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The Only Thing I'll Miss About Cable Is My DVR

As far as watching TV goes, the experience provided by a traditional cable provider is crap. Slow hardware, clunky interfaces, unwanted bundled channels. Streaming services are slowly replacing all of this and thanks goodness for them. But there’s an aspect of the old way that I will sorely miss — the DVR and its magical commercial skipping powers.


So Just How Much Free Data Is Telstra Giving Its Customers?

Last week we brought you the news that Telstra is boosting data caps for its ADSL, ADSL2+, NBN and Cable customers in a bid to avoid going unmetered on sites like Netflix, Stan and Presto. But exactly how much extra data is everyone getting? We went and found out.


It's Finally Game Time For Net Neutrality

On Thursday, the US government is expected to propose new net neutrality rules that would treat the internet more like a public utility. According to several reports, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal will reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is great news — if true.


Your Set-Top Box Is An Energy-Sucking Monster (But It Doesn't Have To Be)

An innocent little cable box can suck up more electricity than your actual TV. The most galling part though? Up to two-thirds of its power-hogging actually happens in “idle” mode, when you’re not even using it. The good news is device makers have the technical ability to make cable boxes that don’t waste so much electricity. They just need to actually do it.


This MicroUSB Cable Might Just Be Worth $39

Normally, if you tried to sell me a 3m micro-USB cable for $39, I’d laugh in your face before storming off to Amazon and paying $7 for the privilege (with GOLD CONNECTORS no less). But, honestly, Native Union’s fancy-arse cable might just be worth it.


USB Type C: Your Next Laptop Could Have The Holy Grail Of USB Ports

In just a couple years, your MacBook Air or Surface Pro could look obsolete. Denizens of the future won’t understand why you have so many gaping holes in your machine. Why would you need a full-size USB socket, a magnetic charging port, and a video output when you can cram them all into a single tiny plug? Because that’s what the VESA standards body just announced with the new USB 3.1 Type-C jack, coming right around the corner.


Big Cable Is Tricking Advocacy Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

The public wants net neutrality. We’ve all made it pretty clear. But the cable companies don’t. They have already ginned up some lobbyist-funded, anti-neutrality groups, but now it seems they’re going a step further, tricking real groups into joining up.


The FCC Gets The Premium Cable Takedown It Deserves

The death of net neutrality is a looming catastrophe that the Federal Communications Commission in the US thinks it can slip past you, while you just twiddle your thumbs and fail to notice how much of a farce the whole process is. If that hasn’t hit home just yet, John Oliver’s explanation from last night’s Last Week Tonight is a solid (and funny) recap.


The Xbox One Is Turning Your Phone Into The Only Remote You Need

If you have pay TV, the Xbox One’s TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all cable-surfing should be. But you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now.


Comcast Is Buying Time Warner Cable To Make Big Cable Even Worse For The US

Time Warner Cable is getting swallowed by the only monster bigger than itself: Comcast. That means the biggest cable provider, Comcast, is buying the second biggest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, to form a ridiculously ginormous cable company that’ll deliver unsatisfying service under one iron fist. We should all hold each other as big cable just gets bigger and badder.


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