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It looks like Google is a little more secure today, after the Mountain View-based search giant unveiled that it has completely the upgrade of all its SSL certificates to 2048-bit RSA, which is a few months ahead of schedule.
Google Security Engineer, Dan Dulay, said: "we have completed this process which will allow the industry to start removing trust from weaker 1024-bit keys next year." The company announced back in May that it had started work on changing its key lengths, and wanted to complete the task before the end of the year. This was around two weeks prior to Edward Snowden making headlines on the NSA PRISM system.
With the new longer key lengths, Google makes cracking SSL connections much harder, which should have e-mail communication, encrypted banking transactions and more, much more secure. Dulay said: "hardware security module that contained our old 1024-bit intermediate certificate has served us well. Its final duty after all outstanding certificates were revoked was to be carefully destroyed."
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has awarded London the rights to its own domain name, paving the way for cities across the world to do the same thing.
This means that from spring 2014, businesses, individuals, and organizations in the UK's capital city will be able to apply for a web address with the .london suffix. It's believed that New York, Paris, Berlin and other cities have all applied for the same status. ICANN has reportedly had "tens of thousands" of businesses express interest in a .london domain.
Mayor Boris Johnson, said: "This is an excellent opportunity to expand London's digital presence, which in turn is set to generate funds to invest back into the city."
If you have ever wanted to visit the streets of Venice and be escorted through its historic waterways vis gondolier, then you do not have to wait any longer. Today Google rolled out a very extensive and thorough look at the city of love via its Street View service.
The tour through Venice not only hits the tourist highlights, but little visited areas of the city as well. Google utilized its Trekker backpack and Trike Street View imaging devices to capture the beautiful city in 360 degrees of glory. Head over to the source link below to visit places like Piazza San Marco and St. Marks' Cathedral, the Synagogue of the first Jewish Ghetto and even the Devil's Bridge in Torcello island.
"The narrow roads and bridges of Venice show off the need for the Trekker to bring imagery of more breathtaking places online for the world to see," a Google spokesperson said in an Interview. "Other pedestrian-only places we could take the Trekker include hiking in the natural forests and climbing the steps of ancient temples and castles."
Google is continuing to improve on its Gmail service, and today the search giant released new updates to Gmail that make using other web services much easier. Google has expanded the quick action button in Gmail and added one-click-access to even more popular web services than ever before.
One-click access allows users to quickly view things such as YouTube Videos, Open Dropbox and Google Drive documents, and even review and rate recently visited restaurants, all from within Gmail's inbox. Google says that these additions are not the last we will see, and that it will continue to add more quick-access buttons in the future as well as continuing to improve Gmail.
If you thought BitTorrent and Usenet would be the kings of peak-hour download traffic in the US, well, you'd be wrong. A new study from broadband company Sandvine, estimates that YouTube and Netflix are the kings of the US download traffic hill, by a long shot.
As you can see from the chart above, Netflix takes a huge 31.62% of the downstream traffic while YouTube scoops up 18.69%, so combined, they enjoy over half the US downstream traffic. If you look to the left, upstream traffic is completely dominated by BitTorrent with a huge 36.35%, and in second place is the usual HTTP traffic, with just 6.03%.
On November 17th, Amazon.com and the United States Postal Service will launch a new initiative that will see Amazon customers receiving packages in the mail on Sundays. Initially, this service will only be offered in Los Angeles and New York City, with the majority of the country receiving the service later in 2014.
Amazon says that Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix will be amongst the first additional cities to receive the service in 2014, and further rollout will take place as it grows in popularity. Amazon will deliver its packages from shipping centers to USPS facilities on Saturday evenings, and will then hand things off to USPS for Sunday delivery. At the moment, it is unclear if this service will cost extra or not, but the truth is that USPS could use a financial boost at the moment.
Kim Dotcom's cloud storage service, Mega, has exited its 'beta' label and is now featuring huge improvements, optimizations and a fresh new look. The new interface is said to have lowered CPU consumption, as well as some snips here and there within the code that should make it load faster.
The new, non-beta Mega also allows your session to be cached within your web browser, which should increase the speed of logins, as it'll only require the most recent of changes to be loaded from the Mega servers. Not only this, but you can now set your profile picture up, which will reflect in the contact lists of your friends in real-time.
Mega users can also dive in and check the progress of just how many files a specific user is sharing with you, as well as each file's last modification date, and time. Later this month, iOS users can expect a Mega app which will also be accompanied by a sync client, which will be nice. Early next year, we can expect Mega to unleash its encrypted messaging and chat services.
If you haven't heard about Lavabit, well, it was the e-mail service that Edward Snowden used until it was pretty much forced to close its electronic doors. The creator of the service, Ladar Levison, has now launched a Kickstarter campaign, where he's trying to raise funds for a dark mail encrypted e-mail service.
The dark mail service requires $196,608 in order to take the Lavabit source code and bake it into a free, and open-source project with the new dark mail protocol. Dark mail is looking to deliver a next-generation form of e-mail with end-to-end encryption, free from the prying eyes of our governments and their spy agencies.
The campaign will also be delivering the first dark mail clients to Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS.
Today Amazon officially launched its Matchbook service that we reported on a while back. The service offers electronic versions of hard copies of books customers purchase for an additional $3 or less. Amazon says that the service is retroactive and any books you have purchased over the years qualify if they are in e-book form.
The books are in Kindle format and include all the features one would expect when buying a book for their kindle. Whispersync, X-ray and everything else functions as normal. The company says that it will continue adding titles to the service and new releases will be added as well. Personally, I love this new service. Last year I lost my entire book collection when my home was destroyed in a fire, and now I can go to Amazon, and replace a lot of those books in digital form for just $3 each!
Today Google announced that two of its largest web services now support handwriting input. Thats right, both Gmail and Google Docs now let you transcribe text using input from a handwriting peripheral such as a stylus or usb-based pen. While this is useful for some, the real benefit comes when you combine this with Google Translate.
When combined with Google Translate, users who have to send an email to China or Japan can significantly speed up the writing process as users can simply handwrite the email in their own language, and let Translate handle the hard work for them. Unfortunately, anyone who has ever used Google Translate knows that it is notorious for inaccuracies so beware.