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The content arms race between streaming video providers Netflix, Amazon and Hulu (and YouTube/Google Play and Crackle and Redbox and… you get the picture) shows no signs of slowing down, and here’s Amazon’s latest assault. The Prime Instant Video…
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The Atlanta Falcons are doing some offseason housecleaning.
They have released two former starters on defense, cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Stephen Nicholas, in an effort to clear up salary-cap space and refresh the talent pool.
Samuel is a four-time Pro Bowler who just turned 33 and whose best days are behind him. With emerging cornerbacks Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant on the roster, the Falcons were more than willing to cut Samuel and save more than $ 4 million against the 2014 salary cap.
Nicholas became a reserve last season after four years of starting and was deemed expendable after spending his entire seven-year career with the Falcons. He was supplanted by younger linebackers Joplo Bartu and Paul Worrilow.
Expect the Falcons to target defensive help, especially on their line, in free agency and in the draft. They could be players for one of the top defensive-line free agents that could be set to hit the market. The Falcons also will need reinforcements on the offensive line and at tight end.
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – One morning in the offseason of 2012, Seattle coach Pete Carroll’s phone rang early.
On the other end was perhaps the most coveted free agent in NFL history, Peyton Manning.
“He gave me a call, woke me up one morning,” Carroll said. “Jumped out of bed and (said), ‘OK, let’s go. What’s up Peyton?’ So we started talking.”
Like every other team that had a need at quarterback, the Seahawks were interested in Manning after the Colts cut him. Word of Seattle’s interest reached Manning, who made the call to Carroll himself.
That’s what led to Carroll telling the story about the Seahawks’ pursuit of Manning a couple years ago.
“Well, it was brief,” Carroll joked.
Seattle wasn’t the right fit for Manning, and they didn’t last too long in the race to land him. And strangely enough, it might have been a hidden blessing for the Seahawks. They drafted Russell Wilson in the third round that year. Manning has a $ 15 million base salary. Wilson made a little more than $ 526,000 this season. With that extra money to spend the Seahawks built a great roster and ended up in the Super Bowl against Denver, the team Manning eventually picked.
But hey, it was exciting to try to woo Manning for the short time he was listening.
“We tried to get involved with that to see if there was a next stage of the process, and there wasn’t,” Carroll said. “It was very brief. It was fun for a while, with the magnitude of the player, and the background, and all of that.”
Manning had his own Carroll story. Years ago Manning had to be in Southern California for a commitment during the summer and wanted to work out, so he asked then-USC coach Carroll if he could work out with his players. Manning figured that he would just jump into whatever drills the USC players had already planned to do. There were eight receivers, four tight ends and four running backs all stretched and ready when Manning arrived.
“I said, ‘What routes do you want to run?’” Manning said. “They said, ‘No, Coach Carroll said we are going to throw whatever routes you want to run. This is going to be your workout.’”
Manning appreciated it. It just wasn’t enough for him to pick the Seahawks when they showed interest.
“You can only pick one team to go play for,” Manning said. “It reminded me of college somewhat, that you would like to play for a lot of teams. Go play for this team for a year, maybe give this team four or five games and bounce around. It’s not the way it works; you have to pick a team.”
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At Google they try to think of everything.
The principle behind this is that if they think of everything, there’s a chance they can then own everything and make money out of everything.
The latest attempt is a patent for an ad service that would offer a free taxi to take you to the door of the retailer whose fine wares you’ve just seen advertised online.
I am grateful to TechCrunch for noticing this patent. It has the moving title of “Transportation-aware physical advertising conversions.”
Naturally, it’s all about convenience and profit.
The patent abstract declares: “The invention involves automatically comparing the cost of transportation and the potential profit from a completed transaction using a number of real-time calculations.”
There are very few companies that enjoy real-time calculations as much as Google. And you can grasp the logic here. If someone’s searching for cars to buy, then serving an ad that offers them a taxi to speed them to the point of purchase is a very cost-effective notion.
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Having items shipped to our door when we order them — or even before — is nice, but a new Google patent flips things around and offers potential buyers an immediate trip to the store. Apparently, Mountain View’s toying with the idea of arranging …
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With just how popular Beats headphones are, we can’t say we’re surprised that Dr. Dre’s similarly named music service has had a hard time coping with a flood of users during launch. As such, Beats Music isn’t accepting any new subscribers until the …
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Upgrading your plan may be a good way to avoid overage charges, but Sprint might have another option: WiFi calling. According to documents obtained by Android Central, the carrier is poised to give select Android phones the ability to call and text …
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Spotify released an update to its iOS apps on Wednesday, bringing free music streaming to mobile users without a monthly subscription. The app now lets you listen to playlists or a particular artist in shuffle mode on your iPhone or iPod touch, while the iPad version lets you play any song, any time, like the desktop app.
Unlike Pandora or iTunes Radio, Spotify’s iPhone/iPod touch app doesn’t shuffle all songs similar to a particular artist. Instead, you get access to all of the songs in that artist’s catalogue, which are played at random. You get up to six skips an hour, and there are ads, but I’ve been listening to Yo La Tengo on my iPhone for the past half hour and have only heard one.
The iPad app is a lot more similar to the experience you get from using Spotify’s desktop app or on the Web. You can pick any song or any album and listen to it on demand, albeit with ads.
Prior to this update, Spotify’s mobile apps were only available to users that paid $ 9.99 for monthly premium access. There are still benefits to subscribing. You can listen to whatever you want, whenever you want, without ads. And you can download music for offline listening. For the free mobile apps you always need to be connected. Still, this is a great app to download if you’re not into radio-style format on other apps.
Spotify is free to download from the App Store now. There’s no word yet on an update to the Android version.
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