Basically, this is what’s up: the government is considering to plot out new Internet laws forcing website domains to pay for high Internet load speeds, and all others to get pushed into a slow speed group.

What the laws will do, is force domains like Tumblr and Netflix to pay extra if they want Internet Fastlane (fast speeds) which are essential to these services. If they choose to have high speeds, they’ll leverage the costs on you, forcing you to pay extra for certain online services. If sites reject payment offers, they get put into the Internet Slow-Lane, which forces them to have super slow speeds. And this is what the Internet will look like when the laws are passed:

The Internet of Tomorrow - http://thinklikegeek.com - If the FCC Laws are Passed - Sep 10, 2014

Not great, right? Well, the government is planning to submit the laws soon, pushing our amazing companies (including http://thinklikegeek.com) into the “digital dust”, where they will load forever.

Many domains like Tumblr, Netflix, Kickstarter, etc are protesting against this. They’ve joined forces to become “Team Internet”, who are against “Team Cable”. “Team Cable” is the group of companies supporting the Internet Slowdown laws, consisting of Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T.

Stop them, now, for the sake of fast Internet lines. Share, Like, and Retweet this post. And learn more at http://battleforthenet.com.

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thinksquad:

Are you paranoid that strangers are using drones, security cameras, hidden microphones, or even Google Glass to spy on you? If so, you might be interested in a little device called Cyborg Unplug. Just stick it into a power outlet and watch as it sounds an alarm whenever such a surveillance device enters the vicinity of your home. Even better, you can lock those devices from connecting to your Wi-Fi network. If you’re really looking to make a statement, you can even show those “Glassholes” who’s boss by preventing all surveillance devices near your Cyborg Unplug from connecting to any Wi-Fi network.

The device is really just a tiny router the size of an old Apple Airport Express that’s had its firmware customized to sniff out and block devices based on their MAC addresses. It’s created by Julian Oliver, an artist living in Berlin who originally came up with a bit of code called Glasshole.sh that was designed to kick Google Glass devices from your Wi-Fi network. Apparently the idea was such a hit that Oliver decided to make a complete consumer product based on the same premise.

Oliver notes on the product’s website that its so-called “All Out Mode” — which prevents surveillance devices from connecting to any Wi-Fi network in the area — is likely illegal, and he advises against its use. Nevertheless, we can imagine activists slipping these litte devices into public areas and wrecking a bit of havoc. Of course, even if the Cyborg Unplug does shut down a stranger’s device from connecting to Wi-Fi, it doesn’t do anything to stop it from saving video or audio data locally. The Cyborg Unplug will be available soon for $50 to $100.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/6/6115249/anti-router-stops-drones-cameras-and-google-glass-from-connecting-to

A very nice article about a nice privacy helper tool.

Fast Forward to 2025: What Do Our Tech Trends Look Like?

thinklikegeek:

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Let’s say we just took a time machine to the year 2025. What do you think the major technology trends look like?

Home Automation

The “Internet Of Things” is a popular phrase suggesting that everything from shoes to thermostats to glasses can be manufactured to have tech and cloud connections, and report to the Internet.

And so: predictions can be made that doors, windows, lighting, and more will be automated and controlled by gesture or positioning (moving of your hands, or if you step in a certain area). So if you’re about to enter a room, the doors will automatically swing open, and if it’s dark and you point at a light, it turns on automatically.

Also, Nest thermostats and smoke alarms, along with auto-sprinklers and in-home elevators will be very popular.

Sensorization

Many automated devices will be controlled without a touch. Eye and face tracking devices will be very accurate. Eye-scrolling smartphones, and gaze gaming will be popular. Instead of using credit cards, you can pay  and checkout with your face, after inserting a PIN code.

Also, other devices will be controlled by voice. Google Voice Search, and personal voice assistants will rule over. Although, Apple Siri will become more and more unpopular. Voice identity recognition might also begin.

Theories and prototypes of holograms and holographic touchscreens will start coming up.

Using just a gesture, you’ll be able to control a lot. Xbox Kinect gesture gaming will take over. As explained in the Home Automation section, with a gesture, you can control doors, lighting, fans, and more appliances. Gestures will definitely control holographic touchscreens, also.

Prototypes of brain and mind-controlled devices may exist, too. Mind controlled holograms, games, and cars may develop. With cars, you can use your mind to control where you go, and Google’s Self-Driving Car will drive itself there. In gaming, you may be able to think an action (like ‘shoot a fireball’) and do it in the game. Also, Instant Messaging in the mind may take place, where you can form a piece of text in your mind and text message someone.

Health

In Health, there will be new developments of automated health tracking, and devices that help you eat well and stay fit.

For example, instant food choice-making devices may be there. When you get to the lunch table, the device chooses the best food for you (personalized) at that time, and orders it at a specific time before lunch. Nutrition sprays may exist that add awesome flavor to healthy foods while keeping nutritional value.

Also, motivational fitness trackers will surround the gyms. It’ll tell you how many more jumping-jacks or basketball layups you need to do before you’re done for the day, and motivate you to get there.

If you get sick, when you walk through the door, a mat on the ground will check your feet and get as much health information just from your feet as possible, and determine the right medicine and ship it.

With these devices, you’ll always stay healthy…

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These things might be developed by Apple and Google even sooner! We already love Google X's projects, already very futuristic.

thinklikegeek:

We’re all waiting for the Apple iWatch to come out, and there have been very weird rumor pictures of how it might look, though this is my favorite.
Is it going to come out? YES. How do we know? We have more than enough perfect proof that starts months ago:
1) A few months ago, Nike laid off it’s whole group that worked on Nike Fuelband. The product was discontinued, just like that. But Nike had a reason behind it. They’re known to be close partners with Apple. And if Nike quit Fuelband, it means that something else will come up, a partnership between Nike and Apple that will drown Fuelband, and take over. That’s iWatch.  That’s the only logical reason that Fuelband was discontinued.
2) Then, a very recent news arrived. Apple just hired a senior executive from Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer, which could be (obviously) to help it with the launch of its iWatch expected this autumn. Tag Heuer, part of luxury goods group LVMH, said on Friday its vice president for sales, Patrick Pruniaux, who had been with the brand for seven years, was leaving on Monday to join Apple. Of course, why would Apple hire a swiss luxury watch salesmen? iWatch.
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Yes! Yes! It’s true, people. The iWatch has two options: delay itself until 2015 (aww) or reveal itself on the magical day: September 9th, 2014. 
Read more now at http://thinklikegeek.com!

thinklikegeek:

We’re all waiting for the Apple iWatch to come out, and there have been very weird rumor pictures of how it might look, though this is my favorite.

Is it going to come out? YES. How do we know? We have more than enough perfect proof that starts months ago:

1) A few months ago, Nike laid off it’s whole group that worked on Nike Fuelband. The product was discontinued, just like that. But Nike had a reason behind it. They’re known to be close partners with Apple. And if Nike quit Fuelband, it means that something else will come up, a partnership between Nike and Apple that will drown Fuelband, and take over. That’s iWatch.  That’s the only logical reason that Fuelband was discontinued.

2) Then, a very recent news arrived. Apple just hired a senior executive from Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer, which could be (obviously) to help it with the launch of its iWatch expected this autumn. Tag Heuer, part of luxury goods group LVMH, said on Friday its vice president for sales, Patrick Pruniaux, who had been with the brand for seven years, was leaving on Monday to join Apple. Of course, why would Apple hire a swiss luxury watch salesmen? iWatch.

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Yes! Yes! It’s true, people. The iWatch has two options: delay itself until 2015 (aww) or reveal itself on the magical day: September 9th, 2014.

Read more now at http://thinklikegeek.com!

(Source: macworld.co.uk)

Google+ VS Facebook

thinklikegeek:

Face it, Google Plus is just better than Facebook.
The battle between Google+ and Facebook has been going for at least 3 years now, but it’s time to realize the truth: Facebook just isn’t getting any better. Just like we depend on Google for search, mail, YouTube, and everything else, let’s do…

thinklikegeek:

I guess we can say it’s time for a new, simplistic, minimalistic although powerful, majestic mobile browser to come through. Well take a look at this outstanding mobile browser (what I expected Mobile Google Chrome to become in the far future), for iOS and Android. Say hello to Mercury. 

Mercury is a brilliant browser for very many reasons. First, just like most Apple devices, Mercury browser is simple, elegant, and minimalistic, making it very easy to use. The most powerful settings like changing the User Agent, etc, are just a few taps and swipes away. 

Mercury supports adding extensions and plugins like AdBlock, Google Translate, QRCode Scanner, Lights-Out, and more. Mercury also supports a cool safari-like reading list, neatly organized into priority-based sections.

Bookmarks and History are easy to view, and Mercury even has it’s own File Manager for downloading and storing files easily in the cloud. Mercury syncs with all of your devices much like Chrome, and now Safari. 

Mercury protects your privacy using SSL, a handy Incognito Mode, and a secured Private Folder. It includes key features like pretending to be another browser, an awesome downloader, text size adjusters, a useful toolbar, full-screen mode, and more. 

Mercury syncs data with your Google account (and chrome!), your Facebook account, or via email. Mercury even has themes that make the app’s user interface feel nicer and more welcoming.

Some features I’d like to see are improved passcode lock intergration (there’s already a lock, but it could be better), voice search, multiple user integration, and network connection settings.

Overall, if you’re looking for the best desktop browser, look to Google Chrome. As for mobile, Mercury should be your choice.

thinklikegeek:

You might be wondering… how does the biggest web search provider (often named “search giant”) do it’s job? I mean, for you, it’s just “go to google.com, type your search terms, press enter”, and boom, you’ve got what you wanted. But what’s working behind that half-second where Google returns you your search results, is much more complex than you think.

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(Source: google.com)

thinklikegeek:

We all have our own rubric and default rating of Google’s online document/typed media web application, Google Drive (formerly known as Google Docs). But the images you see above probably don’t look like what http://drive.google.com looks like, for you. 

That’s because Google Drive is giving free access to “what’s coming next”, or the beta version (beta versions mean that the version you see is not available for the general public just yet). In a few months, this is how Google Drive will look for all of us. So, to keep up with the hubbub of version updates and beta testing, we’ll be reviewing and rating the new Google Drive.

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