This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
CNET Update: Comcast-Time Warner deal riles up consumers
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

CNET Update: Comcast-Time Warner deal riles up consumers

2:55 /

Consumers voice concerns over cable merger, Verizon offers a new data plan, and Facebook members can select from more than 50 gender choices.

It's time to complain about evil cable companies. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. Comcast and Time Warner Cable, America's two largest cable companies, agreed to merge, forming the ultimate mega, evil cable company. Okay, I'm just joking, but people sure do hate their cable companies because after the news broke, Twitter was filled with people making fun of how horrible life will be for customers under the merger. Some cry out how it will raise internet and television costs for consumers and it will make it harder for rivals to come in and challenge the cable behemoth, and by being so large, it won't have incentive to do right by customers and improve. But these two cable giants, of course, argue the opposite that this marriage will be good for consumers by saving money, and they will improve the tech offerings to better compete against new players like Google Fiber. Bottom line is that it's not approved yet. Nothing is changing for a while, and you'll still feel grumpy about the quality of your customer service. In other giant tech company news, Verizon Wireless changed up its data plans to be more competitive. There's a new more everything plan that promises more data, 25 gigs of cloud storage and unlimited international messaging. And for those that are paying for their phone in full to upgrade early with the Edge monthly installment plan, you'll finally get a break on your service bill, which is what the other carriers already offer. If you own an Xbox One, you may soon be able to control it with the new Xbox One remote. Amazon's Canadian store front temporarily published a preorder page for an item called the Xbox One Media Remote, and before it was taken down, screenshots showed that it would go for around $25 when it launches on March 4th. Microsoft has yet to announce such a product, but Microsoft is selling a new Xbox headset in March. And that's not the only Microsoft leak, this image posted on Twitter shows Microsoft is trying to make it easier on app developers with something called Universal Store. It will let programmers create a single app that works for both Windows phone and the Windows desktop. On Facebook, you have more ways now to identify your gender. Facebook added about 50 different terms that people can pick from if they don't want to go with male or female. Some of the choices include androgynous, bigender, transsexual, and gender fluid. There's also the option of picking what pronoun you want people to go by, him, her, or them as a neutral choice. These new options will be available first for US members. That's your tech news update, but you could find more details at CNET.com/update, and you can also stay updated by following along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

Just how safe is iCloud and other...
1:36 September 2, 2014
Even if you're not a celebrity like Jennifer Lawrence, there are plenty of reasons why the average computer...
Play video
On the road: 2014 Mazda MX-5 M...
6:39 September 2, 2014
After 25 years of Miata, Mazda is perhaps the most successful maker of sports cars in modern history. Brian...
Play video
Car Tech 101: OBD-II apps and...
3:04 September 2, 2014
Brian Cooley explains how the OBD-II port under your dash can feed a secret interface to your car for moment...
Play video
Smarter driver: Downsides of c...
2:00 September 2, 2014
Brian Cooley tells you why your daily car commute could be bad for your health.
Play video
How to guard your iCloud from...
2:51 September 2, 2014
Hackers attacked the iCloud accounts of some celebrities, so it's time to boost your own cloud-security awareness....
Play video
The 404 Show 1,544: iCloud leak...
32:39 September 2, 2014
Today we'll discuss what the celebrity photo leak has taught the world, why you can't use only emojis to communicate...
Play video
Top 5: Differences between US and...
3:13 September 2, 2014
If you've ever been to Germany, you know it has a higher bar for getting a driver's license than in the US....
Play video
Where will the next battery breakthrough...
4:53 September 2, 2014
Brian Cooley explains the challenges associated with battery technology and the types of innovations emerging...
Play video