May 25, 2015

Samsung to Launch Iron Man Edition Galaxy S6

Category: Internet — Dave @ 7:10 am

Samsung Galaxy S6 owners know how surprising the unit really is with its top-notch performance. But nobody ever expected they would release an Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 by the following week.

The Iron Man S6 was first announced the previous month. Then, Samsung had created a special edition Galaxy S6 Edge the previous week.

What’s surprising during the teaser was how its box lit up. The later teaser had shown how the box revealed the Iron Man helmet from its rear panel. The colour scheme is, as Iron Man as it is, blue and gold.

However, not everyone can get Samsung’s Iron Man Galaxy S6. It is to be sold as a limited edition phone.

Nobody may prepare for it thought because Samsung has yet to announce the price of the unit.

Meanwhile, would you be interested in having one? Ask any investor and you could say that this unit would skyrocket in value in the next few years.


January 21, 2015

Google Will Invest in SpaceX to Help Create a Global Internet Service

Category: Internet — Tags: , , – Dave @ 4:13 pm

Now it’s possible. Google and SpaceX could possibly create the biggest dream never before thought possible. They are teaming up to spread an Internet-by-satellite service.

SpaceX, one of Tech Tycoon Elon Musk’s projects, is attempting an ambitious plan to provide Internet services for the rest of the world.

Google had provided a $1 billion investment to SpaceX to help it take the Internet to space using satellites. Google’s investment has brought SpaceX’s value to $10 billion.

Musk said he intends to take the Internet to Mars and improve its service for Earth.

Meanwhile, Google had earlier tried similar plans, such as Project Loon 2013, which flew balloons that transmitted signal in different continents.

I’m thinking of all the possibilities that SpaceX’s project would definitely do for the world. Anybody with access to the Internet could access the information that they didn’t know from before.

Meanwhile, it is a great pleasure to see that it isn’t just SpaceX and Google who are racing out to improve global Internet connections. Facebook has outlined its own plans to improve Internet services worldwide using drones.

Think of a world that is connected 24/7, without much service troubles and a flat rate. Maybe these companies are planning to start something. Maybe they want the Internet to be as free as air in the world.


October 18, 2013

The Internet Breeds Objectivity: Good or Bad

Category: Internet — Tags: , , – admin @ 4:03 am

One thing’s for sure: the Internet is here to stay. The UN even declares the Internet as a basic human need that governments need to provide their citizens. So, yey! We have our Internet, we could meet new people, shop the hell we want and find new information about things we’re actually interested about.

One thing I’ve noticed in most blogs, forums and social media content I’ve seen is that the Internet breeds a culture of indifference. I’ve stated a while ago that social media and the Internet allows anonymity to work for a good cause. It actually breeds objectivity. However, too much of anything is bad.

Being objective, many people could discuss certain issues with irreverent humour, which does not sit well for anybody. However, the only thing that those who disagree could do is to leave the forum and allow people to continue with their obscene or offensive humor.

Offensive humor is not bad per se, but it is also a way to degrade the value of something so valuable and important for many people. The only justification for this sort of action is, you guessed it, objectivity, which ensures progress.

I have nothing against the philosophy but there are some things some people are sensitive talking about and finding them in the wrong places gives the Internet a bad name.

June 4, 2013

Crowdfunding: The New Boutique Shop?

Category: Internet — Tags: , , , , , , , – admin @ 12:29 am

I’ve been around the Internet for so long to say that today it is not just a highway of information, but also a means to an end. As people meet like-minded individuals and form communities based on their personal interests, they can also attract other like-minded people to support their projects if people become compelled enough through crowdfunding

As the term implies, crowdfunding is allowing people to donate to your projects if they feel compelled enough to do so. However, once you crowdfund your projects, you have to ensure that you comply with everything that you wrote down in your proposal, such as making the product or service free upon completion or providing additional free items depending on the amount of pledge the donor gave.

Crowdfunding gave way for many filmmakers, game designers and musicians to create projects independent of the influence of “big bodies” in corporations and governments. It has allowed them to make not a commodity, but something that is made out of passion. Certainly, crowdfunding items are similar to custom boutique shop items, except that the quantity is determined and all work is customized.

Many boutique shops themselves are making use of crowdfunding to provide resources to new projects, making it certain that the modern day boutique shops could be found and supported through the Internet.

March 26, 2013

Social Media and The Legal System: Why It Can Take Some Time

Category: Internet — Tags: , , , , – admin @ 11:41 am

A future where the government filters all media produced and published by people in the Internet is something undesirable and totalitarian, I will have to agree, but for today, it seems like the only way that the law could have its long hands extend to the speed of data-production in the Interent today.

Today, the 74 million people using the Internet could produce an average of more than 60TB of information globally on a daily basis. Along with business and corporate information, data from social media websites, shared computers, music and video hosting websites and other servers get transferred to different places at different times.

Social media became a home for individualists and people who have different viewpoints about their lives. It enabled many alienated users to find people who think similarly to their perspective. However, it also became an avenue for offensive activity. The UK’s public prosecutors are actually hard at work ensuring that cyberbullying and other forms of offensive and malicious acts in the Internet are met with justice.

However, with a sluggish system and the Internet’s capability to blur the lines of expression and threat, the legal system has no time to catch up. However, like pagers and cell phone text messages, all information sent should be private not unless a search warrant is presented. Every citizen, including myself, will find it offensive to have authorities know my every statement, and I get charged for what I said in the process.

But still, it would take some time before the proper laws are set in place. For now, everyone must bear or must get used to seeing offensive posts and who knows, people might get used to the freedom of expression that the Internet itself is self-regulating as most users claim it to be.

December 28, 2012

Proposal of a Twitter Squad: Advisable?

In the recent news, I saw an article about authorities proposing a “Twitter Squad” to monitor regular updates from different users from different locations but because it would be a wrong investment of time and money, authorities are calling off the proposal. I applaud the authorities for respecting the right of people to discuss things, issues and aspects in any way they please, whether offensive, obscene or disturbing. However, in light of recent issues, especially with the Leveson inquiries on hand, is it advisable to have a Social Media Task Force?

Today’s rating show that there had been 780% growth of offences committed on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter this year compared to 556 tallied on 2008 when both social network began their operations. The growth of offences is staggering and many complaints have been filed on all sides. But if without proper laws on online harassment and offences, were all victims properly given justice?

However, Prime Minister David Cameron strives to ensure that no law would bring down the power of freedom of expression. Authorities are actually looking for a way to focus more on “real” crimes through social media. These includes threatening and harassing activities on the Internet, stalking, identity theft, hacking and other details that could endanger the lives and privacy of citizens using the services.

But the question remains: What is the clear viewpoint of an “online” offence? If anybody can do or commit the alleged crime, would it be a justifiable case of expression control? Is proposing a “Twitter Squad”, who only focuses on “real” cases still justifiable?

In my opinion, it actually is. However, it is important that they clear up the facts of online offences first.

December 20, 2012

CPS Move Crowd Pleasing, But Will It Be Effective?

I was following the United Kingdom’s current issue regarding the re-evaluation of publication and news regulations after Rupert Murdoch’s tabloids and entire media-empire was swamped with unethical journalistic behaviour resulting to false facts and infringement of privacy. The issue became big in the United Kingdom as journalists saw the threat to the freedom of expression in the country. However, Prime Minister David Cameron promised to ensure the freedom of expression while giving victims of mistaken implications due rights to claim justice.

UK’s Crown Prosecution Services announced that it would be enforcing new guidelines that ensure that the freedom of expression and speech would be honored and given a high tolerance for offensive or scandalous remarks. Their move made users of social media, virtually everyone in the UK’s population, breathe more easily. They felt threatened by the new laws, including having someone questioned and potentially suspected for any offensive or honest remark that seems offensive that led to dangerous influence.

The CPS states that based on current UK laws, no person will be questioned or suspected for posting offensive, shocking, disturbing and generally unfavorable remarks and expressions. However, if there is any sign of harassment, blackmail, potential danger to person and property and anything that leads to a suicide or death due to an insult, they will have the person sanctioned.

In reality, this move is quite good. Victims now have the right to file complaints and legal action against people who are obviously responsible for making their lives miserable and the high threshold ensures that below Article 8 of the European Commission law that all people have the right to freedom of expression.

However, its effectiveness is still in question. The United Kingdom virtually has more than 3 billion citizens, and each person can produce at least 1 GB of information on a daily basis. How will the CPS work with this particular predicament?

There’s still much to see before the new guidelines prove that they are truly effective.

December 4, 2012

Music Artists and The Internet: Did Musicians Ever Have a Problem?

Many record-label signed musicians, artists and bands have continuously pulled out of their contracts nowadays because of the Internet. Many musicians state that the Internet was a way to kill the music industry, but on the contrary, much more musicians stated that the Internet was a great tool for delivering their music easier and faster to people. The Internet was well known for being a tool of piracy, but then, new methods made it easier for independent musicians to make their name and existing musicians to earn the profit better for themselves.

As a global community, websites that help artists and musicians coordinate with their fans to form events and produce albums have allowed the artist to earn more money and have a “fan-supported” event without the other sponsors, without the approval of record-label managers and supported entirely by the donations and fund-raising of the fans.

In reality, the music industry in the last few decades were dictated by the higher-ups. Record labels stated what music should their musicians do. They set standards in terms of audio quality, album production, images and other details that ensure the musician appeared the “standard” of music. Independent musicians have complete control over their music and the Internet became a way for them to spread the music.

Did musicians ever have a problem with the Internet? All the news we see and read are only about record labels and associations complaining about profits falling and divided twice or even ten times the recent decades because of piracy. As any musician and artist stated, the Internet is slowly changing the consumer culture from an industry-standard one into something that is more near and closer to the heart and preferences of the musicians and their fans.

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December 3, 2012

Cyber Bullying: The Issues Involved

Category: Internet,Opinions — Tags: , , , , , – admin @ 8:22 am

One friend of mine recently posted a picture of herself costumed in what appears to be a phallic-suggestive outfit. Right then and there, she became trending in our area, with most people in the vicinity commenting on her social media account that she looks like a sexual object wearing something that is off. While it might be interesting to see a woman in a phallic suit, my friend’s reputation was shattered and defamed, which had her deleting the picture and disabling her social account profile for good as friends and bosses saw the image, which actually cost her her job.

Cyber bullying is widespread throughout the Internet as anybody has the right to say anything about a topic involved. In the Internet, the culture is about “self-regulation” but admittedly, there are many people who cannot appease their brutal commentary just for the sake of fun or for the sake of expressing themselves honestly. Cyber bullying has actually led some users kill themselves for the sake of social suicide and being outcasted by exposure of delicate information about them.

However, laws about cyber bullying are shot down by the public. Because cyber bullying is actually problematic, it doesn’t mean that authorities have the right to hack into the user’s information profiles, as this would be unethical. The issues about the implementation of anti-cyber bullying laws is that it also “bullies” the bully by accessing their accounts unethically.

The other issue is that no legal rights are given to those who are afflicted of defamation by Internet entities. The easy way of publication and access to information can put many people’s identity in jeopardy.

If there was any good way to implement anti-cyber bullying laws, it would be to allow the bully to “commit his/her act” and get caught in the process, and allow authorities to peer into his or her computer and accounts with consent from the proper authorities. If this law is approved, everyone would willingly accept such a law exists.

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October 1, 2012

What Will Happen if the Internet Gets Privatized

Category: Internet,Opinions,Politics — Tags: , , , , , , – admin @ 5:11 am

The Internet is one of the best resources that technology has given to humanity. The ability to post and disseminate information that you know first-hand, talking to people and loved ones, finding the knowledge you need for basic to advanced education and expressing yourself has grown much larger through the technology. However, what would happen if the Internet was indeed privatized?

Privatization means the buying and managing of a certain product or service by a single company or group. By privatizing the Internet, they have access to all the information that users share in the Internet and have control over what appears and what can’t. They also have the means to improve connections and withhold services to people or territories in which they find the Internet threatening or unsuitable.

Should the Internet be privatized, a code of conduct will be implemented throughout the network. The behavior of users can be monitored. With such, information stored in social media can easily be used by authorities wielding it in their own power to use it against the person. The biggest threat is that these information can be sold to companies and businesses, which can compromise personal security.

Just like television, the media appearing in the Internet will be controlled. Governments can censor what appears in the Internet based on moral and ethical discipline as dictated by them.

What made the Internet special for all of us is that it allowed us to use curse words. It allowed the freedom of expression and explanation for people who have their own reasons to express themselves offensively or in a shrewd manner. But then, words and images are harmless.

The Internet is a cyber-neighborhood and users are responsible for the things they consume. If the companies privatize the Internet, it is the equivalent of being told where to live, what to dress and how to talk or else you will be punished by law. We must fight against privatization of the Internet. We must stand by our neighborhoods, as the Internet is also one of our homes.

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