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Switching to Philo from Sling: My Thoughts on the Streaming Value Winner

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Let me just say that I don't dislike Sling, in fact I still recommend it. However, I've been eyeing Philo from afar for a while now for a few reasons. First, I am a strange person, and I like having access to MTV Live, and MTV Classic: two channels that while I haven't really watched them for any extended period of time, I respect the fact that they exist. Second, the price: $20. How did Philo get there? They don't have channels that have sports, as well as no local networks.

The three big companies that provide sports programming are Disney/Fox, WarnerMedia, and Comcast. That means in addition to no sports from them, Philo doesn't have access to their general entertainment content. I can only assume this is due to these companies bundling their entertainment channels with sports channels. You can't get FXX without also carrying Fox Sports 1 and 2, or something like that. Is it a big loss? Kind of. Sure, I'll miss Conan on TBS. I'll miss movies on FX. …

Reasons why I use Android

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Every so often, I like to take a look at the other side of the fence to see what iOS is up to. I gaze lovingly at Apple's ecosystem, iOS's generally smooth UX, and the two reasons most people will forever stick with iPhone: iMessage and FaceTime. These two services don't even do anything special that Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or any other messaging client can't do, it's just that it's built into iOS, and the user doesn't have to install anything else. Plus, Apple claims that they have full encryption, with jabs at Google in their ads saying that they aren't in the business of your business. Considering how bad Siri is in comparison to the Google Assistant or Cortana, I can tell they aren't harvesting user data to make it better. While things seem great in the gated community that is Apple, I tend to step back and reconsider my curiosity when I realize there's a lot about Android I simply appreciate more.

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Video: Reviews of the Tablo, HDHomeRun, and AirTV - Choosing a Smart OTA Streamer

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There's plenty of good reasons to cut the cord, one of which is the price. Most people don't want to pay the price of cable, but what most people don't realize is the high price means total convenience. Your cable lineup is already set up so you don't have to think about how it gets there, the box that delivers the cable isn't yours, so if the consumer experiences any issues, they call up the cable company and they fix it. When you cut the cord, you transfer the burden of troubleshooting onto the consumer, and now they have to decide how they're going to get their content back. There are plenty of online OTT cable providers, like Sling, YouTube TV, and Philo, but they don't all carry the local channels, like CBS, ABC, and NBC. If you want to still keep those channels, you'll need an antenna, but how do you get all those channels to every TV in your house? You could wire an antenna to your cable splitter, but not everyone wants to go through that hassle…

I Don't Understand Pickup Trucks

...from the perspective of an average person, that is. If you do real work, I understand the need for it, but for everyone else, I don't understand why anyone would want to buy a pickup truck.

If it were not for the Ram truck, FCA would have a significant loss in sales, as the Ram Pickup is their best selling vehicle. The same goes for the rest of the American brands, with the F150, and the Silverado/Sierra topping the lists of their respective brands. With a wide range of options for these trucks, there's one for everyone, whether you want a base model with crank windows, or one that rivals a luxury car. But why do they sell so well? Why do I even want one?

I would not use a truck for what it is meant for: work, or towing. Yet, when the new Ranger was released, I found myself wanting one. I wouldn't mind an F150 with a big V8 engine, but those are huge, and I wouldn't care to fill up that gas tank. There's something about the perceived freedom of having a truck th…

Pluto TV: Viacom's Different Answer to Streaming

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First, Some Context and History All the major media conglomerates are beginning to reign in their content from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, and are bringing them to their own streaming services for maximum profits. AT&T, who owns WarnerMedia, Comcast, who owns NBCUniversal, and Disney, who also own Marvel and 21st Century Fox, have all announced that they are developing their own streaming services to house all of their valuable content available for a monthly fee. Want to watch Friends? You'll have to subscribe to AT&T's thing. Want to watch The Office? You'll also have to subscribe to Comcast's thing. They'll both probably cost around $10 a month, and you're also going to want Disney+, the home to Marvel. All of these companies are taking a non-linear subscription approach to delivering content, something that we first fell in love with when Netflix introduced their instant streaming service back when they were better known for delivering DVDs through …

Reasons I Choose to Stick With Samsung Phones

I've had many phones over the years, but recently I made the decision to try to save money and go with a Moto G6 when I sold my Note8. The Moto G6 is a great phone, but it lacks some of the things I found I needed more than I thought. Here are a few of the features I enjoy about going back to Samsung with the Galaxy S10e: Samsung Pay. Sure, Apple and Google Pay exist, but not every establishment supports this. Samsung Pay is supported everywhere a card can be swiped, as the phone replicated a magnetic stripe on a card.Better camera. The Moto G6's camera was not its strong suit. I've missed the fantastic Samsung camera.Speed. The Moto G6 was not a speed demon. It was fast enough, but 6 GB of RAM on a flagship processor is fantastic.Wider Support. Motorola has done a great job of getting their phone and accessories for their phone out as much as they can. Unfortunately, we live in an Apple vs. Samsung mobile world, so Motorola phones will often not be in the big box stores i…

Why I Still Use G Suite

Once upon a time, I was a super Microsoft fanboy. I had a Windows Phone, used Cortana often, and subscribed to Office 365 for the 1 TB of storage on SkyDrive, now OneDrive so all the photos from my glorious Nokia Lumia phone had an online backup. When I realized in 2015 that Windows Phone was dying a slow death, I decided to leave the Microsoft train, as I left the mobile platform that tied all these Microsoft services together, and did it well. The same couldn't be said for Microsoft's iOS and Android apps at the time, as the tight integration was not there, and they never felt fully featured. I then fully invested in Google's services, and almost never looked back. However with the Google outage that occurred this week, I decided to give Microsoft another shot. It didn't happen for long.

I had a document I needed to type, but the outage left me uneasy about trusting Google Drive at that moment. Although I do have LibreOffice installed as a just-in-case, I wanted to s…