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Bring in the ads—YouTube may let everyone watch Original shows, films

Enlarge / Welcome to the story of Cobra Kai. Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy! Overbrook Entertainment/YouTube Going against the grain, YouTube is reportedly scaling back its original content plans. According to a report from the Hollywood Reporter, the online video giant will scale back the volume of scripted original programming it produces by 2020. […]

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Google’s cellular service gets rebranded, offers support for iPhones

Enlarge Google Fi Hot off the release of fully encrypted traffic earlier this month, Google’s cellular service, Project Fi, is getting a new name and greatly expanded device support—although that device support comes with some caveats. The rebrand is easy—Project Fi is losing its “Project” designation and is now just “Google Fi.” There’s a sweet new […]

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Downloading the newest Wi-Fi protocols: 802.11ax and 802.11ay explained

Enlarge / Wi-Fi connects the world together, but it’s still quite complicated. Aurich Lawson Look, Wi-Fi still kind of sucks. And marketing excesses aside, its worst problems all revolve around airtime distribution among multiple devices. Unlike LTE (the protocol cellular data uses), 802.11 WI-Fi is a protocol with no central management, which leaves all nearby […]

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Microsoft (briefly) passed Apple to become the most valuable US company today

Enlarge / Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Microsoft For a brief period today, Microsoft achieved greater market value than Apple, which is often called the world’s most valuable company. The temporary shift recalls a long, up-and-down history of a rivalry between the two companies—though they are partners in many areas today. Microsoft reached a market capitalization […]