The ubiquity of mobile devices has exponentially increased the number of people connecting to and using the Internet. That's not yet counting the exponentially increasing volume of data going through the Interwebs thanks to streaming services and cloud computing. All these boil to one thing: our Internet infrastructure needs an upgrade. Answering that call, Microsoft and Facebook, two of the biggest companies associated with high-speed Internet-based products and services, have joined forces to build MAREA, a new subsea cable that will cross the Atlantic in an attempt to provide quality Internet services to the world.
The website Imgur has long been the unofficial partner for Reddit when it comes to media uploads. When you check out the pictures and GIFs on your favorite subreddit, it's almost guaranteed that they are hosted on Imgur. But this week, Reddit has announced the launch of its own native media upload option, with support for images up to 20MB and GIFs up to 100MB, which are then hosted on the site itself.
Remember the hoopla around Facebook’s alleged ‘Trending’ section news bias, something that arose from a report citing anonymous sources? Facebook has since published its editorial process concerning the section, and even talked with conservatives including Glenn Beck, who recently stated that he felt the social network was being honest. Before all of this, though, Republican Senator John Thune fired off an upset letter demanding answers from Facebook; this week, the social network has responded.
While I don't actually use the website, I enjoy reading news pertaining to The Pirate Bay. For many years, the site has been providing links to torrents, and no one has been able to take them down. Most recently, a Swedish court ruled that they must give up two of their most-commonly used domain names. But today brings a new twist in the tale.
Remember when you had to pay for the number of text messages that you were allowed to send and receive each month? It seemed pretty absurd at the time, especially when you consider just how little data is actually transmitted for each message. But the price wasn't there to offset the cost of transmitting each text message. Instead it was used as a way for the phone companies to earn additional revenue while driving down the cost of their most basic plans.
Netflix recently announced the upcoming shows and movies we can expect to see on the service soon, and casually amongst it all, almost as if were a minor note, was a simple statement: ”From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.” And just like that, Netflix has become the most important streaming service for many.
Twitter started off with a pretty simple premise. You get 140 characters to say whatever you want to the world. You could tweet at specific people, or just put your thoughts out there for all to see. Since its launch, it's slowly evolved to include Tweeting video, photos, and more. Currently, all of these extras eat into your character count, but not for long.
It's a safe bet that nearly everyone with a smartphone has used it while laying in bed at least a few times. And there's at least one app that you open up that's always way too bright. Despite having your brightness turned all the way down, the white background can be painful to look at. This is why some apps have a special "night mode" which gives you a dark background with light text, as opposed to the other way around.
Facebook Live Video is great, but not if you want to give the world a 24/7 look at your hamster, backyard, or whatever you’ve got around that’s at least mildly interesting. That changes with Facebook’s new Continuous Live Video support launch, adding a non-stop broadcasting option to the social network’s live video platform. There is a downside, though — you won’t be able to save the videos for viewing later on.
Internet fraud tricks new victims all the time, but what you don't hear about everyday is an entire NBA team getting duped. Sadly, that's what's happened to the Milwaukee Bucks, who have revealed that financial data on all employees of the basketball team, including players, has been compromised. Turns out the old tactic of email phishing was used, with an employee releasing 2015 tax records after someone impersonated team president Peter Feigin.
Reddit, "the front page of the internet" as the site boasts, has finally caught up to just about every major social media platform this week by introducing embeddable threads. You know when you're on a website and come across a tweet, Instagram photo, or YouTube video in the middle of the page, and clicking on it takes you directly to that content on said social network? Well, now the same thing can be done with Reddit posts.