Views of a Dark World: Illuminating Unseen Infrastructure

For a global society highly dependent on complex technical, economic, and political systems, we manage to carry on our daily routines largely unaware of the hard and soft infrastructure—from pipes to policies—on which these systems rest. That is, until unexpected events, so-called black swans, illuminate the previously hidden pieces and surprise or unsettle us by their presence and function. Read More >>

This Refresher Guide Re-Caps Game of Thrones in Spoiler-Free Detail Before Season 4 Kicks Off

US TV network HBO has had the web designers in, creating a staggering interactive guide that rips open every single episode of bizarre sex & death fantasy series Game of Thrones, as a refresher ahead of the arrival of series four a few days from now. Read More >>

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Surveillance Systems Put the Internet as We Know it Under Threat

Social network kingpin Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out against the US government's use of surveillance systems to track web users, calling it a "threat" to the internet. Read More >>

Happy 25th Birthday to the Embattled World Wide Web

How do you sing happy birthday to a computer? Or, more specifically, how do you sing happy birthday to a system of hyperlinked files accessible, by the internet, that live inside your computer (and phone, and tablet, and so on)? It is, after all, the World Wide Web's 25th birthday. Read More >>

YouTube in Your Browser is Becoming More Like YouTube On Your Phone

Once upon a time, in the early days of smartphones (y'know, a few years ago), a company would do everything possible to make its app look as similar to its website as possible. Now everything is topsy-turvy. Today YouTube revealed that some of the website's new look is going to be borrowed from its mobile app. Brave new world. Read More >>

Coding Typo "Hacked" the NHS and Redirected Visitors to Malware Sites

The online advice services offered by the NHS are currently under siege, after a reader discovered that pages on the NHS Choices web portal were redirecting users to ad-serving and malware sites. But this was no hack, it was the discovery of a teeny tiny typo that allowed shady coders to hijack innocent hypochondriacs. Read More >>

The Internet's a Gift From God, Claims Technically-Unaware Pope

The Pope's come out as an unlikely contributor to World Communications Day, suggesting the internet is "a gift from God" but one that "exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgement" thanks to its speed and omnipresence. Read More >>

BBC Server Hacked and Offered For Sale on Christmas Day

How about giving a nerdy Doctor Who fan the ultimate gift this year -- hacked access to a BBC server. That was the deal apparently on offer on some "underground" internet sites on Christmas Day, after a hacker allegedly gained access to a BBC server and tried to sell on his access method. Read More >>

Cameron's ISP Porn Filters Backfire, Blocking Safe Sex Education Sites

We never wanted ‘em, but we got ‘em anyway. The roll-out of UK ISP’s government-mandated porn filters is in full swing, with the four major providers switching on their blockers. But, as expected, each has a very unique view of what constitutes “hardcore pornography”. Read More >>

Police Say Silk Road Kingpin Ordered Six Murders for £450,000

Things aren't looking so good for Ross Ulbricht, the alleged Silk Road mastermind. Federal prosecutors in New York just filed paperwork accusing the 29-year-old of ordering six murders for the lofty price of $730,000, roughly £450,000. Ulbricht's friends swear he wouldn't hurt a honeybee. Read More >>

.UK Domains to Land Along With .London in 2014

We've got, and, .london is on its way and come 2014 you'll be able to register plain old .uk domains too. Read More >>

Google Helpouts is Here to Help You With Basically Anything

Have you ever been working on something, a special project or something outside the realm of normal day-to-day work stuff, and you find yourself totally stuck? As in, you have absolutely no idea what to do next? Google wants to help. Read More >>

Samsung Browsers Beat Apple Fans in Worldwide Mobile Web Use War

Samsung's squeezed ahead of Apple in one vague global metric of technical popularity, with Samsung-made mobiles now generating more mobile internet traffic than Apple devices. The sheep have turned. Read More >>

Google Experimenting With Ditching the Omnipresent Black Bar for Chrome-Like Launcher

There's a new, cleaner Google web interface being tested out there right now, which does away with the black bar in favour of nicking the Chrome OS and Android grid icon and using it to to populate a nice little white dropdown. Read More >>

Samsung and Mozilla Developing a New Mobile Browser Standard

Mozilla is enlisting Samsung to help bring its new web rendering tech to market, with the smartphone giant helping to push its "advanced technology Web browser engine" Servo, built on Mozilla's own Rust coding language. Mozilla and Samsung will bring the new browser engine to ARM powered mobile devices running Android, perhaps heralding the beginning of Samsung's attempt to de-Google Android a little. [Mozilla via The Register] Read More >>

You'll Pick Up More than You Bargained for Guzzling Porn on Your Mobile

An online security firm has sounded the alarm about mobile internet porn, claiming you're three times as likely to pick up a mobile malware STD on your phone when browsing adult sites as you are when looking at normal, safe for work web pages. Read More >>


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