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Comcast user reports from residents all over Illinois, USA indicate the company has introduced a 1TB data cap on its internet services in the region, which it refers to as a "Terabyte Internet Experience."
The e-mail sent out to customers reads: "We're writing to let you know that we will be trialing a new XFINITY internet data usage plan in your area. Starting August 1, 2016, your monthly XFINITY internet service will include a terabyte data usage plan."
It later goes on to say that if you need more data, there's always the Unlimited Data option, but that it's only relevant to less than 1% of its customers. As well, that less than 1% will remain unlimited for two "courtesy months."
AMD has just launched its new Radeon.com website, with it being a new hub for all things Radeon.
Radeon.com offers feature articles, details on RTG's new Radeon RX 480 video card, and entire section at the bottom dedicated to recent social media posts, and so much more.
AMD's new Polaris architecture is detailed, with the latest 'VR For All' featured article at the top, and an easier spot to grab the latest Radeon Software drivers for your video card in an easy-to-reach location at Radeon.com.
If you haven't checked out our recent article on the Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire, you might want to check it out - as they're pretty damn kick ass, beating out NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 in 1440p and 4K. Impressive for two mid-range cards, eh?
AT&T began data capping its U-Verse broadband customers back in 2011, although it didn't enforce its new rules. That changes this week as May 23 has arrived: the date the company said it would begin enforcing caps.
Whereas the cap was 250GB per month in 2011, that's been increased to 300GB for those with 768 Kbps-6Mbps plans; 12Mbps-75Mbps plans will have a 600GB cap, and 100 Mbps-1Gbps means a 1TB cap. Should you exceed the limit (and you'll receive plenty of e-mail warnings before you do), you'll be charged $10 for each 50GB of extra data. Alternately, you can pay a flat $30 extra per month for unlimited data.
AT&T says about 4% of its customers go over the new limits.
Netflix has launched its speed test site Fast.com. Like Speedtest.net (which it links to for comparison purposes), it tells you your current download speed with a brief data test. In this case, the data is downloaded from Netflix servers.
Unlike with Speedtest.net, the test is extremely quick, the site pretty much only features the test itself, and it elects to nix upload speed and ping results, saying it's aimed at consumers of data who want a quick, straightforward tool (which makes sense given a lot of people will learn about it through Netflix).
Google is set to soon integrate shopping advertisements into its image searches on mobile.
"The most common feedback people have left with Google Images is, 'I like these products - how much do they cost and where can I buy them?'" says Google's VP of shopping Jon Alferness.
When you search for an image on your phone like say, couches, sponsored links with couch prices will show up. If you want more specific links, you can sort by colour, type, location, and store.
Google is banning payday loan ads which require borrowers to pay back money within 60 days, as well as ads for loans with an annual percentage rate (APR) of 36% or more. As of July 13, they won't be seen on sites served by AdSense, or at least they'll be seen less (Google says it will monitor the effectiveness). Advertisements for mortgage loans, car loans, student loans, commercial loans, and credit lines won't be affected.
The company states such services and advertisements are predatory and can result in borrowers ending up in a worse financial situation than before they took out the loan, a sentiment echoed by others.
"This new policy addresses many of the longstanding concerns shared by the entire civil rights community about predatory payday lending," says Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. "These companies have long used slick advertising and aggressive marketing to trap consumers into outrageously high interest loans - often those least able to afford it."
YouTube has had a pretty similar and somewhat chaotic design for a good six years or so, but it looks like that may finally change. A fresh and clean new design based on Google's Material platform has surfaced online, indicating it's likely in testing as you read this.
If you'd like to try it yourself, open Chrome and follow the steps below as outlined by redditor giorgiomarinel:
- 1) go to https:www.youtube.com/?gl=US
- 2) open the developer tools (ctrl + shift + i)
- 3) go to the 'Resources´ tab and delete the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie for the youtube domain
- 4) go to the console and define the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie using the following command:
- 5) reload the page
Ladies and gentlemen, Radiohead has left the internet (apparently that's a thing you can do). Its homepage is now a plain white page and inspecting it reveals there's nothing super secret going on: there is just no real code there. As well, its Twitter and Facebook pages are blank.
The band hasn't gone completely dark on its fans, though: they've sent out leaflets in the mail marked with a cryptic message that reads, "Sing the song of sixpence that goes 'Burn the witch'."
Whether this is some kind of poetic publicity stunt for Radiohead's upcoming album or somehow related to frontman Thom Yorke's disdain for music streaming, we can't say for sure.
As internet data cap surcharges have become more and more impactful (some providers are now charging as much $35 per month for you to 'avoid' fees associated with usage caps), more and more customers are starting to notice and even take action.
The Wall Street Journal reports data limit complaints to the Federal Communications Comission (FCC) stood at 863 in the first half of 2015 before soaring to 7,904 in the second half. More than that, some said they were canceling streaming services like Netflix, Sling TV, and Sony PlayStation Vue, which are top sources of data consumption. This year looks similar with 1,463 complaints registered as of mid-April.
Facebook is currently testing a significant change to its news feed that see it take on the form of a news aggregator site in many ways.
The new design features a tabbed categories section at the bottom of the normal feed where you can choose to see all news, World & US news, Sports news, and Food news, among others. By default, all of these categories will show up, but if you like, you can disable any of them.
When relevant, friends' posts will show up in the aforementioned sections. As well, the feed will prompt you to add people related to news you're interested in, much like Twitter.