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Comcast to cover entire US footprint with Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast to cover entire US footprint with Gigabit Internet by 2018

Comcast’s Vice President of Network Architecture Robert Howald has stated the service provider is planning to upgrade its entire cable network over the next two years, and that the upgrade will be able to accommodate speeds up to 10 Gpbs. Comcast is looking to start market trials of the DOCSIS 3.1 technology ("Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification") upgrade some time later this year, and according to Howald, the company is looking to “scale it through our footprint through 2016.” If all goes as planned, Comcast is hoping to have the technology operating across its full network in the US within the next two to three years, though two years is the goal.

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Google Maps to get new food photo feature

Google Maps to get new food photo feature

If you are the type who loves to eat and likes to take photos of whatever it is you are eating, you may recall the Google feature called Tablescape. It is a tool for uploading images of your eats to Google+. Google always said that it was an experiment and after the experiment ended, Tablescape was terminated.

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38 new emojis proposed for Unicode 9 next year

38 new emojis proposed for Unicode 9 next year

The emoji is one of the best and worst things about Unicode. I say best things because they can give you a way to show you are kidding when sarcasm doesn't translate well to text messaging. I say bad because you probably know that one person who uses all the emoji at once. Emoji fans will be glad to hear that more are coming to the next version of Unicode in 2016.

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Yahoo Mail update adds event and package reminders

Yahoo Mail update adds event and package reminders

Yahoo Mail has received a much needed update, with Yahoo adding in new event reminders and package reminders to help users remember when they have something going on. Yahoo has added in visual information on events and packages that are being shipped, as well as informative notifications that include pertinent details, such as the time of the event. The information includes things like shipment tracking shortcuts, and links to the original email in which the rest of the data resides.

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Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

The Internet’s collective move against Flash — the frequently vulnerable software that increasingly has more downsides than up — just gained a big new ally: Amazon. The Internet retailer announced this week that it will soon stop accepting Flash advertisements, making it the latest company to gravitate away from Adobe's longstanding and much-maligned software. This announcement follows news earlier this month that Yahoo’s advertisements were used to spread malware that, ultimately, used vulnerable versions of Flash for success.

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Real life first-person zombie shooter pops up on Chatroulette

Real life first-person zombie shooter pops up on Chatroulette

Turns out, if you still use Chatroulette, the website that matches you and your webcam up with a random stranger, you may not always be shown someone doing something obscene. You might just get thrown into a real life first person shooter (FPS), with you in control of someone trying fight off zombies. That's exactly what happened when random users were paired with the British film production crew Realm Pictures, who managed to create a live-action FPS that plays out in real-time right before viewers.

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Popcorn Time users in U.S. hit with lawsuits

Popcorn Time users in U.S. hit with lawsuits

Following news that Denmark arrested two men who operated websites with guides on using Popcorn Time, other bad news related to the piracy software has surfaced, this time relating to some users in the U.S. The makers behind The Cobbler have filed a lawsuit against 11 Popcorn Time users, alleging they used the software to watch the 2014 comedy. The complaint was recently filed in the Oregon District Court, and it seeks to have Comcast reveal the identities of the eleven users behind the nabbed IP addresses.

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Popcorn Time alleged guide operators arrested in Denmark

Popcorn Time alleged guide operators arrested in Denmark

Denmark has taken one of the harshest stances against Popcorn Time thus far, arresting two individuals alleged to have operated two websites offering guides on the piracy software. Both domains have also been seized by the local authorities. Both men, who haven’t been named, are said to be in their thirties, and to have operated the Popcorn-time.dk and Popcorntime.dk websites. Neither websites offered links to download the software, causing controversy among Internet goers.

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Ashley Madison hackers drop another 20GB of stolen data

Ashley Madison hackers drop another 20GB of stolen data

The Ashley Madison hackers have released a larger cache of information stolen from the website for affairs. The first batch of data — which has already revealed numerous well-known names and email addresses tied to government agencies, among others — was about 10GB compressed, and this latest data dump is about double that: 20GB or so of compressed data on more users of the infidelity website. This latest dump appears to, in part, include emails belonging to at least one of the site's executives.

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YouTube Space studio is coming to India

YouTube Space studio is coming to India

Google announced today that Mumbai, India will be counted among the few select cities laying claim to a YouTube Space studio. YouTube Spaces have already been launched in LA, London, Tokyo, New York City, Sao Paulo, and Berlin, with the first one having been launched in 2012. Thousands of YouTube creators have visited the YouTube Spaces, according to Google, and it’ll likely see those numbers increase more rapidly with this latest launch.

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WhatsApp’s desktop client now supports iOS

WhatsApp’s desktop client now supports iOS

The desktop web app for WhatsApp now finally supports iOS, roughly seven month after it debuted on Chrome and Android. While the name of the feature is a tad confusing, it's the option to continue using the messaging client on a desktop browser through the web.whatsapp.com portal. But in order to "login," users must already have the mobile app installed on their device, open it, and scan a QR screen that is displayed in the desktop browser.

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FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

FCC fines Smart City $750k for blocking WiFi hotspots

The FCC doesn’t take kindly to jamming activities of any sort, including the kind that block personal hotspots. The commission announced today that it is fining Smart City Holdings, LLC $750,000 USD for blocking hotspots at convention centers. Smart City provides Internet service at convention centers throughout the U.S. for what the FCC calls “substantial fees”. It, as others before it, deployed technology that blocked mobile hotspots, forcing visitors to pay for Smart City’s own Wi-Fi service rather than using their own personal data connections.

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