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Why The Comcast TWC Merger Is Bad

Comcast’s case for merging with TWC is an insult to our intelligence

By on April 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM.

Comcast’s case for merging with TWC is an insult to our intelligence

Comcast thinks very, very poorly of our intelligence. That’s the only conclusion I can come to after reading up on the company’s testimony in the Senate on Wednesday in which it hilariously tried to convince us that it’s really a tiny little underdog in the content distribution world that needs to merge with Time Warner Cable so it can stand up to the big bullies at Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft. To illustrate this point, as LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik points out, the company passed around a ridiculous chart showing how small its market cap is compared to its “competitors.”

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AT&T 1Gbps Internet Service

AT&T may beat Google Fiber to the punch and bring 1Gbps Internet to North Carolina

By on April 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM.

AT&T may beat Google Fiber to the punch and bring 1Gbps Internet to North Carolina

Is North Carolina about to become a major battleground in the fight to bring 1Gbps Internet service to fiber-hungry Americans? AT&T on Thursday announced that it’s in “advanced discussions with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to deliver AT&T U-verse with GigaPower” to six cities in North Carolina: Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. For those of you who don’t recall, Google said earlier this year that it’s also considering expanding its Google Fiber network to the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan area in North Carolina, which means that lucky residents in those cities could conceivably have a choice between two different ISPs that offer 1Gbps Internet service. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast says it’s ‘bothered’ that its customer service is terrible

By on April 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

Comcast says it’s ‘bothered’ that its customer service is terrible

During a Senate hearing on the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger Wednesday, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen finally addressed what multiple customer satisfaction surveys have said over and over and over and over and over again: Comcast and Time Warner Cable both have terrible customer service. The Washington Post reports that Cohen said Wednesday that “it bothers us we have so much trouble delivering high quality of service to customers on a regular basis” and that “sometimes, we need a kick in the butt.”

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Uber RUSH Same-Day Delivery

Uber takes on Amazon’s drones with bike riders and footmen

By on April 9, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Uber takes on Amazon’s drones with bike riders and footmen

Uber is not happy simply “shipping” people from place to place with its transportation services. As it turns out, the company may also be interested in shipping goods as well. Before taking on larger projects, Uber is deploying an interesting UberRUSH service that will offer same-day deliveries of certain goods in Manhattan, using bike riders and foot messengers. More →

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Twitter Profile Redesign

Don’t panic: Your Twitter profile will soon look just like your Facebook profile

By on April 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM.

Don’t panic: Your Twitter profile will soon look just like your Facebook profile

Now that Twitter is a publicly traded company, it seems to be looking to neighboring social network Facebook for inspiration at every turn. We know that Twitter is in the process of beefing up its advertising products — if there’s one company that knows a thing or two about ads, it’s Facebook — and the company also recently acquired Cover, possibly in an effort to create a product similar to Facebook Home. Now, Twitter has announced an upcoming profile page redesign that is quite obviously inspired by Facebook. More →

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Microsoft Anti-Adware Initiative

Microsoft has a plan to kill annoying adware once and for all

By on April 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

Microsoft has a plan to kill annoying adware once and for all

Microsoft knows how annoying it can be to have an adware program take over your browser and inject extra ads onto the webpages you’re visiting. That’s why it announced last week that it’s taking a much firmer stand against adware starting this summer by automatically blocking annoying adware programs unless a user gives them explicit permission to run. More →

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Home Internet Service

One of the biggest reasons you have no choice when it comes to home broadband

By on April 7, 2014 at 10:53 AM.

One of the biggest reasons you have no choice when it comes to home broadband

According to data from the Federal Communications Commission, about one-third of households in the United States have no choice when it comes to home broadband service. In other words, if they want reasonably fast home Internet service and they live in an area with access to wireline broadband, there is only one company they can pay. Another 37% of American households have a choice between just two Internet service providers for home broadband, which is defined by the FCC as Internet service with download speeds of just 4Mbps or more.

Why is the current state of home Internet service such a mess for consumers? One of the biggest reasons is so obvious that you might not have even considered it. More →

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Faster Public Wi-Fi Technology

New tech could put an end to overcrowded public Wi-Fi hotspots

By on April 4, 2014 at 3:16 PM.

New tech could put an end to overcrowded public Wi-Fi hotspots

Chipmaker Qualcomm announced on Thursday that it would support MU-MIMO (multi user-multiple-input multiple-output) in its upcoming network equipment and mobile chipsets, according to PC World. Simply put, this means that we will hopefully soon run into fewer overcrowded public Wi-Fi signals. More →

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Popcorn Time Back Online Again

The saga of Popcorn Time continues as ‘Netflix for pirates’ returns

By on April 3, 2014 at 4:16 PM.

The saga of Popcorn Time continues as ‘Netflix for pirates’ returns

It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for the best new movie streaming app on the Internet. Popcorn Time surprised everyone when it launched last month, attracting the attention of thousands of pirates in search of a convenient alternative to torrents. With Popcorn Time, a single download gives you access to hundreds of high-quality streams from the genre of your choosing — the catch: it’s all very illegal. That didn’t stop every tech blog online from covering the app, eventually resulting in the untimely resignation of its developers. More →

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Gmail New Features Leaked

Killer new Gmail features revealed in leaked build

By on April 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

Killer new Gmail features revealed in leaked build

It seems like a long time ago, but having email used to be fun back in the mid-’90s because so few people were on the Internet and it was mostly just used as a tool to communicate with your friends and family. Now, however, email has become one of the most annoying features of modern life since we have to constantly block businesses and organizations that have somehow got hold of our email address and are now spamming us with offers. When Gmail launched 10 years ago, it seemed to give us a brief reprieve from our email blues by giving us a simple way to send and receive messages through a clean user interface and with a top-notch spam filter to help keep unwanted junk from reaching our inboxes. More →

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Spotify Redesign Updates Your Music

Video: Spotify introduces a new look and better music management

By on April 2, 2014 at 7:35 PM.

Video: Spotify introduces a new look and better music management

Spotify, arguably the most robust music streaming service on the market, just received its biggest overhaul yet. Every incarnation of Spotify from the mobile app to the desktop app to the web player has been completely redesigned, sporting a new, darker theme and some welcome features. If you’ve ever used Spotify before, it’ll be easy to spot the differences in version 1.0 — not only has the app been given a fresh coat of paint, the font has been spruced up, the menu is cleaner and everything is easier to access. More →

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Gmail 10 Year Anniversary

It’s been 10 years since Gmail changed email forever

By on April 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

It’s been 10 years since Gmail changed email forever

Ten years ago today on April Fool’s Day 2004, Google launched Gmail, the game-changing email service that was anything but a joke. When Google launched Gmail, it revolutionized the way people use email. It launched with 1GB of free storage and encouraged people to archive e-mails instead of deleting them. This was a major improvement over the 2MB limit on Hotmail, which frequently forced people to decide which emails to delete when they hit their limit. More →

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