Post Thumbnail

Ever crafted a Google+ post that was so important that you just had to make sure people saw it? There's now an easy way to do exactly that. Much like Twitter, Google+ on the web now lets you pin a post to the top of your profile, making sure that people will see your screed even if it's technicall...

1 month ago 0 Comments
December 4, 2014 at 2:37AM
Post Thumbnail

There's something just a little insulting about having to prove your humanity to some website by pecking out some distorted words, but Google's rolling out a new, less tedious way for web developers to tell if you've got blood or oil pumping through your veins. All you'll have to do is tick a box ...

1 month ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

That was fast. It was just two weeks ago that Mozilla announced a deal making Yahoo the default search engine in Firefox, and now you can download an updated version of the desktop web browser (Firefox 34) that uses Yahoo as its out-of-the-box search option in North America. The app thankfully won...

1 month ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Mozilla isn't just rethinking its choice of default search engines in Firefox; it's overhauling the search bar itself. An upcoming version of the web browser will let you search a specific site with one click. If you want to find an ancient Twitter update or scour Wikipedia, you won't have to wait...

2 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Ideally, you'd encrypt everything you do on the web to keep it away from spies and thieves. However, getting a security certificate to enable that encryption on your own site can be both costly and difficult -- many people don't even bother. That's not good enough for the Electronic Frontier Found...

2 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

You probably don't think of Facebook as a source for bleeding edge tech news, but the social network is determined to improve that reputation. It just launched FB Techwire, a page that blends technology news and commentary in a single feed. The site is ostensibly for journalists, but it's handy fo...

2 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Your office may try to keep you off Facebook right now, but you may have a genuinely work-related reason to hop on that social network in the near future. Sources for the Financial Times understand that the internet giant is developing "Facebook at Work," a professional take on its familiar formul...

2 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Microsoft has opened up a lot over the past several months. It released powerful mobile versions of Office, launched cross-platform health technology and even posted some code for .NET, the programming framework that underpins a large part of the Windows world. Today, though, the crew in Redmond i...

2 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Microsoft's software isn't immune to the rash of recent web encryption exploits, it seems. The company has discovered (and thankfully, patched) a Windows flaw that lets hackers use the software's Secure Channel technology, which handles SSL and TLS encryption, to compromise PCs. If you're suscepti...

2 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

As you might imagine, most websites aren't designed for virtual reality; bob your head around and you'll only look silly. Mozilla clearly isn't happy with that lack of immersion, as it just launched MozVR.com to foster VR-native sites. The page lets Oculus Rift owners browse technology demos (in a...

2 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

You may be very privacy-conscious in this era of mass surveillance, but your web browser hasn't done much to keep up -- big updates like Do Not Track and private browsing windows arrived years ago. Mozilla isn't satisfied with this state of affairs, so it's releasing a new version of Firefox that ...

2 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

YouTube promised that you'd see many videos playing at a brisk 60 frames per second this year, and it looks like the streaming site has made good on its word. While there were a few 60FPS test clips in the spring, you can now see regular uploads with silky smooth motion. There are some fairly stri...

3 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

The Reddit community already has a knack for rallying people around common causes, whether they're charities, fan shirts or getting soldiers decent toilet paper. Wouldn't it make sense to create a crowdfunding site that harnesses that energy? Apparently, Reddit agrees. Its new Redditmade site not ...

3 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Now that you can communicate solely in emoji and even track your daily activities that way, it stands to reason that you should get to search the web using those tiny pictures, doesn't it? Microsoft certainly thinks so. Bing's search engine now understands emoji, saving you the (admittedly pretty ...

3 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

The DEA isn't the only US law enforcement agency using impersonation on the web to catch suspects, it seems. The American Civil Liberties Union's Christopher Soghoian has noticed documents showing that the FBI created a fake, spyware-laden version of the Seattle Times' website to catch a teen bomb...

3 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

Do you work hard to maintain privacy on your smartphone through tools like Do Not Track? If you're on Verizon, your efforts might not be doing much good. Researchers have discovered that the carrier has been modifying some of its cellular web traffic to insert a Unique Identifier Header (UIDH) tha...

3 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

If you're hooked on Xbox Music's free desktop-based listening, you're going to have make some backup plans very shortly. Microsoft has announced that it's dropping the no-cost web and Windows streaming option as of December 1st; after that, you'll have to pay for a Music Pass if you want all-you-c...

3 months ago 0 Comments
Post Thumbnail

If you've been pining for HBO without having to splurge for a cable subscription, you may soon be in luck. At a Time Warner investor meeting today, HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced that the company would flip the switch on a web-based streaming service next year. The over-the-top opt...

3 months ago 0 Comments