Sling TV – This is what we’ve been asking for

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Back at the start of January this year, Dish announced a new product—Sling TV. Their aim was to give cord cutters (or would-be cord cutters) an option to have live TV channels without having to subscribe to a traditional TV package through their cable or satellite provider.

To get the main feeling of this article out of the way right at the start, let me just say that Sling TV is a very good first foray into internet live TV. There are downsides, which I will go into detail about below.

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My Migration from Mint to YNAB (You Need A Budget)

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My Thoughts on YNAB

I have been a Mint.com user for many years. I wouldn’t say that I had a budgeting problem, but I have always been addicted to statistics, and being able to see all of my financial information in front of me was, and still is, very appealing.

You Need A Budget, referred to as YNAB from here on out, was something I frequently saw mentioned online when discussing budgeting strategies. As an obsessive spreadsheet user, I dismissed it over the years mainly because of the price. I told myself that I could just make my own spreadsheet if I really wanted to budget in the way that YNAB promotes. And truthfully, it could probably be done with some time; though the final result wouldn’t look as polished. In fact, YNAB actually started out as a spreadsheet.

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Perfect Pixel Checker V2 (Android App)

Perfect Pixel Checker V2:

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Here is the first app that I created for Android!

Got yourself a brand new phone? Just want to check the integrity of your broken-in phone?

If you’re like me, one of the first things to do is make sure that all of your pixels are firing correctly!

This is a simple app that allows you to swipe between solid colors to test for dead and/or stuck pixels. With the high resolution of screens today, the chances are even higher that one of those tiny pixels isn’t working right. If you find a bad one, go ask for a replacement phone!

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Samsung and Google enter agreement to cross-license each other’s patents

Samsung has announced that they have entered into an agreement with Google to cross-license each other’s patents. This is refreshing news in the wake of all of the patent lawsuits we have heard about in the last few years.

The deal allows the companies to access a large range of each other’s patents, including new ones filed for the next 10 years.

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A little taste of the future CenturyLink Gigabit Internet review…

UPDATE: Read full review here

CenturyLink’s gigabit internet was installed yesterday and I have been deciding how I am going to go about reviewing how it impacts daily internet use.

Obviously, the first thing I did was perform a speed test at speedtest.net.

I noticed that different servers offered very different speeds. At this point in time, I think a gigabit connection cannot be accurately tested against most of the internet. Google supplies their own server in cooperation with speedtest.net in order to show near full gigabit speeds.

Update: New speed tests have shown that my connection is capable of 800mbps+ download and upload when hooked directly to the CenturyLink modem.

Anyway, here is one of the results I got. I will be doing a much more in-depth write-up in the very near future.

For now, let’s just say that the rest of the internet needs to catch up to me now.

AT&T will let you out of your contract early…if you switch to their “Next” plans

Starting today, if you are at least 6 months into your contract with AT&T, they will let you out of it if you switch to their “Next” plans.

The AT&T Next plans allow you to get a phone for free and pay it off in installments. They announced these plans last year, but they were never a very good deal since you would still be responsible for the normal monthly fee (which actually has a built in price for paying for your subsidized phones).

Recently, however, AT&T has made their “Mobile Share Value Plans” available for customers who are out of contract or on their Next plans.

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