Netflix Speed Test

Netflix service speeds up after company agrees to pay Comcast ‘ransom’

By on March 11, 2014 at 10:20 AM.

Netflix service speeds up after company agrees to pay Comcast ‘ransom’

Following news that Comcast and Netflix had reached a deal whereby Netflix would pay the Internet Service Provider a fee in order to ensure Netflix subscribers have a smooth viewing experience, people panicked and cried that net neutrality was dead. While that’s not entirely true, what is now a matter of fact is that Netflix service performance on Comcast’s network has improved fairly substantially since the company ponied up what many refer to as a “ransom.” More →

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Airpnp Bathroom Rental Mobile App

This app will put your love of making quick money to the ultimate test

By on March 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

This app will put your love of making quick money to the ultimate test

Who doesn’t love making money while doing little to no actual work? The answer is, “No one.” However, some ways of making quick money are demonstrably more pleasant than others, as demonstrated by Airpnp, a new mobile app that lets you rent out your bathroom for complete strangers to use when they have to go in your neighborhood. The app acts as a sort of Craigslist for bathrooms that lets you advertise that your bathroom can be used and also sets your price at anywhere from $0 for less-than-appealing bathrooms to $10 for bathrooms that deliver the luxury treatment. More →

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Hot To Avoid Netflix Scam

Frightening new Netflix scam looks to steal all your private data

By on March 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Frightening new Netflix scam looks to steal all your private data

As scammers continue to get more and more creative with their endeavors, it is becoming increasingly important that we keep our guard up at all times. We recently covered a new scam that targets Verizon Wireless subscribers and looks to take over control of their accounts, but a new scam targeting Netflix customers is even more dangerous. More →

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YouTube Redesign

Meet the all-new, completely redesigned YouTube

By on February 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Meet the all-new, completely redesigned YouTube

YouTube just got a massive redesign and it looks a whole lot more… Googly. “The way you watch YouTube keeps changing, so we’re making a few tweaks to YouTube to keep up with you,” Google said in a post on its YouTube blog late Thursday. “Starting today you’ll see some changes to make it easier to find what you want to watch on YouTube and collect playlists to watch again and again.” YouTube’s new look definitely aligns better with the design and flow of other Google sites. While there’s bound to be some blowback from users initially — there always is — we think that they’ll come around to enjoy the new look soon enough. A couple more screenshots follow below. More →

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Windows Phone Cortana Details Leak

Microsoft’s Cortana: A personal assistant who doesn’t stalk you

By on February 20, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Microsoft’s Cortana: A personal assistant who doesn’t stalk you

Microsoft wants its soon-to-be-released Cortana to help you… but only as much as you want it to. The Verge’s Tom Warren has a nice scoop that details how Microsoft plans to make Cortana the privacy-friendly personal assistant that will specifically ask you what type of information that you want to share before storing it in its virtual notebook. More →

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Yahoo investment smarter Siri

The quest to build a better Siri

By on February 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

The quest to build a better Siri

Since Marissa Mayer became CEO, Yahoo has been on a bit of a roll and has released several well-reviewed apps (Weather, News Digest, Sports, etc.) while also bringing Flickr back from irrelevance. According to MIT Technology Review, Yahoo has even bigger plans with its recent announcement that it is investing millions of dollars to develop a smarter Siri. More →

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Valentine's Day iPhone Apps

You can ruin someone’s Valentine’s Day with just one iPhone app

By on February 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM.

You can ruin someone’s Valentine’s Day with just one iPhone app

T.S. Eliot once wrote that “April is the cruelest month” but one iOS app developer is trying its hardest to make sure that February is even harsher. Meet BreakupText, the iPhone app that helps you compose the perfect Dear John or Dear Jane letter to your soon-to-be-jilted lover. The app takes you through a three-step process: First you select your soon-to-be-ex’s sex, then you choose whether the relationship was casual or serious, then you supply a reason for the breakup (i.e., “I found someone else,” “I lost interest” or “I was eaten by a bear”). Then, presto! The app will send a text to your breakup target. The app costs just $0.99 and promises you’ll have “no more awkward conversations or phone calls” and will be able to “end your relationship in just a few taps.” Granted, it may be the absolute worst way to break up with someone we can imagine but for those of you who have black little hearts it just might be the way to go.

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Amazon Prime Price Increase

Jacking up Amazon Prime prices could be a huge mistake

By on February 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Jacking up Amazon Prime prices could be a huge mistake

People may love Amazon Prime, but Amazon shouldn’t take that love for granted anytime soon. The Wall Street Journal points us to a new survey conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners showing that while most Amazon Prime customers plan on renewing their subscriptions right now, that number would drop significantly if it meant paying between $99 and $119 versus the $79 annual membership they pay today. According to CIRP’s survey, 40% of Prime customers said they would “definitely” not renew their subscriptions if Amazon hiked the price all the way up to $119 while less than half said they would “probably” or “definitely” renew their subscriptions if Amazon raised prices up to $99. More →

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Apple CDN provider

How Apple could dramatically improve iCloud’s performance

By on February 4, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

How Apple could dramatically improve iCloud’s performance

Apple is working on its own content delivery network (CDN), a move which could improve iCloud’s performance. According to a report from Dan Rayburn at StreamingMediaBlog.com, Apple has made key hires in the industry and is currently working to build its own CDN. Apple has traditionally relied on third-party CDNs, such as Akamai or Level 3. More →

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Google Now Chrome Beta Released

Now everyone can use one of Android’s best features on their desktop

By on February 3, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Now everyone can use one of Android’s best features on their desktop

A couple of weeks ago, Google quietly released a desktop-centric version of Google Now for Chrome Canary, the experimental build of Chrome primarily designed for developers and early adopters. On Monday, however, Google announced that it was taking the next step toward making Google Now more widely available to desktop users by integrating it into Chrome Beta, which is a much more stable build than Chrome Canary but that still has a lot of Google’s more experimental new features. More →

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FCC Telephone Network Upgrade

It’s time to embrace the future of phone networks – and the death of telephone numbers

By on January 31, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

It’s time to embrace the future of phone networks – and the death of telephone numbers

If you’ve been on pins and needles waiting for HD voice calls to become the norm, the wait is apparently almost over. The Washington Post reports that the FCC voted to begin rolling out a trial program for fiber-optic telephone networks later this year. According to the report, phone carriers will set up the trials in designated test areas all over the U.S. as the FCC prepares for a full-scale transition to Internet Protocol networks in the future. Interestingly, that may also eventually lead to the death of traditional phone numbers. More →

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Nokia Trapster Criticism Privacy

Meet the mapping tech that even Google Glass’s No. 1 fan calls ‘freaky’ and invasive

By on January 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM.

Meet the mapping tech that even Google Glass’s No. 1 fan calls ‘freaky’ and invasive

You can’t exactly accuse Robert Scoble of being a privacy alarmist, especially since he’s gone out of his way to assuage some of the privacy concerns surrounding Google Glass. That said, there is one mapping application that even Scoble thinks is too “freaky” and that needs significant changes to ensure user privacy. In a blog post reviewing the Nokia-owned Trapster mapping application, Scoble writes that Trapster’s software team has gone way over the line when it comes to respecting user privacy while showing how Trapster could be used to stalk users’ each and every move. More →

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