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Comcast may have just made your home WiFi public

Comcast may have just made your home WiFi public

Houston Texas has just had about 150,000 Comcast routers activated with a new "xfinitywifi" initiative that effectively makes them wi-fi hotspots. Not just anyone can access these hotspots - you’ll have had to have logged in to Comcast’s system at some point as a customer - but you do not need a unique password for every router you come in contact with. These hotspots are new to Houston, but have been around for a while around the rest of the country.

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Comcast to start encrypting email

Comcast to start encrypting email

Following Google's encrypted email revelations, Comcast has followed in step with the announcement that it will start encrypting its subscribers' email, keeping them secure in a digital world lacking privacy. The encryption is said to be currently in testing, and that it'll be rolling out soon.

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Total TV viewing up 246% with help from apps

Total TV viewing up 246% with help from apps

Online TV is growing rapidly in popularity, according to a new study. The findings suggest our mobile video viewing habits are up 57% over this time last year. Overall online video is up 43%, while our TV intake in general is up a staggering 246%.

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FCC study shows cable pricing outpaces inflation 4:1

FCC study shows cable pricing outpaces inflation 4:1

With Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, part of the FCC’s concern is plan pricing. Though a Comcast executive couldn’t tell the FCC prices would go down, he did suggests the price hikes would slow. A recent study by the FCC shows that may be necessary, as cable bill pricing outpaced inflation by four-to-one.

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FCC net neutrality vote triggers telco doomsday predictions

FCC net neutrality vote triggers telco doomsday predictions

The FCC's vote on net neutrality proposals is sinking in, and carriers, telcos, and others with a vested interest have spared little time weighing in with their position. Unsurprisingly some of the heavyweights like Comcast and Verizon aren't mincing their words, with the general stance being one of eagerness for clarity, but at the same time warning of ominous times if things don't go exactly how they're hoping.

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Comcast wants to cap data, says 500GB is plenty

Comcast wants to cap data, says 500GB is plenty

Comcast, who are in discussions to acquire Time Warner Cable, have redefined capped data. David Cohen, an executive with Comcast says he expects they’ll begin offering “usage-based billing”, which translates to “we’ll give you a data allotment and charge you if you go over it”.

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Comcast can’t tell lawmakers Time Warner deal will lower cable bills

Comcast can’t tell lawmakers Time Warner deal will lower cable bills

Lawmakers questioned Comcast on their proposed Time Warner grab today, asking how the company felt it would benefit consumers. The $45 billion deal, expected to affect some 20 million users, has lawmakers concerned consumers won’t see much benefit. They’re also fearing we could see already high cable bills inflate.

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Comcast, EA Games set for streaming deal, say sources

Comcast, EA Games set for streaming deal, say sources

Comcast and EA may be getting ready to bring streaming video games to cable subscribers. Reuters is reporting that the two companies are finalizing an agreement to allow Comcast’s X1 users to stream EA games straight into their living rooms. The deal would affect 22 million customers in the US — likely more if Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner is approved.

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Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity box speaks smart home

Samsung’s Comcast Xfinity box speaks smart home

Samsung is building Comcast Xfinity a set-top box with integrated smart home abilities, a new test filing confirms, with the prototype packing ZigBee among other wireless options. The new box, model number SX021AN, includes the mesh-networking radio - which is used in Philips' hue color-changing bulbs, among other things - along with WiFi b/g and Bluetooth.

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Comcast Apple TV talk prompts streaming skepticism

Comcast Apple TV talk prompts streaming skepticism

Chatter of an Apple deal with Comcast that would secure priority access for Apple TV streamed content has renewed speculation about a new set-top box and given stock prices a bump, but questions around net neutrality remain. Apple has reportedly been continuing the talks it began with Time Warner Cable with Comcast, which is set to acquire TWC, in the aim of avoiding last-mile congestion by using the same private connection the ISP itself uses for its own streaming media services.

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Apple seeking streaming TV advantage with Comcast

Apple seeking streaming TV advantage with Comcast

Amidst growing concern over the Internet's scalability in the face of rising online media consumption, Apple is rumored to be seeking a partnership with Comcast. If things go according to Apple's plans, it will gain a huge advantage over other TV streaming rivals by having its content travel over a separate line along the "last mile".

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Comcast’s first transparency report shows 2013 data requests

Comcast’s first transparency report shows 2013 data requests

Comcast has joined the ranks of many other tech companies, publishing its first transparency report on government data requests. Henceforth, Comcast will be releasing transparency reports every six months, detailing federal, state, and local requests for consumer information. In the case of this first report, all government requests from last year are covered.

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