Netflix Rolling Out 4K Video Streaming

Published on April 8, 2014, by

Netflix is now rolling out 4K streaming on select content, meaning those with ultra high-def TV sets will have a crystal clear view of Frank Underwood’s devious plots on House of Cards.

As first reported by Multichannel News, the 4K option is available on the second season of Netflix’s popular political drama, as well as certain nature documentaries, but “we will expand the available titles over time,” a Netflix spokesman said today.

“The first TVs from major manufacturers that can stream Netflix in Ultra HD 4K are now hitting store shelves,” he said. “Streaming in Ultra HD 4K will simply work after you plug in the TV and connect it to a strong broadband connection, it is part of your Netflix subscription.”

Customers will need a 4K TV that has built-in HEVC (H.265), which allows for bandwidth-intensive 4K streams to arrive on your set without lag. That’s one of the biggest concerns regarding 4K streaming on Netflix – will it totally hose your network? In speaking with PCMag last year, a Netflix spokesman estimated that 4K streaming would consume about 12 and 15 Mbps using the H.265 video codec. “But it’s still early days, so we’ll see,” he said at the time.

News about 4K streaming on Netflix emerged last year, when the company started testing 4K streams on a handful of short videos. The company then showed it off at this year’s CES (pictured), as did YouTube.

So how much better is 4K? It’s double the width and height, and four times the number of pixels compared to the best-quality streaming Netflix currently offers, meaning you’ll see a lot of detail. “You can see wrinkles on people’s skin,” Netflix said at CES.

For now, 4K TV sets are still rather pricey, though Vizio did show off a sub-$1,000 50-Inch 4K HDTV at CES. More recently, Samsung started shipping its U9000 series of curved UHDTVs, with the 65-inch model retailing for $5,000 and the 55-inch model available for $4,000.

original article via: PCMAG


New Twitter Profile Design Coming Soon

Published on April 8, 2014, by

What’s new about the new you? The new web profile lets you use a larger profile photo, customize your header, show off your best Tweets and more. Here are main features:

  • Best Tweets: Tweets that have received more engagement will appear slightly larger, so your best content is easy to find.
  • Pinned Tweet: Pin one of your Tweets to the top of your page, so it’s easy for your followers to see what you’re all about.
  • Filtered Tweets: Now you can choose which timeline to view when checking out other profiles. Select from these options: Tweets, Tweets with photos/videos, or Tweets and replies.

Coming soon to everyone
This new profile setup is available today to a small group of users. If you’re new to Twitter, you’ll start in with the new profile. In the coming weeks, we will roll out the new features to everyone.

original article via: BLOG.TWITTER


Windows XP support ends: Survival tips to stay safe

Published on April 8, 2014, by

Do not use Internet Explorer

It is not advisable to keep running Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system now that support has ended.

Today, Microsoft will release its last batch of security updates, patches, and fixes for Windows XP, and after this date, core vulnerabilities or security issues that could leave you open to cyberattack will not be investigated or fixed. You won’t have a permenant blue wheel of death the moment support ends, but vulnerabilities stored up by cybercriminals for use after this date will not be fixed.

Tip one? Stop using Internet Explorer.

The most common version of IE used on XP systems is version 8, and considering that Internet Explorer is now up to version 11, you can see how old and obsolete the browser is. Not only this, but Internet Explorer 7 and 8 will also not be updated further, leaving your system vulnerable to malware that exploits this old program.

Both Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome browsers will continue support for Windows XP after expiration, and so use one of these browsers instead of Internet Explorer if you are still running XP. This will at least give you a little more time, but be aware that Chrome on XP will only be supported for one more year, and it is not known how long Firefox will offer support.

In addition, don’t forget to change your browser from the IE default.

original article via: ZDNET