There is no denying that Google has a lot of money. And when you have a lot of money you can do anything you want with said money.
While Google has invested in everything from robots to wi-fi balloons, the tech giant just dropped another pretty penny on something techy – that being the terribly sought after .app web domain.
The .app domain is was one of the most sought after domains for sale when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided to expand their generic top level domains, i.e the .com’s and the .org’s.
As it is with anything worth millions of dollars, the .app domain was auctioned off to the highest bidder. And Google didn’t flinch to throw around some serious cash. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)