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Mount Fuji will be a free Wi-Fi zone for 3 months

Mount Fuji will be a free Wi-Fi zone for 3 months

Imagine reaching the end of an exhilarating but also tiring mountain climb. You reach for your phone to take a selfie or tweet to the world about your accomplishment. But alas, you have no Internet connection. Big problem, right? Well, not if you're on top of Japan's highest peak. That's right, the iconic Mount Fuji is going to have free Wi-Fi hotspots, eight of them, in fact, and they are being placed exactly so that you can share to the world your wonderful hiking experience.

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Google’s new Chromecast adapter brings Ethernet

Google’s new Chromecast adapter brings Ethernet

If you love your Chromecast but have poor WiFi, Google has a new solution: a Chromecast adapter with a built-in Ethernet port, allowing you to stream your content through a faster wired connection. It's not required, of course; if you're happy with using WiFi, then there's no need to grab the new adapter. If you've got an Ethernet port near your TV, however, and you don't want to stream over the wireless network that others might be using, it is a nice option to have.

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Facebook’s new Fort Worth data center gets Internet.org role

Facebook’s new Fort Worth data center gets Internet.org role

Facebook has announced plans for its latest data center, a huge facility in Fort Worth, Texas, that despite its size will be powered entirely by renewable energy. In addition to helping keep Facebook - and thus the photos of her holiday your aunt insists on sharing with you - online, the new location will also be integral in Mark Zuckerberg's Internet.org pet project. Unusually for a company of its scale, however, Facebook will be opening up its designs for the Fort Worth facility to anyone who wants to build their own data center.

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Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

The Internet has become so ingrained in our digital culture that people have started to look for it, and in massive doses, even in places that, until a few years ago, you'd never imagine would offer the service. But while in-flight Wi-Fi is no longer rare as a unicorn, airlines are still in a race to advertise the fastest and best speeds on can offers miles up in the air. The latest to boast of this is Virgin America, whose partnership with ViaSat means that, theoretically, their planes' Wi-Fi will be good enough for video streaming.

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Facebook has updated its friends icon design, too

Facebook has updated its friends icon design, too

The first day of this month brought with it a refreshed Facebook logo, one that differed just enough from the original that most users could stare at it for a while and wonder if something was different. The change, it seems, was to make the logo a little more modern, a little more relevant, while retaining its defining characteristics. That wasn’t the end of the social network’s design tinkering, however, and one of its designer's recently detailed how the friends icon was tweaked in recent months.

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Showtime’s Internet streaming service now live

Showtime’s Internet streaming service now live

In early June Showtime announced it would be following in competitor HBO’s footsteps by launching its own online video streaming service, lending fans of the network’s shows a way to watch them without springing for a cable subscription. The online service is simply called “Showtime”, and though we knew it would be coming before July 12, we didn’t know the exact launch date. As it turns out, today is the big day and those with certain devices can now sign up for a subscription.

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Twitter now lets you display your birthday

Twitter now lets you display your birthday

If you’re on Facebook you probably get slammed with birthday wishes when that special day rolls around, and now Twitter wants to make sure you don’t feel left out on its own service. Today Twitter announced that the users can put their birthday in their profile if they’d like, letting others know when the day arrives and maybe raking a few well wishes out of it. The addition is a simple change, but one that lends a little more info about the person behind the profile picture.

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Material Design Lite web framework brings style to websites

Material Design Lite web framework brings style to websites

Google introduced Material Design last summer, and now about a year later it has introduced Material Design Lite, a web framework for bringing the design language to the Web. Google makes various promises about it, including that it “gracefully degrades in older browsers”, all the while bringing a Material Design look to a website through JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. The components library gives access to various items like badges and buttons, while customization options lend it all a personal touch.

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Christian Facebook clone preaches love the social, hate the sin

Christian Facebook clone preaches love the social, hate the sin

A social network focused on serving the needs of evangelical Christians, complete with an "Amen" button instead of "Like", is promising to oust the sin from Facebook. FaceGlória, currently only available in Portuguese, was set up earlier this month, billed as a "clean virtual environment" in which Christian values will be observed. As a result, in addition to barring anything related to violence, sex, or LGBT issues, there's a long list of no-go words.

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See your own photos through the eyes of Google’s AI

See your own photos through the eyes of Google’s AI

Last month the trippy so-called “dream” photos created by Google’s Artificial Neural Networks took the Internet by storm, and the response was split down the middle: some found the photos, which include things like a “pig-snail” and random faces, to be fun and creative while others found them creepy. If you’re skewed toward the former group and want to see what your own photos look like through the eyes of AI, you’re in luck. A new tool gives you a peek.

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Popular Reddit forums go private as civil war simmers [Update]

Popular Reddit forums go private as civil war simmers [Update]

All is not well in Reddit land, with the surprise ousting of a moderator prompting some of the most popular forums to disappear themselves from public view. The furore - which has seen subreddits including "funny", "science", "gaming", and "jokes" all set themselves to private and, therefore, be effectively invisible to anybody but moderators and pre-approved members - began as mods hit back at Reddit's administrators, angry at how the person in charge of "Ask Me Anything" (aka AMAs) had been let go from the site.

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Chicago adds ‘amusement tax’ to services like Netflix and Hulu

Chicago adds ‘amusement tax’ to services like Netflix and Hulu

Chicago is about to become a little less welcoming to cord cutters, with the city authorizing an 'amusement tax' on online streaming services like Netflix and Pandora. Under this, subscribers are going to be paying a 9-percent tax on their various cloud-based streaming entertainment services, as well as for the 'privilege' of playing games online. This is the expansion of the existing amusement tax which was previously applied to things like buying concert tickets, and it will apply to businesses as well.

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