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Verizon Will Slow Data Speed for Top 5% of Data Users

Posted by JenThorpe at 8:05 PM on July 27, 2014

Verizon logoVerizon Wireless has announced that they will be slowing data speeds for certain customers. This slowing down will start in October of 2014. It won’t affect all users the same way. They are focusing on the customers who use the most data.

It ties into Verizon Wireless’ Network Optimization policy (which was created in 2011). The purpose of the Network Optimization policy is “to ensure that all data customers would have the best network experience”. Something new has been added to the Network Optimization policy that will go into affect in October of this year.

The new change will affect a specific group of Verizon Wireless customers. From their statement:

Starting in October 2014, Verizon Wireless will extend its network optimization policy to the data users who: fall within the top 5 percent of data users on our network, have fulfilled their minimum contractual commitment, and are on unlimited plans using a 4G LTE device. They may experience slower data speeds when using certain high bandwith applications, such as streaming high-definition video or during real-time online gaming, and only when connecting to a cell site when it is experiencing heavy demand.

The slowed speed will not be a permanent thing. The top 5 percent of data users will only experience it when they are using a cell site that is currently at peak usage. When the cell becomes less busy, the normal bandwith speed will return. Verizon doesn’t consider the slowed speed to be “throttling”.

New Media Show #54 Philipp D. Svitek of AfterBuzzTV

Posted by geeknews at 10:39 PM on July 26, 2014

Rob and Todd have a talk with Philipp D. Svitek Executive Producer of AfterBuzzTV.com We also talk about the direction of Microsoft and Windows Phone 8.1 and the lack of podcasting support along with the absence of Google in the Community.

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San Diego Comic Con: Day 2

Posted by Langley at 9:13 AM on July 26, 2014

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San Diego Comic Con 2014: Day 1

Posted by Langley at 9:19 AM on July 25, 2014

GNC #967 Is Title II the Answer

Posted by geeknews at 12:48 AM on July 25, 2014

This has been a great week, and I share some of the happening including all of the tech news of the day. I also dig into should ISP’s be categorized as common carriers aka Title II. I Also update on my Transformation. Discounts are still available by using promo code “podcast” @ mypurium.com/podcast

GNC 1000 Announcements:
Kahuna Michael
Warrior Curtis
Ohana David

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TGP # 166 Transporter Sync The Verdict is in

Posted by Gadget at 8:18 PM on July 24, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #166 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!

Much to our disappointment, The Transponder does not deliver what it promises.There is NO STREAMING capability as clearly advertised on the box. Watch the second and final evaluation of the Transporter to learn all the facts.

We also feature tech news,free apps & and software reviews!

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Foursquare has a New Superhero Logo

Posted by JenThorpe at 7:52 PM on July 24, 2014

Foursquare logoThere are times when big changes call for a new look. Foursquare has had many things change since Swarm came into existence. Today, the company unveiled a brand new logo.

They give some reasoning behind the new logo in their blog. “We designed it to be a mix of map pin and superhero emblem. We’ve always thought of Foursquare as giving you superpowers to explore your city, and our new logo reflects that vision.”

The superhero logo is eye-catching. That being said, there are other new changes that I think people will be more interested in than the logo. The biggest one has to do with check-ins. “First, starting tomorrow, we’re moving all check-ins to our new app, Swarm. Don’t worry; all your past check-ins, all your friends, all your photos, they’re all automatically in Swarm.”

It is clear that users of Foursquare are being encouraged to start using Swarm (which in some ways replaces what Foursquare used to be). The blog says: “For everyone still using Foursquare to check-in, you’ll need to download Swarm to keep checking in.”

I think this will irritate many of the people who used to enjoy Foursquare before it changed. It was controversial when Swarm changed how mayorships were done. (Instead of their being one mayor of a particular place, there are now multiple mayors – one for each grouping of friends). That was enough for many to stop using Foursquare and to swear they would never use Swarm.

Now, you have to use Swarm in order to keep doing check-ins through Foursquare. No Swarm – no ability to check-in. Oh, but you can use Swarm without Foursquare and still have the ability to check-in to places.

Foursquare is becoming a “personalized local search”. It can be used to help you find a local place for lunch, dinner, coffee, and more. “Once you teach Foursquare a couple of things about you – add tastes, follow experts, or even just walk around for a few days – the app will be 100% yours”, says the blog. Foursquare is transforming into something completely different than what it used to be. It remains to be seen if people will consider this change to be “super”.

AirBaltic is the First Airline to Accept Bitcoin

Posted by JenThorpe at 4:04 AM on July 23, 2014

airBaltic logoAirBaltic has become the world’s first airline to accept Bitcoin as payment for some of its tickets. The company is Latvia’s national airline. It is now possible for people to use Bitcoin to buy an airline ticket to 60 destinations in Europe, Middle East, Russia, and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States).

Those who want to use Bitcoin to pay for their airline tickets must make their purchase through the airBaltic website. The prices on their website are listed in Euros. When a customer uses Bitcoin as payment, the Bitcoins are automatically converted into Euros at whatever the current exchange rate happens to be.

There are some limitations. The Bitcoin payment option is only available when a person purchases the cheapest tickets. Those tickets are called airBaltic Basic Class.

The airBaltic fleet of planes consists of 25 aircraft. It includes 5 Boeing 737-500, 8 Boeing 737-300, and 12 Bombardier Q400Next planes. The Latvian state is the primary shareholder in airBaltic, with 99.8% of stock. I’ve never heard of this airline before. It appears that, if nothing else, being the first airline to accept Bitcoin as payment is resulting in quite a bit of publicity for airBaltic!

Marvel Offers Free (Digital) Comics Today

Posted by Langley at 9:55 AM on July 22, 2014

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In celebration of reaching over 7 million Likes on Facebook, Marvel comics is offering free digital comics throughout the day today.

New York, NY – July 22nd, 2014 – Marvel is excited to announce that it now has reached 7 million+ Likes on the Marvel Facebook page. In order to celebrate this massive social achievement, Marvel is offering all visitors to the Marvel Facebook page exclusive and unlocked first-looks at upcoming Marvel projects and FREE digital comics throughout the day.

Starting at 12PM EST, with new content unlocked every other hour, Marvel Facebook fans and visitors will be the first to see exclusive content and be offered FREE digital comics for a very limited time* to read through the Marvel Comics App (for iPhone ®, iPad ®, iPod Touch ® & Android ™ devices) and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.

Marvel has been shoveling out tons of announcements lately, and will no doubt have more once San Diego Comic Con starts later this week.

Stay tuned to Geek News Central for photos and news from SDCC.

GNC #966 T-Minus 34

Posted by geeknews at 11:56 PM on July 21, 2014

I want to thank all the new GNC 1000 supporters listed below. Great mix of content tonight and the new battle for municipal broadband projects get real. Also update on my Transformation. Discounts are still available by using promo code podcast or visit mypurium.com/podcast

GNC 1000 Announcements:
Big Kahuna Robert
Big Kahuna Todd
Big Kahuna Dale
Warrior Gary, Michael , Denise, Bo & Andrew

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