You may like Verizon’s more flexible FiOS TV packages, but ESPN sure doesn’t. The Disney-owned sports network claims that these offerings break contracts which prevent carriers from putting ESPN and ESPN2 into a separate sports package — typically, they have to be included with other Disney channels. The company isn’t directly accusing Verizon of going rogue, but a Recode source claims that the telecom didn’t ask for permission. While Verizon tells the Wall Street Journal that it crafted the packages to avoid trouble, the insider says that the provider believed its existing deals would let it test these smaller bundles without a conflict. Clearly, ESPN would beg to differ.
We’ve reached out to Verizon for its response to the allegations, and we’ll let you know if it has more to add. Whatever the scoop may be, it’s safe to say that Disney will fight hard to put ESPN in the base package. ESPN got its dominance in part because it’s ubiquitous in TV bundles — Verizon is treating it more as a specialty station. As much as you might want to pay solely for the channels you’ll actually watch, it’s doubtful that Disney will willingly sacrifice this cash cow in the name of convenience.
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Via: The Verge
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It was a decidedly brave move for Samsung to rely on its own Exynos processors to be used in their make-or-break flagship devices, but it has proven to be somewhat of a masterstroke given the chip’s quality and raw material cost saving’s for Samsung. On the other side of the coin, the real loser out of all of this is Qualcomm who has lost one of its biggest customers, and even if Samsung continues to use Qualcomm for some of its lower spec processor, that’s potentially 70 million devices out there in the world that won’t be using Qualcomm chips. As a result, Qualcomm may spin off its Snapdragon unit as a reaction to this, or even cut its patent royalties which Qualcomm gets for every device sold with Qualcomm hardware in it.
That might all seem pretty drastic, but you can get a feel for the scale of loss when you consider that Samsung has paid Qualcomm over 10 trillion won (approximately $9.2 billion USD) over the last 4 years starting with the Samsung Galaxy S. However,with the ever growing threat of MediaTek, and now Samsung as well, Qualcomm may have no choice but to split its chip manufacturing division from its licencing business if this keeps going south.
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Comcast is bringing its twice-as-fast-as-Google-Fiber internet service to northern California. Potential customers will need installation of professional-grade equipment to access it and, you’ll have to be near its fiber network — Fresno, Monterey, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area are among the places on the list — to qualify. That’s not all, either. Statewide, it’s rolling out a 250 Mbps “Extreme 250″ speed tier for cable internet customers. The telecom giant’s also boosting speeds on its existing tiers as well, with lower priced-plans getting jumps from 25 to 45 Mbps depending on the package at no added cost. Perhaps the best news about all this is that you won’t have to wait too much longer for it all to take effect. Comcast says it’ll start the cable internet upgrades in May with continued rollouts taking place the rest of the year, while the 2Gbps fiber service starts rolling out in June. And just like that, there’s another gigabit competitor in Google HQ’s vicinity with Fiber nowhere in sight.
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To put it mildly, Windows Phone’s official mapping options are… basic. However, Microsoft is promising a better experience with the mobile Maps app in Windows 10. Get a recent preview version of Windows 10 and you’ll see a map interface that is not only decidedly more modern-looking, but ties in more closely with Bing and rolls in some Here Maps features. You’ll get the usual photos, reviews and directions (including Here’s in-car navigation), but you’ll also have an easier time finding things to do. You can specify that you’re looking for something to eat near your hotel, for instance, and book the table reservation on the spot. This upgrade probably won’t get you to switch phone platforms, but it’s a big deal if you’re a Windows phone fan who’d like to get Microsoft’s best mapping services in a single app.
Source: Blogging Windows