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New social account shames insecure websites as needed

New social account shames insecure websites as needed

Data security is a sensitive topic, but a necessary one. Just as touchy is discovering a site you use doesn’t make a passing attempt at securing your data, instead leaving it to chance. With wireless data transfer a commonplace occurrence, one Tumblr account is bringing those who have done us wrong a measure of shame.

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New website ranks hotel WiFi so you can stream in peace

New website ranks hotel WiFi so you can stream in peace

When booking a trip, the hotel stay is important. You want a nice area, a nice bed, and an even nicer breakfast (and hopefully cookies in the lobby). Sometimes, you’re let down by the WiFi connection — a headache you didn’t ask for. A new website makes sure you don’t have those annoyances, or that you can at least plan accordingly.

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Airbnb gets a facelift, but service remains the same

Airbnb gets a facelift, but service remains the same

Airbnb is branding the service anew, but not changing. The rental app wanted to convey a new sense of “belonging”, so they’ve created a new logo as well as a wholly new typeface. Though a refresh is here, the service itself will remain the same.

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Google is beta testing a domain hosting service

Google is beta testing a domain hosting service

As some expected they might do at some point, Google has opened up a domain hosting service. The aptly named Google Domains is currently in beta form, and sits at invite-only. Though Google hasn’t shared just when it would open up for mass consumption, the reasoning behind the new service is sound.

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Lichess embraces blind players with new chess site features

Lichess embraces blind players with new chess site features

With the fast-paced advancement of technology, it is sometimes easy to forget that not everyone is as physically capable. The owners of the Lichess website, which hosts free online chess games, was awakened to that realization when they were approached by a blind chess player looking to join their community. Fortunately, technology and computer games have advanced to that point that has made this wish a reality.

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Google trying to kill terrible sites with Web Starter Kit

Google trying to kill terrible sites with Web Starter Kit

Have you even been on a tablet or smartphone, following links to websites when you came across one that looked terrible? Moreover, was it just not very responsive on your mobile device as it was the desktop? Google knows that frustration, and has released the Web Starter Kit for Developers.

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Twitter now supports GIFs on mobile site

Twitter now supports GIFs on mobile site

Twitter has been making interesting moves of late, teaming up with entities like Billboard to bring you real-time music sharing stats and even toying with auto-suggestion of movies. This one is likely a bit overdue, but welcome nonetheless. Via mobile, you can now view and upload GIFs to twitter.

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Healthcare.gov is getting a sleek, easy-to-use redesign

Healthcare.gov is getting a sleek, easy-to-use redesign

If you remember the terribly executed healthcare.gov website, you may also remember the frustration from both users and site administrators. Urged to sign up, many users were simply unable to. The fix came, months later, but nobody was really pleased with the whole charade. A newer, easier to use site is incoming, though, which should thwart any future disasters.

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Google will now alert users when a site isn’t mobile-friendly

Google will now alert users when a site isn’t mobile-friendly

Visiting the desktop version of a website while on mobile is typically not desirable. A big, clumsy site can take quite a while to load properly, sometimes leaving you wondering why you went there in the first place. Google is attempting to combat that, introducing some alerts to let us all know when we’re about to chart desktop territory.

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Any.Do goes anywhere with new web app

Any.Do goes anywhere with new web app

Any.Do, who already provide a great cross-platform to-do list, are broadening their horizons. With their new web app, Any.Do is giving you the freedom to set goals and schedule tasks anywhere you like. Rather than having to download an app to your smartphone, you can just bookmark their service and access it from any where, any time.

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EA Games website compromised with phishing scams

EA Games website compromised with phishing scams

One of EA Games' servers has been infiltrated by hackers who are using it to run an Apple ID phishing website. The information was revealed by the folks at Netcraft, which points out the server in question was commonly used to run an outdated version of WebCalendar known to have several security vulnerabilities.

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Tim Berners-Lee’s Reddit AMA summed in four comments

Tim Berners-Lee’s Reddit AMA summed in four comments

Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. As he mentioned today in his Reddit AMA session (that’s Ask Me Anything, a popular method of popular people speaking to the internet), TBL "coded it up on a NeXT", while it was Robert Cailliau who was "the first convert to it" and later "wrote some code for a Mac browser called "Samba". As the creator of the WWW, TBL is (arguably) one of the best people to go to when it comes to considerations for how it might be handled now and in the future - thusly we devour his insight.

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