CYBER CORNER FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 22

Posted 4 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

aereo_logoIN THE NEWS: HIGH COURT TO TAKE UP AEREO TODAY

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court will be looking at TV today. And by that we don’t mean the justices will be goofing off watching a flat-screen somewhere. The nation’s highest court is taking up a dispute between broadcasters and a new Internet company that could bring big changes to the TV industry. At issue is the business model of Aereo. The company lets subscribers in 11 U.S. cities have access to TV programs on their laptop computers, smartphones and other portable devices. Broadcasters claim Aereo is stealing their programming by taking free TV signals from the airwaves and sending them over the Internet. For a cable company or satellite provider to do that, they have to pay — the fees broadcasters collected from that last year alone are estimated at $3.3 billion. Some networks have said they will consider abandoning free over-the-air broadcasting if Aereo should prevail at the Supreme Court.

IN THE NEWS: NIKE LAYS OFF WORKERS WHO WORKED ON DIGITAL FITNESS PRODUCTS

NEW YORK (AP) — Nike insists it isn’t giving up on its FuelBand products — the electronic devices that help people who are into fitness. But it is trimming the fat from the division of the company that makes the gear. Nike has announced it is laying off some people in the FuelBand department. Nike launched its FuelBand in 2012. It’s a bracelet that tracks movement. A newer version of the device came out last fall. The band tracks movement and translates it into what Nike calls “Fuel.” Users can set daily goals for how much movement that they want to achieve — and the band connects wirelessly to a smartphone app and has a pedometer and clock. Nike hasn’t disclosed how many of the units it has sold, though it says it will keep making and updating FuelBand gadgets.

ON THE WEB: iHEARTRADIO AWARDS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — The latest in the seemingly never-ending list of music awards shows is coming up. And this one is set for next month in Los Angeles. The iHeartRadio Music Awards will feature Rihanna, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis competing for artist of the year honors. Among those named to perform include Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, Lorde and Lady Gaga.

IN STORES: AT&T HIGH-SPEED INTERNET SERVICE

NEW YORK (AP) — If your “need for speed” includes your Internet connection, imagine having an online connection that is about 100 times what most people in the country get with their typical broadband service. That’s what AT&T is planning to offer soon. The service is called GigaPower — and features a 1 gigabit per second speed. Without getting into the details, it means you’ll be able to download videos faster as well as hook up more devices to your home network without having the service bog down. AT&T currently has GigaPower speed in Austin, Texas, and has committed to offer the service in Dallas. In all, the company plans to roll out the service in as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas.