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Stephen Elop has another new job

Stephen Elop has another new job

After leaving Microsoft for a job at Nokia, then joining Microsoft again, Stephen Elop left Microsoft again to join another company. That company is Telstra. That's Australia's largest telecommuinications provider Telstra, a company that Elop is now a part of with a brand new (newly created) title as Group Executive - Technology, Innovation, and Strategy. We must assume that it'll only be a matter of time before the company is assimilated by Microsoft and Elop is given another leadership position which he will assume for less tan two years - that's sarcasm.

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Inbox by Gmail finally gets Smart Reply on the Web

Inbox by Gmail finally gets Smart Reply on the Web

Inbox has always been a rather odd beast. It is made by the very same people who still develop and run Gmail but isn't exactly replacing it. At least, not yet. Inbox by Gmail, as it is formally known, is instead aiming to replace the way we do emails. It might be a lofty goal, but not everyone uses Inbox. Those still use email traditionally and, more often than not, you also have to reply, traditionally. With Smart Replies, now available also on the Web, you can at least be, well, smart about it.

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Comcast gigabit hits Atlanta, fees and restrictions abound

Comcast gigabit hits Atlanta, fees and restrictions abound

Comcast is rolling out a trial of its gigabit Internet service for consumers in parts of Atlanta, and with that rollout comes all the details we've been waiting for. The company is going up against Google Fiber, and as such it is offering a $70/month rate…if a user signs up for a 36 month contract, otherwise it’ll be about $140/month. As well, users will have upstreams capped at 35Mbps, and there are possible data caps requiring another $35/month to remove them.

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Google webpage encryption made transparent

Google webpage encryption made transparent

This week Google has opened up a new section in their ever-changing, ever-updating Transparency Report for the public. In this new section, google delivers encryption for the masses. Not that they hadn't been moving toward encryption and data security in all things public before - now it's just that they're making more of an effort to show you, the user, how they're doing in their move to HTTPS. This new Transparency Report section is called - appropriately enough - HTTPS at Google.

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Anonymous to Donald Trump: ‘total war’ arrives April 1st

Anonymous to Donald Trump: ‘total war’ arrives April 1st

April Fools’ Day will bring ‘total war’ against Donald Trump, Anonymous has announced. The collective plans to launch a cyberattack against the candidate, doing so to hamper his presidential bid and what they call a “deeply disturbing” campaign. This isn’t the first time Anonymous has targeted Trump, but does promise to be more severe than the last time, aiming to shut down Trump’s various websites and reveal private information to the public.

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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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