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The need for speed, droning on about the Super Bowl, creating GIFS with Imgur, building playlists with Retrojam, the Mophie Super Bowl commercial, and surfing the Net like it’s 1999.

The FCC Redefines Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to change the definition of Broadband. The minimum download speed required for an Internet connection to be considered as Broadband is 25Mbps, up from 4Mbps, and the minimum upload speed is now 3Mbps, up from 1Mbps.

While just 6.3 percent of U.S. households didn’t have access to the previous minimum standard, 19.4 percent don’t have access to the new standards. Which means that the FCC has essentially tripled the number of households which currently don’t have Broadband.

FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler defended the move, saying, “When 80 percent of Americans can access 25-3, that’s a standard. We have a problem that 20 percent can’t. We have a responsibility to that 20 percent.

The FCC acted against the wishes of the cable companies, which The Verge reports have been vehemently opposed to any such changes. Whether this means the FCC will also act against the wishes of the cable companies when deciding what to do about net neutrality Net Neutrality, As Explained By YouTube’s Geniuses Net Neutrality, As Explained By YouTube’s Geniuses Are you still not sure what Net Neutrality actually is? Don’t feel dumb: it’s a nuanced concept. So, we tracked down videos from some of the smartest people on the Web. Read More remains to be seen. We can but hope.

The FAA Bans Drones from Phoenix

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The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has banned drones from Super Bowl XLIX. Not only will Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) be banned in and around the University of Phoenix stadium, where the Super Bowl is taking place on Sunday (Feb 1), a ‘No Drone Zone’ will extend out to a 30-mile radius of the stadium.

According to the fact sheet sent out by the FAA, anyone caught operating a UAV within the restricted zone will face “civil penalties or criminal charges.” Which seems slightly excessive, even in the aftermath of a drone being drunkenly crash-landed onto the lawn of the White House Facebook Goes Down for an Hour, As Drone Crashes into White House [Tech News Digest] Facebook Goes Down for an Hour, As Drone Crashes into White House [Tech News Digest] Facebook suffers outage, drone crashes into White House, Microsoft announces financials, Nest replaces Dropcams, Funny or Die thinks weather is funny, and the BMW ad celebrating ignorance. Read More .

The video produced to advertise the ‘No Drone Zone’ is one of the cheesiest things I have ever seen. It should also be noted that doesn’t give local residents carte blanche to shoot drones out of the sky MakeUseOf Readers Would Shoot Drones Out Of The Sky [We Ask You Results] MakeUseOf Readers Would Shoot Drones Out Of The Sky [We Ask You Results] It turns out most MakeUseOf readers are geeks with a penchant for guns and a distaste for drones. Which is something of a surprise. Read More . As much as they might want to do so.

Imgur Releases Simple GIF Creator

Imgur has released a new Video to GIF tool designed to make the process of creating a GIF 6 Places To Create Amazing, Meme-Worthy GIF Animations 6 Places To Create Amazing, Meme-Worthy GIF Animations For some reason, animated GIFs have become all the rage. At first, I couldn’t understand what was so appealing about these silent video wannabes. Later on, I gave in a little and admitted that while... Read More as simple as possible. All you need to do is enter the link of the video you want to use as the basis for your GIF, select a start and finish point, and click ‘Create GIF’.

After a short period of processing, your newly created GIF is uploaded to Imgur, where it’s available for you to share with the world. I created this GIF from the video at the end of this article in less than a minute, thus proving how insanely simple Imgur has made the process.

Retrojam Builds Nostalgic Playlists

Retrojam is a new website which builds Spotify playlists based on dates that are important to you. Simply enter your date of birth and Retrojam will create playlists Build Spotify Music Playlists To Suit Your Mood With MixShape Build Spotify Music Playlists To Suit Your Mood With MixShape I'm passionate about music. I couldn't live without it, valuing the time spent listening to my favorite tunes. I primarily listen to music while I'm working, and I strongly recommend it to those who don't... Read More filled with music that was popular at those key moments in everybody’s lives.

This isn’t limited to your birth-date either, as Retrojam creates playlists for the most important school years and the year you bid farewell to formal education. And because this is all built using Spotify Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify. Start it up, tell it what song or artist you want to listen to, and you start listening. You can access your playlists anywhere you have an Internet connection. Read More , you can save the playlists or individual tracks you most appreciate.

Mophie’s Super Bowl Ad Wins

While all of the huge brands are vying for our attention with beautiful, big-budget ads for Super Bowl XLIX, a smaller company which makes smartphone cases has just released one of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time 10 Of The Best Super Bowl Ads Of All Time 10 Of The Best Super Bowl Ads Of All Time The Super Bowl is pretty much the one and only time advertisers can guarantee almost everybody (in the U.S. at least) is avidly watching the television. Which is why the cream of their commercial efforts... Read More .

The ad from Mophie, embedded above, shows scenes of devilment and destruction the likes of which the world has never seen before. And then we find out why such bad s**t is going down. No spoilers though, just watch the whole ad for yourself.

Just Surf The Net Like it’s 1999

And finally, we have the perfect musical mashup Mad Mashups: 7 YouTube Channels Full Of Fun Remixes [Weird & Wonderful Web] Mad Mashups: 7 YouTube Channels Full Of Fun Remixes [Weird & Wonderful Web] YouTube remixers don't get the credit they deserve. It's time to right that wrong, by doffing our caps to the masters of mash-ups. Read More for anyone who remembers Internet infomercials from the 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More . Just Surf The Net by Melody Sheep remixes lines from various adverts into one glorious retro whole which will, if there is any justice in the world, become a dance hit in clubs around the world.

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