Pacific Underwater Cable Internet Goes Live

A massive underwater cable internet project to link Japan to the west coast of the United States is ready to go live. It marks the end of the two-year build that saw several companies, including Google, invest $300 million. The cable is 5,600 miles long and connects Oregon to the coastal Japanese cities of Chiba and Mie. The cable is nicknamed “Faster,” which is fitting considering the connection will run 60 terabits per second. To put it in perspective, that is 10 million times faster than the standard cable. Along with Google, the cable project was funded by Global Transit,

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Twitter’s New Dashboard Aimed at Small Business

Twitter is getting deeper into the social media management game with its recently released web and mobile standalone app, Twitter Dashboard. It’s aimed at small to medium-sized businesses that want to use the social media site to connect with their customers. It offers a suite of tools that allow a business account to see a customize feed of tweets, schedule posts, access tips on what to tweet, and more. One of Dashboard’s most appealing features is the ability to monitor Twitter for posts about your business, even if the tweet doesn’t include the business’s @username. Dashboard users can set up

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Is Netflix Offline Viewing On The Way?

It would be pretty amazing to have 24/7 access to Netflix, regardless of your internet connection. We know this has been on the table for awhile, because Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said he’s keeping an “open mind” towards it. Now, reports from LightReading and Gizmodo have said that the feature may launch by the end of the year. Although you likely wouldn’t need to use this feature all the time, it could be great for car rides, planes, or places with poor connectivity. The best part is, watching offline means no annoying buffering. The only hitch in Netflix’s plan

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Google and Facebook Move to Block Extremist Videos

Google and Facebook are two of the web’s biggest hosts of video content. Now, after pressure from international governments, they are moving to make the internet a safer place by quietly blocking extremist content from their sites. Using automation, Google and Facebook will be able to remove violent propaganda from being viewed. The technology being utilized was initially developed to remove copyright-protected content from video sites, and uses “hashes” – a unique digital fingerprint that assigns a company or group to specific video. If a hash is marked as extremist, all videos with that fingerprint would be removed instantly. This

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Huawei Working on Operating System

It’s either Apple or Android, right? Well maybe not for much longer. Huawei, the world’s third largest manufacturer of smartphones, is reportedly working on its own operating system in case its relationship with Google fractures. The project is under way in Scandinavia, where a number of former Nokia employees are contributing to the development. Huawei has recently begun focusing on software as a way of becoming more of a globalized electronics brand, and not just a dominant force in East Asia. This is worthy goal for the company since it hardly has any market share in North America. As for

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Etiquette Tips for Video Conferencing

Video conferencing is becoming a regular business practice. Its ease of use and inclusivity make it a great tool for business owners; however, many people find participating in a video conference to be a nerve-wracking experience. How do you act when you’re on camera, in a meeting with people who could be anywhere in the world? First, remember to always maintain eye contact. Don’t look into the monitor, instead stare directly into the camera. This lets others know you are engaged in the meeting. Similarly, avoid typing during the conference; the noise is distracting and it shows that you aren’t

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Connected Cars are Gaining Speed

There are more people in the United States who own a cell phone than a car – think of those texting-addicted teens who are thankfully too young to drive. But cars are quickly gaining speed in cellular world. In the first quarter of 2016, connected cars accounted for one-third of all new cellular devices. According to mobile industry consultants at Chetan Sharma, more cars were added to networks than phones in Q1. Since connected cars are still relatively new to the market, the possibilities are exciting. Already, AT&T has 8 million cars on its network, and according to Chetan Sharma’s

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Apple Maps Can Help Find Your Parking Spot

There’s nothing more frustrating than wandering around a parking lot, foolishly looking for your car. Forgetting where you parked is embarrassing, but Apple seems to think it can improve this experience by adding a new feature to Apple Maps for iOS 10. Apple’s upcoming parking reminder feature will automatically drop a pin to locate the car’s stationary location when parked somewhere other than your home address. Then, a parked car icon will appear in your Apple Maps, with an option to get directions to your car. Of course, there are similar apps that exist to help your find your car.

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Most Websites Vulnerable to Bot Attacks

According to a new study by Distil Networks Inc, 97 percent of major websites offer minimal to no security against bots. One thousand of the top websites in retail, financial services, consumer services, news and media – and even United States government agencies – were examined in the study. Bots can be used by competitors, hackers, and other cybercriminals for things like website scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, online fraud, account hijacking, data theft, and much more. Needless to say, they’re no small threat and protecting against them should be a priority. “Bots, especially Advanced Persistent Bots (APBs)

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Facebook Messenger Now Supports SMS

If you’re an Android user who loves to chat, you’re in luck. Facebook Messenger for Android now supports SMS messaging, meaning you no longer have to switch back and forth between applications. Messenger hopes it can be your default texting client. All you have to do to opt into the new service is update to the latest version of the app. Once enabled, you can set the app as your “default SMS app” in Messenger’s settings and then view your texts alongside Facebook chats. A handful of Facebook’s rich content such as stickers, emojis, and location information will also be

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