Google: one privacy policy to rule them all

Google: one privacy policy to rule them all

If you click through web site terms and conditions (T&Cs) without a second thought you may not have noticed Google’s dramatically different new privacy policy.Others however are up in arms after the internet giant announced it had combined what used to be dozens of privacy policies for its various subsidiary sites replacing them with a…

Anti-SOPA internet blackout today said to number 7,000 sites going dark

Anti-SOPA internet blackout today said to number 7,000 sites going dark

In protest against the controversial US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) & Protect IP (PIPA) anti-piracy bills a reported 7000 web sites will voluntarily shut down today for 24 hours in perhaps the broadest demonstration ever of internet-powered political action. The proposed legislation ostensibly defends US intellectual property interests targeting online piracy as conducted by…

Ubuntu 11.10: Oneiric Ocelot and the cloud

Ubuntu 11.10: Oneiric Ocelot and the cloud

Software CentreThe new Software Centre deserves its own place in the spotlight. No doubt to compete with Apple’s App Store and Microsoft’s new Windows Store the Software Centre borrows heavily from these and presents applications in an easy-to-browse category interface. The difference of course is that most of the 36000 programs on offer are free.The…

How to tweak Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, part 3

How to tweak Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, part 3

Fixing FlashFlash support under Linux isn’t quite as seamless as under Windows. While it’s easy to install and both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available it sometimes has issues with video card drivers especially when running full screen. On top of this there’s also open-source alternatives which may come installed in your distribution by default.Rather…

Mozilla hits top gear: Firefox 5 follows 4 by just 3 months

Mozilla hits top gear: Firefox 5 follows 4 by just 3 months

It seems like just yesterday when we were writing about the release of Firefox 4 and how long that version had dwelled in the development doldrums during which time we saw the rapid ascendancy of Google’s Chrome (in terms of both popularity and version updates). But lo and behold Mozilla released Firefox 5 overnight and…

The end of the net as we know it? The evolution of IPv6

The end of the net as we know it? The evolution of IPv6

Allocation of the last extant blocks of IP addresses in February was a wakeup call for those who thought the net could keep growing as it is forever. When peak body the Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) gives regional internet service providers (ISPs) access to its final ‘/8 block’ of 16777216 addresses later this year…

Best Apps for Windows Phone, May 2011

Best Apps for Windows Phone, May 2011

Pictures LabWP7’s best picture editing and effects app.Pictures Lab has received a lot of attention as the “go-to” image editing suite for new WP7 users – and for good reason too.For around $2 you get the standard editing features like crop rotate flip saturation brightness contrast and auto adjust but it also comes packed with…

How to control Ubuntu from the command line

How to control Ubuntu from the command line

Even a master at Linux desktop-fu can find using the command line difficult. But beyond the basic commands to navigate and manage your system there are like arcane spells special incantations that provide new functionality save you time or which are just plain interesting. Here’s a small selection of command-line gems with a focus on…