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Phone and cable companies have been ripping you off for years – here’s how to strike back

How To Lower Phone Cable Bills

Your phone and cable company could charge you a lot less than they do right now and still make a healthy profit. We know this because whenever you call up and threaten to cancel your service because it's too expensive, they almost always offer you a better deal immediately. However, haggling with your phone or cable company for lower prices takes time and patience, which is why I was intrigued to see The New York Times' new report on a company called BillFixers that does all the hard work for you in exchange for taking half of the yearly savings you get.

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Brad Reed

February 9th

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The Unlikely Origins of Deadpool, The X-Men Character Who Conquered All Media

Deadpool wasn’t always a comics (and movie, and video game) superstar. The Merc with a Mouth started out much smaller, as a supporting character in one of the many X-Men comic books. We talked to the people who created and shaped him, to find out how Deadpool conquered the universe.

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February 9th

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Moxiware offers first elegant, upright Apple Pencil charging dock

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Accessory maker Moxiware is the first out of the gate with a dock for the new Apple Pencil stylus that launched today alongside Apple’s larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Apple Pencil, Apple’s first stylus launching today as a companion accessory for the new iPad Pro, charges using a built-in Lightning connector. But having the Pencil sticking out of the bottom of your iPad or lying flat on the floor or a desk with the included adapter isn’t ideal. Moxiware’s dock, however, allows the Pencil to stand upright while charging, not unlike a traditional pen stand.

As is the case with most early docks for new Apple products, this one doesn’t appear to include an integrated Lightning cable meaning customers will have to supply their own and snake it through the base.

It’s available in 4 models: aluminum and wood finishes in either a cone shape or a cylinder shape with an extra pen slot.

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The Moxiware Apple Pencil charging dock is available to order now from the company’s website with shipping schedule to start in December. The dock costs $30 + $6.95 shipping worldwide.

The iPad Pro officially went on sale today online in 40 initial launch countries with the device scheduled for shipping to customers as early as Friday. Some Apple retail stores are also reporting having stock of the new device today, while accessories for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard companion accessories are shipping in 5-7 days at the time of writing.

Check out our roundup of the best iPad Pro cases, covers, keyboards, and other accessories here.


Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: accesories, Apple, apple pencil charging dock, base, Cable, charging, dock, iPad Pro, Moxiware, Pencil

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Jordan Kahn

November 11th

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Time Warner Cable Is Trialling Roku in Place of Cable Boxes

Time Warner Cable has announced that it’s going to perform a trial run in which it will allow customers in New York City and New Jersey to use a Roku instead of its usual cable box.

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Jamie Condliffe

November 10th

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I Pay For Cable TV, and Don’t Care Who Knows It

I turn 30 this month, and it feels like I am one of the few people my age who watches cable TV and is willing to pay for it. Truth is, I hate watching shows on my computer—or worse, my phone. Give me new episodes in real-time, on a real TV. I know I’m on the wrong side of history, but I also know I’m not the only one.

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Bryan Lufkin

October 15th

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I Pay For Cable TV, and Don’t Care Who Knows It

I turn 30 this month, and it feels like I am one of the few people my age who watches cable TV and is willing to pay for it. Truth is, I hate watching shows on my computer—or worse, my phone. Give me new episodes in real-time, on a real TV. I know I’m on the wrong side of history, but I also know I’m not the only one.

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Bryan Lufkin

October 15th

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Cord cutting triumph: Pay TV industry hit with record subscriber losses

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The traditional pay TV bundle is slowly dying. New data released by research firm SNL Kagan this week showed that pay TV services lost a total of 625,000 subscribers last quarter, which is the largest quarterly loss in the industry's history. While the pay TV industry typically loses subscribers in the second calendar quarter ever year, this year's losses absolutely dwarfed the 352,000 net customer loss that pay TV services posted in Q2 2014.

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Brad Reed

August 15th

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The Only Thing I’ll Miss About Cable Is My DVR

As far as watching TV goes, the experience provided by a traditional cable provider is shit. Slow hardware, clunky interfaces, unwanted bundled channels. Streaming services are slowly replacing all of this and thanks goodness for them. But there’s an aspect of the old way that I will sorely miss—the DVR and its magical commercial skipping powers.

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Michael Hession

August 14th

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It’s On: AT&T and DirecTV Just Got the OK to Merge

The FCC has approved AT&T’s $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. That means the second-biggest telecom company is officially merging with the biggest satellite TV provider.

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Kate Knibbs

July 24th

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Apple reportedly moving forward w/ streaming TV service deals, aiming for late fall debut

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Apple’s talks with networks for its upcoming streaming TV cable service are well underway, according to the New York Post. The four main broadcast networks are involved: ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Apple’s 30% revenue share of the subscription fee remains a point of contention, but the report claims that negotiations are rapidly gaining momentum with Apple targeting a late fall launch of its new TV product.

Disney or CBS will apparently be the first companies to sign up with Apple and get the skinny TV package deal rolling. Apple wants to have channels like Disney’s ESPN and Discovery in the mix too. Apple is also interested in getting local live TV as part of the package, as has been previously reported. According to the report, Apple has worked out a way to speed up the process so it doesn’t have to negotiate with every local affiliate network across the country itself.

“But networks don’t control affiliate feeds. So Apple CEO Tim Cook’s team asked the networks to obtain those rights — instead of having Apple chase those rights around the country itself.
Now, it seems, Cook’s strategy is paying off, sources said. The networks are close to having the right to negotiate with Apple on behalf of their affiliates, the sources added.”

Apple is getting ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to handle the minutiae of the rights deals with local broadcasters rather than Apple itself. The networks are close to having the ability to negotiate with Apple on behalf of the local affiliates. They are being notified by networks that they can opt in to Apple’s plans and share in the revenue of the Apple streaming service.

Cook and Cue were once again present at the Sun Valley conference last week. At the event, they were spotted chatting with the NFL commissioner which may indicate an NFL offering becoming part of the rumored Apple TV streaming service.

The new streaming bundle is expected to debut this fall alongside new Apple TV hardware, which will feature an App Store, more powerful internals and a revamped remote.


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Benjamin Mayo

July 14th

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