6
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: FreedomPop offers free home broadband

About Video Transcript

CNET Update: FreedomPop offers free home broadband

2:44 /

A startup looks to disrupt the broadband industry with free Internet, Facebook makes privacy settings easier to find, and a video shows what could be the next BlackBerry phone.

-Sometimes, you don't have to pay for your internet service. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Here's the news, I bet, you never expected to hear. There's a company now offering free home internet service. FreedomPop is offering 1 gig of 4G speeds for free a month. You just have to pay for the router which costs $90. If you just use the internet for light things such as checking e-mail or Facebook, then this is an amazing deal. Now, if you stream movies, you'll need more data, it'll cost $10 a month for 10 gigs or you can pay as you go for $5 a gigabyte. It uses Clearwire's WiMAX network, so you'll have to be in that coverage area. Free internet service can really be a game changer for the industry, just like how Skype changed traditional voice calling. Facebook has updated new ways to access your privacy settings. There's no new privacy setting you have to worry about, but rather Facebook is trying to make it easier on you to find the current options. There are some shortcuts and a toolbar up top. You'll get reminders about who could see your posts. For example, if you had a photo from your timeline, Facebook will give you a notice that other people can still see the image in their newsfeeds. The activity log also changed and there's a new option--you can send a request to a friend about photos you like them to take down. Microsoft Surface tablet is now sold at Best Buy in Staples. Before this, the only way to buy the tablet was through a Microsoft retail store or online. There's been no official word from Microsoft about how many have bought the Surface, but last month, CEO Steve Ballmer said that sales were off to a modest start, but surely having it in big box retail stores will help. Some images have been posted online of what looks like the new Blackberry 10 L-series phone. It's code named London. The images and video looked pretty legit. It's got a 4.2-inch touchscreen with rounded off corners and it runs the long-awaited Blackberry 10 software. Research in Motions said it will release the operating system on January 30th, so, maybe, that's when we'll finally get an answer to see if this is the real deal. The photo sharing service Flickr just got new life with an updated iPhone app. Yahoo, which owns Flickr, has been putting a new focus around mobile and this is part of that game plan. The new app shows off individual photos better and improves how you can browse and comment on images. Android apps are next on the list. That's your tech news update. You can find links to all of these stories on the blog cnet.com/update and you can always follow me on Twitter to stay updated. 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

How the Samsung Galaxy Note got its pen in CNET UK podcast 412
20:16 November 27, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note almost came with a toothpick, we're going back to Jurassic World, and BT has its sights on O2 -- or maybe...
Play video
Apple looks to Virtual Reality
4:55 November 26, 2014
Apple is pursuing virtual reality harder than it ever has before. The iPhone 6 can play 4K video, and the best Black Friday deals for...
Play video
Olympus E-PL7's mainstream appeal
2:24 November 26, 2014
A good interchangeable-lens series for budding enthusiasts gets better.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot security guards and more
23:17 November 26, 2014
On today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite...
Play video
Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch
2:56 November 26, 2014
Samsung products find a way into the latest "Jurassic Park" movie, Amazon launches Local Services, and Twitter tests coupon offers...
Play video
Tablet tips for traveling with kids
2:47 November 26, 2014
Learn how to use the tech you already have to entertain your kids during a long trip.
Play video
Razor scooters drive electric
1:54 November 26, 2014
Razor's small E100 and larger E300 electric scooters make for a fun ride, but don't expect much in the way of features.
Play video
A time machine for your kitchen? We take it for a test drive
1:57 November 26, 2014
The "Tim3 Machin3" makes one-pot meals a cinch -- no flux capacitor necessary.
Play video