Frederic Lardinois founded SiliconFilter in 2011. Before starting this site, he wrote about 1,500 articles for ReadWriteWeb. His areas of interest are consumer web and mobile apps, as well as Internet-connected devices like cars, smart sensors and toasters.
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Just when you thought Net neutrality was going to be the law of the land soon, Washington politics intervene. Now it looks as if the highly charged political atmosphere in Washington could put the enforcement of the FCC's proposed Net neutrality rules on hold or even kill the altogether.
Over the last few weeks, rumors about the possibility of a smaller iPhone model continued to make their rounds in the tech world. According to a new report in the New York Times, however, Apple is "not currently developing a smaller iPhone." Instead, the New York Times' Miguel Helft and Nick Bilton report, Apple's engineers are putting the final touches on the next version of the iPhone.
Starting today, Google will integrate Social Search deeper into its main search results and will highlight whenever your friends shared this link on Twitter or Buzz. Even more importantly, Google will use these signals from your friends to personalize your search results if appropriate. If your friend shared a story about Google's new Social Search feature on Google Reader, for example, this link will climb up in Google's search results.
Even though some argue that Internet Explorer 9 is about two years late, there is clearly still a lot of interest in Microsoft's newest browser. Since its launch on February 10, the release candidate of IE9 has been downloaded 2 million times. This number only includes user-initiated downloads, as Microsoft has not pushed automatic updates to current IE9 beta users.
Google just announced its new content payment system One Pass that gives publishers a very flexible and affordable option for charge their readers for access to their content. With One Pass, publishers can charge readers on the Web and in mobile apps for subscriptions, metered access, day passes, single articles and "freemium" conten
On January 19th, Starbucks launched its virtual Starbucks Card mobile payment app for the iPhone and select BlackBerry devices nationwide after running a number of tests in a few select markets last year. Today the company announced that it has already processed more than 1 million transactions since the
After a lot of confusion earlier this year, Apple today finally clarified its rules for in-app subscriptions for magazines, newspapers, video and music. The rules are very straightforward: Publishers can continue to sell digital subscriptions on their own websites and give free access to existing subscribers. Apple will not take a cut from these transactions. Publishers who offer out-of-app subscriptions, though, also have to offer in-app subscriptions and the price has to be the same or lower than for subscriptions processed outside of the app. Apple will take a 30% cut from these in-app transactions.
After World War II, the United States launched the Voice of America broadcasting service to get its message to the citizens of America's friends and foes. Now, after social media played such pivotal roles in the successful revolution in Egypt and the earlier uprisings in Iran and Tunesia, the U.S. State Department has begun sending Twitter messages in Farsi to Iranians from an account called USAdarFarsi.
Skype just announced its mobile partner program for operators at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This program aims to bring the company's services to markets with "low 3G broadband penetration." Skype aims to introduce a new client for feature phones and smartphones that can utilize bandwidth more efficiently and will have "minimal impact on battery life and data usage.
Valentine's day - everybody's favorite Hallmark holiday - is just around the corner and as every year, you ignore it at your own peril. The good folks over at Microsoft put a little infographic together that looks at the current state of work email as a conduit for office romance.
Have you this kind of comment lately: "Wow, Thats kinda crazy when you think about it dude" or "Wow, this really does make a lot of sense dude. Wow." Usually it is followed by a link to a site like www.net-privacy.at.tc, www.anonymize.edu.tc or www.anon-tools.tk. You're not alone. Virtually every high-profile site on the Internet that features comments is currently full of messages like these. Of course, comment spam is nothing new, but these guys are not only targeting high-profile sites - their comments actually make it onto these sites with alarming regularity and most are never removed by the site owners.
Today Microsoft launched two major new feature for Bing, its increasingly popular search engine. Bing can now show local search results based on your current location and personalize results based on your previous searches and clicks.
Google just announced that it is rolling out its 2-step authentication program to all of its users over the next few days. Until now, this enhanced security feature was only available to Google Apps users. I've been using Google's 2-step authentication process on a standard Google Account for the last few months already. While it does indeed represent a major step forward in ensuring the safety of your account, it can also be a bit of a hassle.
Remember Boutiques.com, Google's shopping site for fashion goods that launched in November 2010? Unless you are a regular Vogue reader and can't wait for the New York Fashion Week to begin, chances are you don't, but the site is doing quite well and Google just launched a number of new features for Boutiques.com. Most interestingly, Google is brining some of its core competencies to the site by introducing two Google's Analytics-like features called Designer Analytics for its partners and Trend Analytics for the rest of us.
The Daily, News Coprp.'s much hyped and buggy iPad-only newspaper just got a much-needed update. Even though the launch of The Daily was delayed by months, the first version of the app quickly turned out to be extremely buggy (I couldn't even start it for the last few days) and quite a disaster when it came to usability. Today's update does little to fix any of the usability problems, but at least the app loads again.