AT&T U-Verse Brings Super-Fast Internet to Apple’s Hometown

AT&T recently announced the launch of an enhanced Internet service called U-verse with AT&T Gigapower in Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, California. This new service will provide Internet download speeds of up to 1Gbps in some residential and business areas. An upgraded residential gateway will support the latest Wi-Fi technology, meaning faster home and office Wi-Fi. TV service will also be available to Gigapower customers, with the ability to watch and record up to five HD programs at the same time. Customers will also have the ability to record up to 900 hours of SD programs, or 330 hours of HD

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GitHub Gets Hit with Massive DDoS Attack

GitHub, the popular US coding website, is in the midst of dealing with the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in the website’s history. The attack is believed to originate from China, as a surge in traffic intended for Baidu, China’s largest search engine, has been paralysing GitHub for the duration of the attack. The coding website used by programmers and tech firms to develop and share tools has been working overtime in an attempt to alleviate access problems. GitHub says the attack “involves a wide combination of attack vectors,” which “includes every vector we’ve seen in previous attacks

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Google’s Desktop Chrome Data Server Designed to Reduce Data Usage

Google has recently released a beta version of an extension called Data Saver for desktop Chrome that aims to reduce data usage and cost when tethered to a mobile connection. The beta version of the Data Saver extension is now available on the Chrome Store. The extension is designed to reduce data usage and cost by compressing pages on Google’s server before the data is sent to the browser. Data Saver also tracks how much data has been saved while the extension is enabled and displays the information as handy statistics. However, as data costs will be cut, so will

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Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Drive Storage

Amazon has just launched some new unlimited Cloud Drive storage plans for anyone looking to back up important files, photos and music in the cloud. Amazon’s unlimited photos plan lets you store an infinite number of images in Cloud Drive for $11.99 per year. 5GB of extra storage space will also be offered with the unlimited photos plan for storing whatever else users desire. A new “unlimited everything” plan has also been launched, giving users as much Cloud Drive space as needed to store photos, videos, documents, movies and music for $59.99 per year. “Most people have a lifetime of

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Tennessee Sues FCC Over City-Run Internet

The state of Tennessee is suing the FCC to overturn its recent city-friendly decision to dismantle laws that restrict municipalities from supplying broadband and competing with private companies such as AT&T and Comcast. The FCC recently re-classified broadband Internet as a utility, effectively declaring it as a right for every American and, at the same time, dismantled laws restricting competition. Now, while the broadband industry is suing the FCC to stop net neutrality rules, the state of Tennessee is also claiming the FCC “has unlawfully inserted itself between the State of Tennessee and the State’s own political subdivisions,” calling it

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Twitch Resets User Passwords After Data Breach

Twitch, the livestreaming service for gamers, recently confirmed reports that it suffered a security breach. As a result, the hugely popular service acquired by Amazon last year for nearly $1 billion is now requiring all users to change their passwords. Twitch made a blog post on their website notifying users of the breach which may have lead to unauthorized access to a number of user accounts. “For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you

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Trucking Companies – Lost Income

“…hundreds of millions of dollars lost by truckers because loads are not optimized…” Trucking companies lose significant income in three main areas related to the management of load weights. These costs often go unnoticed simply because it‘s the method of operation that has become common practice. It’s just the way it is. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Shipping Underweight There are hundreds of millions of dollars lost by truckers because loads are not optimized in terms of maximum load weight. The risk of hauling overweight, and the significant costs associated with that, causes shipment after shipment to

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Google to Launch Better Browsing Protection

Google will be increasing the amount of warnings users get before visiting a site full of “unwanted software.” A red caution warning will be generated whenever a user tries to visit a potentially harmful site. Google describes unwanted software as any secretly installed programs which change settings without a user’s consent. This “safe browsing” application already exists in Google Chrome, and is now being adapted to work in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers as well. This modification will protect about 1.1 billion users. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has been left out of this update, but users need not worry. Internet

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Facebook’s FriendFeed Service Shutting Down

The Facebook-owned service FriendFeed will be closing permanently on April 9, and is no longer accepting any new sign-ups. FriendFeed compiles updates from sites like Facebook, Flickr, Youtube, Twitter and more into one convenient stream. This social filtering service hit the Web in 2007, and became a subsidiary of Facebook in 2009 for an undisclosed sum. Since then, FriendFeed has lost many of its users. “We’ve been maintaining the service since we joined Facebook five years ago, but the number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining and the community is now just a fraction of what it once

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CRTC Punishes First Anti-Spam Law Offender

For the first time since the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) came into effect, the Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has issued a Notice of Violation. The CRTC is fining Canadian company Compu-Finder $1.1 million as punishment for sending emails without the recipients’ consent or a properly functioning unsubscribe mechanism. The CASL has been in effect since July 2014, forbidding marketers from sending commercial electronic messages, installing computer programs, and/or collecting email addresses without obtaining consent from consumers. Making false or misleading representations in electronic emails and collecting personal information without proper authorization is also illegal under this bill. If found

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