Internet

Twitter tackles extremism by purging 235,000 (more) accounts

Twitter tackles extremism by purging 235,000 (more) accounts

Twitter has been criticized over what many view as an inadequate level of effort to rid itself of extremist accounts. In light of those criticisms, Twitter has worked toward reversing the trend, and has regularly been purging accounts that promote or are otherwise related to extremism. Back in February of this year, for example, the company announced the suspension of more than 125,000 accounts. Today the company announced that it has upped itself, this time suspending a massive 235,000 accounts.

Continue Reading

Google Fiber looks for alternatives to building its own network

Google Fiber looks for alternatives to building its own network

If you've been disappointed by the rather slow roll out of Google Fiber, it would appear you're not alone. Alphabet Inc. seems a little frustrated as well, and as a result, the company will begin looking for alternatives to laying its own cable and building out its network at its current slow pace. These new initiatives would include testing wireless technologies, leasing existing fiber networks, and working with towns and municipalities to get them to lay the fiber networks Google would ultimately use.

Continue Reading

The Internet of Things will always be vulnerable

The Internet of Things will always be vulnerable

The "Internet of Things", also known as the "IoT". A made up marketing buzzword now used to refer to anything and everything that can connect to the Internet, or at least a local network, that isn't a traditional computer or mobile device. But as dreamy as the idea of being able to command your entire home, as well as your car, with just a few taps on your smartphone or smartwatch, this new trend in consumer electronics does come with some risks. As IoT brings these devices right into our homes and deeper into our lives, they also pose bigger threats to our privacy and security. Because try as we might, the Internet of Things will never be truly and absolutely secure. But that's also alright, because no connected device really is.

Continue Reading

Facebook desktop ads return after Adblock Plus rolls out workaround

Facebook desktop ads return after Adblock Plus rolls out workaround

Well that was quick: yesterday we told you that Adblock Plus had rolled out new filters intending to stop Facebook's new desktop ads, but now just a few hours later, Facebook has hit back. Facebook has apparently implemented code to combat Adblock's workaround, striking back with a speed that even puts the Adblock Plus community's original answer to these desktop ads to shame.

Continue Reading

Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more informative stories to users

Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more informative stories to users

Facebook's News Feed is an interesting beast, and it's been receiving a lot of tweaking recently. From offering up personally relevant advertisements to limiting the number of clickbait articles that make it through, the News Feed has been changing quite a bit this summer. Facebook isn't done with its adjustments, today announcing a new update that will hopefully show more relevant and informative stories to its users.

Continue Reading

Adblock Plus claims early victory against Facebook’s new desktop ads

Adblock Plus claims early victory against Facebook’s new desktop ads

Just a couple of days ago, Facebook announced a revision to its ad controls that included increased efforts against the widespread use of ad-blockers. In the announcement, Facebook said that ad-block users would begin seeing ads anyway when they accessed the site through desktop. As you can probably guess, the folks behind Adblock Plus, one of the more popular pieces of ad-blocking browser software, took that as a challenge.

Continue Reading

No, Twitter is not shutting down next year

No, Twitter is not shutting down next year

If you have a look at Twitter right now, you might notice a particularly strange trending hashtag. #SaveTwitter is currently at the top of the trending list, and clicking it displays a whole slew of people who think Twitter is going to be shutting down early next year. Such a notion, as you may have already guessed, is making these people freak out.

Continue Reading

Google Fiber eyes 24 US locations for high-speed tests

Google Fiber eyes 24 US locations for high-speed tests

Google Fiber is one of those Goole properties that you can't really divine its goals and future. On the one hand, it helps test Google's technical abilities as well as its clout in the Internet provider industry. On the other hand, the company seems to be doing a "two steps forward, one step back" dance and it's almost impossible to predict where lightning will strike next. Well, according to an uncovered FCC filing, lightning will actually strike 24 locations in the US where Google has requested permission to test its newer, faster wireless technologies.

Continue Reading

Snapchat pulls racist Asian stereotype lens

Snapchat pulls racist Asian stereotype lens

Snapchat is being heavily criticized (again) over a racist filter, this time for making one available that produces Asian caricatures from user selfies. If the criticism sounds familiar, that’s because it is; it was only back in late April that Snapchat received backlash for a Bob Marley filter that earned accusations of blackface. Snapchat didn't remove that Bob Marley filter, saying at the time that it had the blessing of his estate, but it has pulled the most recent offensive filter.

Continue Reading

Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Facebook Messenger’s new bot allows you to message the president

Revealed back in April, Facebook Messenger's bots have taken off in a big way. Now numbering in the thousands, these chat bots do all sorts of things, from helping you find travel deals to bots that allow you to send whatever feedback you may have to brands and corporations. Messenger is adding another bot to the list today, but this one definitely stands out from the rest, as it lets you send a note to President Obama.

Continue Reading

Fast.com speed test arrives as mobile app for Android and iOS

Fast.com speed test arrives as mobile app for Android and iOS

Back in May, Netflix launched an Internet speed test called Fast.com. You don’t have to be a Netflix user to use it, but it is a nice way to see what speeds you’re getting and find out whether it’s the reason your video keeps buffering. According to Netflix, it has seen millions of people use Fast.com to check their speeds, and so now they’re offering them another option: Fast as a mobile app for iOS and Android.

Continue Reading

Twitter Moments rolls out to more creators, everyone else soon

Twitter Moments rolls out to more creators, everyone else soon

Twitter has announced that it's rolling out its Moments feature to more users today. The feature, which allows users to string together a series of tweets to make one comprehensive story, was launched last year and has so far been slow to move into wider tests. That's changing today, but the feature won't be available for all Twitter users for some time to come.

Continue Reading

Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next