The Federal Communications Commission drafted a set of net neutrality rules that didn't sit well with the Internet community at large. In response to the proposed rule changes, which many fear could lead to paid Internet fast lanes if approved, a group of technology companies and activists got together for Internet Slowdown Day, a day of protest in which popular sites were filled with slow loading animations to show what the web would look like if the new rules were abused. As a result of this demonstration, Congress received over 2 million emails from concerned netizens.
One of the advantages that brick-and-mortar stores have over online outlets like Amazon is that you can waltz into a location, buy what you're looking for, and use it right away. Amazon can't completely close that gap, but its same-day shipping service comes awfully close. The service is slowly expanding, with Amazon adding six new locations that qualify for same-day delivery, including Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
Here's a bit of good news if you've been wanting to experiment with Google's Chrome browser in 64-bit form but weren't so keen on installing an ultra-early build that might be riddled with buggy code. Google just added the Chrome 64-bit Beta Channel for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving curious users and early adopters a more stable release to play with. It's probably not a good idea to use it for mission critical applications, but it should be in pretty good shape at this point.
Show this video to your friends and family if they ask about net neutrality
Ron Burgundy likes to think of himself as "kind of a big deal," but so is the topic of net neutrality, which we'd like to see him report on once the Anchorman series reaches the Internet era. In the meantime, it's up to us to educate ourselves on the topic, as well as make sure that our less tech savvy friends and family know exactly what's at stake. If you're having trouble explaining net neutrality to one of them, here's a short video that will help.
New version of Maxthon focuses on video performance
Are you looking to try out a new browser? The latest release of Maxthon comes with a few tricks up its sleeve, including the ability to fast forward through any part of any video, even advertisements that you might be forced to watch. Maxthon makes this possible through what it calls Ad Skipper technology, which uses a combination of smart pre-fetching and a new approach to managing the browser runtime environment.
Even after applying a Heartbleed patch, many websites are still vulnerable
Heartbleed received a ton of media attention, and for good reason -- the security flaw in OpenSSL caught the Internet with its collective pants down, which in turn prompted website owners, IT workers, and web admins to all go scrambling for a fix. Now that there's a patch available, are we once again safe? Not really, says AVG, According to AVG, thousands of popular websites need to update their servers to stay protected from a new vulnerability.
If you want to know what the next version of Mozilla's Firefox browser will be like, you can opt for the beta or even Aurora release. The same is true of Google's Chrome browser -- there are different channels, including Stable, Beta, Dev, and Canary (the only one that runs parallel to the others without any tweaking). But what about Internet Explorer? Taking a page from the competition, Microsoft today announced the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functional browser designed to give web developers and early adopters an early look at the web platform and upcoming features.
More than three times faster Internet service for no additional cost? Yes, please!
Charter Communications is building up some good will for itself in the St. Louis area, or so it would seem. Several Charter customers report having their base broadband service increased from 30Mbps to 100Mbps this week for free. It's not clear if Charter intends to roll out the same speed upgrade to other parts of the country (a forum users says it's limited to St. Louis), but as far as St. Louis goes, this appears to be a planned speed bump.
Will Microsoft ever bother to squash this security bug?
There's a zero-day security flaw in Internet Explorer that's been known for at least the last 7 months, yet Microsoft has yet to release a patch. Perhaps it never will -- after all, IE8 is the last version of Microsoft's browser to support Windows XP, which itself is now an unsupported operating system. Alternately, Microsoft might just be having a really tough time with this one -- the Redmond outfit doesn't have a whole lot to say on the matter.
No other Android app has been downloaded more times than Gmail
High fives are in order for Google's Gmail team, as Gmail is the first Android application to notch 1 billion downloads in its belt. The feat, which actually occured a few days ago, was announced today by Google VP Sundar Pichai, who posted the achievement on his Google+ page. It was a succinct (albeit excited) recognition, though crossing 1 billion downloads doesn't mean there are a billion people using Gmail.