CLOSE

Although the experienced network TV programmer Garth Ancier cuts the cable, you notice it. He explains why he did that on TalkingTech.
USA TODAY

"Let's get ready for bundling !!!"

For example, the famous ring announcer Michael Buffer could put a strain on ongoing – and certainly over-stimulating – rumble in the tech and media space as it affects video streaming, and its likely impact on cable cutters.

"The Information" reported this week that Apple is considering an ambitious subscription offer that would include the company's original TV shows – remember, none other than Oprah is now in the crease – along with Apple Music, Magazine articles and iCloud storage.

If and when such service arises, Apple would challenge Apple and other top streaming video rivals, such as Netflix and Hulu …

A few days ago, AT & T launched its first post-time Warner merger Video offer called WatchTV, which you can stream on an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet app, Chrome and Safari web browsers, and on Apple TV, Roku, and Google Chromecast.

This so-called "Skinny Bundle" has more than 30 live streaming channels and over 15,000 TV shows and movies on demand and is free for consumers under two new AT & T unlimited plans, starting at $ 70 for a single line , For everyone else, WatchTV costs $ 15 a month.

As the owner of DirecTV, AT & T has already offered the service DirecTV Now for cable cutters requiring a larger and wider channel at $ 35 per month.

Already existing consumer bundles include Sling TV from Dish Network and Sony's PlayStation Vue.

And you thought unraveling cable cutting options would be easy.

The millions of consumers who want to pay or pay to pay TV TV on the go – get a taste of what streaming options might look like over the next few years.

The good news is, of course, that you do have to have many bundles to choose from. But that's also a potential downside, as such a smorgasbord will only cause confusion, especially if you're trying to figure out which services offer the channels and programs you'd like to see and what you're willing to pay for them. [19659005] Like every high stakes fight, there are winners and losers. Verizon hit the screen this week, announcing it will shut down go90, an ad-supported mobile video service that has never found its way.

Verizon is still to be expected. Under its Eath division, it controls AOL and Yahoo and has a strong streaming presence in live mobile sports, particularly through the NFL.

However, our national obsession with streaming has another unfortunate drawback: with so many ways to maneuver video on the move, distracted driving seems to be reaching epidemic proportions, as in October 2017, when a truck driver killed a motorcyclist and injured his sister Driving with him in central Pennsylvania, apparently because he was watching an NFL game on his phone and texting while cycling.

It's why Georgia was the youngest state to pass a law to crack down on motorists who stream video

In other technical news this week

-The state of California passed the toughest data protection law in the US, a possible model for the other 49 states. It will come into force in January 2020. The law gives consumers the right to know what personal information companies collect and why and with what company they are shared. Consumers can ask companies to delete their information rather than sell it. And the law restricts the sharing or sale of data of children under 16 years old.

– The police said they were able to identify the alleged killer in Maryland's Capital Gazette shooting by using face recognition technology, an increasingly popular law enforcement tool that has become involved in controversy as a citizen. Libertarians warn of the risks of abuse. The fear, as Marco della Cava and Elizabeth Weise emphasize, is potential abuse.

-Google takes a sharper approach to workplace harassment after Google Engineer James enforced harassment and intimidation for almost a full year, Damore. The new rules that USA TODAY had to review aim to curb online attacks and internal conflicts, especially on the highly charged topic of corporate diversity.

African-Americans are likely to wait longer for a taxi in Los Angeles, and have a greater chance of being canceled than whites, Asians and Hispanics, according to a new study published by UCLA last week. Blacks had longer waiting times and more losses with Lyft and Uber, but far less than with taxis

– Finally it's over. Seven years after it began, Apple and Samsung settled a patent dispute over high stakes in one of the most watched legal struggles in Silicon Valley, a battle that even reached the US Supreme Court at one point. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but only last month, a jury decided that Samsung Apple must pay $ 539 billion, in damages for copying patented design and utility features in the original iPhone.

Apple released the public beta of iOS 12 last week, the software at the core of the next iPhone and iPad, and if you decide to finally upgrade, the iPhone and / or iPad you already own. You can install the software at beta.apple.com, although at this time it carries risks. iOS 12 adds a variety of features to your Apple devices, from screen time limits for you or your kids to promised performance leaps. And if you have Apple's AirPods, you can take advantage of a live list feature that turns these wireless buds into a hearing aid. Google has announced its duplex technology

– In May, Google introduced duplex, a technology based on artificial sound Intelligence based. This will allow Google Assistant to create ringing phone calls to create restaurant reservations and haircut appointments. We were able to try duplex this week in a Thai restaurant in New York City and were impressed by our inability to outsmart the system.

Read or Share This Story: https://usat.ly/2KCs3VO