Obama Plans Faster Internet For All, Facebook Pushes AMBER Alerts [Tech News Digest]
President Obama wants faster Internet, Facebook adds AMBER Alerts, Microsoft ends Scroogled, Grand Theft Auto V on PC gets delayed again, Ship Your Enemies Glitter, and why you should consider disconnecting from Facebook & Twitter.
Obama Wants Speedier Broadband
U.S. President Barack Obama wants all Americans to have access to affordable, high-speed Internet. In order to achieve this goal, he plans to take executive action to increase competition and end the broadband inequality that currently exists across the United States.
The White House will be filing a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) demanding an end to the restrictions that prevent municipalities in 19 states from creating their own broadband networks. There will also be grants made available to encourage rural carriers to supply broadband, and a Broadband Opportunity Council will be formed to push the whole thing through.
President Obama will be officially announcing this plan to improve the quality of Broadband in the U.S. at his State of the Union address next week. We expect the usual names and faces to oppose the plans while accusing Obama of being a socialist for even floating such ideas.
Facebook Introduces AMBER Alerts
.@bizcarson on FB’s Amber Alert: “Apple forced everyone to download U2…notifying people of missing kids seems much more humanitarian”
— Carmel DeAmicis (@carmeldea) January 13, 2015
Facebook is adding AMBER Alerts to people’s News Feeds in an effort to use the social network for good. Thanks to a partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, AMBER Alerts will show up on the News Feeds of people in areas where a child is thought to have been abducted.
AMBER Alerts include photographs and details about a missing child, with the hope being that people will notify the authorities with any information they may have on that child’s welfare or whereabouts.
Facebook already posts AMBER Alerts as news posts, but this is the first time they will be inserted into users’ News Feeds. At least 725 children are reported to have been recovered as a direct result of AMBER Alerts since the initiative launched in 1996. Thus proving it works and proving that anyone complaining about this move by Facebook is a heartless b**tard.
Microsoft Ends Scroogled Campaign
It appears Microsoft has ended its lengthy and controversial Scroogled campaign. For the best part of two years, Microsoft has been using the Scroogled moniker as a cheap and easy way of laying into Google. But the Scroogled website now redirects to Why Microsoft.
Scroogled was a particularly bitter campaign which saw Microsoft attacking Google in order to promote its own products and services. The new Why Microsoft is a much softer approach, with Microsoft talking up its strengths rather than its competitors’ weaknesses.
GTA V On PC Delayed Until March
Grand Theft Auto V on PC has been delayed yet again, with Rockstar putting the release date back until March 24. The PC version was originally expected to launch in Fall 2014, which was then revised to January 2015. The new release date means the PC version of GTA V will launch a full 18 months after the original game landed on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Rockstar announced the change by saying, “Our apologies for the slight shift in the date but the game requires a few extra weeks of testing and polish to make it as good as can be. Moving a release date is never a decision we take lightly and is a choice we make only when we know it is in the best interests of the game and our fans. Thanks everyone for your understanding and we assure you these few extra weeks will be worth it when the game does arrive in March.”
As long as the game does actually arrive in March as promised and doesn’t suffer from any more delays. PC gamers eager to play the open-world game should probably keep all their fingers and toes crossed just in case. And in the meantime check that their machine fulfills the minimum specs requirement.
Ship Your Enemies Glitter
You can now send an envelope full of glitter to someone you hate thanks to a website called Ship Your Enemies Glitter. For $9.99, these guys will stuff an enveloper full of glitter and post it to your target of choice. Who will then open the envelope and get covered in the stuff.
Glitter is annoying, especially when it spills everywhere from a package you never expected to receive. But it’s in no way evil or illegal, which makes it a lot more acceptable than sending a box of poop through the mail. Not that I would ever do such a thing, obviously.
Disconnect With Facebook & Twitter
Titled Dis\Connect, the film offers several layers of meaning, with each and every individual viewer likely to take something different from it. Hopefully something positive.
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