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There are only 28 websites available in North Korea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

North Korea made the technological leap to land a man on the sun a few years ago, but it seems they're lacking when it comes to diversity with their websites.

 

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GitHub released a full list of North Korean websites that can be accessed by outsiders, with just 28 websites on the list. How did they get their hands-on the list of domains? They explain: "On Sept 19, 2016 at approximately 10:00PM (PST), one of North Korea's top level nameservers was accidentally configured to allow global DNS zone transfers. This allows anyone who performs an AXFR (zone transfer) request to the country'sns2.kptc.kp nameserver can get a copy of the nation's top level DNS data".

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AdBlock Plus launches optional ad filtering system

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 13, 2016 9:28 pm

AdBlock Plus has launched its new Acceptable Ads Platform, which acts as an optional filter of sorts to let advertisements show up on specific websites.

 

 

The Acceptable Ads Platform is now available in beta form, and is described as "an interactive platform that lets publishers and bloggers choose from a marketplace of pre-whitelisted ads that they can drag and drop onto their sites." According to info from AdBlock Plus, you'll be able to turn off the program at any time: "Users can still turn off the Acceptable Ads feature completely if they choose."

 

"The Acceptable Ads Platform contains ad placements that abide by the Acceptable Ads criteria for size and labeling; and it allows ads to be positioned only in spots deemed appropriate by the Acceptable Ads rules for ad placement. An intuitive drag-and-drop editor gives publishers the ability to place readymade ads directly onto their site in real-time, and be instantly viewable to millions of Adblock Plus users who have agreed to allow non-intrudisve ads to support their favorite websites," reads a recent ABP press release.

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Google to punish mobile sites with intrusive advertising

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 24, 2016 6:21 pm

Facebook is punishing clickbait, and now Google is about to punish intrusive ads on mobile -- the future of the internet is bright, indeed.

 

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The search engine giant acknowledges how frustrating intrusive "interstitials" (pop-up ads that obscure content) can be, and says it will soon be cracking down. Should a site employ these types of ads, its ranking on Google may find itself lower than it would otherwise. The emphasis here is on "may", because if the content is of great quality and relevant enough, it could still rank highly.

 

The policy does not affect pop-ups related to cookie usage, age verification, login, or reasonably sized banners.

Chrome will block all Flash content starting next month

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 11, 2016 2:27 am

Flash's swift decline is imminent, as Google is preparing to block all content that uses the software in its Chrome browser. Larger Flash content has been blocked in the popular browser for awhile now, Google is extending its coverage to the smaller stuff too. Tacking platforms and page analytics are among that, and can slow down browsing and drain battery just the same.

 

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It's taken awhile to provide coverage for small Flash elements because until recently, there was no way to detect them.

 

Google isn't taking a hard stance on Flash quite yet though: if you want to enable Flash objects on a given page (like Twitch and Facebook, which require it), you'll still be able to. Eventually, such an option won't exist.

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Largest torrent meta search engine Torrentz shuts down

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 7:04 pm

Torrentz.eu has been a fixture in the torrent community for more than 13 years, providing users with aggregated torrent search engine results. Now, due to what appears to be legal trouble, it has all but closed its doors.

 

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Earlier today, it very suddenly disabled its search and login functionality, and its external links to torrents no longer work. Additionally, the site now refers to itself in the past tense.

 

The site's operator reached out to Torrentfreak, but would not comment on the situation, at least not publicly. Typically when this happens, it's for legal reasons, and given the trouble Torrentz has had with the RIAA and MPAA in recent years, it's not hard to believe his hand was forced.

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Comcast rolls out 1TB cap, calls it 'Terabyte Internet Experience'

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 8, 2016 6:53 pm

Comcast user reports from residents all over Illinois, USA indicate the company has introduced a 1TB data cap on its internet services in the region, which it refers to as a "Terabyte Internet Experience."

 

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The e-mail sent out to customers reads: "We're writing to let you know that we will be trialing a new XFINITY internet data usage plan in your area. Starting August 1, 2016, your monthly XFINITY internet service will include a terabyte data usage plan."

 

It later goes on to say that if you need more data, there's always the Unlimited Data option, but that it's only relevant to less than 1% of its customers. As well, that less than 1% will remain unlimited for two "courtesy months."

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AMD launches its new Radeon website, a new hub for all things Radeon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 6, 2016 1:45 am

AMD has just launched its new Radeon.com website, with it being a new hub for all things Radeon.

 

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Radeon.com offers feature articles, details on RTG's new Radeon RX 480 video card, and entire section at the bottom dedicated to recent social media posts, and so much more.

 

AMD's new Polaris architecture is detailed, with the latest 'VR For All' featured article at the top, and an easier spot to grab the latest Radeon Software drivers for your video card in an easy-to-reach location at Radeon.com.

 

If you haven't checked out our recent article on the Radeon RX 480s in CrossFire, you might want to check it out - as they're pretty damn kick ass, beating out NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 in 1440p and 4K. Impressive for two mid-range cards, eh?

AT&T begins enforcing broadband caps, offers $30 waiver option

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 24, 2016 4:07 pm

AT&T began data capping its U-Verse broadband customers back in 2011, although it didn't enforce its new rules. That changes this week as May 23 has arrived: the date the company said it would begin enforcing caps.

 

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Whereas the cap was 250GB per month in 2011, that's been increased to 300GB for those with 768 Kbps-6Mbps plans; 12Mbps-75Mbps plans will have a 600GB cap, and 100 Mbps-1Gbps means a 1TB cap. Should you exceed the limit (and you'll receive plenty of e-mail warnings before you do), you'll be charged $10 for each 50GB of extra data. Alternately, you can pay a flat $30 extra per month for unlimited data.

 

AT&T says about 4% of its customers go over the new limits.

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Netflix launches speed test site

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 18, 2016 7:37 pm

Netflix has launched its speed test site Fast.com. Like Speedtest.net (which it links to for comparison purposes), it tells you your current download speed with a brief data test. In this case, the data is downloaded from Netflix servers.

 

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Unlike with Speedtest.net, the test is extremely quick, the site pretty much only features the test itself, and it elects to nix upload speed and ping results, saying it's aimed at consumers of data who want a quick, straightforward tool (which makes sense given a lot of people will learn about it through Netflix).

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Google integrating shopping ads into image searches

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 16, 2016 7:13 pm

Google is set to soon integrate shopping advertisements into its image searches on mobile.

 

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"The most common feedback people have left with Google Images is, 'I like these products - how much do they cost and where can I buy them?'" says Google's VP of shopping Jon Alferness.

 

When you search for an image on your phone like say, couches, sponsored links with couch prices will show up. If you want more specific links, you can sort by colour, type, location, and store.

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