India blocks Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service
Bringing the rest of the world online is proving to be tougher than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg likely bargained for. Telecom regulators in India have banned the social network’s Free Basic service as part of a larger ruling in favor of net neutrality. That realization isn’t entirely surprising as... Read more
Google will ban all Flash ads in 2017
Google has announced that its entire advertising network, comprising of the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing, will be transitioning away from Flash-based ads to a 100% HTML5 solution over the next year. The transition includes two firm deadlines: on June 30th, 2016, Google will stop accepting new... Read more
PayPal joins Netflix in geoblocking fight by cutting off VPN site’s payment services
As the battle between Netflix and those using VPNs to bypass geoblocking restrictions rages on, it looks as if the streaming site has an ally in its fight: PayPal. Canadian ‘unblocker’ service UnoTelly has just had its payment processing agreement severed by PayPal for promoting copyright infringement, and many... Read more
WhatsApp now has more than a billion active monthly users
Instant messaging client WhatsApp has joined the one billion user club. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed the milestone on the social network, congratulating co-founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum on the achievement. If you recall, Facebook acquired the mobile messaging app for $19 billion nearly two years ago.... Read more
Google removes Adblock Fast app from Play Store, others to follow?
Samsung earlier this week added support for ad blocking via its new content blocker extension API. What that means is third-party developers can now create apps that, when installed, block ads when using Samsung Internet Browser, the company’s own mobile web browser. As you can imagine, third-party developers jumped... Read more
Anti-Adblock Killer extension prevents sites from blocking your ad-blocker
Wired caused a bit of a stir earlier this week when it announced that it would block anyone who uses an ad-blocker from viewing its site. Worried that adblockers would eventually prevent them from making any money from their articles, Wired is rolling out technology next week that will... Read more
Amazon launches Lumberyard, a cross-platform 3D game engine that’s free to use
Amazon has launched a new video game engine it’s calling Lumberyard. The e-commerce giant says its free, cross-platform, 3D game engine will allow developers to make top-notch titles and tap into its bevy of web services (for a fee, of course). Lumberyard is packed with hundreds of features including... Read more
Frinkiac is the Simpsons image search engine that you need in your life
In the near thirty years that the Simpsons has been around, the show’s numerous catchphrases and quotes have made their way into everyday life. But trying to find images from the show to match the quotes hasn’t always been easy; Google searches often offer grainy YouTube stills recorded straight... Read more
Kanye West’s Tidal-exclusive album launch leads to mass piracy
In what shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, the launch of Kanye West’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, exclusively through music streaming service Tidal has lead to a massive wave of piracy. TorrentFreak is reporting that The Life of Pablo has already been illegally downloaded more than... Read more
Can you outwit Google’s new photo-identifying neural network?
Google has unveiled a new neural network called PlaNet that’s capable of determining the location an image was captured. To measure PlaNet’s accuracy, the team collected roughly 2.3 million geotagged images from Flickr and fed them through the network. The system was able to correctly identify images at street-level... Read more