VPN Speed Comparison

This site ranks VPN speeds so you know which service will stream Netflix the fastest

By on February 1, 2016 at 10:31 AM.

This site ranks VPN speeds so you know which service will stream Netflix the fastest

Netflix is at the start of a very long battle with VPN service users that will aim to prevent people from streaming content to regions where it is not licensed. The battle is being driven by content rights owners, of course, which aren’t happy that users are able to stream movies and shows in regions where they are not licensed. Needless to say, things aren’t exactly cut and dry — this is going to be a long, drawn-out battle with plenty of back and forth.

In the meantime, people will continue to use VPN services to get around Netflix’s streaming restrictions. People also use VPNs for a variety of other things that have some pretty heavy bandwidth needs, so wouldn’t it be nice to know which VPN service providers offer the fastest service? Well now there’s an easy way to find out. More →

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Annual Smartphone Shipments 2015

Apple vs. the world, 2015 edition

By on February 1, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

Apple vs. the world, 2015 edition

Despite an unfortunate typo in the subheading of market research firm Juniper Research’s press release that reads million with an “M,” the company has found that smartphone shipments for the full year last year reached 1.4 billion units. That figure is up from the estimated 1.2 billion smartphones shipped in the prior year, but you wouldn’t know it to look at Juniper’s breakdown by company.

In fact, the only major global player in the smartphone market that saw any real growth at all in 2015 was… you guessed it… Apple. More →

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Cable Box For TV

The biggest scam in pay TV might soon come to an end, and we’ll all save money

By on January 29, 2016 at 2:12 PM.

The biggest scam in pay TV might soon come to an end, and we’ll all save money

Cable industry lobbyists who represent big names like Comcast and Time Warner Cable are furious right now, which obviously means Washington is cooking something up that stands to benefit consumers rather than help big cable line cable companies’ pockets. Last time lobbyists were this angry, the Federal Communication Commission ended up passing new net neutrality laws. This time around, the FCC may end up tackling one of the biggest scams in pay TV. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

By on January 29, 2016 at 11:44 AM.

11 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

There’s no better way to close out the week than with a hot list of cool paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. Yesterday’s post was packed full of 15 different premium iOS apps on sale — some of which are still free downloads — and today we’ve got 11 more fresh paid apps that are all free for a limited time. More →

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iPhone 7 Features

6 ways Android outshines my iPhone 6s

By on January 29, 2016 at 10:29 AM.

6 ways Android outshines my iPhone 6s

On Thursday, I published a piece titled 8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android, in which I discussed what I believe to be the main benefits Apple’s iPhone and iOS platform have over Android. I’ve been shocked at the feedback I’ve received since then. The Android vs. iOS argument typically draws all sorts of irrational and illogical “fanboys” out of the woodwork, but the overwhelming majority of emails I received after running that article were well composed and astute. I responded to as many as I could and I ended up having a few worthwhile conversations as a result.

Many of the conversations I had focused on the other side of the story, to the point where it seems like an obvious next move is to discuss the other side of the story here. So that’s just what I’ll do now… More →

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Tesla Vs Apple

Tesla hires exec who played key role in building chips that power Apple’s iPhones

By on January 29, 2016 at 9:14 AM.

Tesla hires exec who played key role in building chips that power Apple’s iPhones

And the war wages on. Tesla and Apple have been openly battling for more than a year now. These two companies are not direct competitors — at least, not yet — but the notion that Apple is working its way toward releasing an electric car, or at least toward diving head-first into the automotive industry in some capacity, is the worst kept secret in tech. Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk said so.

As a result, Apple and Tesla have developed something of a rivalry that has manifested itself in the form of trading talent. Or should we say, stealing talent from each other. Both companies have been hiring staff away from each other for quite some time now, and Tesla’s latest score could be one of its most significant victories to date. More →

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T-Mobile Binge On Amazon Video

T-Mobile expands Binge On unlimited video streaming service with Amazon Video and more

By on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

T-Mobile expands Binge On unlimited video streaming service with Amazon Video and more

T-Mobile’s “Binge On” program has spawned quite a debate over the past few months. No one is arguing that it’s something T-Mobile subscribers don’t appreciate, but it also unquestionably walks a fine line and may even cross the line into violating net neutrality. Regardless of where you stand on the matter, if you’re a T-Mobile subscriber you’re in for a bit of good news on Thursday morning: The carrier has announced that it is adding four additional services to Binge On, including the increasingly popular streaming video offering from Amazon. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

15 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

By on January 28, 2016 at 10:33 AM.

15 paid iPhone apps on sale for free for a limited time

Behold: our biggest list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free of the week. There were so many solid applications being discounted today that we had trouble narrowing things down, so we included a whopping 15 apps in today’s post. If you somehow still need even more choices, you’ll find a few additional options in yesterday’s post, where several premium apps are still on sale. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android

By on January 28, 2016 at 9:41 AM.

8 reasons I still can’t leave the iPhone and switch to Android

While Apple’s iPhones have been my main handsets since shortly after the first model was introduced in 2007, I used to carry an Android phone with me at all times until recently. Carrying two phones seems odd to most people, but there were so many important Android features that weren’t mirrored in iOS for a period of time, and I also enjoyed the variety.

Then last year, I ran out of reasons to keep using Android. More →

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Samsung Earnings Q4 2015

Samsung vs. Apple: How did their holiday quarters compare?

By on January 28, 2016 at 8:45 AM.

Samsung vs. Apple: How did their holiday quarters compare?

Samsung posted earnings in line with expectations early Thursday morning, noting a sharp slowdown in growth that the company believes will continue through 2016. Samsung said on Thursday that it earned a fourth-quarter operating profit of 6.14 trillion Korean won, or approximately $4.4 billion. The figure marks a healthy 16% gain, however Samsung said net profit tumbled 40% to 3.2 trillion Korean won, or $2.7 billion, due to nonoperating expenses.

The sharp slide comes in the same quarter that Samsung’s chief rival Apple posted a net profit that inched up to $18.4 billion, besting its own prior record and marking the most profitable three-quarter period any company has ever reported. More →

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Boost Mobile Unlockd Deal

You’re probably going to hate Sprint’s latest plan to save you money

By on January 27, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

You’re probably going to hate Sprint’s latest plan to save you money

T-Mobile turned the wireless industry on its head when it began its “Un-carrier” initiatives a few years ago, and it instantly became the most important carrier in the United States. We’re not saying T-Mobile’s moves have all been made out of the kindness of its heart, of course, but the carrier made waves by addressing subscribers’ pain points and introducing initiatives that were actually consumer-friendly. In an industry that has long been known to milk customers at every opportunity, this was and continues to be a big deal.

Now, postpaid and prepaid carriers alike are in constant battle as they seek out new ways to undercut rivals and draw interest from consumers. Sometimes this competition leads to great new promotions. Sometimes, however, it leads to ideas that might end up doing more harm than good. More →

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Best Free iPhone Apps

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

By on January 27, 2016 at 12:18 PM.

12 paid iPhone apps on sale for free right now

Apple’s record holiday-quarter earnings weren’t enough to get investors excited, so maybe this batch of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free will do the trick. We’ve got a hardy helping of 12 apps on today’s list and there’s no telling when these sales might end, so be sure to hurry up and grab them while they’re still free downloads. More →

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How To Install iOS 9.3 Beta

Apple changed Night Shift in its latest iOS 9.3 beta, and you can install it without a developer account

By on January 27, 2016 at 11:28 AM.

Apple changed Night Shift in its latest iOS 9.3 beta, and you can install it without a developer account

Night Shift is the coolest iPhone feature Apple has stolen in a long time. If you’re not up to speed, Apple’s new iOS 9.3 software includes a great new feature that can adjust the color temperature of your iPhone’s display in order to make it easier on the eyes at night. The feature is a carbon copy of the f.lux app that Apple banned from the iPhone recently, and it’s a nice addition to iOS. It’s also only available in a beta version of the software right now, so it’s not yet available to the general public.

Of course, that won’t stop people from getting their hands on it early, and a new video discusses how you can do it. More →

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