This project is bringing high-speed internet to the developing world via beams of infrared light

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The latest invention from Alphabet’s moonshot factory are giant towers that use light to send data, like a fiber-optic cable without the cable. The world is still a long way from universal connectivity: More than 3 billion people don’t have access to the internet. In remote areas, and especially in rough terrain, one challenge is the cost of infrastructure—laying out a network of fiber-optic cables is difficult and expensive. X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, is testing a new approach in India and Africa using invisible beams of light to send data over long distances without cables. Read Full Story

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How to watch the 2021 Academy Awards on ABC live without cable

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Can the granddaddy of Hollywood awards shows break the pandemic curse? Let’s face it: Awards shows have largely failed to capture our attention since the pandemic. After the Emmys, the Grammys, and the Golden Globes brought in dismally low ratings over the last few months, the granddaddy of Hollywood kudos is about to see if it can usher in the great reset that the entertainment industry is looking for. Read Full Story

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3 Top Streaming Stocks Back in Play

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More and more people are cutting the cord on cable and switching to streaming services. The pandemic accelerated this trend and streaming stocks, as a result, surged last year. But the party is not over yet. Streaming is a long-term growth area which is why David Cohne is recommending Amazon.com (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and AMC Networks (AMCX).

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How to watch the ’30 Rock’ reunion special live on NBC and elsewhere without cable

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Some NBC stations will reportedly not air the ’30 Rock’ reunion special over the air, but there are still ways to stream it, including on Peacock. NBCUniversal’s 2020 check-in with the cast of 30 Rock has a very 2020 problem. The reunion special, which features characters from the popular comedy as they cope with the realities of the coronavirus pandemic, will be a little trickier to watch than the NBC comedy was in its heyday. Read Full Story

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26 great free streaming services for cord cutters

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Why spend money on even more subscriptions when you can freeload? The best thing about cutting the cable cord is that you get a lot more control over your monthly TV bill. Instead of spending $100 per month or so on a bloated bundle of TV channels, you can throw together a few streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu and save a lot of money. Read Full Story

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Apple botched the relaunch of one of its most beloved features

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Magsafe is back—but in the most limited way possible. Before Apple built its own smartphone processors—heck, before Apple even built its first smartphone—it introduced one of the greatest pieces of practical industrial design in recent history: Magsafe. Introduced in Apple’s Macbooks in 2006, it was a magnetic charging cable that snapped out of your hand and into your laptop, and started powering it immediately. And if you ever tripped over the cord, it just unplugged, making the whole thing klutz-proof. Read Full Story

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Cord-cutters can now stream FX shows on Hulu at no extra charge

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“FX on Hulu” makes the cable channel redundant as Disney bets big on streaming. As announced back in November, FX has brought its original series over to Hulu . That means if you subscribe to Hulu’s $6 per month on-demand service, you can stream full seasons of shows like The Shield , Fargo , and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia at no extra charge. While Hulu doesn’t have every FX original ( The Americans and American Crime Story are notable absentees), it appears to have most of them. Read Full Story

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How to watch the ‘Best of Broadway’ special live on NBC without cable

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Miss Broadway? Stream this musical benefit special tonight. It’s for a good cause. If you’re like me and have been missing the thrill of live Broadway musicals over the past nine months, this might just be the next best thing. A benefit called One Night Only: The Best of Broadway will air tonight on NBC and will feature cast performances from a number of shows that were shuttered in March when the coronavirus pandemic first struck New York City. Read Full Story

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