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YouTube TV: Everything you need to know about the new TV streaming service
It seems like everyone’s got a live TV streaming service these days. You’ve got the ‘established players’ that include Sling TV and PlayStation Vue (both of which are under three years old, by the way)...
Usenet services aren’t new by any means. The idea for a worldwide newsgroup system was first dreamt up by Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis in 1979, although many of the most popular providers didn’t launch...
Instagram's next feature could be a foodie's dream
Instagram is looking to do more for advertisers than unveiling new filters, as the Facebook-owned service will soon allow users to use the picture sharing site to also book appointments with local businesses.The...
Muni broadband customers could lose service unless a new bill becomes law
EnlargeGreenlight Community Broadband reader comments 10 Share this story Last year, the state of North Carolina won a court case against the Federal Communications Commission, a victory that allowed...
JB Hi-Fi Now Video service to shut down next month
In an announcement sent out to its email subscribers, Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi has announced that it will following in the footsteps of its ebook and streaming music services with the closure of its...
Bark execs on protecting your kids in the digital age
Parents are finding new ways to protect teens online and still maintain their children's trust and privacy. A service called Bark analyzes online activity and text messages for signs of cyber bullying,...
Sony will soon let console haters get their PS4 fix on Windows PCs
Enlarge / Together at last. Kind of.Aurich Lawson reader comments 30 Share this story PlayStation Now, Sony's own "Netflix-of-games" online streaming service, is about to get a lot more attractive. The...
AT&T allegedly “discriminated” against poor people in broadband upgrades
Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock reader comments 8 Share this story It's no secret that ISPs can make more money from network upgrades in wealthy neighborhoods than low-income ones, and a new analysis of Cleveland,...
Plex Cloud arrives to help you create your own personal Netflix-style streaming service
Setting up a media server is one of those things that we’ve always meant to do but never quite got around to, like taking up yoga or learning a foreign language. But Plex’s new Plex Cloud feature has...
ThunderNews may not be the most well-known Usenet service on the market, but it’s vying for your attention as a premium newsgroup offering that works with thousands of third-party servers across the world...
Number of Marines investigated for sharing nude photos of service members
The U.S. Marine Corps launched an investigation into lewd online activity among servicemen. Thousands of photos of naked female service members and vets were reportedly shared in a secret "Marines United"...
Sling TV to add Warriors, Giants, A’s, Sharks games by April 2
Sling TV, an online streaming service, announced Thursday that it will add the NBC regional sports channels that broadcast Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s and San Jose Sharks...
When Amazon's cloud storage fails, lots of people get wet
NEW YORK — Usually people don’t notice the “cloud” - unless, that is, it turns into a massive storm. That was the case Tuesday when Amazon’s huge cloud-computing service suffered a major outage.Amazon...
Webscale Networks Debuts Cloud Web Application Firewall
New standalone service benefits from Webscale Networks' distributed Application Delivery Controller platform that spans multiple clouds. Security vendor Webscale Networks launched its Cloud Web Application...
YouTube TV is a monthly subscription service that wants to take down cable
We all knew this day would come.YouTube has announced YouTube TV - a new television streaming service allowing customers to beam in live television from major networks for $35 (about £30/AU$45) a month...
YouTube TV: Google’s new streaming service includes 40 channels for $35 per month
Story continues below LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Google has a new pitch for younger consumers disenchanted with cable and satellite TV: YouTube TV, a new “skinny” bundle of about 40 TV channels including...
Amazon outage causes widespread internet problems
NEW YORK — Amazon’s cloud-computing service, Amazon Web Services, is experiencing an outage in its eastern U.S. region, causing unprecedented and widespread problems for thousands of websites and apps.Amazon...
New Xbox Games Pass is like 'Netflix for games' done right
Xbox has announced a brand new gaming subscription service called Xbox Games Pass that will give users access to a library of over 100 games for a monthly fee.Set to launch this Spring, the service will...
VROIS is a young VPN which, at first glance, seems to offer a simple, appealing service. There are 25 locations, no bandwidth or transfer limits, plus you get port forwarding support and five simultaneous...
Best VPN for iPhone/iOS: Our 5 top choices
Apple’s iPhone is widely regarded as a stable and secure smartphone, but that isn’t to say that iOS doesn’t have its own issues regarding security and privacy – particularly in today’s climate of hacking...
Best online backup services for business in 2017
Price: $50 (£40, AU$65) per computer per yearBackblaze has been delivering easy, low-cost backup services to consumers for years, so it's no surprise that its business products have the same focus on...
UsenetServer is a proven and popular Usenet service which has attracted a lot of interest over the years thanks to its low prices and unlimited downloads.Compared to other Usenet offerings out there,...
Watch out, Uber: Google's Waze Carpool service is expanding
You probably have a ride-sharing service of choice already, but you may soon have one more to add to your repertoire: the Waze Carpool service is coming to more places.Google-owned Waze has been running...
The market for Usenet services is diverse, with so many options out there. Often, you have to look into the finer details to help make your decision, but one obvious strong point to consider is choosing...
Instacart is playing games with its workers’ pay — and will eventually suffer for it
As a result, many Instacart delivery people have resorted to handing out flyers to customers to make it clear that the service fee is not a tip, and to explain that the "additional" tip is, in fact, the...
If you’re looking for a good, all-round Usenet service, there’s no denying the might of Astraweb. It’s one of the most popular options out there, offering ample retention (the length of time content is...
4K Apple TV box is in the works (and that fabled TV service may yet live)
It's been the glaring omission on the Apple TV spec sheet for years, but a new report suggests a 4K Apple TV may finally be in the works.That's according to long-time Apple tipster Mark Gurman, reporting...
Now or never: Sony slashes device support for its game-streaming service
One more arrow into the Vita's heart.Kyle Orland reader comments 11 Share this story PlayStation Now, Sony's online game-streaming service, will stop working on almost every compatible device starting...
We've learned that you shouldn't judge a VPN from its website, but SaferVPN's well-designed and professional offering still gave us a very positive first impression.This isn't about the glossy visuals...
Best VPN for Kodi: Our 5 top choices
For those not familiar with Kodi, it’s one of the most popular media players around thanks to its excellent interface, not to mention the fact that it’s free and open source – and boasts some impressive...
Ivacy is a Singapore-based VPN which – according to its website – offers just about every feature you need for almost no money at all.There are 200+ servers in more than 50 countries, for instance. Wide...
Stan is finally getting 4K streams and offline viewing this year
Following on from the precedent set by its US rival Netflix, the Australian streaming service Stan has announced a couple of huge service updates for the coming months. First up, Stan will be getting...
Smart DNS Proxy
Smart DNS Proxy is a privacy brand of Global Stealth Inc, the company behind Getflix (a VPN which didn’t fare well in our recent review).The service combines a site-unblocking Smart DNS product with an...
A VPN provider's website tells you a lot about the service, and it didn't take us long to spot some fundamental problems with Freedom-IP.Clicking Tutorials led us to a page saying only ‘Help & FAQ – Under...
AnchorFree's Hotspot Shield is a very popular VPN service, best known for its free account.Hotspot Shield Elite is the £18.95 ($25, AU$33) per year extended edition (£63.95 lifetime plan – that's $84,...
Best VPN for Mac: Our 5 top choices
Mac users can get somewhat complacent about security, but they shouldn’t – Apple’s desktop computers are being increasingly targeted by cybercriminals, and it never pays to let your guard down.Certainly,...
Best VPN for Netflix: Our 5 top choices
One of the main reasons why VPNs are so popular is because of their ability to unblock geo-restricted access. In other words, they let you access content that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to reach due...
Cramer: Apple's juicy catalyst that could send the stock above $134
For the last two years Apple has struggled to explain why its service revenue stream business is so important. As a result, investors did not take it seriously. This time, it made it clear that its service...
Tennessee governor wants to let electric co-ops offer broadband
reader comments 3 Share this story Tennessee, which imposes controversial restrictions on local broadband networks, may change its laws to let electric cooperatives offer Internet service. But even with...
FCC exempts small ISPs from broadband truth-in-billing rules
EnlargeGetty Images | JamesBrey reader comments 21 Share this story The Federal Communications Commission is exempting ISPs with 250,000 or fewer subscribers from rules that require greater disclosures...
Best VPN for Windows: Our 5 top choices
One of the perks of having Windows as your operating system is that you have a lot of options when choosing a VPN service (or any software, for that matter). Virtually every VPN service caters to users...
It may be a small VPN, but Moldova-based Kepard's website makes some big claims, in particular that it offers the ‘best free premium VPN’ for Windows, iOS and Android.Could this be true? A quick inspection...
Free VPN plans are usually a convenient way to try a service before you buy, but proXPN's offering is a rare exception, so restricted and stripped down that it's almost entirely useless.The freebie account...
Comcast mobile phone service coming in 2017 with wireless/cable bundles
Comcast reader comments 26 Share this story Comcast said it plans to offer a mobile phone service this year with an emphasis on selling bundles of wireless and cable service. Launching the wireless product...
Sky Q will be available without a satellite dish from 2018
Sky has today announced that, as of some point in 2018, its premium Sky Q TV service will become available to customers without the need to install a satellite dish first.The new Sky Q option will provide...
New FCC Chairman likely to Roll Back Broadband Reclassification
NEWS ANALYSIS: Despite warnings of calamity from some circles, Ajit Pai has a long history of bipartisan consensus building and of supporting net neutrality principles. If there’s one thing you can expect...
Google’s long-forgotten Voice service just got a big update
Google's 'one number, many devices' phone solution Google Voice is well overdue for some attention, going on about five years since its last major update.After teasing changes to come two weeks ago, the...
TigerVPN is an interesting Slovakian-based service with a host of appealing functions and features.The company offers 63 locations in an impressive 43 countries, for instance. And it isn’t simply reselling...
FinchVPN is a Malaysian-based privacy service which offers some capable features for a very low price.The company ‘only’ has 17 locations, but they cover everywhere you'd expect (USA, Europe, Canada),...
Tidal may be doing even worse than you thought
Ever since Tidal was taken over by Jay-Z in 2015, the streaming service has made its mark with big names, unique features, and most notably, its larger-than-life attitude.However, it appears the service...
Amazon Prime review
You can't really avoid Amazon these days, especially in the US and UK where it has become a huge part of online shopping. So this review is designed to help you navigate Amazon's premium "Prime" service...
Anonymizer is a popular US-based service that has been protecting the privacy of its users for more than 20 years.The Anonymizer website lists some appealing features: it works on just about every platform,...
New Aussie-content streaming service OzFlix to launch this Australia Day
There’s a wealth of amazing Australian film out there and pretty soon you’ll be able to bring home anything that ever graced our silver screens, thanks to one neat service – OzFlix.Hoping to eventually...
Google Makes Audit Logging Easier Across Cloud Stack
Google's Cloud Audit Logging technology will enable customers to track administrator and data access activity across a majority of Google’s cloud services. Google is making it easier for organizations...
Best VPN for Android: Our 5 top choices
Android has the largest installed base of smartphones around the globe – so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of VPN clients which support the OS. Particularly when you consider that the devices which...
Perhaps best known for its site unblocking SmartDNS service, UK-based OverPlay also offers a premium SmartDNS+VPN package for a chunky $9.95 (£8, AU$13.20) a month, falling to an equivalent of $8.33 ($6.70,...
Hulu will soon let you watch content offline, just like Netflix
As convenient as TV on demand is, you can't always take your favorite shows with you. Be it inside a train, plane, or technologically lagging relative's home, scarce internet cuts your Metalocalypse marathon...
Backblaze brings its dirt cheap cloud backups to the enterprise
Photograph by Beer Coaster reader comments 9 Share this story Cloud backup provider Backblaze has launched a new business-oriented backup service called Business Groups that gives its low-cost cloud backup...
The best cheap Now TV deals for January 2017: the cheapest boxes and passes
Now TV is one of the most feature packed streaming service out there, and if you’re looking for a cheap deal on the box or the hardware then we’ve got some excellent Now TV deals for you. One this page...
Audio books are now just a tap away on Sonos speakers
Still catching up on all that holiday reading you put off? If you own a Sonos system, you may be able to catch up on your book backlog (booklog?) as easily as listening with the inclusion of audio books...
Apple just made a deal that could reinvent the App Store for a new generation
Workflow is somewhat of a visual programming tool that's easier than writing an app but probably too wonkish for the average consumer. Gillett said Apple might get under the hood, making it easier for...
Chinese Court Rules in Favor of Apple in Patent Disputes
A Chinese court has ruled in favor of Apple in design patent disputes between the Cupertino, California company and a domestic phone-maker, overturning a ban on selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones...
New iPad 9.7 deals: where to pre-order Apple's new tablet
We've been waiting for some time for a new iPad, and Apple surprised us all a few days ago by announcing just that. So, if you're looking for somewhere to pre-order your new iPad 9.7, you're in the right...
New iPad: everything you need to know
Update: The new iPad from Apple is out today. You'll be able to order from around the world by the end of the day, and we expect to see if appear on the Apple website at 8AM PT (11AM ET, 3PM GMT) .Apple...
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