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Iran government switched off its internet in reply to fuel protesters

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: 2 days, 15 hours ago

Iran is currently under protest as thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the fuel price jump.

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Iranian people have taken to the streets to express their concern over the fuel price jump that saw the prices of fuel rise over 50%. In response to the wide-spread disapproval of the fuel price hike, the Iranian government has decided to switch off internet access in the country in an effort to block communication between protesters. The blocking of the internet also makes it extremely hard for journalists to share news regarding the size of the protests.

At the moment, there are only small pockets of internet connection available, and people within these pockets are managing to get the word out about the recent events occurring at ground zero. While that might sound like there is still internet available, it cannot be stressed enough how rare the connection is. The Iranian government hasn't officially acknowledged that it has shut off internet access.

New quantum data protocol takes big steps towards a 'Quantum Internet'

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Everyday efforts are being made towards the creation of 'quantum internet', and now a new network protocol has been developed that bring us even closer to its fruition.

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UAB researchers have managed to face one of the many problems that are present when designing a quantum internet connection - optimising automated information treatment protocols to work with quantum data sets. The researchers have created an optimal procedure that has the ability of being able to identify quantum data sets. This is done through a quantum network protocol that can identify common underlying probability distributions and organise them into recognisable patterns.

An example of a classical computer doing this is a simple street microphone test that has multiple sounds occurring at the same time. The computer recognises patterns and is able to differentiate the sounds of a conversation, traffic, and cars. What the researchers at UAB were able to do is compare the performance of a classic computer and its protocols, versus quantum protocols. The findings were that quantum protocols clearly outperform classic protocols, this was especially present in large data sets.

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FTC fines AT&T $60 million, customers entitled to 'partial refunds'

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 6, 2019 @ 2:02 CST

AT&T has been caught out slowing down internet speeds, and have agreed to pay $60 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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In a prepared statement by Andrew Smith, the director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection its detailed that AT&T misled internet customers by charging them for "unlimited" data plans, but inhibited overall download speeds. The settlement also details that any consumers who signed up for one of these plans before 2011 are entitled to "partial refunds".

Moving forward, the FTC has said that AT&T must disclose to customers any restrictions on speed, etc., "The disclosures need to be prominent, not buried in fine print or hidden behind hyperlinks." The FTC says that AT&T's speed restriction on "unlimited" plans are estimated to have affected more than 3.5 million customers as of 2014. "AT&T promised unlimited data -- without qualification -- and failed to deliver on that promise," said Smith.

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BBC sticks middle-finger up at censorship by creating Dark Web site

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 25, 2019 @ 3:09 CDT

Now days, censorship is becoming more than abundant on the internet and while most websites or content creators are bending the knee to the rule makers, BBC has decided to take a different stance.

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In an effort to stand-up against the current and coming censorship laws, the BBC has announced that they have created a dark web mirror-site that can only be accessed by the Tor browser. According to the recent BBC post, users who decide to use this dark web variant will not have to worry about "government surveillance and censorship".

This is especially true for countries that have blocked BBC, "China, Iran and Vietnam are among those who have tried to block access to the BBC News website". BBC also details that for users to visit their website they must first download the Tor browser, and then place the following link their search engine. "bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion". It should be noted that this link won't work in common web browsers. If you are interested in a full explanation of what Tor is, check out BBC's full post here.

Don't worry, 8chan is nearly back online, could return as 8kun

By: Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 7, 2019 @ 19:20 CDT

8chan was gone, but it looks like it is about to return and possibly be re-branded into 8kun -- according to the official Twitter account of 8chan. Check out this tweet, with the video having 277,000 views at the time of writing:

Nothing is official yet, but the video clearly displays '8kun' in different animations -- so we could expect 8kun.com or 8kun.org or 8kun.net to make an appearance, but if you visit 8kun.com you're greeted with an Apache 2 Test Page.

What is 'kun'? Well, it is one of the titles that are given to Japanese people to address each other, in the same wway 'san', 'chan', and 'sama' are used. Kun is the 'informal and mostly used for males, such as boys or juniors at work. It is used by superiors to inferiors, by males of the same age and status to each other, and in addressing male children. In business settings junior women may also be addressed as kun by superiors' according to this website.

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Discord are removing their Nitro Games catalogue on October 15th

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 16, 2019 @ 4:11 CDT

Discord's Nitro subscription service has been live for over a year now and subscribers have had access to some free games in its library. Those games will now be ejected out of the service.

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Discord has taken to their blog to announce a new reinvigorated plan focussed around bringing better quality of service to Nitro subscribers. The post reads that Discord has noticed that most of the Nitro subscribers weren't actually playing the available games, so they have decided that they will remove them next month.

The blog post reads "We learned a lot from all of you over the last year. Through your valuable feedback, it became clear that while we and some of you love these games, the truth is the vast majority of Nitro subscribers didn't play them."

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Here's why YouTube leaves up some 'controversial or offensive' videos

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 28, 2019 @ 4:03 CDT

While YouTube is certainly no stranger to controversy, the CEO of the platform, Susan Wojcicki has explained why sometimes the company allows for video's to stay online that are inherently offensive or controversial.

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In Wojcicki's quarterly letters, she explains that YouTube is in a continuous struggle with users' content being uploaded to the platform being labeled as 'controversial or even offensive'. She says that sometimes is good for the platform to leave some controversial content online, as it proves that YouTube is and open platform that wants to learn from a range of different perspectives.

Wojcicki says that YouTube's "commitment to openness is not easy" and that "hearing a broad range of perspectives ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society." Despite the backlash on certain pieces of content being flagged for take down, Wojcicki says that these 'problematic' videos make up "a fraction of one percent" of the content uploaded to YouTube. Therefore, the vast majority of the content on the platform outweighs the potential harmful impact of these purportedly 'controversial' videos.

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Australian PM to BAN domains that distribute 'terrorism-level' content

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 26, 2019 @ 6:12 CDT

Australia has announced their fight against online platforms distributing 'extremism' content through blocking domains that are found to be holding and publishing explicit content.

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Australia's Prime Minister, Scott Morison has announced that the country will be moving forward with their efforts to not allow for crises attacks to distributed on online platforms in their country. An example of this was the recent Christchurch massacre that occured in New Zealand, or the recent manifesto that was published on 8Chan.

The nations's eSafety Commissioner will be the one determining what content can be viewed and what cannot through and yet-to-be-established internet framework. These efforts for internet content blockage are to simply not allow for terrorists of any kind to glorify their conquests through social status, Australia is currently contemplating legislation that will force internet companies to improve their safety measures for users.

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Official government emails linked to exposed hentai porn site data

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 21, 2019 @ 1:03 CDT

Most people on the internet are ashamed of their porn searchers, and don't really want that information disclosed to the public. Well, Luscious users should be worried because their user data, searchers, email address and everything else that would be considered personal information was free to grab.

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According to the team at vpnMentor, Luscious' account holders had their usernames, email address, activity logs, locational data and much more free for the taking for all 1.195 million users. vpnMentor does say that the data hasn't been stolen as of yet but it was completely accessible, here is what they said "Our team was able to access this database because it was completely unsecured and unencrypted".

vpnMentor also says that they were able to access user accounts 'uploads' section meaning that people could possibly connect their already exposed email addresses, usernames with whatever videos the account has uploaded. This could result in a connection between the account holders real-life name and the video seen on the website, throw into the mix location data and we have a worrisome combination.

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Choosing a VPN for gaming: Here's what you need to know

By: Sponsored Content | Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 16, 2019 @ 11:41 CDT

Using a VPN is the best way for internet users to protect their privacy online. But did you know that a VPN also has benefits for gamers? Gamers might opt to use a VPN for several reasons. With a VPN, players can access games that aren't available in their area, conceal their IP address, and protect their data from vulnerabilities in gaming servers. That said, not all VPNs on the market are right for gamers. There are a few things you should pay special attention to when choosing a VPN for gaming, which we'll tell you all about in this article.

How to Choose a VPN for Gaming

When it comes to selecting a gaming VPN, the number of options is overwhelming. To make this process simpler, we've listed some of the essential features to consider before deciding on a VPN. Here are the things to keep in mind when choosing a VPN for gaming.

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Fast Speeds

A secure VPN will slow down your speeds to an extent. But some VPNs are faster than others, especially if they have lots of high-bandwidth servers. Since tons of data passes between your device and the gaming server each second, a fast connection is essential. You'll want to consider bandwidth and Mbps speeds when making your choice. Opt for a VPN with speeds that are as close as possible to the speed you get with your ISP.

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