It’s a welcome relief to hear of #GivingTuesday, which follows Cyber Monday this year, on December 2. This is a day when you can focus on spending money without being a consumer. Imagine that!
A bill in the United Kingdom has been proposed that if implemented could result in internet service providers handing IP address information to the police. The bill has been proposed by Home Secretary Theresa May, and the bill states that service providers would need to tell the police who is using a specific IP address.
An IT company in Finland has come across a major security bug in WordPress 3 websites that could let hackers post comments on posts with malicious code. The bug is technically able to affect 86 percent of sites running WordPress, meaning that a large number of sites must change their security settings to avoid attacks.
Court cases have appeared all over the world in connection to Google Search, and at least in the United States, Google seems to be winning. A case had been filed against Google by S. Louis Martin, the owner of CoastNews who alleged Google was pushing his results too far down in searches. The case has now been heard, and a judge with the San Francisco Superior Court feels Google is in the right.
It’s been a problematic past couple of weeks for Google’s powers that be, which weren’t able to handle Nexus 6’s release very well, or dispatch Android 5.0 for older Nexus devices as quickly as we had expected.
Microsoft is updating Skype for Web in order to make text, voice, and video messages available without any plugin downloads. Most core Skype features are available in the browser version of the service, but up until now, Skype for Web has relied on plugins for messaging. Beginning today, the service has instant messaging built-in without any downloads required.
Reddit CEO Yishan Wong left the company on Thursday, and while his departure was triggered by an argument about office space, he had generally become worn out because of the job. Wong wrote on Quora shortly after it was revealed he had left the company that he was “completely worn out,” and his job was “having significantly detrimental effects on [his] personal life.”
Another Android Wear release, another series of availability hiccups. But all’s well that ends well, and Best Buy seems to have overcome its Asus ZenWatch faux pas.
Google is working on several fronts to improve the Android user experience and it’s just as important for Big G to bring Lollipop goodies to smartwatch owners as it is to leave KitKat behind on as many smartphones and tablets as possible.
Internet.org, a group backed by Facebook, Nokia, Qualcomm, and other technology companies, is expanding its free internet access to Kenya. The group’s goal is to provide internet access to the billions of people around the world who are currently without stable or affordable access. Since Internet.org began, the organization has begun providing internet access to people in parts of Africa, namely Zambia and Tanzania.
There used to be a time when we’d wonder how can Google find sufficient funds to keep the Nexus project afloat, with profit margins so obviously low. We’re well past that now, we’re afraid, as the Nexus product roster has stopped being about affordability with the introductions of the latest 6-inch smartphone and 9-inch tablet.
If you spent your morning like I did – streaming the ESA’s live feed, and you want to keep the excitement going, here’s 14 #CometLanding tweets that will surely uplift your Wednesday.