What's The Worst Subscription That You Pay For?

Our Chatroom on cutting the cable cord got me thinking about our subscription culture. In recent years there has been an explosion of products delivered monthly in boxes, alongside a variety of streaming media paywalls. Some of us keep shelling out even when we don’t find the product to be that useful. What do you… » 6/04/15 6:30pm 6/04/15 6:30pm

More Than Two Million People Still Pay AOL For Internet Access

Humans of a certain age will remember the brief period when accessing the internet meant shelling out a monthly fee to AOL. For most of us, this gave way to better business models well over a decade ago. But as Recode points out today, 2.3 million souls never got the memo. Not only that; their rates have somehow gone… » 8/06/14 8:44am 8/06/14 8:44am

How Were You Using the Internet in 1999?

For whatever reason, one of the Gizmodo writers posted an image of an old AOL free trial disc in our staff-wide chat the other day. One thousand hours free for 45 days! This, of course, started us all down a road of weird nostalgia, recalling how we used (or misused) the World Wide Web back in the twilight of the 90s.… » 3/22/14 5:00pm 3/22/14 5:00pm

AOL Still Earns Most of Its Money From Dialup Subscribers

AOL posted its fourth quarter financial results today, and we relearned, as we do each quarter, that AOL still earns most of its money from subscribers who for whatever reason actually pay to connect to the Internet using AOL. Worse, some people pay for AOL services while paying someone else for Internet. » 2/08/13 1:48pm 2/08/13 1:48pm