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Comcast Discontinues its 250GB Data Cap

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 5:20 PM on May 17, 2012

Comcast I am a Comcast subscriber and although I have never gone over the data it’s always something that is the back of my mind. Today Comcast announced that they are discontinuing the 250 GB month data Policy and are looking for other alternatives. The two alternatives they are looking at are as follows

*Customers of Comcast’s least-expensive Internet plans (Internet Essentials, Economy, and Performance) would receive 300GB of data per month. Those who subscribe to faster plans would get “increasing data allotments for each successive tier of high-speed service.” Anyone who still exceeds the limit could purchase more data—$10 for 50GB.

*All Comcast customers would get 300GB data caps and could purchase extra data for $10 per 50GB

If you are a heavy user than of course you would want to for them to go with the first plan which would allow you to choose a plan for the amount of data that you use. Comcast will be testing these options in various locations this summer. Comcast says they’re doing this because of the increase use of devices such as the Roku, Apple TV, iPad and many other devices. Comcast said that the reason they had the usage threshold was they wanted to make sure that all users were treated fairly. Comcast also insists that it treats all video coming thru the public Internet equally no matter if it comes from Netflix, iTunes, YouTube or any other source. Critics of Comcast are quick to point out that Comcast videos that are streamed to the Xbox doesn’t count against the cap, although the same video from Netflix would, which means that they are still favoring themselves over third-party vendors.

This is a good first step and one that is necessary in today’s world where more and more people are cutting the cord and streaming their videos off the Internet.

GNC-2012-03-26 #753 Privacy Soapbox Time!

Posted by geeknews at 1:05 AM on March 27, 2012

Feeling a 100% better and it is time to have a serious discussion about privacy and actions in the internet and public space. Looking for your feedback in a big way on these issues. Lots of great tech stories to share with you tonight as well.

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XBox Turning into Over the Top TV Solution? XBox Live TV Coming…

Posted by J Powers at 12:42 PM on October 5, 2011
Xbox TV partners

Xbox TV partners

I watch over a lot in the Over the Top Television space. Internet TV, IPTV, whatever you want to call it, it’s a great way to get watchable content without having a full cable lineup.

Last week, Steve Ballmer announced their TV initiative over XBox Live. Over 40 providers have signed up for this venture, including Comcast, HBO, BBC, Rodgers on Demand (Canada), Televisa (Mexico), and other countries including Germany and Italy (20 in all). Best part, if you already have an XBox 360, you have the hardware to do this.

“Today’s announcement is a major step toward realizing our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “Combining the world’s leading TV and entertainment providers with the power of Kinect for Xbox 360 and the intelligence of Bing voice search will make TV and entertainment more personal, social and effortless.” – Press Release

Add to conventional TV line-up the on-line video providers like Crackle, YouTube, Zune and more. Then there is audio content from Last.fm and iHeartRadio. Finally, Social networks like Twitter and Facebook to round off the service.

The Game System that Became More

Whereas companies like Roku that integrated smaller games like Angry Birds, XBox won’t have that problem. It’s a game system over a TV content distributor. You can play Gears of War, Tweet about it, then watch a video on how to play Gears of War (or another show).

Unified Dashboard in XBox Live

With the unified dashboard (looking similar to the Zune software), you can browse your shows, play the games, work your social networks and more. You will connect to the Comcast Xfinity service to get all that service has to offer.

Getting Rid of the Remote with Kinect

This might be the best part about the XBox TV. By using voice controls and your Kinect, you can gesture to a channel, play, pause and move on. It might get harry if you have more than one person wanting to watch different shows. Still, could you imagine a world without a remote control?

It won’t all be free, though.

Right now, to get HBO Go, you need to have a cable subscription with HBO. I don’t expect that to change anytime soon – especially with channels like HuluPlus. Of course, that is just like many of the OTT systems out there. Pay for a subscription and get the content.

Once again, there could be conflict if you have multiple family members where one wants to play a game and the other wants to watch a movie. So this might not replace a cable box or DVR just yet.

The Xbox Live TV service is expected to come out before the holiday season. The announcement comes before then so you can plan purchasing an XBox 360 or Kinect system for your loved ones to connect up quick. While the OTT solution is more pricey than a Roku or Apple TV, it does do more than just watch video, view pictures or listen to music. It also has some great game titles. It also has a new way to browse through your content.

GNC #672 Big Day for LinkedIn

Posted by geeknews at 7:59 PM on May 19, 2011

Geek News Central Podcast Headed back to Honolulu, I have had a great week here in Texas, much accomplished. Planning a return trip in Mid June followed by a potential east coast trip as well. Lot’s of tech with a political slant tonight kinda weird but seems that at times themes develop in the news reporting.

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5 Ways to use LinkedIn
Malware on the loose for Mac Users.
Apple App Store Security Threat?
Chrome URL Bar going Bye Bye?
Religious Reaction by Apple Fanboys?
Fetch.IO
More bad news for Sony PSN?
16hr Cell Phone Marathon on Train?
Twitter Changes Rules Again.
Verizon 4G LTE Growing.
Comcast Sensitive to FCC Hire Tweets.
TokBox Group Video Chat!
Social Media Infographic.
Google Search App.
Verizon iPhone 5 Dual Mode.
Data Hungy Apps making BW Impact.
Twitter providing Reporters Intel.
Little Blue Pill Hearing Loss.
Amazon Gadget Trade In.
Intel Open Mouth Insert Foot x2.
iPhone Oximeter.
Verizon Family Data Plans.
Secret Service 2x Screw Ups.
AT&T No App Restrictions.
Wired Teaches Potentially Illegal Activities.
Philly Police and Citizen Gun Holder Incident.
Amazon and State Sales Taxes.
Who owns the Tweets.
4th Amendment under attack!
Artist to get some money after all.
Apple TV Hack.
Homeless Planets.
Don’t Take Space Program Lightly.
Windows Phone 7 comes to Verizon.
Smartphone Tracking Law.
Dark Mater Hunter.
e-books King!
Warrantless Bill backed by RIAA.
One Headset!
Guitar Self Tuner.
20 iPad 2 Apps.
T-Mobile wants You.
P2P Traffic Surge.

GNC-2011-02-28 #651 Fellows Don’t Do What I Did!

Posted by geeknews at 1:27 AM on March 1, 2011

Fellows you want an immediate trip to the dog house? Listen to hear what I did by mistake on Sunday that has landed me in the dog house in a big way. Your going to get a good laugh on my behalf but I guarantee you will not make the same mistake I made. The show is action packed full of tech, I am reminiscent of some of the reasons I started this show for apparent reasons as you listen today.

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Solar Fan Recommendation.
Painful XOOM 4g Upgrade.
An Overview of Thunderbolt.

Show Notes:
Battle over a Spacesuit.
Las Vegas Stadium Plan.
Farmers IP = No Pictures?
Feds go after Reporter Info?
ICE Boss ok to Ignore Constitution?
20 Years of Windows Maleware.
Fake Girlfriend cost guy $200k
HBGary CEO Quits!
Tap your App?
AT&T Hacker Makes Bail.
Federal Acquisition Rules controls Comcast.
Random House ebooks at last!
Infected Android Apps run up Big Bill!
New macs have Quality Issues?
Atlantic Records breaks out the Archives.
Text Watched in Ads in UK now.
No Compromise on Net Neutrality?
ICANN no Government control of TLD’s
Sony Jailbreaker defies Company!
Jobs Replacement Analogy on iPhone (No Way)
Stream Globally.
Is Facebook Evil?
Texas Governor can’t block em all!
FAA ok’s iPad for Charts
See what State controlled Telecommunications can do!
AngelList.co
Thanks Google!
Google Destroys some Websites Traffic.
Business 101.
Self Publishing Books.
How to download TV Shows.
Ketchup goes Styling.
Best Buy, Buy Back Worthless.
Facebook New Like?
Traffic Jam at ISS!
Shuttle Launch from Airplane.
STS-133 Spacewalk #1
Space in a Bottle.
New Innovative Notebook Charger.
Matrox KVM extender.
Pirate Bay Movie.
Cool to Copy battle is won.
Apple Apple Apple GAG!
OSX Trojan or Linkbait?
Maglite smart Lite!
Ring Flash!
Channel 208 Insanity!
Cord Cutter Survival Guide.
Comcast No Stream but Dish May!

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GNC-2011-01-31 #644 Warm and Sunny Honolulu

Posted by geeknews at 1:36 AM on February 1, 2011

I have to admit, I would rather be here in Hawaii for the next couple of days, but when I was a kid there was nothing more fun than a snow storm. Enjoy the time off work, and know that I will be flying out on Thursday nite to head to the windy city for a couple of days and then back to Honolulu. I have a full load of news and commentary for you. Make sure you are subscribed so as not to miss any episodes.

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Show Notes:
A Storm Be coming!
iPhone Explorer.
Effing Meteors.
Run a Private Torrent Site.
Amazon Streaming.
No more IP’s
MacWorld What MacWorld?
IE9 Command Line Installs.
Apollo 14 Anniversary.
Planetary Scale.
Shuttle on the Pad!
Shuttle on a Poster.
Hackers Go Old School.
Where the money is going!
Android #1
Deck.ly?
Egypt 100% Offline.
AT&T Tells all.
Google Exec Missing in Egypt.
Power Hub Organizer!
Google Docs Updated.
Progress at ISS.
Underground Data Centers.
Tunnel Sniffers.
Love Hormone & Jealousy combined!
Mass Infringement Lawsuits in 2010.
Phone and Net Shutdown.
Al Jazeera makes bold move.
China Censors at full capacity.
More Android Developers.
White iPhone makes Appearance.
iPad Newspapers!
Flickr and Yahoo ok for Now?
Clearwire fights back over Netflix.
Netgear CEO gets ugly on Jobs.
Comcast owns NBCU.
FCC say lawsuits filled were two early.
Google Double Standard.
LinkedIn IPO!
MS Browser really sick!
Canada Kills Net Innovation!
Guns and denial service of Attacks.
Intel has a big chip issue.
ISP’s want YouTube and Netflix to pay heavily!

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GNC-2010-11-30 #630 Back in Paradise

Posted by geeknews at 1:37 AM on November 30, 2010

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, things have been a little crazy with trying to help the family back in Michigan with the missing kids (see below article). In amidst the chaos put out two pieces of media for you over the weekend. My presentation from Blogword and the Saturday Morning Tech show which has yet to be posted. I hope that you enjoys tonights show, way to serious in the beginning, but I am really glad to be home. As a bonus, my youngest broke his arm at school today, so I spent 8 hours at the ER with him all is well and he is not happy with his cast.

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Scientist Trick Cells into Switching Identities
Microsoft Messing with WHS.
My Extended Family Tragedy.

Show Links:
Blogworld 2010 Presentation.
Hughes Net to get Upgrade.
Questions on X-37b
Google Shortcode.
Microsoft goes to Supreme Court on Word.
Kinect gets Smart.
New Owner of Sun.
Comcast ignoring Net Neutrality.
Hugh releases a reading collection.
Microsoft to replace your Cable provider?
WHS Bomb Shell.
WHS Ballmer follow up.
Some cool websites and tools.
4 ways to Monitor Flickr.
BitTorrent Streaming Video?
Video Preview coming to Netflix.
Video Ad Click through Study.
Perfect Gift for Dad.
WordPress grows a Million Sites.
Google Earth 6.
Don’t buy that Domain.
Site Seizure Explanation.
Don’t try to help playwrights online or get Sued.
Pirate Bay Crew Guilty Again.
Airplay Hack Coming.
Is Microsoft, Google Apple being Evil?
Paths of Flight.
Calibrate your HDTV.
Do you feel like your walking in Circles?
Bishop Museum going online.
No Google Social in 2010.
Copyright firm Sued.
Nissan Leaf Business Opportunities.
EFF trying to prevent embarrassment.
iPhone Concerns.
Tiffany gets turned away from Supreme Court.
Game Moding trial to go Forward.

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Comcast vs Net Neutrality

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 7:59 PM on November 29, 2010

“While the network neutrality debate in Washington has focused on what actions a broadband access provider might take to filter, prioritize or manage content requested by its subscribers, Comcast’s decision goes well beyond this. With this action, Comcast is preventing competing content from ever being delivered to Comcast’s subscribers at all, unless Comcast’s unilaterally-determined toll is paid – even though Comcast’s subscribers requested the content. With this action, Comcast demonstrates the risk of a ‘closed’ Internet, where a retail broadband Internet access provider decides whether and how their subscribers interact with content.”

link: Level 3 Communications Issues Statement Concerning Comcast’s Actions | Business Wire

This is a quote from a online article written by Level 3 a tier 1 Internet providers. Who is complaining because Comcast is charging a recurring fee for transmitting online movies and other content to Comcast customers. One of Level 3 main customers is Netflix who is a competes with Comcast on Demand Movie service and Xfinity. As a Comcast customer this behavior is not surprising. Unfortunately this is what happens when the company that owns the pipes also owns content. If Level 3 hadn’t agree to pay I may have been unable to get Netflix streaming even though I had paid for it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Comcast tries to do the same thing to other companies who carry video such as Google, Amazon, Apple. The only thing that maybe stopping them is that they are trying to get the FCC to approve their merger with NBC.

As more and more people start to stream video from the Internet and it becomes a bigger competitor to traditional media. I suspect that this kind of action will be more common. Old media will try anything it can to hold on to its territory anyway its can. The FCC needs to hurry up and make their ruling on Net Neutrality. For a long time the argument about net neutrality was an academic one, but now with actions like this its is becomes a real world problem. Just another reason to dislike Comcast.

 


GNC-2010-10-12 #618 Headed to Vegas for BlogWorld

Posted by geeknews at 1:15 AM on October 12, 2010

The Tricaster Studio is headed for a new home at SDRNews.com and I expect the Tricaster TCXD 850 to be delivered in the near future. With my upcoming road trip, I will be remote most of the time anyway so small impact. I head out to Vegas tonight on the Red Eye and will be their through Monday morning. Make sure you come to my session on Saturday at 12:15pm

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Show Links:
Kids and Screen Time.
Google TV ships in 12 days.
Space Ship Makes first Flight.
Windows Phone 7 handset comparisons.
Windows Phone 7 Apps
Windows App Hub.
Windows Phone 7 Live.
New PogoPlug
Coffee or WiFi.
Re-Transmission Wars.
Apple TV Faults.
Vacations and how we don’t take them.
Three Strikes not so fast.
Comcast 2000 HotSpots.
President signs his Space Vision Budget.
Duck Asteroid Passing.
New ISS Supply Bus almost Ready.
NASA Lays of 800!
Google Car on the Roll.
Yahoo App allows 3g Video Chat.
GM Volt not so Green After All.
Crucial SSD gets Small.
Is that a computer in your Pocket?
Amazing Light Show.
Weight Loss Software App.
FCC Chairman we need more Spectrum!
Japanese Social Loners?
It’s all about who you know!
Apple Trademark “gag”
Apps more Popular than TV?
You Have 10 Seconds!
Journalist Shift to New Media.
Apple smacks the Chinese.
Super Microphone don’t smack your lips.

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GNC-2010-10-05 #616 Have Passion in what you do!

Posted by geeknews at 12:58 AM on October 5, 2010

My understanding is a few listeners had trouble with one of the shows via iTunes recently. I have checked all of the master files on the servers and they appear to be ok. Not sure what happened but please let me know asap via email what you are seeing. Congrats to Rob in Pittsburgh for winning the Roku tonight. Thanks for all your support of the sponsors last month, your continued patronage really makes an impact here!

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Pubit with Barnes and Nobles.
Prison and contraband cell phones.
Three for One Windows 7 Family Pac is Back!
Google TV Pt 1
Google TV Pt 2
Google TV Pt 3
Google Tv Pt 4
GPS Tracking Revealed!
First UAV now we have RCV!
Windows Phone 7 Launch.
Cool Places to go in Silicon Valley.
FourSquare outage.
Chrome on Fast Track!
New Skype CEO.
Comcast will now warn you on Hacked PC’s
Day Late and a Dollar Short.
iPhone Privacy = No Privacy!
Cash Cow.
5 Microsecond Improvements big Money!
More Cores = Good?
Toasted Skin now on Menu.
Boy gets artificial heart!
Old Recordings and Copyright?
TV Ad Bill to Quiet down Commercials.
Shuttle Launched Delayed.
Apple TV + Jailbreak does not yet = Apps.
Kindle Owners Rich, iPad Owners Young!
Opie and Anthony sign contract!
Smart Extension Cords.
Hal for your Laptop!

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