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The pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight

The pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight

By about 9 hours ago.

Services like Netflix are driving U.S. households to cut the cord at an unprecedented rate, and studies suggest that impressive rate won’t be slowing anytime soon. The unbreakable bundles, poor customer service and high cost of pay TV packages has made consumers all too eager to ditch their cable and satellite TV services, so it makes sense that cord cutting has exploded now that entertainment is widely available elsewhere.

As if the reasons to loathe pay TV service providers weren’t already numerous enough, a recent report sheds new light on a scam that cable and satellite TV companies have been pulling for years. And the worst part is that people have known about it all along, they just never realized how bad it was. More →

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Comcast Customers FCC Data Cap Complaints

Fed-up customers are hammering ISPs with FCC complaints about data caps

By about 11 hours ago.

Fed-up customers are hammering ISPs with FCC complaints about data caps

You know what people really don’t like? Data caps. They don’t like them on their mobile phones and they really, really don’t like them on their home Internet services. This hasn’t stopped Comcast and other wireline ISPs from trying to ram them down consumers’ throats anyway, although customer resistance to such caps is so strong that the companies wouldn’t dare roll them out nationwide just yet. More →

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Hit List

NSA China Hacking

Leaked NSA slides: Chinese hackers have been wreaking havoc on corporate America

By on July 31, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

Leaked NSA slides: Chinese hackers have been wreaking havoc on corporate America

NBC News this week obtained leaked slides from a February 2014 NSA presentation which highlight in specific detail the extent to which China has successfully hacked U.S. corporations and individuals.

As indicated by the map above, each red dot represents a unique “successful Chinese attempt to steal corporate and military secrets and data about America’s critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power and telecommunications and internet backbone.” All told, there were nearly 700 successful hacking attempts on U.S. targets over the last five years.

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TV
Trevor Noah Daily Show

How Trevor Noah plans to shake up The Daily Show

By on July 31, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

How Trevor Noah plans to shake up The Daily Show

Comedy Central’s nighttime lineup is in the midst of a transformation. First Stephen Colbert left for the bright lights of CBS, and now Jon Stewart, longtime host of The Daily Show, will officially sign off the air on August 6 after an impressive 16 seasons run.

Replacing Stewart as host of The Daily Show — Comedy Central’s most popular program by far — is South African comedian Trevor Noah. In the wake of Noah’s hiring, Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said that the cable channel opted for Noah out of a desire “to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”

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Game Changers

Google Maps Custom Names

The latest Google Maps update lets you customize your map like never before

By on July 31, 2015 at 8:45 PM.

The latest Google Maps update lets you customize your map like never before

If you’ve updated Google Maps on your Android device recently, you might have noticed a new feature that Google added to its mobile app. You can now edit the names of locations on the map, save them to your personal Google account and search for them the next time you’re out and about. More →

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High Voltage Ejector Bed Video

Watch: The only alarm you won’t be able to snooze

By on July 31, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

Watch: The only alarm you won’t be able to snooze

Having trouble waking up in the morning? There are countless alarm apps that will make sure you wake up on time for work… provided, of course, that you don’t keep hitting snooze and then dozing off again. There is, however, an alternative: A High Voltage Ejector Bed that was created by YouTube inventor Colin Furze and that is essentially an alarm you’ll never have the chance to snooze. More →

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TV
Comcast Vs. Dish Sling TV Ad

Watch the hilarious cable-bashing Sling TV ad Comcast doesn’t want you to see

By on July 31, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Watch the hilarious cable-bashing Sling TV ad Comcast doesn’t want you to see

Dish’s Sling TV is one of the many options that cord cutters have at their disposal to get their TV fix without paying through the nose for a pricey cable package. It’s also competing for customers with cable companies such as Comcast, who are among the most hated companies in the United States. Dish knows that Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable giants have horrible reputations, which is why it’s put together a brilliant new ad the mercilessly bashes cable companies for their service offerings and their dreadful customer service. More →

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Facial Recognition Thermal

The future is here: New face recognition technology can work in the dark

By on July 31, 2015 at 6:30 PM.

The future is here: New face recognition technology can work in the dark

It’s kind of crazy how quickly face detection and recognition technology managed to push its way into the mainstream. Over the past few years we’ve seen face recognition technology reach desktop photo software like iPhoto and even mass market smartphones from the likes of Samsung. And of course, there are no shortage of stories centering on government agencies who use face recognition technology for identification and surveillance purposes.

Setting the bar even higher, researchers from Germany have reportedly developed a new technology that allows facial recognition software to identify faces even in the dark. Whereas traditional facial recognition software involves the comparison of two photos, both of which must be taken in well-lit environments, the approach German computer scientists came up with involves using a person’s thermal signature.

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Windows 10 Scam Email

Watch out: A dangerous Windows 10 scam is being circulated online

By on July 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM.

Watch out: A dangerous Windows 10 scam is being circulated online

The Windows 10 rollout has been relatively smooth, but there are plenty of users who never received the Get Windows 10 app and are still waiting in line for their turn to update. Unfortunately, scammers have seen how desperate Windows users are for the update, which is why it should come as no surprise that a phishing campaign has been discovered. More →

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Dutch Windwheel Building Rotterdam

Giant Windwheel houses 72 apartments, makes its own energy, and can power 1,000 homes

By on July 31, 2015 at 4:48 PM.

Giant Windwheel houses 72 apartments, makes its own energy, and can power 1,000 homes

You probably have no idea what the picture above actually depicts. For your information, it’s a concept of a Windwheel building that will house 72 apartments and a hotel. But more interestingly, it’s a modern windwheel that’ll be able to generate enough power to sustain life inside it and power an additional of 1,000 homes. More →

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Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

By on July 31, 2015 at 4:16 PM.

What it was like to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Last night, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi took to the Windows blog to announce that over 14 million devices were already running Windows 10. Making the OS free is proving to be a smart move for Microsoft, and millions more are sure to join the early adopters in the coming days and weeks, but plenty of users are understandably cautious about updating.

Yesterday, I decided to take the plunge without reading any instructional articles or investigating the issues I might face. Foolish? Quite possibly, but I wanted to know what it would be like to go in blind. I’d seen a few worrisome tweets, but for all I knew they were the outliers. I was going to find out for myself if Microsoft was ready for the influx of installations… More →

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Foo Fighters Learn to Fly 1,000 Rockers Video

Video: 1,000 Italians banded together to convince the Foo Fighters to play their small town

By on July 31, 2015 at 3:41 PM.

Video: 1,000 Italians banded together to convince the Foo Fighters to play their small town

It might not work every time, but a new video shows you one way to convince your favorite band or artist — in this case, the Foo Fighters — to come and perform in your town, even if it’s a small community. How did they do it? 1,000 musicians banded together and performed a Foo Fighters song with the hope of convincing Dave Grohl and his bandmates to come play a show in Cesena, Italy. More →

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Best Car Crashes

Watching this guy crash his million-dollar Porsche while showing off is way too satisfying

By on July 31, 2015 at 3:14 PM.

Watching this guy crash his million-dollar Porsche while showing off is way too satisfying

Porsche’s 918 Spyder is an 887 horsepower monster that starts at $845,000. Let’s just say this car attracts… a certain type of buyer. And this shirtless guy in St. Tropez definitely fits the bill.

With his model-looking friend in the passenger seat, Mr. 918 tried to peel out in a parking lot full of people to show off. After narrowly missing a few people walking through the parking lot who would have been seriously injured at the very least had they been hit, the guy slammed into a tree.

We’re not sure how it could possibly be any more satisfying. More →

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