Why is Comcast So Bad

Who does Comcast think it’s kidding?

By on January 8, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Who does Comcast think it’s kidding?

On the first day of 2015, we shared one of the most incredibly frustrating tales of a Comcast customer service call gone wrong that we’ve ever heard, but at CES this week, the service provider promised that those calls will soon be a thing of the past.

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Google Vs. Yahoo Search Apple

Mozilla just showed Apple how to hurt Google where it matters most

By on January 8, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Mozilla just showed Apple how to hurt Google where it matters most

For what seems like an eternity, Google has had an iron grip on the search market. However, a recent deal between Mozilla and Yahoo to make Yahoo the default search engine of Firefox seems to have loosened Google’s grip just a little bit. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Verizon

Verizon’s huge victory is about to turn into a humiliating defeat

By on January 8, 2015 at 8:15 AM.

Verizon’s huge victory is about to turn into a humiliating defeat

Verizon was reportedly warned by both Comcast and AT&T not to push the envelope on net neutrality, but the company decided to sue the FCC over its compromise net neutrality rules anyway. It successfully got those rules tossed out nearly one year ago and many people assumed this meant ISPs would be free to charge companies more money to ensure the speedy delivery of their traffic. However, the huge public outrage at the prospect of letting ISPs create Internet “fast lanes” put renewed pressure on the FCC to take a tougher stance on net neutrality, and now it looks like Verizon is about to suffer a humiliating defeat. More →

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Amazon.com Home Page Redesign

Amazon wants to make it even easier for you to buy stuff online

By on January 8, 2015 at 7:50 AM.

Amazon wants to make it even easier for you to buy stuff online

Amazon has been slowly rolling out a redesign for its website, The Verge reports, which is already available to a broader group of users in the U.S. The change, which Amazon has been working on for a few months, is likely meant to convince buyers to spend even more money on the wide variety of products the giant retailer has in stock, and can be seen on a many Internet browsers, regardless of whether the user is signed in or not. More →

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Google's 2015 Extra Second Internet Glitch

Google is trying to fix a glitch that might break the Internet this year

By on January 7, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

Google is trying to fix a glitch that might break the Internet this year

2015 is going to be just a bit longer than other years, but you’ll hardly notice this abnormality, as scientists have only added a tiny second to the count to make up for the Earth’s slowing rotation. But, Techie News reports, Google is already taking preemptive action to make sure that one silly second doesn’t take down the Internet as we know it. More →

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Netflix VPN Access on Android

Netflix has just gotten a lot worse for some subscribers

By on January 5, 2015 at 4:45 PM.

Netflix has just gotten a lot worse for some subscribers

Netflix’s streaming service is so popular that many Internet users would do anything to be able to access the U.S. version of the service, which has a lot more content available for immediate streaming than local versions in other countries where Netflix is present. Accessing the U.S. store through a VPN connection from overseas is common practice for some Internet users, including frequent U.S. citizens traveling to other countries, or those looking to protect their privacy. But Netflix is no longer willing to ignore this practice, Torrent Freak reports, and seems ready to take action against subscribers to meet the needs of movie studios and rights holders. More →

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10 Great Chrome Extensions

10 terrific Chrome extensions you may have never heard of

By on January 2, 2015 at 4:35 PM.

10 terrific Chrome extensions you may have never heard of

Google Chrome has quickly become one of the most popular browsers in the world on both desktop computers and mobile devices, but there’s plenty it can’t do on its own. Thankfully, there are thousands of extensions to improve upon the browser, 10 of which The Next Web featured in a recent article on its site. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Vote Date

The FCC’s big net neutrality vote is set for February

By on January 2, 2015 at 3:44 PM.

The FCC’s big net neutrality vote is set for February

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on its hugely controversial on network neutrality in February, The Washington Post reports. In its original conception, the FCC’s plan would have allowed for the creation of Internet “fast lanes” in which ISPs could charge content providers more money to ensure that their content gets delivered more quickly than other websites’. This would be a big difference from standard practices in which packets are delivered on a nondiscriminatory basis. More →

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The Pirate Bay Launch

The Pirate Bay’s mysterious countdown timer may tell us when it’s coming back online

By on January 2, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

The Pirate Bay’s mysterious countdown timer may tell us when it’s coming back online

Popular torrenting resource The Pirate Bay went down in December, after a police raid hit its servers in Sweden, and, surprisingly, stayed down in the days that followed. Soon after that, it became clear that The Pirate Bay wouldn’t be resurrected as quickly as fans would have expected. Two weeks after the attack, the site was back online, although it lacked any functionality. Instead, The Pirate Bay group put up a pirate flag, a timer counting the days since the police raid took it down, and a secret code. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Man spends 4 hours on the phone trying to get his Comcast service fixed… and it still didn’t work

By on January 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

Man spends 4 hours on the phone trying to get his Comcast service fixed… and it still didn’t work

As we saw last year, Comcast has come up with an ingenious way to keep subscribers — namely, it makes unsubscribing to its services such a torturous and miserable process that you’ll eventually just cave in and decide to stick with them. Comcast subscriber Gern Branston recently attempted to cancel his Comcast customer service and a retention agent made him an offer to stay that he thought was too good to pass up. In retrospect, however, he probably wishes he hadn’t taken the bait. More →

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Google Fiber Vs. Comcast

Google Fiber’s latest FCC filing is Comcast’s nightmare come to life

By on January 1, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

Google Fiber’s latest FCC filing is Comcast’s nightmare come to life

What’s every incumbent ISP’s worst nightmare? If we had to guess, it looks something like the filing that Google just made with the Federal Communications Commission. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Google this week told the FCC that reclassifying broadband providers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act would have a big side benefit for Google Fiber because it would give Google Fiber the same access to utility poles and other key infrastructure currently enjoyed by Comcast, AT&T and other big-name ISPs. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast rings in the New Year by jacking up modem rental fees again

By on December 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Comcast rings in the New Year by jacking up modem rental fees again

We’ve mentioned this before but there’s really no good reason to rent your modem from your cable company. This is especially true if your cable company is Comcast, which has traditionally charged more for modem rentals than any other major cable company. Ars Technica reports that the Pride of Philadelphia is at it again and has decided to once again raise its modem rental fees up from $8 to $10 per month. More →

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