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Netflix now has double the subscribers of Comcast

Comcast just released their Q4 results for 2015 which shows them having just over 22 million subscribers. Back in 2011 Comcast had about 22 million users, which was even to the amount of subscribers Netflix had in the USA. Fast forward to 2015 Netflix has seen their subscriber base jump up to just shy of 45 million subscribers while Comcast has remained stagnant. AllFlicks has the details.

Comcast is one of pay TV’s most important (and infamous) companies. They have a monopolistic grip on a huge swath of the United States, which makes them a popular subject on blogs like ours. But just how big is Comcast, really? What happens when you compare their subscriber numbers to, say, Netflix?

Well, Comcast gets clobbered, as it turns out.

Intel looks to cut 12,000 jobs

Intel has announced they are going to be cutting 12,000 jobs (11% of their current workforce). The cuts will be made over the next year and bring the current number of 107,000 employees down to around 95,000. Intel's employee numbers have grown in the past 5 years thanks to the acquisition of McAfee in 2011 and Altera in 2015. Intel has seen global PC shipments drop and hasn't been seeing the revenue they had in the past. Bloomberg has the full story.

Intel Corp. will eliminate 12,000 jobs, or 11 percent of its workforce, embarking on the deepest cutbacks in a decade to gird for a fifth year of declines in the personal-computer market.

The world’s biggest maker of semiconductors said it’s shifting focus to higher-growth areas, such as chips for data center machines and Internet-connected devices. Intel also posted disappointing first-quarter revenue and gave a second-quarter sales forecast that fell short of analysts’ estimates.

WTU Episode #354 - Do You Have Room for VR?

We have just posted up Episode #354 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing piracy isn't killing the movie industry, Nintendo's Miitomo is kind of a big deal and the Coolest Cooler isn't so cool. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the link below.

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Blasting Cap in Ballistics Gel

FullMag takes a look to see what a single blasting cap does when embedded into ballistics gel. I would hate to have a blastic cap in my pocket.

 

Android Security Reality

While Android had a tough time in the past year when it came to security headlines, the reality is that if you use your device like 99% of Android users - and just get your applications through the Play Store, you'll likely be fine. If you open your phone, unlock the bootloader and install applications by way of sideloading, you have a better chance at something sneaking into you device. That being said, users typically don't do that and the mainstream Android user is actually very safe and secure on the Google platform. Google wants you to "look at the data."

You can read the entire report, if you want to get into the weeds. For those who don’t, the key point is that Google is taking security seriously. That could come from the spark of the Apple-FBI standoff over mobile encryption (or that Apple likes to bludgeon its mobile rival about its security). Ludwig said the Android team was not influenced by the FBI case, but did emphasize that Google is rolling out more and more device encryption.

Source: Re/code

Americans Ditching Broadband in Favor of Mobile

Just when broadband is really starting to get good (1Gbps connections), a new study finds that many Americans are ditching traditional broadband in favor of mobile broadband. With LTE coverage and speed improving all the time, it's not a big surprise for casual usage - but if you are a media junkie, many wireless plans have a bandwidth cap that will cramp your style. This surprises me that "mobile-only" accounts for 20% of American users.

The data, collected from nearly 53,000 households, shows that three-quarters of American households with internet are using a DSL, cable or fiber connection to get online at home. While that is still a vast majority, it's a significant drop from 82 percent in 2013. On the flip side: the proportion of homes that only used a mobile internet connection went from 10 to 20 percent in the same period.

Source: Engadget

Gears of War 4 Beta Access Keys are Coming

If you've been waiting for the Gears of War 4 Early Access Beta keys, you may have noticed that they didn't show up yesterday - the day they were scheduled to arrive. They are on the way, and the team is working at rolling out the keys in smaller waves to ensure that the servers and game works as it is supposed to. If you haven't received your key, don't fret - not yet anyhow. If you haven't received anything by launch day, just remember, Kickstarter works the same way.

There are two things that you need to know if you're expecting a Gears of War 4 beta invite and haven't received one yet. First, and most importantly, is that these invites are being passed out in chronological order. If you bought and played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition first, you're supposed to get your code before those that played the game later after launch.

Source: Neowin

Google Play Music Finally Supports Podcasts

It's only been years coming, and it's finally here. Google Play Music finally supports Podcasts. While the mobile rollout will be done in stages, you can log into your PC, go to Google Play Music and browse the Podcast section on the left hand side. Take a look and keep watching for the Google Play Music App to update so you can easily get and listen to podcasts on the go.

It's currently unknown if Google has any plans to support video podcasts in the future, as it wasn't mentioned in the blog post. If they do have such plans, it would be interesting to see if they end up supported in Play Music, Play Movies & TV, or if they stick with YouTube. We've reached out to Google for comment.

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Source: Google Play Podcasts via Neowin

Occulus Rift: Get it Fast on Amazon

If you pre-ordered an Occulus Rift kit, you're probably still waiting for your pre-order to ship. The good news is that if you didn't pre-order it, you can get it next week if you buy it on Amazon. This is not the first time that early backers have gotten screwed by companies and I'm sure it won't be the last. I have to laugh though at how eager people are to get their pre-order when the Amazon bundles are shipping already.

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Xbox One Spring Bundle is Solid

If you've been waiting for a good deal to come along before you drop money on a new Xbox One, this could be it. Microsoft's new Spring bundle includes the 1TB Xbox One as well as four games. The games may not all be your top picks, but the include Halo 5, Ori, Rare Replay and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. Two of the games are worth spending money on at least.

Spring is here and so are the Xbox deals. Microsoft started its Spring Sale back in March, which included a chance to pick up an Xbox One for $299. While the game sale ended going into April, the sale on Xbox One has not.

Source: Neowin

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