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Twitter Targets Consumers with Buying Feature

Category: Internet
Posted: June 21, 2015 05:43PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Twitter has announced that it is testing a new buying feature through pages that can be built by the company itself, as well as various brands and celebrities. The new feature, which targets consumers utilizing the social networking platform, allows related images and tweets to be displayed on a product page that happens to feature a "Buy on Twitter" button. According to Twitter, the company currently has more than 40 partner curators and the pages themselves will be promoted through the feeds of Twitter users.

The ability to purchase items on Twitter comes after other social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram have introduced technology that allows consumers to directly purchase items from their feeds.

Source: PCWorld



Spotify Continues to Grow Despite Upcoming Apple Music Launch

Category: Internet
Posted: June 11, 2015 06:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

When Apple Music was introduced, Apple decided to take a few quick jabs at Spotify with the company publically noting that it would treat music like art and pay artists the rate that they deserve. Spotify has dismissed the clever attacks of Apple, with it revealing that it has paid out $3 billion to artists, and so has its user base apparently. The music streaming service has just officially announced that it now has more than 20 million paying subscribers and 75 million active users. In comparison, Spotify had just 10 million paying subscribers and more than 40 million active users in May of last year, representing substantial growth in just over a one year period.

While further growth of Spotify will depend highly on services offered and the pricing model used, since Apple Music plans to offer its music catalogue to a family of six for just $15 per month, fierce competition in the music subscription industry is certainly good for consumers.

Source: PCWorld



YouTube Announces Live Streaming Service

Category: Internet
Posted: May 21, 2015 03:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Services like Twitch have seen great success lately, aided by the growth of eSports, among other factors. Amazon entered the space with its acquisition of Twitch and now Google is attempting to get a piece of the pie with the YouTube Live streaming service. The streaming service is currently in an early preview stage for HTML5-compatible browsers. Streams can viewed at 60fps on desktop machine or 30fps on other systems. YouTube worked directly with makers of popular streaming software such as Xsplit to provide support for 60fps, and promises that more improvements to the service are coming soon.

Source: Digital Trends



Windows 10's Project Spartan Browser Gets Renamed Microsoft Edge

Category: Internet
Posted: April 30, 2015 08:59AM
Author: bp9801


Microsoft unveiled Project Spartan, a brand new Web browser for Windows 10, earlier this year. It has a new rendering engine, said to be faster and less resource intensive than Internet Explorer, and would better compete with the likes of Chrome and Firefox. Project Spartan is Microsoft's browser for Windows 10, with Internet Explorer being relegated to legacy duty, but until now it didn't have an official name. During the Build conference, it was revealed just what Project Spartan would be called: Microsoft Edge. It is a fitting name considering the new rendering engine is called EdgeHTML, and a welcome change from the past with IE. Its logo is a familiar design, but one that should help with the acclimation to the new browser. Edge will be faster, and will also have some nice built-in features, like Cortana for voice commands, digital ink annotation, and a reading list, among others. It has a sleek and minimalist design, much like Chrome and Firefox, and now should be a true competitor to those other browsers.

Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge will arrive sometime this summer, potentially July, although an exact date still is not known. Once Microsoft reveals that information, you can be sure to find it here.

Source: The Verge



Bing Captures 20% of United States Search Market

Category: Internet
Posted: April 16, 2015 03:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Bing search engine from Microsoft now has a 20.1% share of the United States search market, passing the 20% mark for the first time. The rise of Bing has come largely at the expense of Search Alliance partner Yahoo, which is down to a 12.7% share. Yahoo was last above a 20% share the month before Bing was released in June 2009. Google remains the top search engine with a 64.4% share.

Source: Search Engine Land



Surprise, Facebook May Track Your Online Activity Even Without an Account

Category: Internet
Posted: April 3, 2015 03:25PM
Author: bp9801

Facebook is finding itself in a little bit of hot water, as a report from two Belgian universities alleges the social networking website can track online activity even if you do not have a Facebook account. The report comes from the Belgian Privacy Commission, which tasked the University of Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussel to research Facebook's new privacy policies that were updated in January. In the report, Facebook uses cookies to track people's online activities without their consent, regardless of being logged out of Facebook, having a deactivated account, or specifically opted out of online advertising. Apparently it centers around Facebook's "Like" button, which can be found on more than 13 million websites. Cookies can be placed when anyone visits any site on the facebook.com domain, even if you're not logged in or use Facebook. All of this points to a potential violation of European privacy law, which explicitly states that cookies cannot be used without giving consent and that websites must advertise their cookie usage.

A spokeperson for Facebook denied the claims, as the Belgian report contained "factual inaccuracies" and its authors did not contact anyone at Facebook. The inaccuracies were not specified, so right now it is anyone's guess as to what may be incorrect. The spokeperson also said Facebook is in compliance with European privacy law, although the report says otherwise. For right now, it may be best to just keep watch of the cookies and what all information you share, regardless of being on Facebook or not.

Source: The Guardian via CBC News



Comcast Announces 2Gbps Fiber Internet

Category: Internet
Posted: April 2, 2015 04:02PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Comcast has announced its latest entry into the growing fiber to the home Internet market with Gigabit Pro, a 2Gbps service. The service will debut in Atlanta, GA to more than 1.5 million customers, with plans to expand to 18 million homes by the end of the year. The 2Gbps speed is double the speed of Google Fiber, which has plans to add Atlanta to its growing number of supported markets. Installation of new equipment will be required, though pricing for the equipment and service were unavailable at this time. Executive VP for consumer services Mercien Jenckes described the strategy stating, "Over the coming months and years you can expect us to be aggressive, but deliberate, about rolling out gigabit and multi-gig services across the country."

Source: Computer World



PAC-MAN Comes to Google Maps

Category: Internet
Posted: March 31, 2015 03:10PM
Author: bp9801

April Fool's Day isn't quite here, but that isn't stopping Google from getting in on the fun. The folks in Mountain View have a little surprise in store when you check out a location in Google Maps: PAC-MAN! You can now play PAC-MAN in the city streets in Google Maps, with different locations offering up the chance to eat a bunch of dots and avoid Inky, Pinky, Blinky, and Clyde. PAC-MAN works on both computers and mobile devices, but only in certain areas.

Which areas exactly? Well, Google is letting us figure that out, as a series of clues help point us to the spots. Some are a little more obvious than others, and some Google is keeping under wraps for right now. Either way, if you want to have some fun and say bye-bye to the day's productivity, load up Google Maps and get after those dots!

Source: Google Maps



Internet Explorer is Dead, Long Live Project Spartan

Category: Internet
Posted: March 25, 2015 07:54PM
Author: bp9801


Back in January, Microsoft announced Windows 10 would have a new browser, codenamed Project Spartan, in addition to Internet Explorer. The new browser would be the standard browser, but IE would use the same rendering engine as Project Spartan and mostly survive for compatibility reasons. However, in the two months since something must have changed, as now Internet Explorer can be considered a legacy engine when Windows 10 arrives. Project Spartan will be the sole benefactor of the new rendering engine, with the Internet Explorer of Windows 10 basically going to be the exact same as we have in Windows 8.1. It makes sense, since a new browser and a new rendering engine shows just how committed Microsoft is to removing the stigma of Internet Explorer.

The exact role of the legacy browser is not known, such as it appearing in all versions of Windows 10 (possibly under the Accessories folder) or just the ones aimed at businesses. Whatever the case may be, Internet Explorer is soon to be no more. Microsoft is still looking for a proper name for Project Spartan, which should hopefully be known before long.

Source: The Verge



Google Launches Auto Insurance Comparison Service in California

Category: Internet
Posted: March 6, 2015 06:44AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Earlier this year, it was reported that Google would likely launch an auto insurance comparison tool in the United States. After various delays, Google has announced that it has officially brought its auto insurance comparison tool to fruition for a limited number of Americans. Known as Google Compare Auto Insurance, the server, which can be accessed from a quick Google search for “car insurance,” takes information such as vehicle details, driving history, and physical location, and provides coverage details and quotes from various providers. Unfortunately, Google Compare Auto Insurance is only available to California residents at this time and does not offer quotes from GEICO or Progressive. According to Google, the list of providers that it supports is set to grow in the future, and the company plans to bring the auto insurance comparison service to additional states sometime this year.

Source: PCWorld



Facebook Updates Tools for Users Struggling with Suicide

Category: Internet
Posted: February 27, 2015 06:05AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Social media services like Twitter are taking the safety of its users very seriously. Facebook is doing the same, as it has just announced updated tools that are able provide a wealth of resources, advice, and support to people who may be struggling with suicide. The updated tools come after the company partnered with a variety of mental health organizations such as Forefront, Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and Save.org, as well as people who have dealt with self-injury or suicide thoughts. Users of Facebook who see a direct threat of suicide are being urged to contact their local emergency services immediately, of course, but the social networking service is touting that it has teams that work every hour of every day to review any report that comes in. The team is able to send resources to those in distress, and Facebook now allows users who flagged the self-harm post to call or message their distressed friend in order to let them know that they care.

The updated tools are expected to roll out to Facebook users located in the United States in the coming months, and the social networking service remains committed to improving its tools for users located outside of the United States.

Source: Facebook


Twitter Improves User Safety Features

Category: Internet
Posted: February 27, 2015 05:34AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Last December, Twitter revealed a variety of product updates that were aimed directly at user safety and protection. Now, the social networking website has announced a slew of additional improvements that go even further to protect its users. According to Tina Bhatnagar, the Vice President of User Services at Twitter, the website has made it even easier to report behaviors such as impersonation, self-harm, and the sharing of confidential and private information. Besides these improved user safety features, it has also been revealed that Twitter has overhauled how it handles abuse reported by users. The company claims that it now reviews five times the amount of user reports than it previously did, with its support team that focuses on handling these issues now triple in size.

Source: Twitter Blog



Google Releases New Tool to Help Find Flights

Category: Internet
Posted: February 26, 2015 01:43PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google Flights is the latest tool from the Internet giant, taking aim at companies in the travel space and offering some interesting features. Google will highlight the cheapest flight on each day and will also offer an easy comparison across months of the year to find what season is best for travel. Flights will show users the flight prices given a time, origin, and destination, but also gives users the ability to specify a time and origin and receive suggestions on where to go. According to Google, more than half of all travelers "don’t know where they’re going to travel when they sit down to plan." Users can search by regions rather than specific cities with queries like "Flights to Europe" or "Flights to Mexico." Flights will also offer a best flights metric that factors in price along with convenience, such as direct flights rather than layovers, for users that don't necessarily need the cheapest flight.

Source: Google



Google Increases Free Music Storage for Play Music

Category: Internet
Posted: February 25, 2015 05:43PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Previously, users of Google Play Music were able to upload 20,000 songs to the company’s servers for free, allowing them to easily listen to the stored songs on the go. Google has announced that it has more than doubled its free offering, with Play Music now allowing users to store up to 50,000 songs on the cloud. Play Music users who upload their music library to the cloud are able to stream or download their songs to their Android or Apple phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Google is offering quite a bargain when compared to other services like Amazon, which only allows 250 songs to be uploaded for free and 250,000 songs to be uploaded for $24.99 per year, as well as Apple, which lets customers store 25,000 songs in the cloud for $24.99 per year.

Source: TechHive



AT&T Plans To Compete With Google Fiber in Kansas City

Category: Internet
Posted: February 17, 2015 05:00PM
Author: Nick Harezga

AT&T is gearing up for a battle with Google Fiber in Kansas City as it has now brought its own GigaPower fiber-to-the-home service to the area. AT&T is offering the service at the same price as Google Fiber, but will charge an additional $29 for users that opt out of the "Internet Preferences" program. The same deal was offered in Austin in 2013 and tracks "the webpages you visit, the time you spend on each, the links or ads you see and follow, and the search terms you enter... AT&T Internet Preferences works independently of your browser's privacy settings regarding cookies, do-not-track, and private browsing. If you opt-in to AT&T Internet Preferences, AT&T will still be able to collect and use your Web browsing information independent of those settings." AT&T uses the information gathered to better target ads to customers. Users that opt-in will have a price of $70 per month with the option to add a TV bundle with HBO for $120 month and voice service for $150 per month.

Source: Ars Technica



DARPA Search Engine Brings The Dark Web to Light

Category: Internet
Posted: February 13, 2015 05:45PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been working on a new search engine called Memex, currently in development by 17 contractor teams. Memex "aims to build a better map of Internet content and uncover patterns in online data that could help law enforcement officers and others." DARPA has been using Memex to aid in the search for human traffickers but it could be applied to other areas such as counter terrorism or missing persons in the future. Memex explores pages that are typically ignored by other search engines such as Google or Bing, and program manager Chris White stated that these search engines only access "around 5 percent of the content on the Web." White also pointed out that Memex doesn't dig into password protected sites and won't engage in hacking to index these pages.

Source: Info World



2GB of Google Drive Storage Free with Account Security Check

Category: Internet
Posted: February 10, 2015 04:53PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Without charge, Google currently allows users of its Drive service to access a total of 15GB for online storage. While subscription plans do exist that allow users to store more files on Google Drive, they come at a price. The company has just announced an enticing offer that provides Google Drive users with 2GB of storage for free, which is a permanent account upgrade, so long as they complete an account security check. The security check covers a variety of different account aspects, including backup email address and phone numbers, recent account activity, account permissions, and two-step verification settings. Users should be able to go through the security check, which is something that users should be frequently doing anyhow, in roughly five minutes.

The offer to receive 2GB of free Google Drive storage is available to users until February 17, 2015. According to Google, the additional storage should show up within a few weeks after the offer expires.

Source: PCWorld


Mortgage Calculator Added to Google

Category: Internet
Posted: February 6, 2015 03:42PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although many mortgage calculators exist on the Internet that can be easily accessed through financial blogs, institutions, and more, Google has decided to implement its own version. Users can access the mortgage calculator by simply searching "mortgage calculator" on the Google website. The calculator, which will appear below a range of paid advertisements, allows users to select their mortgage amount, the interest rate, and the mortgage period. While the calculator is quite simple, as it does not include escrow payments made for homeowners insurance and property tax, it does break information down by monthly payments as well as the maximum loan amount a user can support.

Source: CNET



FCC Announces Planned Regulations For The Internet

Category: Internet
Posted: February 4, 2015 05:36PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, has announced a proposal that would treat Internet Service Providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is the latest action in the ongoing battle for Net Neutrality that has caused a great deal of debate with supporters of Net Neutrality being outspent by lobbyists and interests against Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality maintained popular opinion support and generated more comments in its favor. The proposal is seen as a "striking victory for net neutrality advocates," and Wheeler stated "I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services." The FCC must vote on the proposal by February 28 and if approved it would likely face a tougher challenge in the Republican controlled Congress.

Source: The Verge and Venture Beat



YouTube Now Defaults To HTML5 Instead of Flash

Category: Internet
Posted: January 27, 2015 05:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga

YouTube has finally completed a transition that it first announced was happening four years ago, the transition from Flash to HTML5 as the primary method of displaying videos. YouTube worked with the web community to overcome a number of issues that were impeding the transition. Adaptive bitrate streaming was implemented using MediaSource Extensions that have allowed for reduced buffering up to 80%. The acquisition of On2 Technologies gave YouTube access to the VP9 codec which "reduces YouTube's (massive) bandwidth by 35 percent on average," and loads videos up to 80% faster. Encrypted Media Extensions add support for DRM where necessary.

Source: Ars Technica



Kim Dotcom Planning Secure Video Chat Service

Category: Internet
Posted: January 22, 2015 05:09PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Kim Dotcom, the man famous for his involvement in the cloud file storage service Mega Upload, has announced plans to release a secure video chat program called MEGAchat. MEGAchat joins the new MEGA file upload service with a focus on security that offers end-to-end encryption, allowing information to get from its source to its destination without being seen by unwanted parties. The software operates entirely in a web browser, removing the need to download and install any additional software. MEGAchat will only support video chat at first, but plans are in place to add text chat and video conferencing.

Source: Slash Gear



Overstock Planning Video-On-Demand Service

Category: Internet
Posted: January 20, 2015 05:18PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Overstock is planning to release a video-on-demand and streaming service later this year to compete with established players like Netflix and Amazon. The VOD service will boast around 30,000 titles and will be available about halfway through this year with the streaming service following shortly thereafter. Overstock is working with a third party to create original content, hoping to leverage "working with studios for over a decade." CEO Patrick Byrne described the service stating, "We think this makes perfect sense for us to get into this business. We have a deep understanding of our customers [and] know what they're looking for."

Source: PC Magazine



Facebook Testing Voice To Text For Messanger

Category: Internet
Posted: January 19, 2015 08:57AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Facebook is working on implementing the ability to transcribe Facebook Messenger voice messages to text, similar to the way Google Voice transcribes voicemail. Users will be able to see a preview of their voice messages without having to listen to them, which could be convenient if they don't have time or aren't able to listen to the message. David Marcus of Facebook stated, "Our plan is to test this feature at a tiny scale for now and we're looking forward to seeing what you think of it." I wasn't even aware that Messenger had the ability to transmit voice messages and don't really see myself using this feature as it matures and becomes widely available.

Source: The Verge



Firefox Hello Simplifies Video Chatting

Category: Internet
Posted: January 14, 2015 11:07AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Firefox Hello, the first global communications system built directly into a browser, has just been updated to make chatting by video easier than ever before. In order to video chat someone with Firefox Hello, users simply need to click the Hello icon located in the menu bar or customization panel, click on the 'Start a conversation' button, copy the generated link, and share it with someone that they want to communicate with. Each generated URL is completely unique and can be created without the need to set up a user account or give any personal information away. Conversations can even be saved for future use, and for individuals who want to connect to someone directly without sharing a link, parties just need to have a Firefox Account and be online at the same time.

Firefox Hello continues to evolve into a comprehensive tool for communicating over the Internet, thanks to TokBox technology as well as continued development from Mozilla and partner Telefónica.

Source: The Mozilla Blog



Google Domain Registration Now Publicly Available

Category: Internet
Posted: January 13, 2015 04:26PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google launched a domain registration service on an invite-only basis last June, and has now made the service available to all in the United States. For just $12 per year you can use the Google service as an alternative to other services such as GoDaddy. Domains can be registered for up to 10 years or renewed on a yearly basis. As part of the registration users will also have access to Google Apps such as Drive, Sites, and e-mail with support for up to 100 e-mail aliases. The service is still in beta and features will likely be added as the service becomes more mature. As an additional option, users can reserve "premium" domains for fees up to $110 per year.

Source: Computer World



President Obama to Announce New Initiatives Surrounding Cybersecurity and Internet Access

Category: Internet
Posted: January 12, 2015 07:28AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to White House officials, President Obama is set to announce a variety of new initiatives next week that will address online security as well as increased access to broadband Internet across the United States. The announcement will take place over a series of speeches, where President Obama will outline the need for increased identity theft protection, better privacy protection, more robust cybersecurity, and increased access to high-speed Internet. The news of the announcement comes roughly one week before the President is set to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, and just months after the recent hack on Sony Pictures. As more and more companies experience data breaches due to increased cybersecurity attacks, the soon to be announced initiatives will address not only governmental cybersecurity but private sector as well.

Source: The New York Times



Google May Soon Offer an Auto Insurance Comparison Service in the United States

Category: Internet
Posted: January 9, 2015 01:46PM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to a research analyst, Google may soon offer automotive drivers located in the United States with an auto insurance comparison tool. Google is already providing drivers within the United Kingdom with an auto insurance comparison service called Google Compare, thanks to the acquisition of BeatThatQuote.com in 2011. Ellen Carney, an analyst with Forrester Research that is responsible for the speculation, notes that the United States version of Google Compare was expected to launch last month in California but has been delayed. Carney backs up her claims of Google Compare coming to the United States with an entity known as Google Compare Auto Insurance Services, which is already licensed to do business in over half of the United States. Additionally, Carney notes that Google is already authorized to do business with a variety of insurers, including Dairyland, MetLife, Mercury, Permanent General Assurance, Viking Insurance of Wisconsin and Workmen’s, further promoting the idea.

Source: PCWorld



Song Lyrics Now Available in Google Search Results

Category: Internet
Posted: December 22, 2014 05:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has added song lyrics to the ever increasing amount of information you can obtain using the search engine. Users will have easy access to the words of all of their favorite songs by simply typing the name of the song and the word lyrics after it. The full lyrics of the song won't be displayed and Google is encouraging users to continue to Google Play to get the full song and the addition of the lyrics is possibly a method of increasing traffic to and use of its music service. The new search results don't currently support all songs and lyrics websites shouldn't have to worry too much yet about being overtaken by Google.

Source: Tech Spot



Ting Expands to Offer Gigabit Internet Access to Homes and Businesses

Category: Internet
Posted: December 19, 2014 09:01AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Ting, a mobile virtual network operator that uses the Sprint network to offer customers low cost pay for what you use plans, has announced that it is expanding to offer home and business Internet access through fiber. The announcement comes after Ting purchased a majority stake in Blue Ridge InternetWorks, an independent Internet service provider located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Blue Ridge InternetWorks already has a fiber network in place, and the merger of Ting allows the company to receive the technical and financial support needed to start the project of offering gigabit fiber optic Internet access to homes and business at a low price. According to Ting, both companies believe in providing hands-off quality Internet with remarkable customer service, a combination that not only facilitates fair pricing, but a shockingly human experience.

While Charlottesville, Virginia is the first location that Ting is offering gigabit Internet access speeds to homes and businesses, the company plans to continue its expansion to additional cities in the future.

Source: Ting Blog



Netflix Has No Plans to Offer Offline Playback

Category: Internet
Posted: December 18, 2014 01:31PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While Amazon allows owners of Fire tablets to download content featured on Prime Instant Video for offline playback, Netflix has officially announced that it has no plans to offer the feature to its subscribers. According to Cliff Edwards, Netflix's director of corporate communications and technology, the ability to download content to view offline is simply never going to happen. Edwards also revealed that Netflix believes that by allowing its subscribers to have such functionality would just offer a short term fix for a long term problem, with that problem being quality Wi-Fi access. Netflix is expecting Wi-Fi coverage to significantly improve in the future, and Edwards himself believes that due to increased Wi-Fi coverage that is to come in the next five years alone, people will forget about the idea of downloading content for offline use.

Source: TechRadar



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