Fast Broadband for All By 2020, Websites Keep on Tracking You… [Digest]
The Brits are getting fast broadband, Do Not Track remains voluntary, Chronos turns any watch into a smartwatch, the World of Warcraft movie trailer drops, and Jeff Goldblum makes Christmas creepy.
The UK Gets Fast Broadband For All
David Cameron: "fast broadband is a necessity, not a luxury"
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The British government is promising to ensure everyone in the UK has access to fast broadband by 2020. Prime Minister David Cameron wants to put broadband on the same level as water and electricity by introducing a “universal service obligation” for Internet access. Cameron said:
“Access to the internet shouldn’t be a luxury, it should be a right – absolutely fundamental to life in 21st century Britain. Just as our forebears effectively brought gas, electricity and water to all, we’re going to bring fast broadband to every home and business that wants it.”
This is a nice idea, and one we personally hope expands out to other countries. After all, Internet access can change lives for the better , especially for those living in rural areas. Therefore, those of you in the United States and beyond should use this news as a call to arms, and start fighting (peacefully) for your right to superfast broadband.
In the UK there’s just one problem… Prime Minister Cameron has promised the same things on previous occasions. As noted by BBC News, the government made similar pronouncements in 2010 and 2012, and while the percentage of British homes with access to superfast broadband has increased since then, it’s a long way of being 100 percent.
The FCC Rejects Do Not Track Petition
Websites such as Google and Facebook will retain the right to track all users. This comes after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rejected a petition [PDF link] to make it mandatory for websites to honor Do Not Track requests, and doing so will remain voluntary as it is right now.
According to The Washington Post, Consumer Watchdog petitioned the FCC to enforce Do Not Track requests, but the FCC has declared it has “no intent to regulate edge providers”. Edge providers are entities providing content or platforms online, as opposed to mere access to the Internet.
Thus, while the FCC has reclassified Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in order to safeguard net neutrality , it isn’t willing to dabble too much in ensuring Internet users retain their privacy. Which is sure to disappoint privacy advocates . Still, at least it means the ads you see online will be targeted rather than random.
Turn Any Watch Into a Smartwatch
While smartwatches such as the Apple Watch are gaining some traction, they haven’t exactly become a ubiquitous gadget in the same vein as the smartphone yet. And, to be honest, they probably never will. However, the ability to turn any watch into a smartwatch may help.
Which is why Chronos exists. Chronos is a small metal disc that adheres to the underside of your existing watch. Once in place it’s capable of notifying you when you get a text, email, or other communication, buzzing slightly or lighting up when a notification comes through on your phone.
The Chronos also offers some fitness tracking thanks to its built-in accelerometer. According to The Verge, the Battery lasts around 36 hours, and companion apps for both Android and iOS mean it’s compatible with most people’s smartphones. (Unless you’re still using a BlackBerry!)
Chronos is priced at $99 and is currently available for pre-order with shipping set to begin in Spring 2016. James Bond may still choose the Apple Watch , but this feels like a more desirable option for those of us who aren’t secret agents in need of an arsenal of innovative gadgets .
Watch the First Warcraft Trailer
The first full trailer for the movie based on The World of Warcraft is now available to watch, and rather good it is too. Warcraft: The Beginning, to give the film its full title, shows the war between the Horde and the Alliance kicking off in spectacular fashion.
Warcraft: The Beginning should appeal to a wide range of movie lovers. Anyone who has played The World of Warcraft over the last decade and change, anyone who likes epic fantasy films such as The Lord of the Rings, and Duncan Jones fans, for starters.
There have only been a handful of decent movies based on video games , so let’s hope Warcraft: The Beginning proves to be as epic and entertaining as the trailer suggests.
Jeff Goldblum Makes Christmas Creepy
And finally, if there’s one thing guaranteed to ruin Christmas, it’s your significant other buying you the wrong present. And if there’s one thing guaranteed to make Christmas creepy, it’s Jeff Goldblum barging in and telling you where you went wrong.
This is the first of a series of television commercials for British electronics retailer Currys PC World. They all show Goldblum teaching disappointed recipients how to act in the event of not getting the present they want. Which are all gadgets of some kind, naturally.
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
Should fast broadband be a basic human right? Would you like to see Do Not Track become standard practice? Would you want to turn your watch into a smartwatch? Will you be seeing the Warcraft movie? What’s the one gadget you would really like for Christmas?
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