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: