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Galaxy S7 reveals handy new Wi-fi feature

Galaxy S7 reveals handy new Wi-fi feature

This week new users of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are finding that they've got an extra option in their Mobile HotSpot settings. Instead of just being able to share their mobile internet connection, they're now able to bounce their Wi-fi connection from their smartphone to their laptop - or any other Wi-fi-enable device. What's the use of this? Why would you want to share a Wi-fi connection to a device when that device already has the ability to see a Wi-fi connection? Funny you should ask!

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Amazon has an open educational platform in the works

Amazon has an open educational platform in the works

Amazon has plans to launch a “free and unlimited” online learning materials portal for educators, though it is staying quiet about the details at this point. A new waiting list has cropped up on the company’s website offering a waiting list through which educators can sign up for more information (which hasn’t yet been released). If everything goes as expected, this platform will operate as some sort of open educational resources (OCR) destination.

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What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

What the new FCC Internet Privacy rules mean for you

On March 10th, 2016, the FCC proposed a set of broadband rules for consumer privacy across the United States. What we're looking at here is what might be - not what is just yet. What you'll find is that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing is that "when consumers sign up for internet service, they shouldn't have to sign away their right to privacy." Novel concept, yes?

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Opera announces faster native ad-blocking

Opera announces faster native ad-blocking

Opera has announced a new feature that brings native ad blocking to the browser promising to make browsing the internet faster. Since the ad-blocking tech is native and not an extension, Opera says that it works faster and happens at the web engine level. Opera says that it is the very first major browser to integrate ad-blocking features; others rely on extensions to block ads.

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Polaris from MIT could substantially speed up web pages

Polaris from MIT could substantially speed up web pages

The Web is in a sort of a rat race. While Internet connections get faster, web sites are getting more and more complicated, balancing, even negating, those speed improvements. A few tech companies, particularly Google, strive to introduce technologies as well as best practices to help speed up the Web, but those solutions are usually limited to specific browsers or specific circumstances. A new project from MIT called "Polaris", however, is aiming for a browser-agnostic method that could make web pages load as much as 34% faster.

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Cheaper broadband the key in $9.25 FCC Lifeline subsidy change

Cheaper broadband the key in $9.25 FCC Lifeline subsidy change

The FCC has proposed the biggest changes to the Lifeline program since its creation, paving the way for more affordable broadband for low-income families. Lifeline was established in 1985 as a way to assist those below 135-percent of the poverty line with getting voice call service, initially through landline subsidies but, as cellphones became more mainstream, wireless options too.

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Snapchat teams with MLB to launch ‘Snapchat Day’

Snapchat teams with MLB to launch ‘Snapchat Day’

Major League Baseball and Snapchat have teamed up to launch what they call ‘Snapchat Day.’ On March 11, MLB players will be given the greenlight to use smartphones while games are underway, doing so to take selfies and videos for sharing on Snapchat. The selfie stick ‘SnapBat’ first introduced last year will also be resurrected for Snapchat Day, bringing with it a new design; each team will get its own SnapBat.

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Emojicode lets you program using emoji

Emojicode lets you program using emoji

Programming is a very useful skill. You can use it to help create webpages, design your own apps, teach a robot how to move, and so many more things. Of course, there are so many different languages to choose from, how can you pick the one that's right for you? Well, if you speak in mostly emoji to your friends, then I might have the perfect programming language for you.

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Yahoo Esports hub covers League of Legends and more

Yahoo Esports hub covers League of Legends and more

Yahoo has announced a new hub called ‘Yahoo Esports,’ and as its name suggests, it is dedicated to news and coverage of esports events from around the globe. The hub has tapped several people from the industry to contribute editorial and video content, including weekly videos covering things like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm.

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Comcast gets Oregon tax break made for Google Fiber

Comcast gets Oregon tax break made for Google Fiber

Comcast has been granted a tax break in Oregon that was originally intended for Google Fiber and other service providers offering affordable gigabit Internet to consumers. The tax break, which the Oregon Public Utility Commission has ruled Comcast as eligible for, was brought about for companies that would be making large investments into the state’s infrastructure and more, something critics say Comcast is not doing.

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‘How to move to Canada’ was top search after Trump win

‘How to move to Canada’ was top search after Trump win

It happens every election season: things get heated, a politician gets a lot of attention, and people start vowing to move to Canada if he or she ends up victorious. It appears Super Tuesday was the tipping point this time around, and many are pointing to Trump as the cause. Google's top search following Trump's (frankly baffling) victory was 'How to move to Canada,' with Google confirming the influx of queries.

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Netflix fights back against VPN users, but at what cost?

Netflix fights back against VPN users, but at what cost?

It's been a while since Netflix declared war on customers who use VPNs and other means to access content outside of their country. So far, their efforts have lead to a few VPN providers having their IPs blocked, but that only lasted for a few days at most. Even with a little help from Paypal, their efforts appeared to be in vain. However, over the weekend, the tides appear to have shifted.

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