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Karma cuts Neverstop data plan speed in half due to abuse

Karma cuts Neverstop data plan speed in half due to abuse

It seems that the "Neverstop" nanme to the unlimited data plan for Karma Go's Wi-Fi hotspot service may not be so appropriate anymore. Within just two months of launching the subscription option, the service provider is actually stopping one of the main features of the service. Karma will be substantially throttling the data transfer speed of subscribers. The reason? The human desire to overcome boundaries. That and hogging up all the bandwidth to use the data plan for things deemed inappropriate and beyond Neverstop's true intentions.

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D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

D-Link Smart Alarm Detector gives regular smoke alarms new powers

Smart appliances are all the fad these days, and smart smoke and CO detectors have been one of the earliest to claim the IoT space. But not everyone has the budget, time, or skill to replace their perfectly working smoke and CO alarms. At the same time, homeowners might indeed want to be part of the smart home revolution. Is there a middle ground? D-Link is saying yes with its new mydlink Smart Alarm Detector, which gives those UL-certified alarms the ability to notify you of the situation on your smartphone, even if they themselves can't connect to the Internet.

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D-Link launches new routers, kit to make home networks faster, smarter

D-Link launches new routers, kit to make home networks faster, smarter

Long gone are the days when a household had one lone computer connected to the Internet. Today a single home would have at least 3 smartphones, a tablet, and a laptop. Most have even more. That complicates home networking needs well beyond the capabilities of simple routers. To address the growing needs of increasingly tech savvy households, D-Link has revealed a new EXO line of routers and a new Unified Home Wi-Fi Network Kit that aims to not just speed up the transfer of data within the house but also manage that traffic depending on the needs of the users.

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BMW floods CES 2016 with connected innovation

BMW floods CES 2016 with connected innovation

CES is the Consumer Electronics Show but of late that has also included car makers. Automobile brands like BMW have wholeheartedly embraced consumer electronic technology, including mobile devices, in their drive, pun intended, to the future. At CES 2016, BMW is flaunting some of its ideas and prototypes not just for future cars but for future homes as well. Unsurprisingly, it's a future filled with all kinds of dynamic and interactive displays that can be controlled with the touch of a finger or, even better, a wave of a hand.

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FCC’s broadband report details uptick in US Internet speeds

FCC’s broadband report details uptick in US Internet speeds

The FCC’s annual broadband report is in, and as in the past it details the status of broadband Internet access in the United States. The report, officially called the 2015 Measuring Broadband America Fixed Broadband Report, details information on so-called “fixed” ISPs and their network performance. These reports first started in August 2011; with this latest one, the grand total of reports has climbed to five.

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Facebook’s free Internet service kicked out of Egypt, too

Facebook’s free Internet service kicked out of Egypt, too

Following its troubles in India, Facebook's "Free Basics" Internet service has been shut down in Egypt. The move hints at more extensive trouble for the free Internet service, which gives millions limited access to a select number of websites. The service went dark earlier today, but no official reason has been provided at this time. Facebook has expressed unhappiness with the decision in its' own statement.

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T-Mobile says it’s not throttling YouTube

T-Mobile says it’s not throttling YouTube

One of the coolest things that T-Mobile is doing for its customers is the Binge On service that removes data usage for certain streaming sites from your data limit. That means you can stream all the YouTube you want without worrying about destroying your data allotment for the month in a day. The catch is that all videos streamed are throttled to 480p.

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Facebook parses News Feed in latest mobile test

Facebook parses News Feed in latest mobile test

Facebook is testing a News Feed style that reduces clutter and makes it easier to find specific types of content. In addition to the regular “News Feed,” the mobile app redesign also includes categories like “Headlines,” “Style,” and “Travel.” As well, previously detailed Marketplace is appearing more prominently for some users, allowing them to buy and sell locally and find items from companies users have "liked."

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Comcast overcharges for bandwidth usage, find out if you’re affected

Comcast overcharges for bandwidth usage, find out if you’re affected

Recently I read an interesting article about someone who was getting charged for bandwidth overages by Comcast. That's not uncommon, now that the company has started enforcing their bandwidth caps in some areas. However, the person was able to prove without a shadow of a doubt that they didn't use any of the data that Comcast was charging him for.

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North Korea’s Red Star OS targets illegal foreign media

North Korea’s Red Star OS targets illegal foreign media

North Korea has long been developing its own operating system called Red Star OS, a Linux distro with a design blatantly 'inspired by' Mac OS X. Thanks to German researchers Niklaus Schiess and Florian Grunow, the operating system has been laid bare more so than ever before; the pair managed to download Red Star OS from beyond North Korea and tasked themselves with analyzing it.

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Top movie pirates taken down by clumsy social media use

Top movie pirates taken down by clumsy social media use

Following the recent sentencing of movie pirates in the United Kingdom, some curious folk hunted down the details on how police came to discover the pirates’ identities. Not surprisingly, and despite the prosecutor’s claim that the pirates had taken big steps to avoid detection, uncovering the pirates’ identities was pretty simple and largely revolved around the clumsy use of social media. In some cases, a single sentence was all it took.

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U.S. voter database leak leaves millions exposed

U.S. voter database leak leaves millions exposed

A leaky database has been discovered that contains information on more than 191 million U.S. voters. The discovery was made by researcher Chris Vickery, who found his own personal information among millions of others’ in the misconfigured database. Despite efforts, the source of the database hasn’t yet been discovered and law enforcement, at least at this time, doesn’t appear too interested in taking down the list.

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