Why Is Comcast So Bad

Netflix users are paying the price for Comcast’s data caps

By on April 22, 2016 at 8:55 AM.

Netflix users are paying the price for Comcast’s data caps

As pretty much everyone who isn’t on Comcast’s payroll knows, its data caps aren’t about ensuring “fairness” but about slowing the growth of cord cuttersThe Wall Street Journal has a good new report that shows how much data caps are already making people think twice about how much they watch Netflix, and one user says he’s already cancelled Netflix because he doesn’t want to pay Comcast’s overage fees. More →

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Netflix ISP Speed Index

Where does yours rank on Netflix’s list of best and worst ISPs?

Where does yours rank on Netflix’s list of best and worst ISPs?

By on April 13, 2016 at 2:01 PM.

You pay a ridiculous amount of cash each month for internet service. Are you really getting your money’s worth? Internet service providers love to advertise lightning-fast speeds but unfortunately, but customers rarely see speeds anywhere near as fast as their plan advertises. There are a number of reasons for the discrepancy, including poor Wi-Fi connections (be sure to check out our tips for improving your home Wi-Fi network) and slow speeds at the servers that store the content you’re trying to download. You might have 100Mbps internet, but you’ll never see speeds that fast when you’re trying to download huge files.

With that out of the way, ISP connections to your home and interconnections elsewhere indeed have a big impact on the internet speeds you experience, and Netflix has been raking ISPs in the United States for some time now. The streaming media provider just updated its rankings with new data as of March 2016, and now it’s time to see how your ISP compares to the rest. More →

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Microsoft Edge Flash Auto-Pause

Microsoft Edge is going to save you from annoying Flash ads in its next update

By on April 8, 2016 at 7:50 PM.

Microsoft Edge is going to save you from annoying Flash ads in its next update

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: you should probably disable Adobe Flash altogether. It’s nearly obsolete, it’s a resource hog and it’s often the culprit behind major security scares. But if you just can’t let Flash go, Microsoft Edge is going to at least make it easier to manage in its next update. More →

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Vivaldi Vs Google Chrome Vs Microsoft Edge

Meet the first web browser with real potential to be better than Chrome

Meet the first web browser with real potential to be better than Chrome

By on April 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM.

For a long time I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Chrome. I love how it opens pages more quickly than any other browser I’ve used but I hate all the resources that it gobbles up to make that performance happen. I like Microsoft’s Edge browser but there’s still something missing for me there that I can’t quite put my finger on.

However, for the past couple of days I’ve been playing around with the new Vivaldi browser and it looks like I may have finally found the browser that will allow me to comfortably ditch Chrome. More →

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Federal Communications Commission Consumer Broadband Labels

FCC unveils a simple way to see if your ISP is giving you a raw deal

By on April 4, 2016 at 5:50 PM.

FCC unveils a simple way to see if your ISP is giving you a raw deal

So you’ve signed up for a new Internet service and it seems like it’s a great deal… but that’s before you consider things like data caps and sneaky fees. The Federal Communications Commission knows that paying for Internet services can be a frustrating experience for many consumers, which is why it’s come out with new “nutrition labels” for consumer broadband services that offer details about ISPs’ prices, their policies on data caps, their assorted fees and more. More →

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Google Chrome vs Internet Explorer

Chrome is on the verge of knocking Internet Explorer out of the top spot

By on April 1, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Chrome is on the verge of knocking Internet Explorer out of the top spot

One of the greatest unsolved mysteries of our time is the enduring popularity of Internet Explorer. Not only is it one of the least functional browsers available, but it was made obsolete when Microsoft launched Edge alongside Windows 10 last year.

Nevertheless, it remains the most popular browser in the world… but that may not be the case for much longer. More →

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MIT Wi-Fi Security Passwords Location

MIT figured out how to secure Wi-Fi without passwords

By on April 1, 2016 at 4:45 PM.

MIT figured out how to secure Wi-Fi without passwords

PC and smartphone users tend to have a love-hate relationship with wireless networks. It’s great to have Wi-Fi Internet at home, at the office, and in public places, but you still have to deal with passwords and spotty coverage. One of these headaches may soon be a thing of the past, however: The brains at MIT have now figured out how to remove password requirements from a Wi-Fi network without compromising its security. More →

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Microsoft Tay Tweets

The good news is that Microsoft’s AI chatbot isn’t a racist anymore…

By on March 30, 2016 at 9:16 AM.

The good news is that Microsoft’s AI chatbot isn’t a racist anymore…

We have good news and bad news about Microsoft’s chatbot experiment involving Tay, a Twitter account that the company hopes will someday interact with other Twitter users in a meaningful way without human assistance. The good news is that Tay is not a racist anymore. But the bad news is that it has apparently morphed into something else the world doesn’t need anymore of: A spambot. More →

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Project Apollo 17

Project Apollo 17 might be the most impressive interactive experience on the Internet

Project Apollo 17 might be the most impressive interactive experience on the Internet

By on March 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM.

44 years. That’s how long it’s been since Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon, returned to Earth. With all of the technological advancements that have come about in the past four decades, you might think that a trip to the Moon would be a walk in the park, but NASA’s priorities lie elsewhere.

Thankfully, those same advancements have made it possible for us to relive the Apollo 17 mission without ever leaving our homes. More →

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Email Instructional Video 1984

Fascinating instructional video from 1984 explains to viewers how to use email

By on March 25, 2016 at 9:10 PM.

Fascinating instructional video from 1984 explains to viewers how to use email

In 2016, email is inescapable. If you check your email less than 10 times a day, consider yourself lucky, because it has completely taken over many people’s lives. In fact, it’s hard to imagine how we’d communicate to anyone other than family and friends if we didn’t have email to rely on, which makes videos like the one you’re about to watch below all the more hysterical.

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Internet Speed Record

Future of the Internet: Researchers set new record with 57 Gbps fiber optic data transfer

By on March 25, 2016 at 7:25 PM.

Future of the Internet: Researchers set new record with 57 Gbps fiber optic data transfer

When you think of prestigious and influential Computer Science and engineering programs, schools like MIT, Stanford, University of Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon are likely to come to mind. But always lost in the shuffle and seemingly always flying underneath the radar is the venerable University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign which has long been associated with groundbreaking technological breakthroughs.

Most recently, the school announced earlier this week that a team of engineers managed to put together fiber optic technology capable of transmitting data at speeds of 57 gigabits per second, all error free. The 57 Gbps threshold is not only impressive, but sets a completely new record for fiber-optic data transmission.

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Apple iCloud Vs. Google Amazon

Why Apple’s cloud can’t compete

By on March 23, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

Why Apple’s cloud can’t compete

Apple is a company that usually likes to maintain as much control over both its hardware and software as possible. Given this, you’d expect that the company would want to build out its own cloud infrastructure so that it wouldn’t have to rely on the likes of Google, Amazon and Microsoft. However, as a new report from The Information’s Amir Efrati and Steve Nellis makes clear, Apple isn’t even close to having that kind of independence from its biggest rivals when it comes to cloud infrastructure. More →

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