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Yahoo Reveals Massive Data Breach

Category: Internet
Posted: September 22, 2016 04:04PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Yahoo has confirmed that it was the victim of a large-scale attack that compromised data for more than 500 million users. Data that was exposed includes "names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and, in some cases, security questions and answers" along with encrypted passwords. Yahoo believes that attack was carried out by a "state-sponsored actor" but wouldn't elaborate any further on what state it might be. The company has recommended that users who haven't changed their passwords since 2014 should do so now, but it would probably be a good idea to change it again even if you have done so recently.

Source: CNET



Chrome Begins Plan to Phase Out Flash

Category: Internet
Posted: August 10, 2016 01:54PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google is planning the demise of Flash in the Chrome browser, with the beginning of the end coming next month with the release of Chrome 53. Google is starting with "tiny and non-visible Flash content, such as tracking and fingerprint cookies," and will later remove support for Flash altogether in Chrome 55 with some exceptions planned for "sites which only support Flash." Chrome 55 is expected to be available in December of this year and with it, HTML5 looks to become the new default for web browsers.

Source: Ars Technica



Facebook and Microsoft are Teaming Up to Lay New Cable Across the Atlantic

Category: Internet
Posted: May 26, 2016 12:03PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you are downloading a lot of files or regularly streaming, you will probably want to have a faster connection from whatever company is serving you. When you are a company that needs to move tremendous amounts of data, sometimes going for the next best plan is not the best choice. At least that seems to be what Facebook and Microsoft have concluded, as the two Internet giants have decided to work together with Telxius to lay a new data cable across the Atlantic Ocean. This cable will have a bandwidth of some 160 Tbps, and Facebook and Microsoft will be enjoying the majority of that, but other companies will also be able to purchase some of the bandwidth.

Many data cables already cross the Atlantic, but this one will be a bit different than most, as it will stretch from Virginia to Spain. Typically these cables are located further north on the American side of the ocean, even though there are a lot of data centers located in Northern Virginia. By locating one end here, it will lower the latency the companies have to put up with.

The name of this new cable is MAREA, which is Spanish for tide, and construction is expected to begin in August, completing in October, 2017.

Source: Wired



Built-in Ad Blocker Now Live for Opera

Category: Internet
Posted: May 4, 2016 03:53PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Back in March, Opera announced that it was releasing a development version of its web browser that had built-in ad blocking. The company has now moved this version to the official release channel for all to utilize. CEO Lars Boilesen reiterated the companies stance on the issue stating, "We do this because we want to provide people with the fastest browsers in the market. Our speed test shows that online ads slow down the browsing experience." Opera only controls a very small share of the Internet browser market, with recent estimates at around 2% according to Net Applications, and users of other browsers will still have to rely on third party software. It will be interesting to see if this will increase the usage of Opera and, perhaps more interesting, if it will spur other companies to adopt a similar policy for their browsers.

Source: Computer World



Google is Shutting Down Picasa

Category: Internet
Posted: February 14, 2016 08:30PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Anil Sabharwal, the Head of Google Photos, has recently announced that Picasa, a service from Google that allows users to easily manage, edit, and share photos, will be shutting down in the coming months. With Google launchings its Photos service, the company wants to focus all of its efforts on one service that is able to provides users with a wealth of functionality, on both mobile and desktop environments. The desktop application for Picasa will be the first piece of the service that is affected by the shut down, with development of the application stopping on March 15, 2016. Users will be able to utilize the software past that date, but will not receive any security or functionality updates to the program. Picasa Web Albums will also be affected by the business move, as beginning on May 1, 2016, users of Picasa will no longer be able to create, organize, or edit albums. Fortunately, users will still be able to view, download, or delete Picasa Web Albums, so some functionality will continue to remain.

Google sincerely wants users to move onto its Photos service, which has been available for quite some time. The company has noted that current Picasa users will find that their photos and videos are already available within Google Photos, should they decide to move on from Picasa.

Source: Picasa Blog



Comcast Details Gigabit Internet Offerings

Category: Internet
Posted: February 2, 2016 04:06PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Comcast announced a 2Gbps fiber to the home Internet offering in multiple major markets in April of last year. The company delivered on its promise to have the service available to 18 million homes by the end of the year. Comcast won't be rolling out the fiber service to its entire network, but hopes that a 1Gbps cable offering will help fill the void. The new cable service will be possible due to the DOCSIS 3.1 standard that will require new modems, but will still use traditional coaxial cable rather than fiber. There is no information regarding pricing or potential data caps available at this time, but it has been noted that DOCSIS 3.1 modems are under testing in Pennsylvania and Northern California.

Source: Ars Technica



Google Testing 5G Internet Delivery Using Drones

Category: Internet
Posted: February 1, 2016 04:28PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Project Skybender is the latest experiment from Google looking to bring innovations to the world. Testing is currently underway at Spaceport America in New Mexico using a commercial aircraft known as the "Centaur" and unmanned drones from Project Titan. The 5G networking will be provided using millimeter wave transceivers, which the FCC believes could reach speeds from 1Gb/s to 10Gb/s. According to the report, Google "ultimately envisages thousands of high altitude 'self-flying aircraft' delivering Internet access around the world." This joins a number of other projects currently in development at Google that seek to use airborne delivery platforms to bring Internet access to areas that might not have access to it otherwise.

Source: Ars Technica



Java Browser Plugin Will Soon Be No More

Category: Internet
Posted: January 28, 2016 05:16PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Oracle has announced a farewell tour for the Java browser plugin set to kick off on September 22 with the release of the Java Development Kit 9. The plugin will first be deprecated and then removed entirely in an unknown future release. Oracle described the move stating, "With modern browser vendors working to restrict and reduce plugin support in their products, developers of applications that rely on the Java browser plugin need to consider alternative options such as migrating from Java Applets (which rely on a browser plugin) to the plugin-free Java Web Start technology." The company further added that the change was spurred by web browser makers as "The rise of web usage on mobile device browsers, typically without support for plugins, increasingly led browser makers to want to restrict and remove standards-based plugin support from their products." The removal of the plugin will also mean that malicious users will have one less avenue to attack and compromise systems.

Source: ZDNet



New Algorithm Will Improve Google Chrome Load Times

Category: Internet
Posted: January 20, 2016 04:37PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Google is getting ready to roll out a new compression algorithm, known as Brotli, that will be able to compress data up to 26% more than its current offering. First announced last September, Brotli will replace the current engine known as Zopfli. Users will see improved load times in the next release of Chrome and other browsers, such as Firefox, will adopt the algorithm in the future. Brotli will also carry benefits for users of the mobile version of Chrome including "lower data transfer fees and reduced battery use."

Source: The Verge



Serious Exploit Found and Hopefully Fixed in AVG Web TuneUp Chrome Extension

Category: Internet
Posted: December 31, 2015 08:29AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Earlier this month a Google employee made an interesting discovery concerning the AVG Web TuneUp extension, that should be fixed now. This extension is force-installed alongside the AVG Antivirus and about nine million active Chrome users have it installed. It adds numerous JavaScript APIs to the browser with the apparent purpose of hijacking search settings and the new tab page, but many of the APIs are also badly written, so it can be exploited to get far more information. To demonstrate this, the Google employee wrote a few exploits to share with AVG when he reported the vulnerability.

Following his report, AVG put together a fix, but it was found to be lacking because it only checked that the origin of a message contains ".avg.com." As the Google employee pointed out in a second report, anyone can add that to their domain and because it does not check for a secure origin, it is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks, effectively disabling SSL. In response, AVG issued another fix to the extension that whitelists only two AVG domains, which is still not ideal but it might be the best we get. Any XSS or mixed-content on those two domains has the necessary permissions to use the APIs, which also means that any bugs on those domains could be exploited, so the Google employee recommends a professional web audit to find and fix any such issues.

Version 4.2.5.169 of the extension appears to have the final fix in it, so make sure you have been updated to at least that version. This story may not be over yet though, as Google investigates to see if any policy violations were made, as the complicated install process for the extension could get around Chrome malware checks.

Source: Google and HotHardware



Netflix Describes New Per-Title Encode Optimization

Category: Internet
Posted: December 16, 2015 09:10AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Being one of the largest streaming platforms, serving people with various devices and Internet connections, Netflix has a lot to consider when it encodes titles. Back in 2010 when it started using h.264/AVC to encode its catalog, the company constructed a bitrate ladder for all of its videos, which based the video bitrate on the output resolution. For most content this ladder works fine, but because some content needs more or less data to be of high quality, Netflix has developed a per-title encoding approach.

Instead of applying a fixed bitrate ladder to every video, this approach constructs the ladder for each video. This means that relatively simple videos, like cartoons, will use lower bitrates than more complex videos, at a given resolution. In one example, this new approach found that a cartoon could be encoded at 1540 Kbps for 1080p resolution, while the older bitrate ladder was using 1750 Kbps for 480p. While the 480p video may have a higher bitrate, upscaling the video introduces in visible artifacting.

When it comes to video encoding, they are diminishing returns at high bitrates, as well as a precipitous drop at lower bitrates, with the optimal bitrate somewhere in the middle. Instead of using a fixed approach, this per-title optimization is meant to find that optimal point for each video, so Netflix can provide the best quality without unnecessarily high bitrates. You can check out the Netflix blog post for the graphs that demonstrate this point, and while it is a long post, it does a decent job explaining it.

Source: Netflix



Hyperscale Accelerator Line Announced by NVIDIA

Category: Internet
Posted: November 11, 2015 07:32AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA, a leader in visual computing solutions, has officially announced its hyperscale accelerator line, which provides improved machine learning capabilities for web services and other technology applications. The end-to-end hyperscale data center platform consists of an accelerator that allows researchers to design deep neural networks for each of the applications that they want to power with artificial intelligence, as well as a low power accelerator that allows the aforementioned networks to be deployed across the data center. The two accelerators allow develops to utilize the Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform to drive machine learning and other artificial intelligence applications. The NVIDIA hyperscale accelerator line also includes a suite of GPU-accelerated libraries, with further enhance the utilization of artificial intelligence capabilities. Jen-Hsun Huang, the Co-Founder and CEO of NVIDIA, noted that "Machine learning is unquestionably one of the most important developments in computing today, on the scale of the PC, the Internet and cloud computing." Huang went on to say that "Industries ranging from consumer cloud services, automotive and health care are being revolutionized as we speak."

Source: Press Release



New Adobe Flash Vulnerability Affects All Versions on All Systems

Category: Internet
Posted: October 15, 2015 10:01PM
Author: bp9801

There always seems to be a new Adobe Flash vulnerability discovered, and usually after Adobe patches the last vulnerability. Well, this new vulnerability, discovered by Trend Micro, appeared after Adobe recently updated Flash, and man, is it a big one. All versions of Flash on Windows, Mac, and Linux are affected by the vulnerability, which hackers can use to crash and even take control of affected PCs. Yes, it does say all versions of Flash across all platforms, and the interesting part is the only way to truly protect yourself is to completely uninstall Flash from your computer. According to Adobe, it hopes to have a fix available by October 16, although when or if that actually happens is still unknown. It's also unclear if all versions of Flash will be patched or just the newest version. So far the attacks are limited and are not widely being used, but the threat remains out there for all systems.

Regardless of which version of Flash is installed on your computer, and regardless if you're on Windows, Mac, or Linux, the best course of action is to uninstall Flash. Hopefully Adobe gets an update pushed out soon to address this large problem. And maybe, just maybe, this will signal the end of Flash support for good.

Source: Adobe



Google Actively Working on VP10 Video Compression Codec

Category: Internet
Posted: September 1, 2015 01:37AM
Author: Brentt Moore

In an interview with CNET, Google has revealed that it is looking to make 4K video available to even more consumers, as its new VP10 video compression codec is shaping up to be highly efficient. According to James Bankoski, a Google product manager, VP9 currently utilizes half the bandwidth of the most popular format currently, the H.264 format, and VP10 will likely utilize half the bandwidth needed with VP9. The VP10 video compression codec, which happens to be open source, will also offer desktop and mobile content viewers with better dynamic range between lights and darks, improve the overall color range of video, and increase image sharpness.

Although VP10 sounds incredibly promising, the H.264 format successor known as HEVC/H.265 may find itself more widely utilized for content delivery. Google is hoping that with the popularity of YouTube, combined with the open source development of VP10 and the patent fee issues surrounding the HEVC/H.265 format, it will hit its performance targets for the latest video compression codec by the end of this year.

Source: CNET



YouTube Gaming Officially Launches

Category: Internet
Posted: August 27, 2015 07:53AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Back in June of this year, it was reported that Google unveiled YouTube Gaming to the public and that it planned to bring the service to the masses sometime this summer. That day has finally arrived, as Google officially launched YouTube Gaming yesterday for users in countries where YouTube is already available. The brand new YouTube service allows viewers to view and keep tabs on gaming videos and livestreams for more than 25,000 video game titles. YouTube users can utilize the YouTube Gaming website and mobile application, the latter of which is available for both Android and iOS devices, to view the wealth of content currently available for consumption. Frank Petterson, the YouTube Gaming Engineering Manager, noted at the time of launch that "Our peers make us better gamers, and games are made better by the communities that surround them."

While YouTube Gaming is only available at the moment as an English website, and the mobile application is only available for users located in either the United States or United Kingdom, the service is expecting to expand in the near future to widen its user base.

Source: MCV



Amazon and Google Chrome Move to Block Flash Ads; End of Flash is Nigh?

Category: Internet
Posted: August 25, 2015 06:22PM
Author: bp9801

For years, Adobe's Flash Player was the way to view videos and more on the Internet. However, it hasn't always been kind to performance or the most secure, and over the last several years has slowly started to be replaced. In fact, earlier this year YouTube switched its video player over to HTML5 instead of Flash. Now it seems Flash is truly on its way out, as Amazon has blocked Flash ads from displaying across its platforms and services. Likewise, starting next month, Google Chrome will prevent Flash ads from playing by default, as a user must click on them in order for them to display. Mozilla's Firefox browser also blocks Flash, and Adobe itself, Flash's creator, has been shifting clients away from it and towards other programs that serve a similar purpose.

Flash ads account for more than 100 million of the ads displayed in June, with 84% of banner ads still using it. But with Amazon, Google, and Mozilla all blocking those ads, things are going to have to change. It should hopefully mean a world without Flash and its detrimental effects, both in terms of performance and security. After all, Android and iOS devices don't really rely on Flash, and those all function just fine. Computers without Flash is the next step, and one that hopefully happens soon.

Source: The Guardian



Mozilla Working on a Built-in Ad Blocker for Firefox

Category: Internet
Posted: August 17, 2015 04:15PM
Author: bp9801

Spend any amount of time on the Internet and odds are you'll install an ad blocker onto your Web browser of choice. You can tailor the ad blocker to block everything, certain ads, or to skip your favorite websites (like OCC), but all ad blockers are an extra installation. However, Mozilla is working on something in its Developer and Aurora builds of Firefox that may interest plenty of people. Mozilla has improved its tracking protection features in those two builds far beyond what its previous Do Not Track thing accomplished, and when enabled, chances are you won't see any ads on those websites. There still may be some ads, but for the most part, they're all gone, and without needing to install a separate ad blocker.

Right now, the enhanced tracking protection is only available in Firefox's private browsing mode and only in the Developer and Aurora builds. It is, of course, very early in development, as Mozilla still needs to figure out how to block the tracking without actually blocking the ads. Somehow I don't think too many people would mind if that didn't happen. One down side to the whole thing is the enhanced tracking may not ever arrive in the normal, non-private browsing mode, but that is a small price to pay.

Source: Geek



Mozilla Disables Adobe Flash in Firefox

Category: Internet
Posted: July 14, 2015 04:11PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Mozilla has decided to disable Adobe Flash Player from automatically executing in the Firefox browser after a third zero-day exploit was found over the past week. Flash has long been a target from hackers, needing constant updates and receiving criticism from security experts. Mozilla felt that it was best to disable the software in order to better protect its users, but still gives users the option to proceed after the warning. Senior Firefox support lead Mark Schmidt addressed the decision stating, "Even sans non-vulnerable update, we should consider the risks of blocking the vulnerable Flash versions (i.e. all of them) vs. allowing millions of people to use actively exploited versions of Flash without so much as a warning."

Source: Computer World



Comcast to Offer 2Gb Fiber Internet Service

Category: Internet, Operating Systems
Posted: July 13, 2015 04:38PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Comcast is now offering a new tier of fiber Internet service with 2Gb download and upload speeds at the low price of just $299.95 per month. The service is currently available in the "San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of California, plus Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami and nearby areas." In addition to the hefty monthly fee, consumers will have to a pay an additional $500 activation fee and $500 installation fee. If you want to cancel the service early, DSL Reports has found that a termination fee in excess of $1,000 could be charged.

Source: PC World



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


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