Author Archive for: ‘Josh Wolford’

Can Twitter Curb Abuse or Is It Just Too Easy to Be a Troll?

Though many social networks, forums, and websites struggle with how to deal with abuse and harassment, Twitter is usually the first one mentioned when the issue is discussed. Twitter is more public than, let’s say, Facebook (where you choose your friends) – so the instances of harassment are much greater. Twitter is also more high-profile than many other social media …

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Your Spotify Free Ride May Be Coming to an End, Claims Report

File this under interesting, but unconfirmed, reports. Earlier this month, reports said that Apple was doing its damnedest to kill Spotify’s free tier. Apple, of course, is planning on relaunching is Beats Music-based streaming competitor this summer (likely at its Worldwide Developers Conference). The reports suggested that Apple has been attempting to convince the major record labels to stop licensing …

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Man Arrested for Flying Drone Too Close to the White House

Another day, another drone flying too close to the White House. The Secret Service arrested another person for flying something near the Presidential residence Thursday afternoon. From the New York Times: About 1 p.m., Secret Service uniformed officers saw a drone flying roughly 100 feet above Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, the authorities said. The man …

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Here’s What’s New on Netflix This Week

As you know, content comes and goes on Netflix. Each week, we’re bringing you a list of titles that you’ll be able to stream in the U.S. in the coming days. As always, dates are subject to change. This week we have a handful of Netflix Originals, a movie about zombie beavers with a rather obvious title, and Quentin Tarantino’s …

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Facebook Down, Slow for Some Users

It’s not just you. It appears that Facebook is down or slow to load for many users. The outage began around 9am EDT. Both DownDetector and DownRightNow are reporting liely service disruptions and reports out outages. Plus, users are complaining on Twitter, as they typically do. #Facebook Server Down pic.twitter.com/59brw7LUzS — Rajbhan Vishwakarma (@rajbhan) May 15, 2015 Facebook is having …

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Google Self-Driving Cars Hit Public Roads This Summer

Google is almost ready to put its self-driving cars on public roads. According to the company, the “next step” in the project involves putting its prototypes on the roads of Mountain View this summer. Google’s self-driving cars will be capped at 25mph, and each will carry a safety driver who has access to a removable steering wheel and pedals so …

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Amazon Is Dropping Crappy Reality Shows from Prime Instant Video

It could be because it wants to really go after Netflix in the original content game. It could be because it just thinks that type of TV sucks. Either way, Amazon has reportedly decided to ditch some reality programming. Bloomberg quotes the ubiquitous “people with knowledge on the matter” who say that Amazon is working to drop shows like Teen …

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Reddit Unveils New Anti-Harassment Policy, But What Does It Actually Do?

Reddit, a site that’s basically run by volunteer moderators with minimal tinkering from the higher-ups, says it’s going to get more serious about dealing with harassment. “We have been looking closely at the conversations on reddit and at personal safety. We’ve always encouraged freedom of expression by having a mostly hands-off approach to content shared on our site. Volunteer moderators …

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NFL Games on Netflix? Not Anytime Soon

For many people looking to cut the cord and ditch cable, one of the last hurdles they can’t seem to clear is live sports. How will I watch the big game on Sunday without cable? Streaming services are now starting to catch up to this, and many are offering sports via streaming networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. But …

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Walmart Is Going After Amazon Prime

Walmart is planning to take a run at Amazon Prime by offering a fast delivery program that’s half the price. The news, first reported by The Information, was confirmed by a Walmart spokesperson. The program will roll out this summer, and will cost subscribers $50 per year. It will offer speedy shipping on over a million products – three days …

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Rdio Launches $4 Budget Plan, Rdio Select

Streaming music is a crowded party, and it’s only getting worse. Or better, I guess, if you like options (quality notwithstanding). Well, here’s another option for you – a hybrid ad-free radio / limited streaming service that isn’t free, but doesn’t cost as much as most unlimited streaming plans. Rdio has just announced a new tier – Rdio Select. For …

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Starbucks: Bad Passwords, Not Hackers to Blame for App Thefts

If you use the Starbucks app to pay for your morning coffee, you might want to check your bank account. And then strengthen your password. After reports emerged saying hackers had gained access to user accounts and used its app to siphon money away from unsuspecting customers, Starbucks has hit back, saying that these reports are false. Blogger Bob Sullivan …

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