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Dropbox Consolidates Pro Plans

Category: Internet
Posted: August 27, 2014 06:54AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Dropbox has revealed that it has consolidated its three Pro account options, which previously included 100GB, 200GB, and 500GB of storage, priced at $9.99, $19.99, and $49.99 per month, respectively. The new Pro plan offers quite a bit of value compared to the old storage options, as it includes 1TB of storage for just $9.99 per month. Dropbox Pro also includes various features that will surely appeal to potential subscribers, such as password protection for links and documents, time expiration options for links, and view-only permissions. Dropbox is aiming its latest Pro plan at customers who need more storage than its Basic plan, which starts at 2GB, but do not need as much storage or as many tools that Dropbox for Business offers.

Source: Dropbox Blog



Amazon Acquires Twitch for Nearly $1 Billion, Snatching it From Google's Grasp

Category: Internet
Posted: August 25, 2014 03:49PM
Author: ClayMeow


Nine...Hundred...Seventy...Million...Dollars. That's how much Amazon just agreed to pay to acquire videogame-streaming service Twitch. Back in May, several sources reported that Google's YouTube division would be acquiring Twitch for over $1 billion, with Venture Beat reporting in July that the deal was actually inked. So why did Twitch go for the seemingly lower bid? Twitch CEO Emmett Shear had the following to say:

We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

According to Amazon, "the acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014," which is an odd thing to say since we're already in the second half of 2014. I guess that means it's expected to close before the year ends. It'll be interesting to see how the deal affects the service, but most fans of Twitch seem pretty happy the service wasn't acquired by Google. With Google already owning the #1 platform for Internet video in YouTube, it's probably safer for us all that it didn't also acquire the fastest growing in Twitch.

Source: Amazon and Twitch



YouTube May Offer a Music Subscription Service

Category: Internet
Posted: August 19, 2014 06:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Rumors are yet again circulating surrounding Google implementing a solid subscription model into YouTube. The new service, which is slated to be known as YouTube Music Key, will offer ad-free music, audio-only playback, and offline playback for $9.99 per month, which includes a 30-day free trial for new customers. A subscription to YouTube Music Key will likely incorporate Google’s current music subscription service, Google Play Music All Access, though the service is expected to be rebranded to Google Play Music Key. By combining both services together, Google could present quite a value for potential customers who are looking for yet another option within the music subscription category.

It is not currently known when YouTube Music Key will come to fruition, but it’s likely to occur in the near future as Google already has control of the domain for the rumored service.



Bing Makes Searches Conversational

Category: Internet
Posted: August 14, 2014 08:51AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Bing has just implemented a new feature in which users can now interact with their searches in a whole new way, allowing them to participate in conversations with the Microsoft search engine. The feature retains the context of previous searches, and by doing so, is able to understand searches that relate to the original topic. For example, if a Bing user searches information about who the current President of the United States is, Bing will provide Barack Obama as the answer. If a user continues to ask follow-on questions, such as who he is married to or how tall he is, Bing will recognize that President Obama is the subject based on the prior search and will continue providing relevant information on him.

Source: Bing Blog



Newegg Expands to Six New Markets

Category: Internet
Posted: August 13, 2014 09:38AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Newegg has announced that it has officially expanded to six new markets, which include India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, and Singapore. Although these countries do feature physical stores that electronics and personal computer components can be purchased from, Newegg is looking to gain customers within these regions by offering low prices and quality support. Shipping does pose an issue for the company, as it is currently shipping products purchased from the six new markets from the United States. However, Newegg did note that it will set up a physical presence within these new markets if local demand is strong enough, which should limit the cost of shipping that customers within these countries currently face.

Source: CNET



Twitter Implements Video Advertisements

Category: Internet
Posted: August 13, 2014 07:18AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Twitter has just announced, after months of feedback from users and brands, that video advertisements have been implemented into timelines of its users. The video advertisements, which are currently implemented in a beta form and are featured as Promoted Video, are similar to those featured on Facebook. The largest difference is that Twitter video advertisements do not play automatically, as they require user interaction. This is not only a plus for users who do not want to be bombarded with advertisements upon logging into the social networking service, but also for advertisers, as they only get charged when a user starts playing the advertisement. According to David Regan, the Senior Product Manager of TV and Video at Twitter, "The overall goal is to bring more video into our users’ timelines to create a richer and more engaging Twitter."

Source: Twitter Blog



AT&T Delivers 1Gbps Broadband to Austin Residents

Category: Internet
Posted: August 11, 2014 12:16PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In April of 2013, AT&T announced that it would deliver 1Gbps Internet to Austin, Texas residents through its U-verse GigaPower service. While the service launched in December of 2013 as a network comprised of 100 percent fiber, it failed to deliver the 1Gbps speed that was initially advertised, instead providing subscribers with 300Mbps Internet service. Failing to deliver its advertised speeds, AT&T promised customers that sometime in 2014 1Gbps speeds would be successfully delivered. That day has finally come, as AT&T has revealed that it is now offering 1Gbps U-verse GigaPower service to residents that live in Austin. Moreover, those currently subscribed to AT&T’s U-verse GigaPower service that receive 300Mbps speeds will see their connection increase to 1Gbps at no additional charge.

For residential customers within GigaPower areas, 1Gbps Internet through AT&T U-verse starts at $70 a month and requires a one-year term.

Source: CNET


Yahoo Plans to Add Encryption to E-mail by 2015

Category: Internet
Posted: August 8, 2014 11:25AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Yahoo CISO Alex Stamos announced at the Black Hat USA 2014 security conference that the company is working on end-to-end encryption for its e-mail client, and it should be available by 2015. The project will use the Google PGP Plugin and will enable encrypted e-mails to be exchanged through the two popular services. The talk, Building Safe Systems at Scale - Lessons from Six Months at Yahoo, was very well received by conference attendees and signifies a shift towards increased security and privacy for users in the "post-Snowden era" of computing.

Source: ZDNet



Gmail Simplifies Unsubscribing from Emails

Category: Internet
Posted: August 7, 2014 04:54PM
Author: Brentt Moore

While some emails do contain links for recipients to unsubscribe from future communications, they are sometimes littered throughout text and can be difficult to find. Google has decided to remedy any frustration and confusion involved with finding text that provides the option to unsubscribe by added a simple link by the senders email address. Gmail users will now notice this new link, which can be found within Promotions, Social, and Forums messages, which allows for one-click access to unsubscribe from future communications. Google notes that by adding this link, mail is not only less likely to be flagged as spam but the task of unsubscribing is easier than ever.

Source: Google+



Amazon Expands Same-Day Delivery to Six More Cities

Category: Internet
Posted: August 6, 2014 02:34PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In an effort to improve the lives of its customers, Amazon has expanded its Same-Day Delivery service to six additional cities within the United States. The latest cities that can now receive items within the same day of ordering include Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC metro areas. Customers within these newly announced regions, as well as Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle metro areas, can browse Amazon with an applied “Get It Today” filter that reveals items that qualify for Same-Day Delivery. Amazon Prime members pay just $5.99 for all the Same-Day Delivery items they can order, with the online retailer touting more than a million items that qualify for the expedited delivery service.

Amazon Same-Day Delivery is available on orders that are placed as late as noon, seven days a week.

Source: Press Release


Comcast Reworks its Internet Essentials Program

Category: Internet
Posted: August 5, 2014 01:42PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Comcast has been offering its Internet Essentials program, which provides 5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speeds to low-income families, for just under two years. While it has successfully connected 350,000 eligible families since its launch, Comcast is looking to bring more of the 2.6 million people that are eligible nationwide onboard. Today the company announced that it is reworking Internet Essentials by  making it even more enticing for those who have not signed up for the program. Comcast is providing new subscribers that sign up between today and September 20, 2014, with six months of complimentary service. The company is also providing families with an amnesty program, in which outstanding bills owed to Comcast that are more than one year old are forgiven, allowing even more low-income families to be eligible for Internet Essentials.

Comcast plans to utilize many public service announcements to promote its six months complimentary offer while also engaging parents, teachers, non-profit partners, and elected officials about the Internet Essentials program.

Source: Press Release


Walmart Launches Redesigned Website

Category: Internet
Posted: August 4, 2014 06:31PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Walmart has just launched a redesigned version of its online storefront thanks to Walmart Labs, its research and development team located in Silicon Valley. The new design incorporates many improvements that were based on input received directly from Walmart customers. These improvements include a mobile-based layout, an improved personalized search engine that utilizes past purchases and search history, and more in-depth product pages. Additionally, larger buttons and a larger search box are now featured on the Walmart website. Overall, the new design is tailored towards making Walmart more competitive against other online retailers such as Amazon. 

According to Walmart, the new personalization feature is currently available to roughly half of all its customers, though plans are in place for it to be rolled out to all of its customers by the end of this month.

Source: CNET


Comcast Increases Available Bandwidth in Select Markets

Category: Internet
Posted: August 1, 2014 01:49PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Comcast customers within select markets in California, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas will notice that their broadband speeds have increased substantially. Although the additional available throughput will vary by plan, Comcast is providing the increased speeds at no cost. Those who are currently subscribed to the Performance plan will now notice speeds of up to 50 Mbps, up from 25 Mbps, while those on the Blast plan will notice speeds of up to 105 Mbps, up from 50 Mbps. The Extreme 105 plan is even being upgraded for free, with bandwidth now being bumped up to 150 Mbps.

At this time, Comcast has not announced any changes to its other plans for customers located within the select markets aforementioned.

Source: PCWorld



Google Reported to Have Acquired Twitch

Category: Internet
Posted: July 24, 2014 04:15PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The first rumors of the acquisition of Internet live streaming service Twitch by Google were reported in May, and sources have now confirmed the $1 billion purchase with Venture Beat. Twitch "enables people to broadcast their own gameplay sessions on the PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 to online viewers," with popular streamers carrying more than 10,000 viewers at times. Twitch is also home to many professional gaming events including the recently completed International 4 Dota 2 event and the League of Legends Championship Series. Twitch has seen a large increase in monthly users from the 3.2 million viewers when started in June 2011 to more than 50 million users now. The site was reported to account for 1.35% of all Internet traffic by Sandvine in March.

Source: Venture Beat



LinkedIn Acquires Bizo

Category: Internet
Posted: July 22, 2014 06:43PM
Author: Brentt Moore

LinkedIn has announced that it has officially acquired Bizo, a company that provides precise and measurable business-to-business display and social advertising programs to small, medium, and large businesses. According to David Thacker, the Product Vice President at LinkedIn, Bizo has proved itself as a comprehensive business-to-business marketing platform and the company has been a part of the LinkedIn API Partner Program for quite a while. With the respective missions of both companies being highly aligned, according to Russell Glass, the Chief Executive Officer of Bizo, it makes sense that LinkedIn is welcoming the Bizo staff to its team.

Thacker also made it evident that the company plans to integrate the Media Solutions and Multi-Channel Nurturing products offered by Bizo into its own portfolio, but that it does not plan to incorporate its Data Solutions business.

Source: Bizo Blog and LinkedIn Marketing Solutions Blog



Verizon FiOS Gets an Upload Speed Boost

Category: Internet
Posted: July 21, 2014 09:09AM
Author: Nick Harezga

Verizon has announced that it is upgrading the upload speeds of all current and future customers to match download speeds. Current plans had much higher download than upload speeds. Verizon has also increased the speed of the entry level package to 25/25 Mbps, an increase from the current entry level 15/5 Mbps plans. The service starts at $64.99, but unfortunately users currently at the 15/5 level won't be upgraded to the 25/25 level. The new symmetrical speed tiers could give Verizon a boost compared to cable companies, "which generally offers slower download speeds than fiber along with even lower upload speeds," but doesn't offer much of an improvement compared to other fiber services such as Google Fiber.

Source: Ars Technica



Dell Now Accepts Bitcoin

Category: Internet
Posted: July 18, 2014 02:37PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Dell is following in the footsteps of other major companies, such as DISH and TigerDirect, by announcing that it is now accepting Bitcoin as a valid form of payment through its online marketplace Transactions between customers and Dell that involve Bitcoin are made possible by a partnership with Coinbase, an international digital wallet that allows users to buy, use, and accept Bitcoin. Consumer and small business shoppers will be able to use Bitcoins on the Dell website within the next two weeks, according to Laura Thomas, the Chief Blogger for Direct2Dell.com

An Alienware promotion has also been revealed along with the Bitcoin acceptance announcement, where consumers can save 10 percent off of a new Alienware system purchase. The savings for this promotion are capped at $150, however.



Bitcoin Currency Conversion Integrated by Google

Category: Internet
Posted: July 16, 2014 08:48PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Bing has featured Bitcoin currency conversion since last February, Google has just revealed that it is now providing the same feature to its users. In an update to Google Search, users can now enter search queries that relate to Bitcoin, with results from the search engine containing relevant conversion information along with visual charts of historic prices. Google Search can even support complex queries relating to Bitcoin currency conversion. The new Bitcoin price calculator from Google is also available on mobile devices, with users able to use their voice to input valid currency conversions.

The announcement comes roughly one month after Coinbase and Google Finance partnered to launch a Bitcoin price tracker.

Source: CoinDesk



Popular Bitcoin Website to be Sold at Auction

Category: Internet
Posted: July 9, 2014 05:04PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Bitcoins.com, a popular website for information surrounding the digital currency, will be sold at a United States auction house known as Heritage Auctions on July 24, 2014. The opening bid for the website will be set at $185,000, but expectations are that the website will fetch somewhere around $750,000. The sale itself is being facilitated by Mark Karpeles, the CEO of the bankrupt Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange. Although Bitcoins.com was launched by Karples, it is owned and operated by Tibanne, which is the parent company of Mt. Gox. Proceeds of the sale will be used to not only support Tibanne, but also to compensate various investors that were burned with the collaspe of Mt. Gox. According to Karples, at least half of the final sales price will be paid to Bitcoin holders who lost substainal amounts of money with the collaspe of Mt. Gox.

Source: PCWorld



YouTube Previewing Nine New Features at VidCon, Including 60 FPS Videos

Category: Internet
Posted: June 26, 2014 07:56PM
Author: ClayMeow

The fifth annual VidCon kicked off today in Anaheim, and YouTube is taking the opportunity to preview nine new features that will be released in the coming months. While all the features will be nice additions, of particular interest to myself and likely the majority of visitors to OCC is the addition of support for 48 and 60 frames per second videos! As great as HD gameplay videos look on YouTube, they've never quite as good as playing the game itself on a high-end PC. YouTube has posted three preview videos on the YT Creator Channel that shows off the new FPS options: Battlefield Hardline Trailer at 60 FPS, VGHS Season 2 Trailer at 48 FPS, and Titanfall Gameplay at 60 FPS.

The other eight features include the YouTube Creator Studio app for Android and iOS, the addition of thousands of royalty-free sound effects to the Audio Library, Fan Funding so fans can easily contribute money, Creator Credits with more collaborator options, the ability for fans to contribute subtitles in other languages, interactive Info Cards to bring annotations to the next level, a weekly show on SiriusXM's Hits 1 channel called "The YouTube 15", and enhanced playlist capabilities.

Source: YouTube Creator Blog



Domain Registration Service Announced by Google

Category: Internet
Posted: June 24, 2014 08:07AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Google has announced that it is launching a new domain registration service known as Google Domains. The new service will offer customers 100 email addresses on the domain for free, as many as 100 subdomains, and will make use of Google DNS servers for quick response times. Google Domains will not charge consumers extra for setting an address private, and the service will support new address registrations as well as transfers. Website creations tools such as Shopify, Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix have all signed up as partners as well. The search engine giant has decide to create its own domain registration service because of research that its small business division recently conducted, which revealed that 55 percent of small businesses still lack a website.

Currently, Google Domains is only available to those who receive an invitation to participate, but Google is hoping to make the service available to the masses in the near future.

Source: 9to5Google



Facebook Suffers Temporary Outage

Category: Internet
Posted: June 19, 2014 04:46AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Facebook, the social networking service that ranks second in terms of overall website popularity according to Alexa, suffered a temporary outage early this morning that lasted roughly 30 minutes. Facebook users from around the world went to Twitter to complain about the outage and to ask others if they were also experiencing an issue went attempting to visit the website. During the outage, the website for the social media service that currently has 1.28 billion monthly users displayed a message that stated something went wrong and that the Facebook team was working on getting the error fixed as soon as possible. A Facebook spokesperson stated that while the website was down for a brief moment due to an unspecified issue, it is now back up and fully operational.

Source: CNET



Chromecast Now Supports YouTube Application Live Steams

Category: Internet
Posted: June 18, 2014 05:13AM
Author: Brentt Moore

With YouTube live steams happening quite regularly as companies attempt to reach ever expanding audiences, Google has decided to grant mobile users the ability to cast live streams through its Chromecast device. Now, Chromecast owners can simply visit a YouTube live steam within the YouTube application and click on the cast button to display the live video feed onto a television that has the Google device. While PC users have long had this feature available to them, users of mobile devices have not been able to cast YouTube live streams to their television by using Chromecast until now.

It is worth noting that while Chromcast is available in Germany, YouTube live streams viewings are still not supported in the country.

Source: Google+



Facebook Reveals Better Advertisements

Category: Internet
Posted: June 12, 2014 08:52AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Facebook has just revealed that advertisements on the social networking platform will soon be better than ever. Currently, Facebook collects data such as Facebook pages liked and overall activity on the social networking website to display relevant advertisements to users. However, starting within the next few weeks for United States users and the next few months for global users, advertisements displayed within the Facebook News Feed will be based heavily on what websites and applications users utilize. This type of data collection is meant to provide users with more direct and applicable advertisements that cater to their specific interests. Additionally, users will be able to see why advertisements are displayed to them and can remove an interest if they no longer want to see advertisements regarding a certain category, such as electronics or automobiles.

Users who have privacy concerns over the new collection method for advertisements can opt out in a web browser by using the Digital Advertising Alliance opt out. Mobile users can disable the targeting by using the privacy controls available on various Android and iOS devices.

Source: Facebook Newsroom



Comcast Turns Wi-Fi Routers into Hotspots

Category: Internet
Posted: June 11, 2014 07:06PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In Houston, Texas, Comcast customers are just now noticing that they have a new Wi-Fi network that they are able to connect to, labeled as xfinitywifi. The network is provided by the Arris Touchstone Telephony Wireless Gateway Modems that Comcast customers have installed within their homes. Comcast is turning these residential modems, approximately 50,000 in total, into a massive hotspot that any Comcast customer can access for free. Michael Bybee, a Comcast spokesman, noted that the process was completed in the early afternoon for Houston residents. Although 50,000 modems are currently being used for this massive hotspot rollout by Comcast, the company plans to switch on a total of 150,000 by the end of the month.

Comcast customers can reportedly disable the availability of the public hotspot network from their router, but can only do so after the hotspot is turned on and made available by Comcast.



DISH Announces Acceptance of Bitcoin

Category: Internet
Posted: May 29, 2014 01:27PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Bitcoin continues to be one of the most popular crypto-currencies available, and DISH today has backed its popularity with its announcement. Beginning in the summer or fall of this year, satellite television provider DISH will begin accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment. Transactions between DISH and its customers will be handled by Coinbase, who also takes care of Bitcoin transactions for other companies such as Overstock.com and Reddit. DISH Chief Operating Officer, Bernie Han, stated within the announcement that the company wants to accommodate individuals who prefer to make transactions with Bitcoin. Although DISH will soon begin accepting Bitcoin as a valid form of payment, the company notes that it will still accept credit cards, debit cards, and bank account transfers.

With this announcement, DISH has become the largest company to accept Bitcoin for goods and services rendered, though more companies may be competing for this title in the near future.

Source: TechHive


Spotify Suffers Minor Security Breach

Category: Internet
Posted: May 27, 2014 04:13PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Spotify today announced that it has suffered a security breach after it realized that unauthorized access to its systems occurred. The breach was small in nature however, with the company reporting that only one user's account information was compromised. Though data relating to this one user account was accessed, Spotify notes that information taken did not include any password, financial, or payment information. Nonetheless, the company is taking this security breach seriously, and is guiding Android users in updating their Spotify application over the next few days. Due to this, users who have offline playlists will have to once again download them in full.

Increased security measures for its internal systems have been implemented by Spotify due to this breach, and the company is vowing to protect the data of its users in the future.

Source: Spotify Blog



F-Secure Partners with Facebook to Protect Accounts

Category: Internet
Posted: May 22, 2014 03:32PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although Trend Micro just announced a partnership with Facebook yesterday in regards to protecting accounts on the social networking site from malware, F-Secure is doing the same today. F-Secure, an online security and privacy company from Finland, has revealed that it will be providing Facebook users with a free browser-based malware scanner. It is meant for users whose account has been locked due to suspicious activity that may be caused by a possible malware infection. The scanner is fully integrated into the social networking service, and will offer a scan and cleanup process for possibly infected accounts if Facebook identifies one as behaving suspiciously. Once the malware removal process is completed by the scanner, Facebook users can successfully and safely log into their account.

Source: F-Secure News



Trend Micro Partners with Facebook to Protect Accounts

Category: Internet
Posted: May 21, 2014 02:30PM
Author: Brentt Moore

In a new partnership between the social networking giant Facebook and the security vendor Trend Micro, HouseCall is being made available to Facebook users in order to protect accounts against malware. HouseCall, which is a free security solution provided by Trend Micro, will scan and remove malware from infected accounts, enabling Facebook users to continue using the service safely. Facebook users who have a potentially infected account will be given the option to download HouseCall, which will then scan the account and provide a notification when analysis is complete. The notification will let users know if the cleanup was successful or unsuccessful, and from that point on, will provide mitigation efforts to keep accounts malware free.

Source: Trend Micro Blog



Spotify Reaches 10 Million Subscribers

Category: Internet
Posted: May 21, 2014 02:15PM
Author: Brentt Moore

As music subscription services increase in overall popularity worldwide, Spotify is doing its best to make sure that it is one of the most widely used music services available to consumers. Today, Spotify has announced that it has reached an important milestone, hitting 10 million paying subscribers. Spotify also revealed that it has more than 40 million active users that it streams music to, and that 1.5 billion playlists have been created by all of its users and subscribers ever since Spotify was founded. Even more impressive is that all of the active users and subscribers that the music subscription service currently has span over 56 countries.

Source: Spotify Blog



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