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Microsoft consortium to install new undersea cables between US, UK, and Asia

Microsoft consortium to install new undersea cables between US, UK, and Asia

Microsoft has announced that it is shelling out some big money to run some new undersea cables to connect data centers in North America with data centers in Ireland. The software giant also has plans to lay undersea cables to connect networks in Asia as well. Reports indicate that Microsoft has been making big investments in undersea cabling over the last few months.

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Cablevision throws in antennas to woo cord cutters

Cablevision throws in antennas to woo cord cutters

Cablevision is trying to court cord cutters that are getting away from expensive cable plans with an old school way to get local broadcast TV channels. The company is tossing in antennas with its lower cost internet packages for free as a way to allow people to watch local TV. The two lower tier internet plans that include the antennas were announced recently.

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FlatWave Amped Review; a cord-cutting must-have

FlatWave Amped Review; a cord-cutting must-have

When we discuss ‘cord cutting’, a lot of the talk revolves around which service streams what content, and to which devices. Netflix helps, and Sling TV is a breath of fresh air. HBO NOW is setting a new trend, too. What about local channels, though? That’s still ‘traditional’ TV — and that’s where the FlatWave Amped comes in. An ultra-thin antennae, FlatWave Amped may bridge the gap for cord cutters who already get cable content elsewhere. Does it live up to our expectations?

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Better Call Saul smashes record with highest cable debut ratings

Better Call Saul smashes record with highest cable debut ratings

As we noted recently, the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul premiered on Sunday night following the return of The Walking Dead, and in doing so it smashed through previous records to become the highest-rated cable series debut ever. The series hit a 3.4 adults 18-49 rating among its 6.9 million viewers, blasting through the previous record while confirming those raving early reviews that kept rolling in. For those curious, The Walking Dead's return did pretty well, too.

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USBduo cable features integrated card reader, wooden ends

USBduo cable features integrated card reader, wooden ends

As the number of gadgets that complement our daily lives grow, consolidated devices that serve more than one function become increasingly attractive. The USBduo cable is one such device, and it aims to cut down on the number of dongles and card readers you tote around. At its core, USBduo is a USB cable with a microUSB end. Under its sleeve (or wooden block, in this case) are a couple hidden treats, as well, such as a micro SD card reader.

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Freewheel’s WiFi-only smartphone plan goes nationwide

Freewheel’s WiFi-only smartphone plan goes nationwide

WiFi calling isn’t new, but services that offer it as your only means of communication are quickly on the rise. Freewheel, a WiFi-only service we told you about previously, is now going nationwide, and will turn your phone into a WiFi calling monster. Rather than choose to make a WiFi call, it’s your only option, and might just be cheaper than your existing plan. For as little as $9.95/month, you can snag a plan, which is available on the Moto G, sold via Freewheel.

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Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

Cablevision’s Freewheel is a WiFi-only phone service

While some cable TV providers seem themselves competing with video streaming services, Cablevision will be entering a different arena altogether. The cable operator will be launching a new service next month called Freewheel and it has very little to do with TV. The service, instead, offers mobile phone connectivity, but not just any kind. It will be powered and substantially limited to WiFi connectivity only, taking advantage of the million-strong WiFi hot spot network it has been establishing on its home turf.

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Lenovo recalls power cables over fire risk

Lenovo recalls power cables over fire risk

Lenovo has recalled power cords in the United States and Canada over an issue that could potentially cause a fire or risk of burns. About 500,000 of the cables are located in the US, while the remaining 44,000 are located in Canada, and all of them were made between February and December 2011. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 15 incidents have been reported outside of the United States, but there have been no reports from within Canada or the US.

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Aereo files for bankruptcy, and starts saying goodbye

Aereo files for bankruptcy, and starts saying goodbye

Whether we like it or not, Aereo is in serious trouble. Though glimmers of hope sparkle through now and then, Aereo is still prohibited from doing business. Today, the company has announced they’ve filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which is a step to reorganize and restructure. This type of bankruptcy is meant for companies just like Aereo; those who can’t repay creditors or pay down debt. With all Aereo has gone through, it’s a sad day, but may not signal the end just yet.

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Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

Proposed FCC rule change blurs Internet/Cable TV lines

The FCC might be a slow-moving agency, like any in Government, but they’re oddly in-tune with what consumers want (most of the time). A new proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would give many TV addicts exactly what they want, giving Internet TV providers the same footing as legacy Cable TV providers. If passed, the new rules would make it impossible for a broadcaster to refuse to allow an Internet TV provider the right to carry their service specifically because they weren’t a cable provider.

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