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After controversy, W3C no longer determines the HTML standards

After Dawn on 29/05/2019 pm31 17:42:00

HTML is often colloquially understood as the grounds which the internet is built upon. The language of the net, Hyper Text Markup Language, and its standardized use has been maintained over the years by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), but no longer that is the case. W3C has decided to abandon the maintenance of HTML and DOM standards and has handed the torch to a organization called WHATWG. WHATWG, or Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group, has been around since 2004 and been an integral part of HTML standard development. The group includes representatives from most of the largest web browser developers, inluding Apple, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft. Alongside these behemoths there are hundreds of other members. Previously WHATWG has done... Read the article
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Spotify adds sleep timer to its Android version - Here's how to use it

After Dawn on 29/05/2019 pm31 13:46:00

Many people prefer to go to sleep while listening to soothing music. To help with this, Spotify has finally added a sleep timer to its Android app. Such feature has been a standard option for most music players for ages now, but the biggest of them all, Spotify, hasn't bothered with the feature until now. To activate the feature, use the three-dot menu in top corner in "Now Playing" mode. Now, a menu appears. There, you can spot the Sleep Timer option. User can choose between 5, 10, 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes. Alternatively, you can choose to end playing after the currently playing track. As you might imagine, here's nothing more to it. A simple, yet quite useful... Read the article
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Malware-plagued laptop is auctioned for $1.34 million

After Dawn on 28/05/2019 am31 01:00:00

An artist has sold an old laptop infected with six of the most financially-damaging pieces of malware in history at auction for more than $1.34 million. 'The Persistence of Chaos' is the name given to this art project. It consists physically of a Samsung NC10-14GB 10.2-Inch Blue Netbook, running Windows XP SP3, that just happens to be infected with some of the most damaging pieces of malicious software that has spread around the world over the years. In total, there are six pieces of malware running havoc on this system. ILOVEYOU is a virus that was spread via e-mail and file sharing, which caused over $15 billion in damages as it infected more than half a million systems. MyDoom was a rapidly... Read the article
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Poland challenges EU copyright reforms in court over censorship fears

After Dawn on 24/05/2019 pm31 15:56:00

Poland has made a complaint to the European Union's top court against controversial new copyright reforms that were approved and adopted by the bloc in April. There was considerable push-back over the past year against proposed European Union copyright reforms. Two articles in particular provoked the ire of silicon valley and digital rights campaigners alike. One article would result in a search and news service provider like Google potentially having to pay for tiny snippets and links to news websites, while another more controversial article could force the use of upload filters and automatic removal of content it deems infringing. Opposition on grounds that the new rules would push out new start-ups that couldn't afford such filters, or could harm the Internet's... Read the article
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Starlink: SpaceX blasts 60 Internet-beaming satellites into orbit

After Dawn on 24/05/2019 pm31 15:35:00

SpaceX has launched the first 60 satellites that will be part of its broadband service, beaming Internet access from 2,000km above the Earth. Elon Musk, chief executive officer at SpaceX, eyes the Starlink project as a potential source of revenue to help fund SpaceX' lofty goals in space transport and exploration. The Starlink network will provide high-speed broadcast access to customers starting in the United States for a fee, potentially providing high speed options for those stuck in rural areas. The first array of satellites launched by SpaceX flew atop a Falcon 9 rocket. At 500lb a piece, the total payload is the heaviest carried by the private rocket firm to date. The first stage / booster that carried the rockets had... Read the article
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Ouya games console support ends next month

After Dawn on 24/05/2019 am31 02:52:00

The journey of an Android-based crowd-funded open games console comes to an end on June 25. In 2012, Ouya raised millions of dollars in a Kickstarter. The idea was appealing to many; an affordable games console that runs on open Android software and would be easy to develop video games and apps for. When it arrived, it was rough around the edges to say the least. It some performance issues when trying to run games and owners complained about the usability of the controller, as well as a cheap-feeling finish. In 2015, Ouya was bought by Razer which stopped sales of new Ouya consoles and incorporated the Ouya gaming content and platform into its Forge TV set-top-boxes instead. Ouya console owners could still... Read the article
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Ouya games console support ends next month

After Dawn on 24/05/2019 am31 02:52:00

The journey of an Android-based crowd-funded open games console comes to an end on June 25. In 2012, Ouya raised millions of dollars in a Kickstarter. The idea was appealing to many; an affordable games console that runs on open Android software and would be easy to develop video games and apps for. When it arrived, it was rough around the edges to say the least. It some performance issues when trying to run games and owners complained about the usability of the controller, as well as a cheap-feeling finish. In 2015, Ouya was bought by Razer which stopped sales of new Ouya consoles and incorporated the Ouya gaming content and platform into its Forge TV set-top-boxes instead. Ouya console owners could still... Read the article
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U.S. hits Julian Assange with 17 new charges

After Dawn on 24/05/2019 am31 02:36:00

A federal grand jury in the United States returned an 18-count superseding indictment today charging Wikileaks founder Julian Assange with offenses related to one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history. Assange is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence in the United States for jumping bail, and is fighting an extradition request from the United States. The 47-year-old Australian made headlines worldwide from 2009 as Wikileaks tens of thousands of classified documents and cables. He had been staying at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for years before the Ecuadorian government revoked his asylum status in April, leading to his arrest by British authorities. The United States sought Assange's extradition to face charges related to the acquisition of classified material. Assange... Read the article
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U.S. hits Julian Assange with 17 new charges

After Dawn on 24/05/2019 am31 02:36:00

A federal grand jury in the United States returned an 18-count superseding indictment today charging Wikileaks founder Julian Assange with offenses related to one of the largest compromises of classified information in U.S. history. Assange is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence in the United States for jumping bail, and is fighting an extradition request from the United States. The 47-year-old Australian made headlines worldwide from 2009 as Wikileaks tens of thousands of classified documents and cables. He had been staying at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for years before the Ecuadorian government revoked his asylum status in April, leading to his arrest by British authorities. The United States sought Assange's extradition to face charges related to the acquisition of classified material. Assange... Read the article
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Apple will be clearer on iPhone battery health

After Dawn on 23/05/2019 am31 00:37:00

Apple has agreed to warn users of older iPhone models about the potential performance impact from software in updates installed on the devices. Apple was criticized in 2017 when it admitted that software updates installed on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone SE models could impact overall device performance. The software was intended to manage demands on aging batteries in iPhones, impacting performance to deal with battery degradation. Consumer protection authorities suggested that Apple should have made it clear that such throttling and management software was included in the updates. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) points out that consumers may have felt compelled to repair or replace devices due to the drop in performance after upgrading. According to the CMA, Apple... Read the article

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