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The internet has certainly changed our lives for the better. We can now pay our bills online, do our banking and investing, shop, conduct research, make all sorts of travel-related reservations, do business, and even obtain advanced university degrees. We download books and music online, and keep our photos and music safely saved in the cloud with our important documents. Internet service is no longer a luxury; it is a must-have in today’s society. And you can determine who the top internet service providers in your area are so that you can get the right connection to meet your needs as well as your budget.
A new browser that circumvents the censorship applied by some governments to web sites has turned out to be far more popular than its creators ever expected. The Pirate Browser, launched just three days ago by The Pirate Bay, a notorious bittorrent tracking site now boasts around one-hundred thousand users. In fact, the sheer volume of downloads reached fever pitch at over 1,00p per hour, causing The Pirate Bay to have to upgrade the connection attached to the download link for the browser.
The PirateBrowser allows access to web sites that some governments and their internet providers would normally block. Some of these countries include Ireland, Finaland, Denmark, Italy, Belgium, North Korea, The United Kingdom and The Netherlands. It uses several components to do this, including Tor, a brand of open network software and the portable version of FireFox. However, this also means that the PirateBrowser does not allow any user to surf anonymously, something that it states specifically. A spokesperson for The Pirate Bay stated that making the PirateBrowser completely anonymous would slow down the browsing experience for users. The new browser is currently only available for Windows users, but will soon be releasing versions for Mac as well as Linux users.
Those of us who dream of a big city with bright lights in the middle of the desert may not have to ever travel there to experience the feeling. This is because the feeling is as close as our computers, according to one anthropologist, who says all we have to do is log onto Facebook. And the statistics show just how interested people have become in the social media giant: apparently, eleven percent of all of the time we devote to the internet is spent on Facebook. But does this mean we truly love becoming lost for hours at time on social media sites?
Not necessarily, says Natasha Schull, the anthropologist who conducted a study into Las Vegas; specifically, its slot machines. According to Schull, it’s the ‘machine zone‘, a loop which sees slot machine players entering into an infinite loop of pushing the button and seeing something slightly different happen each time you do. When in this zone, time, the sense of monetary value and many other things simply become moot. However, as safe and secure as the ‘machine zone’ can make so many slot players feel, at the conclusion of slot machine activity is often sadness and disappointment for players.
Who would have ever thought that we would be talking on a phone without a cord or rotary dial someday? Martin Cooper, that’s who. And it was 40 years ago today, on April 3, 1973 that Cooper made even the most seasoned New Yorkers gasp in surprise as he crossed Sixth Avenue with the world’s first handheld mobile phone. The former engineer joined Motorola in 1952 and had a hand in some significant tech innovations, such as a physician paging system.
So what were the dimensions of that state-of-the-art phone that Cooper proudly carried on this day four decades ago? Pretty small for its day, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x weighed two-and-a-half pounds and was ten inches long. And the cost to buy one? A mere $4,000 back in the day, which would be around $9,000 today.
A new set of rules launched by the Federal Communications Commission today will require consumers to temporarily give up their cell phone signal boosters. The rules focus on how the boosters are deployed and sold. The issue lies with the fact that these boosters seem to be causing interference in wireless and cellular networks. Any owners of these boosters, should they wish to continue using them, must first get permission from their wireless provider, according to the new rules.
As well, owners of signal boosters must ensure they’ve been registered with their wireless providers. Although many consumer advocates are saying that these new rules are unfair to consumers, how the registration process will be orchestrated by wireless carriers still appears to be a ways away. As well, how non-compliant booster owners will be dealt with remains to be seen.