Internet speeds climb 10 percent worldwide

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Internet access is getting quicker throughout the world, says cloud service provider Akamai. Releasing its “State of the Internet” report for third quarter of 2013 on Tuesday, Akamai pegged the average global connection speed at 3.6 megabits per second, a 10 percent increase from the second quarter and a 29 percent leap from the same… Read more »

Facebook earnings: The kids are alright

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More than 15 months after closing its landmark billion-dollar acquisition of Instagram, Facebook may be finally ready to trot out its most prized possession and silence critics who questioned the purchase. Wednesday, the social network will turn in its report card for the fourth quarter of 2013 and expectations are high. Analysts estimate adjusted earnings… Read more »

Apple wins ‘iPen’ patent for a smarter stylus

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Apple has won another patent related to a so-called “iPen” stylus that goes beyond simply drawing on a touch display. The US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday awarded Apple a patent dubbed “Stylus orientation detection,” which centers around the “orientation of a stylus relative to a contacting surface.” The patent, which was earlier discovered… Read more »

Safari support completes Adblock Plus five-browser sweep

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Adblock Plus, a browser plug-in that wipes what it deems to be more intrusive advertisements off the Web, has completed its sweep of the top browsers on personal computers with the release of a version for Safari. The Adblock Plus beta for Safari on OS X joins versions already available for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and… Read more »

6 awesome things you can do with your Gmail ID

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Everyone has a Google account, and most of us tend to use it only for emails. A few others might probably be active on Google+ and YouTube… perhaps, even use the Google Drive service. But did you know that this single ID could be put to other amazing uses? Ashutosh Desai tells you about… Turn… Read more »

Hackers taunt Skype: ‘Stop spying on people!’

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The publicity-minded Syrian Electronic Army on Wednesday targeted the public faces of Skype, posting antisurveillance messages to the video-chat service’s blog and to its Twitter and Facebook accounts. On Skype’s Twitter account, for instance, this message appeared: “Stop spying on people! via Syrian Electronic Army.” That tweet, noted quickly by The Next Web, was removed… Read more »

Sorry Neil Gaiman fans, he’s taking a Twitter break

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Author Neil Gaiman will temporarily bid adieu to his millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Google+ as he takes a break from social media to focus on his upcoming projects. “I’ll be taking about six months off,” Gaiman told The Guardian, “a sabbatical from social media so I can concentrate on my day… Read more »