2016 Tech Predictions Google Fiber

Why 2016 looks like a breakthrough year for Google Fiber

By on December 30, 2015 at 12:10 PM.

Why 2016 looks like a breakthrough year for Google Fiber

When it first launched in Kansas City a few years back, Google Fiber wasn’t seen as a real threat to cable ISPs such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable, even though many markets around the country have been clamoring for more broadband competition. However, Google has slowly and steadily been making progress on expanding to more markets and it now looks set to really break through as a real force in the home broadband market starting next year. Let’s go through the reasons. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Epic achievement: Comcast generates more FCC complaints than AT&T, Verizon and TWC combined

By on December 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

Epic achievement: Comcast generates more FCC complaints than AT&T, Verizon and TWC combined

In case you haven’t noticed, Comcast is intensely disliked by many of its customers. While Comcast has rightly noted that customer satisfaction ratings for Internet service providers everywhere are less than stellar, it’s still the case that Comcast typically performs even worse in customer satisfaction surveys compared to rivals like Charter, Cox and Verizon FiOS. Ars Technica recently took a dive into the Federal Communications Commissions’ database of complaints about Internet service providers and found that Comcast generated more complaints to the FCC from customers than all complaints about AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner Cable put together. More →

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Best Google Search Tips And Tricks

How have you lived without knowing these awesome Google search tricks?

How have you lived without knowing these awesome Google search tricks?

By on December 29, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

Given how much time I spend scouring the web for interesting things to write about, I stumble across a lot of interesting Google search tricks. Because of this, I decided to compile a list of some of the best tips and tricks that I’ve learned from Google recently to help you further master the world’s most powerful search engine. Without further ado, here are some of the best Google search tricks I’ve discovered over the past year. More →

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Comcast Gigabit Internet DOCSIS 3.1

Comcast has figured out how to deliver gigabit Internet without fiber

By on December 28, 2015 at 2:35 PM.

Comcast has figured out how to deliver gigabit Internet without fiber

Comcast, your “favorite” cable and Internet service provider, has had a breakthrough when it comes to delivering super-fast Internet to customers. Rather than replacing the existing infrastructure with optical fiber, a lengthy and expensive project for any Internet provider, Comcast may be able to deliver impressive data speeds over existing cable lines with the help of software. More →

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Panda Snowman Image Facebook Puzzle

The Internet is freaking out about this panda snowman puzzle on Facebook

By on December 24, 2015 at 9:42 AM.

The Internet is freaking out about this panda snowman puzzle on Facebook

It’s almost Christmas, which means the Internet is practically littered with winter-themed digital decorations and memes intended to go viral. That’s precisely the case with the image above, a simple yet ingenious puzzle that everyone is talking about.

Read on to find out how to solve it, in case you’re still struggling with it. More →

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Netflix Lists Fastest ISPs

New Netflix list ranks the fastest ISPs in the United States

By on December 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

New Netflix list ranks the fastest ISPs in the United States

As consumers continue to cut the cord in increasing numbers, having an Internet connection that can ably stream online video from the likes of Amazon and Netflix is extremely important. Especially as the quantity of 4K video content continues to rise, viewers will want to make sure that their broadband provider can keep up with Netflix’s bandwidth requirements.

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Comcast Data Caps FCC Complaints

Yet another problem with Comcast data caps: Customers have no idea why they’re exceeding their limits

Yet another problem with Comcast data caps: Customers have no idea why they’re exceeding their limits

By on December 17, 2015 at 8:31 AM.

Comcast sure knows how to bring out the love from its customer base. Cut Cable Today recently filed a FOIA request to the Federal Communications Commission and discovered that the commission has received over 13,000 complaints so far related to specifically to Comcast’s implementation of data caps. It seems that, contrary to what Comcast believes, many people don’t see the “fairness” in Comcast’s introduction of metered usage in the home broadband market. More →

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Comcast Data Cap

A simple idea that will make Comcast’s data cap much more consumer-friendly

A simple idea that will make Comcast’s data cap much more consumer-friendly

By on December 16, 2015 at 8:21 AM.

We have covered Comcast’s data cap policy a number of times here on BGR, and it’s a widely discussed topic across the web. It’s a pure money grab by Comcast that has absolutely nothing to do with congestion or quality of service, unlike arguments in favor of wireless data caps. And the policy isn’t just bad for Comcast subscribers in capped markets who might have to pay more to use popular services like Netflix and YouTube, it’s bad for us all.

When Comcast CEO Brian Roberts discusses the company’s data cap pilot, which is now live in nearly 30 markets, he tends to focus on the idea that forcing households that use more data to pay more money is all about fairness. Well, since we know Comcast’s caps are all about money and not about a technical need to limit people’s usage, we have a pretty simple idea that might actually make Comcast’s data cap plan more consumer-friendly. More →

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Amazon Fail Stuffed Animals

Amazon fail made it look like Microsoft was selling $14,000 stuffed turtles

By on December 15, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Amazon fail made it look like Microsoft was selling $14,000 stuffed turtles

Wall Street Journal editor Amir Mizroch stumbled across some interesting and mildly amusing Amazon product listings on Wednesday morning. To see what all the hoopla is about, head on over to Microsoft’s Amazon Germany page, you’ll see a listing for Microsoft’s System Center Datacentre selling for about $13,900.

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Netflix Vs. Comcast Data Caps

Netflix is working on new technology that will help Comcast users beat their data caps

Netflix is working on new technology that will help Comcast users beat their data caps

By on December 15, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Online streaming services like Netflix and Sling TV know that Comcast is trying to put the squeeze on them by implementing data caps for Internet users and then offering its own IP-based online streaming service that’s sent over a different network and is thus exempt from its own caps. One solution that Netflix has been testing out could significantly reduce the amount of data that every stream requires. More →

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No censorship in Chinese Internet, says China’s top censor

By on December 9, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

No censorship in Chinese Internet, says China’s top censor

China’s cyber chief rejected criticism of the country’s Internet censorship Wednesday.

The comments by Lu Wei, head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, came ahead of next week’s state-sponsored World Internet Conference in the town of Wuzhen.

Lu said that China does not censor but “manages” Internet content, the Hong Kong Free Press reports, citing transcripts of Wednesday’s press conference in Zhejiang province provided by the Xinua state news agency. “It is a misuse of words if you say ‘content censorship’,” Lu said. “But no censorship does not mean there is no management. The Chinese government learnt how to manage the internet from Western developed countries, we have not learnt enough yet.” More →

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