Kickstarter Coolest Cooler Record

‘Coolest’ cooler Kickstarter pledges could reach record-shattering $21M

By on July 24, 2014 at 9:31 PM.

‘Coolest’ cooler Kickstarter pledges could reach record-shattering $21M

The “Coolest” cooler is a very successful Kickstarter project that has so far raised almost $7 million, or about 14,000% its initial goal of $50,000, with KickTraq stats saying the campaign could end up raising more than $21.7 million by August 29 when it ends, assuming it’ll continue to draw backers at the same rate. More →

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Drone Footage

Incredible new map is like Google Street View, but with drone footage

By on July 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM.

Incredible new map is like Google Street View, but with drone footage

Google Street View is one of the greatest things about Google Maps. With it, users can see actual 3D imagery of locations they plan to visit, giving people a way to see exactly where they’re headed before they trek out to a new destination. Beyond that, it gives users a way to explore places around the world, albeit virtually, that they might otherwise never have had the opportunity to see. A new website called TravelByDrone takes things a step further, however, providing users with videos containing drone-filmed aerial footage from all over the world that is just a click away. More →

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Canvas Fingerprinting What Sites Use It

Here are over 5,000 sites that track you with canvas fingerprinting

By on July 24, 2014 at 1:55 PM.

Here are over 5,000 sites that track you with canvas fingerprinting

Internet users looking to better guard their online privacy are probably aware of a new tracking trick certain sites are experimenting with in order to offer better targeted ads even to those people who block other tracking measures. Called canvas fingerprinting, the new tool tells your browser to create a unique fingerprint for your computer, by retrieving certain details about how the browser is rendering text on your system. The fingerprint then can be used to track users across websites, and it looks like at least 5,619 website have used the technology during May 1-5, 2014, according to researches that looked into how canvas fingerprinting works. More →

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Amazon Prime Music Expansion

Here’s how Amazon is going to compete with Spotify and Pandora

By on July 23, 2014 at 3:38 PM.

Here’s how Amazon is going to compete with Spotify and Pandora

No one was overwhelming impressive by Amazon’s lackluster streaming music offering, Prime Music, when it launched out of nowhere early last month, but the company isn’t giving up on it yet. Amazon announced on Wednesday that Prime Music has added hundreds of thousands of new tracks to the service along with hundreds of new professionally curated Prime Playlists. More →

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How to Disable Canvas Fingerprinting

Adblock Plus: We can stop canvas fingerprinting, the ‘unstoppable’ new browser tracking technique

By on July 23, 2014 at 3:15 PM.

Adblock Plus: We can stop canvas fingerprinting, the ‘unstoppable’ new browser tracking technique

Canvas fingerprinting is a completely new way of tracking users online for advertising purposes, and reports detailing it claim it’s rather difficult to bypass. Even Adblock Plus users can’t escape canvas fingerprinting, but the company explained on its blog there is a way to deal with it, and with cookies for that matter, using its browser plugin. More →

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Amazon Prime Price Increase Reaction

No one really cares about the Amazon Prime price increase

By on July 23, 2014 at 1:31 PM.

No one really cares about the Amazon Prime price increase

When Amazon first announced the price increase from $79 to $99 for Prime memberships, everyone was up in arms. Looking back at the reaction of Amazon customers following the announcement, you might have thought we’d be in the middle of a worldwide boycott of Amazon Prime about now, but it appears that the fallout was much less eventful than many had predicted. On Wednesday, CIRP released a report which shows that even after the price increase, 95% of U.S. Prime members still indicate that they will either “probably” or “definitely” renew their membership when it runs out. More →

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Comcast Customer Care Internet Speed

Is Comcast lying about its Internet speeds to prevent service cancellations?

By on July 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM.

Is Comcast lying about its Internet speeds to prevent service cancellations?

Comcast’s customer care cancellation call crisis continues with a new episode, as IBTimes took a closer look at the claims made during that customer service call by the company’s representative who repeatedly said Comcast’s broadband is the fastest, wondering whether Comcast is purposely instructing its employees to lie about data speeds. More →

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Anti-Piracy Laws for Illegal Downloads

U.K. has a new punishment-free plan to turn download pirates into buyers [updated]

By on July 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

U.K. has a new punishment-free plan to turn download pirates into buyers [updated]

The British government has apparently decriminalized online piracy, VG247 reports, and pirates who download illegal copies of movies, music and games will no longer be punished, as the U.K. has figured out its actions against pirates were not working anyway. More →

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Privacy Badger Plugin

The EFF has a new tool that will stop websites from spying on you

By on July 22, 2014 at 6:35 PM.

The EFF has a new tool that will stop websites from spying on you

Things have gotten to the point where many Internet users are starting to assume that almost every website on the Net is spying on them or tracking them in some way. And the sad reality is in most cases, they’re correct — nearly all websites people might visit contain some code that is intended to monitor, track or even “spy” on users. So for the privacy conscious among us, is there anything we can do to stop the madness?

The answer, of course, is yes. More →

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Comcast Customer Care Cancellation

This is how Comcast explains its awful customer care

By on July 22, 2014 at 5:50 PM.

This is how Comcast explains its awful customer care

A call to Comcast’s customer service last week went viral, as a customer who also happens to be a well-known tech blogger recorded the call with a Comcast employee, who tried to do everything humanly possible to prevent a service cancellation. Comcast is apparently very sorry about the incident, and the company published a memo in The Consumerist, where the company’s COO Dave Watson tried to explain the company’s side of the story. More →

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Canvas Fingerprinting Internet Tracking Tool

The creepiest Internet tracking tool yet is ‘virtually impossible’ to block

By on July 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

The creepiest Internet tracking tool yet is ‘virtually impossible’ to block

Internet users who are actively trying to make sure their online activity isn’t tracked by websites or government agencies should know there’s an even creepier tracking tool out there used by a variety of websites, “from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn,” as ProPublica puts it, that’s almost impossible to block. More →

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