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How Much Do Yelp Reviews Matter

The online review is becoming an all-or-nothing proposition

By on September 4, 2014 at 4:05 PM.

The online review is becoming an all-or-nothing proposition

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, my grandmother ran a restaurant. It was in the middle of nowhere North Carolina, a solid 20 miles from any town of size in either direction. The exterior wasn’t much to look at, and the view was simply fields upon fields upon fields. Inside, however, was a different story. Inez’s Restaurant (simple times called for simple names, folks) was home to hand-patted hamburgers, hand-cut fries, apple turnovers, and a soft serve ice cream machine that I attempted to deplete daily while growing up. Farming was the family business, but it was Inez’s fixins that generated solid revenue regardless of the weather. More →

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AT&T Vs. Municipal Broadband

AT&T rails against municipal broadband, argues that it should be the one getting government handouts

By on September 3, 2014 at 1:35 PM.

AT&T rails against municipal broadband, argues that it should be the one getting government handouts

Cities and towns who build their own municipal broadband networks are menaces to capitalism and the American way of life — instead, we should promote free enterprise by funneling taxpayer dollars to private corporations instead. That’s literally the message that AT&T delivered to the Federal Communications Commission recently when it filed its arguments against allowing municipalities to build out their own high-speed fiber networks to compete with incumbent ISPs. More →

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Best New YouTube Features

YouTube just added a great new feature that every video creator will love

By on September 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM.

YouTube just added a great new feature that every video creator will love

Have you ever made a popular YouTube video and said to yourself, “Man, imagine if everyone who watched this and liked it decided to send me a buck?” Well now they’ll have an opportunity. Android Police has a very good rundown of a new feature that Google is trying out in four different countries that will let you tip your favorite video creators to give them a little extra cash to go along with their ad revenues. More →

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How Many People Use The Internet

You need to check out this incredibly cool map of every Internet-connected device in the world

By on September 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM.

You need to check out this incredibly cool map of every Internet-connected device in the world

The Internet has been such a staple of life in the United States for so many years that we may now take it for granted. However, a new map showing the density of Internet-connected devices posted on Re/code’s Twitter account shows that we still have a very long way to go when it comes to making the worldwide web truly worldwide. More →

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Netflix Vs. Comcast Streaming

Netflix says it lost customers thanks to slow streaming on Comcast

By on August 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Netflix says it lost customers thanks to slow streaming on Comcast

Why did Netflix decide to cave in and pay Comcast for a better direct connection to its network? Because apparently slow Netflix streaming on Comcast was costing the company customers. CNN reports that Netflix this week explained to the Federal Communications Commission that the quality of Netflix streams on Comcast had become so poor that the company had no choice but to pay up for a better connection. More →

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Why Is Time Warner Cable So Bad

Why this week’s massive TWC Internet outage was worse than you thought

By on August 29, 2014 at 9:30 AM.

Why this week’s massive TWC Internet outage was worse than you thought

Time Warner Cable suffered a massive Internet outage this week that left more than 11 million customers without Internet access for approximately three hours. No biggie, though, these sorts of things happen every now and then… right? Well, maybe. But MIT’s Technology Review has talked with some experts who say that TWC’s big outage this week raises some troubling questions about its overall infrastructure. More →

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Coolest Cooler Kickstarter Funding Record

Move over, Pebble: The Coolest Cooler is now the biggest Kickstarter campaign ever

By on August 27, 2014 at 6:55 PM.

Move over, Pebble: The Coolest Cooler is now the biggest Kickstarter campaign ever

The Coolest Cooler took Kickstarter by storm a while ago, emerging as an interesting, yet unexpected project that could in theory raise more money than the Pebble smartwatch, which pulled in $10,266,845 in pledges in its time, setting the record for the crowd-funding website. And now, the Coolest Cooler has managed to beat that record a few days before its campaign wraps up. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast says it has to smother competition to protect poor people

By on August 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Comcast says it has to smother competition to protect poor people

Ever wonder why America’s two biggest cable providers don’t bother competing with one another? Or why you have only one choice for Internet service in your neighborhood? Or why cable prices have been rising at more than triple the rate of inflation? Well, wonder no more. Ars Technica flags some recent filings sent to the Federal Communications Commission sent by Internet service providers CenturyLink and RCN that detail how Comcast works tirelessly to keep them out of its markets and then justifies its actions as a favor to poor people. More →

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Dropbox Pro Lower Prices

Dropbox lowers prices, adds new features as cloud storage competition heats up

By on August 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM.

Dropbox lowers prices, adds new features as cloud storage competition heats up

With so many viable options on the market, it can be difficult to settle on a single cloud storage solution. Not only does each service offer its own unique set of perks, the prices are dropping so quickly that it’s tough know how to get the best deal. Dropbox has made that decision even more difficult by matching Google Drive’s offering of 1TB for $10 a month for Pro users. More →

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Time Warner Cable Internet Service Is Down

Time Warner Cable is suffering a massive nationwide service outage [updated]

By on August 27, 2014 at 7:05 AM.

Time Warner Cable is suffering a massive nationwide service outage [updated]

Apparently tired of seeing Comcast hog all the bad publicity this past month, would-be merger partner Time Warner Cable has leapt back into the spotlight by delivering a nationwide Internet service outage. As Business Insider reports, TWC customers are complaining that their Internet service is down from coast to coast and an outage map posted on Twitter seems to show that this outage affects just about every customer in TWC’s footprint. More →

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Social Media Critics

On social media, you’re more than just a critic

On social media, you’re more than just a critic

By on August 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM.

Judgmentalism has been a staple of societal life for longer than I’m even capable of understanding, and as such, folks have been handing out criticisms for just as long. It’s common practice for creators to look down on other creations, and moreover, to bestow opinions on current events without ever being asked. It’s an issue that has surely been around for some time, but it feels as if social media has only served to add fuel to the proverbial fire.

Talking heads of the tube were bad enough, but at least there were only a smattering of those. Now, we have billions of those same heads, and unlike television, their words remain linkable, searchable, and retweetable ad infinitum. More →

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