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Skype on the television isn't a brand new concept; chatting on your HDTV has been possible for some time now, but the partnerships to make it more mainstream than ever seem to be popping up far more rapidly now. Comcast has just announced a new deal that will enable their customers to communicate with family and... Read more...
Paranoia. It's what makes the world go 'round. So maybe that's not precisely true in all cases, but does it not apply here? With the rampant hacking that's been going on (we're looking at you, Sony!), people near and far are suddenly concerned with Internet security. It's always been a concern in reality, but these... Read more...
Are you a Comcast subscriber? Judging by their massive customer base, there's a pretty good chance you are, or at least that someone you know is. And if so, you've probably ventured out to try the new Xfinity TV app, which aims to extend the Pay-TV universe into the world of the iPad and iPhone. For Comcast subscribers, this is the easiest... Read more...
There's a new non-profit lobbying group in town, the Download Fairness Coalition, and it wants to stop double or triple taxation practices that states charge on digitally downloaded purchases, like music, movies or books. The group has pushed for, and gotten, a new bill dubbed the Digital Goods and Services Tax... Read more...
In a development that's glad news for any AT&T customer stuck with the company's new 150GB broadband cap, the New America Foundation and the Public Knowledge group have jointly asked the FCC to examine data caps. While they admit that such caps are not prima facie evidence of monopolistic abuse, they note: "they... Read more...
The Mobile HotSpot shown here isn't new. It's a device that has kicked around on a few carriers in its day, but now, one of America's most prominent cable companies is taking a major step toward becoming an all-in-one service provider. Comcast has just launched this 3G/4G device as a part of their Xfinity Internet2go... Read more...
Back in early March, we covered news that AT&T was instituting broadband meters after years of providing unlimited service. For standard DSL customers, 'unlimited' now means 150GB per month, while U-verse subscribers have a higher cap of 250GB/s. AT&T claims that these caps are necessary due to the fact that a small number of customers... Read more...
Life is good for Netflix, the video rental and streaming service that is now bigger than Comcast, at least if we go by the numbers. According to Netflix's latest earnings report, the company now boasts 23.6 million subscribers around the globe. That's more than Comcast, which just so happens to be the biggest cable operator in the U.S. For... Read more...
If there's a trend that's really on a roll in 2011, and it's one we're definitely into. The idea of having 20 remotes to handle everything that goes on in the living room is a tired one, and one that isn't really necessary now that smartphones are taking over. Comcast's Xfinity TV app has just made the shift to Android; prior to this, it was... Read more...
When we first reviewed the iPad, we felt that the potential was greater than what it offered at launch. The iPad has definitely grown into its own, becoming an excellent media consumption device that is becoming increasingly flexible as new applications are platforms are developed. Due to the hype surrounding it, a... Read more...
Yesterday, a sharply divided FCC voted to 3 to 2 to approve new Net Neutrality rules. The vote went down as expected with Democrats voting in favor of rules intended to prevent broadband service providers from blocking content, and Republicans opposed, claiming that such rules are an unjustifiable (and potentially illegal) power grab by the... Read more...
Comcast hasn't exactly been one to avoid bad PR. We need only think back to the whole BitTorrent throttling fiasco, or more recently, Level 3's accusation that Comcast is essentially putting an extortion charge on whisking Netflix traffic down to its subscribers. But here's one bit of good news coming from the Comcast camp -- the ISP reportedly... Read more...
A big battle is happening over Internet service so, naturally, people have added large dollops of fear and misinformation and are shouting about it on Facebook. On December 21, the FCC will finally vote on adopting net neutrality rules. This may (or may not) have been caused by Comcast's spat with Level 3 now that Level 3 won a big contract... Read more...
There've been rumors swirling around that the popular TV service Hulu was planning to launch a paid subscription service for quite some time. Those rumors have now been confirmed in a company blog post by Jason Kilar, the CEO of Hulu. According to Kilar, Hulu Plus isn't a replacement for Hulu, but a complementary... Read more...
We said in our initial iPad review that the tablet was almost certain to grow in popularity over time, as more and more developers had more and more time to create unique applications to take advantage of the new screen size and 1GHz A4 processor. One obvious application for a slate such as this is a home... Read more...
Net Neutrality has always been a hot button topic, just like anything else involving politics. What really pushed the discussion over the edge was Comcast's decision to throttle some users in hopes of providing a "better experience" for others; you can probably imagine why this made some people glad and some people... Read more...
Clearwire, Comcast, and Sprint plan to make their respective 4G mobile Internet services available in additional cities this summer. Cities scheduled to get the new service include Jacksonville and Daytona, FL; Kansas City, KS; Nashville, TN; St. Louis, MO; Salt Lake City, UT; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia... Read more...
There's nothing quite like free Wi-Fi, particularly when you least expect it, and it works quickly. It's sort of like stumbling upon a quarter, but typically it's far more valuable than even that. Last month, Time Warner Cable announced that they would soon be providing free Wi-Fi to New York City customers, and now it seems the offer is being... Read more...
Comcast Corp. is launching a cloud."Secure Backup & Share" is the cable/Internet/entertainment giant's latest service.It's for customers of Comcast's high-speed Internet service, who will be able to "retrieve and share their personal digital media from any Web-enabled or wireless device." I.e., it's a big ol' cloud.Some might find it creepy... Read more...
As promised, Comcast's online television experiment is rolling out across the nation, part of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative designed to keep cable companies relevant in a Web 2.0 world.Fancast Xfinity TV, as it's called, allows Comcast subscribers to legally watch certain shows online for the first time... Read more...
The Domain Name System, or DNS, is the address book of the Internet. Type in a site name such as www.amazon.com, and DNS servers "resolves" that name into an IP address, which is a set of numbers that can get you to the site. On Thursday, Google announced its own DNS service, called Google Public DNS, which it says is part of its initiative... Read more...
The residents of Portland, Oregon are the first lucky Comcast users in the country to get the chance to try out Comcast's newly deployed (and long expected) data usage meter. For users who have long been trying to guesstimate how close they are to their allotted 250GB limit and the overage charges that could result from using too much bandwidth,... Read more...
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