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​Comcast vs. Netflix: Is this really about Net neutrality?

Netflix’s disputes with broadband providers, like Comcast, have zip to do with Net neutrality. Here's what you need to know about Net neutrality, and the Internet, to understand why.

By May 15, 2014

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DLO TransDock Direct

The DLO TransDock Direct is an attractive and practical solution for some, but its premium price tag isn't reflected in its modest features.

October 24, 2008

3 stars Editors' rating October 24, 2008

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Switching carriers? You may be able to take your iPhone 5S with you

Will my Verizon iPhone 5S work on AT&T? That's a question asked by one Ask Maggie reader confused by the puzzling state of device interoperability. This week's column tackles the issue.

By August 17, 2014

Review

Yada YD-V1 Bluetooth headset with direct charger

While it's easy to answer calls using the Yada YD-V1 with direct charger while driving, the quality of those calls needs much improvement.

May 7, 2009

2.5 stars Editors' rating May 7, 2009

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Good news for consumers: T-Mobile's Uncarrier is moving the needle

The wireless battle today is being fought among families, as major operators slash pricing. This is good news for consumers -- but watch out for the small print. CNET's Ask Maggie explains.

By August 8, 2014

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Reading poolside? Which do you choose: A tablet or an e-reader?

In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains why an e-reader may be better suited for outdoor reading than a tablet. And she also clarifies how spectrum frequencies are likely affecting wireless coverage.

By July 2, 2013

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Going on an extended international trip? Get a local SIM

In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon offers two travelers some insight on the best ways to save money on their wireless service while traveling abroad.

By July 23, 2014

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No good alternative for Aereo cord cutters without antennas

In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains why the Supreme Court's Aereo decision was bad for those who've ditched traditional TV service.

By July 18, 2014

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Confused about locked vs. unlocked phones? Ask Maggie explains

In this edition of her advice column, CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains the differences between locked and unlocked phones and helps a reader figure out how to get an unlocked device. She also advises a reader looking to bring an unlocked Samsung GS4 to Virgin Mobile.

By August 15, 2013

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Alleged drug dealer takes Facebook selfie with drugs and, um, cop car

Florida man allegedly wants to show Facebook friends how easy it is to sell drugs in Port St. Lucie. The demo goes awry.

By May 14, 2014