Netflix is now allowing certain movies to be downloaded and watched offline. It’s perfect if you’re on a plane or on the road when you don’t always have access to a fast internet connection. Netflix allows you to choose between standard or high quality. Standard quality is lower resolution, smaller size, and faster to download. The high quality is much more sharper, a larger file size, and you need a longer time to download. Here’s the official announcement from Netflix.
The Olympics is really, really old. It goes all the way back to the Greek antiquity – 776 BC to be precise. But who gets the credit for starting the modern Olympic games? Apparently, it was through the efforts of a French named Baron Pierre de Coubertin. He was tired of seeing France lose wars, so he started the the revival of the Olympics. The first modern Olympic games were held in Athens in 1896. Read more about the Olympic revival from this article from Deadspin.
Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion per ArsTechnica.
Those assets will form part of a new publicly traded company that will be spun out of Yahoo as a separate business. It’s unclear who will head up that firm, however.
Verizon CEO Lowell Adam said: “Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators, and advertisers. The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company, and help accelerate our revenue stream in digital advertising.”
Yahoo will be thrown into the mix with AOL—also a faded Internet star that burned brightly in the ’90s.
The business will be steered by Verizon’s Executive VP Marni Walden, the company said.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer—in a carefully worded statement that made no mention of her future at the company once it joins AOL in the Verizon fold—said:
Several news reports are coming in that Google Calendar was down this morning for two hours. I use Google Calendar, but I didn’t notice and was unaffected by the downtime. I guess I don’t use it often enough. However, many people use Google Calendar for personal and for work since it integrates well with mobile devices and other apps. Thankfully, the downtime was minimal without any loss of data.
Here’s a viral video of two jets landing at the same time in SFO – San Francisco International Airport. I have a somewhat similar experience years ago except that it was a bit more scarier. The jet I was flying in was several hundred feet behind the another jet. Our jet caught the backwash of the jet in front of us and our plane dipped to the left. I was looking right at the water since I had the window seat on the left side of the plane. The pilot calmly leveled off the plane and applied extra power to gain a bit of altitude. We landed safely. Afterwards, the pilot explained what happened. Real story.