Project Apollo 17

Project Apollo 17 might be the most impressive interactive experience on the Internet

Project Apollo 17 might be the most impressive interactive experience on the Internet

By on March 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM.

44 years. That’s how long it’s been since Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon, returned to Earth. With all of the technological advancements that have come about in the past four decades, you might think that a trip to the Moon would be a walk in the park, but NASA’s priorities lie elsewhere.

Thankfully, those same advancements have made it possible for us to relive the Apollo 17 mission without ever leaving our homes. More →

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Email Instructional Video 1984

Fascinating instructional video from 1984 explains to viewers how to use email

By on March 25, 2016 at 9:10 PM.

Fascinating instructional video from 1984 explains to viewers how to use email

In 2016, email is inescapable. If you check your email less than 10 times a day, consider yourself lucky, because it has completely taken over many people’s lives. In fact, it’s hard to imagine how we’d communicate to anyone other than family and friends if we didn’t have email to rely on, which makes videos like the one you’re about to watch below all the more hysterical.

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Internet Speed Record

Future of the Internet: Researchers set new record with 57 Gbps fiber optic data transfer

By on March 25, 2016 at 7:25 PM.

Future of the Internet: Researchers set new record with 57 Gbps fiber optic data transfer

When you think of prestigious and influential Computer Science and engineering programs, schools like MIT, Stanford, University of Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon are likely to come to mind. But always lost in the shuffle and seemingly always flying underneath the radar is the venerable University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign which has long been associated with groundbreaking technological breakthroughs.

Most recently, the school announced earlier this week that a team of engineers managed to put together fiber optic technology capable of transmitting data at speeds of 57 gigabits per second, all error free. The 57 Gbps threshold is not only impressive, but sets a completely new record for fiber-optic data transmission.

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Apple iCloud Vs. Google Amazon

Why Apple’s cloud can’t compete

By on March 23, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

Why Apple’s cloud can’t compete

Apple is a company that usually likes to maintain as much control over both its hardware and software as possible. Given this, you’d expect that the company would want to build out its own cloud infrastructure so that it wouldn’t have to rely on the likes of Google, Amazon and Microsoft. However, as a new report from The Information’s Amir Efrati and Steve Nellis makes clear, Apple isn’t even close to having that kind of independence from its biggest rivals when it comes to cloud infrastructure. More →

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Find Movie Forgot Name

Forget the name of a movie? Just describe it and this scary-accurate site will find it

Forget the name of a movie? Just describe it and this scary-accurate site will find it

By on March 18, 2016 at 9:47 AM.

What was that movie where all the old actors from old action movies get together in a single film and blow up lots of stuff? Which is the one where Brad Pitt plays death? And remember that movie where Tom Hanks’s best friend is a volley ball? Wait, what was that one movie where that girl was terminally ill but she got married anyway? No, the older one with the singer who was popular back then…

In can be beyond aggravating when you have the name of a movie on the tip of your tongue but just can’t seem to get it out. Now, there’s a site that can take the things you do remember about the movie and use them to find the name you’re thinking of.

It’s scary-accurate, and it’s one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

The most epic Comcast service disaster ever

By on March 17, 2016 at 4:04 PM.

The most epic Comcast service disaster ever

I’ve seen a lot of tragicomic Comcast customer service disaster stories over the years, which isn’t surprising considering America’s favorite cable company generates more FCC complaints than AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner Cable combined. Given this, you would think that I’d be a grizzled, cynical person who is incapable of being surprised by anything Comcast does.

But you’d be wrong.

Ars Technica reports that a Silicon Valley tech startup called SmartCar last year tried signing up for Comcast service. Since then, the young company has received no Internet service from Comcast… but it did receive a bill from Comcast for $60,000! More →

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AT&T Comcast Tennessee Municipal Broadband

AT&T and Comcast lobby to kill more competition in Tennessee

By on March 16, 2016 at 9:15 PM.

AT&T and Comcast lobby to kill more competition in Tennessee

You know what incumbent Internet service providers don’t like? That’s right: Competition. They especially don’t like it when that competition comes in the form of government-funded municipal broadband projects like the one that’s been a big success in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The good news for incumbent ISPs about such municipal broadband projects, however, is they can be constrained or shut down with the help of effective lobbying operations.

In case you don’t know, Comcast and AT&T have very effective lobbying operations. More →

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Google Fiber Vs Comcast Atlanta

Comcast’s 1Gbps Google Fiber rival launches in Atlanta, with a big catch

By on March 15, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

Comcast’s 1Gbps Google Fiber rival launches in Atlanta, with a big catch

With Google Fiber headed to Atlanta this year, Comcast realizes that it has to step up its game. And now it’s beat Google Fiber to the punch by announcing its own 1Gbps Internet service that is now live in certain trial markets in Atlanta.

This being Comcast, however, there are some inevitable catches.

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Chrome Material Design Update

Chrome’s big Material Design makeover is on the way, and this is what it looks like

By on March 15, 2016 at 1:38 PM.

Chrome’s big Material Design makeover is on the way, and this is what it looks like

Earlier this year, the first signs of a major visual overhaul for Chrome began appearing online. It looked like Google might finally be bringing Material Design to its web browser, but there was no indication of when the update might actually be available for the average Chrome user on Windows or Mac.

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Inbox by Gmail Smart Reply

Latest addition to Inbox by Gmail lets you deal with emails even faster

By on March 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM.

Latest addition to Inbox by Gmail lets you deal with emails even faster

When you spend all morning responding to emails, there’s nothing more devastating than coming back from lunch to find another 27 messages that require your immediate attention. Email is a truly soul-crushing element of our everyday lives, but on Tuesday, Google eased the pain ever so slightly by bringing its Smart Reply feature to its innovative Inbox by Gmail app on the web. More →

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Private Incognito Mode Privacy Tracking

Is your browser’s private mode actually private?

By on March 11, 2016 at 1:34 PM.

Is your browser’s private mode actually private?

Modern Internet browsers have private or incognito modes that let you surf the web without leaving any traces. That is, you’re not leaving any traces for anyone using the same computer once you’ve done with your session. Your searches and viewing history will not be recorded for others to see, which can be useful both at home and at work.

But that doesn’t stop third parties from tracking your activity. In fact, private browsing functionality is probably the most misunderstood feature of web browsing. More →

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