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May 13, 2015

Domino’s Lets You Order a Pizza in the Most Ridiculous Way Possible

Domino’s CEO Patrick Doyle says, “It’s the epitome of convenience.”

I think it’s silly.

I’m talking about the newest way to order a pizza from Domino’s — via tweet. But here’s where things get ultra-weird. You can either send a tweet to Domino’s using #EasyOrder… or you can send the pizza emoji.

This thing. 

We’ve seen companies fool around with accepting orders on Twitter — Amazon’s #amazoncart comes to mind — but none [...]

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May 5, 2015

Cloud-Based Video Solutions Gain Popularity With “Have It Your Way” Approach

When shopping for cloud-based video services, knowing the difference between encoding and transcoding ensures you get the service you need at the speeds you require. Prior objections to encoding included upload time which is solved with the cloud. Rather than upload single files, companies create multiple adaptive packages in the cloud and deliver them that way. It’s a far more efficient approach that saves companies time and money.

Cloud video conferencing gives users option as to how they receive the [...]

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April 16, 2015

Netflix CFO: Service Will Be Cheaper in High-Piracy Countries

In the category of “Something You Have to Say to Investors but Probably Don’t Want the Whole World Knowing,” we have a new entry by Netflix CFO David Wells. It’s titled, “Netflix Will Be Cheaper in Countries That Pirate More.”

BGR is reporting that Wells did, indeed, state in a Netflix earnings call this past week that the service’s subscription price will drop in high-piracy locales. And it isn’t that the strategy’s not sound — there are people in other countries that [...]

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March 31, 2015

The Amazon Dash Button: True One-Click Ordering

Amazon has announced the impending arrival of the Amazon Dash Button, one of the most brilliant initiatives the company has ever created. It is literally a branded button that you stick in your house and connect to the Internet. When you push it, the button tells Amazon to order more of a particular product, which is then shipped to your house. That’s it—and it’s genius.

Amazon has one true goal: to get you to buy more stuff as easily as possible. It’s why they’re working so hard to create autonomous drones for Amazon Prime Air. [...]

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March 17, 2015

Report: NBC App Coming to Apple TV, Other Platforms; Will Require Cable

Word is, Apple is hard at work on an online TV service. But while recent reports have stated that NBC won’t be a partner for that project, 9 to 5 Mac reports that an NBC app will still show up on the Apple TV and other platforms — it’ll just require a cable TV subscription.

Is this a huge surprise? Not when you trace NBC back to its parent company, Comcast. The cable provider/media conglomerate isn’t exactly motivated to help cable TV packages disappear, especially when TV is still a very big part of the [...]

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February 26, 2015

FCC Votes 3-2 for Net Neutrality: The Round-Up

The Internet is neutral — for now.

In a landmark 3-2 decision, the FCC voted to re-classify the Internet as a utility, barring providers from blocking or slowing down certain types of traffic. The agency’s vote means that the Internet is no longer considered an “information” service, but a “telecommunications” service, instead.

The decision will almost certainly be challenged in court.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who supported the FCC’s plan, said that the Internet is [...]

 
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February 10, 2015

Samsung Revises Smart TV Privacy Policy

The other day, news hit that Samsung’s Smart TV line might be listening to your conversations to make its voice command functions work. People started getting upset over the wording of the device line’s privacy policy, which said that some of what you say might get beamed over to “third parties,” which, in reality, were just apps that could beam whatever content you asked for to the screen in front of you. It doesn’t matter that Samsung had no intention on listening in on your conversations via your television – the company has changed [...]

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February 4, 2015

FCC Chair: Internet Should Be a Utility

Echoing the sentiments of President Barack Obama from late last year, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler explained his plan for dealing with the Net Neutrality question: the Internet ought to be run like a utility – mostly.

Back in November, the president said that he thinks that the FCC should invoke Title II of the Telecommunications Act, and that’s basically what Wheeler has proposed in an op-ed published by Wired today.

“Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed [...]

 
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January 31, 2015

Ride-Sharing Service Uber Enters Pennsylvania with Two-Year Experimental License

In the past, living in Pennsylvania meant the closest you got to Uber was being jealous of your friends in New York City and San Francisco.

No more.

Uber, a ride share service popular with those in larger cities, officially launched in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as of yesterday afternoon at 5 p.m., thanks to a two-year experimental license granted to the company by Pennsylvania’s Public Utility Commission. At launch time, Harrisburg’s mayor took the state’s first Uber ride around a block with PUC [...]

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January 28, 2015

Comcast Changes Customer’s Name to Something That Starts With an ‘A’… and it isn’t ‘Ashley’

Comcast: the gift that keeps on giving to tech bloggers and stockholders, but unfortunately, not its customers. The latest entry in the Comcast Blunder File comes from The Consumerist, and it is exceptionally bad.

A Comcast customer — one who recently asked to have TV removed from her package — found that her name was later changed on her account. Was it a mistake? Eh, probably not. Because the name in place of her own was not Amelia, or Angela, or Allie.

It was “Asshole.”

The customer in question can [...]

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