YouTube Subscription Pricing

YouTube to offer ad-free subscription service priced as high as $10/month

By on April 9, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

YouTube to offer ad-free subscription service priced as high as $10/month

Despite being the third most popular website on the web, Google’s YouTube property still hasn’t quite figured out how to make a profit. Now, in an effort to generate some extra revenue, and perhaps alleviate the frustration of users who can’t stand YouTube pre-roll video ads, YouTube is planning to implement a subscription-based tier with no advertising whatsoever.

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Oyster Netflix for Books eBook Sales

Oyster, the ‘Netflix for books,’ is bringing the fight to Amazon’s front door

By on April 8, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Oyster, the ‘Netflix for books,’ is bringing the fight to Amazon’s front door

If you haven’t heard of Oyster, the most apt way to describe it is as “the Netflix for books,” allowing users to pay a monthly subscription fee for access to its catalog of over 1 million digital titles. On Wednesday, the company launched what it is calling Oyster 2.0, which includes a full eBook store that might stand a chance of rivaling Amazon’s ubiquitous storefront. More →

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Background Check Free

How to remove your info from almost every background check site on the planet

By on April 8, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

How to remove your info from almost every background check site on the planet

Most background check sites are just awful. They scrape public records from across the country and compile data about everyone they possibly can. That data is often incomplete, outdated and even inaccurate. Then, they bait people in by displaying preliminary results for free searches along with a message that additional information is available at a price.

To make matters even worse, they never obtain permission from people listed on the site, and they don’t have to since all the info they collect is public.

Thankfully, there are ways to have your info removed from nearly every single one of these sites, but you had better brew a fresh pot of coffee because this is not going to be an easy process. More →

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Online Advertising Companies

More than 20 of the worst (and best) online advertising fails ever

By on April 8, 2015 at 4:32 PM.

More than 20 of the worst (and best) online advertising fails ever

Catching people’s attention as they browse the web isn’t easy, and advertisers are constantly coming up with ways to make online ads flashier and catchier. Of course, there are also some advertisers that, in hindsight, would likely preferred it if people had not seen their ads because of some unfortunate ad placement.

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Netflix Via VPN Legal Service

Beware: Netflix can cancel your service if you watch it via a VPN

By on April 7, 2015 at 12:20 PM.

Beware: Netflix can cancel your service if you watch it via a VPN

One easy way for users to watch whatever content they want over Netflix has been to set up a VPN capable of tricking the service into thinking they’re living in a different country. Because of this so-called “VPN piracy,” Netflix has been working to make all its online content offerings the same and thus make it impossible for users in different countries to cheat the system by basically giving them exactly what they want. Until that time, however, it seems Netflix is willing to use more heavy-handed tactics to discourage VPN use. More →

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Why watching porn in the UK may soon be harder

Why watching porn in the UK may soon be harder

By on April 6, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Should conservatives in the UK emerge victorious in the country’s upcoming general election, watching pornography may soon become a more difficult endeavor.

According to a recent report in The Guardian, conservatives are hoping to implement more rigorous age-verification restrictions on pornographic websites in an effort to stem the growing percentage of young teens who routinely access adult content online.

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Comcast Vs. Google Fiber 2Gbps Service

Comcast is taking the fight to Google Fiber with a new 2Gbps service

By on April 2, 2015 at 5:20 PM.

Comcast is taking the fight to Google Fiber with a new 2Gbps service

Well, would you look at Comcast getting all feisty in the face of competition! The cable giant announced on Thursday that it’s going to start offering a new service capable of delivering speeds of up to 2Gbps in the Atlanta metro area starting next month. What makes this even more impressive is that the service will be symmetrical, which means that you’ll get maximum download and upload speeds of 2Gbps. More →

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Amazon Dash

It can’t be promising when Amazon has to confirm that Amazon Dash isn’t a joke

By on April 1, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

It can’t be promising when Amazon has to confirm that Amazon Dash isn’t a joke

Amazon, always one to push the envelope, took the wraps off of Amazon Dash yesterday. In case you missed it, the latest addition to Amazon’s growing product lineup is a series of oval buttons stamped with the logo of a particular household item that tends to need replenishing on a frequent basis.

For instance, say you’re running low on Tide. Instead of making a mental note to buy more detergent, you can simply press the button on your Tide Amazon Dash widget whereupon it will send a message, via Wi-Fi, to your Amazon mobile shopping app confirming that  an order has been placed. Of course, users can pre-determine the quantities they want delivered.

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Verizon Video Service Net Neutrality

Verizon is reportedly working on a sneaky plan to undermine net neutrality using data caps

By on April 1, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

Verizon is reportedly working on a sneaky plan to undermine net neutrality using data caps

The Federal Communications Commission’s new net neutrality rules ensure that Verizon won’t be able to intentionally slow down competitors’ video streaming services in the name of speeding up its own offerings. However, Verizon has shown itself to be nothing if not creative over the years and a new report from Investor’s Business Daily claims that the carrier is working on a sneaky plan to undermine net neutrality that may not even run afoul of the FCC’s regulations. More →

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AT&T Gigabit Internet

How Google Fiber keeps AT&T’s GigaPower pricing in-check

By on March 31, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

How Google Fiber keeps AT&T’s GigaPower pricing in-check

Much like in real estate, sometimes the price you pay for Internet service simply boils down to location, location, location.

Earlier this week, AT&T rolled out their gigabit Internet service in Cupertino, right in Apple’s backyard. Dubbed AT&T GigaPower, Ma Bell is offering blazing Internet speeds of 1Gbps for $110/month. Of course, if you just so happen to live in an area where Google Fiber is available, AT&T will lower the price to $70/month.

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Why Kickstarter Works Obsidian

Forget all the scams and failures – Kickstarter is a legitimately revolutionary platform

Forget all the scams and failures – Kickstarter is a legitimately revolutionary platform

By on March 31, 2015 at 2:24 PM.

Let’s get this out of the way: You have to be very careful when you pledge to Kickstarter. There are lots of projects out there that are either scams or are started by well intentioned entrepreneurs who simply don’t have the talent or experience to fulfill their promises. And of course, there are a lot of truly horrible Kickstarter ideas (I’ve written about them for laughs in the past) that mercifully never get funded. More →

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Netflix Global Content Plan

How Netflix plans to fix one of the biggest problems with its business

By on March 31, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

How Netflix plans to fix one of the biggest problems with its business

We all love Netflix but Netflix here in the United States is different from Netflix in Australia and Netflix in Sweden. The reason for this is that Netflix has different deals to distribute content in different countries, which means movies and shows that might be available in the U.S. aren’t necessarily available in other countries. However, Overclock3d.net has flagged some recent comments made by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings that suggest Netflix has a plan to fix this issue for good. More →

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