HBO could make a fortune by making cord cutters’ dreams come true

By Brad Reed

HBO has a brand-new reason to offer a standalone online streaming service other than making cord cutters very happy — it could also rake in huge sums of money. Ars Technica points out that a new research note from Barclays Capital analyst Kannan Venkateshwar, who projects that HBO could generate an additional $600 million per year by offering its content online and apart from cable bundles.

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Via: Genius Report

Category: TV, HBO

IBM Watson now answers your questions before you ask

By Joab Jackson

IBM has upgraded its Watson Discovery Advisor data analysis service so it can answer your questions before you even ask.

The updated Watson Discovery Advisor can examine a body of data and identify trends, correlations and other points of interest for researchers, IBM said.

The service will provide you leads “when you don’t know the question to ask, and for when you want to uncover and discover in the data new insights and patterns,” said Steve Gold, IBM vice president for the Watson platform.

Many fields of expertise could benefit from the service, particularly those that collect large amounts of data that require analysis, such as law, medicine and finance, he said.

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Via: PCWorld

Category: Science, astrophysics

HP is still having trouble making PC components that won’t kill you

By Brad Reed

HP has been on fire over the past year… and that’s not a good thing. HP announced this week that it will be recalling roughly 6 million AC power cords that were sold between September 2010 through June 2012 after discovering that the cords are liable to overheat and catch on fire. HP says that the affected power cords shipped with “HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, as well as with AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations.” Customers who sent their power cords back will have replacement cords shipped to them at no cost.

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Via: Genius Report

Category: Computers, HP

Are Uber’s aggressive recruitment tactics legal?

By Zach Miners

Uber has come under fire this week for employing controversial recruitment practices against rival Lyft, but beyond a question of ethics some experts say the revelations could potentially put the company in legal hot water.

Uber hires teams of independent contractors that it calls “brand ambassadors” and arms them with burner phones and credit cards which they use to hail Lyft rides in cities around the U.S., according to a report this week in The Verge.

The contractors use those rides as recruitment sessions for Lyft drivers. Some of Uber’s methods, like its US$500 driver incentive program, were already known. But the Verge report, based partly on internal documents, shows just how far Uber been going to poach Lyft’s drivers.

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Via: PCWorld

Category: Science, astrophysics