funny http://www.maximumpc.com/taxonomy/term/801/ en Best April Fools 2014 Pranks http://www.maximumpc.com/Best_April_Fools_2014_Pranks <!--paging_filter--><h3><span style="font-weight: normal;"><img src="/files/u162579/razer-eidolon-gallery-06.jpg" alt="Razer Eidolon" title="Razer Eidolon" width="250" height="141" style="float: right;" />10 of the best tech gags of 2014</span></h3> <p>April Fool's Day has become the ultimate Internet holiday. Memes, jokes, gags, and fake products abound as tech companies go crazy with April Fools' jokes. Want an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gosphero.com/" target="_blank">automatic selfie bot</a>&nbsp;that follows you around and takes stellar selfies? Or maybe you're in the mood for a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YMD6xELI_k" target="_blank">Pokémon-catching challenge</a>?&nbsp;</p> <p>To be honest, we wouldn't mind seeing some of these products come to life. As funny as <a href="http://linkd.in/1heZS4E" target="_blank">Cats You May Know</a> is, we can't help but wonder what it would be like if we actually had a social network for cats.</p> <p>Which pranks did you fall for? Tell us in the comments!</p> <p>Follow Ben on <a href="http://twitter.com/benjkim" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BenKimJ/posts" target="_blank">Google+</a>.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/Best_April_Fools_2014_Pranks#comments april fool's day April Fools' 2014 funny gags jokes Features Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:17:27 +0000 Ben Kim 27548 at http://www.maximumpc.com 57 Cool Websites http://www.maximumpc.com/57_cool_websites_2014 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u154082/cool_websites.png" alt="cool websites" title="cool websites" width="250" height="189" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Best websites to visit when you’re bored</h3> <p>Before the Internet came into its own, finding something to do to cure boredom was a task in and of itself. At work, you could count the holes in the ceiling, crumple pieces of paper and practice your cubicle hook shot, or get lost in a game of Minesweeper, all the while hoping your boss wouldn't wander by.</p> <p>We have it much easier these days. The Internet isn't just fleshed out, it's flooded with more websites than you'll ever have time to visit. Many of them suck, of course, and several others will leave you with an infection quicker than a one night stand in the red-light district, but there are also a vast number of gems buried beneath all the rubble.</p> <p>Get ready to add some bookmarks to your browser because we've gone and gathered 57 websites guaranteed to help you kill time when the day just seems to drag on.</p> <h4>Inner Body</h4> <p><strong>The wonder within us all </strong></p> <p>How much do you really know about your own body? Probably less than you think. Inner Body is your interactive guide to the complex human system and all of its inner workings. Wow your friends by learning everything there is to know about the urinary system!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/innerbody_small_0.png"><img src="/files/u152332/innerbody_small.png" alt="Inner Body" width="620" height="473" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.innerbody.com/" target="_blank">www.innerbody.com</a></p> <h4>Magic Secrets Explained</h4> <p><strong>Dispelling the mystery </strong></p> <p>It's been said that a true magician never reveals his secrets, but that's a bunch of hogwash. In fact, if you head over to Magic Secrets Explained, a site that's just what it sounds like, you can learn a bevy of magic tricks from well-known magicians like Criss Angel, David Blaine, and others.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/magic_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/magic_small.jpg" title="Magic Secrets" width="620" height="473" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.secrets-explained.com/" target="_blank">www.secrets-explained.com</a></p> <h4>Dumb Laws</h4> <p><strong>Keeping us safe from ourselves </strong></p> <p>Did you know that in Kansas, it's illegal to shoot rabbits from motorboats? You're also not allowed to use mules to hunt ducks. In Idaho, riding a merry-go-round on Sunday is against the law. Look up all kinds of dumb laws by state!</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblaws.com/" target="_blank">www.dumblaws.com</a></p> <h4>Will It Blend</h4> <p><strong>Don’t try this at home </strong></p> <p>Pretty much anything and everything will blend in a Blendtec blender, but knowing the answer doesn't make the videos on this site any less enjoyable. Watch Blendtec founder Tom Dickson demonstrate his pride and joy shredding things like an iPad, glass marbles, and even Super Glue. We dare you to try and watch just one video.</p> <p><a href="http://www.willitblend.com/" target="_blank">www.willitblend.com</a></p> <h4>Quick Meme</h4> <p><strong>Go viral! </strong></p> <p>Don't let your rapier wit go to waste. Instead, create a hilarious meme and maybe, just maybe, it will go viral. Or it will get lost in the shuffle of the thousands of other memes. Either way, a visit to QuickMeme.com isn't likely to be quick at all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.quickmeme.com/" target="_blank">www.quickmeme.com</a></p> <h4>You Suck at Photoshop</h4> <p><strong>What not to do </strong></p> <p>If you're a Photoshop whiz, you might look at the name of this YouTube series and say, "Them's fightin' words!" For everyone else, the You Suck at Photoshop series is a hilarious way to learn the ins and outs by a very talented narrator who clearly has some personal issues.</p> <p><a title="you suck at photoshop" href="http://bit.ly/9Ftp7V" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/9Ftp7V</a></p> <h4>Someecards</h4> <p><strong>Say it with sarcasm </strong></p> <p>When you have something sarcastic to say but don't know exactly how to phrase it, Someecards is your go-to site. There's a comical e-card for every occasion, be it a birthday or whatever topical trend is dominating your Facebook feed. Or just visit the site when you need a good laugh!</p> <p><a href="http://www.someecards.com/" target="_blank">www.someecards.com</a></p> <h4>Ductivities</h4> <p><strong>The cornerstone of advanced civilization </strong></p> <p>Food, water, oxygen, and Duct Tape—with those four things, you can not only survive any situation, but thrive in it. Why Duct Tape? Well, just head over to Ductivities to see some of the many things you can build with a roll (or dozen) of Duct Tape.</p> <p><a title="ductivities" href="http://bit.ly/13osna5" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/13osna5</a></p> <h4>Digital Public Library of America</h4> <p><strong>Grow your melon </strong></p> <p>If you have some time to kill and want to upgrade your internal knowledge bank, the Digital Public Library of America is a great place to start. It has over 2.5 million items from libraries, archives, and museums, and unless you happen to be Ben Stein, it's nigh impossible to spend a few minutes clicking through articles without emerging at least slightly more knowledgeable than when you started.</p> <p><a href="http://dp.la/" target="_blank">http://dp.la</a></p> <h4>The Useless Web</h4> <p><strong>You don’t know what you’re missing </strong></p> <p>The Internet is composed of around 4 billion webpages. How many of them are quirky? We're not sure, but The Useless Web will take you to a new one each time you click. You might see a dog licking your LCD screen or Oprah Winfrey seemingly unleashing a horde of bees on a studio audience. They may be useless sites, but they're also amusing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theuselessweb.com/" target="_blank">www.theuselessweb.com</a></p> <h4>Drinkify</h4> <p><strong>Make a libation to match the mood </strong></p> <p>It's Wednesday night and your friends don't want to go out until the weekend, so you purchase a new digital album from Amazon and settle for an evening of _____ (insert your favorite artist or band here). Now all you need is a stiff drink, but what goes best with _____? Drinkify will tell you exactly what you should be pouring down your gullet as you listen to _____.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/drinkify_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/drinkify_small.jpg" title="Drinkify" width="620" height="473" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://drinkify.org/" target="_blank">http://drinkify.org</a></p> <p><em>Click the next page for more sites to visit when you're bored along with some cute animal sites!</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>You Can’t Handle the Cute</h3> <p><strong>There's nothing wrong with wanting to look at kittens, puppies, and other awww-inducing photos. Here are some of our favorite resources.</strong></p> <h4>Cute Overload</h4> <p>The site that started it all, CO, as it's known, is the homepage for cute aficionados. It even has a Cats and Racks category.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/cuteoverload_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/cuteoverload_small.jpg" title="Cute Overload" width="620" height="626" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://cuteoverload.com/" target="_blank">www.cuteoverload.com</a></p> <h4>Cute Roulette</h4> <p>Also known as "click and squee," this site shows you one cute thing after another in a never-ending slide show of redonkulessness.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/cuteroulette_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/cuteroulette_small.jpg" title="Cute Roulette" width="620" height="441" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.cuteroulette.com/#/" target="_blank">www.cuteroulette.com</a></p> <h4>Love Meow</h4> <p>This site chronicles the heartwarming stories of shelter cats, rescues, and special-needs kittens and cats. Keep some Kleenex handy.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/lovemeow_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/lovemeow_small.jpg" title="Love Meow" width="620" height="616" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://lovemeow.com/" target="_blank">www.lovemeow.com</a></p> <h4>Crack Shack or Mansion</h4> <p><strong>Can you tell the diff? </strong></p> <p>You would think it'd be easy to tell the difference between a crack shack and a mansion. Then again, you can't judge a book by its cover, and apparently we can't tell the difference between a crappy abode and one that costs millions of dollars. Can you? Give it a whirl the next time you're bored.</p> <p><a href="http://www.crackshackormansion.com/" target="_blank">www.crackshackormansion.com</a></p> <h4>I Waste So Much Time</h4> <p><strong>Comic junk food </strong></p> <p>The Internet's always good for a laugh, and unless your funny bone is broken, you'll find plenty of them on I Waste So Much Time. The premise is simple: You look, you laugh (or don't), and then rate the pictures and videos (optional). When you've killed enough time, you can go on with your daily routine, only in a better mood.</p> <p><a href="http://iwastesomuchtime.com" target="_blank">http://iwastesomuchtime.com</a></p> <h4>Funny Typos</h4> <p><strong>Helarious </strong></p> <p>If their’s one thing Maximum PC readers like too do, it's play games. If their's a second thing, its overclocking. And if theres a third, its point out typos. Funny Typos is a sight taylor made for you!</p> <p><a href="http://www.funnytypos.com/" target="_blank">www.funnytypos.com</a></p> <h4>Awkward Family Photos</h4> <p><a class="thickbox" style="text-align: center;" href="/files/u152332/awkward_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/awkward_small.jpg" width="620" height="473" /></a></p> <p><strong>Boy, do I feel better about my upbringing </strong></p> <p>You may think your family is a little bit weird, and maybe it is. But you know what? You're not alone. Far from it, in fact, as Awkward Family Photos proves. Spend a few minutes flipping through pages of pictures of other odd families and you'll come away convinced you're more normal than you thought.</p> <p><a href="http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com/" target="_blank">http://awkwardfamilyphotos.com</a></p> <h4>The Most Awkwardly Public Break Ups in Facebook History</h4> <p><strong>The name says it all </strong></p> <p>Let’s face it, breaking up with someone or being broken up with isn’t always easy. It’s especially bad when it’s done on social media, before family and friends. The Most Awkwardly Public Break Ups in Facebook History captures many of these moments, and they’re often hilarious to read.</p> <p><a href="http://happyplace.someecards.com/4033/the-most-awkwardly-public-break-ups-in-facebook-history" target="_blank">http://some.ly/18qghAY</a></p> <h4>Feed The Head</h4> <p><strong>A site for surrealists </strong></p> <p>One of the stranger sites on the web, Feed The Head is deceptively engaging. Getting the head to breathe fire is rather easy, but can you grow a beard? There's a lot to discover here, and when you've exhausted all you can do, click the <a title="vectorpark.com" href="http://www.vectorpark.com/" target="_blank">VectorPark.com</a> link in the upper-left corner for similar time wasters.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/feed_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/feed_small.jpg" width="620" height="473" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.feedthehead.net/">www.feedthehead.net</a></p> <h4>Literally Unbelievable</h4> <p><strong>People who don’t get parody </strong></p> <p>Everybody knows that <a title="the onion" href="http://www.theonion.com/" target="_blank">Onion</a> stories are satirical… well, almost everybody. Literally Unbelievable archives instances on social media where people take Onion stories to be true. You’ll laugh and then subsequently cry over how dumb people can be.</p> <p><a href="http://literallyunbelievable.org/" target="_blank">http://literallyunbelievable.org</a></p> <h4>Epic Rap Battles of History</h4> <p><strong>Rhymes about the way it was </strong></p> <p>Who was the better inventor: Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla? Who's the bigger brainiac: Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein? Such questions can only be legitimately answered through Epic Rap Battles of History, which has a bunch of nerdy white guys dressing up as history’s most famous figures and duking it out with surprisingly clever rhymes.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/epic_rap_battles_of_history_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/epic_rap_battles_of_history_small.jpg" title="Epic Rap Battles of History" width="400" height="300" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.epicrapbattlesofhistory.com/" target="_blank">www.epicrapbattlesofhistory.com</a></p> <h4>F My Life</h4> <p><strong>OK, maybe it’s not so bad </strong></p> <p>We’re all stuck in a rut at points, but if you can’t laugh at yourself when you’re down, who can you laugh at? That’s the thinking behind this website, which collects the most entertaining FML moments on social media. The site will have you crying at the misfortune of others, but it won’t be because you’re sad.</p> <p><a href="http://www.fmylife.com/" target="_blank">www.fmylife.com</a></p> <h4>Best of Craigslist</h4> <p><strong>Classifieds can be comedy gold </strong></p> <p><a title="craigslist" href="http://www.craigslist.org/" target="_blank">Craigslist</a> can be a great tool when you’re trying to sell your used goods or buy items on the cheap, but browsing some of the listings can also be highly entertaining. Enter Craigslist’s Best Of section, which highlights some of the zanier, funnier posts, many of which are more satirical than legitimate.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/craiglist_best_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/craiglist_best_small.jpg" title="Craigslist" width="620" height="611" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/all" target="_blank">www.craigslist.org/about/best/all</a></p> <p><em>Click the next page for some must-see subreddits.</em></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Five Must-See Subreddits</h3> <p><a title="reddit" href="http://www.reddit.com/" target="_blank">Reddit.com</a> sells itself as "the front page of the Internet." But it's the niche sub-communities ("subreddits") that keep us coming back. Here are some faves.</p> <h4><a title="http://www.reddit.com/r/techsupportmacgyver" href="http://www.reddit.com/r/techsupportmacgyver" target="_blank">Tech Support MacGyver</a></h4> <p>Users encounter tricky situations and use minimal resources to resolve them in creative ways, just like the hero of the '80s TV show that the subreddit is named after.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/techsupportmacgyver_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/techsupportmacgyver_small.jpg" title="Tech Support MacGyver" width="620" height="464" /></a></p> <h4><a title="bad taxidermy" href="http://www.reddit.com/r/badtaxidermy" target="_blank">Bad Taxidermy</a></h4> <p>Comical mishaps can occur when attempting to preserve an animal after death in order to keep it on the mantel or as a conversation piece.</p> <h4><a title="perfect loops" href="http://www.reddit.com/r/perfectloops/" target="_blank">Perfect Loops</a></h4> <p>This community collects mesmerizing or delightfully silly animated gifs that are designed to loop seamlessly, forever.</p> <h4><a title="food porn" href="http://www.reddit.com/r/foodporn" target="_blank">Food Porn</a></h4> <p>It's safe for work, but these crisp, hi-res images of delicious-looking meals are not safe for an empty stomach.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/foodporn_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/foodporn_small.jpg" title="Food Porn" width="620" height="415" /></a></p> <h4><a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/IdiotsFightingThings/" target="_blank">Idiots Fighting Things</a></h4> <p>Lift your spirits with short clips of people running into screen doors or getting hit in the junk.</p> <h4>Brotips</h4> <p><strong>Man up </strong></p> <p>Being a man isn’t always easy. Luckily, there’s Brotips.com to help you along the way. The site offers over 3,000 pieces of advice that encompass dating tips, philosophical anecdotes, and more. And while it’s mostly proverbs for men, there are some pearls of wisdom for women, as well.</p> <p><a href="http://www.brotips.com/" target="_blank">http://www.brotips.com/</a></p> <h4>Net for Beginners</h4> <p><strong>Even old hands will learn something new </strong></p> <p>While Net for Beginners is a great website to help introduce your grandma to the Internet, it also explains the origins of many Internet tropes that power users take for granted. For instance, did you know that the word “meme” is derived from the Greek word “mimema,” which means “something imitated?” The site houses many more of these interesting Internet factoids.</p> <p><a href="http://netforbeginners.about.com/">http://netforbeginners.about.com</a></p> <h4>Google Web History</h4> <p><strong>Your every move recorded </strong></p> <p>It's no surprise that Google keeps a record of every interaction you make with its services, but when you look at Google Web History, that fact becomes eerily clear, right down to your personal trends and charted activities. If that's too spooky for you, the site also gives you the option to delete all this data.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/googlewebhistory_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/googlewebhistory_small.jpg" title="Google Web History" width="620" height="587" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://accounts.google.com/Login?continue=https://history.google.com/&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">https://history.google.com</a></p> <h4>BT London</h4> <p><strong>320 billion pixels of panorama </strong></p> <p>It’s not about the megapixels, my friend. Today, gigapixels call the shots, and the current record is held by this 320-gigapixel—or 320-billion-pixel—panorama of London. The shot was stitched together from 48,460 frames shot above London using four Canon EOS 7Ds and 400mm lenses. The panorama lets you zoom in with incredible detail to examine the city’s very nooks and crannies.</p> <p><a href="http://btlondon2012.co.uk/pano.html" target="_blank">http://btlondon2012.co.uk/pano.html</a></p> <h4>Las Vegas Cams</h4> <p><strong>Your vicarious Vegas wedding </strong></p> <p>Nothing says happily ever after like driving to Las Vegas and getting hitched—by an Elvis impersonator. Having it broadcast to the world over the Internet only cements the union, right? You get to bear witness to such matrimonial hijinks from the front-row seat of your computer screen.</p> <p><a title="las vegas cams" href="http://www.earthcam.com/usa/nevada/lasvegas/index.php?cam=wedding" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/596zl</a></p> <h4>Visual.Ly</h4> <p><strong>Infographics ‘R’ Us </strong></p> <p>In this juiced-up, multitasking world, where there’s barely time to read the CliffsNotes or even a Wikipedia entry, you can just mainline your data through Visual.Ly’s infographics. Follow the rise and fall of the Wu-Tang Clan, for example, or learn how the Starfleet delta shield evolved. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn through pictures.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/visualy_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/visualy_small.jpg" title="Visually" width="620" height="346" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://visual.ly/" target="_blank">http://visual.ly</a></p> <h4>Internet Map</h4> <p><strong>Whose is bigger? </strong></p> <p>Does Yahoo own a bigger piece of the Internet than Google? OK, the answer to that is pretty obvious. But you might be surprised by the size relationship between Google and, say, Maximumpc.com, or any of the other 350,000 top websites represented by the Internet Map. You can easily lose yourself scrolling through this data-driven universe of planetoid-shaped objects.</p> <p><a href="http://internet-map.net/" target="_blank">http://internet-map.net</a></p> <h4>Pica-Pic</h4> <p><strong>Handheld gaming </strong></p> <p>Every once in a while, a website comes around and reminds you how awesome the Internet is. Pica-Pic is one of those sites. It's like a time machine, taking you back through all those retro handheld games you grew up playing. Quite frankly, we're surprised Nintendo and other game publishers haven't sued this site off the web. Just in case the end is nigh, enjoy it while you can!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/pica_pic_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/pica_pic_small.jpg" title="Pica-Pic" width="620" height="473" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.pica-pic.com/" target="_blank">www.pica-pic.com</a></p> <h4>5-Second Films</h4> <p><strong>The tiniest of time wasters </strong></p> <p>OK, many of these short films are actually a little longer than five seconds, but not by much. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself spending many minutes on this site, just seeing how each of these brief-but-humorous sketches plays out.</p> <p><a href="http://5secondfilms.com/" target="_blank">http://5secondfilms.com</a></p> <h4>Outgrow.me</h4> <p><strong>The marketplace of ideas </strong></p> <p>You’ve heard about <a title="kickstarter" href="https://www.kickstarter.com/" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> and its ilk, but you’ve probably never heard of Outgrow.me—an online store devoted to the sale of successfully crowdfunded products. Even if you’re not in the market for a bra that holds a smartphone or a vehicle called a “scrooser,” it’s fun to see the fruits of modern invention and entrepreneurialism.</p> <p><a href="http://outgrow.me/" target="_blank">http://outgrow.me</a></p> <h4>Where Cool Things Happen</h4> <p><strong>Photos that will wow you </strong></p> <p>It’s hard not to get sucked into this photo blog, which chronicles interesting places and events from around the world. From mass animal gatherings to 3D latte art to buildings inside caves, you’re sure to find something here that amazes you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wherecoolthingshappen.com/" target="_blank">www.wherecoolthingshappen.com</a></p> <p><em>Click the next page for sun websites that allow you to have fun with audio!</em></p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Fun with Audio</h3> <p><strong>With an emphasis on sounds, these sites are no less entertaining than their visually oriented brethren. </strong></p> <h4>Fun Switcher</h4> <p>Just click a switch and be treated to an accompanying sound clip. The real fun is in mixing different sounds. Gangnam Style and Skeletor laughing? It's strangely mesmerizing!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/fun_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/fun_small.jpg" title="Fun Switcher" width="620" height="473" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.funswitcher.com/" target="_blank">www.funswitcher.com</a></p> <h4>Gordon Mah Ung Soundboard</h4> <p>You don’t have to wait for our biweekly No BS Podcast to hear Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung go off on Apple, Ewoks, and other random things that piss him off.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/gordonrantboard_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/gordonrantboard_small.jpg" title="Gordon Mah Ung Soundboard" width="620" height="424" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.leedash.com/rantsoundboard/" target="_blank">www.leedash.com/rantsoundboard</a></p> <h4>Museum of Endangered Sounds</h4> <p>You’re sure to feel a touch of nostalgia when you visit this site, which pays tribute to the long-forgotten sounds of old technologies. Think: dial-up Internet, rotary phones, and the Windows 95 startup, to name a few.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/museumofendangeredsounds_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/museumofendangeredsounds_small.jpg" title="Museum of Endangered Sounds " width="620" height="586" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://savethesounds.info/" target="_blank">savethesounds.info</a></p> <h4>Letters of Note</h4> <p><strong>In the words of famous people </strong></p> <p>What do the philosopher Seneca, former president John F. Kennedy, and music producer Steve Albini have in common? You can find letters that they actually wrote reprinted on this site, which provides an archive of personal and professional correspondences of public figures.</p> <p><a href="http://www.lettersofnote.com" target="_blank">www.lettersofnote.com</a></p> <h4>White Whine</h4> <p><strong>First-world problems indeed! </strong></p> <p>An appalling, but also extremely entertaining, glimpse into the psyche of the terminally self-centered. You’ll find random bitching about Starbucks orders, out-of-stock iPhones, and the indignities of flying coach, among other complaints of the entitled, gathered from around the web.</p> <p><a href="http://whitewhine.com/" target="_blank">www.whitewhine.com</a></p> <h4>Impact: Earth!</h4> <p><strong>Fun with science </strong></p> <p>This site created by Purdue University lets you set specific parameters to calculate the impact of a given object being hurtled toward Earth. What’s not to like?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/impact_earth_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/impact_earth_small.jpg" title="Impact: Earth! " width="620" height="407" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.purdue.edu/impactearth" target="_blank">www.purdue.edu/impactearth</a></p> <h4>Unnecessary Knowledge</h4> <p><strong>Get your fact fix </strong></p> <p>Next time you’re bored and looking for a way to kill time, you can either numb your mind with a video of someone doing a face plant, or you can enrich your mind with a randomly generated fact. It might not change your life to know that pigs sleep on their right side, for instance, but this site will give you plenty of conversation fodder.</p> <p><a href="http://www.unnecessaryknowledge.com/" target="_blank">www.unnecessaryknowledge.com</a></p> <h4>Don’t Even Reply</h4> <p><strong>Take the bait, if you dare </strong></p> <p>This site reads like the private diary of a professional online troll, and it's effing hilarious. By harmlessly answering ads on Craigslist with unbelievable but earnest-sounding replies, this gentleman truly elevates the act of messing with people to an art form. We know it's kind of messed up, but it's still a hoot.</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontevenreply.com/" target="_blank">www.dontevenreply.com</a></p> <h4>Free Rice</h4> <p><strong>Use your smarts to feed people </strong></p> <p>We all want to help solve world hunger, and we'd love to do it from our computer. Free Rice lets us. Visitors are presented with simple quizzes that when answered correctly display ads, which pay for rice for impoverished nations. It's a great way to pass the time while waiting for your Hummer to get detailed.</p> <p><a href="http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1396" target="_blank">www.freerice.com</a></p> <h4>Bitstrips</h4> <p><strong>Design your avatar </strong></p> <p>Bitstrips is a simple and fun way to create an online avatar for your Facebook page. You can choose your body, facial hair, height, clothes, and create fun comics, status updates, and greeting cards. We know it sounds like something your mom would do, but we think it's cool, damnit.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/bitstrips_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/bitstrips_small.jpg" title="Bitstrips" width="620" height="459" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.bitstrips.com/" target="_blank">www.bitstrips.com</a></p> <h4>Top Documentary Films</h4> <p><strong>Free, feature-length time killers</strong></p> <p>We love documentaries, and this site lets you watch as many of them as your schedule allows, absolutely free. Whether you are into military history or just looking for a crash course in chemistry, you'll easily find great docs on any topic that piques your interest here.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/topdocfilms_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/topdocfilms_small.jpg" title="Top Documentary Films" width="620" height="403" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/" target="_blank">www.topdocumentaryfilms.com</a></p> <h4>NationMaster</h4> <p><strong>Expand your horizons </strong></p> <p>Geography geeks will love this one, as it encapsulates a ton of interesting trivia about the world's nations into easily digestible morsels. You can sort countries by categories like poverty, debt, murders, oil use, and lots more. It's a fun way to learn more about the world around you.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nationmaster.com/" target="_blank">www.nationmaster.com</a></p> <h4>Difference- Between</h4> <p><strong>Dissecting the seemingly similar </strong></p> <p>We all know the difference between CAT5 and CAT6, but do you know the difference between a slug and buckshot? A diamond and a trapezoid? Tropical storm and a hurricane? This site shows you the difference between two similar things, covering every subject imaginable. Sadly, there's no PC vs. Mac comparison.</p> <p><a href="http://www.differencebetween.net/" target="_blank">www.differencebetween.net</a></p> <h4>Geoguessr</h4> <p><strong>Where in the world are you? </strong></p> <p>This site drops you into an unknown location on Google Maps, lets you pan around a bit, and asks you to guess where you are located on a world map. When you choose, it tells you whether you're right or wrong, and then loads a new location.</p> <p><a href="http://www.geoguessr.com/" target="_blank">www.geoguessr.com</a></p> <h3>Three Go-To Games</h3> <p><strong>In-browser Flash games let you kill time, for free, in a variety of stress-relieving ways. Here are A few of our top picks.</strong></p> <h4>Superhot</h4> <p>In this FPS, time moves at a snail's pace when you are stationary, which gives you the ability to dodge bullets and aim with crackshot precision.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/superhot_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/superhot_small.jpg" title="Superhot" width="620" height="465" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.superhotgame.com/" target="_blank">www.superhotgame.com</a></p> <h4>Freeciv-web</h4> <p>This open-source version of Civilization may not have all the bells and whistles of the real thing, but it's polished enough to act as a stunt double.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/freeciv_small_0.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/freeciv_small.jpg" title="Freeciv-web" width="620" height="376" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://play.freeciv.org/" target="_blank">play.freeciv.org</a></p> <h4>Frog Factions</h4> <p>Similar to Space Invaders, you play a frog who must defend his fruit supply against a constant horde of insects, assisted by some fun ability upgrades.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a class="thickbox" href="/files/u152332/frogfactions_small_1.jpg"><img src="/files/u152332/frogfactions_small_0.jpg" title="Frog Factions" width="620" height="376" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://twinbeard.com/frog-fractions" target="_blank">twinbeard.com/frog-fractions</a></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/57_cool_websites_2014#comments bored cat websites cool websites facebook funny interesting maximum pc Meme reddit someecards News Features Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:11:53 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff and Jimmy Thang 27391 at http://www.maximumpc.com Linus Torvalds Tosses F-Bombs, Middle Fingers and General Disdain at Nvidia http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/linus_torvalds_tosses_f-bombs_middle_fingers_and_general_disdain_nvidia <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/linus_f_bomb.jpg" width="228" height="206" style="float: right;" />Between the new GTX 600 series GPUs and its top-notch Tegra 3 mobile chips, Nvidia's been getting a lot of love from the press and consumers alike in recent months. One guy ain't so happy with the company, though: Linus Torvalds. His lack of love revolves around Nvidia's continued reluctance to show the love to the Linux operating system -- and Linus isn't afraid to express his displeasure, either with words or obscene gestures.</p> <p>"Nvidia has been the single worst company we've dealt with," Linus says in the brief clip below, which is taken from a much longer talk at the Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) in Otaniemi, Finland.&nbsp; (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MShbP3OpASA&amp;feature=player_embedded">Hit this link to see the whole, interesting thing</a>.) The tirade is kicked off by a weary user who had to jump through hoops to try and enable her laptop's Nvidia Optimus technology while running the open-source operating system.</p> <object style="height: 390px; width: 640px;"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/iYWzMvlj2RQ?version=3&amp;feature=player_detailpage" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/iYWzMvlj2RQ?version=3&amp;feature=player_detailpage" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object> <p>Linus talks about the hypocrisy of Nvidia's lackluster Linux support in the light of the company's heavy forays into Android before staring directly into the camera and extending his middle finger.</p> <p>"Nvidia… Fuck you!" he says, the words slowly and pointedly rolling off his tongue, just in case the gesture alone didn't get the point across. </p> <p>You gotta give it to Linus; he calls 'em like he sees 'em, and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/linus_torvalds_nabs_top_tech_honor">winning the prestigious Millennium Technology Prize</a> hasn't curbed his opinionated tongue.</p> <p><em>Via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/17/3092829/linus-torvalds-fuck-you-nvidia">The Verge</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/linus_torvalds_tosses_f-bombs_middle_fingers_and_general_disdain_nvidia#comments funny Linus Torvalds linux news nvidia oh snap no he didnt News Mon, 18 Jun 2012 17:12:50 +0000 Brad Chacos 23604 at http://www.maximumpc.com Diablo III Being Sold As "Big Pineapple 3" In China To Bypass Sales Ban http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/diablo_iii_being_sold_big_pineapple_3_china_bypass_sales_ban <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/pineapple.jpg" width="228" height="216" style="float: right;" />Getting your hands on a hot new PC game isn't as simple in China as it is in the United States. The Chinese Ministry of Culture needs to clear a title before it becomes available in stores, a process that's been known to take months, or even years. As a result, impatient Chinese gamers looking to engage in demonic hack n' slashing have resorted to pineapples, phonics and search trickery to get their hands on the much-coveted game.</p> <p>Since Diablo III has yet to be approved, <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/256375/diablo_3_being_called_big_pineapple_in_china_to_dodge_sales_ban.html">PC World</a> and <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/256375/diablo_3_being_called_big_pineapple_in_china_to_dodge_sales_ban.html">Kotaku</a> are reporting that searches for the translated Diablo III name turns up fruitless on the eBay-like Taobao. Enterprising online retailers, however, are selling the game under the name "Big Pineapple 3" -- because "Big Pineapple" in Chinese is "dà bōluó". See what they did there? The listings for the game even include pics of a pineapple, in case verbal punnery isn't your strong point.</p> <p>Of course, since this is being fairly widely reported, the creative backdoor probably won't stay propped open for long. But the people who did manage to snag a copy are in for some good news; yesterday, Blizzard outlined some <a href="http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/6018173">massive Diablo III patches</a> coming down the pipeline. <a href="http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/05/29/diablo-3-patches-incoming-we%E2%80%99re-planning-to-just-straight-out-buff-legendary-items/">PC Gamer has a great summary of the scheduled changes</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Brad on <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/114559883172848043224/about">Google+</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BradChacos">Twitter</a></em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/diablo_iii_being_sold_big_pineapple_3_china_bypass_sales_ban#comments china diablo diablo 3 funny Gaming PC gaming News Tue, 29 May 2012 18:12:44 +0000 Brad Chacos 23453 at http://www.maximumpc.com HP Introduces "Sleekbooks:" Ultrabooks That Aren't Ultrabooks http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/hp_introduces_sleekbooks_ultrabooks_arent_ultrabooks <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/envy_6_sleekbook.png" width="228" height="196" style="float: right;" />In between <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/hp_tells_ghosts_stories_london_talks_threat_massive_cyber_attacks_businesses">ringing the warning bells about cyberspace boogeymen</a> and <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/hp_announces_updated_pavilion_notebook_lineup_2012">rolling out refreshes to the Pavilion lineup</a>, HP also took the time to answer a question we all knew was coming someday: when is an Ultrabook not an Ultrabook? The answer: when it's a so-called thin-and-light Sleekbook. Two new HP Envy notebooks carry the new name, which skirt the restrictions associated with the Intel-owned Ultrabook brand.</p> <p>A key distinction for Ultrabooks, of course, is that they have to be powered by Intel's Core processors. One of the two <a href="http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/envy/index.html">Envy Sleekbooks</a> -- a 14-inch, $700 laptop -- in fact runs on Ivy Bridge, but the second model -- a 15.6-inch, $600 laptop -- sports an AMD APU, something that could never occur in an Ultrabook proper.</p> <p>The two Envy Sleekbooks also point out the price-based competitiveness of AMD's processors. The APU-powered Envy sports a bigger screen and "discrete-class graphics" while costing $100 less than the smaller Intel-powered Envy, which HP offers with "optional discrete graphics" that will only add to the price tag.</p> <p>The Intel model should be available today, while the AMD variant won't be shipping until around June 20th. Why could that be? *Cough* <em>Trinity</em> *Cough* A couple of actual Ultrabooks were announced, too.</p> <p>So whaddaya think: if HP and other manufacturers can whip together thin and long-lasting Ultrabook-like notebooks running on AMD processors, then simply call the doppelgangers by a slightly different name, does "Ultrabook" (with its very loose spec guidelines) even carry much value as a brand? The AMD Sleekbook is virtually identical to an AMD Ultrabook, after all, aside from the CPU at its heart.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/hp_introduces_sleekbooks_ultrabooks_arent_ultrabooks#comments funny Hardware hp laptop notebook sleekbook ultrabook News Wed, 09 May 2012 17:26:41 +0000 Brad Chacos 23293 at http://www.maximumpc.com Anonymous Supporters Duped Into Downloading Zeus Trojan http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/anonymous_supporters_duped_downloading_zeus_trojan <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/anonymous.jpg" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />What better way to start the work week than with a delicious slice of irony pie? The hacktivist group known as Anonymous spent the past year harassing websites and web users alike with a series of high profile attacks. Authorities responded by <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/authorities_arrest_more_two_dozen_suspected_anonymous_hackers">arresting Anons around the world</a>, but new information shows that police weren't the only ones spanking Anonymous.&nbsp; Symantec says that an enterprising bot herder modified a link to one of Anon's voluntary DDoS tools to point to a file infected with the Zeus Trojan instead.</p> <p>The link switcher altered the URL in a widespread Anon PasteBin guide on January 20th -- the day of Anonymous' self-proclaimed "<a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/feds_take_down_megaupload_anonymous_nukes_everybody">biggest attack ever</a>," in which they took down a host of government and industry websites in response to Megaupload's shuttering. The guide originally pointed to the Slowloris DoS tool. The modified guide pointed to the Zeus Trojan. <a href="http://www.symantec.com/connect/fr/blogs/anonymous-supporters-tricked-installing-zeus-trojan">Symantec reports</a> the PasteBin guide with the malicious link was viewed over 26,000 times and tweeted by the YourAnonNews account and 400 others. </p> <p>After being installed, the Zeus app downloads the Slowloris tool and actually participates in Anon's DDoS attacks in order to avoid being detected. Of course, while Slowloris is busy blasting websites, the Zeus app is busy sending cookies and financial login information to its master server. </p> <p>"Not only will supporters be breaking the law by participating in DoS attacks on Anonymous hacktivism targets, but may also be at risk of having their online banking and email credentials stolen," Symantec says in conclusion. Anon supporters must be damning that silly so-called Golden Rule right about now.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/anonymous_supporters_duped_downloading_zeus_trojan#comments anonymous botnet botnets ddos ddos attack funny hackers oops zeus zeus trojan News Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:24:09 +0000 Brad Chacos 22845 at http://www.maximumpc.com Proview Seeks iPad Export Ban In China, Could Choke Off Worldwide Supply http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/proview_seeks_ipad_export_ban_china_could_choke_worldwide_supply <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/apple_china.jpg" width="228" height="224" style="float: right;" />Apple's been harassing Samsung (and others) around the globe, using legislation and intellectual property nuances to suffocate competitive sales and yank Galaxy Tabs off store shelves. Now it's Apple's turn. After a Chinese court ruled that Apple has no right to use the "iPad" name in mainland China because a company called Proview Technology (Shenzhen) holds the trademark, Proview announced they were suing Apple for $1.6 billion in damages. Now, Proview wants a complete iPad import/export ban -- and since all iPads are manufactured in China, an export ban could choke off worldwide supply for the mega-popular tablet.</p> <p>Yesterday, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/13/2794757/ipad-seizure-customs-hebei-china-proview-trademark">the Verge reported</a> that government officials began confiscating iPads from stores in Shijiazhuang, the capital of the Heibei province. Today, <a href="http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20120214/ap_on_hi_te/as_china_apple_ipad_dispute">Proview told the Associated Press</a> that it is seeking similar actions in 30 additional cities, as well as the aforementioned ban on exports and imports. </p> <p>"We are now working on a request to China Customs to ban and seize all the import and export of the iPad products that have violated the trademark," said Xie Xianghui, a lawyer for the company.</p> <p>Funnily enough, the MPAA/RIAA's plight against overseas pirates is helping Proview try to strangle to iPad sales. The laws that allow Proview to ask for the iPad ban were originally enacted to stop Chinese counterfeiters from shipping trademark-infringing items to other countries. Of course, since Apple is sitting on $97.6 billion in cold, hard cash, we're guessing the company would just peel off a few bills for Proview before it let the supply of iPads grind to a halt.</p> <p>Still, we have to ask: now that you've had a taste, does your litigious medicine taste bitter, Apple?</p> <p>(For more information about the complicated trademark battle between Apple and Proview, read our coverage of the <a href="http://beta.maximumpc.com/article/news/when_apple_ipad_not_genuine_ipad_when_its_sold_mainland_china">Chinese judge's ruling back in December</a>.)</p> <p><em>Image credit: myessentia.com</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/proview_seeks_ipad_export_ban_china_could_choke_worldwide_supply#comments apple china funny oops tablet trademark trademark infringement News Tue, 14 Feb 2012 18:06:48 +0000 Brad Chacos 22683 at http://www.maximumpc.com Google TV Unveils Big Surprise Announcement http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/google_tv_unveils_big_surprise_announcement <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/google_tv.jpg" width="228" height="208" style="float: right;" />It began with <a href="http://www.facebook.com/googletv/posts/342563422441094">a simple posting on Google TV's Facebook page</a> late Saturday night: "Get ready for Monday, we have some big announcements!" Within minutes, the tech blogosphere was alight with speculation. Could it be a <a href="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400159,00.asp">Sonos-killing streaming media device</a>? Maybe <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2012/02/12/google-tv-teases-big-announcements-on-facebook/">a TV version of Google Nexus</a>? Some <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/one-more-thing-in-google-tv-striking-back-at-apples-hobby-business/69219">other type of new hardware</a>? A software update? Nope. The announcement has been made, and the news was something nobody saw coming.</p> <p>…<a href="http://googletv.blogspot.com/2012/02/new-updates-to-youtube-for-google-tv.html">an update to the YouTube app for Google TV</a>. No, really. That's it.</p> <p>And that's why you shouldn't get pumped for vague PR announcements. In any case, Google claims the updated YouTube app is faster and smoother than ever before, and a new Discovery feature allows you to browse YouTube videos by category. Changes to the channel interface make subscribing and finding videos related to the ones you watch easier, too. </p> <p>All in all, it seems like a solid -- if unspectacular -- update to the YouTube app. But someone at Google should tone down the hype machine (especially on news-light weekends).</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/google_tv_unveils_big_surprise_announcement#comments announcement app funny Google TV surprises update youtube News Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:48:39 +0000 Brad Chacos 22663 at http://www.maximumpc.com Need Natural GPU Performance Enhancement? Try AMD's Verdetrol http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/need_natural_gpu_performance_enhancement_try_amds_verdetrol <!--paging_filter--><p>Have you ever taken a little pill to enhance your performance? Hey, not like that! Get your mind out of the gutter! We're talking about graphics card performance. AMD recently shipped a prescription bottle full of blue pills and hilarious dosing directions to reviewers in anticipation of the launch of a 1GHz video card -- presumably the Radeon HD 7700, which has had 1GHz clock speed rumors swirling around it for a while now. Are you ready for some "natural performance enhancement" for your PC?</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/verdetrol.jpg" width="480" height="433" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">There's another hint that the campaign is leading up to the release of the Radeon HD 7700; the code name for the 7700 is "Cape Verde," and the name of the fake performance boosting pills is "Verdetrol." <a href="http://legitreviews.com/news/12443/">Legit Reviews was sent a bottle</a> and they report that the gag was very well done, with a dosage size of 1GHz, 28 doses in the bottle (for the 28nm manufacturing process -- get it?) and a prescription number of 1337-2012 for the Leet speakers in the house. For best results, take "1 tablet by fan intake four times daily."</p> <p>AMD even went so far as to <a href="http://verdetrol.com/">set up a Verdetrol website</a>. The picture above is courtesy of LegitReviews; to see lots more -- including images of the hilarious warning labels -- head on over to <a href="http://forums.legitreviews.com/about39669.html">the Verdetrol thread in the Legit Reviews forums</a>.</p> <p>"Man or woman, young or old, Verdetrol is the solution for anyone looking to get an edge when the heat is on!"</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/need_natural_gpu_performance_enhancement_try_amds_verdetrol#comments amd amd radeon funny promotion radeon radeon hd 7700 News Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:17:15 +0000 Brad Chacos 22643 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Calls Out Google's Privacy Changes In Newspaper Ads http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_calls_out_googles_privacy_changes_newspaper_ads <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/microsoft_google.jpg" width="228" height="184" style="float: right;" />Microsoft's never been one to shy away from a fight with Google; when Microsoft recently signed LG to an Android licensing deal, <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/01/12/following-lg-patent-deal-microsoft-execs-taunt-google-on-twitter/">several Redmond bigwigs taunted Google</a> with a series of mocking Tweets. Now, Microsoft's sending yet another attack dog into the fight: ads running in several major U.S. newspapers that attempts to stir up feelings of resentment over Google's recent privacy policy changes. </p> <p>You can see a full image of the ad <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-80-54/3681.MICUS0004299_5F00_NYT_5F00_v3.jpg">here on Microsoft's TechNet website</a>, but here's a choice excerpt:</p> <p><em>Google is in the process of making some unpopular changes to some of their most popular products. Those changes, cloaked in language like "transparency," "simplicity" and "consistency" are really about one thing: making it easier for Google to connect the dots between everything you search, send, say or stream while using one of their services</em>.</p> <p><em>But, the way they're doing it is making it harder for you to maintain control of your personal information. Why are they so interested in doing this that they would risk that kind of backlash? One logical reason: <strong>EVERY DATA POINT THEY COLLECT AND CONNECT TO YOU INCREASES HOW VALUABLE YOU ARE TO AN ADVERTISER</strong></em>.</p> <p>It goes on, but we think you get the gist. Microsoft's solution to the Google privacy problem is one you probably expected: why not try switching to Bing, Hotmail, IE or Microsoft Office 365?</p> <p>How do Google's privacy changes sit with you? Will you jump ship at Microsoft's suggestion, or do you consider the hubbub much ado about nothing?</p> <p><em>Image credit: AndroidShine.com</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_calls_out_googles_privacy_changes_newspaper_ads#comments funny Google microsoft online privacy Privacy privacy policy News Wed, 01 Feb 2012 18:53:17 +0000 Brad Chacos 22516 at http://www.maximumpc.com iPhone-Loving Robbers Leave Android Phones Unpilfered http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/iphone-loving_robbers_leave_android_phones_unpilfered <!--paging_filter--><p><img 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style="float: right;" />Want to avoid getting mugged? Buy an Android phone – or even better yet, a Blackberry. No, they don’t have any crazy criminal-prevention apps or burglar whistles built in; thieves just don’t want them. Or at least one pair of thieves in Manhattan don’t want them. Apparently, two robbers have been accosting Columbia University students for their iPhones. No other phone will do! The crooks even let one victim keep a perfectly good Droid, police say.</p> <p>The robbers still snatched the poor Droid owner’s cash, <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Phone-Robbers-Only-iPhones-No-Blackberries-or-Droids-135633838.html">the local NBC station reports</a>, but at least he could call the cops on his black sheep phone afterwards. A second victim was thrown against a fence and searched after she said she didn’t have an Apple handset, while a third separate victim had actually had an iPhone and was left unharmed after turning it over. </p> <p>The NBC team asked Columbia students what they thought of the snobbery robberies. “It's insulting they don't want my BlackBerry,” one student responded, while another said that frankly, she didn’t like her BlackBerry either and was pocketing her pennies to buy an iPhone herself.</p> <p><em>Image credit: theiloop.com</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/iphone-loving_robbers_leave_android_phones_unpilfered#comments android Crime funny iphone stolen News Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:23:25 +0000 Brad Chacos 21807 at http://www.maximumpc.com IP Addresses From Sony, Fox And Universal Found Torrenting Music, Movies And More http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ip_addresses_sony_fox_and_universal_found_torrenting_music_movies_and_more <!--paging_filter--><p>This just in from the “Isn’t it ironic?” department: IP addresses from some of the top content creation companies, including Fox, Sony and Universal, have been caught red-handed downloading torrents of movies, music and TV shows. <a href="http://torrentfreak.com/busted-bittorrent-pirates-at-sony-universal-and-fox-111213/">That’s the claim from TorrentFreak</a>, at least, who sifted through data from <a href="http://www.youhavedownloaded.com/">YouHaveDownloaded</a>, a Russian site that logs – and exposes! – IP addresses downloading many of the public torrents you can find out there. TorrentFreak did some digging and managed to match several infringing IP addresses to IP addresses registered to the aforementioned companies.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/sony_0.jpg" width="490" height="398" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">A Sony IP address from Culver City, CA and an NBC Universal IP address from Fort Lauderdale, FL went on especially naughty sprees, downloading several different torrents apiece, including a Halloween trance album, a Black Keys track, the complete first season of “The Game of Thrones,” the “Cowboys and Aliens” movie and more. An IP address registered to Fox was also found downloading “Super 8.” </p> <p>An IP address from Google’s NY office also downloaded a ton of stuff, although interestingly enough, TorrentFreak notes that they couldn’t find any torrents being downloaded from BitTorrent Inc’s SF headquarters. Then again, YouHaveDownloaded only claims to track around a fifth of all available public torrents. (By the way, YouHave Downloaded’s owners say they’re exposing the IP addresses of anyone who downloads from the torrents they’re tracking in order to dispel the notion that you should expect privacy on the ‘Net.)</p> <p>TorrentFreak also notes that an IP address from a Dutch music royalty collecting agency called Buma/Stemra was found downloading Battlefield 3 and episodes of “Entourage,” which prompted the company to claim that its address was spoofed. TorrentFreak invites the US companies mentioned above to do the same thing. “After all, if it’s so easy to spoof an IP-address, then accused file-sharers can use this same defense against copyright holders.”</p> <p>Thoughts?<br /><em><br />Image credits: torrentfreak.com</em></p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ip_addresses_sony_fox_and_universal_found_torrenting_music_movies_and_more#comments download funny IP address NBC Universal oops sony torrent torrents News Tue, 13 Dec 2011 19:27:08 +0000 Brad Chacos 21763 at http://www.maximumpc.com Microsoft Contest Offers Free Windows Phones To Talkative Android Malware Victims http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_contest_offers_free_windows_phones_talkative_android_malware_victims <!--paging_filter--><p>Everywhere you turn these days, it seems as though the headlines are filled with horror stories of Android phones riddled with malware. Even apps you snag on Android Market can infect your phone (although those are rare and often quickly removed). Microsoft has been paying attention to the news and decided to kick Google where it hurts with a new social media campaign. Have you been bitten by some Android malware and want to switch to (possibly) greener pastures? If you share your sob story on Twitter, Microsoft might just send you a shiny new Windows Phone as a technological band-aid.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u138055/ben_twit.jpg" width="540" height="249" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Microsoft “PC Evangelist” Ben Rudolph kicked off the …unorthodox marketing campaign with <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BenThePCGuy/statuses/146358093591220224">the tweet you see above</a>. Plenty of people are <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23droidrage">sharing their #droidrage stories</a>, though the hashtag is also being flooded by sarcastic/pissed off Android lovers and folks who think the marketing campaign is a low blow by Microsoft.&nbsp; What do you think: is #droidrage underhand or brilliant? (Personally, I think it’s funny.) </p> <p>And hey, if you want to try and get one of those five Windows Phones that are being given away, Rudolph just tweeted that he’s still taking sob story submissions for a few more hours.</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/microsoft_contest_offers_free_windows_phones_talkative_android_malware_victims#comments android contest funny malware microsoft mobile smartphone twitter News Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:01:52 +0000 Brad Chacos 21759 at http://www.maximumpc.com Do Your Folks A Favor On "Update Your Parents' Browser Day" http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/do_your_folks_favor_update_your_parents_browser_day <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/browsers.jpg" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />If you’re a Maximum PC reader, there’s a good chance that you’re the computer geek that relatives call when they get infected with a nasty piece of malware. With it being the day after Thanksgiving, there’s also an above-average chance that you might be over at your folks’ house at some point today. It’s time to strike and make things easier for your future self! Leave Black Friday to others and hop on the new post-Turkey Day bandwagon: Update Your Parents’ Browser Day. You’ll be glad you did.</p> <p><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/11/forget-shopping-friday-is-update-your-parents-browser-day/248933/">The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal dreamed up the new nerd holiday a few days ago in a post that was heavily tongue-in-cheek</a>. But lying in the center of all that sarcasm was a glistening gold nugget of a great idea, and other big names quickly took up the call to arms. <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/mattcutts/statuses/139798222473412608">Google’s search guru Matt Cutts tweeted a reminder</a> in the midst of feasting yesterday, and Microsoft’s IE blog <a href="http://windowsteamblog.com/ie/b/ie/archive/2011/11/23/get-ready-for-update-your-parents-browser-day.aspx">created a list of the top ten times to update your parents’ browser </a>(Number one being: “When they’re distracted by grilling you about when you’re going to get a real job, when you’re going to settle down, and when you’re going to give them grandchildren. “) We’re just going to say you should do it to save yourself some future headaches.</p> <p>Madrigal offered up some tips in his original post: “Don't switch brands on them. No putting Chrome instead of Firefox or Internet Explorer. Keep it simple.” Sounds good to us. So what are you waiting for? Get to updating and put your blissfully unaware parents out of their IE6 misery!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/do_your_folks_favor_update_your_parents_browser_day#comments browser funny Holiday Internet Internet browser update News Fri, 25 Nov 2011 18:39:40 +0000 Brad Chacos 21495 at http://www.maximumpc.com Your Password Still Sucks: SplashData Unveils The 25 Worst Passwords Of 2011 http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/your_password_still_sucks_splashdata_unveils_25_worst_passwords_2011 <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/password_never_use_pets_name.jpg" width="228" height="190" style="float: right;" />In case you missed it the first time around, <a href="http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/research_proves_your_password_sucks">research has already proved that your password probably sucks</a>. That research, by Microsoft MVP Troy Hunt, was based on a sampling of roughly 37,000 leaked Sony Pictures passwords leaked by LulzSec earlier this year. 37,000 passwords is chump change to Splashdata, the makers of a password management app, who sifted through millions of passwords that were dumped online during the hacktastic year that was 2011 and came up a list of the 25 passwords used most often by hacking victims. Is yours on the list?</p> <p>Most of them are the crappy, obvious passwords you’d expect to find, including several along the lines as the one that earned infamy as President Skroob’s luggage combination in <em>Spaceballs</em>. And hey, your lame attempts at L337 speak aren’t fooling anybody, n00bcakes; note that “passw0rd” is the 18th most common, well, password. Also worth noting: the complete lack of uppercase characters in the top 25. </p> <ul> <li>password</li> <li>123456</li> <li>12345678</li> <li>qwerty</li> <li>abc123</li> <li>monkey</li> <li>1234567</li> <li>letmein</li> <li>trustno1</li> <li>dragon</li> <li>baseball</li> <li>111111</li> <li>iloveyou</li> <li>master</li> <li>sunshine</li> <li>ashley</li> <li>bailey</li> <li>passw0rd</li> <li>shadow</li> <li>123123</li> <li>654321</li> <li>superman</li> <li>qazwsx</li> <li>michael</li> <li>football</li> </ul> <p>Thanks to <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2011/11/the-25-worst-passwords-on-the-internet/">ABC News</a> for pointing this out!</p> http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/your_password_still_sucks_splashdata_unveils_25_worst_passwords_2011#comments funny hack news oops Password password protection passwords News Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:24:02 +0000 Brad Chacos 21429 at http://www.maximumpc.com