Thursday January 10, 2019

Jan 10 2019 / 8:05 am

Sharing your Netflix password could soon be much harder to get away with. At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, video software provider Synamedia unveiled a creepy new AI-powered system designed to crack down on account sharing. The firm points to recent research from Magid, which found that roughly 26 percent of millennials give out the credentials for video streaming services to other people. Its new software will be able to analyze which users are logged in and where to quickly flag shared accounts. Synamedia’s new AI isn’t just for small-time fee avoiders. Additional research from Parks Associates found that by 2021, credentials sharing will account for $9.9 billion of losses in pay-TV revenues and $1.2 billion of over-the-top (OTT) revenues. The company says the system can also be used to track down large-scale for-profit operations to slash the losses. Synamedia Credentials Sharing Insight uses behavioral analytics and machine learning to keep tabs on credentials-sharing activity across streaming services. The system allows the operator to specify how many users should be using a single account - useful for family sharing accounts, for instance. The AI can then monitor a subscriber database for any potential fraudulent activity. And according to Synamedia, it can figure out exactly where and how the account is being used.


Your child may be expecting a raise soon. Children between the ages of 4 and 14 years old got an average of $471 a year or $9.06 per week in allowance in 2018, up 3.7% on the year before, according to a sampling of more than 30,000 kids by chore-tracking app RoosterMoney. (That’s higher than roughly 3% annual wage increase given to the average American worker last year — not accounting for inflation.) That includes an average of $58 in cash gifts for Christmas. And kids are better at saving than adults, the survey showed, saving 42% of it compared to 2.4% of adults, according to RoosterMoney.
Here are the top earning chores:
1. Washing the car: $4.60
2. Gardening: $4.34
3. Cleaning their bedroom: $2.71
4. Mopping the floor: $2.33
5. Cleaning the bathroom: $1.82
6. Cleaning the kitchen: $1.72
7. Vacuuming: $1.52
8. Helping with dinner: $1.52
9. Dusting: $1.52
10. Looking after pets: $1.48

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