Posts tagged Internet

Amazon Announces Family Vault

amazon-prime-logoAmazon has announced Family Vault, a new service that permits U.S. Prime subscribers to invite as many as five family members and friends to share their catalog of pictures and videos at no extra cost. …

Via Family Vault, Prime members have unlimited photo storage and 5 GB for videos that can be shared with up to five family members or friends. Family Vault members can add their favorite photos as well and can set up their account to add all photos and videos they take to the Family Vault automatically if they wish.




Order food through Facebook

Facebook announced a slew of new features on Oct. 19 that allow users to get advice from friends on things to do in their cities and upcoming events. But it also introduced new ways to avoid talking to other humans: You can now book movie tickets, make appointments, and order food from the Facebook pages of US businesses. …

Facebook told Quartz that it won’t be taking a cut from businesses or to offer this (already quite low-margin) service to the roughly 160 million-odd Americans that use Facebook. It’s just doing this to make businesses’ Facebook pages more useful.



ABA launches free legal Q&A service


The American Bar Association has rolled out a new web program,, to give income-eligible users the ability to pose civil legal questions to volunteer attorneys.

The new service, a virtual legal advice clinic, is now available in eight states — Connecticut, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wyoming — with plans to have service available in the majority of states by the end of this year.


(Felt like some members could be able to use this.)


ICANN : it ain’t over ’til it’s over

User Group Network UGN Safenetting ICANN report You’ve heard the old adage about leading a horse to water? I was astounded at some of the reactions to last week’s ICANN report from our supposedly intelligent readership. I was getting terse, arrogant comments ranging from complete denial to “we’ll see.” Interestingly, none of the responders were there. So it’s a scary indication of today’s arrogant, connected society. But maybe I really am just crying the sky is falling. At the end of the day, I guess I’ll have to agree to ‘wait and see’ because the deal went through.

  • Hostile Foreign Governments Will Use Obama’s Internet Surrender to Their Advantage
  • AP EXPLAINS: What’s at stake as US cedes internet control
  • 3 States Sue to Block Transfer of US Internet Control
  • Explained: The controversy over ICANN
  • A Better Plan for Internet Governance
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ICANN : Chances are you’ll get the wrong story – except money & corruption

User Group Network UGN Safenetting ICANN report Money and corruption. That seems to be the order of the day in today’s world. Obama’s handoff of the internet has become part of the political battleground, as a pawn between the Trump and Clinton campaigns. Except if you can ignore the media, you might just understand it’s not about politics, and it’s not about freedom of speech no matter what they tell you. It’s about a (just barely) functioning internet the way it is and the prospects of removing oversight from the corrupted ICANN. The biggest problem with the internet today is the lack of responsibility. Now, they want to remove the last vestige of that.

  • ICANN shows why it shouldn’t be allowed to take over internet’s critical functions
  • Chances are you’ll get the wrong story, and we’ll all suffer later.
  • 6 Questions Congress Has Over the Proposed ‘Internet Transfer’
  • What did Tech Dirt say and why we now question Tech Dirt
  • ICANN controversy is the result of technology illiteracy
  • ICANN — A Regulator in Need of Antitrust Oversight
  • ICANN gets dropped from CR while vote looms
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Net Neutrality InfoManager: FTC, AT&T, ISPs, Porn, Ads, EU restrictions, Privacy and headaches and more

UGNN Net Neutrality In the midsts of an election, and all the cybercrime going on, people have forgotten net neutrality. You almost never hear of it these days — unless you’re on guard — which InfoManager is . . . the big guys are getting away with it because the idiots you elected don’t have a clue. Oh well, we’ll follow the trail where ever it leads …

  • FTC Loss in AT&T Case Could Leave Companies in a Privacy Enforcement ‘Vacuum’
  • ISPs that restrict porn or block ads could be breaking EU guidelines
  • Three navigates potential net neutrality breach with ad-blocking
  • 4 things to know about the EU’s anti-mobile ad blocking move
  • EU Hands Adland Huge Boost Against The Blockers
  • Net neutrality advocates get a headache over 5G
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14 Totally Free Things on the Internet

Mental Floss has posted this article based on another article from Reddit.  Lots of things free things on the net.  This list is what Mental Floss thinks is the best:

  1. College Courses, No Tuition
  2. Self-Destructing Email Addresses
  3. Ambient Sounds for any Occasion
  4. Learn Every Language on Earth
  5. Unlimited Access to a Mega-Library of Documentaries
  6. Someone to Spill Your Guts To
  7. Automatic Alerts or Actions for Everything You Care About (If This, Then That)
  8. Free Used Sh*t
  9. Old-School Video Games
  10. All the Fonts You Could Ever want
  11. Photo Editing with Panache
  12. Piles and Piles of Valuable Coupons
  13. Manage Your Finances and Your Future
  14. Help Feed the World

See the full article here

Adsense can now exceed 3 per page

I received a few emails and notifications from AdSense publishers that Google seems to have dropped the ad limit per page policy.

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Hackers Trick Facial-Recognition

Wired LogoHackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Photos From Facebook (What Else?)

Researchers have demonstrated a particularly disturbing new method of stealing a face: one that’s based on 3-D rendering and some light Internet stalking.

University of North Carolina specialists present a system that uses digital 3-D Facial models using publicly available photos.  This method successfully spoofed 4 of 5 systems tried.



Colonial Williamsburg to grant free access to digital library

Screen Shot 2016-08-14 at 00.02.25Students, teachers and lifelong learners across the globe will soon have access to the educational resources of Colonial Williamsburg

The library contains 800 minutes of video, including 27 productions that garnered 16 Emmys and more than 100 lesson plans, background texts and primary source media..,

The course materials were correlate with curriculum standards for all 50 states, focusing on American history from the 1607 James settlement through the Civil War.

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When Wikipedia Won’t Cut It

College  Degree.comAlthough Wikipedia is a great place to find information, it’s subject to incomplete citations, biased views, and inaccuracies. And when you absolutely have to have indisputable facts, that’s just not good enough. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives out there that can deliver with high quality accuracy, and we’ve listed 25 of the best here.

The 25 includes the following:

  • AmericanFactFinder: This database from the US Census Bureau is a great source for information on housing, economics, geography and population.
  • Virtual Reference Shelf: This Library of Congress site offers a number of high quality selected web resources.
  • researches politics and delivers the truth on candidates and more.
  • Browse Topics: Maintained by professional librarians, this site links to Federal websites that offer facts.
  • WWW Virtual Library: Created by Tim Berners-Lee, who also created HTML and the Web, this library uses experts to compile high quality information.

GO For the full list:


Free Music Archives

FMARecently I’ve recommended movie archives and even mentioned free music done by the same sites on occasion. This week I’ve come across a site that has 100K recordings of music available to the public for non-commercial use. It is at the Free Music Archives.

I got this via ResearchBuzz sending me to a Radio World article at: It is an interesting article about maintaining the recordings in readable format.

Go directly to the archives here:

BTW – They do have apps for iOS and Android as well.

The teens and millennials need a safe texting app. So be Sayfe

 MAG Technologies launches the Sayfe (Safe) App MAG Technologies has launched the Sayfe (Safe) App in response to teens and millennials’ need for a safe and secure texting environment. In recent surveys, over 45% of users responded that security is extremely important in their day-to-day texting.

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8 Search Tricks That Work on DuckDuckGo

  Google Search is king. It has many cool features that will wow you, but it’s not your only good option when it comes to search engines.

Bing is getting better. StartPage gives you Google Search results without compromising on your privacy. And then there is everyone’s favorite underdog/upstart — DuckDuckGo.

GO duckduckgo-not-google/

Awesome film database

  TheNextWeb has this article about Cinesift , kind of like “ Can I Stream It ,” it pulls ratings from more sources. However, it only reports on Amazon Prime and Netflix as to where you can see it.