Social media firms summoned to U.S. Congressional hearings on Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google have been asked to appear on Nov. 1 at hearings on alleged Russian interference in U.S. politics called by the U.S. Senate and House Intelligence Committees, officials said. Facebook and Twitter have already agreed to send representatives to the Senate committee hearing, a Congressional official said. An official knowledgeable about House committee plans declined to disclosed whether the companies have agreed to send representatives to its hearing. Sources said that Google had not yet notified the committees that it would send representatives to the hearings, though ultimately the company was likely Click Here to Read more

Vudu Has 50 Movies For Rent Just $0.99 Each

Just in time for Friday the 13th and Halloween Vudu has 50 Horrific Comedy rentals just $0.99 each. This is a limited time deal so don’t wait. Here are a few of the movies I recommend checking out: Scary Movie [embedded content] A year after disposing the body of a man they accidently killed, a group of dumb teenagers are stalked by a bumbling serial killer. You can find the Scary Movie on Vudu HERE. Teen Wolf [embedded content] A teenage boy’s incredible werewolf powers improve the quality of his life in dramatic and hilarious ways. You can find Teen Click Here to Read more

Apple Pledges $1M to Northern California Wildfire Wine Country

“Bay Area technology firms, many of whose workers and leaders can smell smoke in their offices from distant wildfires, are donating money and services to the relief efforts for the many left without shelter by the blazes raging across Northern California,” Kate Galbraith reports for The San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s the latest round of corporate giving in the wake of natural disasters,” Galbraith reports. “Many tech companies also pledged aid in the wake of devastating hurricanes that hit the Gulf and East coasts and Puerto Rico.” Galbraith reports, “Apple said it plans a $1 million donation to fire-relief efforts and Click Here to Read more

Equifax Hacked yet again – Distributes Fake Adobe Flash Plugin

“We were already positively dumbfounded when Equifax reported that a security breach resulted in the personal information of over 140 million Americans — including social security numbers – has been stolen via a website security vulnerability,” Brandon Hill reports for HotHardware. “What was even more unfathomable is that the attack went undetected for months, and that it took a few more months for Equifax to disclose the magnitude of the breach.” “Now we’re learning that Equifax has done it again. Just when we thought we couldn’t think any less of the company, Randy Abrams, an independent security analyst, discovered that Click Here to Read more

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps

“Once upon a time, Google Maps was the go-to maps provider for Apple’s iOS. That was until iOS 6 in 2012, when it was announced that Apple was creating its own rival service – and Apple Maps is now the default option on iPhones and iPads,” Lewis Painter reports for Macworld UK. “In this article we compare the state of these two services, five years on.” “The days of major gaffes are long behind Apple Maps, and in most respects you will find it as or close to as accurate as Google Map,” Painter reports. “But while road maps seem Click Here to Read more

AT&T subscriber losses highlight cord-cutting threat: analysts

NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc’s third-quarter video losses sent pay-TV industry shares down on Thursday after Wall Street analysts raised concerns about the continued threat of consumers cancelling their cable and satellite television subscriptions. The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, which owns satellite television service DirecTV, said in a filing on Wednesday that it lost 90,000 U.S. video subscribers in the quarter due to intense competition in traditional pay TV markets as well as the impact of the recent hurricanes. Shares were down 3 percent on Thursday morning. “It should be clear that DirecTV, like all of its Cable Click Here to Read more

Plex Live TV Comes to Roku Players

Plex continues rolling out its live TV DVR for over-the-air TV to new devices. You can now access all of your Plex Live TV DVR recordings on your Roku player with today’s update to Plex’s Roku Channel. Update: You can watch your DVR recordings at this time on Roku but can not set up new recordings on Roku at this time. You can also watch live TV on your Roku Player though Plex Live TV. “We’ve devoted countless hours to enhancing Plex in order to connect people to the media that they love, including your regularly scheduled programming. If you’re Click Here to Read more

Apple facing production delays as it gets closer to the release of the iPhone X

“‘For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.’ These words by Shakespeare could well be applied to Apple Inc.’s iPhone X,” Debby Wu reports for Nikkei Asian Review. “A tech executive familiar with iPhone X production told Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday that manufacturers are still struggling to perfect 3-D sensors and in particular dot projectors in Apple premium handset’s TrueDepth camera system, though the person could not pinpoint exactly the problem.” “The dot projector makes up part of the transmitting module, dubbed ‘Romeo,’ of iPhone X’s new facial recognition function that allows Click Here to Read more

The Roku Channel is Now Available on Most Roku Players & Roku TVs

A few weeks ago Roku announced the launch of a new streaming service that will put a ton of 100% free movies and TV shows all in one place. The new channel is called “The Roku Channel,” and it brings a collection of top films from leading movie studios including Lionsgate, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Today Roku announced that all current gen Roku Players and Roku TVs now have access to The Roku Channel. “Today, we’re even more excited to announce that The Roku Channel is now available on all current generation* Roku streaming devices!” Said Rob holmes in Click Here to Read more

[Correction]: Siri has a long way to go before catching up to Google Assistant

“Google might have a long way to go before it starts selling iPhone-like numbers of Pixel phones, but there is one important area where it’s firmly in the lead, and it has nothing to do with bezels or beats,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “It’s about intelligence.” “At its recent iPhone X event, Tim Cook pulled out Steve Jobs’s old Wayne Gretzky quote about skating to where the puck is going, but there’s only one company that’s thinking forward right now and it’s not Apple—it’s Google,” Simon writes. “New hardware might have been the reason for the event, but machine Click Here to Read more

NASA TV to Broadcast Hispanic Heritage Event

NASA will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the James Webb Auditorium in the agency’s headquarters in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 12, with a discussion of the contributions of Hispanics to NASA’s mission and the importance of Hispanic representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.