Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 24th…
- Thor: Ragnarok, official trailer
Linkrot on the Million Dollar Homepage
While it has clear value as an example of the internet’s ever-evolving culture, emergent potential, and sheer bizarreness, the site reveals itself to be little more than an empty directory upon closer inspection.
Snopes turns to readers to avoid shutting down
The popular debunking site published a plea to its readers Monday requesting they donate money to help keep its doors open amid a legal fight against Proper Media, a small digital services company that owns, operates and represents web properties.
A device mockup generator for your screenshots.
RIP Microsoft Paint
Now Microsoft has announced that, alongside Outlook Express, Reader app and Reading list, Microsoft Paint has been signalled for death having been added to the “features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update” list.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 12th…
Google releases Backup and Sync for Mac and Windows
Google’s Backup and Sync desktop app is now available for download for Mac and Windows after a delay last month. Users now have the power to sync up anything, including photos and videos from cameras, SD cards, and USB devices, instead of their files remaining stuck in one place.
Tech giants rally today in support of net neutrality
Technology giants like Amazon, Spotify, Reddit, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and many others are rallying today in a so-called “day of action” in support of net neutrality, five days ahead of the first deadline for comments on the US Federal Communications Commission’s planned rollback of the rules.
Ubuntu Available Through Windows Store
Microsoft announced at its Build 2017 developer conference earlier this year that Ubuntu would be heading to the Windows Store, and now the popular Linux distro is available to download.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 10th…
Amid Unprecedented Controversy, W3C Greenlights DRM for the Web
Im an article for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cory Doctorow write, "Early today, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards body publicly announced its intention to publish Encrypted Media Extensions (EME)—a DRM standard for web video—with no safeguards whatsoever for accessibility, security research or competition, despite an unprecedented internal controversy among its staff and members over this issue."
Photobucket Is Holding People's Photos For "Ransom"
Late last month, Photobucket changed its policy so that if you want to host your photos there and post them to another website - your eBay seller page, or perhaps your blog or website - it’s going to cost you $400. People are pissed, saying it’s tantamount to holding their photos for ransom, a form of extortion.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 7th…
Created by veteran journalist Maggie Farley, ‘Factitious’ sports a Tinder-inspired interface to quiz your fake news judgment. Swipe left if you think a piece of news is a phony, or swipe right if you believe the news presented is accurate.
I Got Hacked and All I Got Was This New SIM Card
"I use a password manager, unique passwords as complex as the site will allow, and turn on 2-factor authentication when possible. So how did I, someone who is reasonably secure, have his cell phone disabled, his PayPal account compromised, and a few hundred dollars withdrawn from his bank account?"
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Max Chiriac, and Dwayne Kristjanson over the course of July 5th…
Slurpee Capital of the World
For the 18th consecutive year, Manitoba has been crowned the Slurpee Capital of the World. Manitoba had the highest highest average number of Slurpee cups sold per store in a region.
How Not To Sort By Average Rating
You are a web programmer. You have users. Your users rate stuff on your site. You want to put the highest-rated stuff at the top and lowest-rated at the bottom. You need some sort of "score" to sort by. Many big websites still do it wrong way.
Software developer Noah Levenson has created a short film short film that incorporates your Instagram photos into the narrative.
- Accessibility according to people with disabilities
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of July 4th…
A programmer turned Wikipedia into a classic text adventure
Wikipedia: The Text Adventure generates a list of major landmarks, and clicking any of them takes you to a landing page with a basic location description as pulled from its Wikipedia article summary, along with a list of nearby locations marked off by cardinal directions. You're restricted to a text box, and, appropriately, typing "help" into it brings up a list of commands you can type.
Nice collection of free animated icons.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 30th…
- Rick And Morty, season 3
Microsoft's Cancelled Surface Mini Tablet
While the Surface Pro 3 was announced to much surprise, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop canceled the Surface Mini project just weeks before. We’ve heard about the Surface Mini many times over the past few years, but Windows Central has now obtained images of the device.
Square’s been slowly rolling out its physical Square Cash Cards to users for the last few weeks. Today, Square CEO Jack Dorsey announced that, starting now, anyone can get one of the prepaid debit cards through the Square app or website.
Whats Open and Whats Closed on Canada Day 2017
Access Winnipeg has compiled a list of what’s open and what’s closed this weekend, for your planning.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of June 28th…
Google News Redesign
Google is launching a major redesign for Google News, bringing the site more in line with Google's company-wide "Material Design" guidelines.
Ransomware crook's email provider shuts down account, so now no one can pay their ransom
Yesterday's massive ransomware outbreak of a mutant, NSA-supercharged strain of the Petya malware is still spreading, but the malware's author made a mere $10K off it and will likely not see a penny more, because Posteo, the German email provider the crook used for ransom payment negotiations, shut down their account.
No Share Buttons on Mobile Sites
Only 2 out of every 1000 mobile web users ever tap a custom share button. That means people are over 11 times more likely to tap a mobile advertisement than a mobile share button for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.