YouTube TV Is Getting a Price Hike to $50/Month

YouTube TV Is Getting a Price Hike to $50/Month

If you’re a YouTube TV subscriber we have some good news and some bad news. The good news is you’re gaining access to a host of new channels. The bad news is you’ll be paying for them. The even worse news is you don’t have a choice in the matter.

When YouTube TV first launched it cost $ 35/month. In March 2018, YouTube added a host of new channels, including TNT, CNN, and Cartoon Network, and raised the price to $ 40/month for new subscribers. Now, everyone will be paying $ 50/month or more.

YouTube Hikes the Price of YouTube TV

YouTube is raising the price of YouTube TV as a result of adding eight channels from the Discovery network. These being The Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and MotorTrend.

On the Official YouTube Blog, YouTube insists people have been asking for these channels. And yet we suspect most of those asking didn’t expect them to cause a price hike. YouTube will also be adding OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network later this year.

YouTube is justifying the new price by claiming it’s “giving you the content you want when you want it”. YouTube TV now includes “70+ networks, 6 accounts per household (each with its own unique recommendations and cloud DVR), and 3 concurrent streams”.

The price hike to $ 50/month (or $ 55/month if you get billed through Apple) will apply to all YouTube TV subscribers. New subscribers will pay the new asking price immediately, with existing subscribers charged in their subsequent billing cycle after May 13.

Is It Time to Reconnect the Cord?

This feels like a step backwards. The reason people started cutting the cord in the first place is because they were being charged for channels they had no interest in watching. Cutting the cord meant paying only for what you wanted to watch.

By forcing people to pay for the whole YouTube TV package rather than allowing them to pay for bundles geared towards their interests, YouTube is becoming the thing it was meant to replace. At this rate people are likely to start reconnecting the cord.

If this price hike has you rattled we have previously looked at Sling TV vs. DirecTV Now vs. PlayStation Vue to see how some YouTube TV alternatives compare.

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HTC Announces Vive Focus Plus Price And It’s Shockingly Expensive

We finally have more information about the HTC Vive Focus Plus standalone virtual reality headset. When we first heard about the Focus Plus, we learned quite a few details about the headset, but one thing HTC didn’t reveal was the price.

If HTC is planning to go head-to-head with the Oculus Quest, it’s starting out with one major disadvantage, as it’s launching at double the price when it hits the market on April 15. While the Oculus Quest is competitively priced at $ 400, HTC is charging a whopping $ 800 for its computer-free headset.

HTC Vive Focus Plus

The Focus Plus features both head and hand tracking in a standalone design. That means it doesn’t require a computer in order to deliver virtual reality experiences.

The similarities between the Oculus Quest and the HTC Vive Focus Plus are all over the place. Both headsets feature the 2,880 x 1,600 total resolution and the same relatively old Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset. Each of the two headsets has six degrees of motion with two hand controllers.

Of course, there are some places where the Focus Plus is better than the Quest, though it’s questionable whether those differences justify spending twice as much. The Focus Plus has a 75Hz refresh rate while the Quest features a speed of 72Hz. HTC’s headset also has a slightly larger field of view at 110-degrees. The Quest provides a 100-degree FOV.

For users who want to bring in their own headphones, the Focus Plus is actually lacking the headphone port, which is surprising for the more expensive headset.

When it comes down to it, the differences between the two headsets are quite small. At the end of the day, it’s all about the exclusive games and experiences that’ll determine which headset is worth buying. It’s up to HTC to provide buyers with a reason to spend twice as much because the hardware itself doesn’t stand out enough.

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Samsung Unveils Foldable Phone with Shocking Price Tag

Before Samsung’s big event today, just about anyone who’s been paying even a little attention knew that it was planning to announce its foldable smartphone.

As expected, the company revealed a device aptly named the Galaxy Fold. It pretty much matched up with all of the rumors, right down to the size of the displays.

Galaxy Fold Details

The Galaxy Fold is one part phone, one part tablet, all parts expensive. The device is scheduled to release with a staggering price of $ 1,980.

It comes with two separate screens—a smaller 4.6-inch AMOLED secondary display and a much larger 7.3-inch Infinity Flex AMOLED screen that will be revealed when the device is unfolded. Once you’re in the 7-inch plus size, you’re bordering on a device that’s closer to a tablet than a phone. However, the foldable design here makes this more portable than your average tablet.

The 4.6-inch screen comes with a 21:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 840 x 1,960. The larger screen features a resolution of 1,536 x 2,152. Both have the same pixel density of 420 dpi, which should make for some extremely sharp images whether on the big or small screen.

Durability is obviously a concern with a device like this being the first of its kind. Samsung claims that the device has been tested to withstand 200,000 folds. That should equate to around five years of usage with 100 folds a day.

Interestingly, Samsung didn’t announce much about the processor only saying that it’s a “7nm 64-bit octa-core processor.” The company did announce that the device would feature 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage space.

Samsung says the device will feature 4,380mAh that has been split in half to more evenly distribute weight. Will this be enough power to run such a large screen? Only time will tell as far as that is concerned. The phone will also feature wireless charging and Wireless Powershare, which means you can use the Fold to charge another device.

The last key aspect of the device is the size—when you think about a folded device you probably imagine something quite thick. However, Samsung has managed to trim it down substantially since the prototypes. When folded in half, the Fold is 17mm thick. When open, it’s 6.9mm. For some perspective, the newly-announced S10 and S10+ come in at 7.8mm.

Here are some other key stats on the Galaxy Fold:

  • Three rear-facing cameras: 16MP ultra-wide camera, F2.2, 12MP wide-angle camera, dual pixel AF, OIS, F1.5/F2.4, and 12MP telephoto camera, PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X optical zoom
  • 10MP dual-pixel f/2.2, 8MP RGB depth camera, F1.9 front camera
  • 10MP selfie cover camera, F2.2
  • App Continuity for switching between screens without losing your place
  • Android 9.0

When Can You Get a Galaxy Fold?

Samsung has announced that we won’t need to wait too long to get our hands on the Galaxy Fold, as the device is scheduled to hit the market on April 26th in the US. It’ll release slightly later on May 5 in Europe. Samsung announced that the device will be available in four colors—Cosmo Black, Space Silver, Martian Green, and Astro Blue.

Before you buy this phone, check out our article on features you need to have on your phone to make sure this $ 2000 beast stacks up!

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The 5 Best Price Comparison Apps: How to Find Deals and Save Money

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Comparison shopping is a crucial habit to develop if you want to save money on your purchases. And who doesn’t? Being able to quickly compare prices, whether from your couch or at the store, can help you save quite a bit of cash. You’ll make sure you always know where to find the best prices for the items you want.

Using browser extensions or websites for this task is great, but if you’re on the go, you’re going to want a good app to get the same kind of information. Here are some of the best price comparison apps for Android and iOS.

1. ShopSavvy

Comparing items with ShopSavvy is easy. Tap the Scan Barcode button at the bottom of the screen, put the barcode in the on-screen box, and you’ll see both online and local retailers that sell the item. You can also use the search tool to look for a specific product if you don’t have the barcode.

ShopSavvy doesn’t stop there. It also lets you set up notifications for certain categories, items, or searches so you get notified when a sale comes up, whether it’s online or in a local store. In all, this is an excellent app that lets you shop for deals, browse related products, save your favorite items, and share sales with friends.

Download: ShopSavvy for Android | iOS (Free)

2. BuyVia

Another app that offers more than just price comparisons is BuyVia. Use the barcode or QR code scanner if you have a code handy; otherwise pop a term into the search box. Then compare prices from various sellers.

You can shop deals directly from within the app for popular stores like Macy’s, Walmart, Amazon, Nordstrom, and many others. If you grant the app access to your location, you can also check out hot deals in your area. It lets you browse by store or by category. You can get items as large as computers or as small as dish soap, because BuyVia has it all.

The app also gives you coupons offered from online or local stores, as well as the BuyVia site. And remember to check out the settings so you can add your ZIP code and how many miles away you want to show local deals.

Download: BuyVia for Android | iOS (Free)

3. Mycartsavings

With Mycartsavings, you can quickly search for products to compare prices using the barcode scanner, voice shopping, or search box. Then scroll to see the prices offered by stores like Amazon, eBay, and Walmart.

Mycartsavings also gives you a price tracker to receive alerts via email. You can do this by particular product and store.

Plus, you can see notifications for daily deals, special promotions, and coupons for popular online stores. If you decide to make a purchase, you’ll be directed straight to the store.

By the way, if you compare prices on your computer too, make sure you have the best price comparison websites bookmarked.

Download: Mycartsavings for Android | iOS (Free)

4. Yroo

Yroo is a slick app that’s quite easy to use. Find your product by scanning a barcode or a general search. You can then immediately see how many stores offer the product and simply tap to view their prices. If you’re ready to buy, you’ll be directed straight to the appropriate store.

Yroo also offers features like flexible filters for your product search results. You can add and remove product features to narrow your search, or use filters for store or price. This way, you’ll find the exact item you want.

You can also check out top deals from Amazon, eBay, and Best Buy, save your favorites, and enable notifications so you never miss a beat.

Download: Yroo for Android | iOS (Free)

5. SoftShopper

SoftShopper for Android lets you scan a barcode or search for an item by typing or speaking. You’ll then see results for stores, with the product in a clear grid format. Tap to head straight to the shop of your choosing to make your purchase.

The app has a convenient feature to search for similar products, plus filters by price, retailer, or biggest savings first. It also lets you browse ads and coupons from stores like Best Buy, Target, Rakuten, and many others. Tap the Big Savings button at the top to see terrific deals, best sellers, and store-specific promotions.

SoftShopper has settings you can adjust for keeping your search history and receiving notifications for the best deals, deals at your location, or both.

Download: SoftShopper for Android (Free)

Buy Smart: Comparison Shop

No matter what you’re shopping for these days, why spend more than you have to? And when shopping online, comparing prices couldn’t be easier than it is with these apps. Stay home, shop from your couch, and get the best prices from popular stores you love.

For more help with your purchases, take a look at our complete online shopping guide.

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Microsoft Extends Windows 7 Support… for a Price

In Microsoft’s ideal world, everyone will have upgraded to Windows 10 by now, but that hasn’t yet happened. So, Microsoft is offering to keep supporting Windows 7 for a little while longer… if you’re willing to pay for the privilege.

Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

In a blog post detailing how Microsoft is “helping customers shift to a modern desktop,” Microsoft has announced extended security updates for Windows 7. These will extend support for Windows 7 beyond January 14, 2020, when mainstream support is ending.

Microsoft states that it will “offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) through January 2023. The Windows 7 ESU will be sold on a per-device basis and the price will increase each year.” However, this price hasn’t yet been announced.

Extended security updates will be available to “all Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise customers in Volume Licensing, with a discount to customers with Windows software assurance, Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education subscriptions.”

Unfortunately for IT departments looking for solutions, Microsoft no longer sells Windows 8, and Windows 10 is no longer available for free. So, one way or another, companies need to spend money to keep their systems safe and secure beyond 2019.

Windows 7 Is No Spring Chicken

This may sounds harsh, but it should be noted that Microsoft launched Windows 7 in 2009. So even in 2020 it will be more than a decade old. And in 2023, when Microsoft is pulling support for good, Windows 7 will be a veritable teenager.

Regardless, despite the age of this revered operating system it’s worth remembering that millions of PCs around the world are still being powered by Windows 7. If that’s still the case past 2020, or even 2023, then millions more PCs will be vulnerable.

Is It Time to Upgrade to Windows 10?

Perhaps now is the time for businesses to seriously consider upgrading their systems to Windows 10 lock, stock, and barrel. After all, this is the last version of Windows ever, and Windows 10 does have some amazing features you may have overlooked until now.

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6 Useful Price Comparison Websites, Engines, and Tools to Know

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Price comparison websites, also known as price comparison engines, are essential for getting the best deals on the web—especially when you don’t have the time to hunt down coupons (use these online coupon sites) or wait for good deals to come around (how to find deals and discounts).

Why visit over 10 different retailers when you can get all of their prices on one page? Of course, not all price comparison websites are equal. The best one for me might not be the best for you. Look for the following criteria:

  • A wide selection of vendors and product categories
  • Advanced search and filter options
  • Reliable and timely customer service
  • Smart and user-friendly interface

Here are some of the best product price comparison websites currently available. For best results, use more than one to ensure you’re always getting the best price on an item before you buy it.

1. Google Shopping

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Regional Availability: Over 20 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

Google Shopping is a good example of what Google does best: scraping data from around the web and presenting it to you in a way that’s clean, straightforward, and usable. And best of all, the price comparison feature is part of the search engine itself.

To use it, all you have to do is search for a product under the Shopping section. After selecting one of the results, you’ll see a few photos, a product description, any available reviews, and most importantly, pricing information from dozens of retailers.

The product result page automatically shows you the lowest available price, but if it comes from a retailer that you can’t or don’t want to use, then you can expand to see the complete table comparison. It also has a convenient toggle for when you want to buy used or refurbished.

2. BizRate

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Regional Availability: United States. Sister sites exist for Canada, France, Germany, and United Kingdom.

BizRate has been a leader in the price comparison scene for quite a while, mostly due to its easy-to-use website and above-average results. Unfortunately, in terms of sheer savings and retailer variety, it often loses to Google Shopping.

However, there are a few features in favor of BizRate. For example, thanks to a partnership with Retrevo, BizRate is able to provide download links to PDF user manuals for hundreds of thousands of devices and gadgets.

There’s also a Price Alert feature on every product comparison page. All you have to do is enter your email address and a price threshold, and whenever BizRate detects that the product has fallen within your alert range, it’ll shoot you a notification.

3. NexTag

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Regional Availability: United States. Sister sites exist for Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and United Kingdom.

Having launched in 1999, NexTag is without a doubt one of the oldest surviving sites on the web, yet even so, it hasn’t run out of steam. In fact, it’s doing as well as ever and doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down.

Like BizRate, NexTag offers price alerts on each product, but unlike BizRate, NexTag has a better and cleaner system for determining the quality and trustworthiness of a given seller. But overall, the interface is a little clunky and outdated, which makes NexTag somewhat uncomfortable to use.

4. PriceRunner

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Regional Availability: United Kingdom.

If you’re in the United Kingdom, PriceRunner is the first site you should check. Not only does it specialize in UK-based vendors, but it also lists vendors for free, which is unique since nearly every other price comparison website receive commissions from the vendors they list.

Needless to say, PriceRunner’s impartial approach to price comparison means that its results are more trustworthy than most other sites.

The website interface is modern and fresh. Product pages have price histories, price alerts, product information, and reviews. There’s even a map that shows where you can buy the product locally if that’s what you prefer.

5. Shopbot

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Regional Availability: Australia. Sister sites exist for Canada, Brazil, India, and New Zealand.

Shopbot is one of the primary options for price comparisons in Australia. Dozens of categories are covered, so you can search for pretty much any product and it will likely appear as long as it isn’t too niche.

The clean and modern interface makes the entire process easy, and one bonus is that most products include a Shopbot Review, which appears to be a handwritten review (not pulled from somewhere on the web). The additional Expert and User Reviews are helpful as well.

The vendor variety is pretty good, too, which means you’re likely to find good deals. Overall, this site is great and worthwhile for any Australian shopper.

6. Yahoo Shopping

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Regional Availability: Over 50 countries. If your country has a Yahoo portal, then you likely have a regional form of Yahoo Shopping.

What is Yahoo good for? They lost the search engine war against Google, and ever since they’ve been a nebulous entity. Nobody really knows what they do anymore. As it turns out, they do a little bit of everything now—like product price comparisons.

Yahoo Shopping is a simple tool: Search for an item and it pulls as many matches as it can from over 800 online stores covering dozens of categories. It does find some good deals sometimes, but the results tend to be hit-or-miss.

The interface is surprisingly clean, but a little too scant for my tastes. When products are listed in grid mode, you only see the listing title and the price. In list mode, you also see the description. Otherwise, you have to click through to see the full product, which can be a nuisance.

More Ways to Save Money When Shopping

Price comparison websites are truly useful, but they are only one aspect to saving money online.

If you’re an international shopper, try using one of these shopping sites that offer free international shipping. If you prefer Amazon most of the time, check out our tips for getting the most out of Amazon. And budgeting is always important, either using a spreadsheet to manage your finances or a budget app like Mint or YNAB.

Ultimately, no matter what you do, the key is to avoid drowning in consumer debt!

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