appliances
A Pleated Filter Eliminates the Slow Drip of Purified Water

Camelbak has made a name for itself in the realms of hydration, at least when it comes to outdoor activities. But now the company has set its sights on your kitchen—and market-leader Brita—with its new Relay pitcher that uses an exposed dual-pleated filter that lets water flow 10x faster than what we're all probably used to. Read More >>

gadgets
Dyson's Cinetic Does Away With Grim Clogged Filters

That Dyson fellow is still tinkering around with vacuum cleaners in his garage, today announcing the Dyson Cinetic -- a new model series that should ensure no clogged filters or loss of suck for the whole 10-year life of a cleaner. Read More >>

ISPs
BT Sets Default Porn Filter to "On" for New Customers

New users of BT's broadband service will find their ability to accidentally stumble across the exact kind of pornography they like severely limited, thanks to the ISP wing of the company making its adult content filters live. Read More >>

instagram
This Year's Top Instagram Trends are Exactly What You'd Expect

Instagram and its many filters may be responsible for the wave of faux nostalgia, but now that the year's winding down, it's time for some actual nostalgia. Today, Instagram released their year-end review, and, well, it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. But it's also a great excuse to post some gorgeous shots. Read More >>

piracy
21 New Sites of Shame Added to BPI's UK ISP Piracy Blockade

If you get your music from suspiciously-named sites like eMp3World and Mp3Raid you're about to find yourself out of luck, as these -- and 19 other music download sites -- are about to hit the BPI's Pirate Bay lockdown list and disappear for good. Read More >>

twitter
Twitter's Verified Elite Can Now Filter Out the Praise/Abuse From the Plebs

Twitter's revealed a new feature it's built to keep its verified celebrity elite happy, with blue-tick users now able to view only RTs and mentions from other tick-having power tweeters. Read More >>

internet
800 Porn Site Requests Made From UK Parliament Network Every Day

It looks like our MPs have been conducting some serious research into the amounts of shocking pornography available on the internet, with a freedom of information request revealing that a staggering 300k requests for sites categorised as "porn" were made over the last year from Parliament computers. Read More >>

photography
What Famous Photos Would Look Like If They Were Taken with an iPhone

Because we all carry smartphones and because we all fancy ourselves as photographers and because we're all just satisfied with good enough, the pictures we take hardly ever reach the full potential of a shot. Even worse, they're run through filters that destroy the tone; they're squared off to limit the scope, and they're used with a flash that should never be used. Read More >>

image cache
How Mars Would Look If Rovers Were Into Instagram

Just after Mars rover Curiosity touched down, it sent home a selfie worthy of Instagram. But what if it was actually using Instagram? Nikos Kantarakias figured he might as well find out what that'd look like. Read More >>

internet
The Great Firewall of Cameron Won't Just Block Porn

New details have emerged about our dear Prime Minster David Cameron's plan to force through a UK internet censorship system to protect our children. The supposedly "default on" plan won't just stop at porn blocking; file sharing, gambling, social networks, and all sorts of other stuff are also being blanket targeted. Read More >>

internet
UK ISP Suggests Moving to North Korea if You Want a Censored Internet

Niche UK ISP Andrew & Arnolds has taken a rather ballsy approach to David Cameron's supposed War on Porn, telling its customers they should choose another ISP or move to the communist state if they want a restricted internet. So that's a "no" to implementing the active choice system, then. Read More >>

internet
The Great Firewall of Cameron: Why the UK's Porn Filtering Won't Work, and Won't Help

David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, could have buried almost any bad news on the same day as a royal birth. Instead, the main grievous news he had to offer -- his plan for pervasive censorship of the British Internet -- was entirely his own making. His speech has been critiqued for its grandstanding and for ignorance of how the Internet works, but the lasting damage of his new initiative will serve to extend the precedent that the UK government and private actors can interfere with Internet communications without regulation or legislative oversight, and to undermine the safety of the children it seeks to protect. Read More >>

porn
Fifty Shades of Grey and Page 3 Aren't Porn, Says Confused PM

Bonkers housewife smut epic Fifty Shades of Grey and the everyman soft pornography of The Sun's Page 3 ought to be safe from Cameron's war on internet porn, as the PM went into a little more detail on what will and won't be deemed offensive once his anti-porn police state plan goes live next year. Read More >>

ISPs
David Cameron's "War on Porn" is Just a Pre-Filled Censorship Checkbox

The PM has announced what some reactionary nutjobs are describing as a "war on porn" and a mass censorship of the UK's internet access, but as the letter sent to UK ISPs told us last week it is nothing of the sort. It's a checkbox. There's going to be a checkbox that'll be ticked "on" by default, which you can then turn off. Is it a worthy shot at making a difference [O] or just a shameful headline-grabbing effort that won't change a thing [X]? [BBC] Read More >>

internet
Time to Activate the Guardian's "Always-Off" Royal Baby News Filter

The Guardian's gone a bit edgy and anti-establishment today, unveiling a "Republican" button on its home page that filters out all news about the fortuitous little baby that's about to pop out of that woman in London. Read More >>

ISPs
Government Demands ISPs Fiddle Their Porn Filter Wording to Please the PM

A leaked letter sent to the major UK ISPs is causing our internet companies some serious stress, with government sources asking them to fund an awareness campaign -- and change the porn filter wording to suggest that "default-on" is the UK's stance on porn filtering. Even though it isn't. Read More >>

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