Net Neutrality Ruling

Internet Health Test aims to tell you if your ISP is violating net neutrality

Internet Health Test aims to tell you if your ISP is violating net neutrality

By on May 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

The Federal Communications Commission surprised us all earlier this year when it put forth new net neutrality guidelines that were hugely pro-consumer. Yes, there may be a loophole or two. And yes, some internet service providers are already looking for different ways to hurt subscribers that don’t violate net neutrality. In the current climate, however, we’re not sure a more favorable set of rules could have been crafted by the FCC and its former cable lobbyist boss, Tom Wheeler.

Of course, creating better net neutrality guidelines is one thing — but policing ISPs and ensuring they adhere to the new rules is an entirely different can of worms. More →

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Google Maps Racist White House Searches

The latest Google Maps catastrophe is directing racists to the White House

By on May 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

The latest Google Maps catastrophe is directing racists to the White House

Google can’t win for losing. Just days after the search giant was forced to temporarily shut down its Map Maker tool in light of a rash of vandalism, The Washington Post discovered a far more disturbing trend. Specific search phrases on Google Maps containing the word “n****r” (yes, the heinous racial epithet) will redirect users to the White House, where president Barack Obama currently resides. More →

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Google Online Photo Service

It looks like Google+ wasn’t a total waste after all

By on May 19, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

It looks like Google+ wasn’t a total waste after all

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Google+ user with any affinity for the service, but that’s not to say there aren’t elements of the social network experiment worth saving.

Bloomberg News first reported last year that Google might be planning to spin off its photo sharing and storage features from Google+, and now people familiar with the plans tell Bloomberg that the new service will be revealed soon. More →

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Google Chrome Memory Leak Fix

It’s about time: Google vows to fix the worst thing about its Chrome browser

By on May 19, 2015 at 8:20 PM.

It’s about time: Google vows to fix the worst thing about its Chrome browser

Chrome is an awesome browser but it also has severe memory leak issues that can chew up resources on both your PC and your smartphone. KitGuru highlights some recent comments made by the Chrome for Android team during a Reddit AMA that show Google’s engineers are very much aware of Chrome’s memory leak problems and are vowing to fix it. More →

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YouTube Vs Netflix

YouTube’s plan to compete with Netflix

By on May 19, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

YouTube’s plan to compete with Netflix

Even though much of the discussion surrounding online video seems to center on Netflix, it’s easy to forget just how incredibly influential YouTube remains as a video powerhouse. In 2014, for instance, the Google-owned property was the third most visited website in the entire world.

Still, it’s not as if YouTube has been raking in the dough. Though revenue from YouTube now check in at around $4 billion annually, that’s just barely enough for the site to break even. One of the monetization problems that has long plagued YouTube is that many consumers happen to view YouTube videos from within Facebook or embedded within other websites. In short, not as many people were heading on over YouTube.com as a starting point for viewing video. Additionally, YouTube was experiencing problems keeping viewers on the site for long stints of time.

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The Pirate Bay Domains

The Pirate Bay is being stripped of its most popular domains

By on May 19, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

The Pirate Bay is being stripped of its most popular domains

Somehow, through all the rekindled controversy over the past several months, The Pirate Bay has managed to stay online, but it turns out there will be a few casualties. On Tuesday, TorrentFreak reported that the Stockholm District Court has ruled that The Pirate Bay’s popular Swedish domains will be seized. More →

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Home Internet Service

Nothing is more annoying than home internet outages, and now there’s a study that proves it

Nothing is more annoying than home internet outages, and now there’s a study that proves it

By on May 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

You toss a packet of popcorn into your microwave and drop a bag of chamomile slowly into a mug of hot water. The couch is calling your name as the microwave begins beeping to let you know that the piping hot buttery popcorn inside is ready to be devoured. With your popcorn bowl overflowing in one hand and your favorite mug in the other, you make your way to the living room and plop down on the couch with your family.

You turn on the TV as they attack the popcorn, and you navigate to the Netflix icon on your screen. But wait. Something is wrong. Netflix is stuck on the loading screen and it just won’t seem to open. Then, it hits you: Your home internet service is down. More →

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Opinions
AT&T Vs. FCC Net Neutrality Regulations

AT&T’s stunningly shameless new take on net neutrality

By on May 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM.

AT&T’s stunningly shameless new take on net neutrality

All big companies spin the truth in ridiculous ways, but every once in a while a company will try to distort reality in such a way that you just have to tip your cap in awe. Such was the case this week when AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson explained why his company plans to move forward with $18 billion worth of broadband investments despite the fact that the Federal Communications Commission earlier this year passed what he and his fellow big carriers depicted as investment-destroying net neutrality regulations. More →

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Wolfram Image Identification Project Website

Try this now: An addictive website that can identify almost any image you throw at it

By on May 15, 2015 at 9:10 AM.

Try this now: An addictive website that can identify almost any image you throw at it

Have you ever snapped a picture of a flower or bird that you’ve never seen before and wished you had a simple and fast way to identify it? If so, you’ll want to check out the new Image Identification Project website created by Stephen Wolfram that makes identifying images an absolute snap.

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YouTube 4K

Watching 4K YouTube videos on Google Chome is about to get much faster

By on May 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM.

Watching 4K YouTube videos on Google Chome is about to get much faster

The ability to watch 4K video on YouTube has been around for a few years now. Unfortunately, though, actually getting 4K video to run smoothly is a whole another story. The problem is that 4K video simply has so much data that many folks simply lack the requisite bandwidth and/or patience to make viewing 4K clips all that practical.

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AOL Decline

AOL’s fall from grace, by the numbers

By on May 13, 2015 at 9:55 AM.

AOL’s fall from grace, by the numbers

The biggest tech news of the week was a doozie, with Verizon announcing its plan to acquire AOL for $4.4 billion. Naturally, the acquisition led to a whole lot of chatter regarding what Verizon’s long-term plans with AOL truly are. After all, though AOL owns a number of extremely popular web properties (i.e Engadget, Huffington Post), the company still derives a good portion of its revenue via dial-up subscribers, of which there are currently 2.1 million.

Still, many believe that the deal was largely a play to acquire AOL’s ad platform. More →

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Featured
Top 10 Secret Google Projects

10 amazing Google apps and tools you probably never knew existed

10 amazing Google apps and tools you probably never knew existed

By on May 12, 2015 at 10:54 AM.

More so than any other company in the tech space, Google has a tendency to work on many projects out in the open, allowing users to access things that are still in development and provide feedback. As open as Google is, it’s also quite scattered, constantly launching new and interesting things that are either missed or forgotten by users because there’s just so much going on.

In this post, we’re going to show you 10 amazing Google projects that you probably either never knew about or have completely forgotten about. More →

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