But those days may not be so bygone on Netflix.
At the GigaOm Mobilize conference here, Todd Yellin, vice president of product innovation at Netflix, said that the company will bring those DVD-style extras to its original programming.
"The core of the experience is watching the story that the directors and writers contended, and that's like 99 percent of what it is," he said. "But supplemental content, whether … Read more
You are what you eat, and what you eat also happens to be fodder for a new iOS app called Countertop, which works in tandem with the Prep Pad smart scale. The kitchen helper is set to be released in November and is available for preorder now at $149.95. The kitchen scale and app, an offering by The Orange Chef Company (previously Chef Sleeve, makers of tablet-friendly kitchen accessories), are designed to be everyday accompaniments in the kitchen supplying nutritional data to users in a seamless environment.
The scale itself features a nice clean design that doesn't bog … Read more
When you stare into the inky depths of a cup of coffee, you see a mystery. Just how much caffeine is lurking in there? A team of scientists has developed a way to find the answer with Caffeine Orange, a caffeine detection kit.
Caffeine levels are detected using a lab-on-a-disc. The user places a sample of the coffee into a chamber on the disc and spins it. This extracts the caffeine in the liquid and allows for measuring it.… Read more
Netflix has started the campaign to drum up anticipation for its next original program to follow the much-hyped "Arrested Development."
A trailer for "Orange Is the New Black," a dramedy created by Jenji Kohan, of Showtime's "Weeds" fame, went up on Netflix's YouTube page earlier today. It will be released, all episodes at once, on July 11.
The trailer shows we'll get some of the edgy fodder -- nudity, expletives, dashes of violence -- Netflix has been using to foster an HBO-like perception of its programming chops, similar to the Netflix … Read more
Yahoo's bid to take a controlling stake in French video-sharing site Dailymotion has reportedly been killed by the French government.
Dailymotion, which is owned by France-Telecom, was in talks to sell a 75 percent stake to Yahoo, according to a report last month by The Wall Street Journal. The deal was expected to give Yahoo a much-needed boost in the overseas video-sharing space, which is mainly dominated by services like Google's YouTube.
Orange, a French wireless carrier, plans to provide a service that will let Facebook users call friends without needing their phone numbers.
The new feature, called "Party Call," will launch this summer in France and will let friends call each other one-on-one or in a group, TechCrunch reported today.
Orange said the feature is the result of a partnership with Facebook. The mobile provider built the service using Facebook's open API, or application programming interface, for developers. The service uses Facebook's open social graph, letting users invite friends and post messages about each call to walls … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Samsung wove family photos, pieces of fruit, and even a little Bruce Springsteen into its patent offensive against Apple today.
With three Apple feature patents aimed at nearly two dozen of Samsung's products during the past two weeks of trial, Samsung struck back today with a trio of its own.
On the stand for Samsung was Woodward Yang, a patent specialist who went through how some of Apple's iPhone, iPad, and even iPod Touch models allegedly infringed on three of Samsung's patents covering things like e-mail, photo albums, and playing music in the … Read more
People traveling through the Channel Tunnel can now access mobile services 100 meters under the sea -- as long as they are heading to the U.K., rather than crossing over to France.
French operators Bouygues Telecom, Orange and SFR have all started providing 2G and 3G services in the south tunnel -- which runs from France to the U.K. -- enabling passengers and drivers on the Eurostar, Shuttle and Freight service to use their phones under the English Channel.
However, British operators will not begin offering similar services in the north tunnel -- taken when traveling from the … Read more
Sadly the Orange San Diego, the first smartphone powered by Intel's Atom x86 processor, won't make it the U.S. market anytime soon, if ever. Thankfully our colleagues at CNET UK managed to get their hands on the device to put it through its paces.
The phone is well appointed for its low £200 ($313) price, sporting a 4-inch (1,200x600 pixel) LCD screen, pleasing if rather unexciting construction, and 16GB of internal memory. There's even an NFC chip to support mobile payment systems. … Read more