YouTube Battles Twitch With ‘Sponsorship’ Program

YouTube is to expand a program letting game streamers earn money directly from viewers. It comes across as a clear attempt to compete with the success of Twitch. Though the Sponsorships program already existed in beta form, it was largely downplayed in favour of a separate scheme for paid access to view a channel. That’s […]

Chrome To Block Autoplay Of Videos With Sound

Chrome is to block automatic play of videos with sound unless the user has indicated they are interested in such clips. While many will see such a move as a good thing in itself, Google is also promoting it as a way to make website display more consistent between desktop computers and mobile devices where […]

FREE eBook: Penetration Testing – A Survival Guide ($55 Value)

Today on Geeks are Sexy, we’re offering you “Penetration Testing – A Survival Guide” ($55 Value) from Packt Publishing for free! The need for penetration testers has grown well over what the IT industry ever anticipated. Running just a vulnerability scanner is no longer an effective method to determine whether a business is truly secure. […]

#hashtagturns10

10 years ago today, a Twitter user posted a hashtag for the first time. That means a decade of a useful feature, many years of annoying advertising and several years of annoying spoken redundancy. The idea of hashtags came more than a year after the site’s launch and was suggested by user Chris Messina who […]

Facebook Adds Original Video Section

Facebook is to host original video content in a new section of your newsfeed. Don’t expect any blockbusters though: it isn’t paying anything up front for content. The new Watch tab on the site and app will host short form shows as well as the occasional live sporting event. The content will all be free […]

Adobe To Kill Flash In 2020

Adobe says it will ditch the Flash Player at the end of 2020. It says open standards such as HTML5 mean Flash is no longer needed. Rather than use the verb “kill”, Adobe instead says it will “end-of-life” Flash, specifically that it will stop distributing the player and issuing updates in 2020, though it will […]

WiFi Users Agree To Clean Portable Toilets

22,000 WiFi users in the UK have unwittingly agreed to unblock sewers by hand. They failed to read a clause placed in terms and conditions as a stunt. Purple provides Wi-Fi services that businesses and other facilities offer as public Wi-Fi for customers. To access the connection, customers need to confirm they accept a set […]

Web Giants Plan Net Neutrality Protest

Your Internet experience will probably suck worse than usual on Wednesday. It’s part of a coordinated “day of action” to protest planned changes that would reduce the enforcement of net neutrality. Back in May the Federal Communications Commission, which has changed both its leadership and political make-up since the last US elections, formally proposed reclassifying […]

The Internet of Things S**t [Video]

The Internet of things: Just because it’s connected, it doesn’t mean it’s smart. Let’s make connected products based on human behavior. No one wants a Wi-Fi toothbrush. [Daniel Warwick]

Twitch Viewers Become Stock Traders

The stock market is the latest cooperative game for Twitch viewers, with one brave software developer putting up $50,000 for users to invest with their collective wisdom. While it’s primarily a platform for watching others play games, Twitch has had several experiments for collective play, including users coordinating chat room commands to complete an entire […]

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For today’s free eBook, get “Practical Linux Security Cookbook” (a $22 Value,) FREE For a Limited Time! Whether you are new to Linux administration or experienced, this book will provide you with the skills to make systems more secure. What You Will Learn: -Learn about various vulnerabilities and exploits in relation to Linux systems -Configure […]

Nuggets Beat Ellen As Retweet Record Falls

A man seeking free chicken nuggets has set a new record for the most retweeted post on Twitter. Carter Wilkinson’s tweet has passed the 3,430,249 retweets of Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscars selfie — and his poultry plea has paid off. Wilkinson acted after cheekily asking Wendy’s last month how many retweets he would have to get […]