Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Having trouble texting on AT&T? It’s not you, the network is down [UPDATE]

Having trouble texting on AT&T? It’s not you, the network is down [UPDATE]

If you're having trouble sending text messages, and you're an AT&T subscriber, it's not your phone, it's your network. Sometime yesterday users in various areas around the country started experiencing a number of network-related issues, though the cause wasn't readily apparent at the time.

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YouTube makes a big change to Content ID disputes

YouTube makes a big change to Content ID disputes

If you ask virtually any content creator on YouTube, they'll tell you that the system for sorting out Content ID disputes is broken. We're not talking about some small hiccups that cause some issues here and there, but flat-out broken to the point where creators can lose money, or even have their channel taken down with little recourse. Well today YouTube has announced one change that's aimed to help alleviate one of the concerns that has been an issue.

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HP Chromebook 13 has the looks of a MacBook, with a price to match

HP Chromebook 13 has the looks of a MacBook, with a price to match

Chromebooks are Google's answer to the laptop. If you're not familiar, these devices run ChromeOS, which is essentially an operating system built around the popular browser. Today, HP announced their first high-end Chromebook, simply called the Chromebook 13.

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Google now lets you know which Android apps are ad-supported

Google now lets you know which Android apps are ad-supported

When smartphone apps were first introduced, you were never very sure of what you were getting. This was especially true of apps that claimed to be "free". Usually these apps didn't have any up-front cost, but once you opened them up, you quickly found out that there were in-app purchases that you could spend quite a lot of money on. Eventually, all of the major app stores started warning users that there were in-app purchases, but what about ads?

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This LEGO Star Destroyer has a full interior, complete with hangar and ships

This LEGO Star Destroyer has a full interior, complete with hangar and ships

My favorite toys growing up were my LEGO sets. Well, I say "sets" but really very few of my sets stayed the way they were originally intended. They were all eventually parted out to make way for more imaginative creations. While I did make my own custom X-wing and TIE fighter, nothing I constructed was anywhere nearly as amazing as this custom Star Destroyer.

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WoW’s Lion’s Pride Inn gets faithfully recreated for the Warcraft movie

WoW’s Lion’s Pride Inn gets faithfully recreated for the Warcraft movie

When you hear about a popular video game being turned into a movie, you always wonder about how faithful the studio will be to the source material. After all, just look at any of Uwe Boll's adaptations. We're inching ever closer to Warcraft's big-screen debut, and the latest peek behind the scenes shows that the team is really focusing on the little details.

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Uber tests out fees for late passengers

Uber tests out fees for late passengers

Have you ever offered a ride to a friend, only to find out that when you arrive, they're not ready? That's pretty annoying, even though they're your friend. Now just imagine you're a driver for Uber, and the person who requested you is nowhere to be found when you pull up. This is apparently a growing problem for drivers, and the company is testing a new method for combating it.

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Windows 10 notification rains on local weather forecast

Windows 10 notification rains on local weather forecast

Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? If not, you probably get hounded by Windows to make the switch every day. Microsoft has grown more and more persistant in their efforts to get everyone to upgrade to their latest OS. Not only are home users getting bombarded with notifications, but businesses are too. This includes one local news station.

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Comcast’s 1TB data cap is praised by Netflix

Comcast’s 1TB data cap is praised by Netflix

In case you missed the news yesterday, Comcast announced that they would be raising their data caps from 300GB per month, to 1TB per month, starting in June. While most people would agree that data caps need to disappear altogether, plenty of people were happy to see Comcast listen to feedback, and raise their caps. And one of their biggest supporters in this move is also one of their biggest competitors.

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Comcast raises data caps to 1TB for all customers

Comcast raises data caps to 1TB for all customers

For a long time, data caps have been an issue for many people. With more and more people choosing to cut the cord and ditch cable in favor of streaming media, data caps that once seemed generous are feeling smaller and smaller. But if you’re a Comcast customer that has been worrying about their 300GB caps, today is your lucky day.

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Amazon at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

Amazon at fault for in-app purchases by children, judge rules

We’ve all heard the horror stories. A parent lets their child play with a phone or tablet, only to find that their little darling managed to spend a large chunk of money on in-app purchases. Depending on just how much money was spent, this can be a pretty big problem. But the real question is who is to blame for this happening? A judge today ruled that when it comes to Amazon’s apps, they’re the ones at fault.

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Android users can soon pay for Netflix with Google Pay

Android users can soon pay for Netflix with Google Pay

Netflix hasn’t exactly had the best year so far. Since they announced their intention to block customers from accessing content using VPNs, they’ve had a lot of backlash. They’re still rolling out a lot of new original content, which is keeping customers on board, however. Today they’ve announced that customers will have a new way to pay for their subscriptions, which should make Android users happy.

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