Archive for September, 2011

ATT Uverse Offering User Access To New Feature

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

ATT Uverse users interested in original movies and series may have already discovered that they can access Showtime Networks’ TV Everywhere website. The site has been available for log in since September 16, but has been in soft launch mode until official promotion begins. Access to the site has also been offered by another television provider since last year, but only via its own portal. Some of the content users can expect to enjoy includes original series like Nurse Jackie, United States of Tara and Dexter. Documentaries, movies and comedy specials will also be available. But access to content will not be limited to television, as Showtime will be releasing tablet and smartphone apps for the service in the next few weeks.

Most Now Accessing High Speed Internet From Mobile Sources

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

If you are 16-24 years of age and live in the United Kingdom, you could be one of the 71% in that age group that accesses high speed internet from your cell phone. Although it may sound like an everyday statistic, this ever-growing number is a peek into a future where wired internet accesss may no longer exist. Market researcher IDC highlighted this dominant trend in its Worldwide New Media Market Model on September 12 of this year, saying that wired internet use will be surpassed by mobile access in just 4 years from now.  Not only will increased mobile access change the way users get online, but it will also change the internet itself, as web pages and different methods of information delivery will become more customized to those using smaller screens like the one on a tablet or mobile phone.

Giving To Communities In Need The Latest In Verizon FiOS Promotions

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The beginning of September marked the biggest in Verizon FiOS promotions yet, but it wasn’t for the company itself. The Verizon Foundation gave a $100,000 grant to the American Red Cross to assist with hurricane relief efforts following Hurricane Irene. The money will assist the Red Cross to provide food, shelter, cleaning supplies and emotional support to those affected by the storm. Along with the donation, the company also introduced a disaster relief incentive program which would match Verizon employee donations dollar for dollar, up to $1000 per employee for Hurricane Irene relief. Verizon customers who wish to help can donate $10 to any one of nine organizations by sending a text message to the organization of their choice. These text messages are no cost, with the entire donation going directly to the organization it is intended for.

Heidi Klum At Top Of The Ten Most Dangerous Celebrities

Monday, September 19th, 2011

You read it right; Heidi Klum is dangerous. Dangerous to your computer, that is. McAfee, the world-famous internet security company, says that your computer has a one in ten chance of becoming infected when you click on any search result for her name. Hackers are well known for embedding malware and viruses in computer images beginning in 2002 with Perrun, one of the first image viruses to be released. Today, that image virus has joined others in a group called “Stealth Viruses”, those which execute themselves on a computer without the user’s knowledge. With an infected .jpg, one needs only to click the picture to open it and release the virus that’s been embedded in the .jpg’s alternate NTFS data streams. Some are of the opinion that images which contain viruses are only a threat if your computer is already compromised when you click the image.

CenturyLink, Formerly Qwest DSL May Be Planning To Expand IPTV Services

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

CenturyLink CFO Stewart Ewing recently made an announcement at the UBS Best of Americas conference: that the former Qwest DSL company will be including video in its broadband bundles in addition to the DSL broadband, traditional voice and wireless it already offers. CenturyLink currently offers its Prism IPTV service in 8 markets. In areas where the company is not able to offer the Prism service, its satellite television service will continue to be offered. The Prism TV product offers an interactive television experience via a DSL connection. Their Whole Home DVR allows for the watching, recording, pausing, playback and deletion of any television connected to the DVR. According to the CFO, CenturyLink’s video offerings continue to be at the top of the priority list for the company.

State Facing Economic Hardship Will Benefit From Mobile Wireless Internet Service Providers

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Free Cell Phone Service For Those In NeedTimes are tough in Maine. The state is currently experiencing incredibly high unemployment, and 12.3% of residents are living below the poverty line. With studies showing that a contact number and the ability to follow up with prospective employer can greatly increase one’s chances of employment, one company is offering eligible residents with free phones and minutes. The company, owned by one of the U.S.’s more well-known wireless internet service providers, will allow those in need to not only connect with employers, but also be able to stay in touch with family members and emergency services. Eligible residents will receive 250 free voice minutes each month with the option to pay for additional minutes, texting and international calling if needed. The phone package also includes voice mail and call waiting.

Customers Keeping Satellite Internet Service Providers, But Cancelling TV

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

According to an Associated Press analysis, record number of Americans are cancelling or not signing up for satellite television and cable packages. Instead, they may be watching internet television via their cable and satellite internet service providers. The main cause of these mass cancellations seems to be twofold: high unemployment for a long period of time, and a change in the housing market that has seen more people returning to their family home, thereby eliminating the need for an individual television subscription. The AP reports that, out of the nine major U.S. television providers, 8 have lost almost 200,000 subscribers from April to June of this year, which is about 70 percent of households. Should the trend continue, analysts predict more possible restrictions on the viewing of television online.