YouTube will soon be opening its latest project, a crowdfunding platform called TubeStart. Not only will the project help YouTube contributors to make money in other ways besides Google advertising, But it will also keep users of the site paying continuously for content rather than contribute in a lump upfront sum. While this may cause some to balk, YouTube says its reasoning is that making large amounts of money in a short time period isn’t practical for the YouTube crowd, whose video production is ongoing, and therefore needs continuous fund injection.
In addition, YouTube waived fees for those content creators who set up their campaigns in August’s first two weeks via internet service providers San Diego and other companies. The TubeStart initiative presents a way for content creators in thirty countries around the world to run both traditional and royalty-based crowdfunding campaigns. In addition, creators can also launch campaigns which are subscription-based, allowing for the obtaining of ongoing funds. Conventional campaigns can reach as much as $500,000. And subscription campaigns can charge supporters up to $50 per month. The official launch of the TubeStart initiative will take place on August 20, and be available to creators residing in the United States, Canada and the European Union.
A recent quarterly update on overall customer satisfaction in the U.S. has revealed that pay TV service providers are at the bottom of the pile in just about every category. This has caused IPTV editor Jim Barthold to comment that tools need to be invested in which ensure that the customer receives a quality experience no matter where they are in the lifecycle of service.
In fact, customers ranked pay TV providers below even wireless providers as far as customer service was concerned. But it wasn’t the TV products they were unhappy with; it was the fact that other services, such as remote controls and on-screen menus were below par. As well, call center satisfaction was also noted as being a major factor.
In a move that screamed ‘damage control’, Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer announced earlier this week that the company’s parental leave policywould be revised. Major revisions include the increase of leave time to more than double the current amount for new parents. This may have been a smart move, considering Meyer’s own incredibly short maternity leave after joining Yahoo, and then her subsequent decision to end what was considered to be a major company benefit: working from home.
In addition to receiving up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave, parents will also receive $500 from the company for the purchase of child care and food. Even childless employees will receive benefits. Those with new furry family members will enjoy Yahoo-branded pet products. And for every five years with the company, employees will earn eight weeks of unpaid sabbatical.
American Express has confirmed that its web site has been the victim of attack. Customers trying to access their accounts via internet service providers by city were either faced with a blank screen or strange fonts. This is the latest and one of the most intense attacks in a series that have been aimed at financial institutions in America Since September of last year.
A cybersecurity training company says that the intensity of the attacks has increased from an espionage to a destructive nature. Experts are saying that the attacks are tests to see how far hackers can go before they receive a retaliatory response. Apparently, the attacks on the American Express site are a part of the same campaign which recently took down major financial sites Wells Fargo, Bank of America and others over the last 6 months.
You probably heard that there is no such thing as no-cost internet providers anymore. But with spectrum shortage cries resounding through the telecom world, and every ISP seemingly scrambling for customers, offers for free internet seem to actually be increasing. And the free offerings seem to be much more transparent than their historical fly-by-night counterparts. Today’s free ISP seems to have no problem telling the world why it’s offering services for free and how it benefits them.
But even a free ISP needs to make its money somehow. And how they do this is by offering only a certain amount of bandwidth for free, and then charging you for what you go over, usually per gigabyte. These overage charges represent a reasonable expense for most consumers, something free ISPs know, having identified the ‘pain point’ of pricing.
We all know to take care when clicking anything we receive in e-mail, lest we are led to a site designed to get our personal information. But apparently, we also need to be just as careful when clicking links on our favorite social media sites, and even in Skype. This is because ransomware is everywhere. But what is this sinister-sounding tool?
Ransomware is simply software that operates as some kind of official-looking warning, whether it’s technical in nature, telling your computer that a program is about to expire, or appears to come from a government agency warning you of an impending visit or outstanding bill. To counter this kind of attempted crime, the best solution is having some kind of software which alerts you if a site isn’t safe to visit.
Whether you get online with internet service providers San Diegoor get online with an Alaskan ISP, you have no doubt heard of Megaupload and its founder, Kim Dotcom. Dotcom is currently awaiting extradition to the United States from New Zealand to face criminal charges for copyright infringement. Amazingly, Dotcom announced recently that he has plans in the works for a new file-sharing service that would be immune to government or hacker breach.
He even went so far as to detail how user data would be stored, which is on two sets of servers which reside in two countries. This would make it more difficult for authorities to shut down physically. Whether or not this next incarnation of Megaupload will actually come into existence is unclear, as Dotcom also mentioned a music sharing service over the summer which hasn’t yet been released.
It’s perhaps true that not many people give much thought to the way people who live on islands receive their internet signal. While satellite is an option, it seems that wireless internetis something that’s poised to possibly become more popular. Solar-powered long-distance Wi-Fi technology is what connected two islands via Wi-Fi over nineteen miles of ocean.
It’s all part of the PISCES Project, which aims to replace slower internet links with a solar-powered product. One such attempt delivered an internet connection using solar, but then routed that connection via DSL in order to power a local school. Another innovation has been the Solar Computer Lab In A Box, developed by the Illinois institute of Technology, which affords internet-starved environments and plug-and-play style solution to get online.
To some, the brand of phone you carry denotes your place in the world, much like some of our vehicles do. A phone is an extension of our personalities. But why does it really matter whether you go online with internet service providers Indianapolisusing an iPhone or a Blackberry? The question may never be answered.
While wealthy technophiles may be identified by their stylish iPhones, those who carry a Blackberry may be seen as out of touch. But many have observed that the latter has actually begun to identify a group of people who are not necessarily interesting in conforming or being conventional. No matter which camp you belong to, having a phone that does what you need it to do should be an important consideration before any purchase is made.
So you turn on your iPhone, and quickly realize there’s a problem; your home button isn’t responding. And then you realize with a wince that your phone is no longer covered under warranty. What to do? The good news is that you may be able to fix it yourself.
Software may be the cause of a non-responding home button. So calibrate it by opening your clock or a similar app and holding down the sleep button. Let go when you see the ‘slide to power off’ message, and then hold your home button down. If it’s been awhile since you’ve cleaned your phone, it may be time to polish it, and your stuck home button in the process, as this can also be a common culprit.
If you’ve ever gone into a store, taken a picture of a product with your phone, and then looked up more information about it using your Internet Service Providers Raleigh connection, then you have participated in showrooming. And why not? Showrooming means that you might be able to get what you want for less, avoid paying taxes and get free delivery.
Unfortunately, showrooming appears to be costing big business, who have to shell out money for suppliers, staff and store maintenance. The more showroomers who end up purchasing from smaller companies, the less money there is for the big box.
But while many retailers are predicting the downfall of their landscape due to showroomers, others are shoring up their defenses by making their company web sites more consumer-friendly. For companies not doing this, another trend calling ‘onlining’ may save the day, as these consumers research online, but then purchase in-store.
.Oops! Glitch forces extension for new suffixes, was the headline at www.kansascity.com. Apparently, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) experienced a technical glitch, which ended up causing ICANN to abruptly stop accepting proposals of new domain suffixes. Even worse, some private information may have been exposed.
Other than the same, dusty old .com, .org and .net, ICANN has been taking applications for new suffixes. For example, Las Vegas hotels & casinso might want a domain with “.Vegas” as it’s suffix, or McDonald’s might want “.McD” as a suffix.
After this glitch had been identified, the system was shut down early. The plan is to reopen the system on April 17, and extend the deadline to April 20. According to ICANN, the glitch “allowed a limited number of users to view some other users’ file names and user names in certain scenarios.” It is unknown just how proprietary the information exposed was. COO Akram Atallah wrote a statement on ICANN’s website which said “Out of an abundance of caution, we took the system offline to protect applicant data. We are examining how this issue occurred and considering appropriate steps forward.”
Visitors are still allowed to locate websites, determine where to send emails, and can register new names under existing suffixes.
The New York Times noted “As Smartphones Become Health Aids, Ads May Follow.” The thought-provoking article discussed how smartphones are really instrumental in changing our culture in a variety of ways, and one way is in how the younger generation accesses information about their health. This trend is not being missed by advertisers interesting in targeting the nearly 100 million American smartphone owners.
Pew Internet and American Life Project, which has a mission to survey and analyze technology trends, noted that younger people have decidedly different health concerns than the older generations. For instance, Yahoo Mobile noted that the majority of searches were for symptoms of pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases. Also, apps that help consumers manage their diet and exercise habits is also highly in demand.
A spokesperson fo Pew Internet noted “Once they have a smartphone, people are more likely to participate in online conversations about health.”
These types of searches are not showing up in record numbers via desktop computers, which are more likely to be accessed by older people. Rather, older people tend to search more on stomach ailments, heart disease and shingles. Older patients are also diligent in checking side effects of medications.
Advertisers have spent billions focusing on mobile ads – much more than for print or radio; however, television still receives the bulk of advertising investment.
CNN.com featured an article written by Scott Steinberg, author of The Modern Parent’s Guide. This particular article addressed the importance of parents educating their children in the area of technology.
When asked how young is too young for any child to have a cell phone, Steinberg replied “With the average prschooler now more able to play video games than ride a bike or tie a shoe, and with three-quarters of all middle school- and high school-age kids already owning a phone, it’s an increasingly difficult question for today’s digital parent to answer.”
There are so many issues surrounding technology that might not be age-appropriate for certain children to have to deal with, including internet safety, cyber-crime, “sexting”, cyber-bullying, and the dilemma of how simple it is to get children to share personal information online. We used to be worried about children taking candy from a stranger, or helping a stranger find their lost puppy. The digital age has really complicated parenting.
70% of parents believe that schools should do a lot more to prepare kids for the digital age, and certainly that is true. But educators are worried that parents are being too lax in this area.
Marian Merritt, Internet safety advocate t Symantic, says “I hope schools are distributing information and educating (families), but ultimately, parents have a huge role to play in the process.”
Judi Warren, president of Web Wise Kids, is concerned that parents are simply not involved enough in their kids use of technology. “It takes a unified effort to keep kids safe on the internet (that) has to begin with parents, because it ahs to start really young.
No laws have gone into effect requiring internet providers to cooperate with the entertainment industry to take action against copyright violators who utilize peer to peer file sharing software, or who download content from rogue foreign websites who feature bootlegged content. However, last July 2011 a number of broadband providers signed a letter of agreement that they would contact violators and even severely throttle their service if the infringements continued.
Now it’s official. Starting July 12, Internet providers will be be putting this into effect. The website RT.com wrote that “some of the biggest internet service providers in America plan to adopt policies that will punish customers for copyright infringement, and one of the top trade groups in the music biz announced this week that it could begin as soon as this summer.” The announcement was made to an audience of publishers on March 14 most internet providers should have these new policies squared away by July 12, 2012. The internet providers will certainly have a way of automating this system at least at some level in order to track repeat offenders, who are really the target of this scheme.
What this means for many people is nothing. Not everyone engages in this type of behavior, or if they do, one warning should nip the problem in the bud as people begin to realize that certain things are off limits. But repeat offenders might be in for some serious problems, as internet providers have indicated that they might decide to cut off internet service to customers who ignore several warnings.
If you have been following the SOPA and PIPA debate at all here in the United States, you know that these defunct bills have become very unpopular among the worldwide community because they forced internet heavy-hitters like search engines, internet providers, pay facilitators and advertising networks to police the internet against copyright violations. Similar legislature in the United Kingdom, The Digital Economy Act, was challenged by UK broadband providers BT and TalkTalk, who lost their High Court appeal. Like SOPA, the legislation was designed to be a deterrent to online piracy by forcing internet providers from cutting off violators from their broadband connection.
Utilizing a complicated system including warning letters, sanctions, and even suspension of their broadband account, the Act, once put into motion, will prove cumbersome and costly for internet providers. A spokesman for TalkTalk said “We’re disappointed that our appeal was unsuccessful though we welcome the additional legal clarity that has been provided for all parties. We are reviewing this long and complex judgment and considering our options. Though we have lost this appeal we will continue fighting to defend our customers’ rights against this ill-judged legislation.”
This High Court ruling will also likely force broadband providers to block user access to websites like The Pirates Bay. While this may seem like a victory for the entertainment industry, this blogger has to wonder what hacktivist group Anonymous will do in light of this new information.
According to The Washington Times, the Obama administration is putting pressure on technology companies to step it up when it comes to protecting consumer privacy, especially in light of the projected explosion of mobile device penetration the next few years, as well as the continuing expansion of . With the plethora of tracking and data mining currently taking place, White House officials today proposed a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights”, and “urged companies to voluntarily abstain from tracking consumer habits when those individuals choose to limit their online visibility.”
Apparently, heavy hitters like Google, AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo, which are responsible for 90% of all consumer-tracked and driven advertisements, agreed to extend an offer to consumers to control online tracking. President Obama said in a statement “As the internet evolves, consumer trust is essential for the continued growth of the digital economy. That’s why an online privacy Bill of Rights is so important. For businesses to succeed online, consumers must feel secure.”
Also a recent concern has been prospective employers having access to consumers’ online activity in order to make hiring decisions, or in the case of insurance coverage decisions. According to the article, the advertising industry, which tracks activity and mines data, has agreed to abstain from releasing browsing data to companies that might impact consumers in employment or insurance coverage.