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Tumblr TV arrives to mesmerize you with GIFs

Tumblr TV arrives to mesmerize you with GIFs

Tumblr has introduced another way for GIF lovers to get their looping amusement fix: Tumblr TV, which plays an endless mostly full-screen litany of GIFs on subjects that span the Internet. It's not really television or anything of the sort -- just a bizarre and somewhat trippy way to watch the GIFs that dot Tumblr's landscape. Each GIF loops a few times, then moves on to the next in the line, with users having a couple of simple controls over the content.

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German luxury hotel makes disconnecting easy with internet kill switch

German luxury hotel makes disconnecting easy with internet kill switch

We've all done it. Gone on vacation to escape from work and other responsibilities, yet we still can't help ourselves from checking email and responding to messages on our smartphone and other mobile devices. One luxury hotel in Germany wants to help its guests combat this behavior, not by forcefully denying WiFi and other internet access, but by providing a single, easy to access switch that will remove the temptation. Each room at the Villa Stéphanie has a silver internet kill switch.

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Google Sidewalk to put Wi-Fi hubs in bus stops, phone booths

Google Sidewalk to put Wi-Fi hubs in bus stops, phone booths

Just two weeks ago, Google launched a new subsidiary simply called Sidewalk that will put technology at the service of city building. Now, Sidewalk has announced its first acquisition and also its first project, an ambitious one at that. Called Intersection, the project aims to put Wi-Fi hubs in various public spots and infrastructure, where the intersection of people take place, hence the name. In practice, this means putting up kiosks or reusing bus stops and pay phone booths to provide not just high-speed but also free gigabit Internet to the public.

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Liked Undo Send? You’ll love these Gmail Labs tweaks

Liked Undo Send? You’ll love these Gmail Labs tweaks

Today Gmail's "Undo Send" feature finally comes to the standard version of Gmail. With it, a renewed interest in the labs where it was born. This system is called Gmail Labs - a place where awesome features are thought up and tossed into the fray with wild abandon. Sort of. While there's still some testing that goes on behind the scenes, Google offers up a place where users can test out the oddities before they reach prime-time. There you can play with the toys before the toys come to all the other girls and boys.

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Polish airline victim to DDoS attack, U.S. planes could be susceptible

Polish airline victim to DDoS attack, U.S. planes could be susceptible

A cyber attack grounded a fleet of aircraft in Poland on Sunday. All the planes were part of the Polish national airline, LOT. although the Polish domestic intelligence agency is being stingy with details, they claim the 1,400 passengers who were stranded were never actually in any danger. The flight plan systems that were affected are not used not used during actual flight. Therefore, none of the planes already en route were affected, only those on the ground at Chopin airport in Warsaw.

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Australia’s new controversial anti-piracy bill approved

Australia’s new controversial anti-piracy bill approved

Australia has passed its new anti-piracy legislation despite opposition from consumers and (some) politicians, and with it Internet service providers can block websites used for piracy, such as The Pirate Bay. The law was passed with a 37 to 13 majority vote, and is the latest of many efforts in various countries to curb piracy. The legislation is called the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, and it was first introduced this past March after a call for such a bill late last year.

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Comcast must reveal online troll’s identity, court rules

Comcast must reveal online troll’s identity, court rules

The comment sections of websites are usually a good place to go if you are looking for vitriol and filth, and often a commenter’s misplaced rage or unwarranted insults are passed on anonymously, the real person behind the words never having to face up to them. Every so often, though, we hear a story about trolls being hit with real-world ramifications, and such is the case with one anonymous Internet poster at the center of a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling.

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ITU defines 5G as speed of 20 Gbps promising demo by 2018

ITU defines 5G as speed of 20 Gbps promising demo by 2018

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) has agreed to a definition for 5G communications networks. The definition that it has agreed to specifies that the future 5G networks will have speeds of at least 20 Gbps. The ITU also clarified its plan to commercialize 5G networks by 2020. The 5G network standards set forth by the ITU have been standardized globally and a Korean ministry official says that the agreement on the standard will be approved internationally.

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Amazon puts a learning AI in charge of reviews

Amazon puts a learning AI in charge of reviews

Amazon has quietly tweaked its reviews algorithm, using machine learning to not only push fresher feedback to customers, but learn which reviews are most useful. The changes, which went into action on Amazon's US site late last week, could well make a noticeable difference to which customer reviews show up top of the list and which are buried at the bottom; meanwhile, it could also have a big impact on how many stars each product scores.

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Cuba is about to expand its Internet accessibility

Cuba is about to expand its Internet accessibility

More widespread Internet in Cuba looked likely to happen back in December, and it arrived a short while later, but only in a very limited fashion. Half a year later, though, and things are changing again: the insular nation is about to expand the region that has Internet access by rolling out 36 WiFi hotspots in various places. In addition, the cost to get online is going to decrease, which is one of the biggest barriers currently. With the current prohibitive pricing, few can afford to get online in the nation.

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Free WiFi service launched at the Taj Mahal

Free WiFi service launched at the Taj Mahal

As one of the seven wonders of the world, India's Taj Mahal has become one of the latest tourist destinations to offer free WiFi to visitors. The service was launched as a result of a government programs that not only aims to attract more tourists, but also to spread internet access to a greater number of cities. Now visitors will have to 30 minutes of free network access, allowing them to post selfies to their favorite social networks.

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NYC audits Verizon’s FiOS promise, finds it lacking

NYC audits Verizon’s FiOS promise, finds it lacking

Carriers are being held up to government scrutiny this week. Just days after AT&T was fined by the FCC for throttling data, it's Verizon's turn to be on the hot seat, this time with the New York City government breathing down its neck. The office of Mayor Bill de Blaiso says that Verizon has greatly failed to deliver on its promise back in 2008 to put high-speed fiber-optic connections throughout the city, under its FiOS service. Naturally, Verizon denies the allegation and even hints that this audit might have ulterior motives.

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