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How to add ALT text to images in a Tweet | Addictive Tips

ALT text is an HTML element that is added to images. The text describes the image and was generally useful for search engines however, its usage has evolved since then. Alt text can be used to help people who are unable to view an image understand what it is. Accessibility features on an OS and within apps read the text out loud and describe the photo that is shared.
#technology #tech #internet #Twitter
How to add ALT text to images in a Tweet
 
Jetzt sind Deutschland und Europa in der Verantwortung
https://netzpolitik.org/2020/jetzt-sind-deutschland-und-europa-in-der-verantwortung/
#News #Europa #Deutschland #Germany #Politik #Privatsphäre #Anonymität #Internet #PC #Computer #Handy #TV #Tor #Ende-zu-Ende-Verschlüsselung #WireGuard #Signal #Software #OpenSource
Jetzt sind Deutschland und Europa in der Verantwortung
 
Jetzt sind Deutschland und Europa in der Verantwortung
https://netzpolitik.org/2020/jetzt-sind-deutschland-und-europa-in-der-verantwortung/
#News #Europa #Deutschland #Germany #Politik #Privatsphäre #Anonymität #Internet #PC #Computer #Handy #TV #Tor #Ende-zu-Ende-Verschlüsselung #WireGuard #Signal #Software #OpenSource
Jetzt sind Deutschland und Europa in der Verantwortung
 

‘Largest Distributed Peer-To-Peer Grid’ On The Planet Laying Foundation For A Decentralized Internet | Forbes

A project to decentralize the internet that you’ve never heard of has more capacity than all other blockchain projects put together: 5-10X more, according to its founder.
The project is called ThreeFold, and it’s not your typical blockchain startup.
Just one reason? They don’t talk much.
That seems almost heretical for blockchain projects, which typically talk more than they code, but this isn’t your typical pump-and-dump crypto play. Instead, it’s a long-term project to rewire the internet in the image of its first incarnation: decentralized, unowned, accessible, free.
#technology #tech #internet
 

Twitter adds ability to record audio in tweets | Axios

Twitter is already the go-to platform for breaking news in the U.S. and often around the world. Voice Tweets will add a new dimension to breaking news for the site, as users can record what's happening around them or record their thoughts and reflections immediately and post them as events unfold.
#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Twitter
 

Twitter finally lets you schedule tweets | iMore

Twitter now lets you schedule tweets on the web.
The service started testing out scheduling for a select group of users earlier this year.
Twitter's web-app has also been updated to include saving of drafted tweets and draft syncing to other instances of the web-app.
#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Twitter
 

Pulling apart a £339 anti-5G USB stick | BBC News

A device costing more than £300 promises to protect your family from the supposed dangers of 5G, using ground-breaking quantum technology - but does it work? Of course not.
Seems there are hundreds born every minute.

#technology #tech #internet #mobile #5G #scam #huckster #ConfidenceTrick
 
From the annals of Sensible things that will never come to pass:

'Just Let the Patriot Act Die You Cowards': House Lawmakers Urged to Vote Down Flawed Domestic Spy Bill


"It would be unconscionable for the Democratic House to pass any PATRIOT Act reauthorization without critical privacy reforms."

[The problem is that the "Patriot" Act is a fascist's wet dream. It was their foot in the door. Asking them to give it up would be... an act of optimism. Their goal is to expand the civil violations, not repeal them.]

Progressive privacy advocates and civil libertarians on Wednesday called on constituents to urgently call their representative in the U.S. House and demand they vote against a surveillance bill that would allow the Justice Department and FBI to spy on the internet browser histories of people living in the United States—including citizens and undocumented immigrants.

... "It would be unconscionable for the Democratic House to pass any PATRIOT Act reauthorization without critical privacy reforms that would pass the Senate," said Vitka. "It is on Congress, and in particular House Democrats, to protect people from [Attorney General] Bill Barr's FBI."

#PatriotAct #Internet #Privacy
 
From the annals of Sensible things that will never come to pass:

'Just Let the Patriot Act Die You Cowards': House Lawmakers Urged to Vote Down Flawed Domestic Spy Bill


"It would be unconscionable for the Democratic House to pass any PATRIOT Act reauthorization without critical privacy reforms."

[The problem is that the "Patriot" Act is a fascist's wet dream. It was their foot in the door. Asking them to give it up would be... an act of optimism. Their goal is to expand the civil violations, not repeal them.]

Progressive privacy advocates and civil libertarians on Wednesday called on constituents to urgently call their representative in the U.S. House and demand they vote against a surveillance bill that would allow the Justice Department and FBI to spy on the internet browser histories of people living in the United States—including citizens and undocumented immigrants.

... "It would be unconscionable for the Democratic House to pass any PATRIOT Act reauthorization without critical privacy reforms that would pass the Senate," said Vitka. "It is on Congress, and in particular House Democrats, to protect people from [Attorney General] Bill Barr's FBI."

#PatriotAct #Internet #Privacy
 

Huawei claims breakthrough in 5G antenna technology - here's what it brings | TechRadar

Chinese multinational company Huawei has claimed a breakthrough in the 5G antenna technology that brings reduced radiation and power utilisation besides better quality integration between the base station and the antenna.
Might help prevent idiots setting fire to them, too. But the announcement comes just as the UK government says it wants to drop Huawei.

#technology #tech #mobile #communications #5G #internet
 

How to Enable and Use Gmail Offline } Make Tech Easier

Gmail is the go-to email app for pretty much everyone. The very word is often used interchangeably with “email,” and no one bats an eyelid. It’s a feature-packed email client. With a little tweak, you can even use Gmail offline, browsing existing emails and composing emails so they automatically send when you’re back online.
One of the most frustrating things about using server-based (IMAP) mail is if you want to use a mail client that doesn't provide offline folders. If your main email provider is Gmail, you can have all your folders offline.

#technology #tech #internet #email #Gmail
How to Enable and Use Gmail Offline
 

Twitter Now Testing Setting for Limiting Who Can Reply to Tweets | MacRumors

Twitter today announced that it has started testing new conversation settings that were first outlined earlier this year at CES.
A "Conversation Participants" option in the window where a tweet is composed will allow users to select who can reply to a tweet. Options include everyone, people you follow, and only people you mention.
#technology #tech #internet #messaging #Twitter
 

What does it mean to be a ‘Karen’? Karens explain | Life and style | The Guardian

As the meme has become more prominent online, its meaning has become confused – with real-life Karens caught in the crosshairs
#internet #meme #karen
 

UK mobile users want refunds for unused data in lockdown | TechRadar

Lockdown measures in the UK have caused a reduction in mobile data consumption that has left customers with a combined 165 million GB in unused allowances, according to research from uSwitch.
Are you in this position? Are you thinking of asking for a refund?

#technology #tech #mobile #smartphone #internet
 

Free cloud storage: Which providers offer the most space | Android Authority

There are plenty of free cloud storage providers available, although not all of them are the same. They differ from one another in terms of features and the free space they offer. In this post, we take a look at the 10 best free cloud providers that offer the most storage. But keep in mind that this list only contains reputable and well-known companies we’re willing to recommend.
#technology #tech #internet #cloud
Free cloud storage: Which providers offer the most space
 

Reddit pulls back chat rooms after angering moderators | Engadget

Just one day after launching a new chat room feature, Reddit has reversed course and pulled it entirely following an outcry from the site’s moderators.
The company yanked “Start Chatting,” which aimed to create small, randomized chat rooms within the site’s subreddits, on Thursday, Reddit confirmed in a statement. The company said the move was in response to negative feedback from its users and moderators.
#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Reddit #chat
 

Delete this VPN now, millions of users warned | TechRadar

Google has removed a popular Android VPN from the Play Store after vulnerabilities were discovered in the service that could allow hackers to redirect users to malicious servers.
SuperVPN - the offending service - has more than 100 million installs and featured among the top five VPN search results in Google’s app store before it was withdrawn.
#technology #tech #Google #Android #internet #vpn
 

This WhatsApp hack puts your friends, family at risk | Android Authority

WhatsApp is one of the best messaging services you can use. It’s been around for more than 10 years, and people all around the world use it every day. Unfortunately, WhatsApp’s popularity makes it a prime target for attackers. That’s exactly what’s happening right now as a current WhatsApp hack is putting users’ accounts at risk.
#internet #messaging #WhatsApp #privacy #security #hacking
A current WhatsApp hack could put your friends and family at risk
 

[UK]Broadband providers to lift data caps during Covid-19 lockdown | World news | The Guardian

All data allowance caps on current fixed broadband services will be removed in a deal struck by the government and telecommunications companies to help vulnerable people stay connected through the pandemic.
It is among a range of immediately effective measures agreed by major internet service and mobile providers including BT/EE, Openreach, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, Three, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, and KCOM.
#UK #internet #broadband
 

'Kind Words' is the rare social network where everyone is nice | Engadget

The older I get, the less energy I have for social media. Twitter is too busy, Facebook is too stupid and dating apps are just... ugh. But I still have that need to connect with people in some way, something I can approach at my own pace and not feel any kind of obligation. Last year came Popcannibal's Kind Words, a non-game game that lets you reach out, but expects nothing from you in return except good vibes.
Time to put aside any cynicism, snark, or flippancy with this one. It seems ideal for children over ten and up to mid-teenage years, but some adults might find it a peaceful haven while socially isolating.

#internet #SocialMedia #feelgood
 

How to Spring Clean Your Online Accounts Now That You're Stuck at Home | Gizmodo

Being isolated at home means you have more time to set up your Animal Crossing island and binge on Disney Plus, but it’s also a good opportunity to accomplish some of the digital chores you’ve been putting off. Your online safety, device security, and peace of mind could depend on it.
All good advice, except that they say "Catch up on your email"! Hahahahahaha!

#SocialIsolation #internet
 

Coronavirus outbreak causes YouTube to cut video streaming default to 480p | Android Authority

Out of concern for keeping the rising internet traffic clear of congestion during the coronavirus outbreak, Google is making some changes to YouTube. Starting today, the video streaming service will cut the streaming quality default down to standard definition (480p) resolution for at least a month.
I just checked, here in the UK, and YouTube still defaults to 1080p for me, though I expect this will change. I just lowered it to 720p to help out. If the video quality isn't important, I'll lower it to 480p.

#internet #video #StreamingVideo #YouTube
Coronavirus outbreak causes YouTube to cut video streaming default to 480p
 

How to import and export bookmarks between Safari, Firefox and Chrome | iDB

While bookmarks can certainly be ever-changing, that initial setup with the ones you need is a good start. This tutorial shows you how to import and export bookmarks between Safari, Firefox, and Chrome to get you set up quickly.
#computing #internet #web #browser #Safari #Firefox #Chrome
How to import and export bookmarks between Safari, Firefox and Chrome
 

Is Argos still open after the coronavirus lockdown - and can you order home delivery? | TechRadar


UK people:
Argos online offers a vast selection of goods - and it claims to still be providing fast delivery too. So while you can't currently stroll down to your nearest Argos for a browse, you can still grab yourself an excellent Argos deal online and take advantage of the retailer's handy same-day delivery service.
#internet #OnlineShopping
 

BBC iPlayer gets a payload of classic TV boxsets as British viewers are stuck inside | TechRadar

Here's what you'll be able to marathon on iPlayer in the next few months:
#internet #entertainment #StreamingVideo #BBC
 

Free Streaming Services That Might Be What You're Looking For | Gizmodo

Many of us right now are spending more time at home than we normally do, hunkering down as we shelter-in-place or limit the amount of time we traditionally spend outside of our homes. And there’s a good chance we may be turning to our various streaming services to keep ourselves occupied—Nielsen estimates that staying inside can lead to a nearly 60 percent increase in the amount of content consumers watch. But if you’re like me, you may have already exhausted the good stuff worth watching on your regular go-to services.
#internet #entertainment #StreamingVideo
 

Scribd - Read books, audiobooks, and more | Scribd


Via Slashdot:
Reading subscription service Scribd is offering free access to its library of over one million ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and more for the next 30 days (no commitment or credit card information required).
#technology #tech #internet #entertainment
 

Tube 4G arrives on the Jubilee Line | TechRadar

Trials of 4G connectivity on the London Underground are now underway, with passengers on the Jubilee Line able to read emails, access social networks and watch videos on streaming services on their daily commute.
Oh, great! We can text each other about how we're not using the Jubilee Line at the moment...

#technology #tech #internet #4G
 

Brave deemed most private browser in terms of 'phoning home' | ZDNet

New academic research published last month looked at the phone-home features of six of today's most popular browsers and found that the Brave browser sent the smallest amount of data about its users back to the browser maker's servers.

The research, conducted by Douglas J. Leith, a professor at Trinity College at the University of Dublin, looked at Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Brave, Microsoft Edge (the new Chromium-based version), and the Yandex Browser.
#technology #tech #internet #web #browser #security #privacy
 

Google is trying to scare Microsoft Edge users into switching to Chrome | TechRadar

Could Google be worried about the new Edge browser stealing away Chrome users? It seems that way, with the company now displaying a warning to people using Microsoft’s new web browser when they access the Chrome web store.
#technology #tech #internet #web #browser #Google #Chrome #Microsoft #Edge
 

Twitter rolling out new 'Continue thread' option for connecting multiple tweets together | 9to5Mac

Twitter is rolling out a new feature that makes it easier to thread multiple tweets together. With this change, you can now link tweets together while you compose them.

The company announced the new feature this afternoon. When you’re composing a new tweet, you can now slide up to view your previous tweets, including your most recent post as well as older ones. Once you pick an older tweet, you’ll see a “Continue thread” button.
The way you do this seems more complicated than just @replying to your own previous tweet. And there will still be people who won't use it (naming no Piers Morgans). And it might take a while for third-party apps to decide whether to implement it.

#technology #tech #internet #Twitter
Twitter rolling out new ‘Continue thread’ option for connecting multiple tweets together
 
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Your Data is Your Business. Tell #Google & #IAB to Mind Theirs

Petition


You go online. An advertisement appears for the exact coffee machine you looked up last week. Is it a trick? Nope.

When you are online, your personal information, like your:
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Location
  • Information derived from your browsing history (yes, the naughty stuff, but also health queries and voting preferences)
... is collected and broadcast to tens of thousands of companies in the online advertising industry.

Based on your data, companies size you up and decide in milliseconds if you’re a potential customer. If you are, they bid for the right to show you an ad. For coffee machines – or whatever else they believe would interest you.

This is not right. It is not legal.


You have the right to feel safe when looking up medical information, choosing a school for your child, or seeking support to come out to your family without this being broadcast to strangers.

Petition:
https://www.liberties.eu/en/campaigns/ad-tech-2-petition--your-data-is-your-business/319

#privacy #surveillance #spying #mobile #phones #cellular #Internet #browsing #advertising #capitalism #CorporateGreed #security #private
 
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Your Data is Your Business. Tell #Google & #IAB to Mind Theirs

Petition


You go online. An advertisement appears for the exact coffee machine you looked up last week. Is it a trick? Nope.

When you are online, your personal information, like your:
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Location
  • Information derived from your browsing history (yes, the naughty stuff, but also health queries and voting preferences)
... is collected and broadcast to tens of thousands of companies in the online advertising industry.

Based on your data, companies size you up and decide in milliseconds if you’re a potential customer. If you are, they bid for the right to show you an ad. For coffee machines – or whatever else they believe would interest you.

This is not right. It is not legal.


You have the right to feel safe when looking up medical information, choosing a school for your child, or seeking support to come out to your family without this being broadcast to strangers.

Petition:
https://www.liberties.eu/en/campaigns/ad-tech-2-petition--your-data-is-your-business/319

#privacy #surveillance #spying #mobile #phones #cellular #Internet #browsing #advertising #capitalism #CorporateGreed #security #private
 

MIT's 'smart surface' could improve your WiFi signal tenfold | Engadget

MIT CSAIL researchers [have]developed an RFocus "smart surface" that "can work both as a mirror or a lens" to focus radio signals onto the right devices on either side of the "fence." In return, this improves the median signal strength by nearly 10 times, while doubling the median channel capacity in an office environment.
#technology #tech #Internet #WiFi #MIT
 

How to Install Google Chrome Extensions in Microsoft Edge | Make Tech Easier

A new Microsoft Edge is attempting to dethrone Google by attacking from the inside. Claiming better performance across the board, Microsoft is combining the best of two worlds. One of the biggest advantages of Edge is the ability to run Google Chrome extensions. In other words, Microsoft Edge users can get all of the advantages of Chrome without actually using Chrome. Sound good? Here’s how to run those Chrome extensions.
Not only is Edge fast, but also Microsoft isn't in the business of selling adverts. Two good reasons for using it?

#technology #tech #internet #web #browser #Edge
 

What You Need to Know About 10G | Make Tech Easier

If you’ve been following tech news, you’ve almost certainly heard of 5G, the next generation of wireless technology for cellular networks, but you may not know about 10G broadband, advertised at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
#technology #tech #internet #broadband #CableInternet
 

Microsoft is replacing Edge with its new Chromium browser next week | Input

Microsoft is replacing its Edge browser with the updated, Chromium-based version on January 15. Windows 10 users will be automatically transitioned over.

We already knew this was coming because Microsoft announced the new Edge’s launch date last month, but it wasn’t clear that users would be pushed to the new version. Thankfully it will look mostly the same as the existing Edge browser, with all the same proprietary Microsoft features, except for a slightly more Chrome-esque look.
I think this means that Firefox is now the only Windows browser that's not based on Chrome or Chromium.

#technology #tech #Microsoft #Windows #internet #web #browser #Chrome #Chromium #Edge
 

Reddit bans impersonation on its platform | The Verge

Today, Reddit updated its policies about impersonation to no longer allow impersonation of an individual or entity in a misleading or deceptive manner. That means the new policies won’t just affect things like misleadingly altered videos (like deepfakes), but could implicate simple lies made by people impersonating others online.
The good news is that Reddit can no longer keep pretending to be Reddit, and has to go back to being Google+ 😉

#technology #tech #internet #forums #SocialMedia #Reddit
 

Twitter will finally let you control who can reply to your tweets | TechRadar

At CES 2020, Twitter has revealed that it's introducing a feature that will allow you to control who can reply to your tweets.

Mashable's Karissa Bell tweeted from an event held by the company that this new feature will finally allow users to control who replies to their tweets by granting them the ability to limit replies to specific users, for example, followers or those mentioned in the tweet.

Don't want any replies at all? Apparently that option will be also be made available.
#technology #tech #Internet #SocialMedia #Twitter #WhatTookYouSoLong
 

You should update Firefox now to patch a serious security flaw – here's how | TechRadar

Mozilla has released an urgent Firefox update after discovering a serious security vulnerability that could allow attackers to take control of users' computers.

The problem affects desktop versions of the browser, including Firefox ESR, which is intended for use by system administrators who control desktop environments in schools, offices, governments and other organizations.
Just run the browser and it should update. Go to Help, About Firefox on Windows and Linux, or Firefox, About Firefox on Mac to check which version you have. You might need to click an Update Firefox button there.

#technology #tech #internet #web #browser #Firefox #security #privacy #exploit
 

Twitter will finally let you control who can reply to your tweets | TechRadar

At CES 2020, Twitter has revealed that it's introducing a feature that will allow you to control who can reply to your tweets.

Mashable's Karissa Bell tweeted from an event held by the company that this new feature will finally allow users to control who replies to their tweets by granting them the ability to limit replies to specific users, for example, followers or those mentioned in the tweet.

Don't want any replies at all? Apparently that option will be also be made available.
#technology #tech #Internet #SocialMedia #Twitter #WhatTookYouSoLong
 

Google Chrome to hide notification spam starting February 2020 | ZDNet

Following in Mozilla's footsteps, Google announced today plans to hide notification popup prompts inside Chrome starting next month, February 2020.

According to a blog post published today, Google plans to roll out a "quieter notification permission UI that reduces the interruptiveness of notification permission requests."

The change is scheduled for Google Chrome 80, scheduled for release on February 4, next month.
#technology #tech #Internet #browser #Google #Chrome
 
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New #Firefox version 72 loses HPKP support.


But there is nothing mentioning it in official release notes. Everyone seems to be talking about much needed PiP video functions. However there is announcement on Firefox Site Compatibility and the function is indeed disabled after upgrade.

Non-techy explanation: Most sites use encryption (that padlock in the address bar). Encryption not only protects your data from eavesdroppers but also ensures you are indeed connected to the site you see in the address bar and not some counterfeit copy run by hackers. However there are ways to fool this identity verification if hackers have access to certificate authorities. This can be done by legal means (governments), administrative (your employeer might do this on their network) or illegally (leaks, hacks, CA bugs, etc) - but it is not uncommon. HPKP allows website owners to configure their websites in a way that these hijacking attempts fail. Only small percentage of websites uses HPKP but it does work and I see nothing wrong with it being enabled as option for more security-oriented resources.
Is this change disastrous and will we all die? No. Does it weaken security and makes us more vulnerable? Yes, it does,

Note that Firefox was the last to drop this functionality (Chrome did it almost one year ago) but the entire trend is sad. This feature was optional and transparent for users. If it worked it made you more secure with no extra effort. If it didn't there was zero overhead. With two major browses disabling it it is safe to say it is gone.

Personally my opinion is that this was done to improve compatibility with various traffic inspection systems. Basically it opens venues for big players to get into our traffic. But we trust these guys, right?

...
Thanks to @Max Kostikov for heads up.

#privacy #internet #security #firefox #chrome #freedom
 
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