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Here are the top tech headlines from around the web for the week of January 28 to February 3, 2018.
Cord cutters, here’s your game plan for Super Bowl viewing without a cable bill
The Super Bowl will be available in a variety of formats this year. Even without a cable subscription, you can watch it through an antenna, NBC.com’s website and apps (which are available on Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Apple TV, and video game consoles, among others), or through the NFL or Yahoo Sports apps.
Time Warner’s Q4 revenues rise as HBO Now reportedly hits 5M subscribers
Time Warner’s Q4 2017 financials were released and show HBO and Turner’s international networks driving revenue upward. HBO alone brought in $1.7 billion off a 16% rice in subscriptions.
MIT Researchers Put Voice Commands in Context
Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory are looking at robot memory in a new way. They believe imbuing robots with semantic and episodic memory just like humans may be the key to unlocking the full potential of AI.
Feds appear to add economics expert for fight over AT&T-Time Warner merger
The Department of Justice is tapping UC Berkeley Professor Carl Shapiro to serve as an expert economics witness. The government is suing to stop AT&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner. The case is set for trial on March 19.
SPACEX GEARS UP TO FINALLY, ACTUALLY LAUNCH THE FALCON HEAVY
SpaceX looks ready to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket for its maiden flight next week. It’s scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. It’ll mark the most powerful launch vehicle in the world.
Apple iPhone sales miss, but profit still breaks record anyway
Apple said this week it sold 77.3 million iPhones to close out 2017. It fell short of the 79 million forecast, but still generated $61.58 billion in revenue for the company. There are approximately 1.3 billion active installed Apple devices on the market, which is driving $8.47 billion in revenue to Apple Music and the App Store.
Tackling the Internet’s Central Villain: The Advertising Business
Internet advertising is becoming more intrusive and invasive than ever before. It’s underregulated and underpoliced, leading giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon to go what some believe is too far in order to connect brands with audiences.
Airbus’ drone taxi takes to the skies for the first time
The Airbus Vahana team successfully sent its Alpha One air taxi on its maiden flight. Its ultimate goal is to create an autonomous passenger drone network like the Waymo of the sky. Time will tell how well that works out.