Has Microsoft discovered a way to make smartphones less annoying in cinemas? For those who can’t bear to switch them off for a couple of hours, this could be the solution.
A patent granted to Microsoft this week could automatically adjust the settings on your phone to make it less annoying in movie theaters.
Granted on January 13, the patent details an “inconspicuous mode” which would automatically adjust brightness, mute sounds and offer reduced information on the lock screen when the owner goes to the theater or is about to head to bed.
Inconspicuous mode would be triggered using sensors on the device when visiting a venue like a movie theater, or could be manually enabled by the user. LINK
USA – Regal is not for sale. The company has decided against putting itself up for sale. It always seemed unlikely, more like a distraction from two consecutive quarters of bad growth.
Regal Entertainment Group, which operates the nation’s largest theater chain, is no longer looking for a buyer, the company said Thursday.
The Knoxville, Tenn.-based chain announced that its board of directors has “determined that a sale of the company would not be in the best interest of shareholders at this time,” according to a statement. “The board, consistent with its fiduciary duties, remains committed to evaluating any alternatives that would enhance shareholder value.”
Regal said it arrived at its decision after examining strategic alternatives with the advice of Morgan Stanley & Co. LINK