Proxyham

New Device Provides Secure and Anonymous Wi-Fi With an Incredible 2.5-mile Range

By on July 1, 2015 at 4:50 PM.

New Device Provides Secure and Anonymous Wi-Fi With an Incredible 2.5-mile Range

Next month during the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas, security researcher Ben Caudill will unveil a potentially game changing device called a ProxyHam. Without question, the promise of ProxyHam should leave proponents of Internet privacy and anonymity beyond excited.

By relying upon a 900 MHz radio connection, Caudill’s device effectively serves as a long-distance Wi-Fi router. Specifically, the ProxyHam can transmit a Wi-Fi connection up to a distance of 2.5 miles in ideal conditions. As a result, even in scenarios where authorities manage to track down a target’s Internet connection, they might arrive on the scene (presumably a location with public w-fi access) only to find a ProxyHam device transmitting a low level signal perhaps thousands of feet away in any direction.

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iCloud Service Outage

Several of Apple’s iCloud Services Are Currently ‘Unavailable for Some Users’

By on July 1, 2015 at 3:12 PM.

Several of Apple’s iCloud Services Are Currently ‘Unavailable for Some Users’

Starting shortly before noon ET on Wednesday, July 1st, Apple began to report outages for several of its major services.

According to the ‘System Status’ page on Apple’s website, iCloud Drive, My Photo Stream, iWork for iCloud, Backup & Restore, iPhoto Journals, iMessage attachments, Mail Drop and iMovie Theater have all been experiencing issues during this period. More →

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FCC Commissioner Speech

WTF of the Week: FCC Commissioner Says People Don’t Need the Internet

WTF of the Week: FCC Commissioner Says People Don’t Need the Internet

By on July 1, 2015 at 9:35 AM.

The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the United States government with the sole purpose of regulating cable, satellite, radio and television, as well as wired and wireless communications. According to the commissioner of the FCC, that role does not include ensuring that all Americans have access to the Internet. More →

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Facebook Rainbow Profile Picture

Facebook Is Most Likely Tracking Your Rainbow Profile Picture

By on June 30, 2015 at 8:15 PM.

Facebook Is Most Likely Tracking Your Rainbow Profile Picture

The social network wouldn’t firmly deny that it’s tracking the rainbow profile pictures that started appearing on Facebook soon after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. You’ve probably seen many friends use the tool Facebook set up so that anyone can add a rainbow to their profile picture, and you may have done it yourself. But if privacy is a concern, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise. More →

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Google Maps Railroad Safety

The Latest Way That Google Maps is Trying to Save Your Life

By on June 30, 2015 at 5:37 PM.

The Latest Way That Google Maps is Trying to Save Your Life

Google Maps has been one of the best GPS navigation systems on the market since its inception, but according to The New York Times, it’s about to get even better. A recent report states that Google is partnering with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in order to provide the location of every rail crossing in the country on its popular app. More →

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Broadband Internet Competition

This Is What Life Might Be Like Without Broadband Monopolies

This Is What Life Might Be Like Without Broadband Monopolies

By on June 29, 2015 at 10:10 AM.

The United Kingdom is apparently a magical land where Scotch eggs can be found on every corner, the Queen’s Guard runs people over, and broadband subscribers actually have options when it comes to choosing a service provider for their home internet. Choices? What on Earth are those?! More →

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Internet Fiber Optic Capacity

Future of the Internet is Safe: Engineers Break the Capacity Limit for Fiber Optic Transmissions

By on June 27, 2015 at 6:04 PM.

Future of the Internet is Safe: Engineers Break the Capacity Limit for Fiber Optic Transmissions

As the sheer volume of data transmitted over the web continues to grow by leaps and bounds, there has been a lot of speculation regarding whether or not the fiber optic cables which form the underlying foundation of the internet will eventually max out.

Well not to fear. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego recently published a report in the journal Science detailing how they were able to increase the maximum power under which fiber optic signals can be transmitted and accurately decoded. In turn, optic signals can now travel for longer distances without seeing a degradation in quality.

“This advance,” the UC San Diego News Center writes, “has the potential to increase the data transmission rates for the fiber optic cables that serve as the backbone of the internet, cable, wireless and landline networks.”

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Facebook YouTube

Facebook is More of a Threat to YouTube Than Ever Before

By on June 27, 2015 at 4:31 PM.

Facebook is More of a Threat to YouTube Than Ever Before

There’s no disputing that YouTube remains the king of online video, but the Google-owned property is starting to see some heavy competition from an unusual place: Facebook.

Whereas most videos shared on Facebook used to come in the form of embedded YouTube videos, most videos on the site today are now uploaded to the social network via Facebook’s video uploader.  More to the point, 70% of all new videos posted to Facebook are being uploaded directly. Back in February of 2014, this figure was just 25%.

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New York Free Google Wi-Fi

Google’s Plan to Bring Free Superfast Wi-Fi to the World Has Begun

By on June 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Google’s Plan to Bring Free Superfast Wi-Fi to the World Has Begun

Your prayers have been finally answered – that is, if you asked for Google to come to New York City with free Wi-Fi for all. Because that’s totally happening this year, and it’s all part of Google’s grandiose plan to bring free Wi-Fi to the world. More →

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How To Lower Your Cable Bill FCC

How to Lower Your Cable Bill with Help from the FCC

By on June 24, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

How to Lower Your Cable Bill with Help from the FCC

A few things are certain in life: Death, taxes and monthly cable bills that keep going up. However, Ars Technica has found that filing formal complaints about cable prices with the Federal Communications Commission is a surprisingly effective way to get your bill slashed. More →

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Internet Speed Test

The ‘Internet Health Test’ Works: TWC, Verizon and More Accused of Slowing Data Speeds

The ‘Internet Health Test’ Works: TWC, Verizon and More Accused of Slowing Data Speeds

By on June 24, 2015 at 8:55 AM.

Remember back in late May when we told you about the Internet Health Test? The simple test analyzed users’ Internet connections from end to end, and it aimed to determine whether or not Internet service providers might be violating the Federal Communication Commission’s new net neutrality rules by intentionally slowing data connections.

This week, the group behind the Internet Health Test has released the results of a study that analyzed tests performed by more than 300,000 Internet users, and it appears as though the test has served its purpose: Five major ISPs in the United States have been accused of deliberately slowing data from popular websites in dozens of cities across the country. More →

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Google Play Music Free Radio

Google’s Latest Ploy to Keep You Away from Apple Music

Google’s Latest Ploy to Keep You Away from Apple Music

By on June 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Apple Music has managed to retain its grasp on the headlines this week thanks to a theatrical bout with Taylor Swift, but Google has some music news of its own as well. On Tuesday, Google announced on its Official Android Blog that free, ad-supported radio stations are now available on Google Play Music.

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