Good news for those of us who are serviced by Comcast for cable and high speed Internet. Beginning in July, Comcast will be upgrading subscribers speeds by a whole 2.0 Mbps at no cost. If you currently subscribe to at least Comcast Expanded Basic Cable TV service or above, the following HSI options are available to you:
6.0/384 - $42.95 - Up from 4.0/384
8.0/768 - $52.95 - Up from 6.0/768
As Comcast just recently upgraded their network just a few months ago, a second speed increase leads me to believe that they are feeling the heat from services like Verizon FIOS.
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Ever see that bin at the supermarket or dollar store filled with DVD’s and kept on walking thinking, “They must be crap if they’re only a dollar!”? If you have, you may want to stop and check them out next time. Many of the films starring greats from John Wayne to Shirley Temple and TV series from Dragnet to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are being mass marketed at the dollar pricepoint simply due to problems with, or lack of copyrights. “The Killer Shrews,” the masterwork of Ray Kellogg, is one of hundreds of cheap old films now available as ridiculously cheap new DVD’s. Because of lapsed or improperly registered copyrights, even some very watchable movies - among them, Howard Hawks’s “His Girl Friday,” Marlon Brando’s “One-Eyed Jacks” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dementia 13” - are now in the public domain and can be sold by anyone.”
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Being a student gets some awesome perks, and one of them is getting a nice discount at the Apple store. Now if saving a few bucks when buying new hardware from Apple wasn’t enough, students will get a free iPod mini when purchasing a new Mac now through September 24, 2005. Of course, if an iPod mini isn’t quite what you want, you can also opt in for a larger capacity model and receive a check for $179 in the mail. All this so you can relax with some tunes while being studious.
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Toshiba is set to release a simple business laptop aimed at the no-nonsense businessman. It’s portable, at five pounds, with a 14-inch WXGA display. The Centrino chipset is inside, so you also get built-in 802.11 b/g, along with good performance. The best part? This one will sell for under $1,000 USD. Not bad at all.
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Linksys (Cisco) and Vonage have announced a deal that allows those who currently own a router of any type to get a new WRTP54G combo 802.11g router/switch/hub/TA if they sign up for a new Vonage VOIP account. The router drops the black and blue Linksys look in exchange for the more modern silver style seen in the WRT54GX Pre-N MIMO router. While it looks good on paper, there are a couple of things you should know. First, this only works on Vonage for now - so if you get this router, you shouldn’t expect the ability to switch VOIP providers and maintain its usability. The other thing is that it can take up to three mail in rebates before the router is actually considered free.
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For those of you looking to pick up a new Apple Cinema Display to go along with the new PowerMac, you will be happy to know that Apple has dropped the prices on the 20-inch 1680x1050 and 23-inch 1920x1200 models to $800 and $1500 respectively.
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A new online payment service is set to launch this summer, and from what I am hearing, GreenZap has some big plans for their debut. While many have soured over how Paypal has treated them, there hasn’t really been an online payment service that has stepped up the the plate and become virtually universally accepted. This is what GreenZap aims to change. They state that they are here to take on Paypal, and lead the way for electronic payments. They will be accepted by eBay, Yahoo! Auctions, and many other online entities. Signing up for GreenZap is free, and if you sign up now, when you log in to your account on their June 15, 2005 launch date - you will find $25 deposited for your use. Take that, Paypal.
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Amazon has a couple of good deals where Mac OS X Tiger is concerned. You can pre-order Apple OS X Tiger for $94.99 after a $35 savings. If you have multiple Macs in the house, the OS X Tiger Family Pack covers five computers, and comes out to $150 after a $50 savings. You will need to fill out this form to get your money back. We know, rebates suck - but you just can’t beat this pricing, unless you qualify for the Mac OS X Up-to-Date program.
If you have been on the fence about giving up $100 large to Apple for a .Mac account, you may want to reconsider if you are constantly on the go and in need of wireless net access. Through June 29, 2005, if you sign up for a .Mac account, you will also receive a free 30 day trial of the T-Mobile Hotspot service. Not too bad when you consider that a month of Hotspot access would cost you $39.95 in the first place. Of course, more and more free hotspots seem to sprout up each day, but who am I to judge?
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I know, all these deals are too good to be true - but this one is actually worth it. Why? No rebates involved. If you have yet to take the wireless network plunge, or if you just want an extra 802.11g router to mess around with, Buy.com has the Belkin F5D7230-4 Wireless G Router on sale for $25 USD. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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