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Here Comes the New "Supergirl"

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The New Supergirl
Television watchers and DC followers will soon be treated to a new show that will feature Superman's cousin, Supergirl.

Melissa Benoist has just been cast as the lead in CBS' "Supergirl," has learned. The 26-year-old will play Zor-El in the small screen version of the DC Comics' character.

Zor-El, a native of Superman's planet Krypton, escaped her home world before it was destroyed and has been concealing her powers from others while living on Earth – just like her famous cousin with the "S" on his chest.

After the character turns 24, she decides to embrace her unearthly powers and take on the hero role.

Melissa's previous credits include two seasons of "Glee," and two episodes of "Homeland," along with currently appearing on the big screen in "Whiplash."

The one-hour drama pilot is produced by "Arrow" and "Flash's" Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler and Sarah Schechter. The pilot, which earned a series commitment in September by CBS, will be written by Berlanti and Adler.

Supergirl was played by Helen Slater in a 1984 movie that was panned by critics and turned out to be kryptonite at the box office (pulling in just over US$ 14 million while in theaters). The character was seen more recently on "Smallville," played by Laura Vandervoort.

One good thing with CBS is that they have not attempted to "blackwash" the DC characters just to accommodate the some small section of the population. Comic purists should be satisfied for now.

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Digital Mobile
Last year was considered by many as a landmark period for growth across all things digital, and We Are Social’s new Digital, Social and Mobile in 2015 report indicates that this year will see even more impressive numbers.

Including stats for more than 240 countries around the world, and profiling 30 of the world’s biggest economies in detail, the report is the most comprehensive, free compendium of up-to-date digital statistics and data you’ll find. So what do its 376 pages reveal about Philippines?

The report said Filipino Internet users spend more than 6 hours per day on the World Wide Web, higher than the 4 hours and 25 minutes spent by the average Internet user each day.

"The average internet user spends around 4 hours and 25 minutes using the net each day, with Southeast Asians registering the highest average daily use. Research conducted by GlobalWebIndex shows that Filipino internet users spend more than 6 hours per day using the net, with Thais, Vietnamese, Indonesians and Malaysians also all averaging more than 5 hours of use per day," the report said.

Filipinos and Argentinians also spend more than 4 hours per day on social media, the highest in the world.

"The average social media user spends 2 hours and 25 minutes per day using social networks and microblogs, with Argentinian and Filipino users registering the most, at more than 4 hours per day," the report said.

The report also showed mobile web surfing in the Philippines for 2014 is up +70 percent, tablet surfing is up +38 percent while desktop surfing is down -13 percent.

It also showed that 9 million Pinoys watch videos on mobile, 14 million use mobile banking and 11 million used their phones to buy something.

One area where the Philippines is not leading is in Internet speed. The report showed that the Philippines is averaging only 2.5Mbps in Internet speed, the same as Vietnam. Only India has slower Internet, at 2Mbps.

The report showed that worldwide social media users exceeded 2 billion back in August 2014, worldwide penetration of mobile phones passed 50 percent in September 2014 and the number of global Internet users passed 3 billion in early November.

The digital world passed some impressive milestones in 2014:

  • Worldwide social media users exceeded 2 billion back in August;
  • Worldwide penetration of mobile phones passed 50% in September;
  • The number of global internet users passed 3 billion in early November;
  • The number of active mobile connections surpassed the total world population just last month.

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Free Windows 10 from Microsoft

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Free Windows 10
Reports from Reuters showed that Microsoft is planning to give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to users of the most recent versions of Windows and Windows Phone. The reason given is that it is one way for the world's largest software company to retain customers in the mobile era.

The 'free' strategy is a calculated gamble for Microsoft, designed to put Windows in as many devices as possible. The company would then make up for any lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet, or cloud.

"It's a necessary evil as CEO Satya Nadella and Microsoft have recognized the 'golden goose' and major revenue opportunities will happen after the upgrades have taken place," said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets.

"Microsoft needs to lay seeds for its cloud-centric strategy and Windows 10 is the epicenter of that strategy. It's all about making it attractive for the ecosystem to upgrade onto this next-generation platform."

The immediate revenue hit is unlikely to be large, as Microsoft gets no more than $500 million of its $20 billion or so annual Windows revenue from upgrades, analysts said. The vast majority of Windows revenue comes from hardware makers installing it on new personal computers and businesses paying for multi-year licenses.

Investors were not impressed. Microsoft shares fell 1 percent to $45.91 on Nasdaq shortly before the close.

The company is expected to say more about the financial effects of the new approach when it reports quarterly earnings next week.

Windows 10, expected on the market this autumn, will be available for one year as a free upgrade to users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, Myerson said.

Industry and Wall Street analysts described the move as inevitable.

Windows only features on roughly 15 percent of computing devices including phones and tablets, and is largely irrelevant for many consumers. It lags Apple Inc and Google Inc, which regularly update their software systems free for customers.

"The way to motivate consumers is to make upgrades transparent and painless - meaning free and low-to-no effort," said Forrester analyst Frank Gillett. "Microsoft had to match the expectation set by the mobile and Web leaders."

At an event at its headquarters near Seattle, Microsoft also tried to burnish its flagging reputation for innovation.

Unexpectedly, it unveiled a holographic lens device that allows users to see three-dimensional renderings of computer-generated images. Microsoft HoloLens, which looks like a wireless visor, raises the stakes in the emerging market for virtual and augmented reality, being targeted by Facebook Inc's Oculus and Google's Glass project.

The device will be available around the same time as Windows 10 this autumn, a Microsoft executive said.

Executives also showed off an Xbox app for games on Windows 10 and a new version of its browser code named 'Spartan,' which lets users make notes on Web pages and share them.

Microsoft announced its new Windows 10 operating system in September, billing it as a move to unify all kinds of device users. It skipped Windows 9 altogether, to put some distance between the new system and Windows 8, which confused many users by ditching the start button menu and using a new layout.

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Origin Account
Some users of Electronic Arts' online store Origin reported unauthorized purchases on their accounts, but the "Battlefield" and "Mass Effect" publisher said that it has not suffered a breach of its account database.

"We found no indication at this point of a breach of our Origin account database," an EA representative told PCGamer.

"Privacy and security of user account information are of the utmost importance to us. We encourage our players to use Origin user ID and passwords that are unique to their account, and to report any activity they feel may be unauthorized to EA customer support at"

Writing on Reddit, some users reported suspicious behavior on their Origin accounts, including game purchases that they never made. EA confirmed to PCGamer last 30 December 2014 that it was investigating the matter, though it's unclear how widespread the issues were.

It appears EA's customer support department is working with affected users to remedy fraudulent account activity. PCGamer also points out that Origin now has a two-step authorization system (similar to Steam's) that alerts you when your account is access on a new device.

In other Origin news, the store is holding a year-end sale that offers deep discounts on a huge number of games. The deals end 6 January 2015.

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Video streaming using a popular company in the United States may soon change. Everyone is aware that Netflix in the U.S. is not the same as Netflix in the rest of the world. Thanks to the intricacies of international law, the streaming service offers very different content, and sometimes none at all, based on where a subscriber lives.

As a result, some savvy users have been using tools to get around that problem to get the videos that they want. It may not have a big difference in terms of revenue, but it appears that Netflix will soon try to put its foot down and end region-free access.

Many users rely on VPNs — virtual private networks — or custom DNS settings to stealthily access Netflix as though they were in other regions. But Netflix may have started closing some of those loopholes. Torrent Freak reports that, in the past few weeks, popular VPN services like TorGuard have started seeing a spike in errors when users try to access Netflix.

The problems don't appear to be widespread — the Netflix Android app, for one, may have updated to block DNS trickery — but there is a reasonable concern among users of the services that this is a prelude to a wider crackdown by Netflix. That might be unfortunate for people who rely on the services, but it's hardly surprising: as Netflix continues its global expansion, more and more money is on the line.

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