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Microsoft officially unveils new browser, Spartan

Published by on Jan 26th, 2015, No Comments

Spartan

During the past few weeks, we reported on what was rumoured to be Microsoft’s new, stand-alone web browser, Spartan. And now, after the Windows 10 launch event of last week, we can confirm that Spartan is, in fact, real – which surely is good news for all Windows users.

As we’ve said before, Spartan will be a complete separate browser to the long-standing Internet Explorer. However, it will be released in the new Windows 10 update alongside an updated Internet Explorer. (more…)

New Microsoft browser to include Cortana, other features

Published by on Jan 9th, 2015, No Comments

Microsoft

Earlier in the week we reported that Microsoft is allegedly building an entirely new web browser to be launched with the new Windows update, Windows 10.

Apparently, the new browser is specifically designed to be more streamlined and a so-called ‘light-weight’ browser. The browser is supposedly codenamed ‘Spartan’ for now, and will be completely separate from Microsoft’s long-standing flagship browser, Internet Explorer.

Now, reports are stating that ‘Spartan’ will include a whole bunch of new features, some of which haven’t been included in other, rival browsers. This is a big step from Microsoft, considering that Internet Explorer has been lacking behind other browsers for years.

A big step, but one that is no doubt necessary.  (more…)

Report: Microsoft building brand new web browser for Windows 10

Published by on Jan 5th, 2015, No Comments

Microsoft

It’s certainly no secret that Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s long-standing web browser, is, well, kind of a joke. And by joke I mean literally, too, as the countless memes, puns and jokes can attest to.

All jokes aside, it is common knowledge that Internet Explorer is not as powerful as some of its competitors, like Google Chrome for instance. And it seems that finally Microsoft may have caught on to this.

Rumours are running rife that Microsoft is planning to introduce a whole new, completely different web browser alongside the launch of the upcoming Windows 10.

According to various sources, the new browser is currently codenamed ‘Spartan’ and will “look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox.” (more…)

Watch the biggest internet moments of 2014 in this YouTube Rewind video

Published by on Dec 10th, 2014, No Comments

YouTube Rewind 2014

The YouTube Year in Rewind video has been a tradition since 2010. Since then, every year the company compiles a mash-up video of all the greatest, biggest and most viral internet moments of the year.

The videos tend to get better and better every year, as we spend more and more time (read: too much) on the interwebs.

From hit songs, to viral videos, memes and prominent internet bloggers and figures almost everything that captured our attention and imagination on the internet this year is briefly mentioned in this rewind video.

This year’s one, however, is pretty damn epic. (more…)

YouTube launching paid music streaming service

Published by on Nov 13th, 2014, 1 Comment

YouTube Music Key

After what seems like years of speculation and rumours, YouTube has finally revealed that they are indeed planning to roll out a subscription-based music streaming service. 

The company confirmed yesterday that they will be launching such a service that will look to compete directly with big players such as Spotify, Pandora and Beats Music. YouTube’s version of the ever popular music streaming model will be called ‘YouTube Music Key’.

YouTube Music Key will allow users to stream high quality music and music videos that is, thankfully, ad-free. Naturally, this is not a new feature s other streaming services also offer music streaming ad-free. For a price, of course. 

YouTube’s music streaming will cost $9.99 per month – which is on parr with its competitors. Spotify also charges $9.99 per month, with Pandora coming in a little lower at $4.99 per month for the flagship Pandora One service. 

The company also revealed that a subscription to YouTube Music Key will also give users access to Google Play Music – obviously, with YouTube being a Google-owned company and all.  (more…)

RSAWeb launches CityFibre – a high-speed, low-cost internet alternative

Published by on Nov 6th, 2014, 5 Comments

RSAWeb

Businesses straight across the country will soon be able to put the woes of slow internet behind them, after the launch of RSAWeb’s CityFibre internet alternative.

CityFibre is an ‘incredibly fast internet connectivity product’ as the company says, and will allow businesses in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to work at speeds that have previously been unheard of. No doubt that this will be a changing point in the way businesses use the internet.

With CityFibre, internet users can expect incredible speeds of up to 200Mbps for both downloading as well as uploading. To put that into perspective for you, that is roughly 50 times faster than a standard, 4Mbps ADSL line. Are you getting excited yet? (more…)

Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 3 and a half years in prison

Published by on Nov 3rd, 2014, 1 Comment

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg

The most recent conviction in yet another high-profile hacking case, has once again proved that hacking (really) doesn’t pay.

The co-founder of one of the world’s largest and most infamous file sharing websites, The Pirate Bay, has been sentenced by a Danish court to 3 and-a-half years in prison.

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg – or better known by his internet alias,‘Anakata’ – was sentenced on Friday for the hacking of an IT company’s servers and subsequently stealing sensitive, private files off these servers.

The hack in question took place in February 2012, when Warg and an accomplice – simply known as ‘JKT’ – hacked into the servers of IT service provider, CSC’s Danish branch.

The pair then gained access to more than 90 000 sensitive files, all of which included social security numbers, drivers license numbers and even police records of a number of important people in Europe.  (more…)

Tim Cook: Apple to beef up iCloud security

Published by on Sep 5th, 2014, No Comments

Tim Cook

In light of recent events, Apple has decided to beef up their iCloud security – just so naked photos of famed celebrities leaking on the internet can not be solely blamed on Apple security.

Following the massive celebrity photo leak last weekend, that was said to be hacked form the A-listers’ iCloud accounts, Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has said that the company will be putting new security measures in place regarding their cloud storage service.

In his first interview after the hack, Cook spoke on the subject, but still maintained that the current iCloud security did not compromise the affected accounts. Cook said that no Apple ID or passwords were leaked from the company’s servers, but that third parties accessed the accounts using either the correct username and passwords or through a phishing scam.

However, the hack did seem to be somewhat of a wake-up call for Apple, as they are now putting more security measures in place.

Cook said that the new security measures include alerting users to activity on their iCloud accounts.  (more…)

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