Google Domains

Category: Media

So, Google recently launched Google domains.

Copyright Google 2014 - Google domains image

It looks simple, the interface is clean, what more could we ask for?

Well from reading around, it doesn't look like Google will be offering hosting with the domains, so businesses offering hosting won't have to panic too much. But for all those companies offering domain registration, is google going to be cheaper and take all the business? Will google automatically be indexed higher when one searches for 'domains' or 'buy a domain'? 

I don't know, I guess it's an interesting step, and hopefully Google just helps to make it easier, without taking everyone else out the market.

 

Posted 6 months ago (29th Jun 2014) - by

OpenSSL Heartbleed bug. How vulnerable is my data?

Category: Media

image source: heartbleed.com

Image Source: heartbleed.com

The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library that allowed access to the memory of any server using it.

The heartbleed bug should now have been fixed. Find out more at: heartbleed.com

Source: http://heartbleed.com

Posted 9 months ago (8th Apr 2014) - by

Gmail Update. Reach more & Receive more unwanted email from G+ users?

Category: Media

If you're a Gmail user you'll probably already know, thanks to the email Google sent around, that starting this week Gmail will suggest you Goole+ people as recipients without exchanging email addresses.

In the send to boxes within Gmail, some lovely javascript will add onto the bottom of your email address contacts, the Google+ connections you have.

What emails will I recieve from other Google+ Users?
By default settings, other users can contact you Once until you reply to them, thereby sharing your email address.

How will I know which emails are not from my google contacts?
Emails from people outside your circles will be filtered into a new Social category in your Gmail inbox (if enabled).

Where can I change which Googl+ users can contact me?
A new setting can be found in the settings section of your Gmail on the "General" tab.
who can email you via your Google+ profile setting image

Where can I get more information?
At current you can get more information from the Google support section on Emailing Google+ connections

Posted 12 months ago (10th Jan 2014) - by

Youtube 500 Server Error

Category: Media

So, for all of half an hour between 22:00-23:00 GMT YouTube had a lovely 500 Server Error, with a 4150(ish) character hash on every page refresh. Streaming servers still worked, so all of those watching longer videos may not have noticed anything.

Everyone else saw this:
youtube 500 server error
The text reads:
Sorry, something went wrong.

A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.

If you see them, show them this information:
...some long hash

Source: © 2013 YouTube, LLC - www.youtube.com

Posted 14 months ago (18th Nov 2013) - by

Terms and Conditions May Apply #TACMA

Category: Media

10PM GMT, 5PM EST, 2PST, live on http://www.demandprogress.tv/

The fight for Internet Privacy, it's allies, and Demand Progress are hosting a movie night on Sunday 17th November 2013.

This movie is about how large corporations and the government's are tracking information via technology and the internet.



So, basically, are you really sure about all those terms and conditions you simply clicked 'agree' to?

Twitter. Your images still belong to you as the content poster, however they can re-use them if they wish ("a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense)").

LinkedIn. Can pretty much do as they wish with your data too. Oh, and your ideas, analyse them, commercialise them ("copy, prepare derivative works of, improve, distribute, publish, remove, retain, add, process, analyse, use and commercialise, in any way now known or in the future discovered..." )

Facebook. Hey this big company can do what they like too with your uploaded content. Don't want that any more? Deleted your profile? Shame all those other people interacted with your content, because Facebook is allowed to keep hold of it till all ties are gone.

Google is limited to operational, service improvements and promotional material. Google+ i'm not too sure on, but be my guest and read the terms then fill me in.



I personally use all of the above, and while the terms may be interesting and sometimes worrying, I already agreed to them, and can't change it now. Future terms are different, you may notice the app permissions on mobile phones the request things that they don't need. For example, why does a product listing site require access to all your contacts, phone calls, call history and SMS? I don't know why, and for that reason, I don't install them.

I'll be updating here when the #TACMA at http://www.demandprogress.tv/ has finished.

Posted 14 months ago (17th Nov 2013) - by

Lenovo A1000 Tablet for £1

Category: Media

If you purchase any ThinkPad W Series Laptop you can get a Lenovo A1000 Tablet for £1 / €1 by activating the eCoupon at checkout.

The coupon is:
TABLETFOR1


You can get to the participating laptops HERE.

Posted 17 months ago (8th Sep 2013) - by

No more Nokia, now owned by Microsoft

Category: Media

Microsoft has agreed a deal to buy Nokias mobile phone business for 5.4bn euros ($7.2bn or £4.6bn).

Nokia will also license its patents and mapping services to Microsoft. Nokia shares jumped 45% on news of the deal.

The purchase is set to be completed in early 2014, when about 32,000 Nokia employees will transfer to Microsoft.

While Nokia has struggled against competition from Samsung and Apple, Microsoft has been criticised for being slow into the mobile market.


Read more at BBC News

Posted 17 months ago (3rd Sep 2013) - by

20% VAT on Suncream, vote to stop this now

Category: Media

We pay 20% VAT on sunscreen as it is deemed a luxury!! With more than 100,000 people in UK diagnosed with skin cancer per year, Asda is calling on the Government to scrap tax on it. Please sign the e-petition at your.asda.com/dontgetburnt

Posted 19 months ago (29th Jun 2013) - by

Copyright Infringement, ISP's and the new Six Strikes Rule.

Category: Media

Six Strikes is here.

Beginning today, AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon have all agreed to start spying on their users.

That's right. The US's largest Internet Service Providers are implementing a new "online infringement" plan to identify and punish, with virtually no due process, users suspected of downloading copyrighted content.

Click here to tell the ISPs: no cyber-snooping, no punitive new copyright rules.

After a year of back room dealing with the MPAA and RIAA, the nation's top ISPs have agreed to use the so-called "Copyright Alert System" (or "Six Strikes") to go after customers suspected of file-sharing

Following a series of escalating warnings, the plan would allow ISPs to slow down, or "throttle," the Internet connection of suspected copyright violators.

And if you want to contest the accusation? That will cost you $35.

Click here to put the ISPs on notice: stop overly punitive infringement policies or we'll take our business elsewhere.

The new plan would jeopardize open and public WIFI networks, and lead to widespread wrongful accusations for those who share a network at home, in a WIFI hot spot, or in the workplace.

Six Strikes is designed to safeguard the profits of America's wealthiest industries by tracking, targeting, and punishing internet users. Click here to oppose Six Strikes.

Posted 24 months ago (26th Feb 2013) - by

My thoughts on the "Windows 8 - Automatic repair failed" Loop.

Category: Media

So, I've had windows 8 professional installed on a laptop for less than a month now and guess what...


..I now join the club with the Automatic Repair Loop. From turning the laptop on, windows 8 goes straight into a "Diagnosing your PC" which takes FOREVER.

After several hours, it then states this fails, gives you some options, a command line, refresh, reset, etc. Nothing appears to work.

I tried all the command line stuff, fix MBR, chkdsk, rebuilding the BOOTREC, removing the old bootrec bla bla bla. Recovery CD's appear pointless.


So, 3 days attempting to repair this, no luck, I give up.

Returning to Windows 7 tomorrow on this. Oh, what appeared to cause this? I left the laptop alone doing windows updates, it did 3, went up through the percentages, reached 100%, restarted, and DEAD.

I wish to move to Windows 8 in the future, but won't be doing so a)without a touch screen, and b) when service pack 1 is released.

The issues appear to be with the UEFI that is involved with Windows 8. Sorry Microsoft, but fix it, or i'll be giving this one a pass.

Posted 24 months ago (21st Feb 2013) - by

So Demand Progress is back need help against CISPA

Category: Media

This is another new internet privacy act. You can vote on demand progress against it, here is the info from demand progress:

Friends, Did you hear that CISPA is back? The misguided, anti-privacy bill -- defeated last year by a huge public outcry -- has been reintroduced in Congress. The new version of the bill would allow private companies to share our personal data with the government, other companies, and private agencies like the MPAA. Click here to join me in standing up to this assault on internet privacy: http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa_is_back/?referring_akid=2004.322082.UIwE_R&source=taf They don't need a warrant, and companies who share your information are given immunity from all pre-existing privacy laws! No wonder companies like AT&T and Verizon have already signed on in support. Click here to tell congress NO to CISPA: http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa_is_back/?referring_akid=2004.322082.UIwE_R&source=taf Supporters of CISPA -- like its sponsor Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger -- have said they can't see any reason why businesses needed to hide your personal data from the government. They don't get it. Like last time, we need to take a stand against violations of our basic rights to privacy. Please join me in calling on Congress to oppose CISPA: http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cispa_is_back/?referring_akid=2004.322082.UIwE_R&source=taf

Posted 24 months ago (19th Feb 2013) - by

Windows 8 Release Preview with Apps

Category: Media

Today I got fed up with things like explorer not refreshing properly in windows 7, some programs not running properly, crashing, spending days trying to just get a mouse to work (Microsoft Intellipoint problems...), so I decided to install the windows 8 release preview.

This install process took no longer than 15 minutes from the moment I pressed the power button. The install took just over 10 minutes, then it started asking the usual first time set-up questions.

So, after 15 minutes I was then finally presented with this:
Windows 8 Release Preview With Apps

Posted 32 months ago (2nd Jul 2012) - by

Samsung Galaxy S3 - Preorder

Category: Media



Samsung Galaxy S3

The Next Samsung Galaxy has arrived. The Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile phone is hotly tipped to be the smartphone of 2012. The 4.8 inch high definition display with Super AMOLED technology screens your movies in stunning detail.
Combining the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich with a 1.4GHz quad core processor, the Samsung Galaxy S3 lets you multitask extensively upon a responsive and easily customisable user interface. Take photos using the 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording and share to your friend seamlessly across your favourite social networking sites. With a 16GB internal memory and cloud storage, access to your favouite multimedia to keep you entertained on the go. For those who desire the premium smartphone of 2012, choose the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Pre-order you Samsung Galaxy SIII now. Due out end of May 2012 from various places.

Posted 34 months ago (4th May 2012) - by

UK George Osborne's Budget March 2012

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Read More / Source: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17449501

Posted 36 months ago (21st Mar 2012) - by

HTC One X pre order for April

Category: Media

The HTC one x is now available for pre-order for expected launch in April 2012. It can be found here: in many places now

Information from HTC.com:

Extraordinary quad-core power gives you lightning-fast web browsing, remarkable picture quality and hyper-realistic gaming effects --all on a giant, 4.7-inch HD screen. Then there's the amazing camera that captures every moment with crisp, vivid, beautiful photos.


Size:	134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
Weight:	130 grams with battery
Display:	HD 720p touch
Screen:	4.7-inch (1280 x 720 resolution)

Posted 37 months ago (28th Feb 2012) - by

CHEAPER PETROL AND DIESEL, BY ROBERT HALFON MP AND FAIRFUEL UK

Category: Media

From the e-petition:

"
Responsible department: Her Majesty's Treasury

High petrol and diesel prices are crippling our economy.

Many motorists now pay a tenth of their income just to fill up the family car, and millions of families are suffering.

Businesses are under immense pressure, especially the road freight industry. But petrol and diesel are now so astronomically expensive, it is COSTING the Government money. This is because fewer people can afford to drive, leading to lower tax revenues.

Therefore, this petition calls on the Government to:

1) Scrap the planned 4p fuel duty increases, which are scheduled for January and August 2012.

2) Create a price stabilisation mechanism that smooths out fluctuations in the pump price.

3) Pressure big oil companies to pass on cheaper oil to motorists.

4) Set up a Commission to look at market competitiveness, and radical ways of cutting fuel taxes in the longer term.
"

You can sign this / view the petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/347

Source: http://epetitions.direc...

Posted 37 months ago (26th Feb 2012) - by

Tiger bread renamed giraffe bread by Sainsbury's

Category: Media

Sainsbury's is renaming its tiger bread after a letter a three-year-old girl wrote to the company, saying the bread looked more like a giraffe, went viral.

In May 2011, Lily Robinson wrote to the supermarket, suggesting that the bread should be called giraffe bread.

She received a letter back saying that renaming it was "a brilliant idea".

Her mother posted the letters on her blog and after it again became a topic of conversation on social media sites last week, the bread has been renamed.

Lily's letter said: "Why is tiger bread called tiger bread? It should be called giraffe bread. Love from Lily Robinson age 3 and 1/2".

Chris King from the Sainsbury's customer services team wrote back: "I think renaming tiger bread giraffe bread is a brilliant idea - it looks much more like the blotches on a giraffe than the stripes on a tiger, doesn't it?"

But he went on to explain how it had got its name: "It is called tiger bread because the first baker who made it a looong time ago thought it looked stripey like a tiger. Maybe they were a bit silly."...Read More


(Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/bus...)

Posted 38 months ago (1st Feb 2012) - by

What is ACTA? Where can I find out about ACTA?

Category: Media

The main points are:
(Source: www.laqua..)

More information can be found on ACTA here: http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/How_to_act_against_ACTA


What makes ACTA so controversial here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/access.3cdn.net/056c38bab9bf699e4e_rgm6iyv2t.pdf


You can sign a UK Petition on direct.gov here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20685
This needs 100,000 votes to be considered for House of Commons.


In the mean time, the following places can be contacted:

to get the message to European Parliment.

Posted 38 months ago (23rd Jan 2012) - by

SOPA and PIPA have been shelved!

Category: Media

Several posts on other websites and twitter have come up, announcing that SOPA and PIPA have both been shelved.

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is putting the PROTECT IP Act on hold. "In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT IP Act," he said in on twitter.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), a sponsor of Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), followed and http://judiciary.house.gov/news/01202012.htmlannounced he would be delaying consideration of the legislation.

The idea behind these is likely to come back within a short period of time, however they are likely to be much more revised and probably wont be called SOPA and PIPA.

As proven yesterday with megaupload / megavideo, the acts aren't needed at the moment to take action. So the internet is safe for today, search engines can continue with their normal crawling, and socially generated sites (wiki, facebook, twitter.. etc) can stay as they are, the way the users like them.

Posted 38 months ago (20th Jan 2012) - by

Obama waves goodbye to SOPA

Category: Media

President Obama has stated that he will not support the Bill.
It has been decided that the house will revisit the bill next month, and that any future bills MUST be more narrowly focused.

“The voice of the Internet community has been heard,” said Issa. “Much more education for members of Congress about the workings of the Internet is essential if anti-piracy legislation is to be workable and achieve broad appeal.”- California congressman Darrell Issa

However, PIPA is still in line for later this month, and would still allow companies to sue on website copyright infringment.
Obama has come out against both bills. The white house response can be found Here.

Posted 38 months ago (19th Jan 2012) - by

Megaupload is Gone - Without SOPA or PIPA

Category: Media

Today the Federal Bureau of Investigation has shut down Megaupload.com. So why do we need SOPA or PIPA? Megauploads 'leaders' have been charged with money laundering, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement, and some other charges about to piracy laws.
So goodbye Megaupload, hopefully the Senates will realise SOPA and PIPA aren't needed, and the rest of the internet is kept the way it is.

Posted 38 months ago (19th Jan 2012) - by

How could SOPA affect Wikipedia?

Category: Media

Wikipedia, in the same way as other influential online brands like Facebook and Twitter, relies on user-generated content. It is therefore in the same danger bracket if SOPA legislation sinks its teeth in to the online encyclopedia.

The proposed laws are not clear-cut.

As one debater noted, Wikipedia is probably riddled with copyright violations. Unless Wikipedia was willing to spend an enormous budget — for which it doesn’t have — regulating and checking every contribution, it probably wouldn’t be able to survive in the online world of SOPA.

It seems to be an opinion in other countries than the U.S that the enforcement of this legislation wouldn’t affect international sites. The U.S based company Verisign controls the .com, .net, and .org registries — which in turn makes SOPA an immediate, global issue, and not one purely restricted to U.S websites.

If the SOPA bill is passed in America, it is likely that other governments will follow suit.

The discussion prompted by Wales’ straw poll has prompted interesting debate. A Wikipedia blackout could be used to promote knowledge of the proposed legislation, and allow internet users in other countries to become more aware of how the bill would eventually affect them.

Because it will. SOPA is not a U.S website central issue — it is a global concern.

However, the risk Wikipedia takes is moving from a politically-neutral platform.

If Wikipedia is willing to do this in order to protest legislation that may affect them, then perhaps using a blackout as a last resort may be a more sensible option. Or, on the other hand, staging a potential ‘future Wikipedia scenario’ now might contribute to changes in the legislation before it’s too late.

If the SOPA bill does come in to play, Wikipedia may end up on more than a voluntary, short-term blackout.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/would-a-wikip...

Posted 38 months ago (13th Jan 2012) - by

The Evolution of Google Search

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Posted 40 months ago (29th Nov 2011) - by

Mango Update for Windows Phone 7 (HTC HD7)

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Posted 42 months ago (6th Oct 2011) - by

UKStudentHosting.com

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Any students need hosting? Get cheap uk hosting for students, only at www.ukstudenthosting.com for only £1 per month.

Posted 42 months ago (3rd Oct 2011) - by