Warning: Windows 10 is spying on everything you do - here's how to stop it
Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system is beloved by tech bloggers, but people concerned with privacy will want to read this right away...
On Friday evening, the highly anticipated trailer to Zoolander 2 leaked online. Slated for release in February 2016, the sequel will thankfully feature all of the usual suspects from the first film, including Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Billy Zane, and Will Ferrell. And naturally, the second coming of Zoolander will also include a who’s who of celebrity cameos, ranging from Kanye West to Justin Bieber.
Services like Netflix are driving U.S. households to cut the cord at an unprecedented rate, and studies suggest that impressive rate won’t be slowing anytime soon. The unbreakable bundles, poor customer service and high cost of pay TV packages has made consumers all too eager to ditch their cable and satellite TV services, so it makes sense that cord cutting has exploded now that entertainment is widely available elsewhere.
As if the reasons to loathe pay TV service providers weren’t already numerous enough, a recent report sheds new light on a scam that cable and satellite TV companies have been pulling for years. And the worst part is that people have known about it all along, they just never realized how bad it was. More →
You know what people really don’t like? Data caps. They don’t like them on their mobile phones and they really, really don’t like them on their home Internet services. This hasn’t stopped Comcast and other wireline ISPs from trying to ram them down consumers’ throats anyway, although customer resistance to such caps is so strong that the companies wouldn’t dare roll them out nationwide just yet. More →
As indicated by the map above, each red dot represents a unique “successful Chinese attempt to steal corporate and military secrets and data about America’s critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power and telecommunications and internet backbone.” All told, there were nearly 700 successful hacking attempts on U.S. targets over the last five years.
Comedy Central’s nighttime lineup is in the midst of a transformation. First Stephen Colbert left for the bright lights of CBS, and now Jon Stewart, longtime host of The Daily Show, will officially sign off the air on August 6 after an impressive 16 seasons run.
Replacing Stewart as host of The Daily Show — Comedy Central’s most popular program by far — is South African comedian Trevor Noah. In the wake of Noah’s hiring, Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless said that the cable channel opted for Noah out of a desire “to find someone who brings something really exciting and new and different.”
Having trouble waking up in the morning? There are countless alarm apps that will make sure you wake up on time for work… provided, of course, that you don’t keep hitting snooze and then dozing off again. There is, however, an alternative: A High Voltage Ejector Bed that was created by YouTube inventor Colin Furze and that is essentially an alarm you’ll never have the chance to snooze. More →
Dish’s Sling TV is one of the many options that cord cutters have at their disposal to get their TV fix without paying through the nose for a pricey cable package. It’s also competing for customers with cable companies such as Comcast, who are among the most hated companies in the United States. Dish knows that Comcast, Time Warner Cable and other cable giants have horrible reputations, which is why it’s put together a brilliant new ad the mercilessly bashes cable companies for their service offerings and their dreadful customer service. More →
It’s kind of crazy how quickly face detection and recognition technology managed to push its way into the mainstream. Over the past few years we’ve seen face recognition technology reach desktop photo software like iPhoto and even mass market smartphones from the likes of Samsung. And of course, there are no shortage of stories centering on government agencies who use face recognition technology for identification and surveillance purposes.
Setting the bar even higher, researchers from Germany have reportedly developed a new technology that allows facial recognition software to identify faces even in the dark. Whereas traditional facial recognition software involves the comparison of two photos, both of which must be taken in well-lit environments, the approach German computer scientists came up with involves using a person’s thermal signature.
The Windows 10 rollout has been relatively smooth, but there are plenty of users who never received the Get Windows 10 app and are still waiting in line for their turn to update. Unfortunately, scammers have seen how desperate Windows users are for the update, which is why it should come as no surprise that a phishing campaign has been discovered. More →
You probably have no idea what the picture above actually depicts. For your information, it’s a concept of a Windwheel building that will house 72 apartments and a hotel. But more interestingly, it’s a modern windwheel that’ll be able to generate enough power to sustain life inside it and power an additional of 1,000 homes. More →
Last night, Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi took to the Windows blog to announce that over 14 million devices were already running Windows 10. Making the OS free is proving to be a smart move for Microsoft, and millions more are sure to join the early adopters in the coming days and weeks, but plenty of users are understandably cautious about updating.
Yesterday, I decided to take the plunge without reading any instructional articles or investigating the issues I might face. Foolish? Quite possibly, but I wanted to know what it would be like to go in blind. I’d seen a few worrisome tweets, but for all I knew they were the outliers. I was going to find out for myself if Microsoft was ready for the influx of installations… More →
It might not work every time, but a new video shows you one way to convince your favorite band or artist — in this case, the Foo Fighters — to come and perform in your town, even if it’s a small community. How did they do it? 1,000 musicians banded together and performed a Foo Fighters song with the hope of convincing Dave Grohl and his bandmates to come play a show in Cesena, Italy. More →