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The Day We Reset The Net, Netflix Vs Verizon, World Cup Predictions [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 05-06-2014

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 What Is PRISM? Everything You Need to Know The National Security Agency in the US has access to whatever data you're storing with US service providers like Google Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook. They're also likely monitoring most of the traffic flowing across the... Read More (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 Google End-To-End Encryption, Slender Man Attempted Murder [Tech News Digest] Google goes End-To-End, Kickstarter softens campaign rules, Sony kills the PSP, Chrome goes 64-bit, Slender Man attempted murder, Todoist For Business, and teens reacting to 90s Internet. Read More . 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

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.

Why Netflix Is Netflix Worth The Money? There are more people who don't subscribe to Netflix as those who do, and that swathe of the population wants to know if they're missing out on anything. Is Netflix worth the money? Read More would do that is beyond me. But this all ramps up the pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to do the right thing in regards to preserving net neutrality What Is Net Neutrality & Why Should I Care? A significant number see Net Neutrality as essential to the survival of the Internet. In this article, we're going to look at why Net Neutrality matters, and why we should fight to protect it. Read More .

How To Detect Glassholes

Google Glass has both fans and detractors What The Internet Really Thinks Of Google Glass [Weird & Wonderful Web] This week in Weird & Wonderful Web, we take a look at what the Internet really thinks of Google Glass. Some people are in love with this futuristic device, others hate it. What about you? Read More . 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, 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 What's New In iOS 8? After last year's big iOS 7 redesign, you'd expect a muted iOS 8 announcement at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference – but you'd be wrong. Read More , OS X Yosemite What's New In OS X 10.10 "Yosemite"? OS X is evolving both in terms of looks and features, and just like last year's Mavericks update, Yosemite will be another free download. Read More , and a host of other shiny new things at WWDC 2014 Apple At WWDC 2014: iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite, John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality [Tech News Digest] Apple unveils iOS 8 & OS X Yosemite at WWDC 2014, Samsung unveils Tizen smartphone, MySpace remembers, Reset the Net gets set, Chromebooks go on the march, new IFTTT channels are exposed, and John Oliver... Read More . 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

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

Instagram - New Features

The latest update to Instagram Give Your Photos An Instant Edge With The New Editing Tools On Instagram Instagram goes from being a mere "photo-filter" app to an editing toolbox. Ten new features in the latest update should give Instagrammers more control over a photo's look. Read More 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 A Beginner's Guide To Digital Photography Digital photography is a great hobby, but it can be intimidating, too. This beginner's guide will tell you everything you need to know to get started! Read More 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 Facebook Makes Money Out of Your Data, Why Shouldn’t You? There are so many free services online because companies can profit from the data you provide. Companies like Facebook sell (or buy) your data to third parties, while ones like Google use your data to... Read More 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!


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  1. Dann A
    June 5, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I hadn't heard of Reset the Net, but the site is pretty cool! Lots of great apps and advice they're peddling there. Despite what look to be good intentions, though, I'm wondering how they chose the apps and services that they're displaying—did they choose them based on quality, or are they getting paid for marketing?

    Also, I'll back EA's bet on Germany to win the Cup. They killed it last year, and they're only going to be better. That is, if the Cup gets all the way to final without being completely disrupted by rioting, poverty-stricken Brazilians who aren't very happy that FIFA is screwing their country.

  2. Dave P
    June 5, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I agree with both of your points! Mark the date in your calendar ;)

    Glass Explorers are going to be people who think technology is the be-all and end-all. They have just dropped $1500 on these things, after all.

    The Apple ad suggests bigger things to come. I would bet on some fitness-oriented wearable tech being announced within months.

    • Aibek
      June 8, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      same here, it's very likely that we'll see more health apps in the coming months. Most of the current apps are fairly basic and lack that essential bit that would make users care and actually make use of them. The 7 minute workout is one of the first apps which actually works. Everything from its name and usage makes it appealing to a regular Joe. We are going to see more such apps in the coming months.

  3. dragonmouth
    June 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    GLASS - It is a few self-important and self-absorbed Glassholes that give all Glass owners a bad name. I would not be surprised if the Glassholes aren't the same people that insist on sharing their cell-phone conversations with everybody within 100 yards of them.

    Apple’s New Ad Focuses On Health - well, goody gumdrops for Apple! Quite a few people are going to buy iPhones just for the health apps. Then they'll discover that the apps don't do anything for them by just being installed on the iPhone. The health apps, just like the exercise equipment being hawked on middle-of-the-night informercials, have to be used to be effective. But no matter, it's agreat marketing move by Apple.