AT&T Internet Caps

ISPs’ latest dirty trick is removing data caps if you pay for TV

By on May 13, 2016 at 8:43 AM.

ISPs’ latest dirty trick is removing data caps if you pay for TV

Cable companies that have long milked cable subscriptions for profit are worried about how they’re going to replace that cash among new generations of cable-cutters. But maybe, just maybe, they won’t have to.

DSL Reports has spotted a trend among ISPs that at first glance, looks pretty good: AT&T and Bend will both remove their broadband caps if users also bundle TV and home phone. It looks like a deal for customers — no fee to remove data caps! — but really, it’s an out-and-out money grab.

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Listening Skills Test Online

Test how your listening skills compare to a music producer

By on May 12, 2016 at 10:53 PM.

Test how your listening skills compare to a music producer

Just like a wine taster’s palate or an art student’s sense of bullshit, your listening skills are something that can be trained and honed. Music software company iZotope has a fun challenge to see how well your ears stack up against the competition.

As spotted by CDM, iZotope has an entire guide out that will help teach you about equalization, compression and digital audio. The equalization section has a bunch of interesting videos to explain the basics of EQs (balancing different frequencies), so that you’ll get a better understanding of what your car stereo does when you flip it between Rock and Pop. There’s also an explainer on the more complicated side, breaking down terms like “Peak Level” and “RMS.”

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Facebook Trending News Topics

Here’s the list of 1,000 websites that Facebook thinks are most important

By on May 12, 2016 at 5:13 PM.

Here’s the list of 1,000 websites that Facebook thinks are most important

To address allegations of anti-conservative bias in its trending news topics, Facebook has published more transparent details about how and where it sources news. Included is a list of 1,000 websites and publications that Facebook thinks are worth checking.

On first inspection, the list looks exactly like a vanilla cross-section of the biggest news publications, organized by category. Facebook is publishing the list in an effort to do away with allegations of bias, specifically that some sources were “blacklisted,” while other stories were “artificially injected” into the Trending News section.

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The Pirate Bay Web Address

The Pirate Bay will be losing its iconic web address

By on May 12, 2016 at 1:05 PM.

The Pirate Bay will be losing its iconic web address

For as long as I can remember, thepiratebay.se has been the place to go for illegal torrents. But a ruling handed down by Sweden’s court of appeal says that those domain names are going to be handed over to the Swedish government, and you can bet that they’re not fans of illicit Game of Thrones.

The ruling from Sweden’s Court of Appeals upholds a ruling from the Stockholm District Court from last year. The case was actually against Punkt SE (IIS), Sweden’s domain-name authority, which has ultimate control over all .se addresses. The prosecution charged that because thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se were being used for illegal content, the domains should be suspended, and IIS held responsible for damages.

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Google Fiber Wireless Expansion Plans

Google Fiber is just getting warmed up

By on May 11, 2016 at 7:45 PM.

Google Fiber is just getting warmed up

Google Fiber is set to have a big expansion year in 2016 but it looks like the game-changing internet service is already thinking of new ways to expand faster to new markets. A massive report about Google Fiber over at Re/code reveals more about Google’s ambitious plans to connect people to its service by placing antennas on top of light poles that will beam internet services right to their houses. Google Fiber will start testing out this technology in Kansas City in November, with the goal of having a network up and running by the end of next year. More →

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Facebook Trending News Topics

Facebook says it takes allegations of news manipulation ‘very seriously’ [UPDATED]

By on May 9, 2016 at 5:39 PM.

Facebook says it takes allegations of news manipulation ‘very seriously’ [UPDATED]

Earlier today, a report from Gizmodo quoted anonymous employees saying that Facebook manipulated its “Trending News” section, blacklisting some sites, and was “artificially injecting” topics into the trending section. In a statement issued by Facebook, the company carefully avoided denying the report, instead saying that it takes “allegations of bias very seriously.” More →

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Netflix Movies TV Shows Artwork

The clever way Netflix is manipulating your binge watching

By on May 4, 2016 at 10:00 PM.

The clever way Netflix is manipulating your binge watching

Netflix is a hugely popular streaming service that has more than 81 million worldwide subscribers. What makes Netflix so popular is that it offers instant access to hundreds of titles, including original content, that are available to stream on a whim. There are no commercials, and you don’t have to wait a week to see the next episode of your favorite series. However, just because you just ended a six-hour Netflix binge doesn’t mean you were in full control. The company may have figured what you were going to click next before you did. And it did it so by simply looking at nothing other than the type of artwork people like. More →

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Wi-Fi Connectivity Speed Tips Fix

Simple tricks to fix your Wi-Fi without professional help

By on May 3, 2016 at 11:05 AM.

Simple tricks to fix your Wi-Fi without professional help

Wireless internet is something we take for granted every day. But Wi-Fi isn’t always reliable, and it’s often the source of annoying hassles, both at home and in public places. While you won’t be able to fix every Wi-Fi issues you might encounter at your local Starbucks coffee shop, there are plenty of tricks you can try at home or at the office to make sure Wi-Fi works. More →

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Interactive History Website

Awesome website features an interactive timeline covering 14 billion years of history

By on May 1, 2016 at 12:12 PM.

Awesome website features an interactive timeline covering 14 billion years of history

There are a few ways you can go about catching up on significant moments in world and human history. You can attend lectures or perhaps read a few history books. Or, you can temporarily toss those old school learning methods aside and instead enjoy an impressively well put together interactive history timeline.

Sure, you may have seen interactive history timelines before, but we’ve yet to see one as exhaustive or engaging as the one put together by Histography.io. Their cleverly crafted and intuitive timeline spans 14 billion years of history, with the website boasting that every entry “is a historic event from Wikipedia.”

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Chrome Material Design Update Pictures

See the major design overhaul coming to Chrome courtesy of Material Design

See the major design overhaul coming to Chrome courtesy of Material Design

By on April 25, 2016 at 5:35 PM.

Over the past few months, Google has been steadily adopting some of the styles and principles from Material Design in order to give its Chrome browser a major visual overhaul. We’ve highlighted some of the most significant changes in the past, but with Chrome 50 finally rolling out, even more updates are on the way.

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Netflix users are paying the price for Comcast’s data caps

By on April 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM.

Netflix users are paying the price for Comcast’s data caps

As pretty much everyone who isn’t on Comcast’s payroll knows, its data caps aren’t about ensuring “fairness” but about slowing the growth of cord cuttersThe Wall Street Journal has a good new report that shows how much data caps are already making people think twice about how much they watch Netflix, and one user says he’s already cancelled Netflix because he doesn’t want to pay Comcast’s overage fees. More →

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