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LOS ANGELES  | Faced with losses, MoviePass discount tix service hikes fee

LOS ANGELES  — MoviePass, the discount service for movie tickets, is raising prices by 50 percent and barring viewings of most major releases during the first two weeks. The new $15-a-month rate for up to one movie each day still won’t make MoviePass profitable. Because it typically pays theaters the full cost of tickets — … Continue reading LOS ANGELES  | Faced with losses, MoviePass discount tix service hikes fee

Bigleaf Networks Expands Cloud Access Network with New Atlanta Gateway Cluster

Bigleaf’s core network gains new peering, additional capacity, and improved geographic coverage through expansion PORTLAND, OR (STL.News) Bigleaf Networks, the Cloud-First SD-WAN service that optimizes Internet and Cloud performance by dynamically choosing the best connection and adapting application prioritization in real-time, yesterday that it is expanding its Cloud Access Network with a 6th Gateway Cluster … Continue reading Bigleaf Networks Expands Cloud Access Network with New Atlanta Gateway Cluster

Beta Testing of Covesting’s Cryptocurrency Trading Platform Officially Starts

GIBRALTAR (STL.News) Covesting, a fintech startup launched by former Saxo Bank traders, has almost completed the development of its revolutionary trading platform.  Now, just one step away from the launch, the company has selected 200 beta testers and will provide them with the opportunity to explore the main features of the platform during beta testing. Covesting … Continue reading Beta Testing of Covesting’s Cryptocurrency Trading Platform Officially Starts

Samsung Galaxy S9 Impressive and Infuriating

(STL.News) They say that nobody makes better-looking phones than Samsung Electronics but according to the Wall Street Journal, there are pluses and minuses to the new Galaxy S9 and S9+.  Last year’s Galaxy S8 was glassy and stark with that “infinity display” stretching almost entirely across the front.  It was thoughtfully designed and as a result, it flew off the shelves.

So what did they change in the nine versions?  A company spokeswoman said they did a nip and tuck, not changing the things that people already love.  The S9’s updates include a smaller bezel, brighter screen, faster processor and relocated fingerprint reader.

Samsung also added a large number of new gimmicky features crammed into it so there’s something to show on commercials and not all are so good reports Wall Street reports.

Most of Samsung’s engineering this time around went into the camera.  The S9 and S9+ both have 12-megapixel cameras on the back, and the S9+ adds a second camera for taking photos with more zoom.

Where the S9 stands out most is in bad lighting, like at a dimly lit concert. That’s because the S9’s camera has an actual mechanical aperture that controls the amount of light allowed into the camera lens, which in turn controls how bright your photo can be. Shooting at a super-bright f/1.5, as the S9 does by default in low light, gives you a decent photo.

Samsung’s track record for software changes is a bit rockier reports the Wall Street Journal. An example is using the S9’s selfie camera to create an emoji in your likeness. The features don’t work as well as similar ones on an iPhone or in Snapchat. Everyone’s emoji looks similar and the faces move badly.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the new phones can capture video in the slowest-mo you’ve ever seen on a smartphone: 960 frames per second, four times the iPhone’s, but it’s hard to capture exactly the right moment at that speed, and you can’t change what you’ve captured after the fact.

Basically, Samsung crammed too many options and modes into the S9’s camera. It takes at least a half-dozen swipes to get through all the capture modes, and finding the right sticker or ISO setting takes forever.

If you already have an S8, the Journal reports you aren’t missing much and don’t need to spend roughly $800 for the S9 or upward of $900 for the S9+ when they hit stores this month. Almost anyone else will welcome the upgrade.

By Kara Savio – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Cooperation brings broadband internet service to tiny Missouri town

New high-speed internet service allowed Jamestown/Bunceton game of the Norm Stewart Classic to be broadcast live to worldwide audience on ESPN3 (STL.News) When Jamestown High School squared off against Bunceton February 2 for its annual homecoming basketball game, many more people than the capacity crowd watched the game.  ESPN 3 broadcast the matchup online to … Continue reading Cooperation brings broadband internet service to tiny Missouri town

Snapchat rolls out Sky Features

January 1, 2018 (STL.News) It’s a hot battle for winning over the 14 to 21-year-old segment of social media users today, and Snapchat is determined to stay in the lead by continually rolling out new, interactive features that make Snapchats more appealing than Instagram Story posts.  Recently, Snapchat rolled out what are called “Sky Filters,” which … Continue reading Snapchat rolls out Sky Features