AT&T Gigabit Internet

How Google Fiber keeps AT&T’s GigaPower pricing in-check

By on March 31, 2015 at 9:00 PM.

How Google Fiber keeps AT&T’s GigaPower pricing in-check

Much like in real estate, sometimes the price you pay for Internet service simply boils down to location, location, location.

Earlier this week, AT&T rolled out their gigabit Internet service in Cupertino, right in Apple’s backyard. Dubbed AT&T GigaPower, Ma Bell is offering blazing Internet speeds of 1Gbps for $110/month. Of course, if you just so happen to live in an area where Google Fiber is available, AT&T will lower the price to $70/month.

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Why Kickstarter Works Obsidian

Forget all the scams and failures – Kickstarter is a legitimately revolutionary platform

Forget all the scams and failures – Kickstarter is a legitimately revolutionary platform

By on March 31, 2015 at 2:24 PM.

Let’s get this out of the way: You have to be very careful when you pledge to Kickstarter. There are lots of projects out there that are either scams or are started by well intentioned entrepreneurs who simply don’t have the talent or experience to fulfill their promises. And of course, there are a lot of truly horrible Kickstarter ideas (I’ve written about them for laughs in the past) that mercifully never get funded. More →

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Netflix Global Content Plan

How Netflix plans to fix one of the biggest problems with its business

By on March 31, 2015 at 11:15 AM.

How Netflix plans to fix one of the biggest problems with its business

We all love Netflix but Netflix here in the United States is different from Netflix in Australia and Netflix in Sweden. The reason for this is that Netflix has different deals to distribute content in different countries, which means movies and shows that might be available in the U.S. aren’t necessarily available in other countries. However, Overclock3d.net has flagged some recent comments made by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings that suggest Netflix has a plan to fix this issue for good. More →

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Google Fiber Kansas City Benefits

3 ways Google Fiber is helping Kansas City besides offering 1Gbps Internet service

By on March 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

3 ways Google Fiber is helping Kansas City besides offering 1Gbps Internet service

Kansas City was very lucky to be the first city to get Google Fiber and we’re not talking just about the 1Gbps Internet service. NextCity has taken a look at some of the side benefits that Kansas City is reaping thanks to being the first Google Fiber city in America and they show just how great it can be to be the first major city in the U.S. to get a high-speed fiber network. More →

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Amazon Cloud Drive

Store an infinite amount of content on Amazon Cloud Drive for just $60 a year

By on March 26, 2015 at 2:02 PM.

Store an infinite amount of content on Amazon Cloud Drive for just $60 a year

Amazon just took center stage in the cloud storage war. On Thursday, the world’s largest online storefront announced a new pricing model for its Cloud Drive service, consolidating its previous options into two new unlimited storage plans. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

An epic Comcast blunder may force a man to sell his new house

By on March 25, 2015 at 2:36 PM.

An epic Comcast blunder may force a man to sell his new house

For many of us, having Internet service in our homes is as essential as having landline telephone service was 30 years ago. Given how many people work from home on at least some level now, we need some way to get online besides wireless carriers that often put limits on how much data we can use each month. In fact, many people nowadays wouldn’t even think of moving into a house that wasn’t able to connect to the web at all. More →

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Google Maps Engine

The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps

By on March 25, 2015 at 10:50 AM.

The amazing algorithm behind Google Maps and Apple Maps

Even before the advent of Google Maps, folks were using programs like MapQuest to print up directions and figure out the shortest route between any two locations. While it’s easy to take mapping apps for granted these days, there’s some interesting mathematical algorithms at work behind the scenes that make it all possible.

Not many people are aware of this, but the computer algorithm that makes mapping programs so convenient dates all the way back to 1956, when a programmer named Edsger W. Dijkstra needed to come up with a solvable problem as a means to showcase the power of a new ARMAC computer. Dijkstra himself is a bit of a computing legend, having received the Turing Award in 1972.

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Internet Speed

Here’s what happens when a man browses the web with a 56k modem for a week

By on March 25, 2015 at 9:47 AM.

Here’s what happens when a man browses the web with a 56k modem for a week

For as much as we complain about Internet speeds, it’s easy to forget just how good we have it compared to the early days of the web when many of us were forced to wait with baited breath for an AOL connection to go through.

Going back to the late 90s, broadband was nowhere to be found. Instead, most users relied on 28.8 kbps and 33 kbps speed modems. And if you really wanted some a more speedy browsing experience, you could always step up your game with a 56 kbps modem.

Today, in a world filled with cable modems and DSL, old school modems are nothing more than nostalgic memories, seemingly relics of an ancient era. But what would happen if you hooked up a modern computer to a 56 kbps modem and tried to browse the web for a week? How would the once-speedy modem cope with some of today’s more data intensive websites?

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Twitter Harassment Policy

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment

By on March 24, 2015 at 9:35 PM.

Here’s how Twitter is finally attempting to cut down on harassment

Twitter has been under fire for the past several months for failing to provide adequate tools to fight harassment on its social network. The company has recently admitted to its shortcomings, and in an attempt to make the website a safer place to interact with other users, it’s testing a new “quality filter” to block notifications that contain abusive or offensive content. More →

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Fastest Internet Speeds

Which states have the fastest Internet speeds?

By on March 24, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

Which states have the fastest Internet speeds?

Earlier this week, Cord Cutters News released some exciting news about Internet speeds in the U.S. According to some recent download speed tests, the average U.S. Internet speed in March checked in at 33.9Mbps, a marked increase from just February when the average Internet speed was 22.3Mbps.

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Google Gmail Pony Express

Google may soon add a brilliant new feature to Gmail that’s unlike anything you’ve seen

By on March 24, 2015 at 4:59 PM.

Google may soon add a brilliant new feature to Gmail that’s unlike anything you’ve seen

As if the United States Postal Service wasn’t already in deep enough water with the countless online innovations making physical mail obsolete, Google’s new service could make paying your bills as easy as having a Gmail account.

Re/code reports that Google is working on a project called Pony Express that will allow users to view and pay their bills straight from their Gmail accounts, without having to visit those awful websites belonging to utility companies and other service providers. More →

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Google Fiber Salt Lake City Expansion

Google Fiber just announced it’s coming to yet another new market

By on March 24, 2015 at 2:04 PM.

Google Fiber just announced it’s coming to yet another new market

Get excited, Salt Lake City residents — you’re about to get access to the fastest Internet service in the United States. Google on Tuesday announced that it would be bringing Google Fiber to Salt Lake City, which actually will make it the second city in Utah to have access to the service. Google first announced it was bringing Fiber to Provo, Utah back in 2013. More →

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