3D Map Home Wi-Fi Network

Mesmerizing video shows a 3D map of a home’s Wi-Fi signal

By on February 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM.

Mesmerizing video shows a 3D map of a home’s Wi-Fi signal

When’s the last time you had to plug-in an Ethernet cable into your computer to connect to the Internet? Many people will likely struggle to answer that question, considering that most home computing is currently done on devices that are mobile and that connect wirelessly to networks.

But Wi-Fi networks aren’t always reliable, and can be very annoying at times, as can be seen in an amazing new illustration. More →

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Best Chrome Extensions

15 Google Chrome extensions you absolutely need to download right now

By on February 17, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

15 Google Chrome extensions you absolutely need to download right now

There’s no better way to spruce up your Chrome browsing experience than with a fresh handful of extensions. We pointed you in the direction of The Next Web’s top 10 extensions for Google’s browser last month, and now Popular Mechanics is joining in with 15 suggestions of its own. More →

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AT&T GigaPower Vs. Google Fiber

AT&T’s Google Fiber rival goes live in Kansas City

By on February 16, 2015 at 4:50 PM.

AT&T’s Google Fiber rival goes live in Kansas City

Isn’t it great what real competition can do for the home broadband market? AT&T on Monday announced that its new U-verse with AT&T GigaPower service is now available to residents in Kansas City, which just happens to be the first city where Google launched its Google Fiber service. More →

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Google Android One Net Neutrality

Is Google about to stab net neutrality right in the back?

By on February 13, 2015 at 3:40 PM.

Is Google about to stab net neutrality right in the back?

Google has been a pretty consistent advocate for net neutrality in the United States but it apparently doesn’t feel the need to be as strong a supporter in other countries. The Information has a new report out detailing how Google plans to make mobile data in emerging markets cheaper for consumers by picking up the data consumption tab for things like app updates… but only for its own apps and the apps of special partners. More →

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The Pirate Bay Down Again

The Pirate Bay is down again

By on February 13, 2015 at 3:09 PM.

The Pirate Bay is down again

The saga of The Pirate Bay is far from over. TorrentFreak reported just minutes ago that the popular torrent website has gone offline “exactly two weeks” after it returned from its extended hiatus. It could be a glitch or a server issue, but based on recent events, it seems just as likely that the site might be back in hot water. More →

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Sprint Vs. AT&T T-Mobile Net Neutrality

Sprint goes where no other carrier dares, says net neutrality is good for consumers

By on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Sprint goes where no other carrier dares, says net neutrality is good for consumers

Rival ISPs’ legal teams will probably pull their hair out when they see what Sprint just did to their arguments against net neutrality. Speaking with Reuters, Sprint CTO Stephen Bye says that not only will the FCC’s net neutrality plan not affect his company’s network investment plans but he also goes so far as to say net neutrality is a positive for Sprint’s customers. More →

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Rapidshare Shutting Down March 31st

One of the world’s iconic file-hosting services will shut down next month

By on February 11, 2015 at 8:30 PM.

One of the world’s iconic file-hosting services will shut down next month

Sad news for people who love uploading and sharing large data files on the web: One of the first hugely successful file-hosting services is going away next month. N4GM brings us word that Rapidshare is shutting down on March 31st, which means any users who have lots of important data uploaded onto the site should start moving it to new sites as soon as possible. More →

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Why Is The Comcast TWC Merger So Bad

Comcast’s most laughable claim about the TWC merger

By on February 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM.

Comcast’s most laughable claim about the TWC merger

By now, we’re all familiar with Comcast’s litany of customer service horrors. Whether it’s telling customers that they’re going to be locked in at a low rate for a year before jacking up their prices after just three months, disconnecting customers repeatedly during service calls, allegedly pulling unauthorized credit reports, calling customers obscene names on their own bills or using insane people to mentally bludgeon customers into not cancelling their service, Comcast has basically written the book on finding creative ways to not give you what you want. More →

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Netflix Fastest Streaming ISPs

Netflix’s list of America’s fastest ISPs in January – did yours make the cut?

By on February 9, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Netflix’s list of America’s fastest ISPs in January – did yours make the cut?

It’s been a while since we checked in on Netflix’s list of America’s fastest ISPs and it looks like longtime champion Verizon FiOS is finally getting some real competition. According to Netflix’s latest rankings, FiOS is now in a virtual tie with Cablevision Optimum for the fastest average Netflix streaming speeds of 3.43 Mbps. More →

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Kickass Torrents Down and Download Alternatives

Yet another hugely popular Torrent site bites the dust

By on February 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM.

Yet another hugely popular Torrent site bites the dust

Soon after The Pirate Bay was taken offline in early December following a police raid in Sweden, several other torrenting alternatives took its place, as download fans kept looking for their regular torrents elsewhere. One such site is Kickass Torrents, whose popularity surged in the aftermath of The Pirate Bay’s unexpected demise.

Now that The Pirate Bay is back, however, it looks like Kickass is down alongside several other sites. More →

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CTIA Vs. Net Neutrality

New wireless industry video says opposing net neutrality is totally hip

By on February 6, 2015 at 8:15 AM.

New wireless industry video says opposing net neutrality is totally hip

Your wireless carrier would love to give you all sorts of crazy-cool stuff… but now the mega-bogus FCC is trying to spoil the party. Bummer! The CTIA Wireless Association has put out a new video arguing against FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify both wireline and wireless broadband services under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and it tries to make the case that opposing this move is a totally hip thing to do. More →

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Net Neutrality Title II Loophole

The FCC’s new net neutrality proposal everyone is so excited about may have a huge loophole

The FCC’s new net neutrality proposal everyone is so excited about may have a huge loophole

By on February 5, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

We won. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday took a huge step toward realizing web users’ dream of a truly free Internet; an Internet where net neutrality is real and service providers are barred from boosting their bottom lines by allowing big corporations to pay for priority pipelines. The Commission announced a new proposal that would see broadband Internet service reclassified as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

Even a few short weeks ago, it seemed impossible that we would even get this far… but it looks like there is a pretty serious loophole in the new proposal that could be a big roadblock for net neutrality down the line. More →

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