Posts in Internet

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 is Net Neutrality Day – are you ready to rumble?

// July 10th, 2017 // No Comments » // Internet

Net Neutrality, the principle that Internet operations should be free of government and big business control, is the fundamental precursor to free speech. On July 12, websites, Internet users, and hackers across the country will sound the alarm about the federal government’s newly invigorated attack on net neutrality.

Ever wonder if those hitman sites on the Dark Web are real?

// January 5th, 2017 // No Comments » // Internet

Here’s the answer to at least one “hitman” service provider on the Dark Web.  BesaMafia offer contract kills and other forms of intimidation for a price.  Today it was announced they were closed for business with an explanation on their now-defunct hidden service.

Microsoft OneDrive: Let us clarify, when we said “unlimited storage”, we didn’t really mean “unlimited storage”

// November 3rd, 2015 // No Comments » // Internet

Just when I assumed the era of goofy Microsoft business moves was over, they go and do it again. Yesterday Microsoft announced that they were doing away with their unlimited OneDrive storage option. According to Microsoft, some users had abused the “limit” by storing “entire moving collections and DVR recordings”.

Google AdSense employee launches accusations claiming Google purposely rips off website publishers

// May 1st, 2014 // No Comments » // Internet

As all website operators know, Google can be a bit iron-handed (and vague) when it comes to AdSense ad policies. Website’s must follow strict guidelines on content, placement of ads, and adhere to agreements prohibiting them from running certain competing ads on their sites. And if something goes wrong or Google perceives the website owner […]

Reddit’s r/technology downgraded after bizarre censorship practices discovered

// April 22nd, 2014 // No Comments » // Internet

The popular geek subreddit r/technology has been caught censoring posts in what forum moderators are calling “a disaster” for the board. Reddit today removed the “default subreddit” status from r/technology meaning it has lost its “preferred” standing, a status only afforded to two dozen Reddit communities. The move was made after Reddit admins found r/technology […]

Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away – more bonehead business moves during OneDrive rollout

// February 19th, 2014 // No Comments » // Internet

Just when you think Microsoft won’t shoot themselves in the foot any longer – they do it again. Today they rolled out OneDrive, their replacement (or revamp) for their cloud storage product, SkyDrive, with a special offer for 100GB of free drive space while neglecting to mention that after a year the user must pay […]

Why some ISPs are throttling Netflix and what you can do about it

// February 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // Internet

It’s no longer just a theory – despite their denials, major ISPs are ignoring net neutrality rules and throttling Netflix bandwidth and Netflix has the proof in hand which they provide through their publicly-available monthly statistics reports. Here’s how to find out if you’re being throttled by your ISP, why ISPs throttle network traffic from […]

Monumental shift in internet naming – thousands of new TLD’s are coming- beginning this month!

// August 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Starting this year, over a thousand new domain name extensions (gTLDs) will begin to replace the “.com” in website name addresses. Soon, there will be website name endings with Brands, like .Google, or .Gucci, city names like .NYC and .LONDON, interests, like .ART, products for .BABY, .AUTO, .FOOD and more. The introduction of new domain […]

Google forks its WebKit browser engine – Blink is born

// April 4th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Yesterday Google forked its WebKit browser engine, the same engine used by Apple’s Safari browser and many other mobile browsers, and will now focus its efforts on “Blink”, which will gradually diverge from the WebKit project on which Google Chrome is based. Developers at Google expressed their excitement and enthusiasm for the change noting that […]

Amazon improves Cloud Drive – new version allows file synchronization (but doesn’t support Android or iOS yet)

// April 1st, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Amazon today announced the availability of their improved Amazon Cloud Drive cloud storage service. The new version of Amazon Cloud Drive allows file synchronization via a desktop app for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8, and Mac OS 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. No word on when support for Android, iOS, or other mobile platforms will […]

Bitcoin cryptographic virtual currency puzzles economists – hits record-setting $1 billion valuation

// March 31st, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Bitcoin, the world’s first open source cryptographic currency, set a new record yesterday afternoon as the price listed on the largest online exchange rose past US $92. With nearly 11 million Bitcoins in circulation, this sets the total worth of the currency at just over one billion dollars. Bitcoin is a digital currency that runs […]

Facebook earns title of “Greatest Hacker Alive” after bringing much of the Internet to its knees via Facebook Connect bug

// February 8th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Yesterday, many, if not most, major websites including CNN, MSNBC, Yelp, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, Gawker, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Slate, Kickstarter, and many others were taken down by a Facebook Connect bug that redirected users to an error page upon loading, effectively bringing much of the Internet to its knees. Users who were not […]

Amazon announces “Coins” – its own “virtual currency” to be introduced in May 2013

// February 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

It’s going to be interesting to see what direction Amazon takes with its newly announced virtual currency – “Coins”. The new concept could be promotional in nature, or possibly used to Amazon’s benefit by promoting customer loyalty and/or reeling in app developers and locking them in to Amazon’s App Store platform. Amazon Coins are a […]

Google leading effort to overhaul (or remove) 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act

// January 28th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

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According to Bloomberg, Google, who gets about 1,400 requests a month from U.S. authorities for users’ email and documents, is leading an effort to change key aspects of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act in order to limit or prohibit government access to citizen’s private communications. Google’s chief legal officer told Bloomberg: “Given the realities […]

For anyone who thinks Twitter’s new Vine will die quickly we have two words – animated GIF

// January 24th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Twitter uses can now add six-second looping videos to their 140-character tweets using technology Twitter bought last year from developer start-up Vine. Hey, it’s like animated GIFs with sound (or Instagram with video)! So far, the 5.7MB free application is only available to owners of iPads and the iPhone 3GS and above, and it’s optimized […]

Facebook’s new Graph Search could be a game changer (or has everyone already moved on to better things?)

// January 15th, 2013 // No Comments » // Internet

Amidst falling stock prices and a fleeing user base, Facebook introduced an upgraded search tool today – Graph Search, which will allow a more natural language search (e.g. search for “friends who like cats and UFOs” or “pictures taken on the beach in Mexico”). Mark Zuckerberg says “This is one of the coolest things we’ve […]