YouTube has announced that it now supports 4K livestreaming, right up to 60FPS - in both 360-degree and standard video formats.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that YouTube rolled out its 4K HDR support, leaving content creators with the wide variety of formats that are now filled to the brim with 4K 60FPS, HDR, and 4K 60FPS 360-degree content.
The one big point that 4K 60FPS is going to do for people is that content creators can livestream the highest quality video available on YouTube, which should lead to us receiving broadcast-quality content on-the-go.
The website and digital preservation service known as the Internet Archive is moving house to Canada in response to the election of Donald Trump. A known opponent of open internet, Trump has claimed he will close "certain areas" of the web in order to help curb terrorist communication.
"On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change," the site writes in a blog post. "It was a firm reminder that institutions like ours, built for the long-term, need to design for change."
"For us, it means keeping our cultural materials safe, private and perpetually accessible; it means preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions; it means serving patrons in a world in which government surveillance is not going away; indeed it looks like it will increase."
Netflix now allows subscribers to download specific content on mobile devices to watch offline.
Streaming giant Netflix today announced that subscribers can now download movies and TV shows to their mobile devices to watch offline, saving precious MBs in their data plans. Every subscriber of every plan will be able to download content for free, but you'll have to update the Netflix app to version 4.12.0 on both iOS and Android phones and tablets to use it. The feature is not available on desktops.
"While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we've often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited. Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection," Netflix Director of Product Innovation Eddy Wu said. "Many of your favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way, so there is plenty of content available for those times when you are offline. For example, Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown are available for download today."
AT&T launched its DirecTV Now streaming service this week, allowing customers to view cable channels online at will. That's all well and good except AT&T is offering data exemption for the service, giving it what some might call an unfair leg up over rival services like those from Dish and Sony.
Without net neutrality laws preventing it from doing so, the advantage -- known as "zero rating" -- could mean AT&T and potentially other ISP giants take over the cable streaming market, reducing competition and likely value as well.
At present, the FCC judges matters such as this as they come up, so it's possible it will change; already it's sent a letter to the company expressing its "serious concerns" over harming competition. Time will tell if anything more comes of it, but it seems less likely with President-elect Trump's appointment of two opponents to the FCC's current workings: economist and former telecom consultant Jeffrey Eisenach and professor and former Sprint lobbyist Mark Jamison.
New data released today by the ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), show that almost half of the world's population will use the Internet by the end of this year. However, 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services.
Around 81% of the population in developed countries use Internet, compared with 15% in the least developed countries. The report also notes a huge gender gap in favor of men when it comes to Internet usage. The regional gender gap is largest in Africa, at 23%, and smallest in the Americas, at 2%.
Globally, 47% of the world's population uses Internet. UN's goal is to have 60% of the world's population online by 2020. The ITU expects that 3.5 billion people will have Internet access by the end of this year.
We are all familiar with the legendary Speedtest.net website, and the super-useful apps on iOS and Android for checking your internet connectivity - and now you can enjoy speed testing your PC on Windows 10 with the new Speedtest.net app.
Ookla's new internet speed testing app is a good-looking, and very functional app that will test your internet connection with a great UI. All you have to do is click 'Go' and you're away, but if you want a more specific test, you can opt for the manual network selector - so you can choose your ISP, or at least the closest one to you.
Download the new Ookla Speedtest.net app for Windows 10 from the Windows Store.
McAfee founder John McAfee has found something quite odd when browsing a Home Depot store: porn, available on a refrigerator.
The IOT.... do you believe me now? Pornhub on a refrigerator. What, in our current cybersecurity paradigm, accounts for this? pic.twitter.com/po5MezPjzJ— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) October 2, 2016
McAfee found Pornhub running on a refrigerator at Home Depot... but at least you might need some cold water from the fridge after you've finished. McAfee said in the tweet that "in our current cybersecurity paradigm", that IOT "accounts for this"... yeah.
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.
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".
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.
Facebook is punishing clickbait, and now Google is about to punish intrusive ads on mobile -- the future of the internet is bright, indeed.
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.