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Thursday, December 20th, 2012 news No Comments

Google Plans To Kill Its Popular Postini Spam Filtering Service (GOOG, MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-plans-to-kill-its-popular-postini-spam-filtering-service-2012-8

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Google will soon be turning off its popular spam filtering and e-mail archiving product, Postini. It will shift Postini users to Google Apps.

At last count, Google had over 26 million Postini users, many of them at enterprises. They use this cloud service to filter e-mail for viruses and spam. Postini currently works with Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes, so Gmail isn’t required.

Starting this fall, Google will be telling customers that they have to switch.

Apps is Google’s cloud office suite that includes email, calendars and documents. Google has integrated Postini’s security features into Apps. Google promises that Postini customers who sign on for Apps will still be able to use it with Exchange and Lotus Notes. Naturally, they’ll also get Gmail thrown into the mix.

If customers don’t want Apps, “your Postini service will terminate at your contract end date,” Google says.

The first set of customers that will be asked to switch are those renewal dates of November 1, 2012. Customers with renewal dates between mid-August and October 31, 2012 will get a chance to keep the service a little while longer, until Google makes the full transition sometime in 2013. Google hasn’t announced exactly when that will happen.

This is a pretty good way to grab enterpris! e custom ers for Google Apps, instead of letting them move to Microsoft’s competing Office 365. Microsoft has vowed to really push Office 365 in the coming months to compete with Google Apps.

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 news No Comments

U.S. Smartphone Market Share

Source: https://intelligence.businessinsider.com/welcome

Android and iOS continue to dominate the U.S. smartphone market, with a combined 84 percent of the market, according to the latest comScore numbers. It also reports that U.S. smartphone penetration is 47 percent at the end of of the second quarter. Mobile content use is up across the board, with web browsing and listening to music making the biggest one month gains.  

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U.S. Smartphone Market Share By Platform:

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U.S. Mobile Market Share By Platform (Includes Non-Smart Phones):

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U.S. Mobile Content Use Over Time:

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Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 news No Comments

Microsoft teams up with shopping search engine for HTML5 digital catalogs

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/25/microsoft-html5-digital-catalog-thefind/

Microsoft teams up with shopping search engine for HTML5 digital catalogs

Dead tree product catalogs — dated. Fortunate, then, at least for Mother Earth, that Microsoft’s unveiled the results of its team-up with retail-focused search engine TheFind, several web-based Glimpse catalogs, offering the visual pizazz of a retail magazine without the carbon hangover. Injecting Redmond’s HTML5 know-how into the shopping hub’s catalog and social apps, it distills those functions into the single site. Stores including Brooks Brothers and Lands’ End have already offered up their collections in the web store, but Techcrunch reckons the venture needs a little more work. The images appear to be little too compressed and blurred in the new format, while the detail view directs users to social network sharing rather than a product’s description. But with Microsoft already offering the HTML5 juice that powers the online app for free, someone else might improve on the company’s groundwork.

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Microsoft teams up with shopping search engine for HTML5 digital catalogs originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:35:! 00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 news No Comments

Netflix goes ‘beyond five stars’ in a more detailed explanation of recommendations

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/22/netflix-beyond-five-stars-recommendations-pt-2/

Netflix goes 'beyond five stars' in a more detailed explanation of recommendations

The Netflix Tech Blog produced part one of a deep dive into how its recommendations work back in April and now the team is back with the other half. If you’re among the many wondering why certain movies get pushed to the front of your recommendations and others don’t, the key is their attempt to predict, mostly based on data from other users, what you will both play and enjoy. The most interesting bit we found? There’s a lot more at play here than just popularity, as one graph shows ratings plus the team’s other optimizations improving rankings over the baseline by 200+ percent. Data parsing heads should definitely dig hearing about logistic regression, elastic nets and matrix factorization (job applications are accepted at the end if you make it that far), while those of us that fall asleep when the spreadsheets come out can probably focus on the broader strokes of Netflix’s testing methodology and approach.

Netflix goes ‘beyond five stars’ in a more detailed explanation of recommendations originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, June 22nd, 2012 news No Comments

The Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/14/the-encyclopaedia-britannica-is-going-out-of-print/

It was probably inevitable, but on Tuesday, it became official: the Encyclopaedia Britannica is finally going out of print. The news was confirmed yesterday by Jorge Cauz, president of Chicago-based Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., who told the New York Times that his company has decided to completely abandon print operations, in favor of its online platform. The announcement marks the end of a remarkable 244-year run for Britannica and its leather-bound tomes, which at one point stood as a hallmark of middle class living rooms and libraries. In fact, it’s been barely two decades since the company reached its high water mark, when it sold some 120,000 sets back in 1990. Once the internet came into full bloom, however, Britannica’s sales soon plummeted. In 2010, the publisher sold just 8,000 sets, leaving an additional 4,000 unsold copies to gather dust in a warehouse.

Tuesday’s announcement may mark the end of an era, but Cauz seems to have come to terms with Britannica’s decision, calling it a “rite of passage.” He’s also eager to devote more time to his company’s website, which will look to chip away at Wikipedia‘s market hegemony. Cauz, however, believes the two platforms can (and must) co-exist, because they fill two different roles. “We cannot deal with every single cartoon character, we cannot deal with every love life of every celebrity,” he explained. “But we need to have an alternative where facts really matter. Britannica won’t be able to be as large, but it! will al ways be factually correct.”

The Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 01:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 news No Comments

Intel plans branded IPTV service, could launch by end of 2012

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/12/intel-plans-branded-iptv-service-could-launch-by-end-of-2012/

In a shift that would see its familiar brand move from the inside out, Intel’s reportedly in talks to create an IPTV service that could rival current subscription offerings from cable and satellite. According to the Wall Street Journal, the venture would deliver programming via household internet connections and has the personal backing of CEO Paul Otellini, signaling a consumer-facing shift for the typically behind-the-scenes company. The proposed service, which would bear the Intel brand, is still far from a concrete reality, but the chipmaker has held several talks with content companies to secure carriage deals, as well as demo its proprietary set-top box and navigation UI. So far no programmers have signed on for the “virtual cable operator,” putting the outfit’s tentative end-of-year 2012 date into question.

Intel plans branded IPTV service, could launch by end of 2012 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Mar 2012 18:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 news No Comments

No Netflix for You! Come Back, Never! [NetFlix]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5892105/comcast-no-netflix-for-you-come-back-never

Comcast: No Netflix for You! Come Back, Never!Comcast has issued a strongly-worded statement clarifying its position in those discussions Netflix was rumored to be engaging in earlier this week: not us, not our devices, not ever.

In Tuesday’s reports, Netflix hinted that at least one provider was willing to trial it by year’s end. Comcast would like everybody know that it isn’t them. “We have no plans to offer access to Netflix to our customers through our Xfinity TV service, no matter what device,” Comcast spokeswoman Alana Davis told FierceCable.

Instead, Comcast is exploring the possibility of allowing access to its On-Demand library through TiVo Premiere DVR’s

The provider has also developed its own video subscription service called Steampix. It’s designed to compete head to head with Netflix—allowing Xfinity subscribers to access TV series and movies wirelessly and remotely—but includes the conventional bits of flair we’ve come to expect from cable like an bundled channels. Because who doesn’t want to pay through the nose for content they don’t watch? [Fierce Cable via BGR]

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

No Netflix for You! Come Back, Never! [NetFlix]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5892105/comcast-no-netflix-for-you-come-back-never

Comcast: No Netflix for You! Come Back, Never!Comcast has issued a strongly-worded statement clarifying its position in those discussions Netflix was rumored to be engaging in earlier this week: not us, not our devices, not ever.

In Tuesday’s reports, Netflix hinted that at least one provider was willing to trial it by year’s end. Comcast would like everybody know that it isn’t them. “We have no plans to offer access to Netflix to our customers through our Xfinity TV service, no matter what device,” Comcast spokeswoman Alana Davis told FierceCable.

Instead, Comcast is exploring the possibility of allowing access to its On-Demand library through TiVo Premiere DVR’s

The provider has also developed its own video subscription service called Steampix. It’s designed to compete head to head with Netflix—allowing Xfinity subscribers to access TV series and movies wirelessly and remotely—but includes the conventional bits of flair we’ve come to expect from cable like an bundled channels. Because who doesn’t want to pay through the nose for content they don’t watch? [Fierce Cable via BGR]

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Google tests the ‘do not track’ waters with a Chrome extension

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/24/google-tests-the-do-not-track-waters-with-a-chrome-extension/

Keep My Opt-Outs

Well, that didn’t take long. One day after agreeing to implement a do not track button as part of a new consumer bill of rights, Google has given the people what they want… sort of. Keep My Opt-Outs is a Chrome extension, developed by the Mountain View team, that will prevent advertisers from using your browsing history against you. Presumably, this function will get built straight into the browser one day but, for now, you have to go dig it up in the Chrome Web Store — far from an ideal solution. Still, a tepid step into the shallow end is better than no step at all. You can install the extension yourself at the source.

Google tests the ‘do not track’ waters with a Chrome extension originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, February 24th, 2012 news No Comments

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