Comcast's surprisingly good wireless plans now available nationwide - BGR

Normally, Comcast internet plans aren’t the kind of thing we wax lyrical about. But Comcast’s brand-new Xfinity Mobile plans — which run on Verizon’s excellent network — are actually worth considering. You get unlimited data for $45 per month, substantially less than Verizon’s own $80-per-month Unlimited plan (for one user, at least).

Now, there are some catches, most notably that you have to be a Comcast home internet customer to be eligible. But if you’re already suckling on the teat of the beast and you’re not tied into a huge family plan with an existing wireless provider, Xfinity Mobile is worth a look.

The service was first “soft launched” in a handful of markets a few months ago, but as of today, Comcast is rolling it out to everywhere it offers home internet service. There are two plans on offer: the $45-per-month Unlimited, which gets you unlimited talk, text, and data, up to a soft cap of 20GB per month; and the per-GB option, which charges $12 per GB per month.

Comcast is letting you mix and match different types of line on one account, which is unusual for a wireless carrier, and can help make a family plan a lot cheaper. Normally, pricing for Unlimited plans works that the cost per line decreases the more lines you have on the account, but you can’t mix and match different types of lines. It’s designed so that you’ll end up paying for unlimited data for you entire family — even your grandparents who still have an AOL email — since it’s cheaper than doing it line by line.

With Xfinity Mobile, you can pay $45 for any heavy data users in your family, and $25 a month for those who just need a few gigs of data. In theory, it could be a lot cheaper than doing it through T-Mobile or Verzion — and you’re getting Verizon’s excellent network to boot.

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Twitter partners with The Weather Channel to live stream next week's eclipse - The Verge

Twitter has partnered with The Weather Channel to live stream next week’s total solar eclipse as the Moon’s shadow travels from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States. The stream will start at 12PM ET on Monday, August 21st, and it will include live footage from cities in Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wyoming. This is roughly the path of totality, meaning when the Moon will completely block out the Sun.

So if you’re not planning on traveling to a point along the path of totality and being there, with a pair of solar filter sunglasses at the right time, then a Twitter live stream is your next best bet. The stream will be hosted by meteorologists Ari Sarsalari and Domenica Davis, and it will also feature “high-resolution and aerial drone footage from Weather’s network of storm trackers,” and real-time eclipse footage courtesy of NASA. You’ll be able to find the stream starting at noon on Monday on The Weather Channel app, on the company’s website, and on Twitter with this link.

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BMW Abandons Boring With Stylish Shark-Nose Roadster - Bloomberg


BMW AG is adding stylish flourishes such as a shark-nose front end to its trademark roadster, part of a broader design overhaul aimed at regaining pizazz and hitting back at Mercedes-Benz.

A prototype of the BMW Z4 two-seater, presented at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance near San Francisco on Thursday, features two narrow kidney grilles and squinting headlights that sweep upward toward wedge-shaped lines on the side. 

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The racy convertible is slated to go on sale in late 2018 after a two-year hiatus from the previous version. It’s a key component of the Munich-based carmaker’s shift into “attack mode” after Mercedes outsold BMW for the first time in more than a decade last year to take the global lead in luxury cars.

Chief Executive Officer Harald Krueger, who took charge in 2015, is seeking to shake off a rocky start to his tenure through an ambitious plan to overhaul the manufacturer’s lineup with 40 new or refreshed vehicles in the coming two years in what BMW describes as the biggest model offensive in its history.

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Facebook downranks video clickbait and fake play buttons - TechCrunch


Ever gotten tricked into clicking a fake play button on Facebook that opens a link instead of starting a video? I did, repeatedly, and wrote a story in 2014 titled “Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons”.

Now Facebook is doing just that. Today it started downranking the News Feed presence of links that display a fake play button in the preview image, as well as videos that are actually just a static image uploaded as a video file. Publishers who use these scammy tactics will see a major decrease in the distribution of these stories. Facebook won’t completely delete these posts, though, unless they violate its other policies.

Here are two examples of fake play buttons that spammers used to steal your clicks:

Facebook has prohibited the use of fake play buttons in advertisements under its policy against depicting non-existent functionality for a few years, News Feed Product Manager Greg Marra tells me. But the scourage has remained in the News Feed.

“We’ve heard from people who are frustrated by fake play buttons” Marra says, hence today’s update. “Spammers are using these tactics to trick people into clicking links to low quality web pages.Facebook tells me its now training its machine vision artificial intelligence to classify and detect fake play buttons in preview images.

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Microsoft forced to Photoshop penis out of Bing homepage - The Verge

, Microsoft's search engine, always features an image on its homepage. It changes every day. Today, Bing is displaying the gorgeous beach on Brač Island in Croatia. Seriously, this beach is dreamy:


Right? So nice. But developer Andrew Lyle noticed an odd shape carved into the white pebble sand.

Say what? Let's take a closer look.

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Yeah, that's definitely a penis. I'd like to thank Bing for giving us this image and perhaps intentionally putting a penis on its homepage. I'd also like to thank Andrew Lyle for his keen penis-spotting eye. And I'd like to thank the beachgoer who took the time to carve this enormous penis into the beautiful sand on Brač Island. You're all great.

Update 8/17, 12:27 PM ET: Microsoft has since edited the penis out of its beach photo. This is what now displays on the Bing homepage. Notice the lacking penis:

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