400 TB Storage Drives In Our Future: Fujifilm

One of the two leading manufacturers of tape cartridge storage, FujiFilm, claims that they have a technology roadmap through to 2030 which builds on the current magnetic tape paradigm to enable 400 TB per tape. AnandTech reports: As reported by Chris Mellor of Blocks and Files, Fujifilm points to using Strontium Ferrite grains in order to enable an areal data …

YouTube TV Jacks Up Pricing To Become Most Expensive Cable TV Alternative

On Tuesday, Google’s YouTube TV announced a monthly $15 price hike, bringing its streaming package of channels to $64.99 monthly, from $49.99. “YouTube TV is now the most expensive of the cable TV streaming alternative services,” notes USA Today. “When YouTube TV launched in 2017, it was $35.” From the report: In a company blog post, YouTube defended its decision …

The Apple TV is getting 4K YouTube, and Macs are getting 4K HDR Netflix

Enlarge / macOS Big Sur. (credit: Apple) An update to Safari in the macOS Big Sur developer release brings a long-absent, much-requested feature: support for 4K HDR streams from Netflix. Further, Apple TV is getting support for the VP9 video codec, meaning Apple TV 4K owners will finally be able to watch 4K YouTube videos in that device’s YouTube app. …

YouTube TV jumps 30% in price effective immediately

Enlarge / An odd coincidence: YouTube TV and AT&T rolled out price hikes on the same day. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Chances are, if you pay for a streaming alternative to live cable TV in the United States, your bills are about to go up, thanks to a glut of Tuesday announcements. First up is YouTube TV, which …

Android’s AirDrop Competitor Is Coming Soon

Android’s long-awaited “Nearby Sharing” feature, which allows you to share files between Android devices wirelessly, is rolling out to beta testers. Android Police reports: Nearby Sharing may appear slightly differently depending on the type of content you try to share. In all cases, it shows up as an app in the apps list on the share sheet, but you may …

National Mask Mandate Could Save 5 Percent of GDP, Economists Say

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Post: After a late-spring lull, daily coronavirus cases in the United States have again hit record highs, driven by resurgent outbreaks in states such as Florida, Arizona and California. Hospitals in Houston are already on the brink of being overwhelmed, and public health experts worry the pandemic’s body count will soon …

Foreign adversaries likely to exploit critical networking bug, US says

Enlarge (credit: Ivan Radic) Foreign hackers backed by a well-resourced government are likely to exploit a critical vulnerability in a host and VPN and firewall products sold by Palo Alto Networks, officials in the US federal government warned on Tuesday. In worst-case scenarios, the security vendor said in a post, the flaw allows unauthorized people to log in to networks …

Qualcomm made a modern smartwatch chip: Meet the Snapdragon Wear 4100

Enlarge / A Qualcomm watch. (credit: Qualcomm) After years of repackaging the same basic smartwatch chip over and over again, Qualcomm has graced Wear OS with a modern smartwatch SoC. Meet the Snapdragon Wear 4100, a Qualcomm smartwatch chip that, for the first time ever, is faster than the previous chip. The Wear 4100 uses four 1.7GHz Cortex A53 CPUs …

Comcast’s data cap and overage fees return tomorrow after 3-month break

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) Comcast is scheduled to reinstate its home-Internet data cap tomorrow, July 1, after more than three months in which customers were provided unlimited data to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. AT&T, by contrast, announced today that it is “continuing to waive home-Internet data overage charges for AT&T Internet customers through September 30.” Comcast …

Uber’s New Strategy: Buy Unprofitable Companies, ???, Profit

Uber’s new strategy is just like its old one. Make its money-losing business bigger by buying other money-losing businesses like Postmates. From a report: After Uber’s merger talks with food-delivery company Grubhub fell apart, Uber has now set its sights on Postmates, according to the New York Times. Uber Eats, the ride-hailing company’s food-delivery unit, is just as unprofitable as …