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The FCC's new net neutrality proposal is already ruining the Internet

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 2 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "It may seem melodramatic to say that the future of the Internet in the United States was put in jeopardy earlier this year when a U.S. Appeals court killed net neutrality. Unfortunately, it is not melodramatic at all. Apparently the mere possibility that the FCC’s new net neutrality proposal will pass is causing venture capital firms to stop funding startups with services that rely on fast Internet connections for videos, music or other services. The fear is that such companies may need to pay a ransom to large ISPs in the future, and those fees could dramatically impact their profitability..."
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Unmasked: The world's first clear look at Amazon's unreleased smartphone

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 3 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Amazon is still more than a month away from unveiling its first own-brand smartphone, but there isn’t much mystery that remains. BGR gave the world its first look at the unannounced handset in mid-April, and we followed up with exclusive details surrounding the phone’s unique 3D interface and gesture-based controls. Then, we revealed that “Prime Data” will be one of the device’s key weapons in the crowded U.S. smartphone market. Now, BGR has exclusively obtained a new image of Amazon’s smartphone that reveals the handset’s design for the first time ever..."
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The Amazon smartphone's secret weapon: Prime Data

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 3 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Amazon is preparing to release its first smartphone this summer and the device will include a variety of hardware and software features that are unlike anything the world has ever seen. These attributes are intriguing and at times innovative, but the company has an ace up its sleeve that could end up being the phone’s most attractive feature..."
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Beyond 3D: An exclusive inside look at Amazon's smartphone

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 2 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Amazon doesn’t plan to unveil its first smartphone until later this spring, but the world got an early look at the handset last week when BGR posted exclusive photos of the unannounced device. We also shared several key details about the phone’s software, which features unique hardware-assisted 3D effects that will help differentiate Amazon’s smartphone lineup from rival devices. But Amazon’s 3D effects are just the tip of the iceberg — this exclusive report reveals everything there is to know about the exciting software that powers Amazon's upcoming smartphones..."
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This is Amazon's smartphone: First photos ever of the Kindle phone

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 3 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "BGR has spoken with multiple trusted sources and confirmed much of what has been reported thus far. We have also exclusively learned many new details surrounding Amazon’s upcoming smartphone, which is set to debut in the coming months. Finally, we have obtained exclusive photos of a prototype of the unreleased device, giving the world its first look at Amazon’s hotly anticipated phone..."
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U.S. wireless carriers finally have something to fear: Google

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 4 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Call Google “evil” all you want — I personally love how “evil” Google is — but there is no other company on the planet that can shake things up and disrupt the status quo like Google. Armed with a massive advertising business and an uncanny ability to collect and utilize data in amazing ways, Google has time and time again shown us that it’s not afraid to roll the dice and bet big when it comes to breaking into new categories. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile should all be on high alert, then, because Google is once again rumored to be toying with the idea of launching its own wireless service..."
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This huge iOS 7 security flaw makes it impossible to recover your stolen iPhone

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 4 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Owners of Apple’s iPhone have the dubious honor of possessing one of thieves’ most sought-after gadgets. In fact, the New York Police Department recently pointed out that thefts of Apple devices were largely responsible for the rise in crime last year. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why lost and stolen device recovery systems such as Apple’s Find My iPhone are hugely important, and we have read several stories about such mechanisms helping people recover their lost devices. But what happens when systems like Find My iPhone can be removed from a stolen iPhone in mere minutes?"
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These are the 5 iOS features Apple claims Samsung stole

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 4 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "According to Apple, Samsung has stolen a number of key iOS features and design elements, and used them when making its Galaxy smartphones and tablets. Back in 2012 a jury agreed to some extent, and Apple was ultimately awarded nearly $1 billion in damages as a result. Now, Apple and Samsung find themselves in Judge Lucy Koh’s California court once again to argue over whether or not Samsung stole a different set of patents owned by Apple. Wondering exactly what Apple is claiming Samsung swiped in its Galaxy smartphones this time around? This post has everything you need to know..."
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15 tips for squeezing as much battery life as possible out of your iPhone

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 4 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "After all these years, battery life is still one of the biggest pain points when it comes to smartphones. Battery technology is always improving, of course, but not nearly fast enough to offset the various new tech that drains the juice from our smartphones. Especially where the iPhone is concerned, the phone’s design is also constantly getting slimmer so there is less space to fit a battery with each new generation. But don’t despair — we’re here to help..."
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Thank you, Google, for being so 'evil'

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 4 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Using Google’s “don’t be evil” slogan in articles criticizing the technology giant’s hunger for private data is a pastime tech bloggers and journalists have long since worn out. Yes, we know Google is an advertising company. Yes, we know nearly every single product and service in Google’s massive portfolio is used in part to collect personal data from the company’s massive user base. Yes, we know that data is then used to build profiles of each Google user. And yes, we know those profiles are used to serve targeted advertisements. But if Google is "evil," then being evil truly is fantastic for users..."
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Scientific proof that trolls are ruining the Internet

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 5 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Internet trolls are not a new phenomenon, but people have yet to find a way to effectively stop these woeful web goers from spoiling the fun for the rest of us. They flood forums, blogs, news sites, social media networks and any other page that supports open discussions with the deplorable goal of ruining any hope of meaningful conversation. Trolling is obviously annoying and sometimes even exasperating, but many people don’t realize that it’s much worse than that. As noted in a recent report, we now have actual scientific proof that trolls are ruining the Internet..."
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Verizon CEO says heavy broadband users should pay more for their service

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 5 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Are you constantly streaming high-definition video, downloading tons of Xbox One games and sending massive files to friends and family? You should pay more for Internet access than your neighbor, who only uses a 10-year-old PC in his living room to read email and occasionally browse the Internet for cat GIFs. This is the position of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who said this week that heavy broadband users should have to pay more for home Internet access than those who don’t take full advantage of the service for which they already pay top dollar..."
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These six organizations secretly run the Internet

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 5 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Who runs the Internet? Is it Google, the global search leader that trades fantastic free services for borderline frightening insights into user behavior? Is it Apple, whose iPhones and iPads are reportedly used to connect people to the Internet more than any other mobile devices on the planet by a massive margin? Is it the Illuminati? According to a new feature from the team that taught us how to disappear online, there are actually six organizations that secretly run the Internet and you might not have considered any of them..."
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Fascinating new mobile payment solution works everywhere by tricking card reader

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 5 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "The battle for the future of digital wallets is still in its infancy and there are still no clear winners in the United States. What is clear, however, is that NFC-based solutions haven’t seen the widespread adoption some industry watchers had expected. The lack of a universal solution and the cost of upgrading merchant terminals are both huge barriers, and they may never really be overcome. As such, several companies are looking for ways around these limitations by coming up with solutions that work with current equipment. One example we covered recently is Coin, which is building a one card to rule them all solution. Now, another contender called Loop has released a novel product it hopes will change the way we pay for goods and services..."
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This is what life is like for an iPhone loyalist who switches to Android

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 5 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "The “iPhone vs. Android” debate is an odd one but it’s also quite prevalent among technology enthusiasts, so we cover it often here on BGR. Among the more interesting aspects of the debate are the perspectives shared by users who jump from one camp to the other and then share their thoughts; since we use both mobile platforms constantly here at BGR, the occasional outside commentary is interesting. In the past, we covered an account from an Apple fanboy who couldn’t stand using the Nexus 5 even for a full 24 hours, and we also found a more level-headed anecdote from someone who switched from the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S4 for six months. Now, a Silicon Valley investor and marketer has shared his thoughts on Android after switching from the iPhone a few weeks ago..."
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5 more great Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can't

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 5 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Last week, we wrote about five Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone just can’t. There are countless clear benefits to owning a smartphone powered by Apple’s mobile platform but the simple fact of the matter is that the restrictions imposed on third-party apps inevitably leads to limitations. There are also good things about Apple’s approach to third-party apps, of course, and we think Apple’s mobile software ecosystem is easily still the best in the business. As good as it is, however, there are some amazing Android apps out there that remind us why Google’s open approach has some real advantages. Here are five more apps that really show us how amazing and creative developers have gotten with Android..."
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Yup, there's already someone lined up to buy the iPhone 6

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 5 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Last year ahead of Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch, lines began forming outside Apple stores weeks in advance. At the time, we thought it was pretty crazy that anyone would line up that far in advance to buy a cell phone — but now we know what crazy really looks like. A Japanese man named “Yoppy” says he has already lined up to buy Apple’s unannounced iPhone 6, which isn’t expected to launch for another seven months..."
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Will Apple do the impossible with the iPhone 6?

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 5 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "I had one single thought the first time I held Apple’s iPhone 5s in my hand: I want a bigger display. As I have covered here on BGR several times, most extensively in my review of the phone, the iPhone 5s is both Apple’s best iPhone yet and its least significant iPhone update thus far compared to the previous-generation model. Performance improvements in most use cases are barely perceptible compared to the iPhone 5, and there really isn’t much useful new functionality to speak of. The iPhone 5s is still a great smartphone, mind you — the best of the year in 2013, in fact — but it isn’t the huge “S” jump iPhone users have grown accustomed to over the years. And compared to other leading smartphones on the market, the iPhone’s 4-inch screen is painfully small. Size matters...."
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No, Verizon isn't throttling Netflix and other services

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 6 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "Have U.S. Internet users’ worst fears just been realized? A new report from iScan Online programmer David Raphael claims to confirm that Verizon, which you might recall helped lead the charge against net neutrality regulations, has begun limiting the bandwidth utilized by certain websites for its FiOS Internet subscribers. In a blog post on Wednesday, Raphael shared a troubling account of issues that his company had been experiencing with service slowdowns. After digging into the problem he finally contacted Verizon customer support, which seemingly confirmed that the ISP is throttling bandwidth used by some cloud service providers including Amazon AWS, which supports huge services including Netflix and countless others. As BGR has learned, however, this is in fact not the case..."
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Time to clear the air: T-Mobile has done absolutely nothing to kill contracts

zacharye zacharye writes  |  about 6 months ago

zacharye (2330148) writes "T-Mobile’s chief executive John Legere is a marketing genius. There’s no denying it. His antics have made a carrier that no one really cared about a few short years ago the talk of the tech press on a regular basis. What’s more, consumers are listening — T-Mobile added 4.4 million net new postpaid subscribers last year. In the fourth quarter of 2013, T-Mobile netted 869,000 new postpaid customers while it’s self-proclaimed top rival AT&T only gained 566,000 net postpaid subs. Make no mistake about it, those are phenomenal results and T-Mobile is, without question, the most important wireless carrier in America right now. That said, it’s time to clear the air. With tricky marketing and CEO Legere’s constant barrage of shocking commentary, T-Mobile has managed to convince U.S. consumers that it has eliminated cell phone contracts. Simply put, this just isn’t true..."
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