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Comcast Still Not Quite Sure If Its $70 Gigabit Offer In Chicago Actually Exists

One city at a time, Comcast is upgrading its cable internet networks to a fast new high-speed standard, called DOCSIS 3.1. In Chicago, the launch of the tech itself seems to be fine… but finding out how much it costs, if you can sign up for it at all, has proven much harder for consumers.

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You Can Still Upgrade To Windows 10 For Free — Here’s How

You Can Still Upgrade To Windows 10 For Free — Here’s How

July 29 has come and gone and maybe you’re sitting there smacking yourself for not upgrading to Windows 10 for free while you had the chance. If you don’t want to spend $120, there’s still hope for you yet. [More]

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Microsoft Making Its Windows 10 Upgrade Prompts A Bit Less Pushy

After numerous Windows 7 and 8 users complained that Microsoft was being overly aggressive in trying to get them to upgrade to Windows 10, the company says that for real, this time, it’s going to be a lot less in-your-face with its update reminders. [More]

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Delta Trying To Sell More Premium Cabin Seats To Cut Down On Free Upgrades

It’s the holy grail for many a frequent traveler with airline miles to burn: triumphing over everyone else waiting at the gate and scoring an upgrade to first or business class. But Delta Air Lines is sick of handing out those upgrades without making any real money off it. So, in an effort to cut down on the amount of upgrades, and thus, make more money Delta will be adjusting the price of its premium cabin seats. [More]

Apple Now Offering Its Own Program To Buy iPhone On Installments

Apple Now Offering Its Own Program To Buy iPhone On Installments

With the release of the latest version of the iPhone last fall, Apple introduced a program that follows current trends in the mobile phone industry. Like some mobile carriers, they’ll rent you a phone, letting you trade it in every year if you want. Now they’re also offering a program where you can pay in installments and keep the phone rather than leasing. [More]

Microsoft Makes Good On Plan To Push Windows 10 Upgrades More Aggressively

Microsoft Makes Good On Plan To Push Windows 10 Upgrades More Aggressively

Last October, Microsoft told Windows 7 and 8 users that it was only a matter of time before they’d be pushed a bit more aggressively to upgrade to Windows 10. That time is now, as the company will be recategorizing Windows 10 as a “recommended update.” [More]

Microsoft Changes Its Mind, Decides To Nag Business Customers To Upgrade To Windows 10 After All

Microsoft Changes Its Mind, Decides To Nag Business Customers To Upgrade To Windows 10 After All

If you’ve been using Windows 7 or 8 on your personal computer, you’re likely well aware of Microsoft’s recent nagging campaign to get people to upgrade to Windows 10. Despite saying it wouldn’t treat business customers the same way, Microsoft has changed its mind and now says it’ll be nudging those users to make the switch as well. [More]

Airlines Testing Auctions For Seat Upgrades At Gates

Airlines Testing Auctions For Seat Upgrades At Gates

Until recently, the only thing that auctions and airlines had in common were crowds of on-edge people in confined spaces. Some carriers are testing out the idea of turning their airport gates into auction houses, selling off premium seat upgrades to the highest bidders. [More]

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Microsoft Will Push PC Users Into Upgrading Next Year With Update That Automatically Downloads Windows 10

Though Microsoft has been very eager to get PC users to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10, it’s also been a bit restrained in its efforts so far, luring customers with a reservation system that allowed them to upgrade for free. But next year, Microsoft is going to get a little bit pushier.

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It’s Almost Too Easy To Install Windows 10 — Even If You Weren’t Planning On It

It’s Almost Too Easy To Install Windows 10 — Even If You Weren’t Planning On It

There are many reasons someone might choose to delay installing Microsoft’s Windows 10: maybe you just want to stick with Windows 7 or 8 a little longer, or you don’t feel like making space on your PC to accommodate the new OS. But if you aren’t paying attention, you could end up downloading the OS installer anyway.

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Passenger Rights Group Says Delta Is Shaming Travelers Into Buying Ticket Upgrades

You might be familiar with the feeling: you go into a purchase with a plan of exactly what you want to buy. No frills, no fuss, no muss. But then, suddenly, you find you’re shelling out more money than you’d planned, perhaps after encountering some persuasive sales tactics. A passenger rights group says Delta Air Lines is employing shame as a method to get travelers to buy ticket upgrades they might not have wanted initially.

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Tesla Announces $10K Acceleration Improvement Upgrade Called “Ludicrous Mode”

Tesla Announces $10K Acceleration Improvement Upgrade Called “Ludicrous Mode”

If you’ve got an extra $10,000 hanging around and were thinking of buying a new Tesla Model S, you might be interested in an upgrade company CEO Elon Musk just announced: “Ludicrous Mode,” an improved acceleration that brings the dual motor version of the car from zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

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Tesla CEO Says Summer Software Update Could Make The Model S Self-Driving

Could Tesla’s zero-emission Model S soon require zero-effort from drivers when it comes to traveling down the highway? That’s the plan, according to CEO Elon Musk. [More]

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Mobile Companies Leaping To Sell You A New Phone — With A New Contract — On Black Friday

Is your phone getting old? Has it met with the unfortunate confluence of liquids, young children, and boisterous pets lately? If you’re in the market for a replacement or upgrade, it looks like Black Friday might be your day… as long as you’re willing to sign a contract.

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Verizon Allowing Some Early Upgrades During iPhone 6 Frenzy

Verizon Allowing Some Early Upgrades During iPhone 6 Frenzy

Verizon is trying to sweeten the pot in its bid to retain customers looking to upgrade to one of the new iPhones. The nation’s wireless company has confirmed that it will allow customers who are on the precipice of upgrade eligibility to take advantage a couple months earlier than their contracts allow. [More]

Will Sprint’s New Early Upgrade Program Be Worth It?

Will Sprint’s New Early Upgrade Program Be Worth It?

Earlier this summer, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile each launched early upgrade programs in an effort to keep customers locked into their service without the regret of having to hold on to an old phone. Unfortunately, since those programs don’t do much, if anything, to bring down the monthly cost of phone service, we didn’t see the appeal. Sprint is reportedly set to join in the early upgrade fun, but is its program any better? [More]

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Totes Has Lifetime Warranty, Actually Means It

It shouldn’t be refreshing to see a company that boasts about its “lifetime warranty” and truly stands behind a product, even offering an upgrade when it fails. Reader Scott reports that was his experience with Totes, the company that made his mother’s umbrella. [More]

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Without Drops In Monthly Wireless Rates, New Early Upgrade Programs Are A Fool’s Bet

In just the last week, three of the four national wireless providers have each announced their version of some sort of program to entice people to pay more for early upgrades. But AT&T and Verizon aren’t lowering their monthly rates to account for the higher phone prices (and T-Mobile is actually charging extra for the program), people who enroll in these offerings are really just paying for other customers’ phones. [More]