Windows Phone Sales

Microsoft CEO tries to convince the world that Windows Phone’s failure doesn’t matter

Microsoft CEO tries to convince the world that Windows Phone’s failure doesn’t matter

By on December 31, 2015 at 3:45 PM.

By any measure one might consider, Microsoft’s Windows platform for smartphones has been a failure. While one delusional market research firm tried to convince the world that Microsoft would rule the mobile market and surpass Android’s market share at some point in 2013, the rest of us recognized that there wasn’t much of an opening with Android and iOS dominating the market so handily. Today, Windows’ mobile market share sits in the low single digits. The very low single digits. At last count, Gartner said Microsoft’s share of the global smartphone market was around 1.7%.

With Microsoft’s mobile boss Stephen Elop having been pushed out shortly after the Nokia deal and longtime Windows Phone trumpeter Joe Belfiore taking a year off, it’s safe to say Windows Phone isn’t where Microsoft wants it to be right now. But according to CEO Satya Nadella, Windows’ mobile failure doesn’t really matter. More →

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Spotify Class Action Lawsuit

Spotify faces $150 million lawsuit for unpaid royalties, copyright infringement

By on December 30, 2015 at 7:45 PM.

Spotify faces $150 million lawsuit for unpaid royalties, copyright infringement

Ever since it became the most popular music streaming service on the Internet, Spotify has been making artists angry. The streak continued earlier this week when musician David Lowery filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Spotify “has — and continues to — unlawfully reproduce and/or distribute copyrighted musical compositions.” More →

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Hit List

AT&T Ending Two-Year Contracts

T-Mobile’s ultimate victory: AT&T will dump two-year contracts in 2016

By on December 30, 2015 at 1:20 PM.

T-Mobile’s ultimate victory: AT&T will dump two-year contracts in 2016

It looks like T-Mobile’s war against contracts has finally paid off. On Wednesday, Engadget obtained a leaked document that AT&T sent out to its employees informing them that customers will only be able to buy new phones by signing up for the AT&T Next installment plan or paying full price for the device starting on January 8th, 2016. More →

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How To Solve Email Overload

I hate email again

I hate email again

By on December 27, 2015 at 11:22 AM.

Email was destroying my life, so I destroyed email.

Back in 2013, I decided I could no longer deal with the flood of email I received every day. Something had to change and I spent weeks testing different applications and creating a new workflow aimed at simplifying my email routine. It worked. I landed on an app called Mailbox that would completely change the way I handled email, and things got even better once Mailbox, now owned by Dropbox, released a Mac client. I had the same experience on my smartphone and PC, and it was reasonably smooth sailing.

Then Dropbox ruined everything. More →

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Game Changers

Verizon Net Neutrality Violation

Verizon, longtime enemy of net neutrality, may soon exempt its video app from data caps

By on December 24, 2015 at 8:42 AM.

Verizon, longtime enemy of net neutrality, may soon exempt its video app from data caps

Verizon has spent a tremendous amount of money and other resources over the years lobbying against net neutrality. It should be no surprise then that the carrier will reportedly soon follow the lead of rivals T-Mobile and Comcast, which have recently begun casting the spirit and letter of net neutrality laws aside in launching programs that give preferential treatment to some Web services by allowing them to stream music and videos that do not count against users’ data caps.

T-Mobile does it with “Binge On,” Comcast does it with its own video service “Stream TV,” and now it looks like Verizon will soon do it with its Go90 video app and any other service partners willing to cough up some cash. More →

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Comcast ITV Acquisition

America’s gift to the UK this holiday season: Comcast

America’s gift to the UK this holiday season: Comcast

By on December 22, 2015 at 9:12 AM.

According to survey after survey, Comcast is one of the least liked companies in America. And now, according to multiple reports, the company may soon make its way to our friends across the pond — though thankfully, perhaps, not as an Internet service provider. According to reports from British news sites, Comcast and its NBCUniversal division are considering an acquisition of UK broadcaster ITV. The deal would be valued at more than $16 billion, if the rumors are accurate, and it would give Comcast control of one of the fastest-growing broadcasters in Britain. More →

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Android Phone Deals Nexus 6P Nexus 6 Samsung Galaxy

These 3 deals for Android phones may be too good to pass up

By on December 21, 2015 at 3:34 PM.

These 3 deals for Android phones may be too good to pass up

Earlier today, we brought you news that Best Buy is offering a killer deal where it will give you a 32-inch Samsung HDTV with the on-contract purchase of either the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy Note 5. However, we’ve since learn of three more awesome deals for Android phones that might just be too good to pass up, especially if you’re scrambling to get someone a last-minute Christmas present they’ll love. Let’s check them out below. More →

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Opinions
Comcast Data Cap

A simple idea that will make Comcast’s data cap much more consumer-friendly

A simple idea that will make Comcast’s data cap much more consumer-friendly

By on December 16, 2015 at 8:21 AM.

We have covered Comcast’s data cap policy a number of times here on BGR, and it’s a widely discussed topic across the web. It’s a pure money grab by Comcast that has absolutely nothing to do with congestion or quality of service, unlike arguments in favor of wireless data caps. And the policy isn’t just bad for Comcast subscribers in capped markets who might have to pay more to use popular services like Netflix and YouTube, it’s bad for us all.

When Comcast CEO Brian Roberts discusses the company’s data cap pilot, which is now live in nearly 30 markets, he tends to focus on the idea that forcing households that use more data to pay more money is all about fairness. Well, since we know Comcast’s caps are all about money and not about a technical need to limit people’s usage, we have a pretty simple idea that might actually make Comcast’s data cap plan more consumer-friendly. More →

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Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Interview

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on why he thinks people hate cable companies

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on why he thinks people hate cable companies

By on December 14, 2015 at 11:09 AM.

Why do people hate cable companies? If you ask 100 different people you’ll get 100 different answers, but there will undoubtedly be a few common threads that run through the vast majority of them. Poor customer service will likely be somewhere near the top of the list. While just about every major cable company in the country has acknowledged customer care issues to some degree, progress in this area is painfully slow and cable companies are regularly at the bottom of surveys that deal with customer service.

High prices are another pain point, and quality of service often comes up when people complain about their cable providers. When people pay $80, $120, even $200 or more per month, they want their Internet speeds to be as fast as advertised, and every outage stings more than the last.

People constantly take to the Internet to discuss why they hate their cable company and we’ve heard practically every story there is to hear, but there’s one unique perspective that hasn’t been explored: Why does Brian Roberts, CEO of what may be the most disliked cable company in the country, think people hate cable companies so much? More →

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Last Minute Holiday Shopping HDTVs Laptops

Miss out on Black Friday? The next 4 days might offer even better deals on HDTVs and laptops

By on December 11, 2015 at 5:49 PM.

Miss out on Black Friday? The next 4 days might offer even better deals on HDTVs and laptops

OK, so let’s say you missed out on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this year for both HDTVs and laptops — this must mean you’ve blown your best chance to find killer savings on these products, right? Not so fast — writing over at WiseBread, expert shopper Kyle James says that the next four days might offer deals on both HDTVs and laptops that are even better than what you could have gotten on Black Friday. More →

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iPhone 6s Sales

Apple tries to boost iPhone 6s sales with a pop-up ad, but most users are just getting annoyed

By on December 11, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Apple tries to boost iPhone 6s sales with a pop-up ad, but most users are just getting annoyed

Apple’s holiday quarter last year was impressive, to say the least. On the back of its brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple reported record holiday-quarter earnings that included the highest quarterly profit any company had ever reported. The new models finally gave users the option to buy iPhones with significantly larger displays. While the iPhone 5 bumped Apple’s iPhone screen size up to 4 inches from 3.5 inches on the iPhone 4S and earlier versions, the screen was the same width and objects shown on the display were exactly the same size as they had been.

Of course, the problem with setting new records as a public company is that you have to beat them, and that will be no easy task this year. More →

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TV
Cable TV Decline

Cable providers still have no answer for Netflix as cord-cutting accelerates

Cable providers still have no answer for Netflix as cord-cutting accelerates

By on December 11, 2015 at 9:49 AM.

While cable providers over the past few decades have grown fat off of exorbitant cable packages that overcharge and under-deliver, the rise of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Video are finally righting the ship and shifting the balance of power towards the consumer. Clearly, the cable industry is in the midst of a transition.

Netflix in particular, with its ever-growing stable of original content, has proven to be a particularly painful thorn in the side of cable providers who are increasingly struggling to keep subscribers from cutting the cord.

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