Computers

Microsoft’s Surface Phone Does Not Need Exciting Hardware – Forbes

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017

This weekend has seen online discussion over a Microsoft patent describing a hinged display on a mobile device. While the patent is of interest to designers and reflects one potential future of a smartphone, I don’t think it reflects Microsoft’s current strategic thinking. Bloomberg Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (image: Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg) As with all patents, there can be a significant period of time between the patent being submitted,…

This simple extension makes it easier to get things done with Google Chrome – Business Insider

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017

We’ve all been to tab hell: those times when you’re staring at a couple dozen tabs, fresh off a Wikipedia or news-reading binge, unsure of what it was you were trying to do in the first place. Aside from being a mess to navigate, this can also make your laptop feel sluggish. With the wrong device, keeping a web of tabs open may chew up resources that bring your notebook to a crawl. And it…

Google Chrome has a VERY cheeky message for people who watch too much PORN – Express.co.uk

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Google Chrome is a treasure trove of hidden messages, subtle nods and winks. The world’s most popular web browser has a number of hidden features – including an incredibly addictive video game. Google has also included a tongue-in-cheek message to people who use Incognito Mode, which allows users to browse the web without the Google Chrome saving your web history or form data. If you reach 100 tabs on the…

Nuke the Internet From Orbit? – Washington Free Beacon

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017

A computer gamer in Osnabrueck, Germany. / Getty Images BY: Jack ButlerMarch 26, 2017 4:50 am What if the Internet shut down? The Internet is so enmeshed in modern life that such a question seems unthinkable, an apocalyptic disaster of the sort reserved for fiction, such as E.M. Forster’s startlingly prescient 1909 short story “The Machine Stops.” But at the end of February, huge swaths of the Internet went dark due…

The strange journey of a Chinese Internet addict — from cybercafes to pole dancing – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017

After spending three days and three nights at an Internet cafe, Hou Xing reluctantly parted with his keyboard, stepped out into the blistering sun and collapsed. His parents found him there a few hours later, barely conscious. At 14, Hou was thin as a rail, with a back curved from hours spent hunched over a computer screen. His days were consumed by “The World of Legend,” a massive, multiplayer, online…

A VPN can stop internet companies from selling your data — but it’s not a magic bullet – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, March 26, 2017

Earlier this week, the Senate voted to repeal privacy measures that would stop internet service providers from sharing their users’ internet activity with third parties. Those rules were passed in October, but not only does this vote undo them, it prevents the FCC from reinstating similar rules in the future. This is great for broadband companies, but if you’re one of these companies’ users, what are you supposed to do?…