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T-Mobile just made its Binge On unlimited video streaming even better

T-Mobile just made its Binge On unlimited video streaming even better

By on May 17, 2016 at 10:25 AM.

T-Mobile’s Binge On service is a handy loophole that lets you stream video from select services without it counting against your data cap. Big players like Netflix and YouTube have already been on board, but this morning, T-Mobile’s rounding out the offerings by adding names like NBC and Univision.

The announcement today added a handful of new participating media outlets, bringing the total up to 80. The biggest names being added are NBC and Univision, which should be good news for fans of SNL or Ninja Warrior. The other interesting move is adding music videos from the likes of Spotify and Tidal onto the Binge On platform.

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Comcast Cable Box

Comcast is using a lame excuse to avoid competition for cable boxes

By on May 16, 2016 at 8:34 PM.

Comcast is using a lame excuse to avoid competition for cable boxes

Cable boxes are one of the biggest money sucks in pay TV (and when we’re talking about an industry that charges you money to watch ads, that’s a serious statement). The FCC has voted on a plan to open up the cable box market to competition, which would allow you to buy your own, technologically advanced box, rather than renting forever from your cable company.

Cable companies make $20 billion a year from rental fees, so would you like to guess how enthusiastic Comcast is about the new plan?

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Hit List

Apple Ridesharing

A closer look at why Apple just made a $1 billion investment in Uber’s Chinese rival

By on May 16, 2016 at 4:50 PM.

A closer look at why Apple just made a $1 billion investment in Uber’s Chinese rival

Apple last week made a surprise announcement when it confirmed that it had made a $1 billion investment in Didi Chuxing, a ride sharing company in China that is often referred to as the Uber of China.

“We are making the investment for a number of strategic reasons,” Apple CEO Tim Cook explained, “including a chance to learn more about certain segments of the China market.”

Coy as ever, Cook’s somewhat cryptic remarks naturally led to an avalanche of speculation, particularly given rumors that Apple is  developing its own electric car. Other commentators took the position that Apple’s investment was simply an old-fashioned way to curry favor with the Chinese government.

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Tesla Working Conditions

Did Tesla use cheap labor for factory expansion? Elon Musk promises to investigate

By on May 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM.

Did Tesla use cheap labor for factory expansion? Elon Musk promises to investigate

Tesla is moving at breakneck speeds these days. In fact, there’s so much on Tesla’s plate that it can sometimes be tough to keep track of everything the company is up to. Not only is the company working furiously to finish the Gigafactory so that it can defy the odds and deliver the Model 3 on time, but the sheer volume of Model 3 pre-orders (more than 400,000 at this point) is far beyond the company’s wildest expectations.

At the same time, Tesla is continuing to ramp up Model X production, and that’s not to even mentioning the recently revamped Model 3. Over the weekend, The Mercury News posted a troubling and fascinating expose into Tesla’s hiring practices at its Fremont, California factory, the location where both the Model S and the Model X are manufactured.

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Game Changers

Waze Ridesharing Carpool Option

Waze is testing a ridesharing program to take on Uber

By on May 16, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Waze is testing a ridesharing program to take on Uber

Uber always calls its car-on-demand service “ridesharing,” mostly as a way to get around accusations of running an illegal taxi service. But what if an app that knew millions of people’s destinations started offering actual rideshares for cheap? Enter Google, via its insanely popular navigation app Waze.

Waze Carpool is brutally simple: anyone who wants a ride opens up the Waze Riders app (currently in an invite-only beta). They plug in their destination, and are then matched with any regular Waze user who is already going in that direction. Unlike Uber or Lyft, drivers don’t take requests — the app is the digital equivalent of carpooling to work with colleagues, not taking a taxi.

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Captain America Civil War Box Office

Captain America: Civil War pushes Marvel past $10 billion at the box office

By on May 16, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

Captain America: Civil War pushes Marvel past $10 billion at the box office

Marvel’s latest superhero adventure is on pace to be one of the studio’s biggest to date, having now racked up more than $940 million globally at the box office. Captain America: Civil War pulled in $72.6 million in the United States alone this past weekend, its second weekend in theaters. Globally, the film took in more than $156 million total this past weekend.

Civil War is currently on pace to see its box office total top $1 billion this week, which will be yet another impressive milestone for the film. Perhaps even more impressive, however, is the milestone Marvel has already achieved: As of this past Sunday, Marvel’s 13 movies have now combined to pull in more than $10 billion. More →

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iPhone Vs Android

To make the iPhone exciting again, Apple has to launch… an Android phone?

To make the iPhone exciting again, Apple has to launch… an Android phone?

By on May 13, 2016 at 10:59 AM.

It’s time to make Apple great again!

We have arrived at an interesting chapter in the story that is Apple. Sure the company is still pulling in far more money than any of its rivals, but the period of rapid growth that we all knew was unsustainable has finally come to an end and Wall Street is flipping. Of course when Wall Street flips, the media follows closely behind. One quick glance at Apple headlines right now and you’d think the company was on the verge of bankruptcy once again.

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Netflix VPN Blocking

45,000 people are demanding that Netflix do something it definitely won’t do

45,000 people are demanding that Netflix do something it definitely won’t do

By on May 13, 2016 at 9:06 AM.

Netflix is one of the most universally adored services out there. Where as most companies have as many outspoken critics as they do fans, heaps of praise are constantly shoveled Netflix’s way by customers. Since it’s so rare to see users upset with the company, it’s definitely a change of pace when nearly 45,000 people band together and demand that Netflix change one of its policies — but that’s exactly what happened earlier this week.  More →

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AT&T Internet Caps

ISPs’ latest dirty trick is removing data caps if you pay for TV

By on May 13, 2016 at 8:43 AM.

ISPs’ latest dirty trick is removing data caps if you pay for TV

Cable companies that have long milked cable subscriptions for profit are worried about how they’re going to replace that cash among new generations of cable-cutters. But maybe, just maybe, they won’t have to.

DSL Reports has spotted a trend among ISPs that at first glance, looks pretty good: AT&T and Bend will both remove their broadband caps if users also bundle TV and home phone. It looks like a deal for customers — no fee to remove data caps! — but really, it’s an out-and-out money grab.

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Apple iPhone Production

How Apple’s iPhone slump could cause more problems in the future

By on May 12, 2016 at 3:43 PM.

How Apple’s iPhone slump could cause more problems in the future

Apple’s recent decline in iPhone sales is bad news for more than just shareholders. A report in the WSJ details the losses being suffered by some of Apple’s biggest component suppliers. While that’s bad news for the manufacturers, it could lead to even worse problems for Apple down the line.

The report makes for dire reading, if you’re an Asian manufacturing magnate: Foxconn, Apple’s long-term assembler, saw its first-quarter profits down 9.2%; Sharp, the screen manufacturer recently bought up by Foxconn, fell into an operating loss, as did the Sony division that makes camera modules. It’s not just Apple — profits for smartphone assemblers and component manufacturers took a dive across the board. But bad times for Apple’s iPhone manufacturers could have serious knock-on problems for iPhone production down the line.

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The Pirate Bay Web Address

The Pirate Bay will be losing its iconic web address

By on May 12, 2016 at 1:05 PM.

The Pirate Bay will be losing its iconic web address

For as long as I can remember, thepiratebay.se has been the place to go for illegal torrents. But a ruling handed down by Sweden’s court of appeal says that those domain names are going to be handed over to the Swedish government, and you can bet that they’re not fans of illicit Game of Thrones.

The ruling from Sweden’s Court of Appeals upholds a ruling from the Stockholm District Court from last year. The case was actually against Punkt SE (IIS), Sweden’s domain-name authority, which has ultimate control over all .se addresses. The prosecution charged that because thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se were being used for illegal content, the domains should be suspended, and IIS held responsible for damages.

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Game of Thrones YouTube Theories

HBO is abusing copyright to take ‘Game of Thrones’ fan videos off YouTube

By on May 10, 2016 at 9:30 PM.

HBO is abusing copyright to take ‘Game of Thrones’ fan videos off YouTube

HBO owns Game of Thrones, the most pirated TV show in existence. So it’s no surprise that it’s going to liberally use DMCA copyright law to protect its content from illegal sharing on YouTube. What is more surprising, and frankly disappointing, is that HBO appears to have abused copyright law to take down fan content that wasn’t illegal, just inconvenient.

YouTuber Frikidoctor uses inside information and guesswork to make prediction videos for upcoming Game of Thrones episodes. They’re not remotely infringing on copyright, in the same way that talking about Game of Thrones at a bar isn’t infringing. But nonetheless, HBO used YouTube’s copyright system to take down Frikidoctor’s videos, and YouTube did nothing to help.

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Creative Android Complaint

Creative rises from the dead to try and destroy Android

By on May 10, 2016 at 3:05 PM.

Creative rises from the dead to try and destroy Android

Do you remember Creative? In the early 2000s, the company had a brief period of being cool, as its Zen MP3 players were the anti-establishment alternative to the iPod. These days, the Singapore-based company mostly makes gaming headsets and computer speakers — nothing to do with smartphones, in other words. But thanks to a complaint filed against every big Android phone manufacturer, Creative has quietly declared war on Android.

The complaint is filed against a who’s-who of Android smartphones: Samsung, LG, HTC, BlackBerry, Sony, ZTE, Lenovo and Motorola. The issue at hand is music players: all the phones have ’em, and Creative has a patent it thinks is being infringed on. Specifically, all the phones are capable of “playing stored media files selected by a user from a hierarchical display.”

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