Pat yourselves on the back, loud internet users, because the FCC has heard us and reclassified internet and mobile broadband as a utility under Title 2. Putting it simply, net neutrality is making a comeback! Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, and other big internet providers and the politicians they've bought have already (hilariously) expressed their displeasure over the decision, using the same misleading rhetoric they've used to back their practices that have harmed consumers and small businesses alike. The FCC has listened to the many outspoken consumers, and sided with the people against the corporations. With this new classificaiton, the internet is considered a utility, and no company can pay to get faster speeds. Not only that, but it may get in the way of the monopoly Comcast has on cable internet. Welcome to the future.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
The earbuds that came with the iPod and early iPhones were notoriously horrible. That's why, with the introduction of the iPhone 5, Apple introduced their EarPods. These were new earbuds that had much better sound, comfort, fit, and even allow sound to pass through, so you can hear what's going on around you (great for walks about town). They're not as good as $100 headphones, but they do the job quite well. Samsung's earbuds, however, sound awful. The one thing they have going for them is that they fit in the ear more snugly than most earbuds. Samsung's going to change that though, to make their earbuds look almost exactly like the Apple earbuds. As if it wasn't bad enough that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will look very much like the iPhone 6, but Samsung will also copy Apple's headphones. When will they stop?
Friday, February 27, 2015
Apple has sent out the official announcements for a March 9th event. The invitations were simple, and just had the phrase "Spring Forward" on the front. Spring forward is, of course, a reference to the act of moving clocks forward one hour to mark the beginning of daylight saving time. Clearly, this is a reference to the fact that Apple's releasing the Apple Watch in April of this year. Although, it is an ironic message. Apple is notorious for having issues with clocks, calendars, and alarms whenever daylight saving time begins or ends.
GTB will keep you updated leading up to the event, and with a live Twitter feed during the event, along with links to live blogs and official streaming sites, if available. Get ready, because Apple's looking to turn the smartwatch world on its head.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
At 10AM Eastern today, Pebble's countdown timer hit zero, telling viewers that "It's time". Time for what? Well, nearly two years after its release, the Pebble smartwatch has a successor. It's called Pebble Time, and it brings with it a new OS, which will eventually reach the original Pebble and Pebble Steel as well. The Pebble Time stands out from its predecessors in a number of ways. It's thinner, feaures a color e-ink display, has a microphone for voice replies and memos, and it still has a 7 day battery life. The Pebble Time will be a bit more expensive than the current Pebble, even at launch, however it's still cheaper than most other smartwatches on the market. When the Pebble Time is released, it'll cost $199. When it'll be released is up to you, but the Pebble team thinks they can reach the market by May of this year.
Monday, February 23, 2015
For years, Apple's products have been used by people to create amazing things. For some, it's art, a painting, a movie, music, or a novel. For others, it's more routine, a presentation, a spread sheet, or a research paper for school. With the many uses of iOS devices and Macs, users have been enabled to do a great number of tasks. With Apple's focus on creativity, they've decided to put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. The latest iPad ad uses a number of apps and the work of students from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. The students made their own videos using nothing but the iPad Air 2, and Apple compiled those videos, along with their own behind the scenes footage (also recorded with an iPad Air 2). You can see the ad below.
Lenovo has been installing a type of malware known as adware on a number of their laptops. This malware, called Silverfish, breaks SSL security so advertisements can sneak through SSL encryption. This is malware that puts consumers' privacy and security at risk, and a company as big as Lenovo was installing it on their laptops. SSL encrypted pages are for web users to log in to services or enter their credit information to purchase something. These pages should strictly be for the signing in process or for collection of information. Instead, Lenovo saw them as a way to make money by letting a shady advertiser install malware on their new devices, putting customers at risk.