Now this is something that frustrates me to no end. Have you heard of the SOPA bill? Not many have. That is because the government has been trying to keep this bill hush hush as much as possible. But why keep it hush hush? Well, do you know what the bill is for?
The way they “sold” the bill was thus, the bill is going to allow the government to outlaw piracy sites, domain names, and censor search results on copyrighted material. Seems like the right thing huh? Wrong. Here, watch this video and understand it a little better. Then if you disagree like I definitely do, then go to http://americancensorship.org/ and send an email stating you do not want this to pass.
Ah, the great search engine giant. The “I really don’t have a clue where I am going to find someone that can teach me to play ukulele while riding backwards on a llama in Germany during Oktoberfest!” site. Google, as you probably know, has been sticking its hands into many different markets as of late. Such markets include: Internet Browsers (Google Chrome), OS’s (Chromebooks), and Mobile Phone’s (Android). Their latest attempt is thus something heroic as usual and may be quite a contender.
Google is now into Social Networking!!! Isn’t that exciting?! Say yes, or I really sound like a freak. Anyways, Google has announced Google + is now available to select participants in a closed beta. This beta is invitation only, mainly to “work out the kinks”. Sadly, I see through their scheme of “beta participants”. In reality, Google has done themselves a favor by making their social networking site exclusive. Imagine it this way: If you were walking through a mall of a bunch of stores that offered almost the exact same merchandise as all the others and one was only letting people that they had pre-picked to go in, you automatically want to be able to go into that store. Same way with social networks. If Google plays their cards right with Google +, then Facebook may become the new MySpace.
That said, I am one of those special people invited to Google+ and I must say, there is much I like about it. It’s clean and sleek, not so cluttered as Facebook looks sometimes. It’s also ad-free which is surprising for Google which makes much of its money off its AdSense ability. The ability to drag and drop friends into different circles is also a nice touch. Now I can make geeky comments to my geek friends without everyone on Facebook going, “what the hell is he talking about?”. This could also be in your favor if you don’t want family and coworkers to see those embarrassing pictures of you at the party Last Friday Night. There is many more features that are worth mentioning, but I don’t want to give out all Google+ has to offer.
Since there are very few that follow the blog, if you comment on this post, I can arrange you get an invite to what is Google+. Feel free to comment on the blog as well as subscribe on the sidebar to your right.
You may know what the word means, but this word has been one of the most searched terms on the internet for the past couple of years. Why you may ask? Well, this Anonymous isn’t just a word, its a group. This group has been responsible for a lot of DDoS (Denial of Service) attacks on government websites, given a lot of stolen information to WikiLeaks headed by Julian Assange, even going as far to crash the websites of MasterCard and VISA. This group has caused more trouble in a couple years, than many anarchist groups do in a lifetime. Here is a link to a video they released titled “What We Are Capable Of – THIS IS ANONYMOUS”.
I not saying I am a part of this group by sponsoring the video provided via YouTube. I figure this as an informative post about Anonymous, not biased in any way, shape, or form. This is what Anonymous released to the public to see what their mission was. If this should be interpreted in anyway, it should be interpreted as a documentary on what Anonymous supposedly stands for. By no means am I responsible for the content on here, neither am I sponsoring Anonymous and or their activities. Thank you.
Once again, it seems that the two software giants Apple and Microsoft cannot agree on something. Gasp! Its sooooo surprising. The disagreement this time? WebGL.
Now the argument? Its simple. Recently Microsoft released that it doesn’t support the WebGL graphic standard as it is now due to security issues. As long as WebGL has these supposed vulnerabilities, Microsoft will not support it as a Web standard. Its just too risky they say, which acknowledging the recent LulzSec and Anonymous hackers who are getting worldwide media attention, doesn’t seem to be a bad take on it. On the otherside, you have Apple who announced today that it does support WebGL and has signed up for WebGL for iAds. iAds are very flashy and interactive Ads that have recently been incorporated into the iPhone OS interface. So those of you with iPhones, prepare for your ads to really sparkle at this next iPhone OS update! Yay ADS! >.>
Here are the links to Microsoft’s and Apple’s news releases on CNet:
Apple’s News Release
Microsoft’s News Release
These last couple years have shown tremendous improvements in technology. From TV’s to gaming and computers. But one area that has boomed more than the rest in the last couple years is Mobile Market. I am talking about the Smartphone revolution. Many of you many have a Smartphone right now, Android, Iphone, or Blackberry. But many of you don’t know how to use your smartphone to its full potential. You may have noticed these little square things that look like an arrangement of tiny boxes on newspapers, online websites, and recently real estate signs.
I have a video here of my friend Nick Smoot, giving you the lowdown on things QR and showing how big of a industry Mobile devices really are…
So Mozilla has recently released their “Release Candidate” for Firefox 4.0. Though this is what it tentatively will be like, there is still a few bugs to be worked out, but it is now available for download.
Since many of you now use Firefox for your browsing needs, some use chrome still and sadly, IE8 or IE7, I figured I would give you a list of a few helpful or handy add-ons to add to Firefox to make it safer, faster, or give a much better experience overall.
- Adblock Plus– This handy add-on refers to a continually update list for different ads that run on the web. If it finds one of these ads, it will run a script to block it. Simple as that. Very nice because ads will slow down your internet considerably. Besides, they are annoying.
- Download Helper– A tool that allows you to download most videos off sites like Youtube, MySpace, Dailymotion, etc. It keeps them in a folder usually in your My Documents and is useful if you want to listen to your favorite songs or vids offline.
- Foxy Proxy– An add-on that switches your internet proxy when you get online by analyzing URL patterns. You can adjust it to use a certain proxy if you want to, but the easiest is to let it do it for you. This keeps your identity safer and harder for people to track you.
Now these are just a few of the thousands of add-ons that Mozilla Firefox offers, so if you are looking for a way to spice up your Firefox or make things easier, head to Mozilla’s Add-on Center. All add-ons are free, due to a license by Mozilla, however, many ask for donations. You are not by any means required to do this.
Anyways, I will keep you updated on Mozilla and when Firefox finally releases the real 4.0.