By now, most everyone has heard of the double or triple play bundles being offered by high speed internet companies like Charter. And while these bundles may offer overall savings to customers along with convenience, more focus seems to be being placed all the time on the broadband-only offering. But why would customers go for a single-service option when they could get two or more services?
Some experts say that this trend is being driven by two factors: the fact that customer demand for internet service has now surpassed the sales of traditional video service, and the fact that the demand for data is generating higher profit margins. Other interesting observations include the fact the most demand for this option is being seen in cities having a number of universities and therefore, younger subscribers.
Many long-time laptop users have the same complaint: there are characters on their keyboards which are fading away due to constant usage. This can quickly become an issue, as the backlit characters can become illegible, and therefore a headache to locate when the light is low. But the good news is that there is a method to preventing this that doesn’t involve prying off the key cap and doing damage to the mechanism in the process.
The solution may be in your home right now: packing tape. This clear tape, when placed over the affected key can offer a cost-effective and damage-free solution to blobby laptop keys. After you’ve ensured the affected key is clean, simply cut a piece of tape that’s enough to cover the key – about 1mm smaller than the key is best. Then, using tweezers, align the piece of tape with the key’s surface, and press down gently at first, and then firmly, ensuring no air bubbles are present.
With the recent finalization of Firefox 20, there are many included features which many news outlets have felt are well worth writing about. Many users of cable, satellite, fiber optic and DSL providers are also rejoicing this week as the now-famous browser releases its latest version, which is chock full of goodies. For desktop users, the new version provides a download manager reminiscent of the one offered on Safari, which allows for the checking of downloads without the need to enter additional windows.
More refined private browsing is another plus, with desktop users able to browse in a new window, and Android users in a new tab. There are also open-source fonts Charis and Open Sans, which are now default in the new version, which the company says will offer a reading experience that’s both clearer and more visually appealing.
Two of the internet’s major players are apparently using up spectrum faster than other ISPs in your city. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are the companies, and this has raised some issue with how scarce spectrum should be allocated. There has also been a more urgent calling for bidding restrictions in upcoming spectrum auctions hosted by the FCC.
Many think that restricting major carriers from bidding on spectrum would speed up innovation. While smaller competitors would be able to get into the wireless market, experts say there is no evidence to back up the restriction theory. And some economists say that operators could very well hoard the spectrum they have so that their competitors would have less of an advantage. Time will tell whether or not restrictions on bidding will be implemented during the next auction.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt said earlier this week that India is far behind the rest of the world where it comes to harnessing the internet’s power. He also said that the country has failed to invest in high speed wireless internet service and other telecom networks. According to statistics, only 150 million out of the country’s 1.2 billion residents have internet access.
The failure to invest in internet networks may also have something to do with government complacency after having realized much success with its production of software and IT companies. In addition to the statements made about no internet access, internet entrepreneurs have also complained that uncertain regulatory standards has made it hard for them to develop their businesses.
The new is out; 2013′s Measuring Broadband America report for February was released today. The report is a revealing document which covers all broadband services being offered by internet service providers in Dallas, along with all other providers across the United States. The no-holds-barred report also includes data from satellite internet services for the first time.
The data, gathered during September of last year, shows that each provider’s advertised speeds either come in at 80% accuracy or exceed advertised speeds by 140%. The data in the report can help those looking for a new internet provider to see how they measure up in terms of real speeds, as well as helping the service providers themselves to improve what they offer to their customers.
Yes, we said free wireless internet. The start-up company FreedomPop, based in Encino, California currently offers free 4G wireless data access, as well as free VOIP. Oh, and did we mention they also have wireless internet service for the home? The Skype-backed company is hoping to turn the telecom world on its ear, and appears to be doing just that.
The company’s premise is based on the fact that internet companies are charging increasing amounts to their customers for internet service. In addition, the company says that the packages most internet customers are paying for contain a much higher data allowance than what the average customer actually uses. FreedomPop initially only wanted to disrupt the wireless internet sector, but has since found it can disrupt voice communications also.
On Friday, a court in Germany made a landmark ruling: that having access to internet providers in my area was just as vital to our daily existence as access to a vehicle and a refrigerator. The ruling will allow internet customers to take their providers to court should their access be interrupted for any reason. The ruling came as the result of a 2009 case involving a man who was without internet, phone and a fax line for two months. Under German law, the man was compensated for his cell phone, which is considered an essential material item. But he also wished to be compensated for the loss of his internet connection.
It remains to be seen whether or not this German ruling will set a precedent for similar internet service cases around the world. In Germany, individual rights are known to be well-secured. One example is the repossession of items like beds and cars. Because they’re all considered to be necessary for daily personal needs, they are exempt from repossession if a customer hasn’t paid their bill.
If you enjoy taking photos with your smart phone and then uploading them to Facebook, then you join over eighty percent of people who do the same. But how you share to upload your photos with your smart phone requires just as much, if not more, caution as you would use when uploading photos via DSL providers. Youth are especially being warned by experts about posting certain photos containing sensitive information, such as new drivers’ licenses or bank cards.
Most people may note this as a given, that you don’t post information like this online. But in the rush of excitement of finally being able to drive or getting something else which denotes a rite of passage, it can be easy to forget. Identity thieves and other criminals are notorious for stalking social media sites like Facebook, and using the information they find there to compromise accounts and take over finances and even identities.