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800,000 Customers Leave Netflix for Possibly Greener Pastures

posted Saturday Oct 29, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

800,000 Customers Leave Netflix for Possibly Greener Pastures

Ever since Netflix's confusing and frustrating, yet understandable and needed price hike (and brand restructuring), the company hasn't been doing as well as they have in the past. Aside from the thousands of negative comments on their Facebook page, clambering for Netflix to go back to their old price structure, they realized that after all is said and done, you shouldn't just increase your prices by 60% without at least telling your millions of subscribers why. Because of that, their idea of Quikster and separating DVDs by mail from their Internet streaming service quickly fell through and Reed Hastings pretty much said that they were just kidding this whole time. What a bunch of goofballs over there at Netflix, right?

Still, customers didn't find Hastings' comedic timing to their liking and complained more about how dumb of an idea splitting up the companies was to begin with. What happened next lies after the break.

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HP Loses Another Exec Who Quickly Touches Down in Nokia World

posted Friday Oct 28, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

HP Loses Another Exec Who Quickly Touches Down in Nokia World

This piece of news is a public service announcement. To every company not named HP, if you ever wanted an idea of how to further implode your company, keep reading. This week, after CTO Shane Robison hit the dusty trail in search of greener pastures, we thought that it would be the last bad thing we'd see out of HP. Well, something else happened that isn't helping them out one bit.

What happened and what's next for HP? We have the scoop after the break.

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Canada Causes $200,000 T-Mobile Bill

posted Sunday Oct 23, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Canada Causes $200,000 T-Mobile Bill

Data roaming charges are a bitch. Florida resident and T-Mobile user, Celina Aarons, realized this after receiving a phone call from the telecom company about her data roaming and that she owed them $201,005.44. This is proof that data should be turned off when roaming on a 4G 3G network that has a spotty network comparable to Swiss cheese.

Aarons' bill typically runs around $175 per month, so $200,000 seems to be a little bit on the high side. So high, in fact, that she claimed she was "freaking out" when they let her know of such an overage. There has to be a reason to such a high bill, though, right?

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HP's CTO Shane Robison Leaving the Company

posted Sunday Oct 23, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

HP's CTO Shane Robison Leaving the Company

This has not been a good time at all for HP. First, their TouchPad disaster caused the CEO, Leo Apotheker, to be replaced. The new exec, eBay's former CEO, Meg Whitman, said she was going to stay the course and continue HP's plans to restructure and sell-off it's computer business.

This week, more bad news for HP. Their Chief Technical Officer, Shane Robison, has left the building. Robison, who also served on the HP executive council, will be leaving the company on November 1st after serving for over 11 years. However, his position will not be filled once his desk clears out.

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Sony's 3D Display On Sale November 13th

posted Sunday Oct 23, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sony's 3D Display On Sale November 13th

Four months ago at E3 2011, Sony, while trying to recover from its breach bonanza, gave us a peek at their upcoming 24" 3DTV that could display two different images, simultaneously. We learned that we would see this TV sometime around the holidays and it would sell for $499, but that was it.

This week, however, Sony let us in on their plan for this really cool game room TV.

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Microsoft Investigates New Touchscreen Surfaces such as Your Body

posted Sunday Oct 23, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Microsoft Investigates New Touchscreen Surfaces such as Your Body

The future is looking bright for people looking for an excuse to touch themselves and other ad hoc surfaces with purpose, literally. Chris Harrison of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft researchers Hrvoje Benko and Andrew Wilson have been focusing their efforts on creating OmniTouch technology that expands touchscreen surfaces beyond the normal array of touchscreen devices like the phones and tablets that we have all become so accustomed to. They realized that the average human hand has more surface area than most touchscreen phones and that there were a lot of usable surfaces already existing in the real world, like your hand, coffee tables and notepads, that could be put to better use. According to Benko,

We wanted to capitalize on the tremendous surface area the real world provides. The surface area of one hand alone exceeds that of typical smart phones. Tables are an order of magnitude larger than a tablet computer.

Find out how this is possible after the break.

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