Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Spotify to introduce free, on-demand service

Posted on: December 6th, 2013 by No Comments

There is a huge emphasis on mobile-specific on-demand services right now, and music streaming service Spotify has taken note of this. The company currently offers unlimited mobile music streaming for $10 a month, but has recently penned deals with labels like Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group with the view to up their ad-based services and offer free streaming instead. While Spotify has a similar service available for desktop and laptops, this doesn’t include unlimited music streaming. Mobile users opting for the free service will also find limitations – although they will be able to choose what tracks to listen to, they will only get a limited number of on-demand songs per month. More details will be revealed during a press conference next week.

The Bible is telling people your passwords

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by No Comments

A recent report has claimed that the Bible is giving passwords away. Top IT news site Ars Technica spoke to password security researcher Kevin Young, who described how he and fellow researcher John Dustin fed about 15,000 books, including the Bible, into their password cracking software. The software managed to uncover a multitude of passwords which used words borrowed from popular literature and films, emphasizing the fact that Star Wars, Harry Potter or, yes, the Bible really shouldn’t be the inspiration for checking your security on the internet.

‘Game of Thrones: The 8-bit Game’ is released

Posted on: September 12th, 2013 by No Comments

Game of Thrones fans desperately twiddling their thumbs until Season 4 starts next year (or until the next book is finally published) will be happy to know they can distract themselves for a little while. A super-fan has recently created an 8-bit platform game based on the series, featuring the 2D pixelated artwork we know and love – along with some of the characters we know and love along with it.

Enjoy a 2D side-scrolling release, where players attempt to navigate multiple levels by dodging obstacles and projectiles – all the while defeating enemies and picking up items. With four fan-favorite characters playable (Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister and Davos Seaworth), fans are sure to get a kick out of this retro version of Westeros.

Spanish developer Abel Alvarez Rejo is the brains behind the game, and has luckily made it available for free. The Internet reaction to the game has been so phenomenal that Alves has spoken of creating similar games in the same retro context. Keep an eye on his website for more.

Watch the trailer here, and enjoy the nostalgia.

Redesign Arcade Fire’s latest music video through your smartphone

Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by 1 Comment

Though the technology behind music videos has come a long way since Dire Straits’ Money For Nothing premiered on MTV Europe, it hasn’t quite caught up with the respective changing worlds of movies, music and TV. With their video for “Reflektor” Arcade Fire has taken the release of their latest single to a whole new level – in a nutshell, the technology behind the “Reflektor” video allows you to paint effects on the screen with your smartphone whilst the video plays.

The way it works is when you link your smartphone with your web browser, thereby syncing the visual tracking from your computer’s webcam, and the data your phone provides through its gyroscope and accelerometer. This allows the phone to become a tool to manipulate whatever you’re seeing onscreen, giving you the space to alter every scene in the video. You can change each effect by modifying the distance and angle of your phone to the computer screen.

Whilst a traditional shoot still took place on location in Haiti, a specialist team implemented the new technology through the post-production process. Luckily for other developers, the team chose to make the code open-source, as well as go a step further by giving users a tech page portal through which they too could tweak the set-up of the video – something that would apply in real time. The most groundbreaking part of the video hits towards the end of the video, which you can discover here – since the project is a Google Chrome experiment we would recommend downloading that first (if you don’t have it).

The Pirate Bay launches PirateBrowser

Posted on: August 12th, 2013 by No Comments


To celebrate ten years of existence, The Pirate Bay has launched its own browser. The file-sharing website, which has been the bane of the entertainment industry since its inception, has described PirateBrowser as “a simple one-click browser that circumvents censorships and blockades and makes [Pirate Bay] instantly available and accessible [with] no bundled ad-ware, toolbars or other crap, just a Pre-configured Firefox browser.”

This means that the countries that fought for so long to ban The Pirate Bay – these including the UK and the US – have yet another hurdle to jump over. The makers of PirateBrowser claim that the browser is an anti-censorship tool rather than rule it out as a mere extension of the actual website. Whilst PirateBrowser’s main scope is to get around the blocks installed against it in the aforementioned countries, potential users are warned that it doesn’t mean their browsing will be completely anonymous, and that they should continue to exercise precautions when it comes to torrents.

5 Apps That Will Safeguard Your Browsing Experience

Posted on: August 5th, 2013 by No Comments


Since its establishment for popular use, the Internet has changed enormously. Gone are the days when surfing the World Wide Web was a carefree process for the sake of entertainment – nowadays everything from restaurant reservations to personal banking takes place online. With so much information and so many processes available online, it has become easy pickings for hackers to weave their way into various parts of the internet and manipulate it to read your personal information. Luckily there are several apps available to protect the data your Internet use renders, no matter what your preferred browser is.

DoNotTrackMe: A cross-browser extension that blocks sites from tracking you, DoNotTrackMe is constantly updated to always be on top of the latest trackers.

Googlesharing: It wouldn’t be exaggerated to say the Internet wouldn’t be the Internet without Google. The problem with searching is that Google stores everything we search for in a user-specific profile. The Googlesharing app keeps that from happening by blocking Google from storing this information and keeping your searches private.

SecureGmail: No one wants sensitive information passed on by emails to be leaked to any unwanted sources. SecureGmail encrypts and decrypts emails sent through Gmail, keeping everyone but your recipient from reading your mail through a password system (which you’ll need to share beforehand).

SimpleWash: Social media has taken over everyday life by changing the way people connect. This means that anything you’ve shared with your friends is most likely on Facebook – the good, the bad, AND the very ugly. SimpleWash’s technology erases any potentially embarrassing or compromising information about you by delving into your Facebook/Twitter profiles. This app deals with things like tagged photos and status updates you’d rather never see again, ensuring your online presence is much more respectable.

Boxcryptor: It is becoming the norm to use cloud drives like Dropbox or Google Drive, simplifying file-sharing and making it easy to access your data wherever you go. Yet even cloud sharing requires some degree of protection. BoxCryptor works by grouping together and encrypting files on your hard disk before they are synced with the cloud service of your choice, thereby keeping your personal files personal.

Which Browser?

Posted on: July 25th, 2013 by No Comments

Battle of the browsers


With a wealth of browsers to pick from, it’s getting harder and harder to decide which one is best suited to your particular browsing experience. You get the popular stereotypes – Internet Explorer is for technophobes, Google Chrome for the ‘geek chic’, Mozilla Firefox for those too stubborn to accept Chrome’s so-called superiority; and Safari for the Apple ‘snobs’. We’ve researched these four ‘top dog’ browsers and have compared their common features to see where their strengths (and weaknesses) lie.


Internet Explorer

Best for: Security. With features like ‘Do Not Track’ and ‘Use Tracking Protection’, IE can put a stop (or at least control) to the websites you visit collecting sensitive data about you. You can also browse ‘InPrivate’, which eliminates passwords, search history, webpage history, and any other information you put in once you close IE. The SmartScreen feature also helps protect you by detecting any potentially harmful websites.

Worst for: Personalisation. IE 10 lacks the option to change themes, and whilst its personal appearance has improved over earlier versions, it still has a lot of catching up to do.


Google Chrome

Best for: Plug-ins, personalisation and stability. Chrome offers a seemingly endless range of extensions and apps to enhance your browsing experience, as well as a sign-in option that gives you the option of accessing your favourite pages on different computers. Chrome also runs different tabs as separate processes, which means if one tab crashes, the other pages are not affected. HTML 5 also runs superbly on Chrome.

Worst for: No integrated RSS reader, which means you cannot get all the feeds you subscribe to in one fluid page.


Mozilla Firefox

Best for: Add-ons. Whilst Chrome is catching up fast, Firefox has always dominated this field, with a range of plug-ins that continue to impress.

Worst for: Stability. Too many add-ons slow Firefox down significantly, causing crashes on an oft-regular basis.


Apple Safari

Best for: Mobile syncing. If you own an Apple device, Safari definitely is the one to go to (no surprise here). Safari also has always offered a very secure browsing experience, guaranteeing that websites bearing malicious code will never get into your computer system.

Worst for: Speed. Speed has always been an issue for Safari, which places poorly in terms of loading graphics-heavy pages. It is also lagging as far as HTML 5 goes.