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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.


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.


Why The FCC Can't Actually Save Net Neutrality

Network neutrality — the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally — is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the internet can easily become the power to control the internet in less beneficent ways.


People Stream Netflix More Than They Watch Any US Cable Network

In the last three months, Netflix subscribers watched four billion hours of streaming content according to Reed Hastings, and a report from BTIG Research calculates that this puts Netflix ahead of any US cable channel.


The First Honest Pay TV Company Commercial

Cable companies are universally regarded as only slightly more popular than evil dictators, and a little less fashionable than certain strains of STDs. How do you fix something like that? Honesty!