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Lionsgate Brings Big Movies to Steam

Everybody wants a piece of the streaming pie and when you already have the servers, storage and infrastructure to deliver content on-demand, it makes sense to go bigger. Steam has recently welcomed Lionsgate to their platform and you will be able to rent and stream movies right in your Steam client software. Hopefully, Steam doesn't make some fatal mistakes trying to bring their "Big Screen" to every home. They can't forget their core users - at least I hope they can't.

To this BlackBerry is gradually adding its own acquisitions. Such as the secure document system BlackBerry picked up, WatchDox, which can geofence documents: very handy if some employee leaves a thumb drive on a train. The “crisis squawker” (there’s no better description) AtHoc which provides crisis management for emergency services, is also swapping its HazMat suite for a white collar, and will be offered to enterprises.

Source: Engadget

AMD Stepping up their GPU Game

AMD has been lagging behind Intel when it comes to raw CPU performance and they've slipped into second spot behind NVIDIA on the graphics card front. They have some new cards and technology coming out very soon and the rumor is that their high-end "Polaris 10" product will "perform close to a GTX 980 Ti". While that may sound exciting, it won't perform as good - and NVIDIA is about set to release a new product line as well - which will leave AMDs best, competing with last-generation NVIDIA. Hopefully AMD can step things up and be a major contender.

We also want to share some information we learned from our sources about Polaris 11. AMD recently hosted a event in Taiwan to showcase their Polaris GPUs (Polaris 10 and Polaris 11) along with the Radeon Pro Duo card to journalists. We shared slides of the Radeon Pro Duo from that event yesterday. People were able to get some info out of AMD and it seems like the Polaris 10 can be an extremely competitive product.

Source: WCCFTech

The State of Cord-Cutting

We've talked many times over the last few years about cord-cutters, the people who cut the cord on their cable TV subscriptions and use other alternatives.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The average American now spends more time on home broadband (2.9 hours) vs watching TV (2.8 hours).
  • There are still 99.4 Million cable TV subscribers in the US.
  • 385,000 Americans canceled their cable subscription in 2015
  • The average monthly price of cable in the US is $100 (up 5%)
  • 37% of Americans stream Netflix on a weekly basis

Motherboard breaks down the numbers.

People have all sorts of reasons why they’re looking to cut the cord, whether it’s because they’re tired of paying upwards of $100 per month to the likes of Time Warner Cable or Comcast for cable, or that they feel they’re simply better served with a smattering of services like Netflix and Sling TV. Regardless of the motivation, there’s a lot of data to unpack.

iTunes turns 13 (and still needs work)

iTunes is celebrating its 13th birthday. You'd think in 13 years Apple would have improved iTunes more than they have, but of course they haven't. Quartz has a history lesson on iTunes and why it's still awful.

Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores—and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. The addition of the online store to the iTunes media player (which debuted in 2001) completely altered the way people bought, sold, and made music around the globe.

Microsoft's $1 billion mistake

Microsoft's Xbox 360 was a very successful console - even though it was plagued with the "Red Ring of Death". Microsoft pushed design over function on the 360 and it caused some heat-related issues that were never really solved until the 360 "S" (Slim) was released in 2010. The mistake cost Microsoft $1 billion in repairs and console replacements as they extended the warranty of the console to an amazing 3 years in order to keep customers happy. Unfortunately, it wasn't cheap. More details on the whole process at the link below. It's an interested read.

Before selling the Xbox 360 to the public, Microsoft had run the console through various tests, from heat to longevity to cold to movement, and plenty of others. The Red Ring of Death problem was apparently something they didn't come across. It was only when consoles started coming in as returns that Microsoft began to see the scope of the issue.

Source: BusinessInsider

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