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80 Percent Of All Net Neutrality Comments Sent By Bots, Claim Researchers
Findings cast doubt on 22 million comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission. New research has found that the vast majority of the 22 million comments submitted to the FCC over the summer have been against net neutrality, but that most of these ‘against’ comments were written or submitted... Read more
Slimjet – The Versatile Chrome-Like Web Browser With Privacy And Potential
Anyone who has ever used Firefox or Chrome should find themselves instantly at home with the Slimjet web browser. The key philosophy behind the design of Slimjet is about protecting and guaranteeing the privacy of its users but still being able to provide a fast and user friendly browsing... Read more
Google Appeals EU’s €2.4bn Search Engine Results Fine
Tech giant lodges appeal against massive fine by European Commission. Back in the middle of summer, the regulator ruled that Google’s positioning its own shopping comparison service at the top of Google search results, ahead of competitors, such as Amazon, was an abuse of power. The €2.4bn fine was, and... Read more
Verizon Presses Govt For Stricter Individual Privacy
Telecom heavyweight makes a stand on consumer data access.  The telecom giants in the US don’t have the best track record when it comes to consumer privacy. In fact, they’ve typically taken it to opposite extremes, such as turning over cell phone information to the government behind their customers’... Read more
China To Launch ‘Unhackable’ Quantum Internet Communication
China is currently preparing to launch an internet messaging system that could literally be ‘impossible to hack,’ according to Chinese State officials. The ‘Jinan network’ is set to be launched this August after a long period of sustained and successful tests. What makes this latest attempt at 100% secure communications... Read more
Tech World marks World Emoji Day With New Emojis For All
New emoticons from Google, Apple, and others including the Unicode Consortium are set to make their debut later this year on a device near you. World Emoji Day took place on July 17th, and to celebrate, companies like Google and Apple took the opportunity reveal the final versions of their... Read more
Pale Moon browser review
The Firefox-based web browser for Microsoft Windows, Android and Linux.  Tech users have choices now, and more average consumers are taking advantage of the chance to customize their digital experiences. The days of limitations to the machines’ capabilities are pretty much gone, and assuming that atypical options are only... Read more
Why You Should Be Concerned About Net Neutrality
If you’re not freaking out, your not paying attention. Facebook, Alphabet (Google), Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, and dozens of other tech firms and websites from porn and dating sites, to Reddit and AirBnB, got together for a day of action to protest proposed changes to US net neutrality rules, on... Read more
Fighting For Net Neutrality AGAIN
Tech giants rally today in support of net neutrality Today, some of the world’s biggest internet companies and activist groups are coming together to protest the FCC’s proposed rollback of net neutrality protections. It’s tiring to have think you’ve won a significant victory for mankind, only to have the political winds... Read more
HTTPS Everywhere: Making Your Browsing More Secure Without Trying
We review the popular encryption browser extension. Despite what the name might suggest HTTPS Everywhere isn’t exactly everywhere, but it’s pretty close. HTTPS Everywhere is an extension available for many of the world’s major browsers, including Firefox, Opera, and Chrome that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making... Read more
Best Alternative Browsers For Privacy
Increase privacy, security and control, with these five great web browsers. Of course, all browsers can be considered ‘secure’, but there’s an ever-growing choice of specialised products that are specifically focused on the issue of user privacy, of handing back control to the user and opting out of the... Read more
Court Rules Google Must Block Some Search Results
Canada’s Supreme Court ruling latest blow for Google. In the same week that the Alphabet subsidiary was fined a record breaking $2.4bn by European regulators, Canada’s Supreme court ruled that Canadian based courts do have the power to force Google to remove search results worldwide. The possibly groundbreaking ruling... Read more
Firefox Creators Mozilla Launch $2M Prize To Decentralize The Web
Initiative could change the face of the internet. No that’s right, the not for profit organization, Mozilla, the same people who created the popular web browser, Firefox, are literally offering $2 million to anyone who can decentralize the internet… And they’ve already started accepting applications for ideas that could make... Read more
Google Hit With Record $2.7bn EU Fine Over Shopping Search Results
Company found to have promoted its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results. Alphabet subsidiary, Google, has been fined a record $2.7bn (£2.1bn; 2.42bn euro) by European Union regulators after they ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top... Read more
Opera Browser 46: Getting Better All The Time
We review the latest stable update of the popular Opera web browser. The latest stable update for Opera browser is here, Opera 46: But is it any good? Well, yes, yes it is, and is definitely a worthy adversary for competitors such as Google Chrome or Firefox.  As you would expect... Read more
LastPass Password Manager: The Last Password You’ll Ever Need?
Simple, secure and vital for the tech age.  LastPass Password Manager has a lot going for it. Unlike a lot of password managers it’s very easy to use, comes with a lot of options, and even the free version offers a truly feature rich environment. Studies and reports by... Read more
Google Launches ‘Funding Choices’ Ad Blocker Option
Search giant says move is part of its efforts to ‘maintain a sustainable web for everyone’. Google’s ‘Funding Choices’, which launches in multiple markets and countries in the coming weeks, will let users decide: turn off your ad blocker or make a small payment to the site. If you’ve... Read more
Baidu Spark Browser: Fast, Free, Easy To Use And Good Looking
A fast and intuitive Chromium-based web browser with cool features and lots of nice touches. Baidu Spark Browser is a worthy alternative to the likes of Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox, or even, dare I say it, Microsoft’s Edge. It’s also completely free. The learning curve for new users of Baidu is thankfully... Read more