#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 […]

FREE eBook: Practical Linux Security Cookbook (a $22 Value) FREE For a Limited Time

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 […]

Important: Push Notifications from Geeks are Sexy

Hi guys! Just a quick post to tell you we’ve just enabled push notifications from Geeks are Sexy. What this means for you is that you’re going to get ONE message (and JUST ONE!) asking you to allow or block push notifications from the site. If you press block, you won’t get bothered again. If […]

Verizon Launches ‘Gigabit’ Internet

Verizon is to offer a Gigabit internet service for the first time, albeit in a limited range of places and not quite at the implied speed. The service is an upgrade to the existing Verizon Fios ‘Instant Internet’ offering of 750 Mbps for both uploads and downloads. The new deal will be available to the […]

Pandora Music Service Goes Premium, Picking Tough Fight

Pandora is going public with an on-demand streaming music service to rival the likes of Apple, Spotify and Google Play. But in doing so it’s effectively throwing out its “killer feature” leaving it with little to differentiate it. Pandora Premium costs $10 a month, putting it right at the going market rate. It’s an addition […]