Internet http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/207/ en Internet Ad Revenue Surges to $42.8 Billion, Leaves Broadcast TV in the Dust http://www.maximumpc.com/internet_ad_revenue_surges_428_billion_leaves_broadcast_tv_dust <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/internet.jpg" alt="Internet" title="Internet" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" />There might be something to this whole 'Internet' thing</h3> <p>Big media and Hollywood studios have approached streaming services like Netflix with trepidation, but if they're truly interested in lining their pockets with dollars, they may want to pay attention to where the money's at. And where is that? According to the latest IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report,<strong> the Internet is where the majority of advertising revenue is going</strong> these days.</p> <p>Internet ad revenues skyrocketed to $42.8 billion in 2013, representing a 17 percent increase over 2012's record setting $36.6 billion. The explosive growth propelled the Internet ahead of broadcast television for the first time, the latter of which collected $40.1 billion.</p> <p>"The news that interactive has outperformed broadcast television should come as no surprise," <a href="http://www.iab.net/about_the_iab/recent_press_releases/press_release_archive/press_release/pr-041014" target="_blank">said Randall Rothenberg</a>, President and CEO, IAB. "It speaks to the power that digital screens have in reaching and engaging audiences. In that same vein, the staggering growth of mobile is clearly a direct response to how smaller digital screens play an integral role in consumers' lives throughout the day, as well as their critical importance to cross-screen experiences."</p> <p>Mobile is a large reason why the Internet is performing so well. For the third year in a row, mobile saw triple-digit growth, rising $7.1 billion during 2013, a 110 percent jump from the previous year. As for digital video, it accounted for $2.8 billion in in ad revenue for 2013, up 19 percent versus 2012.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/internet_ad_revenue_surges_428_billion_leaves_broadcast_tv_dust#comments ads Internet online News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:57:41 +0000 Paul Lilly 27604 at http://www.maximumpc.com Symantec: Cybercriminals Shift Behavior to Mega Breaches in Hopes of Bigger Payouts http://www.maximumpc.com/symantec_cybercriminals_shift_behavior_mega_breaches_hopes_bigger_payouts_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/mega_breach_infographic.jpg" alt="Mega Breach Infographic" title="Mega Breach Infographic" width="228" height="173" style="float: right;" />A so-called "mega breach" can be worth as much as 50 smaller attacks</h3> <p><strong>Large scale cyber attacks are on the rise</strong>, says security firm Symantec, which dubbed 2013 "Year of the Mega Breach." According to Symantec, there's a significant shift taking place in how cybercriminals operate. Rather than go in for quick hits with small rewards, cybercriminals are seeing the financial benefit in plotting bigger attacks months in advance. A single mega breach, as Symantec calls these attacks, can yield the same reward as 50 small scale attacks.</p> <p>"While the level of sophistication continues to grow among attackers, what was surprising last year was their willingness to be a lot more patient – waiting to strike until the reward is bigger and better," said Sheldon Hand, regional manager for Rest of Africa, Symantec.</p> <p>Symantec says there were eight mega breaches in 2013, compared to just one mega breach the year prior. As far as the bigger picture goes, there was a 62 percent increase in the overall number of data breaches from the previous year, which resulted in 552 million exposed identities.</p> <p>"Nothing breeds success like success – especially if you’re a cybercriminal," said Hand. "The potential for huge paydays means large-scale attacks are here to stay. Companies of all sizes need to re-examine, re-think and possibly re-architect their security posture."</p> <p>Targeted attacks jumped 91 percent in 2013 compared to 2012 and lasted an average of three times longer. Interestingly, personal assistant and people working in public relations were the two most targeted professions, Symantec says.</p> <p>You can read more in Symantec's <a href="http://www.symantec.com/security_response/publications/threatreport.jsp" target="_blank">2014 Internet Security Threat Report, Volume 19</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/symantec_cybercriminals_shift_behavior_mega_breaches_hopes_bigger_payouts_2014#comments Internet mega breach online Security symantec News Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:06:50 +0000 Paul Lilly 27602 at http://www.maximumpc.com Consumerist Readers Vote Comcast 2014's Worst Company in America http://www.maximumpc.com/consumerist_readers_vote_comcast_2014s_worst_company_america <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/comcast_remote.jpg" alt="Comcast Remote" title="Comcast Remote" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Comcast becomes the second company to take home multiple "Golden Poo" awards</h3> <p>If you were pulling for Electronic Arts to take home <em>Consumerist's</em> "Worst Company in America" award for three years running, you'll be disappointed to find out that the publisher didn't even make it past the first round. Instead, <strong>Comcast went the distance, edging out Monstanto in votes to claim <em>Consumerist's </em>title of 2014's Worst Company in America</strong>, as voted by readers.</p> <p>Comcast took 51.5 percent of the votes in the final round, versus Monstanto's 48.5 percent. Narrow as it was, the displeasure among consumers with Comcast was just a little stronger. By taking home the title, Comcast becomes only the second company to claim mutiple Golden Poo awards, EA being the other.</p> <p>"Comcast’s road to the Poo started out without a speedbump, as the company powered through the first three rounds without ever giving up more than 30 percent of the vote. And with two-time reigning champ EA eliminated in Round One by Comcast’s merger partner Time Warner Cable, followed by three-time consecutive runner-up Bank of America’s surprise defeat at the hands of Walmart, Comcast seemed destined for the Final Death Match," <em>Consumerist</em> stated in a <a href="http://consumerist.com/2014/04/08/congratulations-to-comcast-your-2014-worst-company-in-america/" target="_blank">blog post</a> announcing the 'winner,' if you will.</p> <p>The ISP was nearly thwarted by SeaWorld, a first-time contender that rode negative publicity from its Blackfish documentary into contention.</p> <p>Each year Consumerist lets its readers vote on which company they feel is the worst in America. It's a tournament style bracket similar to college basketball's March Madness, in which it's 'win' or go home each round. Comcast, Monsanto, SeaWorld, and Walmart made it to the Final Four this year.</p> <p>Image Credit: Flickr (<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/5816578607/sizes/l" target="_blank">stevendepolo</a>)</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/consumerist_readers_vote_comcast_2014s_worst_company_america#comments Comcast consumerist Internet poll News Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:47:17 +0000 Paul Lilly 27596 at http://www.maximumpc.com Heartbleed Security Flaw Catches Internet Off Guard http://www.maximumpc.com/heartbleed_security_flaw_catches_internet_guard_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/heartbleed.jpg" alt="Heartbleed" title="Heartbleed" width="228" height="211" style="float: right;" />Website owners far and wide scramble to fix a major vulnerability</h3> <p>This has been one of the busier weeks in recent history for IT workers and web admins. <strong>Earlier this week, researchers discovered a major flaw in OpenSSL</strong>, an open source encryption technology that's utilized by an estimated two-third of the world's websites. They're calling it "Heartbleed." By exploiting the bug, cybercriminals can comb through a server's memory and pluck sensitive user data, including usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and more.</p> <p>Hackers can also exploit the vulnerability to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from the services and users, and impersonate services and users, according to Heartbleed.com, a special website built by Finnish security firm Codenomicon. The website is intended to answer questions about the vulnerability.</p> <p>The good news here is that an updated version of OpenSSL plugs up the security hole. However, not all websites know about the patch, nor are some of them informed about Heartbleed.</p> <p>"You are likely to be affected either directly or indirectly. OpenSSL is the most popular open source cryptographic library and TLS (transport layer security) implementation used to encrypt traffic on the Internet. Your popular social site, your company's site, commerce site, hobby site, site you install software from or even sites run by your government might be using vulnerable OpenSSL," <a href="http://heartbleed.com/" target="_blank">Heartbleed.com explains</a>.</p> <p>Changing your passwords is recommended, though not until any website you log into confirms that it's fixed the issue. While bigger sites are likely aware of the issue, smaller hobby sites that you visit might not be, so you might even want to reach out to them. It's also a good idea of keep a close eye on your financial statements in the immediate future, if you're not doing so already.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/heartbleed_security_flaw_catches_internet_guard_2014#comments heartbleed Internet openssl Security web News Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:16:34 +0000 Paul Lilly 27595 at http://www.maximumpc.com Gogo to Expand In-Flight Wi-Fi to 70Mbps by Middle of 2015 http://www.maximumpc.com/gogo_expand_-flight_wi-fi_70mbps_middle_2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/gogo_wi-fi.jpg" alt="Gogo Wi-Fi" title="Gogo Wi-Fi" width="228" height="161" style="float: right;" />In-flight Wi-Fi is getting a speed boost</h3> <p>Downloading content from a mile high is going to get a whole lot faster thanks to Gogo, which is working on increasing peak speeds more than seven-fold. Using low-profile, high efficiency Ku-band satellite antennas,<strong> Gogo expects in-flight Wi-Fi service to deliver peak speeds of more than 70Mbps</strong> by the middle of next year. That's pretty impressive, considering Gogo rolled out technology to increase peak speeds to 9.8Mbps a year ago.</p> <p>Gogo is already using low-profile antennas for its Ground to Orbit technology. However, the company will move away from its Air to Ground solution for the return link to the ground, and instead rely on the above-mentioned Ku-band satellite antennas, which is the secret sauce to this high-speed Wi-Fi recipe.</p> <p>The 2Ku antenna Gogo plans to utilize is two times more spectrally efficient than other antennas in the commercial aviation market. This translates into more bandwidth at a lower cost, and it also makes it the most TV friendly solution in the market, Gogo says. The actual antenna is just 4.5 inches tall, which reduces drag on the aircraft compared to other satellite solutions.</p> <p>"We anticipate that this technology will deliver peak speeds of 70Mbps to the plane when initially launched and more than 100Mbps when new spot beam satellite technologies become available," Gogo's chief technology officer, Anand Chari, <a href="http://gogoair.mediaroom.com/2014-04-08-Gogo-Announces-its-Next-Generation-Global-In-Flight-Internet-Technology-2Ku" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/gogo_expand_-flight_wi-fi_70mbps_middle_2015#comments 2ku gogo. wi-fi in-flight Internet wireless News Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:25:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 27589 at http://www.maximumpc.com YouTube’s Rumored Paid Music Service Allegedly Delayed http://www.maximumpc.com/youtube%E2%80%99s_rumored_paid_music_service_allegedly_delayed <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/youtube_1.jpg" alt="YouTube Music Streaming Service" title="YouTube Music Streaming Service" width="228" height="177" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Was originally rumored for a late 2013 launch</h3> <p>YouTube has been <strong>rumored to be prepping a premium on-demand music service since October 2013</strong>. Initially <a href="http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/5763268/youtube-close-to-launching-subscription-music-service" target="_blank">rumored for a late 2013 release</a>, there is still no sign of the music streaming service. According to Billboard, which was the first to report on the yet unconfirmed service last year, the launch has been pushed back to “the second quarter or later”</p> <p>The delay, per a senior label executive Billboard talked to, is on account of <a href="http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/6039418/business-matters-whats-behind-youtube-music-services" target="_blank">YouTube’s refusal to launch anything short of a great product</a>. "They feel that there's just too much scrutiny of this product, and that they need to get it right out of the gate," the executive was quoted as saying by Bloomberg Thursday.</p> <p>Chief among the challenges YouTube is grappling with are: figuring out the best possible way of dealing with songs that have no official videos and, more importantly, getting people to pay for something they’re used to getting for free. As for the visual treatment of video-less songs, the company is currently gravitating toward “art videos” — those made up of random pictures and videos. But with YouTube allegedly hoping to charge users up to $10-a-month for the premium service without it impacting the way non-paying users currently use the site, the latter is clearly a lot trickier.</p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/youtube%E2%80%99s_rumored_paid_music_service_allegedly_delayed#comments Internet music streaming music videos web youtube News Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:03:54 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27574 at http://www.maximumpc.com Facebook Paid Out $1.5 Million in Bug Bounties in 2013 http://www.maximumpc.com/facebook_paid_out_15_million_bug_bounties_2013 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/facebook_bug_0.jpg" alt="Facebook Bug Bounty" title="Facebook Bug Bounty" width="228" height="167" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Highest number of valid bug reports came from India, followed by the U.S. and Brazil</h3> <p>Facebook on Friday published an update on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-bug-bounty/bug-bounty-highlights-and-updates/818902394790655" target="_blank">progress of its four-year-old bug bounty program</a>, revealing that it <strong>paid out $1.5 million in bounties last year to take the program’s lifetime payouts beyond $2 million.</strong></p> <p>Total submissions in 2013, according to the social networking giant, rose 246 percent from the year prior to reach 14,763, the vast majority of which were found to be invalid. The $1.5 million it paid out in 2013 were distributed among 330 researchers around the globe, with the average reward being $2,204. Further, most of the bugs brought to light under the program were “in non-core properties, such as websites operated by companies we've acquired.”</p> <p>“We're grateful to all the researchers around the world who have taken the time to evaluate our services and report bugs. Researchers in Russia earned the highest amount per report in 2013, receiving an average of $3,961 for 38 bugs,” the company said in a note. “India contributed the largest number of valid bugs at 136, with an average reward of $1,353. The USA reported 92 issues and averaged $2,272 in rewards. Brazil and the UK were third and fourth by volume, with 53 bugs and 40 bugs, respectively, and average rewards of $3,792 and $2,950.”</p> <p>The company is particularly pleased with its handling of high-severity bugs, having managed to bring down “the median fix time for high-severity issues down to just 6 hours.”</p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/facebook_paid_out_15_million_bug_bounties_2013#comments bug bounty facebook Internet Security vulnerabilities web News Sun, 06 Apr 2014 23:38:20 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27573 at http://www.maximumpc.com Maxthon Browser Extends Reach into Linux Territory http://www.maximumpc.com/maxthon_browser_extends_reach_linux_territory_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/maxthon_linux.jpg" alt="Maxthon for Linux" title="Maxthon for Linux" width="228" height="225" style="float: right;" />Now Linux users can run Maxthon, too</h3> <p>Over the years, the Maxthon browser (formerly known as MyIE2 way back in the day) has spread its reach beyond Windows and into different platforms, including the Mac and three mobile OSes: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Wondering where the love for Linux is at? You don't need to wonder anymore, because<strong> you can now download 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Maxthon for Linux</strong>.</p> <p>The Linux version retains Maxthon's popular features, such as Magic Fill (AES 256-level encrypted password and user account prompt), mouse gestures, easy tab management, 'Restore Last' button, extensions, and more.</p> <p>"The addition of Linux takes our core value proposition - high performance, independent, multi-platform browsing - one step further," <a href="http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/maxthon-expands-its-suite-of-high-performance-web-browsers-to-linux-252280541.html" target="_blank">said Karl Mattson</a>, VP of Maxthon's International Division. "Desktop computing is evolving beyond the one-OS-to-rule-them-all dynamic and as that develops, Maxthon will be right there offering high performance alternative web browsers on the platforms that matter."</p> <p>If you want to give it a spin, you can download Maxthon for Linux (as well as other platforms) from <a href="http://www.maxthon.com/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/maxthon_browser_extends_reach_linux_territory_2014#comments browser Internet linux maxthon online Software News Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:59:24 +0000 Paul Lilly 27522 at http://www.maximumpc.com U.S. Government to Cede Control of DNS Root Zone http://www.maximumpc.com/us_government_cede_control_dns_root_zone <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u46168/ntia-300x300.jpg" alt="NTIA" title="NTIA" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Sudden move seen as final step toward DNS privatization</h3> <p>The U.S. government, often accused of having a disproportionate say in the working of the Internet, is <strong>about to loosen its grip considerably by ceding control of key domain name functions to the international community</strong>. To this end, U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit responsible for the global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers (names, IP addresses and protocol parameters), “to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA.”</p> <p>The NTIA and ICANN have a longstanding contractual understanding under which the latter, through its Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) department, manages the DNS root zone of the Internet under the former’s oversight. But now, in a welcome move it considers to be the final step toward Internet DNS privatization, the <a href="http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3Awww.ntia.doc.gov%2Fpress-release%2F2014%2Fntia-announces-intent-transition-key-internet-domain-name-functions&amp;oq=cache%3Awww.ntia.doc.gov%2Fpress-release%2F2014%2Fntia-announces-intent-transition-key-internet-domain-name-functions&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j69i58.2903j0j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;espv=210&amp;es_sm=93&amp;ie=UTF-8">NTIA has decided to relinquish that oversight of IANA functions in favor of “the global multistakeholder community.”</a> With the current IANA contract set to expire on September 30, 2015, ICANN has <a href="http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/iana/functions-transfer-process-14mar14-en.pdf" target="_blank">plenty of time in which to complete the transition.</a></p> <p>“The timing is right to start the transition process,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Lawrence E. Strickling in a press release.&nbsp; “We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan.”</p> <p>Some, however, suspect this sudden alacrity to relinquish oversight of the the DNS system may have something to do with recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s overreach.</p> <p>“I hope it’s not just a frightened reaction to the Snowden revelations, which have nothing to do with the Internet Domain Name System,” Steve DelBianco, executive director of trade group NetChoice, told <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2108780/us-government-to-end-formal-relationship-with-icann.html" target="_blank">PCWorld</a>. “Maybe the administration wants to rack up political points for upcoming [Internet governance] meetings. I’m afraid those points won’t be worth what this move may cost.”</p> <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: #ffffff; color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 21px; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;">Follow Pulkit on&nbsp;<a style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; background-color: transparent; color: #cc0000; text-decoration: none; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: initial initial;" href="https://plus.google.com/107395408525066230351?rel=author">Google+</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/us_government_cede_control_dns_root_zone#comments DNS icann Internet ntia root zone file News Sun, 16 Mar 2014 22:59:13 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27451 at http://www.maximumpc.com You Haven't Lost Your Marbles, Google Search Results DO Look Different http://www.maximumpc.com/you_havent_lost_your_marbles_google_search_results_do_look_different_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_search_ads.jpg" alt="Google Ads" title="Google Ads" width="228" height="163" style="float: right;" />Google changed its search page fonts</h3> <p>Google should have taken a page from The Outer Limits and told anyone with an Internet connection, "There is nothing wrong with your monitor. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling the transmission. If we wish to change the font, we will change the font." And that's exactly what <strong>Google did -- the sultan of search changed its search page fonts</strong>, in part to accommodate an easier way of identifying ad-supported links.</p> <p>The good news is, you're not crazy, things definitely look different and it's not because your cat walked across your keyboard and changed some obscure setting, so stop pulling your hair out trying to find it. If you don't like the new look, the bad news is, once again, it's not a setting on your end, so you're mostly stuck with the new look.</p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/03/12/you-arent-imagining-things-google-tweaked-its-search-page-fonts/" target="_blank"><em>The Washington Post</em></a>, not all users are seeing the new look just yet, though it's likely they will soon. It's part of an ongoing effort by Google to make its search results appear simpler and more unified on mobile devices. Google's senior vice president of search gave us all a heads up in a <a href="http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2013/09/fifteen-years-onand-were-just-getting.html" target="_blank">blog post</a> last year.</p> <p>In addition to a bigger font size, Google now identifies ad-supported links with a yellow box that says "Ad" underneath a search link. Previously, these links sat on top of a lightly shaded background.</p> <p>Are you seeing the new look? If so, what do you think about the redesign?</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/you_havent_lost_your_marbles_google_search_results_do_look_different_2014#comments font Google Internet online search web News Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:04:25 +0000 Paul Lilly 27433 at http://www.maximumpc.com Trendnet AnnouncesTEW-818DRU AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router http://www.maximumpc.com/trendnet_announcestew-818dru_ac1900_dual_band_wireless_router <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/tew_818dru_box.jpg" alt="Trendnet TEW-818DRU Box" title="Trendnet TEW-818DRU Box" width="228" height="186" style="float: right;" />Another high performance router option in the 802.11ac space</h3> <p>If you've been putting off upgrading your home network, now is a good time to finally upgrade your hardware, starting with your router. Wireless-AC is here (still in Draft form, but we've run into very few quirks with the routers we've tested to date) and it can make a world of difference in your home network, even if you own a Wireless-N router. You have a growing number of options to choose from, including <strong>Trendnet's new TEW-818DRU dual-band router</strong>, which is the company's new flagship consumer model.</p> <p>Beyond the affordable price tag, we weren't overly impressed with Trendnet's TEW-812DRU (AC1750), however the TEW-818DRU is a faster model, at least on paper (we don't have one in-house to test just yet). It bears the AC1900 designation -- router makers like to add the speeds of the Wireless-N and Wireless-AC bands together even though you can't actually combine them into a single connection. Nevertheless, that breaks down to 1300Mbps Wireless-AC and 600Mbps Wireless-N, both of which are the fastest speeds currently available for the respective bands on consumer routers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.trendnet.com/press/releases/view.asp?id=2722" target="_blank">Trendnet says</a> the TEW-818DRU sports a 1GHz processor, high power radio amplifiers, and beamingforming technology, the latter of which concentrates the highest wireless signal strength to each devices' specific location. As for wired connectivity, you'll find both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports (one each) with file and printer sharing, and four Gigabit Ethernet ports.</p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/CF8M3O8hPHQ" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Retailers will begin selling the <a href="http://www.trendnet.com/products/proddetail.asp?prod=100_TEW-818DRU" target="_blank">TEW-818DRU</a> sometime this month for $260 MSRP.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/trendnet_announcestew-818dru_ac1900_dual_band_wireless_router#comments 802.11ac ac1900 Hardware Internet networking Router tew-818dru trendnet wi-fi wireless News Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:55:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 27399 at http://www.maximumpc.com Twitter Returns Hijacked @N Handle Worth $50,000 Back to Owner http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_returns_hijacked_n_handle_worth_50000_back_owner <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hiroshima_n_twitter.jpg" alt="Hiroshima @N Twitter" title="Hiroshima @N Twitter" width="228" height="130" style="float: right;" />Bizarre hacking incident comes to a happy conclusion</h3> <p>Naoki Hiroshima, original owner of the @N handle on Twitter, claims he routinely fielded offers for his coveted username, including one that was as high as $50,000. People have also tried to steal the rare username from him, though those attempts were unsuccessful until a hacker applied some social engineering skills to ultimately force him to hand it over. It's a bizarre story that involves ineptitude on the part of both GoDaddy and PayPal, though there's a happy ending -- <strong>Hiroshima has his username back</strong>.</p> <p>"This is a happy ending not only for me but also for sane employees and loyal users of Twitter's. Congrats to those, too," <a href="https://twitter.com/N/status/438538822482014208" target="_blank">Hiroshima tweeted out</a> with his original username.</p> <p>Part of the reason Hiroshima's made headlines is because of the way the hacker managed to gain control of his account. He did it by first calling PayPal and using some "very simple engineering tactics" to gain the last four digits of Hiroshima's credit card. He then called GoDaddy and told them he lost his card but remembered the last four digits, which ultimately allowed him to gain control of Hiroshima's account and his domains.</p> <p>"It’s hard to decide what’s more shocking, the fact that PayPal gave the attacker the last four digits of my credit card number over the phone, or that GoDaddy accepted it as verification," Hiroshima wrote in a blog post.</p> <p>That's the condensed version of what happened (check out Hiroshima's <a href="https://medium.com/p/24eb09e026dd" target="_blank">blog post</a> for a full account of events), but short and to the point, the hacker used the hijacked domains to extort the @N handle from Hiroshima. GoDaddy has since said it would review its policies to prevent those types of incidents from happening again, while PayPal essentially buried its head in the sand.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/twitter_returns_hijacked_n_handle_worth_50000_back_owner#comments @n godaddy Haoki Hiroshima Internet microblog online paypal social network twitter News Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:33:16 +0000 Paul Lilly 27345 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Looking at 34 Cities to Receive Google Fiber http://www.maximumpc.com/google_looking_34_cities_receive_google_fiber_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/google_logo.jpg" alt="Google Fiber" title="Google Fiber" width="200" height="124" style="float: right;" />Studies to be conducted</h3> <p>Google has <a title="Google Fiber" href="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/exploring-new-cities-for-google-fiber.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">announced</span></a> plans to investigate the possibilities of <strong>expanding its Google Fiber service to nine metro areas</strong> in the United States. Having set up its network system in Kansas City (KS), Austin (TX), and Provo (UT), Google is looking to branch out and discover how feasible it will be to bring its service to other areas.</p> <p>According to the official blog post, the company is looking at adding 34 cities to participate in this initiative. Some of the cities being approached are Portland (OR), Atlanta (GA), Phoenix (AZ), Nashville (TN), San Jose (CA), San Antonio (TX), Charlotte (NC), and Raleigh-Durham (NC).</p> <p><img src="/files/u166440/google_fiber_map.png" alt="Google Fiber Locations" title="Google Fiber Locations" width="620" height="347" style="vertical-align: middle;" /></p> <p>Google’s goal is to work with city leaders on a joint planning process in order to map out a network and assess any local challenges. A detailed study of local topography, housing density, and condition of local infrastructure will be conducted to help the company determine whether or not these locations will be able to receive the service.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the meantime, according to the post, “Cities will complete a checklist of items that will help them get ready for a project of this scale and speed. For example, they’ll provide us with maps of existing conduit, water, gas and electricity lines so that we can plan where to place fiber. They’ll also help us find ways to access existing infrastructure—like utility poles—so we don’t unnecessarily dig up streets or have to put up a new pole next to an existing one.”</p> <p>Google plans to provide updates, towards the end of the year, concerning which cities will be provided with Google Fiber.</p> <p>How eager are you to have Google Fiber come to your area?</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="https://plus.google.com/+SeanKnightD?rel=author" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/SeanDKnight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/seandknight" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_looking_34_cities_receive_google_fiber_2014#comments Fiber gigabit gigabit internet Google google fiber high speed internet Internet News Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Sean D Knight 27297 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google Has 3 Year Plan to Deliver 10 Gigabit Internet Service http://www.maximumpc.com/google_has_3-year_plan_deliver_10-gigabit_internet_service_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_fiber.jpg" alt="Google Fiber" title="Google Fiber" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />1Gbps is nice, but 10Gbps is better</h3> <p>Lucky residents in Kansas City and Provo, Utah can already sign up for 1Gbps Google Fiber service, and Austin, Texas isn't far behind. That's 100 times faster than the average American speed of 9.8Mbps (based on Akamai's State of the Internet 3Q2013), and yet it's also only the tip of the iceberg. Apparently bitten by the speed bug, <strong>Google is currently working on speeds of 10Gbps</strong>.</p> <p>Google's Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette revealed as much during the Goldman Sachs Technology Internet conference this week, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/02/12/google-10-gigabit-internet-speeds/5421709/" target="_blank"><em>USA Today</em> reports</a>.</p> <p>"That's where the world is going, it's going to happen," Pichette said, adding that it could take a decade, but at the same time, "why wouldn't we make it available in three years? That's what we're working on. There's no need to wait."</p> <p>Pichette didn't offer up too many details, such as whether 10Gbps service is something Google envisions offering to home users or just businesses. And of course it's far too early to talk about costs.</p> <p>As it stands now, Google Fiber service in Kansas City and Provo runs $70/month for 1Gbps upload and download, and $120/month for 1Gbps Internet bundled with a full TV package with over 200 channels (HD included). Those who subscribe to the Internet and TV bundle also receive a Nexus 7 tablet.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/google_has_3-year_plan_deliver_10-gigabit_internet_service_2014#comments 10 gigabit 10gbps broadband Fiber Google Internet News Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:08:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 27269 at http://www.maximumpc.com Technology Big Wigs Form WifiForward Group to Expand Wi-Fi Access http://www.maximumpc.com/technology_big_wigs_form_wififorward_group_expand_wi-fi_access_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/wi-fi.jpg" alt="Wi-Fi" title="Wi-Fi" width="228" height="212" style="float: right;" />Cable companies and tech firms like Microsoft share a common goal</h3> <p>A <strong>coalition of cable companies</strong> and well known technology firms has been formed to address the "Wi-Fi spectrum crunch" and to lobby Washington to free up unlicensed spectrum. The coaltion is called WifiForward and it includes cable companies like Comcast, Time Warner Cable (which <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/comcast_obtain_time_warner_cable_452_billion_2014">Comcast is trying to acquire</a>), and Charter Communications, along with technology firms like Microsoft, Google, and Broadcom.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wififorward.org/" target="_blank">WifiForward</a> is currently 18 members strong, through there are some noticeable omissions, such as every single major wireless carrier in the U.S. (AT&amp;T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile). While some wireless carriers have built up Wi-Fi hotspots in certain areas to alleviate congestion, ubiquitous Wi-Fi access would ultimately prevent smartphone owners from ponying up to more expensive data plans.</p> <p>The coalition's goal is to free up more airwaves for Wi-Fi using unlicensed spectrum bands. It describes itself as a "group of like-minded companies, organizations, and public sector institutions who belive that Wi-Fi is critical to the way we live and work today."</p> <p>WifiForward brings up the emerging "Internet of Things" as one reason why this is a pressing issue. Indeed, Cisco predicts that Wi-Fi devices will account for the majority of Internet traffic by 2017. WifiForward says that kind of growth could mean that getting on the Internet via Wi-Fi could "soon be like trying to drive in rush hour traffic on too narrow a road."</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="https://plus.google.com/+PaulLilly?rel=author" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Paul.B.Lilly" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/technology_big_wigs_form_wififorward_group_expand_wi-fi_access_2014#comments charter Comcast Google Internet microsoft Time Warner Cable wi-fi wififorward wireless News Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:42:57 +0000 Paul Lilly 27267 at http://www.maximumpc.com