The race to 5G has been up and down for the top-tier cell phone companies in the United States. We have seen a merger collapse, and we have seen what turned into a merger for Spirit and T-Mobile when they joined forces against Verizon and AT&T to be the first to 5G. But according to one of the “Big 3,” the race is over.
AT&T made an announcement saying that they have produced the first 5G signal in Waco, Texas. This could be our chance to move from our current world to the world that we have seen only in movies.
Why make a big deal out of this news that just came out of the blue?Well, if it is true, then you can expect to see a line of 5G phones sold by AT&T.
AT&T has also promised to launch 5G service to Waco and 30 other cities across the nation. Most of those cities are in the southern part of the United States.
AT&T has a current goal of 5G on the road while rival Verizon has focused on producing a 5G product for the home.
As a reminder about news like this—we should not expect to see 5G service starting tomorrow or next week. It is just like flying cars and drones delivering our packages; it could take until the next decade before we see results.
Question time: What is the reason why you have a smartphone? Most people would answer: “internet.” And while most of us need our phones, the internet can and will distract us from doing things which is why Samsung has found a solution.
Samsung’s Galaxy J2 Pro is the bare necessitites when it comes to a phone nowadays. This version of the Galaxy allows to call, text and to take photos with 8 megapixal rear camera and 5 megapixal front camera but the selling point of the phone is that the phone has no internet service at all (no WIFI or data).
The phone is only going to be sold in South Korea since students (high school seniors) down there, are getting ready for the toughest test of their lives called suneung, a test that will essentially determine the rest of their lives and that’s not a exaggeration. Unlike in America where there’s multiple factors that play into getting into college, South Korea students have had the idea of suneung being the deciding point of their lives.
The phone comes in only two colors, black and gold, and it will cost around 200,000 won, or around $190.
The best part about the phone is not the specs but the promotion that Samsung is running. Once students are done with the exhausting test, they can trade in the phone for a new Samsung Galaxy S or an A-series phone released after 2018 and have the cost of the J2 reimbursed.
The Galaxy J2 Pro will most likely never be released outside of South Korea since most countries don’t take testing as serious as South Korea does but nevertheless, this phone is unlike no other phone released today. It can take you to a time where phones were not used for internet but for only calling and texting
Oh, how the times have changed and they just keep changing
Most people hate to deal with adverts in their videos, especially on YouTube. Well, life isn’t getting any easier for those who get their music addiction from YouTube.
According to the Youtube’s global head of music, Lyor Cohen, YouTube is planning on adding more adverts on the site. Those adverts are mainly targeted at music videos and lyrics that people listen to for free. YouTube is launching a music streaming service by the end of the month and Cohen and YouTube’s goal is to “frustrate” people enough that they purchase one.
Cohen said in an interview, “You’re not going to be happy after you are jamming Stairway to Heaven and you are going to get an ad afterwards.”
It is thought that the ads will be targeting people who listen to music on YouTube for long periods of time.
Music production companies over the years have been upset at YouTube’s lack of effort when it came to allowing free music. Last year, YouTube and Universal Music Group signed a multi-year deal that will provide musicians in the label more flexibility and pay. YouTube is also strengthening their commitment to managing music rights.
YouTube also made a deal with Warner Music Group in 2016.
Cohen has stated that YouTube trying to “frustrate” their users is too candid. YouTube’s goal is to give users a great experience and that includes making sure their users don’t come across tons of adverts.
There are countless websites and apps that will let people say whatever they want without revealing themselves. They do this through the use of usernames (which can be almost anything) or by allowing the option for people to remain anonymous. It is a popular feature that many companies and/or websites use to encourage conversation and use of their product. After all, there are no real consequences of typing out a message; people are more open to talking and saying things they wouldn’t normally say if they know they can walk away without anyone ever realizing it’s them. But, that is part of the problem, isn’t it?
Conceptually, being anonymous online is a good idea; it makes for a much more relaxed and stress free environment. People can discuss things that might be unpopular, and having that feeling of freedom can make things easier. But when this idea is put into practice, and real life people get involved, it gets much messier and the worst in people tends to come out. Without the fear of punishment, what’s to stop a person from saying terrible things to anyone and everyone?
Let’s face it, the reality of the situation is that online, people can say things that are racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and xenophobic, which are just a few examples in a long list. It’s because people with those kinds of views have a mask and a wall to hide behind. They can go about their lives without anyone knowing that they have been spouting hate. If someone started shouting racist slurs in public, then there is a legitimate fear of retaliation, be it physical or legal. Many of these kinds of people are aware that what they are saying is offensive and derogatory. They say it with the intent to hurt and infuriate but they also know that doing so could get them into trouble. Which is why becoming an anonymous figure online is their tool of choice.
Anonymous online posting can be a good thing, but it is a dangerous two edged sword. It often seems to be hurting just as much as it is helping. At the end of the day, it poses an interesting question: how much online freedom is too much? On one hand, it’s rarely a good idea to give up freedom for the sake of security/policing, as that leads to tyranny. But give people too much freedom, and that leads to anarchy. Not to mention, you have to make sure all of these rules are enforced equally. It wouldn’t be right or fair to consistently accuse one group of doing the wrong thing while ignoring another group that is actually committing the action.
With the recent House bill that would allow Internet Service Providers (ISP) to sell anyone’s private browsing history, it is a good time to discuss people’s right to online privacy, as well as the serious breach of net neutrality. Originally, ISP had to obtain your permission to sell your online history to anyone, but soon they will be able to sell it to whoever they want to, whenever they want to. Which, frankly, is a massive invasion of privacy.
What you do online is private information, unless you choose to make it public. But until you make that choice, it is a private matter. However that boundary is about to be crossed and soon it’ll be open season for every internet user. The least of it is that individual targeted ad campaigns will become the norm. Companies will analyze the data and try their best to get you to buy their product, likely at a higher rate. While that is annoying, it is not the most serious issue. ISP will be able to track your every move online as soon as you make it. They can, essentially, stalk you online. With this kind of information and power at their fingertips, the internet will no longer be a neutral entity and instead become just another method of exploitation.
There is also the fact that ISP will be taking advantage of you and making money off you, and you won’t see a dime of it. Think about it – the product they will be selling is your internet browsing history, something they wouldn’t have if you did not go online. You make the product, and they sell it off to the highest bidder. All you get are more ads to inconvenience you. Even if we ignore the invasion of privacy that is occurring here, this still isn’t a fair deal. This bill allows ISP to sell your private information and make money off something you create. All the while, you get harassed by a large amount of ads, and they profit off of you.
Elise Andrew is the curator of the IFLS (I Fucking Love Science) Facebook page and website where a large portion of inspiration for the lovely content you find right here comes from. Later this year she will be teaming up with the Science Channel to bring you the best science videos the internet has to offer.
The collection will feature on TV through the SCI2 channel and concentrate on popular science. And, according to Andrew, she’s excited to have the opportunity to weed through a lot of junk science to provide a thoroughly proven assortment of real science. She hopes to get the name out for other bloggers and Internet do-gooders who simply really fucking love science and want to share what they know with the world.
Andrew’s Facebook fame is a story or surprising success, even to her. She began to compile interesting facts, images, and videos and post them on a page for her own amusement and claims she never expected it to go farther than a few dozen of her friends. However, within the first 24 hours of creating the page, Andrew had over 1,000 likes and within six months reached over 1 million. As of Oct. 26, the page has 18,689,377 likes.
Significantly less popular, but hosting similar content, is Andrew’s clean (language-wise) Facebook page Science is Awesome. While it has just as good quality content, perhaps you might recommend this to kids and stick with the original for your adult friends.
The Internet can be a fickle friend, however, as was made clear in March 2013 when Andrews created a Twitter account for the IFLS page with her face as the avatar. Fans seemed shocked to find out that Andrew’s was a woman, despite sharing that information on several occasions. The reactions were rather sexist, Andrew claims, and she was baffled by the sheer stupidity — er, lack of observation — from her supposedly science loving followers.
Andrew’s and the Science Channel’s team up isn’t the first of its kind, nor is it the first for Andrew. She has also curated videos for Discovery Communications in Aug. 2013 for their streaming site. To get caught up on this previous collection, find them and much more on IFLS’s Youtubechannel.
Times used to be much simpler. That came with the good and bad, the ups and downs. However, the time of either catching your favorite show or missing it and becoming the laughing stock of the town is over. Using various methods, anyone can access their shows and movies by using the Internet. Well, unless you’re my grandma.
Some of the most known and popular video-viewing websites are Hulu and Netflix. They both are a little different and provide different videos to stream, however they both have the same purpose. These give their customers great power and freedom, but we all know one simple thing: With great power comes great viewing responsibility. These powers can be used for good or great evil. The outcome is up to you.
Hulu is an ad-supported website that lets users view different shows, movies, and clips with limited access. Upgrading to Hulu Plus allows customers special privileges and more content. Essentially, you can stream a show the day after it airs if you’ve upgraded. If you don’t pay for the Hulu Plus subscription, you’re limited to seeing the show one week after it airs. Personally, the suspense was killing me, so I forked over the fee.
Netflix is can is a paid-for Internet service that allows you to stream movies and television shows on multiple devices and/or order DVDs for rental. The great thing about it is that there are no commercials. That means, there’s no break in between episodes for you to realize that your paper is due in two hours.
Although both these websites can be good tools for professors and students alike, it can inspire a lot of procrastination. To some, the background noise may work as a concentration tool too. At this point, they’ve been around long enough for them to become part of our every day routines.
These are some of the good and bad associated with using them long-term:
–Use Hulu so that you can watch television without watching it in real time and missing a deadline.
-Catch up on your show, using your cell phone during your Art History class.
-Have an episode of The Office playing while you work on a homework assignment.
–Marathon an entire season of The Walking Dead in one day the night before an exam because you want to figure out who dies before tumblr can spoil it for you.
It’s easy to tell Obama is probably among the most hated presidents, ever. He’s constantly catching flack for pretty much everything he does. This summer, he was judged harshly for reaching over the glass cough guard at Chipotle to point at some pinto beans.
Most recently, Obama found himself in a mess all because of a “sloppy” salute. The president was exiting Marine One on his way to address the United Nations, and absent-mindedly saluted the marines standing outside, while holding a latte with his saluting hand. Of course, the internet lost its mind. Facebook became littered with posts about Obama’s “disrespectful latte salute.” Of all of the things going on in the world, with the airstrikes in Syria and millions of other global issues, we’re losing our minds over this?
Our Commander in Chief, one of the most powerful people in the world, has a lot of responsibilities. I couldn’t imagine the amount of stress he’s constantly under. In the video of the salute, which was posted to the White House’s Instagram, Obama is about to address the UN on the war we just entered. He’s very busy right now making executive decisions, but we’re going to be angry because he accidentally saluted with a coffee in his hand?
Obama is also being criticized because the video was uploaded on the White House’s Instagram. Do you really think Obama updates the Instagram on his own? He has a PR person for that. This was a poor PR move on their part. They had to have known criticisms were going to come out of it, but it wasn’t Obama’s move. And let’s not forget when Obama completely forgot to salute a marineand went back to correct himself.
We also need to remember that the presidential salute isn’t actually part of the protocol. In an article by a US Marine, he explains that the presidential salute was actually not a thing until Ronald Reagan took office. Now it’s more or less just something presidents, since then, do to keep themselves from getting criticism from the press. I do think it’s a very nice gesture to marines, but I think there are much more important things to be worried about.
Overall, I think we all need to focus on more important things. There’s too much going on in the world for us to be upset about petty things such as this.
Microsoft did something bold recently. They tried to bring an all-digital experience to gamers of the 21st century using Xbox One. Microsoft’s intent was to allow users to share games with their friends and family without leaving the couch. In order to do this, Microsoft mandated that all consoles be checked for internet connectivity in order to validate that people were not “copying” games for more than ten people. In addition, Microsoft said that using the Kinect camera would be requirement.
I get tired of having to take my credit card out to pay for something. My wallet is bulky and it’s hard to find the card I need or the wad of cash in my wallet. What if I told you that there is a new way to purchase items and services? It’s called Bitcoin.
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Internet community came together via sites such as Twitter, 4chan and Reddit to scour video recordings and pictures to try to aid investigators in finding the identity of the bombers. They searched for suspicious people in the videos taken before and immediately after the bombs went off. They magnified pictures to try to find people with backpacks that matched the description of the backpacks the FBI believed held the bombs. One Internet user believed he had reconstructed the scene using pictures to the degree that he knew where one of the bombs went off within an error of two meters. Continue reading Internet detectives→
Remember when we were kids and all we had to fight over was which Pokémon was the coolest or which Superhero would win in a fight? As children, it was our civic duty to argue with each other and prove that your way was the only way. Then we grew up, and those quarrels were replaced with new ones. Whether it’s our hatred for Justin Bieber, One Direction, swag, PewDiePie or the dozens of other trends that preceded them, it always seems that when something becomes popular too quickly, there will never fail to be a counter-movement of people who hate that thing. Like Newton’s third law said first, with every action comes an equal and opposite reaction. Continue reading Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Polarization→
During my senior year of high school I made the decision to delete my Facebook. I rarely used it, and I was tired of the constant barrage of social drama, spamming, fishing for compliments and crudely articulated arguments about “current events.” Two years later, I could not be happier with my decision. I don’t feel the need to monitor the exploits of my friends and family via social media. Continue reading Why I don’t have a Facebook→
This week there is no theme or agenda. This is mostly because I’ve been sick and thusly unmotivated to come up with one. That being said, I have still found some pretty good clips for you this week at the expense of my health. I’ll take that standing ovation now. Continue reading Weekly Time Wasters: The power of the combover→
The government of Iceland recently announced that it’s studying ways to ban Internet pornography in their country. They have set the precedent to be able to do so because printed pornography has been banned there for many years and strip clubs were banned two years ago. The reasoning behind these bans is that these institutions exploit women and threaten the mental health of children.
Having freedom of speech so engraved in my mind because of American culture, it’s difficult for me to fathom that a modern government would have the audacity to try to ban such a form of expression, even if some find it objectionable. I understand there are circumstances where women are taken advantage of or even coerced into participation, and I acknowledge that it’s certainly possible children who are exposed to pornography may develop negative side effects. However, just because bad things could happen ought not to be the litmus test for what is acceptable and what is not. Continue reading Iceland considers banning Internet porn→
Not too long ago we ran an article on microblogging options beyond Twitter. But it turns out you don’t have to leave the social media behemoth in order to fancify your microblogging — you can spice things up with some in-house options. Continue reading Tweet smarter (Part 1)→
I always love when Internet sensations take the physical world by storm. This week, K-pop artist Psy jumped from our computers and into our hearts (or at least our attention) with his now chart topping song “Gangnam Style.” Beating out Taylor Swift’s single “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” and might I say it’s about time, Psy burst onto the scene rising to number one on iTunes. Continue reading Gangnam style→