(PG-13) “Be mentally prepared for your job.” Ciaran Cassidy and Adrian Chen’s eye-opening short follows the training of newly hired online moderators. Every day, they are expected to view and rate tens of thousands of pictures from social media, dating sites and more.
A user-friendly Internet solution for large households. Plume consists of multiple small routers that plug into a socket in each room. These tiny routers learn and adapt to your usage, and let you manage connected devices through a dead simple app.
(PG-13: Language) exurb1a theorizes about at how our obsessive use of the Internet and smartphones has diminished our ability to pay attention, learn new things, and deal with problems in the real world, and provides some ideas for cutting back on our digital addictions.
Adam Ruins Everything digs a little deeper into the obvious – that free online services sell our data to advertisers. On one hand, targeted ads sustain the free stuff we enjoy (like this website). On the other hand, we don’t know just how much of our data is kept and by whom.
An internet router for parents looking for an easy way to manage their family’s online activity. Gryphon comes with an app that lets you see everyone’s browsing history, allow access to websites or turn off online access temporarily and more.
A desktop application that makes it easy to select which programs can connect to the Internet. Very useful when you’re using a mobile hotspot and other cellular connections. It also shows the total data consumed for that session. Available for Windows and OS X.
A mobile hotspot service for frequent travelers. For a flat monthly fee, Anqor will let you go online via the cellular networks in different countries, eliminating roaming fees and the need for multiple SIM cards or plans.
A web app that disguises any webpage to look like the New York Times’ website. It even has the title and image from an actual news article, plus a summary of the article so your cover won’t be blown if someone asks what you’re “reading.”
Martin Vargic and Jay Jason Simons are working on a funny but informative illustration that depicts the major players and websites on the Web as countries and continents. The poster also includes stats and other trivia.
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