Today in Tech News Digest, we Reset The Net, Netflix and Verizon argue, how to detect Glassholes, Apple gets healthy, EA prefers Germany over Brazil, Instagram edits your photos, and Facebook pinpoints where it all went wrong.
Today Is The Day To Reset The Net
Today (June 5) is the day we all need to help Reset The Net. This is a day of action being orchestrated by an advocacy group called Fight For The Future, and supported by Google, Mozilla, Reddit, and a host of other companies, organizations, and websites.
The idea behind Reset The Net is taking practical action to protect the Internet and the people who use it from mass surveillance by the National Security Agency (NSA) and others. Which explains why June 5 has been chosen, as it’s a year ago to the day that Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing first came to light.
Unsurprisingly, Snowden is backing Reset The Net, which he claims “will mark the moment when we turn political expression into practical action, and protect ourselves on a large scale.” He then calls on us all, “Don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back.”
Companies backing Reset The Net are promising to up their encryption efforts, with Google already announcing End-To-End email encryption. Individuals are being asked to support the cause by posting a Reset The Net banner or badge onto websites or social media profiles.
What do you think of Reset The Net? Let us know in the comments section below.
Netflix & Verizon Play The Blame Game
“Looks like it’s time for some NETFLIX TRAFFIC PROBLEMS.” – Verizon management
— Ed Bott (@edbott) June 4, 2014
Netflix and Verizon are currently embroiled in a bitter war of words over who is to blame for slowing video streams.
Netflix kicked things off by blaming Verizon for crappy Internet speeds while inking a deal to gain priority access to its tubes. Verizon has now responded, claiming this is nothing more than a PR stunt and that Netflix is actually slowing down its own streams.
How To Detect Glassholes
God, I hope Google Glass becomes a huge thing just because I’m sick of the term “glassholes” and the anti-glass crowd in general.
— Carter Dotson (@wondroushippo) June 5, 2014
Google Glass has both fans and detractors. And a new program dedicated to detecting Glassholes and ejecting them from Wi-Fi networks adds a new tool to the detractors’ cache of weapons. For the uninitiated, “Glassholes” is the term used to describe wearers of Google Glass who act in an uncivilized manner.
Wired has the full story behind Glasshole.sh, but it’s essentially a Google Glass detector that latches on to a unique character string found in the MAC addresses of Google’s wearable tech. We suspect the man behind the project, Berlin-based artist Julian Oliver, won’t be buying Google Glass anytime soon.
Apple’s New Ad Focuses On Health
Apple recently unveiled iOS 8, OS X Yosemite, and a host of other shiny new things at WWDC 2014. But its latest ad, embedded above, focuses entirely on health, and how iPhone apps can help you get fitter. Apple is clearly betting big on health, and it’s one hell of a selling point for the iPhone 5s.
EA Predicts Germany Will Win World Cup
EA 2010 World Cup game had vuvuzelas for a “realistic atmosphere”. So this year, they should have the sound of rioting and poverty.
— Bob Kostic (@causticbob) June 3, 2014
Electronic Arts (EA) has predicted Germany will win the 2014 World Cup, and they’ll beat hosts Brazil 2-1 in the final to do it. Spain and Portugal will be the losing semi-finalists, while Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior will win the Golden Boot.
This is all based on results generated by “the award-winning EA Sports football engine that drives FIFA,” with EA having simulated every game due to be played at the event. EA isn’t a particularly well-loved company, but is this one thing it has got right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Instagram Adds Editing Tools
The latest update to Instagram has added 10 new features which take Instagram from “being a mere ‘photo-filter’ app to an editing toolbox.” The simple editing tools — which include brightness, saturation, contrast, and warmth — all work using sliders, meaning even photography n00bs will be able to improve their photos.
Facebook Unveils LifePoint Feature
And finally, when life takes a turn for the worse it’s common for us to try and pinpoint the moment where it all went wrong. Now, we no longer need to rack our brains searching for that disastrous decision or calamitous occasion, as Facebook will do it all for us.
This is thanks to LifePoint, a new Facebook feature that uses the wealth of data the social network collects on its users to pinpoint the moment it all went wrong. No, it’s not real, it’s just The Onion satirizing our over-reliance on Facebook and the like. Shame!