Verizon Netflix Streaming Speed

Netflix streaming on Verizon just keeps getting worse

By on July 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM.

Netflix streaming on Verizon just keeps getting worse

So now we know why Verizon decided to come out and accuse Netflix of essentially choosing to make its own traffic slow on its network — it seemingly wanted to preempt some more bad news in the most recent Netflix ISP rankings. Ars Technica notices that Netflix’s performance on Verizon’s FiOS network tanked by another 17% over the last month, which is a major embarrassment for Verizon given that it had already come to an agreement with Netflix months ago to improve the connections that Netflix used to send traffic through its network. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Consumer Interest

BlackBerry: Consumers are ‘clamoring’ for our new square smartphone

By on July 14, 2014 at 11:16 AM.

BlackBerry: Consumers are ‘clamoring’ for our new square smartphone

BlackBerry is feeling very good about its new BlackBerry Passport. In fact, the company feels so good about it that it’s even decided to quote a BGR post as proof that the new device is going to be a hit with consumers. More →

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Why Smartphones Are Good

Cool graphic shows how smartphones have killed off tons of our old gadgets

By on July 14, 2014 at 10:34 AM.

Cool graphic shows how smartphones have killed off tons of our old gadgets

It really is easy to forget just how incredible our smartphones are, especially now that they’re capable of doing things that we used to have several different gadgets for. Tech Guru Daily has posted an infographic produced by U.K.-based office supplies retailer Viking that shows just how many different gadgets that our smartphones have made redundant or obsolete just over the past few years. More →

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Netflix Vs. Comcast Verizon

Netflix CEO explains why he’s trashing your ISP

By on July 11, 2014 at 6:35 PM.

Netflix CEO explains why he’s trashing your ISP

Netflix has really gotten under some major ISPs’ nerves over the past few months by picking high-profile fights with both Verizon and Comcast. In an interview with The Washington Post, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings explains why he’s decided to call out ISPs for what he says is poor service and to weigh in against the controversial proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. More →

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Microsoft CEO Nadella Strategy

The most important ‘hidden message’ in Microsoft’s new manifesto

By on July 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM.

The most important ‘hidden message’ in Microsoft’s new manifesto

On Thursday we examined one aspect of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s new company manifesto that we thought was pretty overt: Namely, that the Xbox is here to stay and it would be incredibly stupid for the company to give it up. ZDNet’s Ed Bott, a seasoned Microsoft observer who’s adept at interpreting Redmond Kremlinology, reads between the lines of Nadella’s letter to Microsoft employees and lists some of the “hidden messages” the new CEO was trying to send. The most striking one for us? That Ballmer’s plan to transform Microsoft into a “devices and services” company is essentially toast. More →

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Sony Xperia Z3 Leaked Pictures

Leaked pics could be our first look at Sony’s next major flagship phone

By on July 11, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

Leaked pics could be our first look at Sony’s next major flagship phone

Sony’s smartphones don’t get nearly as much hype as new flagship phones from HTC, Samsung or LG, but Sony has been doing a nice job of improving its mobile phone offerings since the launch of the Xperia Z back in 2013. Now 9to5Google has snagged some pictures off of Chinese microblogging site Weibo that purportedly show us the Xperia Z3, which is tipped to be the next major flagship phone from Sony. More →

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Worst Parents Ever Children Sold

Couple accused of literally selling their kids into slavery so they could buy more in-app purchases

By on July 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM.

Couple accused of literally selling their kids into slavery so they could buy more in-app purchases

We’ve seen some serious gaming addictions before, but this one might be the most extreme case we’ve ever heard of. GamesInAsia has translated a report from Games.sina.com.cn that describes how an unmarried couple in China has been accused of selling their children to human traffickers because they were worried that raising their children would give them less money to spend on in-app purchases in mobile games. More →

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GTA 5 Xbox 360 Sale

You can get Grand Theft Auto V for 50% off if you act right now

By on July 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM.

You can get Grand Theft Auto V for 50% off if you act right now

If you were holding off on buying Grand Theft Auto V until it got a steep price cut, then now’s your time to act — literally, right now, or at least before the end of the day. Xbox Live programming director Larry Hryb informs us that Grand Theft Auto V will be 50% off until the end of the day on Friday as part of a one-day sale that includes several other great Xbox 360 games. In addition to GTA 5, you can also get 58% off Need for Speed Rivals, 70% off Crysis 3, 60% off Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, 83% off Ninja Gaiden 2 and 75% off Bastion. Rockstar’s smash-hit game is definitely the crown jewel in the sale, however, especially now that Lindsay Lohan has sued the game’s developers for creating a despicable character that she says is exactly like her.

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Best iPhone Tips Tricks

More than 20 awesome iPhone tricks you’ve probably never heard of

By on July 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM.

More than 20 awesome iPhone tricks you’ve probably never heard of

If there’s one thing you can always teach an old iPhone user, it’s new tricks. And thankfully, both CNET and Wiki Pac have both just put together big lists of some awesome iPhone tricks and features that you may not even realize exist. More →

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BlackBerry Passport Keyboard Features

BlackBerry explains why its new phone’s keyboard is better than any you’ve ever tried

By on July 11, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

BlackBerry explains why its new phone’s keyboard is better than any you’ve ever tried

BlackBerry has been proudly showing off its new Passport handset all week and now it’s posted a new blog that highlights something every BlackBerry fan will love: The Passport’s physical keyboard. This isn’t just any BlackBerry keyboard, however — BlackBerry is calling it a “revolutionary” design the likes of which we have never seen before. More →

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How To Stop The Comcast Time Warner Merger

A step-by-step guide for telling the FCC how you feel about the Comcast-TWC merger

By on July 11, 2014 at 8:30 AM.

A step-by-step guide for telling the FCC how you feel about the Comcast-TWC merger

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday opened up public comment on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which means that you have until August 25th to let the commission know your take on the deal. Comcast issued a press release shortly after public comments opened informing us that the deal will bring “considerable consumer benefits” to everyone without any loss of competition because, hey, it’s not like Comcast and TWC ever bothered trying to compete with one another in the first place. More →

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Roku Vs. Chromecast Vs. Apple TV

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

By on July 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

The market for web TV streaming devices is heating up and Roku and Google’s Chromecast look like the big winners so far. Per GigaOM, new data from researchers at Parks Associates estimates that both Chromecast and Roku each have sold around 3.8 million units in the United States over the past year while Apple TV has sold only 2 million units in the U.S. over the same period. This makes a lot of sense because Chromecast and Roku’s new USB dongle are both less expensive than Apple TV, which is supposedly due for a major refresh sometime this year. More →

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Fleksy iOS 8 Keyboard App

One of the world’s best Android keyboards is officially coming to iOS 8 this fall

By on July 10, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

One of the world’s best Android keyboards is officially coming to iOS 8 this fall

We’ve known for a while that Fleksy, one of the best third-party Android keyboards around, is coming to the iPhone. Now, however, we have a better idea of exactly when we can expect to see it. Per 9to5Mac, Fleksy says that it’s still on track to launch its third-party keyboard app this fall after the launch of iOS 8. The app, which earlier this year broke the world record for fastest typing on a smartphone, now supports 40 different languages and should be a very popular item when it finally hits the App Store. More →

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