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Simplify for Gmail

Simplify for Gmail

Simplify was created by Michael Leggett, who used to be the lead designer for Gmail. It’s a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that rids Gmail of the colors, lines and other distracting clutter. It still lets you use images as backgrounds as well as use a dark theme.

How Facebook Gets Manipulated

How Facebook Gets Manipulated

“Anytime you combine 2 billion people in one location, people are gonna exploit that for money, power and influence.” After looking into how YouTube and Twitter are abused, SmarterEveryDay looks at the worst spot of manipulation online: Facebook.

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Jumbo for iOS

Jumbo for iOS

Jumbo is a privacy app that makes it easy to access your social media account’s deletion or security settings. Right now, it lets you delete old tweets and your Google search history, as well as set your Facebook privacy settings. It will soon work with Instagram and Tinder.

How Twitter Gets Manipulated

How Twitter Gets Manipulated

After looking at how evildoers mess with YouTube, Destin of Smarter Every Day takes a look at Twitter and its never-ending battle against bots. He spoke with security experts at Twitter and NATO to find out how these bots work, and why they are there.

How YouTube Gets Manipulated

How YouTube Gets Manipulated

“The Internet is fake.” Destin of Smarter Every Day got duped into watching an automatically generated video on YouTube about sensationalist politics. So he researched how it was happening and came up with this defense: stop hating and be more considerate.

How the Internet Changed Storytelling

How the Internet Changed Storytelling

…more specifically, non-fiction content, and to an extent, documentaries and news. Now You See It looks at how vlogs, podcasts and commentary channels thrive online thanks to being “authentic”, conversational, participatory and lengthy.

Gryphon: Ultimate Secure Router

Gryphon: Ultimate Secure Router
$210  Buy Comment

This router packs intelligent intrusion detection tech to notify you if and when any of your web-connected devices start acting suspicious, and automatically can block types of sites based on your content preferences. Save an extra 15% with code BOO15 at checkout (thru 10/31/18).

How to Find Anything on the Internet

How to Find Anything on the Internet

It is the distant future. The year 2000. Lazy Game Reviews looks at How to Find Anything on the Internet, a CD-ROM guide from 2000 that’s packed with videos on navigating the Web and the browsers of the time. Prepare to chuckle and dive in.

Tern Global Wi-Fi Hotspot

Tern Global Wi-Fi Hotspot
~$108+  Pledge Comment

Instead of a monthly subscription or data packages, Tern is a global wireless hotspot that lets you compare and select plans from the local providers at your destination via its mobile app. It even gives you a local phone number to make and receive calls.

2000’s Internet Trivia

2000’s Internet Trivia

Mental Floss shares a handful of interesting stories and trivia about the Internet during the early 2000’s. Watch and find out about an unlucky music pirate, a brief history of Neopets, why Livejournal is still alive and more.

Skyroam Solis Global Hotspot

Skyroam Solis Global Hotspot
$150+  Buy Link Comment

Skyroam’s 4G LTE hotspot works in over 120 countries around the world. You can buy or rent the device itself, then purchase unlimited data for $9 per day. Up to 5 devices can connect to it at once. It lasts up to 16h per charge, and doubles as a powerbank.

Turris MOX Modular Router

Turris MOX Modular Router

CZNIC’s Turris Mox is a router that you can enhance or optimize at will. The basic unit has dual-band Wi-Fi, Gigabit WAN, USB 3.0, and microSD ports. The other modules add Ethernet LAN ports, a backup LTE modem, fiber and more. You can also get just the circuit boards.

How Dark Patterns Trick You

How Dark Patterns Trick You

Nerdwriter reminds us to be vigilant and read text before clicking links when we’re browsing online or playing games. He points us to “dark” patterns – bad user experiences that are designed to manipulate an outcome. For more, there’s a helpful awareness website.

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Tenda Nova Home Wi-Fi System

Tenda Nova Home Wi-Fi System
$200  Buy Link Comment

The Tenda Nova MW6 is an affordable set of three routers that can each act as a Wi-Fi access point. Install them apart to ensure you get a strong signal in all areas of your home. One set can cover 6,000 sq ft, and you can connect more units for larger areas.

25 Facts about Wi-Fi

25 Facts about Wi-Fi

Did you know that “Wi-Fi” doesn’t stand for anything and is actually a trademarked term? Or that using your microwave could slow down wireless Internet connections? All that and more in Nat & Friends’ trivia video about our beloved technology.

Deal: Windscribe VPN

Deal: Windscribe VPN
$59  Buy Comment

Protect your data and privacy with Windscribe VPN. This proxy and encryption service not only anonymizes your internet communications, but lets you view geographically-restricted content. Get a lifetime subscription for just $59 in The Awesomer Shop.

LWT: Net Neutrality II

LWT: Net Neutrality II

(PG-13: Language) Here we go again. The FCC wants less regulation of US internet service providers, even though it’s long been proven that given the chance, ISPs will create unfair situations for their competitors and customers. Speak your mind, America.

The Moderators

The Moderators

(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.

Plume Wi-Fi Routers

Plume Wi-Fi Routers
$179/3pcs  Buy Link Comment

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.

Our Attention Spans are F**ked

Our Attention Spans are F**ked

(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.

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Nighthawk M1 Mobile Router

Nighthawk M1 Mobile Router

The Netgear Nighthawk M1 is the world’s first LTE router that delivers up to 1Gbps downloads and 150Mbps uploads. Its battery lasts up to 24h per charge. It has an Ethernet port, dual-band Wi-Fi and a USB-C port. It will debut on Australian telecom Telstra for ~$270.

A Journey to the Bottom of the Internet

A Journey to the Bottom of the Internet

Google employees Nat and Lo spoke with their colleagues and visited a ship that lays new Internet cables to give us a comprehensive yet still digestible explanation of how these critical communication links are made and deployed. More here.

The Cost of “Free” Websites

The Cost of “Free” Websites

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.

Gryphon Router

Gryphon Router
$149+  Pledge Comment

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.

GeeFi Wi-Fi Hotspot

GeeFi Wi-Fi Hotspot
$120+  Pledge Comment

GeeFi is a wireless hotspot that should save you from data plans and roaming fees. It supposedly works with cellular networks in over 100 countries, with more on the way. A $10 pass gets you 24 hours of unlimited data (video streaming might be throttled in the future).

The 404 Song

The 404 Song

So you’ve just encountered the dreaded “Page Not Found (404)” error. You could give up, or you can heed the advice given in Tim Ireland’s educational song, from The Cautionary Campfire Songbook. Full lyrics here.

Portal Wi-Fi Router

Portal Wi-Fi Router
$159+  Pledge Link Comment

Portal promises more stable Internet connections by using channels that are normally reserved for radar and other sensitive purposes. It’s not a new approach, but Portal is supposedly the only router that can dynamically switch channels to avoid interference.

TripMode

TripMode

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.

Facts about the Internet

Facts about the Internet

Did you know that Wi-Fi wasn’t originally an acronym but a pun on Hi-Fi? How about the fact that most Americans who are online are browsing Facebook? Or that it’s faster to say World Wide Web than WWW? All those and more in this Mental Floss episode.

Alcatel OneTouch 4G Car WiFi

Alcatel OneTouch 4G Car WiFi

Portable Wi-Fi hotspots have short battery lives. Alcatel OneTouch solves that problem for car-bound travelers with the 4G Car WiFi. It plugs into the cigarette lighter port and uses a Micro SIM to provide Wi-Fi to up to 15 users via 3G/LTE.

Do Not Track

Do Not Track

Brett Gaylor’s Do Not Track is an interactive educational web series about how companies monitor and store your online behavior and data without your awareness, and how it affects you and other people online.

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