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Steve Jobs gets vindicated one last time

By on January 28, 2015 at 1:50 PM.

Steve Jobs gets vindicated one last time

Steve Jobs didn’t get everything right, but it would be hard for anyone at this point to question his decision to keep Flash off of iOS devices. Softpedia notes that YouTube has now moved away from Flash and has made HTML5 its primary technology for delivering videos, which marks a posthumous victory for Apple cofounder Steve Jobs that’s been years in the making. More →

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It’s official: Google Fiber is coming to four new markets

By on January 27, 2015 at 1:32 PM.

It’s official: Google Fiber is coming to four new markets

Get hyped, residents of Atlanta, Raleigh, Nashville and Charlotte: You’re getting Google Fiber. As expected, Google has announced that it will be expanding its Google Fiber footprint to four new markets, all of which are below the Mason-Dixon line. More →

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Google Fiber is about to announce its biggest, most ambitious expansion yet

By on January 27, 2015 at 8:45 AM.

Google Fiber is about to announce its biggest, most ambitious expansion yet

Awesome news for everyone who loves 1Gbps Internet services: Google Fiber is starting to expand much more aggressively. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google Fiber will announce an expansion into four new markets this week: Atlanta, Nashville, and two cities in North Carolina, Charlotte and Raleigh. More →

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The Pirate Bay Return

Mark your calendars: The Pirate Bay returns on February 1st

By on January 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Mark your calendars: The Pirate Bay returns on February 1st

Torrent downloads fans anxiously waiting for The Pirate Bay service to be resurrected will surely be happy to hear the team behind it has updated the site to add definitive proof that The Pirate Bay is coming back in some form. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Just when you thought Comcast couldn’t get any worse…

By on January 26, 2015 at 8:45 AM.

Just when you thought Comcast couldn’t get any worse…

We really shouldn’t be surprised by nightmare Comcast stories anymore… but somehow the company keeps coming up with creative ways to deliver terrible service. The Philadelphia Inquirer brings us the story of Louis Moravec and Susan Thauer, two Philly residents who had an impossible time getting Comcast to actually come out to their new place and hook them up with Internet services. In fact, what should have been a simple one-afternoon process ending up taking three weeks and an estimate 50 hours on the phone with Comcast customer service representatives. More →

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Cable Internet Speeds 25 Mbps

Forget 1Gbps – the cable industry says you don’t even need 25Mbps

By on January 26, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

Forget 1Gbps – the cable industry says you don’t even need 25Mbps

There are times when it’s easy to picture cable companies as Mr. Bumble, the orphanage headmaster in Oliver Twist (i.e., “Please, sir, I want some more bandwidth!” “MORE BANDWIDTH?!!!??!”). We bring this up because Ars Technica has spotted a new FCC filing made by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association in which the cable lobbying group argues that the average consumer doesn’t even need a connection speed of 25Mbps, let alone faster ones like the 1Gbps connections offered by Google Fiber. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Support

Finally: We’ve found a group of consumers who will benefit from the Comcast-TWC merger

By on January 23, 2015 at 8:20 AM.

Finally: We’ve found a group of consumers who will benefit from the Comcast-TWC merger

Comcast and Time Warner Cable have long insisted that their proposed merger will have big benefits for consumers, although opinion polls of consumers have shown that this argument hasn’t proven very persuasive. That said, consumers in Michigan actually have a very good reason to support the merger because it will mean that Comcast will leave them alone. More →

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Kim Dotcom MegaChat

Kim Dotcom’s new encrypted MegaChat service will compete with Skype

By on January 22, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

Kim Dotcom’s new encrypted MegaChat service will compete with Skype

It’s about a year late, but Kim Dotcom’s encrypted audio and video calling service has finally arrived. Dotcom and the Mega Conspiracy Team announced on Thursday that MegaChat has officially entered public beta, allowing users to place video calls and share files with their contacts over a secure line. More →

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Still looking for Pirate Bay alternatives? BitCannon lets you build your own in a few clicks

By on January 22, 2015 at 11:35 AM.

Still looking for Pirate Bay alternatives? BitCannon lets you build your own in a few clicks

The Pirate Bay is getting ready to make its triumphant return, but that doesn’t mean torrent users can rest easy. The popular online torrent index could be taken down again at any time as agencies around the world continue to crack down on digital piracy. For those unaware, The Pirate Bay is a popular online service that tracks torrent files on third-party servers and helps users connect directly to those servers in order to download the files. In many cases, those files are indeed illegal pirated copies of movies, TV shows, books, apps and more.

So, torrent fans, what happens the next time The Pirate Bay is taken offline? A new free solution lets you build your own torrent index in just a few clicks. More →

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BlackBerry CEO Chen Net Neutrality

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

By on January 22, 2015 at 10:20 AM.

BlackBerry’s CEO wrote the stupidest net neutrality article I’ve ever read

Let’s get one thing clear right off the bat: I think John Chen is a very smart guy who has done a terrific job leading BlackBerry out of a very bad situation so far. But on Tuesday afternoon, he penned a blog post on net neutrality that might be the single most boneheaded take on the debate I’ve ever read. More →

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Kickstarter: The Oatmeal's Exploding Kittens Card Game

Meet ‘Exploding Kittens,’ the hilarious card game currently ‘exploding’ on Kickstarter

By on January 22, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Meet ‘Exploding Kittens,’ the hilarious card game currently ‘exploding’ on Kickstarter

Exploding Kittens is the name of a new card game that has taken Kickstarter by storm, coming from famed comic The Oatmeal, who partnered up with Elan Lee and Shane Small to create what appears to be an insanely humorous game for players of all ages, although a NSFW version of the game is also available. The game reached its $10,000 funding goal in just 20 minutes after being listed, and it topped $2,500,000 in pledges with almost a full month to go. More →

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