Email Pioneer Ray Tomlinson, RIP

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Ray Tomlinson, who developed what we now know as email, has died at the age of 74. As well as the technology itself, he created the use of the @ sign in addresses. Tomlinson worked at tech firm Bolt, Beranek and Newman and developed some key technologies for ARPANET, the military network that lay the […]

Free 30-Day Trial to Kindle Unlimited: Read Over one Million eBooks for Free!

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Just a quick post to let you geeks know about Kindle Unlimited, a new service by Amazon which offers you access to over one million ebooks! The first 30 days are free, and after this, the service costs $9.99 per month, but if you’re not interested, you can cancel right when the free trial ends! […]

Free eBook: Getting Started with the Web by O’Reilly Media

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Today’s free eBook is for all you geeks who want to learn more about the web, start a website, and more! Getting Started with the Web Want to build your own website—one that represents you, your cause, or your organization—without outside help? With this free guide, Shelley Powers quickly teaches you the basics: you’ll learn […]

Wikipedia Search Engine Costs Wikimedia Chief’s Job

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The head of Wikimedia’s parent organization has resigned over plans to create a search engine. Contributors were upset about both the move itself and a lack of transparancy over the plans. Lila Tretikov announced her departure as executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that oversees a range of websites, most notably Wikipedia. […]

Google’s Expands Anti-DDos Tool For News Sites

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Google is offering to protect news sites large and small from DDos attacks. It’s extending Project Shield, which was originally only for selected websites. The free service launched a few years ago for around 100 sites which had limited tech resources but were at particular risk of such attacks, including those highlighting human rights and […]

Google To Warn Of Bogus Download Buttons

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Google is to start warning users when a “download” button on a website might be a malware trick. Let’s hope it means less work for those of us who act as IT support, for work, friends or family. Bogus download buttons will be particularly familiar to anyone who has searched for software download sites, often […]

Tinder Adds Link To STD Clinics

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Tinder has added an app link that lets users locate the nearest STD clinic. It follows criticism from an HIV testing and prevention agency. The app won’t carry out the search itself, even though by definition it know the user’s location. Instead Tinder is simply adding a link in the FAQ section of the app. […]

Image Feed Highlights Unsecured Webcams

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A website that searches the “Internet of Things” has added a search facility for unsecured webcams. The operators say its designed to highlight security risks rather than enable voyeurs or would-be criminals. Shodan is designed for searching for details of devices, both computers and other devices from smart TVs to power plants, that are connected […]

Worst Passwords List Is Same Old $h1T

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The annual list of the “worst passwords” has again failed to tell us anything useful about security, thought perhaps provided a little (predictable) detail about popular culture. As always happens this time of year, a publicity-seeking company behind a password manager application has put together a list of the 25 worst passwords by simply counting […]

The Science of Internet Trolls [Video]

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Who are Internet Trolls and what do they look like scientifically? Find out in ASAP Science’s new video. [ASAPScience]

Stargate Universe Fans Petition Netflix: Over 100,000 Signatures so Far!

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Both fans and cast members of Stargate Universe are calling on Netflix to pick up the show. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition arguing that it’s a perfect fit for a streaming service. The show only ran for two seasons before being dropped by Syfy in 2010. Plans to conclude the story — […]

Netflix Claims VPN/Proxy Crackdown

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Netflix says it will crack down on customers using proxy servers and VPNs to access content restricted to specific countries. But not everyone is convinced the move can or will succeed. Customers use tools to bypass Netflix’s georestrictions for a variety of reasons, including: not having the service available at all in their country (though […]