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World’s biggest IPO – Alibaba debuts at $92.70 a share

Alibaba IPOChinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will debut this morning on the New York Stock Exchange as the biggest public offering of all time. The company founded by Jack Ma in 1999, will raise as much as $22 billion.

The historic IPO was set to price at $68 a share, but quickly shot to over $92/share! The company will have a market capitalization of $168 billion. Alibaba will be listed under the ticker ‘BABA’. [Read more...]

Best Antivirus Software for 2014

Antivirus SoftwareWith external threats online there’s no doubt Antivirus software is now a necessity. However, which one to choose can be a tedious process. Most just choose what is readily available as they purchase the computer. Or, they visit several different ratings sites to see what the experts have to say. BitsOnBroadband has taken the work out of the process. [Read more...]

For the first time, more Americans subscribe to cable internet than cable TV

As predicted in our recent article, How to Cancel Cable and Save with Free TV, cable companies starting to lose TV subscribers as consumers find better alternatives to cable TV.  We can now safely say that folks are listening, and jumping off the triple-play bandwagon. [Read more...]

2 million people still have dial-up Internet service

About 20 years ago, the AOL startup disc was as ubiquitous as McDonald’s locations. In the era before broadband, AOL was the most dominant Internet service provider with more than 126 million subscribers. I actually worked for PeoplePC for a period of time, and we had the same direct mail initiatives. At that time CD’s were an awesome way to attract new subscribers. [Read more...]

Houston mom creates app to control child’s phone

teen with phoneFor parents of teenagers, not knowing where your child is can be frustrating, even frightening. Giving them a cell phone doesn’t always mean they’ll answer.

That’s why one local mom took control and invented an app that her kids — and your kids — can’t ignore. [Read more...]

Nokia 130 battery lasts more than a month, costs 19 euros

The new old-school Nokia 130 comes in single or dual-SIM versions and goes on sale in China, India and Africa.Nokia 130

A new budget mobile phone that can play movies, has a one-month battery life and is cheaper to buy than one of the top-up cards it uses has been unveiled.

Nineteen euros won’t buy you much in this day and age, but it will buy you a no-frills Nokia phone. The Nokia 130 is an old-school mobile phone at an old-school price for developing markets, with basic smartphone features like music and video in a phone that will last over a month before it needs juicing up. [Read more...]

Cell phone app helps save battery life on phone

A new cell phone application is helping people save hours of battery life on their phone.

E-star was unveiled earlier this month on the Google Play Store.  This is a free app and was developed by Mobile Enerlytics of Purdue Research Foundation. [Read more...]

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Your Phone’s Hardware Can Reveal Your Identity Even If Your Data Is Safe

Your personal data isn’t the only thing that can identify you. Now your hardware can, too.

Researchers at Stanford University have figured out how to accurately identify a device, even if apps can’t access its data, by building a profile of its unique hardware quirks. Taken together, a device’s many tiny idiosyncrasies—due to manufacturing errors—make up a so-called “sensor fingerprint.” [Read more...]

Verizon’s slowing down data for some of its subscribers

FCC is ‘deeply troubled’ by Verizon’s plan to slow down data for subscribers.  Is this a play for stronger regulations by the FCC?

The Federal Communications Commission has sent a strongly worded letter to Verizon warning that changes in the way it handles mobile Internet traffic may violate federal regulations.

More broadly, the letter by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is the latest sign that the commission is considering applying its new net neutrality rules to wireless carriers. [Read more...]