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Five myths about internet privacy where nothing is what is seems to be

You have precious little privacy on the web – whether you are browsing, using Facebook or Gmail, public WiFi, disk cleaning applications, or using the same “strong” passwords on multiple sites. USAToday reports – Many of us think we’re taking the right precautions, when in fact we’re putting our info at risk. The following are five such misconceptions, the truth behind them, and what to do about it…”

April 22, 1993: Mosaic Browser Lights Up Web With Color, Creativity

Remember this? I sure do…Wired: “1993: NCSA Mosaic 1.0, the first web browser to achieve popularity among the general public, is released. With it, the web as we know it begins to flourish. The web in the early 1990s was mostly text. People were posting images, photos, and audio or video clips on web pages.… Continue Reading

Peekier – privacy-oriented search engine

“Peekier (pronounced /’pi·ki·er/) is a new way to search the web. Peek through search results fast and securely on a search engine that respects your privacy. Faster information discovery – Peekier shows you a website preview of the search results. Clicking on a result will maximize the preview and allow you to scroll through the… Continue Reading

Google loses landmark ‘right to be forgotten’ case in UK

The Guardian: “A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions. The ruling was made by Mr Justice Warby in London on Friday. The judge rejected a similar claim brought by a second businessman who was… Continue Reading

Major web browsers will support web-based fingerprint, facial authentication

“The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the entity that maintains the standards used across the internet, said on Monday, April 9, that Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla signed on to support web-based technology for biometric authentication. In other words, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox will soon support signing into online accounts using fingerprint scanners, voice authentication, facial recognition,… Continue Reading

Why RSS Still Beats Facebook and Twitter for Tracking News

Gizmodo: “You’d be forgiven for thinking RSS died off with the passing of Google Reader, but our old friend Really Simple Syndication (or Rich Site Summary) still has a role to play on the web of 2017. It’s faster, more efficient, and you won’t have to worry as much about accidentally leaking your news reading… Continue Reading

Bing Launches More Intelligent Search Features

Bing Blog: “In December, we announced new intelligent search features which tap into advances in AI to provide people with more comprehensive answers, faster.  Today, we’re excited to announce improvements to our current features, and new scenarios that get you to your answer faster. Since December we’ve received a lot of great feedback on our… Continue Reading

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The Guardian – Dylan Curran – “The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look..Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even… Continue Reading

Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you’re being tracked

Mozilla: “Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without intermingling their accounts. To help Firefox users have more control of their data on Facebook, we’ve created the Facebook Container Extension. This extension helps you control more of your web activity from… Continue Reading

Google Maps learns 39 new languages

Google Blog:  “…Today, we’re making Google Maps even more useful by adding 39 new languages—spoken by an estimated 1.25 billion people worldwide: Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Burmese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Georgian, Hebrew, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kazakh, Khmer, Kyrgyz, Lao, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Mongolian, Norwegian, Persian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Swahili,… Continue Reading

Using your phone to find and scan scholarly articles

Google Scholar Blog  Quickly flip through papers on your phone. “Today, we are making it easier to use your phone to find and scan scholarly articles. Clicking a Scholar search result on your phone now opens a quick preview. You can swipe left and right to quickly flip through the list of results. Where available,… Continue Reading

Get more useful information with captions on Google Images

Google Blog: “People around the world use Google Images to find visual information online. Whether you’re searching for ideas for your next baking project, how to tie shoelaces so they stay put, or tips on the proper form for doing a plank, scanning image results can be much more helpful than scanning text. Today, we’re… Continue Reading