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Netflix is a service provider for on-demand internet streaming media in the United States, Canada and few other countries. So, whenever you want to watch your favorite movie, just logon to Netflix and enjoy the Netflix movie on your favorite screen like laptop or a projector. Netflix was established in 1997 in California and started its subscription-based digital distribution service in 1999, and by 2009, it had a collection of 100,000 titles of DVDs and offers a flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States. Currently, Netflix has more than 20 million subscribers and planning to expand its services into the European and Latin America market.
Netflix is the biggest source of North American web traffic which accounts for more than 24 percent of aggregated traffic, as reported by Sandvine. It does not support playback on Linux PCs, but the Linux-based Roku devices and Android operating system which uses the Linux kernel are supported. Netflix offers its Internet video streaming (“Watch Instantly“) of selected titles to computers running Windows or Mac OS X and to compatible devices like Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Sony PS3 console; Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices, as well as Apple TV and Google TV.
Facebook, after surpassing Google for the most visited website in US, has now become the second largest web company with an estimated valuation of about USD 100 billion, which is greater than eBay or Amazon. Now, the Facebook is placed just after Google. Last year, Facebook surpassed ebay and now in 2011, it surpassed Amazon and continue to grow at a very fast pace. Though, Facebook is not yet public, but based on private-market transactions, Facebook has an estimated value of USD 100 billion.
Within hours of this news, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the great news. Last year, when it surpassed eBay, Mark Zuckerberg introduced an improved messaging platform to provide users an application that envelopes e-mail, instant messages, Facebook messages and SMS in a single thread. If a user is conversing over Facebook chat, and later switches over to a mobile device, the conversation stays in the same place, except it is being sent through SMS. So, this year we have to see what new is in store for the users.
Is Facebook trying to overtake Google or at least Gmail by launching the latest email service? Well, with the pace facebook is going it may take just couple of years to overtake Google and become the largest web company.
HP TouchPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by one of the major information technology companies, ‘Hewlett-Packard’. HP launched this amazing gadget in July 2011 in some of the countries. Within two months, HP announced that no new hardware will be manufactured and the TouchPad tablet running webOS will be discontinued due to poor sales. After the announcement, the units of available models were sold within hours with substantial price reductions. In the USA, HP tablet was sold in $99 for the 16GB model and $149 for the 32GB model.
The HP TouchPad has the 9.7 inch, 1024×768 pixel, multi-touch capacitive touch screen with 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor and the device runs HP webOS. It also supports Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth. With HP webOS, you can perform multiple tasks and seamlessly switch between multiple applications. On August 30, 2011, HP announced that they will make another production run of the TouchPad tablet. Now, just wait and see what will be the offered price of Touchpad tablet and will it get the better response than earlier.
PayPal is a global leader in online payment solutions. It is similar to digital wallet, using which you can make a payment. Your PayPal account securely stores bank account and credit card information for easy and faster online transactions. With PayPal account, you can make as well as receive payments for the services or products you offer to the clients. When someone sends you money through PayPal, you can easily transfer this money to your linked bank account. So, you do not need to go to bank to deposit the checks; just login to PayPal account and transfer the money.
Is PayPal Secure?
In short, answer is ‘Yes’. PayPal does not share financial information with retailers and it also protects you for Unauthorized Purchases. It also refunds for items that never arrive or the shipment received was different than ordered. Check out the below page to learn more about PayPal Purchase Protection:
Opening an account on PayPal is free and it does not require you to pay any fees for making payments within US. But PayPal charges you to receive payments or to make payments outside US. Visit the PayPal website to know more about the PayPal fee structure.
PayPal Account Types
PayPal offers several types of accounts for different needs. Setting up an account does not incur any cost, no matter which account you choose and you may upgrade your account whenever you feel.
Signup for PayPal and accept credit card payments instantly. To sign up or learn more, click here:
The California Legislature in the US is considering a bill that would allow the state to use digital license plates for vehicles. This digital plate will switch to advertisements when vehicle is stopped for more than four seconds while the number would remain visible at all times in some section of the screen. Though it is quite creative and innovative in nature but the move is intended as a moneymaker for a state facing $19 billion budget deficit.
The electronic plates would look like standard plates when the car is in motion, showing the registration number. But when a car will stop for more than four seconds, whether stuck in a jam or at a red light, advertisements would be displayed to people sitting in the vehicles behind. Though the basic purpose is to show ads and generate additional revenues but in emergencies, the plates could also be used to display public service announcements like missing children alerts, or traffic information.
The bill’s author, Democratic Senator Curren Price of Los Angeles, said “California would be the first state to implement such technology if the state Department of Motor Vehicles ultimately recommends the widespread use of the plates and other states are also exploring something similar”. A company named ‘Smart Plate’ in San Francisco is developing the plates and envisions them not just as a new outlet for advertisers, but also for drivers.