Top 4 Tech Stories of the Day


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MIcrosoft's Q3 earnings have arrived, and with them comes a single line-item that says a lot about the current state of the Xbox One. The console has sold 1.2M units to retailers, not consumers, in the past quarter, or about 400K a month. Sony’s PS4 sold three times as many as the Xbox One to actual consumers. It’s entirely possible that Sony sold more PS4s in one month than the Microsoft Xbox One did in the whole quarter.
While the move’s been rumored for a few years now, it’s now been confirmed Netflix will be bringing its app to various set-top boxes across the country. The streaming giant will be teaming with Atlantic Broadband, Grande Communications and RCN for the initial roll-out, and in order to gain access to the service via those devices, customers will have to sign-up for both Netflix and the companies various TiVo DVR service. This announcement comes shortly after Netflix announced plans to launch its first Spanish-Language original series, and is yet another example of the company’s push to expand into a full-blown pay-TV network.
As the number of devices that stream programming grow — add Amazon’s Fire TV to the heap — the television has pulled away as the viewing venue choice. A few years back, when streaming wasn’t as widespread, apps and websites promised to deliver programming, like Major League Baseball’s “At Bat” service, to your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. Cable-TV providers created apps that turned devices into second screens. Now, smart TVs and videogame consoles carry Netflix, YouTube and any number of services built right in, while gadgets like Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast and others deliver media right to your big screen.
Web security is on everyone’s minds these days, especially in light of the recent Heartbleed internet security breach. With consumers purchasing products online from all over the world, it’s particularly important to provide them with secure browsing and payment options. Over the last several years, web hosts have launched security features to protect websites from malware and other malicious attacks, but how about mobile device security?