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What’s App Banned In Brazil…Again

In December 2015, a Sao Paulo, Brazil judge ordered cross-platform instant messaging app WhatsApp blocked for 2 days. This was retaliation for WhatsApp's alleged failure to comply with a criminal investigation. Today, Brazil and WhatsApp is at it again. A Brazilian judge ordered WhatsApp chat services blocked for 72 hours. For three days, Brazilians were forbidden to send or receive messages through this app. Those who disobey are fined up to $142,000 a day. And you think that speeding ticket [...]

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Are You Ready For EMP?

You go to sleep. You wake up only to find your computer or smartphone doesn't work. Neither does anyone else's. You can't even use your credit/debit cards because that system is kaput. You can't fill up on gasoline because the electronic pumps aren't working. Welcome to the world of an EMP. This isn't a sci-fi movie plot. Political leaders like Defense Department analyst Michael Maloof are extremely concerned of what an EMP could do to our computers, communications, banks, cars, [...]

Young Millennials Love Netflix

Young Millennials Love Netflix

The Symphony Advanced Media ranked top ranked shows for Millennials aged 18-24 years old. The top four have something in common: they weren't on network or cable TV. The top four shows among younger millennials were all on Netflix. The top show was "Making a Murderer" a true crime show following a controversial Wisconsin case. Other top shows, all on Netflix are "Master of None", "F is for Family" (an adult cartoon about a 1970s family), and "Marvel's Jessica Jones". [...]

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A Safe Way to Text And Drive

Texting and/or using a smartphone while driving has become one of the biggest road hazards today. It's the drunk driving of the 2010s. Did you know that nearly 40% of highway accidents in the US are caused by drivers with a phone in their hand? That number is even higher than those who drink and drive. Thankfully, 2010s technology can prevent such calamities. If you have an Apple or Android based mobile phone, in which the vast majority of Americans [...]

Uber Makes Extra Charges

Uber Makes Extra Charges

Your Uber pulls up. The driver waits for you to grab your pocketbook. Oops...you forgot your ID. Oops...you forgot your gift. Oops...your friend is taking his/her sweet time coming out. You kept the driver waiting over five minutes. You might want to stop that. Uber is testing a new pay system. This system will have drivers charge you extra if you make them wait more than two minutes after the driver pulls up. But wait...there's more! This new tests include [...]

Life in a Chinese iPhone Factory

Life in a Chinese iPhone Factory

Apple and China have what I call a strange relationship. Some Apple's services are being censored by the government. Yet, Apple gives China many jobs, like iPhone factories. A Yahoo blogger visited and reported on many such a factory. The report and the pictures are pretty alarming. The pictures were taken at a secretive iPhone factory that has around 50,000 workers. The factory is in Shanghai and the factory is the size of 90 football fields. This facility creates Apple [...]

Twitter Fights Trolling

Twitter Fights Trolling

How many of you have seen The Jimmy Kimmel Show segment Mean Tweets? I admit, some of it is pretty funny. But for some of us, mean tweets can be degrading and even life threatening. Twitter is making it easier to report abusive posts. Due to it's new rule, Twitter will let you report up to five abusive posts. When they're are more abusive posts, it will give to Twitter a better chance to take action and what action to [...]

Nokia Causes Our Next Tech Acquisition

Nokia Causes Our Next Tech Acquisition

It seems every time I look around, a tech company is buying another tech company. Think about how often we've seen this in the last several years. It happened again. It was just announced phone maker Nokia acquiring health tech company Withings. Since 2008, Withings have made health based watches, fitness bands, sleep trackers, thermometers, and scales. The acquisition is worth $192 million and will include headquarters in Cambridge, MA, Paris and Hong Kong. Nokia, one of the top phone [...]

Is Apple Building A Car

Is Apple Building A Car?

By now, most of know about Google's ambitions for an electronic car. Now, rumors in the tech world run rampant about one of Google's biggest competitors, Apple, trying to build a car. There was an announcement that German car corporation BMW and Apple ended talks to collaborate on an iCar. According to German business journal Handelsblatt, BMW and another German car maker called Daimler stopped collaboration with Apple over the potential car due to ownership and leadership issues. Sources say Apple [...]

Iran Using Banned Internet

Iran Using Banned Internet

North Korea is the most isolated nation in the world. Iran is one of the top ten most isolated, and has been since Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's revolution back in 1979. But using Iran's own technology, the Iranian people are changing that. You see, over 70% of Iranian households have a satellite dish. The government uses them for state run channels. Meet a mechanical engineer named Reza (he's using an alias name for reasons I think should be obvious). He loves [...]

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