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Google’s High Altitude Loon Project Takes Off In Kenya 
Google subsidiary company Loon has revealed that it has signed a deal with the Kenyan government to bring high speed internet access to remote and rural areas of Kenya using hot air balloons…  Loon have partnered with Telkom Kenya to bring connectivity to areas of Kenya that aren’t currently covered by mobile networks.  Google’s high-altitude balloons were originally developed as... Read more
Sony Accidentally Posts Entire Movie To YouTube Instead Of Just The Trailer…
News has emerged that Sony unintentionally uploaded a full 90 minute movie to YouTube, when all they were trying to do was upload a teaser trailer. The mistake made by Sony’s US distributor stayed online for over 6 hours, before the error was spotted, and the movie removed, earlier... Read more
Tech Companies Pushing Back Against US Govt Use
A growing number of tech companies are pushing back against US Government use (or abuse) of their products. Microsoft was one of the first headlining companies to recently voice concerns over its products being used to enable a practice that many people find inhumane. Numerous employees came together to... Read more
Fake Wifi: Hacking Made Easy
A new warning has been issued for hotel guests using public Wi-Fi connections. Most people tend to the think of cyberattacks, data breaches, and hacking as the work of highly-skilled, dark web-style operatives. The reality, though, is not quite so skilled. Not only are sophisticated tools available for sale... Read more
Facebook Grounds Internet Drone Project
Facebook has announced the end of plans to build drones that could give sustained and stable internet access to the developing world. The ‘Aquila’ Internet Drone Project has been grounded, ending Facebook’s plans to build a network of high-altitude solar-powered drones in the skies that could have given sustained... Read more
Firefox Quantum Review: Is it time to make the switch?
Perhaps the better question is: Is it time to switch back to Firefox? One of our staff members takes the plunge and uses Firefox Quantum for a month to see what all the fuss is about. If you’ve never used Firefox before, or you jumped ship to another browser... Read more
Google’s “Internet-First” City Planning
Google plans to build a city that starts with the internet In many cities, add-ons like internet networks are secondary to other public utilities like water, electricity, and sewage. Left to the private business sector to contract with customers in order to provide the service, not many cities incorporate... Read more
GPS Yourself Into Your Next Read
Ambient Lit project aims to immerse smartphone users with stories influenced by GPS data It might seem like e-reading and digital publishing have been around for ages, but the current digital revolution isn’t very old. While tech fans have been reading digital files off of small screens since Project... Read more
Google Drops ‘Don’t Be Evil’ From Code Of Conduct
News has emerged that Google’s famous “Don’t Be Evil” motto seems to have been quietly removed from its code of conduct. Instead the phrase,which used to appear several times throughout Google’s code of conduct seems to have been replaced by rather more vague and ambiguous terms like “ethical business... Read more
Russians May Have Hacked Hundreds Of Thousands of Routers Worldwide
Reset your router and download updates now, urges FBI. The FBI has warned that Russian computer hackers are responsible for a global malware scheme that may have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could be harvesting massive amounts user information. The malware could also even... Read more
Avant Browser: Often Overlooked Genius Alternative To Internet Explorer 
Avant Browser is one of the most popular open source web browsers that most people have never heard of.  Avant is something a strange hybrid of a beast however, being that it is built on Internet Explorer. But you shouldn’t let that put you off because Avant has some nifty features under its belt. The best... Read more
Google Chrome To Remove ‘Secure’ Label From HTTPS Sites
Google has announced that it will shortly begin to phase out the green lock “Secure” indicator next to URLs on Chrome. According to Google, it’s no longer so important you know which web pages are secured by HTTPS, but that you know which ones are not. Essentially, Google’s new approach... Read more
Mugshots.com Website Owners Get Own Mugshots After Arrest
The four alleged owners of the US website Mugshots.com, that publishes the photos of people shortly after they have been arrested, and then charges individuals to remove their pictures from the website… have themselves been arrested. Anyone wanting to have their image removed from the website, whether the arrest... Read more
Are Bitcoins Killing The Planet?
The energy required to mine a single Bitcoin has more than doubled in the last six months. Cryptocurrency has faced a number of setbacks for some investors since it first became a hot-ticket investment opportunity, including international legislation against mining and trading, accusations of hacking in order to hijack... Read more
Software Review: SeaMonkey All-In-One Web Browser
Latest release of the all-in-one Internet suite builds on the same Mozilla platform as Firefox 52.7.3 ESR, and includes HTML5, hardware acceleration and improved JavaScript speed. When Netscape first appeared on the scene decades ago, most users were probably too thrilled to even be on the internet to worry... Read more
Weibo Reverses Gay ‘Clean-Up’ Ban After Online Public Backlash
Popular Chinese social media platform had targeted content that it deemed ‘illegal’ including ‘videos with pornographic implications, promoting violence or (related to) homosexuality’. Sina Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media sites, stated that the new guidelines were solely put in place to “create a bright and harmonious community... Read more
Google Says No To Cryptomining Add Ons
End announced to all cryptocurrency mining extensions in Chrome Web Store. Google has announced an end to all cryptomining extensions in its Chrome Web Store after a slew of other extensions were discovered to have cryptomining capabilities. The issue, which stems from the company’s extensions function policy, allowed developers... Read more
According To New Research Men Don’t Shop Online As Much As Women 
Survey claims that women like shopping online more than men, but men still prefer bricks and mortar shopping. Seeing and touching items is more important for men, apparently. According to newly released study by tech shopping consultancy, First Insight, the female of the species are increasingly more likely to rely... Read more