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Your cable company is robbing you every month, but we’ll tell you how to stop them

How To Save Money On Cable Bill

Like millions of other Americans across the country, you’re probably paying more for home internet service than you should be. No, we’re not simply talking about the inflated monthly fees ISPs charge for actual home internet service, because that’s supply and demand. We’re talking about the extra $8 to $10 you spend each month on your modem rental fee. You probably don’t even realize it. Go look at your bill… it’s there. What you might not know, however, is that you can purchase your own compatible modem for next to nothing, and that monthly fee with vanish as soon as you return your leased modem to your cable provider. There are a bunch of good options out there, but we recommend the NETGEAR CM400 (8x4) DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, which is discounted right now on Amazon and compatible with every major ISP in the US.

Here are some key details from the product page:

  • ELIMINTE MONTHLY CABLE MODEM RENTAL FEES - Up to $120 per year
  • DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem with 1 Gigabit Ethernet port. DOCSIS 3.0 unleashes 8x faster download speeds than DOCSIS 2.0
  • Recommended for all speed tiers up to 100Mbps. Separate router required for WiFi. 8x4 channel bonding.
  • Ideal for streaming HD videos, faster downloads, and high-speed online gaming
  • Compatible with Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum (Charter, Time Warner Cable, Brighthouse), Cox, CableONE & more.
  • **Not compatible with bundled voice services. Not a WiFi device. Needs a separate WiFi Router**

NETGEAR CM400 (8x4) DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem. Max download speeds of 340Mbps. Certified for Xfini…: $59.90

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Amazon wants to give you $10 for free, but only for one more week

Prime Now Amazon

If your goal is to never leave your house again for any of the mundanities of day to day life, Amazon is obviously your best friend. Trips to the drug store and even the mall are now things of the past, since you can order practically anything you need from Amazon on your computer or smartphone. Now, Amazon has even more brick and mortar establishments squarely in its sights thanks to Prime Now, a fantastic express delivery service from everyone’s favorite online retailer. Simply order on Amazon’s site or using the Prime Now app, and you’ll get free 2-hour delivery of any of the 25,000+ products eligible for Prime Now. In fact, Amazon also partners with restaurants so you can order food as well.

Prime Now is currently available in 32 different cities across the country, and Amazon is spreading the word with an awesome promotion. Just use the promo code 10PRIMENOW when you place your first Prime Now order, and you’ll get $10 off!

Here are some notes about Prime Now from Amazon’s website:

How does Prime Now work?
Enter your ZIP code, shop Prime Now, a local store, or restaurant, and add items to your cart. Check out using your existing Amazon Prime account and our local couriers will deliver to you in the delivery window you choose. Restaurant orders are delivered within 1 hour of the time you place your order.

Where will Prime Now deliver?
See the Prime Now cities we deliver to today. Enter your zip code and we will deliver to your home, work, or hotel. Check back as we expand to more cities worldwide.

What items do you sell on Prime Now?
Prime Now offers 25,000+ items across 25 categories, including household items, groceries, electronics, gifts, seasonal items, and more. Plus, get restaurant and local store delivery in select cities.

What times will Prime Now deliver?
Prime Now delivers from early morning to late evening 7 days a week. For most Prime Now orders, you can schedule your delivery window during checkout and choose FREE 2-hour delivery or 1-hour delivery in select cities for $7.99.

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Project Fi vs. Sprint: Which should you buy?

It's Sprint vs. Project Fi in this head-to-head comparison.

Sprint and Project Fi are both network providers, but have very different strategies and sets of operations. Sprint is a company that owns its own equipment and everything required to build a nationwide LTE network in the U.S., complete with voice calls and messaging service. Project Fi is an alternative carrier, or MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). That means it buys service from companies like Sprint that have the physical network in place, then re-sell it under its rules.

There are advantages and disadvantages for both. Sprint controls the equipment, which means it can make business decisions that are best for Sprint. It also has to pay to maintain that equipment and expand the network. Google (which owns Project Fi) only has access to a network another company built and maintains, but in doing so doesn't have the huge overhead needed to keep the equipment running.

For us, all that really matters is we have good service where we need it at a price we're willing to pay.

Let's compare Sprint and Project Fi to see how they stack up against one another.

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Sprint background

Who owns it? Sprint Corporation (as part of the SoftBank Group Corp.)

Which network does it use? Sprint maintains its own LTE network

How long has it been around? 1899 (as the Brown Telephone Company), 1987 (as the Sprint Corp.)

Tethering allowed? Yes.

Cheapest plan: $40 for one month: 2GB 4G LTE, unlimited nationwide talk, text, and 2G data

Project Fi background

Who owns it? Google

Which network does it use? Sprint CDMA and LTE, T-Mobile 4G LTE, U.S. Cellular CDMA and LTE

How long has it been around? Since 2015

Tethering allowed? Yes

Cheapest plan: $20/month: Unlimited nationwide talk and text, unlimited international text

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Sprint plans

Sprint is all about its unlimited plan. It sells prepaid service and offers a monthly 2GB plan, but it is focused on giving unlimited everything at a good value. Its best value is in its family bundle, with a current (expires September 2018) promotion for free lines after you buy two.

Price Data
$40 2GB LTE data
$55 Unlimited LTE data (may be throttled at 22GB in a single month)

Family Plan

Data Price
First line Unlimited $55
Second line Unlimited Additional $40 per month
Third line Unlimited Free
Fourth line Unlimited Free
Fifth line Unlimited Free

The promotion for a free third, fourth and fifth line ends September 2018. Afterward, prices are set as $60 per month for line one, $40 per month for line two and $30 per month per line for three, four and five.

Add-ons

Sprint offers extras like an Amazon Prime membership ($10.99 per month) or security services. See all its offerings.

International use:

Sprint offers per-call billing to anywhere. It also has three international monthly plans:

  • Sprint International connect: $15 per month
  • Sprint Cuba 20 Plus: $10 per month
  • Sprint Mexico Canada Plus: $5

See all the details about Sprint's international plans.

Project Fi plans

Project Fi offers two types of plans: family and single. What you get with each plan is the same, but you'll save money on each additional family plan line (up to 5 lines).

The Basics 1GB LTE
Price $20/month $10/month
Free Extras Unlimited international texting
Call and text from any Android or iPhone

Family Plan

The Basics 1GB LTE
Primary line price $20/month $10/month
Secondary lines (up to 5) $15/month $10/month
Free Extras Use your data in 135 countries at no extra charge
Unlimited international texting
Call and text from any Android or iPhone

Note: Google calls the base Project Fi plan "The Basics." No data is included and must be purchased at the rate of $10/GB. Data is not shared between lines on a family plan. Each line pays the same $10 per GB of data (domestic and international in 135 countries) with the cost of any unused data refunded at the end of each month.

Add-ons

Data-only SIM:

Google offers a data-only SIM card to use in any compatible LTE device. It shares data with the primary line at the same $10/GB rate. You need to have at least one line of service and purchase a minimum of 1GB of data to use the data-only SIM card.

Data pricing:

  • 1GB of 4G LTE: $10/month

Phone Insurance:

$5 per month per device covers accidental damages and device malfunctions. You can make one in a 12-month period. Deductibles are $79 for Pixel, $99 for Pixel XL, $69 for Nexus 5X, $99 for Nexus 6P. When you make a claim Google will ship out a replacement device the next business day.

International add-ons:

International cellular calls cost $0.20 per minute.

Google Wi-Fi services:

Your Project Fi phone service includes Wi-Fi calling and texting anywhere in the world. In addition, Google VPN services are available and allow you to connect to open Wi-Fi hotspots safely and securely.

Project Fi and Google Hangouts apps:

The Project Fi app is tied to your Google account and can be installed on any Android or iPhone. You can pay your bill, check account balances and talk to customer service through the app at no cost. The Google Hangouts app allows calls and texts using your Project Fi number on any Android or iPhone.

Project Fi phones

Project Fi only supports phones from Google. That means your selection is currently limited to:

  • Nexus 5X
  • Nexus 6P
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL

Note: While it's possible to enable Project Fi on unsupported phones, this is against the Project Fi terms of service. That said, it's fairly easy to get it working on an iPhone.

A data-only SIM is available and can be used in any compatible LTE device as long as at least one line of Fi service is active.

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Which should I go with?

Start with the phone you use or want to use. If it's not a late-model Nexus or Pixel phone from Google, you can't use Project Fi. Google might be adding other phones to Project Fi in the future, but right now only those phones are supported.

Otherwise, the choice comes down to one thing: How much data will you use?

Of course, you need to make sure the coverage is sufficient in your area, and you have the service you are paying for in the places you go. If Sprint's coverage doesn't cut it, maybe Project Fi (which uses T-Mobile and US Cellular's network in addition to Sprint) can cover you. Coverage should always be your first consideration.

Once you have that sorted, ask yourself if you'll use more than 3GB of data per month. If the answer is yes, you should get a plan from Sprint. If the answer is no, you should use Project Fi.

Project Fi is the better experience; Sprint is cheaper for data addicts.

Project Fi offers one of the best mobile experience possible. Google offers some great services in addition to talk, text and data, and some of them, like the free VPN that connects you to open WI-Fi hotspots and no fee for using your data plan in 135 countries can't be overlooked. Nor can the excellent coverage map Project Fi offers through the combined network of T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular and Wi-Fi services.

But if you need to use more than 3GB of data per month (or if you're setting up a family plan with three or more lines) Sprint is the better value. You get unlimited calling, texting and data (which can be slowed down if you use more than 22GB in a month) for $55. A basic plan with 3GB of data from Project Fi costs $50. Both services offer things like visual voicemail or tethering so that's mostly a wash.

If Sprint's coverage works for you and you use a lot of data, its plans — especially its deal on family lines — are some of the cheapest in the industry. If you have the right phone and keep your data use under 3GB per month, Project Fi is a superior experience with higher rates for pure data.

Both services have some extra baggage to consider. But for many people, the coverage from Sprint is great or they don't need unlimited amounts of data for their Nexus or Pixel. If you fit into either of these, you have two great choices for carriers with Sprint and Project Fi.

Transmit 5 review: File transfer utility expands support for cloud services

File-transfer programs seem like a vestige of the internet that once was. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is one of the oldest of the internet’s standards, and it’s still in broad use. But our need to shift files around among servers we control or those run by others hasn’t decreased a bit. So many companies offer cloud-based storage and sync that you may be drowning in a multiplicity of options. For that, Panic’s updated Transmit 5 can help clear the fog away.

Transmit lets you connect your Mac via several internet file-exchange protocols and to most cloud-storage services. You can copy files either to and from your Mac or between servers or services you bring up in side-by-side windows. It also offers a modestly featured synchronization option, and an option to mount certain kinds of servers and services as Finder volumes. The interface has a refreshing new look that adopts and extends the style of the Transmit iOS app. (That app was released first in 2014 and Panic has regularly updated it since.)

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Transmit 5: Everything you need to know!

Everything you need to know about the latest version of Panic's file transfer app.

After seven years, Panic has released its latest major version of its file transfer software, Transmit, for macOS. Transmit 5 features a number important updates, with everything, from the user interface to the file transfer engine, getting either overhauled or at the very least spruced up. Panic is also making another big move with Transmit 5: this version of Transmit is not available in the Mac App Store, and you'll have to download and purchase it from Panic itself in order to check it out.

Here's everything you need to know about Transmit 5.

What is Transmit 5?

Transmit is a file transfer application that lets you manage files on a host of different servers, uploading, downloading, tweaking, and transferring them however you need. Originally, Transmit was primarily an FTP (File Transfer Protocol), but over the years it's grown to support a wide variety of different server types, and Transmit 5 features support for 10 new cloud services.

What are the big changes in Transmit 5?

While Transmit 5 features several updates across the app, including a new user interface, the big changes the Panic focuses on are servers, sync, and speed.

When it comes to servers, Transmit now supports additional servers and new cloud services. The app uses Panic Sync, the company's own syncing method, to sync your sites between Transmit on multiple Macs, as well as Transmit for iOS. Transmit 5 also features a new version of its file transfer engine that offers improved transfer speeds, along with more intelligence about complex folders.

What types of servers and services can I connect to with Transmit 5?

Transmit features support for connections to the following server types and cloud services:

  • Amazon Drive
  • Amazon S3
  • Backblaze B2
  • Box
  • DreamObjects
  • Dropbox
  • FTP
  • FTP with Implicit SSL
  • FTP with TLS/SSL
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Microsoft OneDrive for Business
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • SFTP
  • WebDAV
  • WebDAV HTTPS

What's new about sync?

Transmit 5 uses Panic's in-house syncing solution, Panic Sync, to keep your files up-to-date across multiple Macs and Transmit for iOS. Panic notes that Panic Sync is encrypted and that the company can't see your data.

You'll also find local-to-local and remote-to-remote sync in Transmit 5, along with finer control over what gets synced.

How has the speed of operations been improved in Transmit 5?

Panic completely rebuilt their file transfer engine for Transmit 5, making not only faster, but smarter as well, with the new engine offering better handling of complex folders. Transmit 5 also makes speed improvements with folder multithreading, which transfers the contents of folders asynchronously, as well as instant file transfers, which begin operations without the need to retrieve the sizes of all of the files in question.

There have also been tweaks to the UI to let you more quickly access everything you need from a single window.

What else is new in Transmit 5?

There's quite a bit, actually. You can now manage and generate secure server keys without needing to leave Transmit.

There's now a feature called the Places bar, which acts much like the Favorites bar for bookmarks in Safari or Chrome's bookmarks bar. It allows you to place all of your favorite folders in an easily accessible place that lets you get to them in one click.

Other new features include batch rename of files, tag support, two-factor authentication (2FA) support, file copy and paste, Touch Bar support, and selectable file syncing.

Transmit 5 also supports v4 of the Amazon S3 API.

How do I purchase Transmit 5?

Transmit 5 is available directly from Panic. You can try it free for seven days, after which you'll need to purchase Transmit 5 to unlock the full app. For the first week, you can buy the app for $35, though after that, it will be available for $45.

What about an upgrade discount?

Panic is not offering a discount for most Transmit 4 owners, so the price is the same for almost everyone. I say "almost" because there is an exception. If you purchased Transmit 4 from Panic after June 1, 2017, you can head here with your Transmit 4 serial number and get a free upgrade to Transmit 5. Mac App Store customers that purchased Transmit in the same period need to contact Panic directly about upgrading.

Is Transmit 5 available in the Mac App Store?

No. Panic says that distributing outside the App Store allows for a full demo. However, the company also says that it will continually reassess the Mac App Store and hopes to return at some point.

Other questions?

If you have any more questions about Transmit 5, be sure to tell us in the comments.

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