Cheaper Uber Alternative

Uber rival Gett will pay you if its fares aren’t cheaper than Uber

By on January 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM.

Uber rival Gett will pay you if its fares aren’t cheaper than Uber

There is little question that Uber is king of the next generation of taxi killers, but rivals like Lyft have still managed to make a name for themselves. This new breed of transportation allows just about anyone to become a “taxi driver,” and users hail rides using an app rather than trying to flag a car down on the street or call a cab service to order a car. These services are quick, they’re easy, and everyone seems to love them. Well, almost everyone.

A smaller Uber rival called Gett has been making waves recently by offering flat fares and surge-free pricing to lure riders away from Uber, and now the company has a new offer that promises to pay users in New York City if they can find an Uber fare that’s cheaper than a comparable Gett ride. More →

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Flixed Netflix Universal Search

New free app fixes people’s biggest problem with Netflix

By on January 11, 2016 at 10:42 AM.

New free app fixes people’s biggest problem with Netflix

Finding and discovering movies and TV series on Netflix might be an annoying chore for some people. There are many tricks to customize the way you watch Netflix, such as using multiple profiles at the same time or figuring out the right codes for certain movie genres. Simply searching for movies inside Netflix might not always be a great experience, though. In fact, it’s probably the worst thing about Netflix.

Good news, Netflix subscribers: There’s a new free web app that aims to fix Netflix’s search – meet Flixed. More →

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New Year's Eve Uber Surge Pricing

New Year’s Eve surge pricing enrages Uber users; one man hit with $1,100 fare

By on January 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM.

New Year’s Eve surge pricing enrages Uber users; one man hit with $1,100 fare

Uber has become a staple in markets where it’s available, offering people a simplified alternative to taxi cabs at what are typically competitive prices. Sometimes, however, Uber’s prices can skyrocket due to its surge pricing policy, which drives up prices in busy areas where Uber cars are in high demand. It goes without saying that New Year’s Eve was going to be a pricey night to use Uber, but the company’s customers weren’t prepared for just how much prices would be inflated. Now, horror stories are sweeping the Internet as some users report having to pay as much as 10 times normal rates without what they perceived as fair warning. More →

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Free Home Phone Service

How to get free home phone service for life

By on December 29, 2015 at 4:55 PM.

How to get free home phone service for life

That triple play deal your cable company keeps offering looks very enticing indeed, but the truth is that if you’re paying anything at all for home phone service, you’re crazy. It’s not just that every cell phone plan you can get includes unlimited nationwide calling, because having a more reliable landline option is never a bad idea. No, it’s because one simple purchase of the Ooma Telo gives you completely free home phone service over your existing Internet line for the rest of your life. More →

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The Beatles Streaming

The Beatles arrive on 9 different streaming music services

By on December 23, 2015 at 8:13 AM.

The Beatles arrive on 9 different streaming music services

The Beatles used a webpage that looks like it was designed in the late 1990s to announce their arrival in the twenty-first century. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. local time on December 24th in every time zone around the world, a huge portion of The Beatles’ catalog will be available to stream on nine different services. In other words, a whole lot of Beatles fans will have a very merry Christmas this year, and a bunch of rich people just got much, much richer. More →

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Amazon Cloud Photo Storage Deal

$1 gets you a full year of unlimited cloud photo storage from Amazon

By on November 30, 2015 at 6:25 PM.

$1 gets you a full year of unlimited cloud photo storage from Amazon

On Black Friday, we told you about a crazy deal Amazon was offering: one full year of unlimited cloud storage for just $5. That deal is still live if you haven’t already jumped on it, and it’s an amazing bargain compared to other cloud storage solutions out there. Of course, products like Amazon Cloud Drive are nothing new, and you might already have all of your files backed up to the cloud with services like Dropbox, OneDrive or iCloud.

If you don’t want to move all of your files over to Amazon but you do have a need to free up some space on your mobile devices that is currently occupied by photos, there’s another killer deal the retail giant is offering for Cyber Monday: $1 — that’s right, just a single dollar — gets you unlimited cloud photo storage for one full year. More →

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microsoft-onedrive

Microsoft’s cloud storage offers just got worse – a lot worse

By on November 3, 2015 at 7:50 AM.

Microsoft’s cloud storage offers just got worse – a lot worse

It’s been just over a year since Microsoft announced that all Office 365 subscribers would have access to unlimited cloud storage, but now the company is yanking that offer away. Instead, Microsoft now says subscribers to Office 365 Home, Personal and University will get 1TB of cloud storage instead of the unlimited amount they were previously promised. More →

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How To Block People In Gmail

New Gmail feature makes it easy to block annoying people – here’s how to use it

By on September 22, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

New Gmail feature makes it easy to block annoying people – here’s how to use it

Email filters have existed forever. In fact, a few particularly annoying PR flacks probably would have driven me insane years ago had it not been for the ability to block their persistent pitches for clients whose products aren’t even close to being a fit for BGR. I’m sure everyone can relate — there are just always going to be some people you never want to hear from again.

Google has supported filters just like every other email provider out there ever since Gmail first launched. Today, however, the company announced a new feature that makes it very easy to instantly block annoying senders in just a few quick clicks. More →

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Beats 1 Playlist

See Every Single Song Apple Plays on Beats 1

By on July 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

See Every Single Song Apple Plays on Beats 1

Apple Music is here. Some people love it. Some people think it’s doomed. Wherever you stand on matters, one thing is clear: Apple did a good job hitting most of the notes it needed to hit, and it also added a couple of unique features users can’t find elsewhere. One of them, of course, is Beats 1.

Beats 1 is Apple’s global radio station that streams around the clock. But what happens if you hear something you like and don’t catch it in time to see the name? More →

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Apple Music Review

Acclaimed Music Industry Critic Lists 7 Reasons Apple Music Is Doomed to Fail

By on July 3, 2015 at 1:20 PM.

Acclaimed Music Industry Critic Lists 7 Reasons Apple Music Is Doomed to Fail

Bob Lefsetz is one of the most well-known and well-respected music industry critics in the business. He has worked with and consulted for major labels for years, and he pens a regular newsletter covering every aspect of the industry. With the launch of Apple Music earlier this week, Lefsetz has given the new service plenty of attention recently, as you might expect.

But while many people are bullish on Apple’s new streaming music service, Lefsetz says it looks doomed to fail. More →

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Streaming TV Shows Online Free

Community-powered Internet TV Portal Offers 200,000 Channels of Streaming Content

Community-powered Internet TV Portal Offers 200,000 Channels of Streaming Content

By on July 3, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Cord cutters, your prayers have been answered. Sort of.

Households no longer need pay TV packages to enjoy movies and TV shows at home, and cord cutting has reached new heights thanks to services like Netflix, which offers tens of thousands of movies and TV shows that are each just a few clicks away. Networks are also finally getting in on the action, as HBO, ESPN and others launch services that stream paid content without the need for a pay TV subscription.

Netflix, HBO Now and WatchESPN are all paid options, though. What if you want to stream content for free? Sure, you can steal content by streaming it illegally, but there are plenty of legal options out there as well. The key, however, is getting them all in one place, and now there’s a community-powered service that looks to do just that. More →

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