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Google has kicked off April with quite a bang, announcing that it has removed almost 200 ad-injecting Chrome extensions, which were exposing users to malware, and all sorts of other nasties.
More than a third of these Chrome extensions were injecting ads that were recently classified as malware, with researchers finding 192 deceptive Chrome extensions that had affected a huge 14 million people. Google officials have removed those extensions, and pushed in new techniques that will catch any new, or updated extensions that try to abuse users.
The study also found that there is widespread use of ad injectors for other browsers, not just Chrome, on both Windows and OS X. Over 5% of people visiting Google sites have at least one ad injector installed, and within that group, half of those half two injectors installed. Scarily, nearly one-third have at least four installed.
This parody video aims to dramatize the New Zealand accent and portray this service as a downplayed version of the already-limited Australian Netflix catalogue.
Bragging "six video's," the YouTube description reads "Oh hey there bro, do you like watching video? Well sign up to NitFlux, New Zealand's best streaming website, in the world!"
Funny, yet sad.
In something that feels like the perfect evolution of Internet video, YouTube has started experimenting with 4K 60FPS video playback. But, there's only a few clips that are capable of this insane amount of bandwidth.
Most of the videos on YouTube are nowhere near this resolution and framerate, with most cameras not capable of shooting 4K 60FPS video to begin with. In order to watch the 4K 60FPS videos on YouTube you're going to of course require a 4K 60Hz capable panel, which aren't too hard to find now.
There are just six hand-picked 4K 60FPS videos on YouTube right now, with the 4K 60FPS playlist on YouTube available here.
Campers enjoying the great outdoors may want a break from their busy day-to-day lives, but that doesn't mean they want to abandon their smartphones and Wi-Fi connectivity, according to Kampgrounds of America (KOA).
Fifty-one percent of campers say they go online at least once per day while camping, and 41 percent note that free Wi-Fi helps them determine where they will stay while camping. Not surprisingly, 86 percent of campers 25 or younger tend to bring a mobile phone, while 29 percent of campers 25 years or older bring a laptop or notebook.
"Camping is not a one-size-fits all travel experience," said Jim Rogers, CEO of KOA, in a statement. "We've evolved our approach to outdoor hospitality by stressing what's behind our yellow sign to ensure we're matching camper expectations consistently, whether they're enjoying the outdoors with a smartphone in hand or a good old-fashioned map."
In the latest of unexpected news, TPG Telecom has today announced that they will be purchasing 100 percent of iiNet, "Australia's second largest DSL Internet Service Provider" - as quoted by the company themselves.
The $1.4 billion AU buyout means iiNet's shares will be acquired for $8.60 AU each, seeing $1.80 AU per share paid more than they are listed right now. As according to Gizmodo, $8.60 AU is also higher than iiNet's shares have ever been seen - their peak being $8.36 AU last December.
iiNet's Chairman Michael Smith is happy with this move, stating "The board views this as a significant reward for shareholders who have shown their faith in iiNet. The price of $1.4 billion is a very tangible measure of the value that the extraordinary people of iiNet have created through their innovation, brilliant service and capacity to add value."
Disney Toy Collector may be racking up millions of dollars on YouTube for showing kids what's inside of a Kinder Surprise, but the video streaming giant has announced YouTube Kids, which will hit the Google Play Store later today.
YouTube Kids will have content from Jim Henson TV, Dreamworks TV, National Geographic Kids, Reading Rainbow, Thomas the Tank Engine, and more. There will be various categories for the content too, such as Shows, Music, Learning, and Explore. There will also be a search function where you can look for age-appropriate content that ensures YouTube Kids is the perfect tool for young ones watching videos.
The new app will also have parental controls that will allow parents to set time limits on the app, and more.
With Google launching Fiber in Kansas City, other internet providers are looking to step up their game in order to continue profit and growth. AT&T have been the first to do so in this region, offering up their U-Verse with GigaPower network - set for launch in Kansas and "parts of Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Kan. and in surrounding communities located throughout the metro area."
Offering 1Gbps for $70 per month, with an additional Internet and TV package bumping the price up to $120 per month total - AT&T is trying to closely match Google's Fiber pricing in that regard. However AT&T are also offering something a little different, with an internet, TV and Voice plan for $150 per month.
Their Kansas president Mike Scott issued a release, stating "we're proud to launch in these cities as the first locations where we will offer ultra-high speeds to local consumers and employers in the Kansas City area. The AT&T GigaPower network will help encourage economic development in the area by facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced opportunities for education, health, research and small business growth."
Two of the most talked about shows have their season premieres for free right now, with the season premieres of Better Call Saul and Game of Thrones free on the Google Play Store.
Any device that supports Google Play can watch these episodes, including your desktop, smartphone or even Chromecast. There are purchase options for the rest of the episodes, or the entire season run, too. Better Call Saul episodes are $1.99 each, or $16.99 for the entire season (with the first two episodes only available right now obviously).
Game of Thrones is a bit more expensive at $2.99 per episode or $28.99 for the entire season, of which there are four to secure. As for your region, you'll have to make sure that they're free before grabbing them, because for as far as we're aware, it's for the US only. If you find out it's free for you too, let us know in the comments below.
Your move, iTunes.
There are millions of people that use Facebook, that think that everything outside of it - you know, the Internet - doesn't exist. According to Helani Galpaya, who surveyed a large number of Indonesians, they said that they didn't use the Internet.
But, when they were in focus groups, these same people talked about how much time they spent on the largest social network on the Internet; Facebook. Galpaya works at LIRNEasia, a think tank, who said: "It seemed that in their minds, the Internet did not exist; only Facebook". QZ has a large piece on the matter, but diving into it, the article says that Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg says that in the developing world, "people will walk into phone stores and say 'I want Facebook'".
Continuing on that statement, Facebook's Head of Localization and Internationalization, Iris Orriss, says that "Awareness of the Internet in developing countries is very limited. In fact, for many users, Facebook is the internet, as it's often the only accessible application".
The third season of House of Cards floated up onto Netflix yesterday, but it was quickly pulled by the streaming giant, put back in its slumber until its February 27 release date.
Netflix has said that a "technical glitch" saw House of Cards' third season arrive early, but reiterated that the entire 13 episode run will be launched on February 27. The official House of Cards Twitter account tweeted: "This is Washington. There's always a leak. All 13 episodes will launch February 27". If I had to make a guess, I'd say this was elaborate marketing to remind us that the third season of House of Cards is coming, and it's coming very soon. Knock on wood.