Posts Tagged ‘internet’
  • Ads, ads, and more ads coming to a cellphone near you.
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 6:39 pm
    Love your cellphone/smartphone because it gives you relatively ad-free hours of internet exploration and usage? I'll admit it's not my first praise for using a smartphone for getting around the internet, but it's certainly one of my top reasonings. That's all set to change for the worse in the near future. The impending doom is coming to us thanks to AdMob and their new "Interactive Video Ad Units" which more or less translate to "pain in the ass" for you and I. Ads make freemium models poss...
  • IE 9 details getting loosed at PDC. Actual browser, not so much.
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 3:14 pm
    We'll just start off this post asking one question: How do you like Internet Explorer? Hell, I'm feeling generous, all current versions are up for debate -- 6, 7, and 8. With that aside, today at the Professional Developers Conference, Chief Architect Ray Ozzie revealed a few concessions that the next gen Microsoft browser is in fact in the works. He didn't however highlight any feature in particular. For that we'll have to wait until tomorrow's keynote. Also, before you get all hot and...
  • Swindon residents bathing in free WiFi
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 1:37 pm
    Whenever "the man" decides to throw citizens a bone, especially a digital/tech bone, it becomes necessary to applaud and mention such an effort. WiFi has proliferated cities and towns across the world bringing *mostly* free internet to many. If you happen to be one of the fine residents of Swindon, UK, your mobile browsing should now be a lot more pleasant. A joint venture between the public taxpayer and private funders has made way for a 1,400 access point strong WiFi network blanketing Swi...
  • Sony & Netflix drops the ball. PS3 Netflix discs needed until late next year… [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 9:32 am
    Several weeks back it was announced that the Sony PS3 would be gaining Netflix support albeit with one HUGE crutch being that you would need to load a physical disc into the PS3 -- Every. Single. Time. Not a very well thought out plan at all. Ok, so we figured we'd be looking at a couple weeks to a month or two of this half-assed attempt at a fix. Hope you weren't planning on using your PS3's disc drive for anything else while loading up Netflix for the next year as Netflix has come forwar...
  • International calls just got cheaper thanks to “Nimbuzz Out”
    by Mike
    Posted November 9th, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    We'll start off by saying that if you make international phone calls often and merely use your phone providers international solutions, you're wasting money and missing out. With that said, I suppose you now might be asking what solution or answer I have. One affordable choice is Nimbuzz Out. Nimbuzz is no stranger to helping people communicate. Back in my BlackBerry days I used Nimbuzz's multi-IM app and came away rather impressed. It was a robust multi-chat app that at the time a couple y...
  • Danish anti-piracy group “Antipiratgruppen” gets it — Giving up on chasing and prosecuting file sharers.
    by Mike
    Posted November 7th, 2009 at 10:18 am
    Label me a pirate. A renegade. A lawless scum who doesn't care about intellectual property. That's fine. I pay for music in one way or another. I have no qualms or regrets. Here in the states, intellectual property laws and policies are becoming increasingly anti-consumer, anti-artist, and are getting tweaked more and more to benefit labels and other such "middlemen". We're not alone however as many other countries across the world are enacting similar laws. France for example will soon ...
  • Opera already has working iPhone browser. Your turn Apple…
    by Mike
    Posted November 6th, 2009 at 10:43 am
    Those enough who either don't want a higher end smartphone or simply can't afford one know that on your mid to lower-end devices web browsing is a chore. Pages render like crap, it takes forever to open a simple link, etc. Many phones as of late are capable of running some form or another of the Opera browser whether it be the free, almost universal Opera Mini to the more desktop-like Opera Mobile variant. Either way, Opera while not quite the reckoning force it would like to be in the deskto...
  • Comcast has it all wrong: “Consumers need to change to fit our old, dying, ridiculous business models…”
    by Mike
    Posted November 6th, 2009 at 9:15 am
    Ever concern yourself with such trivial things as how the media/content industry is changing to adapt to the digital age and fit around what end users really want? Comcast apparently gives two sh*ts about you and what you want. I'll let the man, Comcast COO Steve Burk, dig his own grave: An entire generation is growing up, if we don't figure out how to change that behavior so it respects copyright and subscription revenue on the part of distributors, we're going to wake up and see cord cuttin...
  • Comcast back and more bastardly than ever. Throttling your internet like it’s 2002
    by Mike
    Posted November 5th, 2009 at 5:10 pm
    Remember those stupid "It's Comcastic" commercials. Ya, I like many others had a few choice opinions about them too. If you thought just because there hasn't been any mention of "Comcast" and "Throttling" in the same sentence for some time that somehow all the parties involved forgot, you were grossly wrong. New details of a retooled and just as anti-consumer policy have surfaced. In fact, Comcast's new throttling policy is worse than their old one. So how bad is it? There are two scenario...
  • Latest Google Chrome 4.0 beta brings 30% speed increase, cross-computer bookmark syncing
    by Mike
    Posted November 5th, 2009 at 9:28 am
    I love Google Chrome. So much so that I even use the nightly builds on my MacBook Pro. On my Windows machine, it's Google Chrome 4.0 beta all the way. It's extremely fast and efficient. But it's getting faster. The latest build, Chrome brings a 30% speed boost compared to previous versions. Now again, Chrome is already fast so a 30% boost in this sense is roughly a couple tenths of a second. You're not going to notice it like you would going from say IE 6 to Chrome 3.0. Regard...
  • IE6 falls to Firefox. Nipping way at IE overall one bite at a time…
    by Mike
    Posted November 4th, 2009 at 9:58 am
    When considering modern, worldclass browsers, IE doesn't necessarily rank high on my list. A brand new browser that utterly chokes and dies on simple web standards tests is by no means modern no matter the shipping date. Many browsers and developers from Mozilla, Apple, Google, and many other smaller 3rd parties are gunning to dethrone IE and capture their own slice of the browser pie. While Microsoft still holds a commanding overall lead in the browser world with 64.64%, that dominance is fa...
  • by Mike
    Posted October 30th, 2009 at 3:15 pm
    Is Google going buttonless? That's what the picture above and various comments via Twitter/blogosphere seem to suggest. This new layout cropping up does away with the standard "Google Search" and "I'm Feeling Lucky" buttons and instead incorporates some simple text that states "Press Enter to Search". Why would such a design be implemented? Beats me. I don't see any logical nor aesthetic reason. So far, the only affected users are reporting it on Windows machines using Firefox. Weird ...
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