Samsung J2 Pro is the smartphone for those who don't want internet connectivity

When you think about all of the things you can do with your smartphone, naturally you grasp the importance of internet connectivity. Without this connection, you wouldn’t be able to use the browser on your phone, or open up most apps. But believe it or not, there are some consumers (a rather small subset) who want a smartphone, but without the ability to be connected. This leaves the device offering a limited number of capabilities, especially for a phone using the word “Pro” in its name.

The Samsung J2 Pro comes with a 5-inch display carrying a 540 x 960 resolution (qHD, not to be confused …

Apple CEO Tim Cook is creeped out by ads that follow him around the internet

Late last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook commented on the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. When asked what he would do if he were Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Cook replied, “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” He later stated, “We could make a ton of money if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.” Zuckerberg hit back calling the Apple executive’s comments “extremely glib.”

On Friday, Cook was interviewed on MSNBC and said that online ads that follow users around the internet are creepy. He said, “To me it’s creepy when I look at something and all of a …

A treasure trove of handheld video games from the '80s added to the Internet Archive


Tiger Electronics. Coleco. Konami. Bandai.

These are all familiar publishers for gamers from the ’80s. Back in the days when Nintendo’s biggest competitor in the living room was Atari, the handheld market was dominated by battery-operated LCD games.

Now, many of those games live on, thanks to the Internet Archive.

The digital library’s ongoing efforts to preserve old games and software — a process that began around four years ago — have now given us the Handheld History Collection. The lineup of games, tabletop machines, and board games covers products released over a big stretch of time, from the 1970s into the 1990s. Read more…

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Samsung Internet Browser is now faster than ever, and protects you from malware

Samsung this week updated its Internet Browser for Android (pictured on the left), making it faster and better than ever. 
The latest version of Samsung Internet Browser (v. 7.2) uses an upgraded engine – Chromium M59 – thus offering a speedier browsing experience and enhanced graphics in online gaming.  
The new Internet Browser from Samsung features protected browsing (alerting users when visiting sites that try to steal information or install malware), and various interface improvements (including an “Add to home screen” icon …

The internet is having a field day with Paul Ryan's oblivious #GOPTaxScam tweet


Paul Ryan is boasting on Twitter about all the good the G.O.P. tax plan will do. In related news, the House Majority Leader might not understand how money works for most people.

Ryan, tweeting from his personal account, earned himself a good, old-fashioned public shaming on Saturday after he tried to hype the recently passed tax bill. The extra $1.50 in one “pleasantly surprised” Pennsylvania woman’s weekly paycheck is enough to cover an annual Costco membership, he wrote.

The tweet was so astoundingly dumb that Ryan actually deleted it while we were in the process of writing about it. But let his original intent sink in for a minute. This was Ryan’s idea of a positive outcome for the new tax plan. Read more…

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AT&T's CEO says the company is committed to an open internet following FCC repeal of net neutrality

Last month, the Trump FCC repealed net neutrality. Why? Well, the president seems to favor big business and what could help the carriers/ISPs more than giving them the ability to charge more for certain online content. Or it just could be Trump’s obsession with reversing every regulation put in place by his predecessor, Barack Obama. It was the Obama FCC that put net neutrality in place.

While the Senate is just one vote away from passing a resolution to restore net neutrality, the Congressional Review Act gives the Senate only 60 days to vote on reversing a decision made by an independent …

John Mayer served up the #KyloRenChallenge and the internet took him up on it


Of all the OMG moments in The Last Jedi, the most memeworthy has to be Kylo Ren’s beefcake moment. 

And the internet being what it is, it wasn’t about to let such a golden opportunity slip by. 

John Mayer, apparently deciding that Kylo Ren’s body was a wonderland that he had to try and recreate at home, has taken it upon himself to spearhead the #KyloRenChallenge. 

Just like his hero, he took off his shirt and put on a pair of extremely high-waisted black pants. Then he shared the results on Instagram. Read more…

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AT&T begins testing intriguing new way of bringing high-speed internet to US and global users

AT&T has announced the launch of two field trials of its AirGig technology. AirGig is a system that can deliver low-cost, multi-gigabit wireless internet speeds using power lines. 

The telecom says that this new approach is much faster and economical than constructing new cell towers or burying fiber-optic cables in the ground, as AirGig works with low-cost plastic antennas and devices that can be installed on a power line by trained operators in just a few minutes. 
Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs …

Trump's 'Time' tweet got better with every internet spoof


It’s Thanksgiving week, and you know what that means: Time for Donald Trump’s annual tiff with Time magazine and it’s “Person of the Year” issue. 

Trump won the honor last year, which should have silenced his irritation forthwith. But because he’s Donald Trump, he will not be satisfied unless he is the center of all attention always. 

Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017 Read more…

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