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Tag Archives: Internet

The Lowdown on Virtual Security and Keeping Safe On the Interwebs

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These days, hearing about people who had their accounts hacked or their personal information stolen is becoming a more common occurrence. Malware is on the rise, and hackers out there are taking advantage of users who are careless when it comes to online security. This is partly why many people resisted the concept of the cloud when it first came to be. Ironically, many of those people are probably already using the cloud, even though they don’t realize it.

Lots of online services, from email storage and notes, apps, file storage and archiving, are already cloud-based. With so many options, there will come a time when you’ll forget where you stored a specific file or message. You could search all of your apps and accounts manually–which is infinitely harder when you’re on your mobile–or you could just fire up CloudMagic, a cloud-searching app which we covered earlier.

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Onion Pi Could Help You Remain Anonymous On The Internet

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Worried about all the NSA spying? You’re a law abiding citizen but are incensed that your browsing habits are being recorded and analyzed, in possible violation of your constitutional rights? There are ways to make that tracking more difficult (though, fair warning, possibly not impossible) with the DIY project pictured above. It’s called the Onion Pi, uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and access to TOR to give you access to potentially anonymous surfing.

Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. This is fun weekend project that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create a small, low-power and portable privacy Pi. Using it is easy-as-pie. First, plug the Ethernet cable into any Internet provider in your home, work, hotel or conference/event. Next, power up the Pi with the micro USB cable to your laptop or to the wall adapter. The Pi will boot up and create a new secure wireless access point called Onion Pi. Connecting to that access point will automatically route any web browsing from your computer through the anonymizing Tor network.

The link below brings you to a page that sells a pack with all the parts you need for the project. It’s $95, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Tor foundation. But yeah, you still have to put it together yourself.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Boingboing ]

Feeling Smug With Google’s 1Gbps Internet? Japan Laughs With Its 2Gbps Service

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It’s easy to see Google Fiber’s burgeoning gigabit Internet service as a harbinger of a new era in the US. Certainly, with average speeds of 7.2Mbps, 1Gbps is in a completely different league. But Japan doesn’t waste any time in reminding the world just how much better they have it. Nuro, a service backed by Sony, has announced the availability of 2Gbps Internet down, with 1Gbps up. This would allow you to download pictures of cats in a fraction of time so small there’s likely no word for it.

And how much are the Japanese to pay for this otherworldly service? A price so high only the rich can afford? You know it’s cheap: “Nuro charges ¥4,980 (US$51) a month on a two-year contract, but there’s a steep ¥52,500 (US$535) installation fee that is currently waived for those who apply online.”

[ Nuro ] VIA [ DVice ]

Awesome: Website Finds Picture Of Random Person Pointing At Your Cursor

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Want to waste a few minutes? Head on over to PointerPointer and move your mouse cursor around. When it stops, the website searches its database to find a picture of someone pointing exactly where your cursor is. It’s pretty cool. And then it’s not and you move on. That’s Internet ADD; it’s normal.

[ PointerPointer ] VIA [ Geekologie ]

“I Got Work Done Today!”… Said No One Ever

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Jealousy Is Realizing Google Fibre Real-World Speeds Are Around 700Mbps

So you might have heard that Google is trial installing gigabit internet in parts of Kensas City. They’re offering it for $70 a month, and at that price, it becomes an ISP that is orders of magnitude cheaper and faster than anything else in the states. And now that it’s up and running, users have been running some real world speed tests and the results are in. Mike Demarais, founder of Threedee, told Ars Technica that he’s been seeing 700Mpbs on a wired connection and 200Mpbs on WiFi. “We just got it today and I’ve been stuck in front of my laptop for the last few hours,” Mike said. “It’s unbelievable. I’m probably not going to leave the house.” We wouldn’t either. So what did Mike download first? He Torrented Ubuntu… which took him two minutes! “Let me try it again right now.” Yes, Mike… Go ahead and download Ubuntu, just to see how fast your connection is. We… we’re green with envy.

Of course gigabit Internet is not a world first. Several Asian nations have had this for years, but to see it trickle into the typically several-years-behind North American continent, at an affordable price, is a first. And to have it so close we can almost smell it, well, that’s just cruel.

[ Ars Technica ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Meet Feline Baumgartner

We’re sure you’ve heard: Felix Baumgartner jumped from 128,000ft. Little did you know, this little fella was in there with him.

Tears of laughter were had.

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Speed Up Your Internet By Combining Multiple Connections Into One

You’re at an Internet cafe and you’re surrounded by a ton of WiFi networks. You got your phone in your pocket, which has a 4G connection. And there’s an Ethernet cable if you don’t want to use any of the hotspots. Normally, you’d pick one of these and download as fast as that one lets you. But what if you could combine all of them and create one super connection? Connectify’s Dispatch software lets you do exactly that. You can even combine several WiFi connections into one, by purchasing a secondary USB WiFi card (or getting a free one if you pledge more than $100). Whether it’s your 4G/3G tethered cellular device, along with another WiFi connection, with a dial-up to boot, you can easily double or even triple your download speeds. The program features a cost-awareness feature that can set priorities for Internet connections so that more expensive connections like 3G/4G will only be used when cheap or free connections become slow or disconnect.

It’s brilliant, only it’s not quite available. It’s on Kickstarter and needs some more funding. $40 pledges gets you the software, while $65 gets you early access to it. Bump that up to $100 and you’ve got the complimentary USB WiFi card as well as a T-Shirt.

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This Is What All The Web-Savvy, Media-Shy Celebrities (This Exists?) Will Be Wearing

We think that Michael Jackson (RIP) should have worn the above ski masks/hood masks. It would have been just as strange as his other media-avoiding getups, but it would have had a kind of geek cred that we could have easily gotten behind. The Pixelhead is made to order by one Martin Backes, and when worn makes you looks like your head was digitally manipulated to be removed from the image. It’s pretty clever, if not really creepy. It’s made from highly non-fade polyester (80%) and elastane (20%) in a multi-week process of printing and sewing. We’re… not sure why it takes that long, but hey, that’s the way it is. Also, the Pixelhead is a limited edition item, with only 333 being made. If you see yourself having the balls to venture outside looking like this, it’ll cost you a pretty $192.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]