been too long for some and for another $5 a month you can move on up to upgrading every 12 months instead. The whole idea of leasing a phone is a bit different concept but the fact is that most people don't really care about keeping their old cell phone once they've got a new one. Time will tell how this program is adopted by Sprint's customers and I would guess that if people start getting onboard you'll see other providers coming up with similar plans shortly. The Verge has the details.

Sprint is hoping that updates to its phone leasing program and the option to upgrade any smartphone annually will help improve its standing in the wireless market. The company has been taking some drastic steps lately in pursuit of that goal — including offering new customers an entire year of free, unlimited data service with relatively few strings attached. Now, Sprint will let subscribers lease any smartphone it sells and upgrade in 12 months. Previously that deal was only good for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphone customers.

Weekly Tech Update #404 - The KFC Phone is Real

We have just posted up Episode #404 of Weekly Tech Update! In this episode we are discussing Microsoft switches their focus from mobile to AI, KFC enters the smartphone market and Lenovo decides to keep it simple. We have those stories and more at the links below...


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More Games Added to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

While some people are abandoning compatibility, Microsoft seems to keep adding more titles to their list. The list is still relatively small, but it's nice to know that if you bought (or still plan on buying) games for the Xbox 360, you won't have to buy them again for the Xbox One. The new games added this time around are Batman: Arkham Origins, Deadliest Warrior, Dsiney Bolt and Fighting Vipers. That's right B-list titles at best, but still they are compatible. You get what you pay for I guess.

But if you're looking for new games on the cheap, don't forget about this month's Games with Gold. You've got until the end of the month to claim Slime Rancher (Xbox One); and until the 15th to grab Bayonetta (Xbox 360). You can also claim Runbow (Xbox One) until the 15th, which was part of last month's offers.

Source: Neowin

LawBreakers Game Play Teaser

If you love motion-sickness and fast paced gaming, check out LawBreakers. Seriously. Wow.


Disney to Ditch Netflix in Favor of Own Streaming Service

If you currently are enjoying select Disney titles on Netflix, you'd better hurry and get your fill because Disney just announced that they are doing their own streaming thing in the future. Their streaming service won't be available until 2019, so in the meantime, Disney will leave a hole in your life. I think you'll manage to survive though as current Disney titles on Netflix are pretty limited.

In a statement, Disney said that along with new films, its streaming service will also feature other movies from the Disney library as well as Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD programming. This will be quite a loss for Netflix, which just acquired Mark Millar's comic publishing house earlier this week.

Source: Engadget

Nougat is Now on 1% of Devices

Fragmentation. It's perhaps Androids biggest problem. Google has been trying to fix it, but with so many devices from so many different companies and so many different hardware and software combinations, it's an elephant in a very crowded room. The proof is that the latest version of Nougat has now topped out on a mere 1% of devices. Apple's update rollout is much more inclusive as they control the hardware and software while Google only controls software.

As we can see, the aging Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich versions remain stagnant with a total of 1.4% of all Google Play Android devices. Jelly Bean's usage continues to shrink with a combined 7.6%, compared with last month's 8.1%.

Source: Neowin

Xbox One to Get a New UI

Microsoft is always on the mission to change things up and make their interfaces more intuitive, and I hate it. When I finally figure out where and how to do things on the Xbox One, they go ahead and roll out a new layout and I am lost once again. I finally figured out the latest changes, so it's about the right time for them to swap things again. This new UI will be customizable though - in ways that the current UI isn't. This could be a good thing and I could put things back to the original Xbox One UI. That was the easiest to navigate in my opinion.

The Home screen has been restructured, adding suggestions for new friends (and maybe an ad or two), but the big change is the new hot bar at the bottom. The first button sends users straight to their game library, but the next few are recently-played games or apps -- a nice addition, if available elsewhere, that keeps you from having to dig around for your last-loaded title.

Source: Engadget

CBS Finally Getting New Media?

It may be too early to tell, but it appears that CBS is actually starting to get it. Old media delivery via cable or set-top-box is not working anymore as people want everything delivered where they have internet access. They are stepping up their streaming game and have now expanded their All Access package to include sports - and international delivery... to Canada! That's right, while us northerners are a small audience, we still matter to CBS. I'm looking forward to more companies pushing for international delivery as well. It's a huge step in the right direction.

“There is a huge opportunity for CBS to go direct-to-consumer on a much bigger scale worldwide,” Moonves said during CBS Corp.’s second quarter earnings call. Moonves noted that the projected 4 million total OTT subs puts the company well on its way to meeting its goal of 8 million total OTT subscribers by 2020 as the Eye spelled out to investors in early 2016.

Source: Variety

Intel's 18-Core Chip May Be A Good Bet

After AMD announced the Threadripper CPU, Intel was left scratching their head as to what they should do in response. They decided to suggest that they could pull off an 18-core CPU, and while their CPU will be significantly more expensive that the AMD competition, it will still likely pay off. Fans of Intel chips will find a way to pony up the cash and find a way to afford the estimated $2,000USD CPU. I think I'd rather invest that money in a piece of land - or buy a car.

Although we got a taste of Intel's new lineup back in May at Computex, the company today is officially revealing specs for the higher-end i9 family, codenamed "Basin Falls." At the top end, the 18-core i9-7980XE features a base speed of 2.6GHz, and a Turbo Boost 2.0 speed of 4.2GHz. It might seem odd for the creme da la creme of CPU these days to rock a base clock under 3GHz — especially at $2,000 — but the boost figure is more important when you're actually trying to get work done.

Source: Engadget

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