Comcast Wants To Offer Cable without Cable
Comcast is working on a way to deliver cable programming to customers without the need for a Comcast set-top box. They hope to accomplish this with an app that will allow you to stream cable programming to smart TVs and set-top streaming boxes like Roku. Users would have full access to the onscreen guide, on-demand and DVR functions.
The Xfinity TVPartner App will be able to be implemented on any device that supports HTML5 and certain other compatibility requirements.
The move is in response to the FCC’s proposed mandate to force companies to offer alternatives to set-top boxes.
Jigsaw Malware Gives Victims A Countdown
A particularly nasty new form of ransomware not only encrypts your files, but gives you a countdown to pay the hackers. If you don’t pay up, they begin to delete files hour by hour. After the first few hours, it starts deleting files by the thousands if you attempt to turn the computer off or on.
What’s worse is that this malware is being sold for only $139 to hackers online. As with any malware, prevention is by far the best cure. Keep your security up-to-date and always be extremely cautious about clicking links and opening files in e-mails.
China Ready To Shut Down iBooks & iTunes Movies
Well, that didn’t last long. Just half-a-year after the launch of Apples iBooks & iTunes Movies stores in China, the Chinese government is reportedly going to tell apple to shut down both services in the country.
The available materials do not pass muster with China’s censorship rules. China is Apple’s biggest market behind the U.S., and of course, the place where most Apple devices are manufactured.
On a personal note, there’s something fundamentally wrong with manufacturing your Internet appliances in a place where they people who make them are prevented from using them to freely access the Internet.