The Weekly Technology News 1/8 edition


Welcome to this week’s edition of my Weekly Technology News. technologytechnology

Few Gleanings from my perusing the Internet.

DirecTV, Disney Reach Multi-Year Distribution Agreement – DirecTV and the Walt Disney Co. have agreed to a new multiyear carriage agreement covering a broad array of live, on-demand and streaming content. The deal covers the renewal of Disney’s broadcast stations and cable networks such as ESPN and Disney channel. It adds networks including Fusion, Longhorn Network, ESPN Goal Line and Buzzer Beater. It also includes online and streaming content from Disney apps and networks, including the SEC Network and Video on Demand (VOD) content from ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Films.

AppleApple Sued for False Advertising of iPhones – Apple is facing a lawsuit accusing the company of falsely advertising the storage capacity available in its iPhones, iPads and iPods. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the northern district of California, says the massive data footprint of the iOS 8 operating software eats into the advertised capacity of Apple’s mobile devices. “In reality, nothing close to the advertised capacity of the devices is available to end users. Indeed, the discrepancy between advertised and available capacity is substantial and beyond any possible reasonable expectation,” the plaintiffs’ attorney Jonas Mann wrote in a court filing.

time warnerACSI: Time Warner Cable Is the Most Unpopular Company in America – The most unpopular company among consumers is Time Warner Cable, which placed last on the December 2014 edition of the University of Michigan’s American Consumer Satisfaction Index. On a list of 230 household brands surveyed, TWC scored 54 out of a possible 100, just behind Time Warner Cable’s television service (56), the Comcast ISP (57) and United Airlines (60). In the subscription television service category, AT&T’s U-verse and DirecTV tied for first in popularity with a score of 69, followed by Verizon’s FiOS (68) and Dish Network (67). Verizon’s FiOS led the Internet Service Provider (ISP) category with a score of 71, followed by AT&T’s U-verse (65). Amazon was the most popular company in America with a score of 88, followed by H.J. Heinz (87), Hershey and Mercedes-Benz (Daimler) (both 86).

FCCFCC: Nearly 700,000 Net Neutrality Comments Missing from Public Download – The Federal Communications Commission is trying to clear up confusion about its trove of public comments on new net neutrality rules by saying on Tuesday that it found nearly 680,000 comments that were not transferred to a public database. The missing comments were included among the nearly 4 million public comments the agency has previously reported receiving over the contentious rules but were absent in a bulk document containing the comments that was released for the public to analyze. The FCC said the comments’ absence from the public file is due to the fact that the agency’s commenting system is 18 years old and was not built to receive millions of comments. Regardless, the FCC said the comments were received by the agency and are searchable through the online comment system.

ISP Scorecard; ACSI Subscription Television Service Scorecard.FierceCable; Gigaom; Houston Chronicle, online; The Hollywood Reporter, online; Reuters; San Antonio Express-News, online; Variety, online; Wall Street Journal, online.The Hill, online; Washington Post, online.MarketWatch (1); MarketWatch (2); Charlotte Observer, online; CBS Houston; The Verge; ACSI

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  1. The position Apple finds itself in with respect to its memory claims is similar to the position that Tandy Radio Shack found itself in with its TRS-80 about 30 years ago. They claimed 64 K bytes of memory (not 640,000 bytes), but 16 K bytes of their computer was firmware–operating system and BASIC language interpreter. This meant that “only” 48 K bytes were available to user programs and data. (That was a big number back then!) Were both companies trying to intentionally mislead their customers?

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