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Samsung Smart TVs Insert Ads Into Streaming Apps

Amidst a controversy over how much data its smart TVs collect, Samsung this week also had to contend with a glitch that embedded Pepsi commercials in the middle of movies. […] “This seems to be caused by an error, and we are currently conducting a full and thorough investigation into the cause as our top priority,” [Samsung Spokesperson said] . “This situation has so far been reported only in Australia. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience experienced by our customers.” – Stephanie Mlot, PCMag
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Qualcomm’s Streaming Dock Turns Your Phone Into a PC

The dream of the Android PC lives. At Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 810 demo event in New York, one of the chipmaker’s more surprising products was a little streaming stick and a dock that, together, connect your phone to a TV or turn it into a desktop computer. […] The point of the demo, really, was to show off Qualcomm’s 802.11ac and new 802.11ad streaming capabilities. The new 802.11ad standard, formerly known as WiGig, is a short-distance, high-speed protocol that uses the 60GHz band. It should solve the stuttering and network congestion problems we’ve seen with Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi-based Miracast and Apple’s AirPlay streaming. – Sascha Segan,PCMag
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WWE (Elbow) Drops Price of Monthly Streaming Service

To help encourage more subscribers to join up, the WWE is—oddly—making it easier for them to quit. The WWE is abandoning its previous plan that required WWE Network subscribers to sign up for a six-month commitment if they wanted to enjoy lower monthly pricing. Previously, doing so would grant one access to all of the WWE Network’s programming for a mere $9.99 monthly fee. If you wanted a month-to-month deal that you could cancel at any time, you’d have to pay $12.99 monthly. – David Murphy,PCMag
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XBMC Changes Name to Kodi, Reduces Trademark Confusion

It’s a fair argument: If the name of one’s application, Xbox Media Center, seems to suggest that the app runs on one’s Xbox gaming consoles—which it doesn’t really do right now—then perhaps it’s time for a rebranding? […] “Furthermore, while the software still acts as a media center, it also hosts addons, loads games, streams content to and from numerous devices, and can ultimately act as a complete replacement for whatever platform it is hosted on. Indeed, XBMC today is far more an Entertainment Center than a simple Media Center,” reads a blog post by Kodi community/project manager Nathan Betzen. […] The move to the new Kodi branding shouldn’t affect use of the app at all, save for the obvious changing of the splash screen that announces the app’s title. The next version of the app will be Kodi 14, not XBMC 14. More importantly, those looking to make fan sites in tribute to Kodi will now have a clearer definition of just what “confusing” means in regards to use of the Kodi name—specifically, that a site can do that so long as its use “doesn’t confuse other users and the community.” – David Murphy,PCMag
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Box buys cloud storage startup for streaming technology

Streem also claims that through custom streaming and buffering algorithms, users can open files stored in its cloud service as quickly as files stored on their computers. The company also developed what it describes as an “on-the-fly video transcoder” that streams videos regardless of their original format and dynamically adjusts the quality based on users’ Internet connection speeds. – Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service via PCMag http://ift.tt/1pCoJJg

4 Concerns About Comcast’s Xfinity Wi-Fi Hotspot Rollout

For some people, it just doesn’t feel right, that a huge company like Comcast is using its customer base to expand its wireless coverage. I get that. However, we are some Wi-Fi-hungry people, and the demand is there. The biggest misstep on Comcast’s part is by turning on the XFINITY Hotpot option by default, on the cable modem. That is hubris. That’s essentially telling customers, “You know, we aren’t even going to ask you if you want this, you’ll just take the feature. Saves us from having to explain it to you.” – Samara Lynn, PCMag http://ift.tt/1v0cOoJ