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Keep the Internet free

But starting in a few hours, a closed-door meeting of the world’s governments is taking place in Dubai, and regulation of the Internet is on the agenda. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is convening a conference from December 3-14 to revise a decades-old treaty. Only Governments will have a say at ITU. Some proposals could allow governments to justify the censorship of legitimate speech, or even cut off Internet access in their countries.

If you agree and want to support a free and open Internet, Google invite you to join us by signing the petition at google.com/takeaction.

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Gaza under attack: Anonymous

Anonymous works to keep Gaza connected to the world, hacks and defaces Israeli websites. As Israel attacks Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip, Anonymous hacktivists use social media to organize and inform the beleaguered masses caught in the crossfire.

After Israel announced Wednesday, November 14, that they would be cutting off Internet services in Gaza.

The sites hacked by Anonymous are: http://www.advocate-israel.com/, http://danybarshay.co.il/home_page/, http://www.filtuna.co.il/, http://www.iconcept.co.il/, http://www.iiamo.co.il/, http://www.littner.co.il/.

Stop bombing #Gaza
Millions of Israelis & Palestinians
are lying awake, exposed & terrified.
Knowledge is free.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us!

 

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How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect The Internet?

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Hurricane Sandy is threatening the Eastern Seaboard, and meteorologists are predicting no mercy from the Category 1 storm’s rain and winds. Apart from the water and wind damage, hurricanes have a history of knocking out the tech that keeps us going.

Datacenters are most critical. Housing hundreds of computers and we all rely on the cloud services they provide.

So if all goes well, those pinned down by the storm can keep busy on Pinterest and Reddit until Sandy blows away.

 

What do you plan to do if the Internet goes down? Tell us in the comments below…

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The Limitations of the iPad Mini

The mixed feelings about the iPhone 5 has already brought Apple into an unlikely foray of uncertainly with just how much further the company can really go with their gadgets. Between the failed Apple Maps, which actually got bad enough for CEO Tim Cook to issue an apology about the poor performance of the program and the few differentiations from the former products, sales were high but popularity was questionable.

But everyone is beginning to move on to the next big Apple thing, which is the iPad Mini. This seven-inch tablet has been a focal point of gadget discussion for quite some time now, and some reports this weeks are causing a Mini-outrage concerning its connectivity. According to several reports, including one in in Cult of Mac, the iPad Mini is going to only have a WiFi connection.

This move is a big retrograde from iPads of the past, which did include 3G and 4G technologies. For all of the hype that is surrounding the iPad Mini, there doesn’t seem to be much of an advantage of acquiring one expect for the enhanced ease of carrying it around.

With its price expected to fall between the $200-250 range, it would seem that Apple is really just going for an “easy” iPad – one that is scaled back for those who don’t ask for much out of it in the first place. Prospective customers of the iPad Mini shouldn’t really be expecting much. Apart from its limited connectivity, the display is reported to be non-retina.

With all things considered, this writer does not really understand all of the attention being wasted on the iPad Mini. If enhanced ease in mobility is expected to be one of the main selling points, then that is not going to get very far when the connectivity is lacking. Sure, take the iPad Mini anywhere that you want, and use it anyway that you want…as long as there is internet connectivity around. In this day and age, a tablet is pretty much obsolete and maybe good for just gaming if there is no internet access.

Based on what has been learned about the iPad Mini, it serves as the equivalent of the iPod Shuffle. It roughly does the same functions, but with limited access and ease. Apple probably doesn’t have anything to worry about, since all of the attention has pretty much secured locked down sales already. The main market will surely be those who are interested in experiencing the basic interface of the iPad without having to spend the $400-500 to have it.

The probable high sales of the iPad Mini will serve as just another example of Apple’s master branding efforts. With the $200 price range, the Mini will be going against big guns like Google and Amazon and their more convenient tablets, but with Apple being Apple, the sights will be set on the Mini. If people are okay with primarily using it in a situated location with limited mobility, then the complaints should be at a minimum.

Kevin Abrahms is a tech writer and a frequent follower of Apple’s product efforts, as well as entertainment offers like Directv packages. If you have any thoughts on the iPad Mini, let us know below.

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Five essential WordPress plugins for your blog

Considering the fact that there are thought to be tens of millions of WordPress sites dotted around the internet, it’s no surprise that website owners make every effort to try and provide their platform with the best chance of success as possible. In relation to WordPress, this is usually in the form of plugins and the software certainly has more than enough available. Users can access thousands of add-ons for their blog, although the following five are currently regarded as the most essential if you want your website to hold the best chance of success.

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WP Security Scan

Considering the security-conscious nature of the internet these days, it’s no surprise to see that this plugin boasts over one million downloads to its name. The system checks your blog for any vulnerabilities and targets issues such as passwords, file permissions, database concerns and even problems relating to the admin area of the software. Once it has identified such concerns, it will then report back to you with a series of actions that can be implemented to combat them.

Broken Link Checker

If there ever was a case of a plugin doing exactly what it says on the tin, this is it. Broken Link Checker will analyse your WordPress blog and let you know if any broken links have been found. It will look through every single page on your website and will even go as far as disallowing any search engine from following a broken link. Moreover, a variety of settings can be applied and you can receive notifications either by email or your WordPress dashboard.

Akismet

Boasting almost 12 million downloads, it can be safely said that Akismet is one of the most popular plugins on WordPress. It is primarily a detection system against spam and if it does believe any new comments to be spam, it will place them in a folder ready for your review. Akismet has become so popular over the years that users now need to apply an API key to successfully use the software.

Exclude Pages

This is a plugin that has proven to be exceptionally simple yet very effective for a lot of users. While it may have “only” notched 700,000 downloads, Exclude Pages is very handy and allows you to remove pages from menus. A checkbox is added to each page and post and if you decide to uncheck it, it will remove the said page from your navigation menus. The system also affects child pages, which makes the job of organising your menus much simpler.

All in One SEO Pack

This is undoubtedly one of the most popular plugins on the WordPress platform – boasting even more downloads than Akismet. Put simply, the All in One SEO Pack will optimise your website perfectly for the search engines, whether this is the URL format, the Meta tags or just tidying up the linking structure. Moreover, it will rid you of the famous duplicate content problem that arrives with WordPress and for those users that are not comfortable with configuring the settings, it can work successfully straight out of the box.

Liam writes on internet blogging and sports such as golf, tennis and football. He also likes a good online betting offer when he places a small wager on his favourite team at the weekend.

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New app helps parents decode kids’ text messages

LONDON: Scientists have developed a new app which will help parents decipher the modern-day text message lingo their kid uses.

TextGenie, a new app created by a UK-based software solutions company, DCML deciphers text language and slang from incoming SMS messages and translates them into plain English for confused parents, The Telegraph reported.

Research by DCML claimed that 84 per cent of parents with teenagers admit to receiving text messages from their children which they simply do not understand.

Parents often find messages littered with abbreviations and text speak hard to understand – such as 2go2 (to go to) or 2nyt (tonight).

Drawing on an existing catalogue of 1,500 abbreviations, TextGenie allows people to build up their own database of words and phrases often used by their children.

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 63 per cent of teenagers now send text messages every day – compared with just 39 per cent using their phone to make calls.

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What’s Next after 4G Tech? Advance Review

Yes after early debut of 4G technology, we are now again facing another surprise from the developers of this technology. They call it 5G technologies which promise a faster mobile internet for the consumers.

If you can figure out internet options in your area, especially if it is 4G, don’t just be contented with the faster mobile internet that you can receive. Be mindful that as the sales of smartphone and tablet users increase, it would have a direct impact to the congestion of the wireless networks provided by the network companies.

Give it five years from now and you would feel the deterioration of your internet speed. This is the prediction of the network developers. That is why while you are enjoying the current comfort 4G is offering, they are busy in researching and developing a much faster mobile internet connection.

So what would you expect from 5G technology? Here are the facts that would excite you for the future.

Faster mobile internet connection

 

It would be an understatement to say that 5G offers faster mobile internet connection from 4G technology. However, according to the standard of the International Telecommunications Union, 5G technology would have a speed of one gigabyte per second. It’s a literal speed that can download an HD movie in less than a minute. Imagine the data that speed can offer you? Another shocking part is it can actually shared by the entire household. For example, if you are comfortable with slower mobile internet speed, then you can actually share the remaining bandwidth to your family members. And that’s what we call intelligent network.

Intelligent network

 

The developers of this technology do not only focus on the speed. They also put emphasis on the reliability and usefulness of this technology which is not seen in the 4G. With intelligent capability to distinguish priority connections, consumers can now put machines into their internet. For example, you could actually set your thermostat in plus 20 degrees hotter even if you are still driving two miles away from your home. When you are in an emergency, this technology allows you to prioritize emergency calls using VoIP than your social media sites. They predicted that this technology in internet connectivity will be more inclined in the introduction of IP based machines, instruments and appliances. Would this be true, we don’t really know. What is cleat though is that it can make human lives more convenient.

Affordable

 

5G technology has been predicted to be much cheaper compared to its ancestors. This is because data caps will be avoided and companies will now charge its consumers in a much affordable price. Indirectly, people can save from the costly internet bill because of the 5G’s capacity to share. From the point of view of consumers, this technology is the best way to do things like watching TV, using the telephone and watching expensive movies in the cinemas in a single billed internet service. Now, you can save more from those expensive cable and telephone bills.

Review by: Jashon Wills

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Google, Facebook, eBay launch US Internet lobby

WASHINGTON: Big technology firms including Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon have joined to create a new lobby group aimed at promoting “an open, innovative and free Internet.”

The Internet Association announced its formation in a statement on its website, indicating it will be headed by Michael Beckerman, a former congressional staffer.

The group, to be officially launched in September, did not name its member companies but sources familiar with the group told AFP that Google, Facebook, eBay and Amazon are among them.

“The newly formed Internet Association is comprised of some of the world’s most visible Internet companies and will be headquartered in Washington,” the statement said.

“Beckerman will lead the Internet Association’s efforts to advance public policy solutions that strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet.”

A Facebook spokesman declined to comment on its participation.

But a source familiar with the lobby said it “is going to be a permanent association here in Washington and will be advocating on behalf of the Internet industry and its vast community of users.”

“The association will be advancing public policy solutions to strengthen America’s global Internet leadership,” the source told AFP, adding that the group was “the first trade association representing the Internet and Internet companies as a whole.”

Beckerman said: “I am honored to lead such an important undertaking. The Internet is the greatest engine for economic growth and prosperity the world has ever known. The Internet must have a voice in Washington.”

He added: “The Internet isn’t just Silicon Valley anymore, the Internet has moved to Main Street. Our top priority is to ensure that elected leaders in Washington understand the profound impacts of the Internet and Internet companies on jobs, economic growth and freedom.”

Beckerman was deputy staff director to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees telecommunications and Internet policy. He previously was an aide to Representative Fred Upton.

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Wikipedia not afraid to go dark to protect Internet

WASHINGTON: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said o n T hursday he hopes the online encyclopedia would never have to go dark again, but it would if necessary to protect the Internet from draconian policies that would harm everyday users.

The site played a key role in stopping proposed US anti-piracy legislation in its tracks with a 24-hour blackout in January.

On Tuesday the Russian-language version of the site shut down for a day in an effort to stifle legislation in Moscow that would allow government officials to blacklist and block websites without a court order. But Russian lawmakers still voted to approve the law on Wednesday.

“It at least puts governments on notice that the Internet community cares about these things, and they care enough to actually do something about it,” Wales said.

Wales, speaking at the annual Wikimania conference, said he credits the USblackout, in which bigger players like Google Inc and Facebook Inc displayed censorship bars and arguments against the bills on their websites, with strengthening Internet companies’ position to push back against regulatory proposals.

“When I go and visit government officials now, they’re a little bit afraid,” he said.

But ultimately it is up to the online community to decide how to move forward, Wales said, adding that he would like to see the community engage in an open, friendly conversation to define more broadly when the site should protest Internet policy in the future.

Wales said it would be very risky for Wikipedia to get too involved in political issues. But he said the site would take a stand on matters that directly impact its work online.

The online encyclopedia, which is written and edited by volunteers and has an estimated 365 million readers worldwide, took a hard stance against the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and Protect IP Act, or PIPA, in January.

Wales and others argued that the bills, designed to shut down access to overseas websites trafficking in stolen content or counterfeit goods, could undermine innovation and free speech and compromise the Internet’s functioning.

The legislation was a major priority for Hollywood, the music industry, pharmaceutical companies and many industry groups, which maintained that the proposed law was critical to curbing online piracy they say costs them billions of dollars annually.

Wales said that piracy is a serious problem and he would not be opposed to some adjustments and tweaks to existing law to crack down on thieves more efficiently.

“But in doing so, we cannot accept absurd, technologically incompetent, draconian policies that will impact everyday Internet users in a negative way,” Wales said.

He cautioned against legislative solutions that try to lump too many different types of problems together, such as selling counterfeit prescription drugs that can cause death and teenagers sharing songs with their friends.

“We have to really be on the lookout for power grabs in the guise of solving what I think most people would agree is an actual problem,” he said.

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Anonymous supporters protest internet censorship in Japan

TOKYO: About 80 masked people, calling themselves allies of the global hacker group Anonymous, picked up litter in Tokyo Saturday in a novel protest against Japan’s tougher laws against illegal downloads.

In light rain, they took part in an ‘Anonymous cleaning service’ for one hour in a park and on pavements in the shopping and entertainment hub of Shibuya, a change from the group’s trademark website attacks.

They were dressed in black and wore masks of Guy Fawkes, the central figure in England’s 1605 Gunpowder Plot to blow up parliament, which have become a symbol of protests by the loosely linked alliance around the world.

Last month, Japan’s parliament enacted new copyright laws that could mean jail for anyone illegally downloading copyrighted music and movies.

On June 26, websites of the Japanese finance ministry, the Supreme Court and other public offices were defaced or brought down after an Anonymous online statement denounced the new laws.

The statement claimed Japan’s recording industry and other content providers were now pushing internet service providers to implement surveillance technology that will spy on every single internet user in Japan.

The group, which assembled for the clean-up service in Tokyo, attributed the cyber attacks to other Anonymous elements around the world.

“We prefer constructive and productive solutions,” the group said in a statement. “We want to make our fellow citizens aware of the problem with a productive message.”

“In IRC (internet relay chat), somebody proposed cleaning as a means of protest as we didn’t want to follow the style of mass anti-nuclear rallies which are getting too much,” said a spokesman for the assembly.

“I guess this is the first time that a Japanese-led Anonymous group stages an outside operation,” said the man who said he works as an engineer in the computer industry.

“The cleaning service has amused overseas Anonymous allies as something unique to the Japanese,” said another spokesman. “We want to continue stating our case on the net.”

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