Verizon Net Neutrality NSA

Sick of constant media bashing, Verizon funds a tech news site where the NSA and net neutrality don’t exist

By on October 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Sick of constant media bashing, Verizon funds a tech news site where the NSA and net neutrality don’t exist

It’s hard being Verizon sometimes. The poor little wireless carrier and Internet service provider often gets a bum rap in the tech press for its controversial actions on net neutrality and on enabling the American government’s surveillance programs. To combat these nattering negative ninnies in the media, Verizon has decided to take action and bankroll its own news site where none of those nasty sorts of stories will ever pop up. More →

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Google vs. NSA: Personal Data

Survey: Internet users afraid of Google handling personal data more than the NSA

By on October 28, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Survey: Internet users afraid of Google handling personal data more than the NSA

In light of the many detailed reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks that revealed the sophisticated technologies the NSA and other spying agencies can employ for mass surveillance purposes, a new survey from Survata seems to indicate that Internet users are more afraid of their personal data being used by Google than the NSA. More →

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Google Search Movie Download Pirate Sites

Finding pirated movies online is about to get a lot harder

By on October 27, 2014 at 4:08 PM.

Finding pirated movies online is about to get a lot harder

Copyright content holders who want to stop Internet pirates from distributing illegal movies, TV shows, music, games, and other content on the Internet have apparently just scored a major victory, Business Insider reports, as Google has pushed out a major search update that may prevent you from discovering pirated movies and TV shows before you even have the chance to download them. More →

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Microsoft OneDrive Unlimited Cloud Storage

Microsoft just stuck a dagger into Google Drive and Dropbox

By on October 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM.

Microsoft just stuck a dagger into Google Drive and Dropbox

The cloud storage wars have finally reached their inevitable climax — Microsoft announced on Monday that all Office 365 subscribers are now eligible to receive unlimited storage on OneDrive for no additional cost. The rollout for Office 365 Home, Personal and University customers begins today and will continue over the coming months. If you want to jump to the front of the line, be sure to visit the OneDrive landing page and click ‘Get on the list.’ More →

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iTunes Beats Music Integration

This is the future of iTunes

By on October 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

This is the future of iTunes

It’s been a few months since Apple acquired Beats Electronics, but the merging of products and services has only just begun. One of the first questions many of us asked when the acquisition was announced was what would happen to the relatively new Beats Music streaming service. Apple hasn’t provided an answer yet, but The Wall Street Journal is the latest publication to report that Beats Music will eventually merge with Apple’s own music service. More →

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Fastest Internet Speeds By State

Where you should live if you want America’s fastest Internet service

By on October 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Where you should live if you want America’s fastest Internet service

What parts of America have the fastest broadband connections? The short answer is “Delaware.” The slightly longer answer is “somewhere in the northeastern U.S.” The Connectivist has posted data of peak connection speeds for every state in America and has found that the fastest services are in the eastern part of the country, led by Delaware and followed by Virginia, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, New Jersey and Connecticut. In fact, the only state in the top 10 that isn’t on the eastern seaboard is Washington, which has a peak connection speed of 56.6Mbps. More →

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Apple Maps Connect

After more than two years, Apple still needs your help fixing Apple Maps

By on October 22, 2014 at 6:45 PM.

After more than two years, Apple still needs your help fixing Apple Maps

For years, Apple has been doing everything in its power to make Apple Maps the app of choice for traveling iPhone owners. Unfortunately, it’s not always the most reliable companion, which is why Apple is putting the power to edit its service into the hands of small business owners. Apple Maps Connect allows businesses to add content directly into the mapping service free of charge straight from their browsers. More →

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Cable Vs. DSL Speeds

How your cable company could get some real competition – even without Google Fiber

By on October 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

How your cable company could get some real competition – even without Google Fiber

As anyone who is stuck with only one high-speed broadband provider in their neighborhood knows, the state of competition for home Internet services in the United States is not very good. However, there’s a promising new technology that’s being developed that could give your cable provider a run for its money and will hopefully give you a second option that doesn’t involve praying for Google Fiber to roll into your city. More →

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Google Wireless Internet FCC

Is Google testing the waters for an insanely fast wireless service?

By on October 16, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Is Google testing the waters for an insanely fast wireless service?

On Monday, Google quietly filed an application with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission seeking permission to conduct tests in California. These tests were across different wireless spectrums, including one frequency capable of transmitting large amounts of data.

Why is Google doing this? Google could be testing the waters with its ultra-fast wireless service.

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

An entire city tells Comcast it’s not wanted thanks to ‘deplorable and substandard’ customer service

By on October 16, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

An entire city tells Comcast it’s not wanted thanks to ‘deplorable and substandard’ customer service

Comcast’s awful customer service has rightly become the stuff of legends and now one city in Massachusetts is telling the company that it wants nothing to do with the cable giant’s unique blend of wallet-incinerating prices and customer service agents who would make Kafka novel bureaucrats blush. More →

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Net Neutrality Golden Frog Encryption

Certain mobile ISPs can apparently block encryption for online services

By on October 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Certain mobile ISPs can apparently block encryption for online services

As the battle for net neutrality rages on, new evidence seems to indicate that ISPs and wireless operators could block encryption if they so desire, endangering the security of the users at a time when encryption is becoming more and more important for certain Internet services. TechDirt has discovered some new comments filed by VPN company Golden Frog with the FCC that suggest carriers may have too much power when it comes to being able to throttle traffic and encryption. More →

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Netflix Verizon Streaming Increase Jump

It’s about time: Verizon’s Netflix streaming is finally getting faster after payouts

By on October 13, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

It’s about time: Verizon’s Netflix streaming is finally getting faster after payouts

On Monday, Netflix updated its ISP-shaming speed index, and it revealed the average streaming speeds for Verizon FiOS, which rose 31.5% last month to 3.17 Mbps during peak hours, up from 2.41 Mbps in August.

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