Analyst Predicts Dish, T-Mobile and Amazon Super Union

April 28th, 2017

If true, this will certainly create one heck of a big communications company.

Dish has been hoovering up spectrum for years, and just nabbed another $6.2 billion in spectrum at the 600 MHz auction. And while there’s a growing consensus on some fronts that Dish boss Charlie Ergen is just spectrum squatting ahead of an inevitable sale, there’s another segment of analysts that believe Dish is on the cusp of a new cross-industry mega-deal that may just ramp up overall wireless competition.

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AT&T Unveils New 10 Mbps Fixed Wireless Service in Georgia

April 27th, 2017

It’s hard to tell if this is a sign of things to come, or just a simple case of AT&T cutting costs.

AT&T has unveiled the first trials of a fixed wireless broadband service in Atlanta the company hopes will replace the aging DSL lines the company isn’t interested in upgrading. According to the AT&T announcement, the service will be creatively named “Fixed Wireless Internet.”

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Windows 10 RTM Support Ends May 9, 2017

April 26th, 2017

If you’re still running the first, retail version of Windows 10, and you’ve somehow managed to block updates, then you should probably check this out.

Microsoft announced that support for the Windows 10 RTM version, the first retail version of Windows 10, will end on May 9, 2017. The company had plans to shut down support for Windows 10 RTM on March 26, 2017 initially, but extended the period to May 9, 2017 instead.

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Verizon Finally Offers Gigabit FiOS Speeds –

April 25th, 2017

This is sort of an odd way to roll out a new service. Apparently, new customers are offered a lower price for gigabit service than existing customers.

After years of ignoring the gigabit speeds of other providers, Verizon has finally buckled and begun offering gigabit connections. Users in our Verizon FiOS forum point out that the launch isn’t technically new; Verizon has quietly and simply renamed the company’s 750 Mbps “Instant Internet” tier — launched last January.

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How to Run Microsoft Edge on Windows 7

April 24th, 2017

You definitely can’t install Edge on a Windows 7 machine, but you can still run it using virtual machines.

Can you install Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, another Windows operating system, or even on non-Windows operating systems? The short answer to that question is no, you cannot. But you do have options when it comes to running Microsoft Edge on devices that are not running Windows 10. Microsoft itself notes that Microsoft Edge is only available on Windows 10. Edge is the default system browser on Windows 10 devices. It replaced Internet Explorer (which is also still available), and can best be described as a fast but basic web browser.

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Canada Protects Net Neutrality as US Prepares to Dismantle It

April 21st, 2017

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the world reacts to this issue; will net neutrality be dismantled in most countries, or will it be protected?

While the United States is poised to gut its own net neutrality rules sometime in the next month, Canadian regulators just doubled down on protecting it — and have now created some of the toughest net neutrality rules in the world. Canadian regulators had already passed functional net neutrality rules that prohibited blocking and other blatantly anti-competitive behaviors. But the CRTC this week released its full, final guidelines that take things further, effectively prohibiting giant ISPs from using arbitrary usage caps to give their own content an unfair market advantage (aka zero rating).

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New Satellite Broadband Push Could Create Surge in ‘Space Junk’

April 20th, 2017

This will inevitably happen sooner or later. Someday, we’ll probably need a solution for hauling off old satellites that are no longer in use or practical.

A new study from the University of Southampton claims that the latest rush to expand broadband access via constellations of lower-orbit satellites could result in a dramatic spike in “catastrophic” space accidents.

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Free Up Gigabytes of Disk Space after Windows 10 Creators Update Installation

April 19th, 2017

If you’ve recently installed the Windows 10 Creators Update and disk space is an issue, you might find this helpful …

You may save Gigabytes of hard disk space after upgrading a Windows PC to the Windows 10 Creators Update by running the Disk Cleanup Tool. Veteran Windows users know that previous versions of Windows installed on a computer are kept on disk when the operating system is upgraded to a new version. These upgrades can be from an older version of Windows, say Windows 7, to a newer one, say Windows 10, or from an older version of Windows 10 to a newer version.

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Disable Security Messages on Windows 10

April 14th, 2017

Just in case you already know that Windows Defender has been disabled, and don’t feel the need to be constantly reminded.

The following guide explains how to disable security messages on Windows 10 to prevent popup notifications on the desktop. Windows 10 monitors security and maintenance related features and settings, antivirus protection and Windows Update for instance, and notifies you if something is not working correctly. If antivirus protection is turned off for instance, you get a notification to check the virus protection.While that is certainly useful if you are not aware of it, it can become annoying quickly if you know that already, or if Windows failed to read the situation correctly.

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Mozilla Servo Browser Builds for Windows Released

April 13th, 2017

There’s only a demo version at this point, but it does provide an interesting peek at Mozilla’s upcoming lightweight browser.

Mozilla just released the first build of the Servo browser engine Developer Preview for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The organization released builds of Servo for Linux and Mac in July 2016, and has added Windows to the list just now in April 2017. Windows users may head over to the official Servo download page to grab the installer. All that is required then is to run the installer to install the Servo preview — called Servo Tech Demo — on a Windows machine.

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