Internet Addiction Cure

A Chinese teen chopped off his own hand to cure his Internet addiction

By on February 4, 2015 at 1:55 PM.

A Chinese teen chopped off his own hand to cure his Internet addiction

Internet addiction can indeed be a serious issue that is debilitating for some people, but one disturbed teen’s cure has clearly taken things too far. A 19-year-old boy from Nantong, China identified only as “Little Wang” couldn’t handle his Internet addiction anymore, so he decided to chop off his own hand in an effort to limit access to his computer and phone. More →

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The free Internet wins: FCC chair proposes reclassifying ISPs as utilities

By on February 4, 2015 at 11:21 AM.

The free Internet wins: FCC chair proposes reclassifying ISPs as utilities

It looks like Tom Wheeler isn’t the dingo that many of us feared. In a new article at Wired, Wheeler outlines his plan to enforce net neutrality rules by doing something that was once unthinkable: Reclassifying broadband services as utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. More →

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Apple Search Job Opening

Apple might be looking to hit Google where it hurts the most

By on February 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM.

Apple might be looking to hit Google where it hurts the most

Apple and Google have been locked in a heated battle in the smartphone arena for nearly a decade now, but no matter how successful the iPhone becomes, Google can always take comfort in the fact that it has something Apple doesn’t: the biggest search engine in the world.

But that might not always be the case. More →

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Spotify Grammy Award Predictions

These are Spotify’s predictions for the Grammys

By on February 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM.

These are Spotify’s predictions for the Grammys

In just a few short days, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS, highlighting the best songs, albums and artists of 2014. In anticipation of the show, Spotify has sorted through its mountains of data in order to predict the winner from each of the main categories. More →

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FCC Net Neutrality Proposal

Verizon’s net neutrality nightmare is about to come true

By on February 2, 2015 at 4:10 PM.

Verizon’s net neutrality nightmare is about to come true

Verizon’s lawsuit against earlier net neutrality rules is about to backfire in a spectacular fashion. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Communications Commission will propose new net neutrality rules that will reclassify ISPs under Title II of the Telecommunications Act and thus open them up to being regulated more like utilities. More →

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The Pirate Bay Official Site Back Online

The Pirate Bay is officially back up

By on February 1, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

The Pirate Bay is officially back up

After a month of teasing its return, The Pirate Bay team on Saturday finally brought back online the immensely popular torrent download service, almost a day before the planned February 1st relaunch, and users can now enjoy a fully functional website. More →

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Hacker's List - How to Hire a Hacker Online

These are all the crazy things you can hire a hacker to do for you

By on January 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM.

These are all the crazy things you can hire a hacker to do for you

Ever wanted to get access to your spouse’s Facebook account without them knowing? Are you looking to order some shady products from the “deep web?” Interested in clearing your record, or improving your grades? There’s a hacker for that, or at least a site where you can list such requests and appropriate rewards, hoping that hackers will be interested in helping out. More →

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Download Google Earth Pro Free

Google Earth’s premium features are now free for everyone

By on January 30, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Google Earth’s premium features are now free for everyone

Google Earth probably isn’t your go-to Google app on a day-to-day basis, but it’s a fun tool to mess with when you want to explore a foreign country or take a virtual road trip across the Midwest. What you might not know is that Google has maintained a premium version of the app called Google Earth Pro for years, but as of today, the paid features are now free for everyone. More →

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Comcast Broadband

Comcast just got a major ego boost from the FCC

By on January 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Comcast just got a major ego boost from the FCC

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of a new standard for broadband Internet. From now on, anything less than 25Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream is no longer considered broadband — but there has been one unexpected (and perhaps unwanted) victor as result.

As of January 29th, Comcast’s broadband market share is now greater than 50%. More →

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Google Fiber Vs. Comcast AT&T Net Neutrality

Google Fiber is going out of its way to make rival ISPs miserable

By on January 29, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

Google Fiber is going out of its way to make rival ISPs miserable

Remember when AT&T issued a high-decibel shriek that reclassifying ISPs as common carriers would kill off its ability to invest in future network buildouts and upgrades? Well, it turns out that not every ISP thinks that way. More →

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FCC Broadband Vote 25Mbps

FCC commissioner makes the most boneheaded argument against raising broadband standards

By on January 29, 2015 at 1:30 PM.

FCC commissioner makes the most boneheaded argument against raising broadband standards

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to raise the standards of what constitutes broadband from any service that offers download speeds of 4Mbps or higher to any service that offers download speeds of 25Mbps or higher. ISPs were obviously not happy with this vote since it means that a lot of their service offerings — particularly AT&T and Verizon’s DSL networks — no longer count as broadband services. More →

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The Pirate Bay: New vs. Old

There’s talk of mutiny on The Pirate Bay ship

By on January 28, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

There’s talk of mutiny on The Pirate Bay ship

The Pirate Bay service will soon be resurrected, well over a month after falling prey to a police raid in Sweden. But while all the good signs are there — that the torrent download service is coming back online on February 1st — a new report from Torrent Freak reveals some reasons to worry.

Apparently, there’s talk of mutiny in The Pirate Bay team. More →

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