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Happy Birthday GIF

Yesterday was a horrible day. We had shootings in Alexandria, VA and San Francisco. Then we had an inferno in London. There was also a deadly mudslide in Bangladesh. But I'm here to talk happy news. As in happy birthday GIF. So GIF means Graphics Interchange Format. On June 15, 1987, Steve Wilhite created the GIF. In 1987, he worked at CompuSave. The company asked him to make color images for files people can download. So in 1987, he came [...]

Microsoft Fixes Potential Disaster

Microsoft Fixes Potential Disaster; Or Did They?

When it comes to Malware, Microsoft does better at protecting themselves then most. But even they must watch their back. Because there is a new, powerful and scary threat looming over Microsoft, especially the anti-malware system. Microsoft fixes potential disaster, or did they? Researchers say this threat is so powerful it bypasses any security. Then, it turns over your whole computer system to a hacker. But this threat needs a 'specific crafted file'. They send this bad file either through [...]

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CenturyLink Purchases Level 3

There is another tech merger to report. Internet service provider CenturyLink purchases Level 3. Level 3 is also an ISP and telecommunications provider.  What does this mean? As a result, this merger means competition for AT&T. After AT&T's merger, they really need competition right now. But how much will this cost CenturyLink? Consequently, this will cost them $34 billion in cash and stocks. This deal will also pay off all debts. Furthermore, this deal equips CenturyLink to handle heavy, heavy [...]

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Airbnb Addresses Racial Discrimination

When CEO Brian Chesky created Airbnb in 2014, he wanted to create a space for all to belong. Airbnb is a network where people open their homes to travelers for a moderate nightly fee. But not everyone is feeling the love. Airbnb came under scrutiny last week. An ugly incident of racial discrimination surfaced in North Carolina. A black guest had booked to stay at a white person's home through Airbnb. When the homeowner discovered the guest was African-American, not [...]

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Iran Wants To Control Data

As many of you know, Iran is one of the most isolated and censored nations in the world. Under strict sharia law, the people can't enjoy many of the freedoms we Americans take for granted. This includes technology and social media. The Iranian government blocks social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and You Tube. In recent years, more people have been using global software to access them. Maybe that's why Iran's government is making their move. Effective May 29, their [...]

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Tech Unicorns Moving Overseas

Let me make it clear: I'm not talking about mystical horses with horns flying in the clouds. When I say tech unicorns, I'm talking about tech companies, not on the stock market, but can still be worth billions. These tech unicorns are moving and flying overseas. Mainstream news from CNN to Vanity Fair declare tech unicorns are on the endangered species list. The trend started in 2015. The volatile start in 2016 isn't helping matters either. Only one tech company [...]

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Facebook World Streaming Feature

Do you have friends and family literally on the other side of the world? Would you like to know where they are and what they're doing, or should I say streaming? Now you can, thanks to yet another Facebook new feature, Facebook live video map. It's available only through their desktop site. It's purpose is to show you where people are streaming worldwide through Facebook Live. Streams are indicated by blue dots on a global map. The bigger the blue [...]

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Apple Ones Up Uber

The last several months have not been kind to ride sharing app Uber. In Kalamazoo, Michigan, an Uber driver went on a shooting spree, killing several people. In Austin, TX, a economic/political dispute lead to them leaving that city. For the third year in a row, Uber is one of the most hated companies in America. Now, Apple gives them a global blow. Apple Inc announced it will invest a billion dollars in Chin's ride sharing service Didi Chuxing, Uber's rival [...]

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Twitter Cuts Off Intelligence Agencies

You may not have heard much about the Apple vs FBI case in recent weeks. Just because you haven't heard about it doesn't mean conflicts between government and tech entities are resolved. In fact, they're intensifying. Twitter bars US intelligence from accessing a service that digs through posts of random tweets. It's believed this method is useful to fight terrorism. News agencies and intelligence leaders suspect Twitter doesn't want to seem too cozy with the Federal Government. That seems to [...]

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Apple Streaming Makeover

First of all, Apple Music isn't doing that bad. But they're not doing really great either. We can thank increased competition, changing streaming habits, and celebrity disapproval for that. It's time for an Apple streaming makeover. Apple is making changes to Apple Music. They want to make it easier for all to use. Apple Music plans to better integrate streaming and downloading services as well as expand radio services. They will use a massive marketing campaign to get more customers [...]

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