Amazon Cloud Drive

Store an infinite amount of content on Amazon Cloud Drive for just $60 a year

By on March 26, 2015 at 2:02 PM.

Store an infinite amount of content on Amazon Cloud Drive for just $60 a year

Amazon just took center stage in the cloud storage war. On Thursday, the world’s largest online storefront announced a new pricing model for its Cloud Drive service, consolidating its previous options into two new unlimited storage plans. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

An epic Comcast blunder may force a man to sell his new house

By on March 25, 2015 at 2:36 PM.

An epic Comcast blunder may force a man to sell his new house

For many of us, having Internet service in our homes is as essential as having landline telephone service was 30 years ago. Given how many people work from home on at least some level now, we need some way to get online besides wireless carriers that often put limits on how much data we can use each month. In fact, many people nowadays wouldn’t even think of moving into a house that wasn’t able to connect to the web at all. More →

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Google Maps Engine

The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps

By on March 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps

Even before the advent of Google Maps, folks were using programs like MapQuest to print up directions and figure out the shortest route between any two locations. While it’s easy to take mapping apps for granted these days, there’s some interesting mathematical algorithms at work behind the scenes that make it all possible.

Not many people are aware of this, but the computer algorithm that makes mapping programs so convenient dates all the way back to 1956, when a programmer named Edsger W. Dijkstra needed to come up with a solvable problem as a means to showcase the power of a new ARMAC computer. Dijkstra himself is a bit of a computing legend, having received the Turing Award in 1972.

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Internet Speed

Here’s what happens when a man browses the web with a 56k modem for a week

By on March 25, 2015 at 9:47 AM.

Here’s what happens when a man browses the web with a 56k modem for a week

For as much as we complain about Internet speeds, it’s easy to forget just how good we have it compared to the early days of the web when many of us were forced to wait with baited breath for an AOL connection to go through.

Going back to the late 90s, broadband was nowhere to be found. Instead, most users relied on 28.8 kbps and 33 kbps speed modems. And if you really wanted some a more speedy browsing experience, you could always step up your game with a 56 kbps modem.

Today, in a world filled with cable modems and DSL, old school modems are nothing more than nostalgic memories, seemingly relics of an ancient era. But what would happen if you hooked up a modern computer to a 56 kbps modem and tried to browse the web for a week? How would the once-speedy modem cope with some of today’s more data intensive websites?

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Twitter Harassment Policy

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment

By on March 24, 2015 at 9:35 PM.

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment

Twitter has been under fire for the past several months for failing to provide adequate tools to fight harassment on its social network. The company has recently admitted to its shortcomings, and in an attempt to make the website a safer place to interact with other users, it’s testing a new “quality filter” to block notifications that contain abusive or offensive content. More →

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Fastest Internet Speeds

Which states have the fastest Internet speeds?

By on March 24, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

Which states have the fastest Internet speeds?

Earlier this week, Cord Cutters News released some exciting news about Internet speeds in the U.S. According to some recent download speed tests, the average U.S. Internet speed in March checked in at 33.9Mbps, a marked increase from just February when the average Internet speed was 22.3Mbps.

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Google Gmail Pony Express

Google may soon add a brilliant new feature to Gmail that’s unlike anything you’ve seen

By on March 24, 2015 at 4:59 PM.

Google may soon add a brilliant new feature to Gmail that’s unlike anything you’ve seen

As if the United States Postal Service wasn’t already in deep enough water with the countless online innovations making physical mail obsolete, Google’s new service could make paying your bills as easy as having a Gmail account.

Re/code reports that Google is working on a project called Pony Express that will allow users to view and pay their bills straight from their Gmail accounts, without having to visit those awful websites belonging to utility companies and other service providers. More →

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Google Fiber Salt Lake City Expansion

Google Fiber just announced it’s coming to yet another new market

By on March 24, 2015 at 2:04 PM.

Google Fiber just announced it’s coming to yet another new market

Get excited, Salt Lake City residents — you’re about to get access to the fastest Internet service in the United States. Google on Tuesday announced that it would be bringing Google Fiber to Salt Lake City, which actually will make it the second city in Utah to have access to the service. Google first announced it was bringing Fiber to Provo, Utah back in 2013. More →

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Taylor Swift Buys Porn Domain Names

Taylor Swift buys the ‘TaylorSwift.porn’ domain before trolls get the chance

By on March 23, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Taylor Swift buys the ‘TaylorSwift.porn’ domain before trolls get the chance

Taylor Swift’s haters are gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate… but they won’t be doing it using the domain names TaylorSwift.porn or TaylorSwift.adult. As CNN reports, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has opened up a limited window for celebrities and companies to buy up generic top-level domains such as “.porn” and “.sucks” before the general public can swoop in and get them this coming June.  In addition to Taylor Swift, it seems that Microsoft has also gotten into the action and has already bought Office.porn and Office.adult as well. More →

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Comcast Customer Service Reviews

Comcast’s new initiative: Fix customer problems before they go viral on Reddit

By on March 23, 2015 at 11:13 AM.

Comcast’s new initiative: Fix customer problems before they go viral on Reddit

Comcast has been taking a brutal hit in the public relations department for months because complaints about its nightmarish customer service have regularly been going viral and have routinely hit the front page of Reddit. Comcast knows that in order to improve its reputation, it needs to do a better job of actually fixing problems when they first pop up instead of driving customers to vent about their frustrations in high-profile social media platforms. To this end, the company announced Monday that it’s going to be tripling the number of people who work at its social care team. More →

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Opinions
Google FTC Antitrust Report

The FTC’s explosive allegations against Google are enough to make me switch to Yahoo

By on March 20, 2015 at 4:32 PM.

The FTC’s explosive allegations against Google are enough to make me switch to Yahoo

Now this is what getting Scroogled really looks like. The Federal Trade Commission accidentally sent The Wall Street Journal a copy of its report into Google’s alleged abuse of its power as the world’s most dominant search engine and it contains some truly explosive allegations. More →

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Apple Website 1997 GIF

Check out this incredibly cool GIF of Apple’s website in 1997

By on March 18, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Check out this incredibly cool GIF of Apple’s website in 1997

Apple has come a long way since the dark days of the mid-’90s, when it very nearly went bankrupt. And if you want to see just how far Apple has come, then you need look no further than this awesome GIF posted on OpenUniversity.edu that has preserved Apple’s website exactly as it looked in 1997. As you’ll see below, the company’s main page has undergone a pretty drastic overhaul in the past 18 years, and it’s all been for the better. More →

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