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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



Bose Streaming Music Service is Coming Soon

Category: Internet
Posted: December 16, 2014 08:59AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Bose, a leading audio manufacturer, is apparently looking to build and launch its own streaming music service in the near future. The news comes after the company posted a job opening on its corporate website, which states that Bose is actively looking for a Senior User Experience Designer of Cloud Music Services. According to the job opening, the individual who fulfills this position will "lead design and prototyping of our next generation streaming music platform and ecosystem of products." Bose also lists within the posting that "We will move quickly and have an immediate and lasting impact on Bose’s streaming music products."

While it is not yet known how Bose will market its own streaming music service, the company faces a large amount of competition from other high-end services such as Deezer Elite, Neil Young's Pono, and TIDL.

Source: hypebot



Ability to Sympathize with Posts is Likely Coming to Facebook

Category: Internet
Posted: December 15, 2014 07:53AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has noted that the social network is actively looking at options that would allow users to sympathize with a post that someone makes, such as when a sad event occurs. According to Zuckerberg, "Giving people the power to do that in more ways with more emotions would be powerful, but we need to figure out the right way to do it so it ends up being a force for good, not a force for bad and demeaning the posts that people are putting out there." The news come from a public question and answer session in Menlo Park, where Zuckerberg expressed the ability to vote on a post, labeling it good or bad, simply is not socially valuable and does not help Facebook users share the important events that occur in their lives. It was also noted within the event that Facebook has long considered adding a "Dislike" button for its users, but has ultimately decided to simply keep the "Like" button for now due to the reasons aforementioned.

Source: USA Today



PayPal Now Accepted at Apple’s Online Store

Category: Internet
Posted: December 12, 2014 07:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

According to Internet Retailer, Apple is the second largest online retailer in the United States. As such, it only makes sense that Apple has just announced that it is now accepting PayPal through its online retail store, which is good news for customers, since previously the company only accepted PayPal payments through its application and content stores. Apple is even promoting the ability to pay for an item in equal monthly installments over a maximum of 18 months with no interest, through a program known as PayPal Credit. The availability of paying with PayPal through Apple’s online store is being offered to residents of the United States and the United Kingdom.

Source: Re/code



Google Adds My Maps Integration to Google Drive

Category: Internet
Posted: December 10, 2014 06:03PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google has announced that My Maps, the service that lets you create your own maps using Google Maps, will be the latest product to be integrated into Google Drive. The integration will take place over the next week and will give users the ability to create, organize, search, and share their maps just as they would any other Google document. My Maps is receiving an additional update with the ability to add more layers and points of interest. I have been using My Maps for a while now to track all of the restaurants I have visited around the country and it will be interesting to see how this new integration may improve the service.

Source: Tech Crunch



Gangnam Style Causes Software Update For YouTube

Category: Internet
Posted: December 3, 2014 05:48PM
Author: Nick Harezga

YouTube has been forced to update its software due to the overwhelming popularity of the video for Gangnam Style, released by Korean rapper Psy in 2012. The video broke the view counter when it reached 2,147,483,647, the maximum number capable with a 32-bit signed integer. The counter has now been updated to 64-bit and will be able to track views up to 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 which shouldn't be hit for around 4 billion years at the current pace.

Source: Ars Technica



Xbox Live Successfully Taken Down by Lizard Squad

Category: Internet
Posted: December 2, 2014 05:47AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The Lizard Squad, an infamous hacking group that has successfully brought down gaming servers for a variety of games and services during the past few months and even issued a bomb threat recently, was able to take down Xbox Live late Monday night. The group likely used a DDOS attack to make Xbox Live unavailable to gamers, and the group even went back to posting on a Twitter page about the attack, despite Twitter suspending the group’s account a few weeks ago. Lizard Squad noted that the attack on Xbox Live was simply an early Christmas gift for Microsoft, and that the unavailability of Xbox Live is the first of more things to come in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Source: Attack of the Fanboy



The Internet Now Has 3 Billion Users

Category: Internet
Posted: November 25, 2014 09:10AM
Author: Brentt Moore

The International Telecommunication Union has just released the 2014 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report. The latest report indicates the Internet now has 3 billion users, which is an increase of 6.6 percent globally, when compared to statistics released last year. Broken down, there was a 3.3 percent increase of Internet users in developed countries and an 8.7 percent increase in users located in developing countries. Even with the increase in Internet users worldwide, there still are 4.3 billion individuals around the world who do not have access to Internet services. Of these individuals, 90 percent happen to live in developing countries. In order to provide more individuals across the world with Internet connectivity, to the tune of 1.5 billion people over the next five years, the International Telecommunication Union plans to open up wireless spectrum that is currently assigned to broadcast television, which will hopefully lower Internet access costs.

The news comes just over six months after the United Nations News Center revealed that the Internet was nearing 3 billion users, and that the milestone would be reached by the end of this year

Source: ITU



Netflix Streamed 19.5 Million Terabytes of Video Earlier This Year

Category: Internet
Posted: November 20, 2014 07:25PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Netflix, one of the largest video streaming subscription services currently available across the world, streamed a total of 19.5 million terabytes of video in the first quarter of this year. Broken down, this equates to 6.5 million terabytes of video per month, which certainly exceeds the 4 million terabytes of video streamed per month during the first quarter of 2013. Assuming that the same amount of data continues to be used for high-definition video streaming and that previous growth remains constant, Netflix will stream 27 million terabytes of video in the first quarter of 2015, which comes out to 9 terabytes if video per month. This amount will likely be larger however, as 4K content continues to make its way onto Netflix.

Source: Cord Cutters News



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