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Link About It: Airbnb’s Cable Car Sleepover

Airbnb's Cable Car Sleepover


Airbnb is giving adventurous travelers the chance to sleep 9,000 feet above the French Alps—in a cable car. By simply writing to the room rental service explaining why you want it so badly, you and three of your closest pals could win a night of feasting……

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TiVo OnePass tracks down your favorite shows across cable, Netflix, and Hulu

TiVo’s using CES 2015 to announce a pretty useful new feature for the customers it hasn’t yet lost. It’s been dubbed OnePass, and aims to help TiVo owners binge on whole seasons of TV shows even when episodes are scattered across cable and various streaming services. OnePass will display shows as a cohesive season and automatically play episodes from Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu Plus — the big three sources for on-demand streaming.

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Sony is bringing The Interview to cable and satellite TV

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony Pictures has completed deals that will bring The Interview to cable and satellite packages in the US, including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and DirectTV. The company says the movie, which sees James Franco and Seth Rogen visit North Korea to blow up Kim Jong Un’s head, will be available to rent or buy on major pay-TV services over the next few days.

Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Pictures, reportedly stepped in to personally orchestrate the deal that will make the movie available on the small screen. The move will mean that the controversial film, the target of ire from the North Korean regime, can already be seen online, on subscription TV services, and in hundreds of independent theaters, little…

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Comcast wants to let you track when your cable technician will arrive

Comcast is trying to make waiting for the cable technician to arrive a less unbearable experience than what you’re used to. It’s beginning to start trials on a system that will allow technicians to update customers on their estimated arrival time through Comcast’s MyAccount app. The system is only going to be so useful, however. Comcast says that it already gives customers about a two-hour range for when their technician might arrive, and the app will only start updating customers on their technician’s ETA once they’re 30 minutes away. Technicians will also be able to inform customers if they’re running late, which may be even more helpful. The time estimates are beginning to be tested this week outside of Boston, and Comcast says that…

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Senator Ted Cruz thinks net neutrality will stop cable companies from being ‘bold, innovative, and fair’

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had perhaps the most memorable reaction to Obama’s Monday announcement about net neutrality: reclassifying broadband under common carrier laws was “Obamacare for the internet.” Beyond the fact that Cruz hates both these things, the comparison didn’t make a lot of sense, but it was good enough for him to elaborate upon at length today in a speech at Austin incubator Capital Factory.

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Cable companies want to stop the best internet in America from growing

A group representing giants in the cable industry is trying to shut down two municipalities’ proposals to expand their public broadband networks, arguing that public broadband has a “mixed record” and can be harmful to taxpayers, despite these two networks already being successful where they’re already operational. Laws in 20 states prevent municipalities from from creating their own broadband networks — much to the pleasure of private cable companies, which have shown an impressive dedication to avoiding any competition and any suggestion that their service is merely a utility. Municipalities have on occasion created their own public networks to make up for shortcomings from local internet providers, and it’s easy to see why private…

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The iPhone 6’s Lightning cable may be reversible at both ends

Sonny Dickson, the man who provided the sapphire glass screen rumored to feature at the front of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6, has a new hardware revelation about the unannounced new phone: a reversible USB cable. Thanks to its symmetrical design, the Lightning connector is already capable of being plugged into an iPhone or iPad in any orientation, and now Apple’s apparently addressing the other end of the cable as well. The thinned-out middle section of the USB plug is said to have contacts on both sides, making it possible to connect without having it “the right way” up.

Such reversible USB cables can already be found on sale from third-party accessory makers, plus there’s the imminent Type-C USB standard that will shrink the size of the…

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Time Warner Cable installers will now look out for missing children

If your Time Warner Cable technician is late to an appointment fix something at your house, they might be on the lookout for missing children instead. The cable giant, which is in the process of being acquired by Comcast, today said it’s given all 18,000 of its technicians tools to receive and possibly act on AMBER alerts if they’re in the area where an incident is reported. If the technician gets the alert, they won’t drop everything they’re doing and go into vigilante mode, Time Warner says. Instead, they’re basically supposed to keep an eye out and call police.

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First Cox cable customers to get gigabit internet later this year

Cox is planning to become the first major residential cable operator to offer gigabit internet service. The third-place provider (behind Comcast and Time Warner Cable) announced this week that it will start to bring gigabit service to its first residential locations by the fourth quarter of this year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The very first buildings to get the super high-speed internet service will be select new construction projects in Phoenix, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Omaha, Nebraska. Unfortunately, expansion of gigabit service to all of Cox’s regions isn’t even set to begin until 2016, but a select few should be enjoying a wide pipe to the internet by the end of this year. If the company keeps to its plans, some…

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This is what the reversible USB cable looks like

The most abundant connector standard in technology, the Universal Serial Bus, is getting ready for its most revolutionary change yet with a new specification that will be finalized in July of this year. Breaking physical compatibility with current ports, USB Type-C is much smaller than the USB plugs you’re used to and — perhaps more importantly — physically symmetrical. That means you’ll be able to connect a Type-C cable without worrying about its orientation.

Intended to replace both USB and Micro USB cables with one universal standard, Type-C looks to be pretty much the same size as Apple’s proprietary Lightning cable, which has a similar reversible design.

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