Comcast Data Caps

Comcast admits its 300GB data cap serves no technical purpose

By on August 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Comcast admits its 300GB data cap serves no technical purpose

Say what you will about Comcast and their customer service, but the company does provide the fastest internet speeds amongst all nationwide ISPs. As we highlighted earlier this month, Comcast Xfinity delivers an average download speed of 104Mbps alongside an average upload speed of 12.7Mbps.

That’s great and all, but with Comcast simultaneously implementing a rigid 300 GB data cap on its users, the company has naturally been accused of teasing users with download speeds that can quickly eat into the 300 GB threshold and subsequently result in fines for going over.

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Donald Trump Secret Web Domains

Here are the web domains Donald Trump bought to stop the Internet from making fun of him

By on August 13, 2015 at 3:12 PM.

Here are the web domains Donald Trump bought to stop the Internet from making fun of him

It’s very common for a politician or celebrity to buy up domain names in the hopes of blocking trolls and haters from creating websites to ridicule them. Nonetheless, we were intrigued by Business Insider’s scoop about how Donald Trump has quietly bought up more than 3,000 domain names over the years, a good portion of which would be perfect URLs for anti-Trump websites. More →

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Fastest ISPs

These are the fastest ISPs in each country, according to Netflix

By on August 12, 2015 at 1:11 PM.

These are the fastest ISPs in each country, according to Netflix

With consumers streaming more video online than ever before, having an Internet connection strong enough to handle high quality streams is more important than ever. And seeing as how Netflix is in the business of providing such streams to millions of users across the globe, it’s no surprise that the company knows a thing or two about which ISPs really deliver.

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Cable Modem Router

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

By on August 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

We recently wrote about an awful pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight. Cable and satellite TV providers charge you as much as a monthly Netflix subscription or even more to rent a cable box that allows you to use their services. You’ll likely end up paying hundreds of dollars for this box over the course of your contract, and then you’ll have to pay hundreds more or return the box when it comes time to move or cancel your service.

Of course, pay TV companies are also Internet service providers, and they double up and pull the same move with your modem. As is often the case with cable boxes, however, you can fight back against these bogus charges by purchasing your own hardware. More →

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Website URL Strange Characters Explained

Here’s what all the weird extra characters in URLs really mean

By on August 11, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

Here’s what all the weird extra characters in URLs really mean

Everyone online knows and uses URLs — they’re how you tell a web browser to load an individual page you want to access on your computer on a mobile device. It’s all based on web standards that everyone uses, but you may not know that not all URLs are user-friendly – meaning they can contain plenty of characters that might not make sense to users. But there’s a good reason for that. More →

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Comcast Internet Speed Test Fastest

America hates Comcast but it’s the fastest nationwide ISP we have

By on August 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

America hates Comcast but it’s the fastest nationwide ISP we have

Comcast is not a well loved company in the United States. Somewhat paradoxically, however, Comcast also happens to be the ISP with the fastest overall speeds of any nationwide provider in the country. SpeedTest.net this week announced its first-ever awards for ISPs in the U.S. and it found that Comcast’s Xfinity was the fastest overall service with an average download speed of just under 105Mbps and an average upload speed of 12.7Mbps. More →

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Imgur Funny Gifs

Photo sharing site Imgur is growing up

Photo sharing site Imgur is growing up

By on August 4, 2015 at 11:09 AM.

One way to go about building a company, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone once told me, is to start by creating something fun. If you do that, he said, more people are likely to flock to it – and if lots of people flock to it, it has the potential to be not just fun, but important.

Image hosting site Imgur is one example of a company that’s more or less following that same blueprint. It started out, of course, as a hub of memes, funny Gifs and cat pics, and it’s still that – but it’s also maturing as a company and content platform, in ways big and small. More →

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Privacy Guard

EFF creates a stronger ‘Do Not Track’ standard to stop unwanted tracking once and for all

EFF creates a stronger ‘Do Not Track’ standard to stop unwanted tracking once and for all

By on August 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Unless you take some fairly serious steps to guard your privacy, at least some of your web browsing each day is being tracked. We promise. Advertisers stand to make big bucks by learning as much as possible about our browsing habits, and precious little can stop them. In fact, as we learned several years ago, webgoers can’t even use the “Do Not Track” setting available in popular browsers to guard their privacy, because many advertisers still secretly track users either way.

Useless though “Do Not Track” may be, don’t despair. While virtual private networks might be the safest way to browse today, the protectors of the Internet over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have announced the creation of a new, more effective Do Not Track feature that will actually stop advertisers from spying on people without their knowledge. More →

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Comcast Customers FCC Data Cap Complaints

Fed-up customers are hammering ISPs with FCC complaints about data caps

By on August 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

Fed-up customers are hammering ISPs with FCC complaints about data caps

You know what people really don’t like? Data caps. They don’t like them on their mobile phones and they really, really don’t like them on their home Internet services. This hasn’t stopped Comcast and other wireline ISPs from trying to ram them down consumers’ throats anyway, although customer resistance to such caps is so strong that the companies wouldn’t dare roll them out nationwide just yet. More →

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Best YouTube 360 Virtual Reality Videos

Watch these stunning YouTube 360 virtual reality videos right now

By on July 30, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

Watch these stunning YouTube 360 virtual reality videos right now

YouTube 360 videos are the closest thing to virtual reality that you can experience on your computer right now that don’t require any sort of special eye hardware. All you need is an Internet connection and the Chrome browser installed to be able to run YouTube 360 videos on your device. More →

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Best Google Search Feature Popular Times

This new Google feature lets you avoid crowds at your favorite stores

By on July 29, 2015 at 4:04 PM.

This new Google feature lets you avoid crowds at your favorite stores

Google can get away with being creepy in many cases because it’s just so useful. Case in point: Google this week unveiled a new search feature that will let you know whether the store or restaurant you want to visit is likely to be crowded at a given time and can even break down a place’s popularity on different days of the week. How does Google know all this about individual locations? We have no idea, but this is nonetheless an extremely useful new feature. More →

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How To Uninstall Flash PC Mac Chrome

How to uninstall Flash on your computer and make the Internet a better place

By on July 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

How to uninstall Flash on your computer and make the Internet a better place

Ugh. Flash. The technology that just about everyone hates and that still just won’t die. While Flash is in its last throes out now that YouTube, Twitch and Mozilla’s Firefox browser have moved away from it, plenty of other websites still use it to deliver both video and games, among other things. Now a new movement called Occupy Flash has started up to get web users to give Flash one final big push over the cliff by uninstalling it on their computer or disabling it in their browsers. More →

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