Hutchison Says It’s In Exclusive Negotiations To Buy UK’s O2 For Up To £10.25B
(23 January 2015, Hong Kong) Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), parent company of UK telecom operator Three UK, announced that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Telefónica, S.A. over a period of several weeks for the potential acquisition of Telefónica, S.A.’s UK subsidiary, O2 UK, for an indicative price in cash of £9.25 billion which would be paid at closing, and deferred upside interest sharing payments of up to a further £1 billion in the aggregate payable after the cumulative cash flow of the combined businesses of Hutchison 3G UK Limited and O2 UK has reached an agreed threshold. The timing and amounts of these payments will depend on the actual cash flows of the combined businesses.
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They say that the best remote control is the one that’s closest at hand… or something like that. Blumoo lets you use your smartphone to control your TV and home theater equipment, with powerful features to customize your entertainment experience like never before. It’s now available at TNW Deals for 34 percent off .
Purism Aims To Build A Philosophically Pure Laptop
Purism Librem 15 is a laptop that is not free as in beer but it is instead free as in “absolutely free and open and uncontrolled by outside forces ensures complete control of every aspect of the hardware at all times.” And that’s a good thing.
Adobe's Lightroom 6 Photo Manager Will Drop 32-bit Support
Adobe has announced that the upcoming Lightroom 6, its Creative Cloud photo manager, will support only 64-bit operating systems. The new version of the software, which last saw a major upgrade in April of 2013, will no longer support 32-bit operating systems.
Amazon And Netflix Get Serious About Making Movies. Are Studios Screwed?
Could the digital players actually earn Oscar nominations by this time next year? Our own judges are split! Watch the video to see why.
These 41 movies and TV shows disappear from Netflix in February
Netflix has sent out the list of movies and TV shows that'll be vanishing from its service in February. As usual, it's a mixed bag of classics that you will miss and not-so-classics that you won't. Among the bigger names are Apocalypse Now , Apocalypse Now Redux , most of the ’90s Batman films, and MASH . The full list of what's vanishing, reprinted from Vulture , is below:
Chrome 41 beta arrives with new developer features and tools
Even though Chrome 41 beta may not seem like it adds new features for most users, that doesn’t mean its stable counterpart won’t offer something for nondevelopers. Other features that arrived in the beta channel previously, such as the capability to “child lock” signed-in profiles and new tab page suggestions based on the time and day as well as a revamped bookmark manager, are all in the pipeline.
Live updates: Box shares up strongly on its IPO day
CNBC asked Levie about why the company set the price as it did and Levie replied “Our job is to try and get a fair valuation of our company in this process and I think that was the strategy we employed and let the market kind of figure out what the pricing is from there, and I think given the growth of the business I think you’ll see kind of what we’re up to.”
Popular Task Management App 'Any.do' Comes to Mac
With Any.do for Mac, life is as productive as you want it to be. No need to pick up your phone or start your web browser. With one click from your desktop you get clear visibility into your daily tasks and all the same powerful planning features you’ve come to expect from the Any.do app. We’ve learned that it’s the little differences that can make a big impact on your productivity, and that’s why Any.do for Mac matters. Now, when you have an immediate access to your Any.do, being the best version of yourself is that much simpler.
Three things media companies could learn from the White House
It should be fairly obvious by now, but each of these principles — and in fact, the entire strategy the White House employed around the State of the Union speech — applies just as well to brands and other sources of news as it does to traditional media entities. In that sense, the Obama administration isn’t really that different from Procter & Gamble or Red Bull: it has a message or an event it wants people to know about, and it has the tools to publish print, photos, video and social media in order to accomplish that.
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REPORT: Google Plans To Sell Wireless Service
(Reuters) - Google Inc is preparing to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers and manage their calls and mobile data over a cellular network, The Information reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Hutchison Whampoa hopes to buy O2 UK for $15 billion
The merry dance began last November, when fixed-line player BT (the company that once spun out what became O2) said it wanted to get back into the mobile game , and was considering buying either EE (joint-owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange) or O2. Hutch waded in days later, indicating that it was also mulling a purchase of EE or O2.
With PlayStation Now, Sony proves that game streaming works
Things have changed quite a bit in the intervening time. For one, we tested PlayStation Now on a relatively beefy (but still residential-level) 75 Mbps FiOS connection in the Washington, DC suburbs. At that speed, the streaming experience was practically indistinguishable from loading a disc on a local PS3. After about 30 to 60 seconds of start up (including a required connection test to confirm bandwidth), PlayStation Now games ran at a solid HD resolution. We saw a smooth, rock-steady frame rate and seemingly instantaneous responses to our controller inputs.
'We Were Arrogant': Interview with New York Times Editor Baquet - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Baquet: It depends on the news, where it seems like every two or three weeks, and then it will drop off, and you won't have any conversations with the government for six months. We recently ran through a period where it was pretty frequent. I almost always say no. But there are instances like the Gadhafi case in which it's very clear that a very specific person would be at risk if we published something. Many people have this image in their heads that the press is sort of somehow cowering, and the government calls up and says, "Don't run that," and we don't run it. That's not the reality. The reality is that the government makes the case 70 percent or 80 percent of the time to hold something for reasons of national security if it protects somebody's life. We weigh it and we discuss it. Most of the time, we run it anyway.
Braintree’s bitcoin API is now available to merchants in beta
PayPal’s developer arm Braintree has finished its initial integration work with Coinbase , and is opening up a beta program to its online merchants and mobile developers who want to start accepting bitcoin payments. No word yet on specific companies that have signed up for the beta, but Braintree has an impressive customer base of e-commerce and mobile app startups, including Airbnb and Uber. PayPal has made bitcoin an option for certain transactions to its various sellers, but, as my colleague Biz Carson points out, the payments giant is moving cautiously when it comes to cryptocurrency.
We Tried The Echo, Amazon's New Smart-Home Assistant, And Think It Could Launch A Whole New Device Category
In a new research report from BI Intelligence , we test the Echo's capabilities, and analyze its potential as a media, e-commerce, and smart-home device. We also consider its impact on Amazon's ecosystem, and whether hands-free, voice-driven personal assistants will become a popular device category in the connected home.
Twitter launches 'While you were away' recaps for its iOS app
It's not clear which metrics Twitter uses to determine which tweets get slotted into the "While you were away" recaps, but the microblogging service says the feature uses "engagement and other factors" to display "a few of the best Tweets you probably wouldn't have seen otherwise." The new feature, similar in concept to Facebook's "top stories," breaks up Twitter's otherwise chronological timelines. Its introduction comes as Twitter plans a raft of new features, including better direct messages, designed to entice the 500 million people who visit Twitter every month to actually sign in to the service.
Reported Apple Watch battery life, chip capabilities surface
Wearables currently seem to be more trouble than they’re worth. Battery tech is lagging too far behind silicon tech. I’ll probably get a low-end AppleWatch but my expectations of it are also very low. I don’t intend to do any energy draining types of use and hopefully just the bio-sensor use alone won’t drain the battery too quickly. As long as it records the data I can look at it later after it’s downloaded from the watch. I’d be happy if Apple built some wrist device that was much bulkier than what it is just to get a longer battery life. I know that isn’t Apple’s goal, but for me it would be much more practical. I’m not looking for some fancy-ass, almost-watch-thingie. I’d rather have some sort of bullet-proof wrist-mounted data recorder that’s nothing like a conventional watch.
The wearable tool, the new Leatherman Tread - Leatherman Blog
“The idea originated on a trip to Disneyland with my family,” said President Ben Rivera. “I was stopped at the gate by security for carrying a knife, when what they had actually seen was my Skeletool. I was unwilling to give it up, so they made me take it all the way back to my hotel room. I knew there had to be another way to carry my tools with me that would be accepted by security.” When he returned from his trip, Rivera, who began his tenure at Leatherman Tool Group 24 years ago as an engineer, began by wearing a bike chain bracelet to see how it would feel. As his thoughts took shape, he brought his idea to the engineers at Leatherman who helped fast track his plans.
edX: Programming language Scratch isn’t just for kids anymore
Scratch is a programming language built to help children learn basic programming skills. But now edX , the MOOC (for Massive Open Online Course) backed by top colleges including MIT, Harvard and Caltech, will offer a free Scratch course for anyone “regardless of age or digital skill.”
Opinion: Why Cross-Platform Online Gaming Should Be a Reality - IGN
Pobst’s long answer is depressing to hear, because it reveals that in addition to the expected technical concerns, policy stands in the way. “It is common that the game can’t mention the name or acknowledge the existence of any other service or platform. It wouldn’t be allowed to be on the service if it did,” he says. Think about that: it’s not just that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo haven’t lifted a finger to allow cross-platform play, but they’ve taken active steps to make the mere mention of their competitors’ platforms in their domain a thought crime. It’s understandable that branding is important, and they don’t want their rivals advertised in their own back yards, but this is ridiculous. It’s denial of reality.
The Startup That Could Beat SpaceX to Building a Second Internet in Space | WIRED
Wyler first became interested in connecting remote parts of the world to the internet back in 2002 after a chance encounter with the Rwandan president’s chief of staff. That meeting compelled Wyler to launch Terracom, a telecommunications company that laid fiber optic cable and set up a 3G network to connect Rwandans to cell phone and internet service. “The mindset in the world at the time was that internet infrastructure was not a high priority,” Wyler told Vance. “I thought that was wrong. When you have good internet access, you have economic growth.”
Microsoft runs out of Surface 2 tablets online: Is Windows RT dead?
Microsoft on Thursday said it would continue providing software upgrades to Surface tablets running on RT, but not to Windows 10. So if you are looking to buy a tablet or laptop with Windows 8.1 that can be upgraded for free to Windows 10 later this year, make sure it has an x86 chip from Intel or Advanced Micro Devices.
IGN Conversations - Sailor Moon Crystal: First Season Wrap Up - IGN Video
IGN's Meghan and Miranda take a look back at the first season of Sailor Moon Crystal.
Future iPads could have PS Vita-style touch controls on the back
Apple’s patent application suggests that sensors would be placed in a grid pattern on the back of the iPad, so as to make them easy to access without the user having to look at what he or she is doing (think touch-typing on a keyboard!)
Robotics funding is off to a hot start in 2015
Robotics hardware startups have already raised more than $51.9 million in 2015 thus far, bolstered by home robotics startup Jibo’s $25.3 million Series A round Tuesday.
Ulbricht Confessed to Running Silk Road, His College Friend Testifies | WIRED
Despite his initial shock, Bates said he continued to advise Ulbricht on his Silk Road programming problems, helping him in March of 2011, for instance, to deal with a major site outage. The two would later work together on plans for a bitcoin exchange, Bates confirmed in response to prosecutor Howard’s questions. And Bates also used the Silk Road to buy drugs under the pseudonym “melee”, listing marijuana, ecstasy, psychedelic mushrooms, Vicodin and antibiotics among those he’d purchased. He also told the jury that Ulbricht had personally given him a bag of psychedelic mushrooms he’d grown and stored in a large black trash bag, offering more evidence that Ulbricht had sold his own homemade mushrooms as the first product on the Silk Road.
Google pushes Firefox users to dump Yahoo search
Possibly alarmed at recent data suggesting the company is losing search share to rival Yahoo following Firefox’s move to start offering it as the default setting, Google has started taking action to try to lure users into switching to its own offering.
CleanLock hides the notifications on the Lock screen [Jailbreak Tweak]
To view all the notifications you’ve received, you can simply tap on the right side of the Lock screen which opens a sidebar-like interface with a list of all the notifications you’ve received. Tapping on any notification provides a preview of its content on the Lock screen as well as all the notifications received from that particular app.
Amazon Prime Will Be $72 Tomorrow, Here's What That Gets You
Amazon Instant Video was
playing catch up to Netflix for a while, but with great shows like Transparent, the huge addition of HBO , and numerous exclusives, Amazon Instant Video is at least an even match, if not the superior streaming service. If Amazon Instant Video has what you want, or at least enough of what you want, you could in theory cancel cable, Netflix, and HBO, resulting in savings would cover the cost of Prime multiple times.
Kredo Helps You Make Your Portfolio Fancy
“Creative professionals want to be able to control the quality of the work they are presenting. The iPad is the perfect technology to do just that. A portfolio review is an important step in landing a great job, and with the iPad app, creatives can be assured that the image will look identical on another current iPad. Plus, it’s mobile – you can take and edit your portfolio anywhere, even without an internet connection,” said Dryja.
I just traveled to Mars with Microsoft’s HoloLens, and it was mind bending
Microsoft calls it HoloLens and Holograms, but let’s be frank, we’re not talking about Princess Leia popping out of R2D2 and appearing to Obi Wan. Instead, HoloLens is presented to you and you alone, through a display beamed onto eyeglasses contained in a headset you wear. It what we normally call Augmented Reality, and more like Oculus Rift or Google Glass than anything else, but Microsoft’s vision is to do far more than just overlay information on the real world. Take my trip to Mars, for example.
PSA: Amazon Prime Memberships Are 27% Off, Today Only
Some folks on Twitter are reporting that you can circumvent this limitation by disabling “auto-renew” on your Prime account, then buying yourself today’s deal as a gift (sent to yourself) with the arrival date set to one day after your Prime account expires. It almost certainly works (the same trick worked when Amazon was about to crank the price up) — but whether or not that little work around is too sketchy is up to you.
BMW and Volkwagen team-up creates 100 fast-charge stations for EVS
Electric vehicle charging spots are nowhere near as prolific as their gas counterparts, but automakers are trying to do what they can so you'd buy their emission-free vehicles. BMW and Volkswagen, for instance, will install 100 fast-charging stations by ChargePoint along the east and west coasts to form "corridors" of roads where drivers can access one every 50 miles or so. Each station is expected to have two 50 kW DC or 24 kW DC fast chargers, which are certainly welcome, as these speedy machines are only available in 120 spots among the 20,000 ChargePoint locations across the US. The best thing about them is that they can juice up an EV for up to 80 percent in just 20 to 30 minutes, depending on which type you're using.
BMW and VW Team Up to Make EV Charger Networks Anyone Can Use | WIRED
But not for long. BMW and Volkswagen are teaming up to build a network of fast chargers that will span the east and west coasts and be open to any electric vehicle that uses the standard SAE J1772 or CHAdeMO plug. Granted, the i3 and e-Golf, which both have a range of roughly 80 miles, are marketed as commuters, not road-trippers. But “we want to now take that next step” and extend into the mid-range to long-range market, says Robert Healey, head of EV infrastructure for BMW of North America.
Wallpaper Thursday: 5 Space Themed Wallpapers
Space has always been something that’s interested me. When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut, but who didn’t? I’ve never even left the US, much less the planet, but I can still appreciate some awesome pictures of space. If you’re a fan of the cosmos, you might enjoy this weeks wallpapers.
China says Microsoft Outlook hacking allegations 'groundless'
The comments, made by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) spokesman Jiang Jun, were in response to a Monday report by an online censorship watchdog which said that Chinese users of the email service were subject to a hacking attack over the weekend.
Rainbow Six Siege: 5v5 or Bust – IGN First - IGN
"After we extrapolated all of this from our study of the Rainbow Six gunplay, we knew that we had to integrate our own mechanic into Siege and make it as comfortable for the player as possible. The free lean system we are introducing in Siege gives you total control over your line of sight at any given time whether you are in a stand, prone or rappelling position. With this system, players won’t be stuck in an automatic, contextual lean. The first version of this free lean mechanic was just so damn fun and useful that we have been refining it and it has become a vital aspect of Siege’s gunplay. Since then, everyone that has tried the game has been able to make dynamic use of cover and line-of-sight and it has been received very well from our internal play-sessions. "
Google is about to become its own wireless carrier
Pretty soon you’ll be able to buy a Nexus smartphone that works with Google’s own wireless network. The company is close to offering its own mobile phone plans directly to customers, a move that would allow Google to control the entire phone experience from top to bottom.
Apple's Worst Design Ever
From an interface standpoint, it works. Other than the problem that you mentioned about how to get it off the screen and maybe adding a visual cue to imply that the plus and minus are for volume, all the functionality is there. Anyone can figure out and use it if they have ever used a VCR or DVD player in their life. It may be ugly, but it solves a problem. And that, friend, is design. Say what you want about Apple's shitty real-to-life taste in style, but the reason they've been at the top for a long time is good design. Not style.
One Japanese hostage of ISIS has been executed, according to new video
The video was posted online Saturday, but was quickly deleted. Militants on a website affiliated with ISIS disagreed about the authenticity of its message. One militant warned that it was fake, while another said it was intended only to go to the Japanese journalist's family. A third militant on the website noted that the video was not issued by al-Furqan, which is one of the media arms of ISIS, and has issued past videos involving hostages and beheadings. Saturday's message did not bear al-Furqan's logo.
TC AppleCast 2: Apple Watch Battery Bingo And iPad Stylus
Regarding Apple Watch battery life, the question is whether, if the details are as reported, the wearable will offer enough to satisfy consumers, or whether it might turn some away as argued by some including Business Insider’s Steve Kovach . We also look at some early third-party estimates for iPhone shipments leading into next week’s official financial report, most of which predict a huge quarter.
Black Sails Creators on Delivering a Bigger and More Complex Season 2 - IGN
Steinberg: Yeah, I mean I think when we come back he’s been unmasked to some extent to his crew as the guy who killed their quartermaster and got them into this mess. I think ordinarily, someone inhabiting that job who has that happen to them, doesn’t get it back again. I think for us the challenge was to start a story in which Flint was almost entirely alone except for Silver. There’s a moment where the two of them now only have each other and they have to figure out a way to begin this relationship that is really the spine of hopefully a long-running series for Captain Flint and John Silver and what their evolving relationship is and hopefully leading up to the events of the book. I think the beginning of Season 2 is really the spark for that.
Why You Should Take A Social Media Sabbatical
Rewinding to whatever “the norm” was before my break: I spent lots of time on social media. As an author, product maker, self-employed, brand-builder type person, I’ve used social to build awareness of what I do and what I sell. I use it to connect, network, and stay in touch with friends (most of whom I’ve become friends with on those networks).
Once Again, Starbucks Shows Google And Apple How To Do Mobile Payment
Mobile payment also greases the skids for Schultz’s other ambitions, such as mobile order and pay. The company tested the ability to order on smartphones and pick up in stores to avoid lines in Portland, Ore. in December. Although Starbucks didn’t provide numbers, it went well enough that the company plans to launch mobile order and pay in 600 stores in the Northwest in the next few months, and nationally later this year. “It will drive a significant increase in mobile transactions in stores,” Schultz said today during the analyst conference call.
There's going to be a Batkid movie starring Julia Roberts
The story of Miles Scott, a five-year-old battling leukemia who took over part of San Francisco as "Batkid" in 2013, is set to become a feature film thanks to a documentary about him and his family that's premiering tomorrow. Variety reports that Julia Roberts is set to produce and star in an adaptation of Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard around the World, the film about Scott, who became Batkid in November 2013 thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That film originated from an Indiegogo campaign from filmmaker Dana Nachman, and successfully raised more than $100,000. It's premiering at the Slamdance Film Festival in Utah tomorrow.
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Bridging the gap between high-end desktop PC and workstation, Fujitsu's Celsius W530 delivers an affordable mix of processing power and graphics functionality. It'll cope with common CAD/CAM, digital content creation and other display-intensive applications, as well as more mundane office tools.
iHeartRadio has more than 60M registered users, claims it's growing faster than Facebook
Today iHeartRadio threw a bunch of stats into a press release to let you know how fast it’s growing. Though the numbers seem big, they may not stack up against some of iHeartRadio’s biggest competitors.
Confirmed: Amazon is buying Annapurna Labs
Amazon has indeed agreed to purchase Annapurna Labs, a super-stealthy Israeli company that is reportedly working on new chip technology. Talks were first reported in Israeli financial newspaper Calcalist and picked up by Reuters and others .