Most Embarrassing Google Searches By State

This map shows your state’s most embarrassing Google searches

By on August 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

This map shows your state’s most embarrassing Google searches

Every state in the U.S. has its own unique culture, which also means it has its own unique Google searches. Real estate search site Estately recently dove into Google search data and came up with some common search items in each state that it deemed embarrassing. As you can see in the map above, people in Massachusetts have been searching a lot for “deflated balls” recently thanks to the alleged antics of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, while people in Tennessee seem to really want to know whether Bigfoot is real. More →

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Recover Deleted iCloud Files

A guide to recovering deleted files from iCloud

By on August 26, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

A guide to recovering deleted files from iCloud

Losing data in the cloud is a tragically hopeless feeling.

Although Apple’s iCloud service is incredibly convenient for accessing files between different devices without having to manually move them around, we’ve all heard the horror stories of files being inexplicably lost or accidentally deleted. Thankfully, Apple knows that we all make mistakes, so there’s a way to get the data back. More →

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Politicians Twitter Gaffes

Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable

Twitter just made it more difficult to hold politicians accountable

By on August 25, 2015 at 8:20 PM.

Nothing ever really disappears on the Internet. It’s both terrifying and fantastic, depending on the circumstances — and on which end of the stick you’re on. Once an article is published… once a photo is leaked… once a tweet is tweeted… it’s out there forever.

In the case of politicians who have a tendency to tweet without stopping to think first and consider the ramifications of what they’re about to post, the permanency of the Internet can help the public see these elected officials’ true colors. Interestingly, however, Twitter just made it slightly more difficult for us to hold politicians accountable — and the company used the worst possible logic in doing so. More →

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Comcast Gigabit Internet

Comcast to offer gigabit Internet nationwide by 2018

By on August 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM.

Comcast to offer gigabit Internet nationwide by 2018

Though maligned for its customer support and billing practices, the one thing Comcast decidedly does well is offer fast Internet service. In recent nationwide testing, SpeedTest.net found that Comcast is the fastest nationwide ISP in the country. And now comes word that the company’s fast Internet is about to get a whole lot faster.

During a recent interview with FierceCable, Comcast VP of network architecture Robert Howald said that Comcast has plans to offer gigabit Internet service to all of its customers by 2018.

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BitTorrent uTorrent Download App Subscription

Irony: Popular illegal download service wants you to pay for its software

By on August 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM.

Irony: Popular illegal download service wants you to pay for its software

Apps that allow users to download torrent files are usually used for grabbing copyrighted content that’s illegally hosted online. Most such apps are available as free downloads, but one popular torrent app is exploring options to make its users pay for the app. More →

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AT&T NSA

How AT&T helped the NSA spy on Internet traffic

By on August 17, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

How AT&T helped the NSA spy on Internet traffic

For decades, AT&T actively helped the NSA engage in widespread surveillance on both phone calls and Internet traffic. Citing documents made available by former NSA employee Edward Snowden, The New York Times and ProPublica both report that AT&T and the NSA have long shared a working relationship that is much closer than most people previously imagined.

In what one classified document termed a “highly collaborative” relationship, AT&T employed a number of varying methods to help the NSA acquire an incomprehensible amount of data.

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Comcast Data Caps

Comcast admits its 300GB data cap serves no technical purpose

By on August 16, 2015 at 12:30 PM.

Comcast admits its 300GB data cap serves no technical purpose

Say what you will about Comcast and their customer service, but the company does provide the fastest internet speeds amongst all nationwide ISPs. As we highlighted earlier this month, Comcast Xfinity delivers an average download speed of 104Mbps alongside an average upload speed of 12.7Mbps.

That’s great and all, but with Comcast simultaneously implementing a rigid 300 GB data cap on its users, the company has naturally been accused of teasing users with download speeds that can quickly eat into the 300 GB threshold and subsequently result in fines for going over.

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Donald Trump Secret Web Domains

Here are the web domains Donald Trump bought to stop the Internet from making fun of him

By on August 13, 2015 at 3:12 PM.

Here are the web domains Donald Trump bought to stop the Internet from making fun of him

It’s very common for a politician or celebrity to buy up domain names in the hopes of blocking trolls and haters from creating websites to ridicule them. Nonetheless, we were intrigued by Business Insider’s scoop about how Donald Trump has quietly bought up more than 3,000 domain names over the years, a good portion of which would be perfect URLs for anti-Trump websites. More →

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Fastest ISPs

These are the fastest ISPs in each country, according to Netflix

By on August 12, 2015 at 1:11 PM.

These are the fastest ISPs in each country, according to Netflix

With consumers streaming more video online than ever before, having an Internet connection strong enough to handle high quality streams is more important than ever. And seeing as how Netflix is in the business of providing such streams to millions of users across the globe, it’s no surprise that the company knows a thing or two about which ISPs really deliver.

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Cable Modem Router

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

By on August 12, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

We recently wrote about an awful pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight. Cable and satellite TV providers charge you as much as a monthly Netflix subscription or even more to rent a cable box that allows you to use their services. You’ll likely end up paying hundreds of dollars for this box over the course of your contract, and then you’ll have to pay hundreds more or return the box when it comes time to move or cancel your service.

Of course, pay TV companies are also Internet service providers, and they double up and pull the same move with your modem. As is often the case with cable boxes, however, you can fight back against these bogus charges by purchasing your own hardware. More →

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Website URL Strange Characters Explained

Here’s what all the weird extra characters in URLs really mean

By on August 11, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

Here’s what all the weird extra characters in URLs really mean

Everyone online knows and uses URLs — they’re how you tell a web browser to load an individual page you want to access on your computer on a mobile device. It’s all based on web standards that everyone uses, but you may not know that not all URLs are user-friendly – meaning they can contain plenty of characters that might not make sense to users. But there’s a good reason for that. More →

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Comcast Internet Speed Test Fastest

America hates Comcast but it’s the fastest nationwide ISP we have

By on August 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM.

America hates Comcast but it’s the fastest nationwide ISP we have

Comcast is not a well loved company in the United States. Somewhat paradoxically, however, Comcast also happens to be the ISP with the fastest overall speeds of any nationwide provider in the country. SpeedTest.net this week announced its first-ever awards for ISPs in the U.S. and it found that Comcast’s Xfinity was the fastest overall service with an average download speed of just under 105Mbps and an average upload speed of 12.7Mbps. More →

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