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AirPaper Cancels Comcast Bills for $5.00



AirPaper logoThere are a lot of reasons to cancel service with an ISP or cable TV provider. Perhaps the quality of service has gone done hill. Or maybe a competitor has offered a better deal. It could also be something as simple as moving out of that particular company’s service area. Whatever the reason, these companies have become notoriously difficult about letting customers cancel their service.

That’s where a clever new service called AirPaper comes in. For a small fee of $5.00, AirPaper removes the hassle of calling Comcast yourself when it’s time to cancel service. AirPaper will cancel the service using a quasi-loophole in Comcast’s terms of service.

Apparently, Comcast offers its customers two ways to cut the cord. The first one (and the one everyone would prefer to avoid) is by phone. The other is thru the mail. AirPaper gathers a customer’s details, determines which Comcast office is closest to them, and then composes a goodbye later and mails it directly to Comcast.

And AirPaper isn’t stopping with Comcast. The company is currently planning on developing systems to help with obtaining a San Francisco parking permit, registering a San Francisco business, and getting a Visa to travel to China.

Is there a bureaucratic process you think AirPaper should tackle? The company has an open form on its website where it’s accepting suggestions.


Comcast Discontinues its 250GB Data Cap



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!



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…



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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



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!



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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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!


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



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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