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
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.#technology #tech #internet
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.
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 now lets you schedule tweets on the web.#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Twitter
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twitter today announced that it has started testing new conversation settings that were first outlined earlier this year at CES.#technology #tech #internet #messaging #Twitter
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.
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?
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
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.#technology #tech #internet #SocialMedia #Reddit #chat
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.
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.#technology #tech #Google #Android #internet #vpn
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.
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
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.#UK #internet #broadband
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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...
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.#technology #tech #internet #web #browser #security #privacy
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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
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?
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 its Edge browser with the updated, Chromium-based version on January 15. Windows 10 users will be automatically transitioned over.I think this means that Firefox is now the only Windows browser that's not based on Chrome or Chromium.
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.
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+ 😉
Mozilla has released an urgent Firefox update after discovering a serious security vulnerability that could allow attackers to take control of users' computers.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.
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.
At CES 2020, Twitter has revealed that it's introducing a feature that will allow you to control who can reply to your tweets.#technology #tech #Internet #SocialMedia #Twitter #WhatTookYouSoLong
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.
Following in Mozilla's footsteps, Google announced today plans to hide notification popup prompts inside Chrome starting next month, February 2020.#technology #tech #Internet #browser #Google #Chrome
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.