Qualcomm, SNC and Intel among list of companies protesting Tier II internet

  • 12/12/2014 at 20:26 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Tech EyeRecently net neutrality supporters, backed by President Barack Obama, came out in favor of reclassifying broadband internet as a public utility under the Telecommunications Act. Cable and wireless companies have been avid in their opposition to this solution, but other industries have been rather silent on the issue. Now, tech companies including Qualcomm, SNC, IBM and Intel have spoken against the measure.

A joint letter was sent to Congress this week, signed by 60 influential brands in the tech world. It stated that they were all opposed to the idea of creating a Tier II classification for internet service, claiming it would impede the growth of the web’s economy, and stop companies from investing in broadband.

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Social alarm app Wakie now available for iOS

Wakie AppApple users who hate alarm clocks can now rejoice, because the popular social alarm app Wakie has been released for the iOS platform. It connects people from around the world for a more sociable way to wake up.

Despite its popularity, the community of dedicated Wakie users is still relatively small. That may change now that the app has been launched for the Apple platform. Now people with iPhones can get in on the fun, and take part in their own early morning shenanigans.

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The Pirate Bay raided by Swedish police, various torrent sites down

  • 10/12/2014 at 02:31 by It's a Gadget Staff
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The Pirate Bay LogoAfter a number of torrent sites went down today, sources have confirmed that a large scale raid has been conducted against The Pirtate Bay by Swedish police, and their servers have been seized.

TPB has been the continual source of such raids in recent years, and a couple of months ago were also raided in what has been a long series of fights against piracy laws in Sweden and abroad.

At first, it looked like it might have been a technical issue. But when other sites went down and rumors started flying, reports began to leak that the raid had been performed. A few hours ago, Swedish police confirmed the rumors.

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Charge your phone anywhere with Plan V, the keychain mobile charger

Plan V Mobile ChargerA new keychain charger device is hitting Kickstarter, offering a convenient, last-ditch way to charge up your smartphone whenever it goes flat. That includes during emergencies, when you just don’t have access to any alternatives.

On the Kickstarter project page, the creators of this gadget tell the story of what sparked this idea. Co-creators Evan and Luke were traveling through Bogota Columbia as backpackers. After a string of bad luck, they were out on the streets at night, in the unfamiliar area, and unable to find their hostel. Their smartphones were dead, their backup batteries were also dead, and they didn’t know what to do.

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Skype co-founder backs new communication tool, Wire

Wire Communication AppJanus Friis is among a list of tech and communication experts who have backed the new app Wire, a communication tool that sets out to take everything that is good about the competition, and combine plus add to it.

Wire is essentially a chat service, but it claims to be much more. It provides a video chat service with high end sound quality through your mobile device, as well as Mac computers. But it also gives you the option to message with video from YouTube, audio clips from SoundCloud, or images. If you need to get someone’s attention, you can send them a ping, which will let them know you want to talk without sending a call request and potentially interrupting them.

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Turn any smoke alarm into a smart monitoring system with a Roost battery

  • 01/12/2014 at 05:23 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Roost Smart BatteryThere has been a wash of smart smoke alarms, smart home invasion alarms, robots that are so smart they can sing your kids to sleep while sending you updates on your smart smoke and home invasion alarms, ect. For those who don’t want to spend that much money, but still want a bit of information while away, there is Roost.

A rather simple idea, this Kickstarter project is a single 9-volt style battery that goes into your smoke alarm, and turns it into one of the smart variety.

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Pew Research Center conducts quiz to test user knowledge of the web and related tech

  • 26/11/2014 at 01:48 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Tech EyeA new quiz by Pew has set out to find how much the average person knows about the internet, and how that breaks down by demographic. They studied this by asking a small collection of questions related to the internet and common technology (such as the iPhone, Facebook, and Net Neutrality), and saw how people responded.

The quiz, which you can take at the official website listed at the end of this article, is a simple one. It has twelve question, and asks about social networks, current tech laws, for some definitions, and what figures in the technology business world are being shown in pictures. They then ask for your gender and age range.

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