Most Hated Company in America

It's down to two and this year the battle for the most hated company in America is between Monsanto and Comcast. It's pretty interesting that EA got off so easy when they have been hacked (during the vote even) and have sucked just as much as usual. Either way, there is still time for your voice to be heard. 

A seed company and a cable company are all that remain of the 32 bad businesses that paraded into the Worst Company In America Arenadome only a few weeks back. One is a battle-tested vet with a Golden Poo on its mantlepiece; the other a tournament newcomer who doesn’t seem put off by its competitor’s years of experience. Both of today’s Final Death Match contenders dream of a world where they are the only supplier in their respective industries, and will go to any means necessary to make that dream a reality.

Source: Consumerist

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Personal for $70 a Year

If you have to force a subscription model on people, you should at least make it affordable. This is the message that Adobe is finally getting with their software package and Microsoft is getting as well. Previously, Office 365 was pretty expensive for the casual user, and now with the $70 a year (or $7 a month) option, this makes it a bit more inviting and not a bad deal if you like to keep your Office software current. The downside is that this subscription allows you to install on one PC and one tablet, instead of the five PC limit for teh Office 365 Home package at $99 a year.

An Office 365 Personal subscription allows for one PC or Mac, and one tablet (including iPad) to be connected to the service, and is the best option for individuals interested in using Office 365. By offering Office 365 Personal, in addition to Office 365 Home, we are better positioned to deliver the right Office to a broader range of households–whether it’s an individual or a family of five.

Source: Office Blog

Toshiba Launches 4K Laptop for $1.5K

Screen resolution is a wonderful thing - especially when you have lots of it. This is the moto of the new Toshiba Satellite P55T laptop that comes with a nice Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA graphics and a 4K panel. While the price tag is pretty reasonable at $1,500 for a 4K machine, that is really the only stand-out specification, but if you believe that you will be needing a 4K panel to stream all that Netflix content, this is a decent portable choice.

The laptop body itself was perfectly fine, but failed to stand out, with a generic-looking silver-grey aluminum body and black island-style keyboard. Some design touches feel ported over from the premium Kirabook line, such as the rounded corners of the chassis, and the similar rounded top corners on the large clickpad-style touch pad.

Source: CNET

PS4 sells 7 Million units

Since the release of the PS4, Sony has been able to already sell 7 million units and admits they can't keep up with the demand yet. This is good news for Sony as some of their other divisions have been dragging them down and the success of the PS4 might help that temporarily. Phys.org has the full story.

The PS4 is up against Microsoft's Xbox One, and Nintendo's Wii U for dominance of the digital home entertainment market at a time that consoles are under intense pressure to prove their worth in a world of ubiquitous smartphones and tablets for games and videos.

By comparison, the Wii U, launched in late 2012, took more than a year to sell 5.86 million units.

20% of Hulu and Netflix Subscribers Have Cut the Cord

Streaming services have come a long way in the past few years and as the library at Netflix and Hulu have been growing, so has their satisfied customer list. In fact 20% of their customers are so happy that they've actually quit using their cable or satellite companies and are now streaming only. That's 1:5, and is a number that cable companies should be concerned about.

The study reveals that 6.5 percent of U.S. households cut the cord in 2013, leaving their cable TV service for good, up from 4.5 percent in 2010. This amounts to almost 8 million. If you are a subscriber to Netflix or Hulu, that figure jumps significantly, with 18 percent of Americans using those services having effectively cut the cord. 

Source: AfterDawn

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