What Is Net Neutrality And Is It Going To Be Changing The Way You Use The Internet?

Lately the news has been focusing on Net Neutrality due to the recent debates in the United States blowing up.

Net Neutrality comes under a law which was implemented by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that everyone who has access to the internet, also has the rights to access the same content as everyone else, regardless of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) they use.

The demand to remove the law is led by the leading internet providers in the states, including the likes of AT&T and Comcast who both agree that the law isn’t beneficial to their companies as it is reducing the need for improvement and development in the sector, I agree with the statements made, as if there isn’t any need to be better because it will get you no further than your competition in most cases, where is the initiative coming from? Most industries would just flop if all their products had to be created using the same style, materials and colors, take shoes for example, how many different brands would be in competition if every pair had to be the same?

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The argument isn’t just strong against the law, the pro Net Neutrality side has proved able to compete with arguments stating that if the law was to be withdrawn, it would lean companies in the direction of “Pay-To-Play” instead of providing the full web experience under one price, meaning that to use certain sites you will be charged or even sold different categories of sites under a package such as Social, Communication etc. which could cause some businesses to take huge hits with the amount of traffic and activity occurring on their site.

Even though the issue hasn’t arisen in the UK at this moment in time due to our protection thanks to Open Internet Access rights which comes under EU law, but as soon as we prepare to leave the EU and we are no longer covered, will Net Neutrality be scrapped and replaced with “Pay-To-Play” technology or will the internet big dogs such as SKY , BT & Plus Net allow us to continue using the internet freely.

Do you think this could be a successful idea, or do you think it is just another corporate method of extorting more money out of the everyday internet users pocket?

Is The New Firefox Quantum Web Browser As Good As People Say?

Tuesday saw the release of a product which has been getting hyped up for around a year, this is the Firefox Quantum Web Browser. Firefox hasn’t gone through an update on as large a scale in over 13 years of web browsers, but now, get ready to try the new browser on all Operating Systems, this being Android, iOS, Linux, Mac and Windows.

Quantum which is also known as Firefox 57, has been gifted with a friendlier user interface which not only makes it look modern, but thanks to the new tools implemented, it also has a modern feel to the browser. During the 2000’s Firefox’s growth was rapid and it took one third of the market, but as Google Chrome upped its speed and usability, Firefox was quickly moved to one side while Chrome took control of 64% of the browser market, leaving Firefox with as little as 14%.

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When the test version of the Quantum browser was released in September, it was widely acknowledged as a potential rival to Safari and Chrome and it then set out on the path to destroy all flaws with developers spending over 2 months examining all aspects of the browser to ensure that all bugs and security where discovered and acted upon before public release.
One head of the Mozilla’s Technology Organisation, David Bryant has said “Anyone who downloads this version, which is so advanced we have named it Firefox Quantum, you simply can’t help but notice the speed, performance improvements, and the responsive slick new user interface” and in my opinion, he is completely true, the speed and performance allows you to perform any action at a must faster rate than on previous browser, double that to be exact with 66 Runs per minute.

Not only is the speed tempting to potential switchers, but keep in mind that the memory usage by Quantum is 30% lower than that of Chrome. Remember when Chrome added data sync between Chrome on devices? Well Firefox have taken that up a notch with the new pocket app which allows you to save a page’s content on to the app for later visits.

After the small amount of time using Firefox Quantum, I can say that it’s a brilliant browser and I will now be setting it as my new default on both mobile and desktop, as well as encouraging customers to do so as well, but I guess it all comes down to personal preference. Who else is going to be giving Firefox’s newest creating a shot?

Samsung Mocks iPhone X Fans In Latest Advertisement

In recent years, Samsung has been known for directing jokes at Apple and its users but there was a quiet time in which they left them alone after the many court cases they filed against each other, but in the new commercials for the Samsung S8 show that they just can’t resist the urge to mock iPhone X.

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In this new commercial, the Samsung vs Apple wars conflicts are highlighted and shows the key features which allow Samsung to prove dominant over the iPhones creations. The first conflict identified the fact that the iPhone has a much lower memory capacity than their devices due to Apples use of 16GB of storage on the phones it releases. The next dig it takes at Apple is based in 2013 with Samsung showing its Galaxy Note 3 which sported a 5.5-inch display against the 4-inch used on the iPhone 5s. The commercial then begins to show the modern battles with Apple such as the waterproof Samsung’s being used in water while the iPhone is spotted being soaked in a bowl of rice and then finally they targeted the new iPhone Dongle which is an accessory created to charge and listen to music at the same time, ridiculous right?

Why should someone have to pay to use a basic feature, In my opinion the jokes directed at Apple are hilarious and perfectly justified as it speaks the truth, how do you feel about the mocking? View the advert yourself below!

 

Autonom Taxi Unveiled Aka The RoboTaxi

French company by the name of Navya has revealed that they have created a fleet of driverless taxis, the company has already proved itself by providing Las Vegas, Michigan and Singapore with all electric shuttle buses which you guessed it, are also self-driving.

At a company event in Paris, Navya unveiled the autonom cab. They have described the car as being the first “taxi robot”, this looks to overtake the competitors such as Uber when battling for the title of best self-driving transport service.

Although the exterior is extremely different to other self-driving cars, the inside is also features no cockpit which also means no steering wheel, brakes, mirrors, just seats. This shows the confidence in how competent the vehicle they are realising is going to be, let’s hope so.

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You may be thinking “where are all the security features?”, well let me explain, the car uses 10 LiDAR sensor units, six built in cameras, four obstacle radars and even a computer system to control the rest of the taxis features without the need for a human. They are also implementing a company made mapping tool which will present the routes to the car.

Look at the testing of the vehicle if you wish

 

A little bit of information about the key features now, the car can seat six passengers thanks to the extra space provided by the removal of the cockpit, the 55-mph max speed will not be taken advantage of as the car has been capped at 35mph to make sure it doesn’t conflict with the urban streets speed limit.

Until we see the car at work within the busy urban streets we will never know what it is capable off, would you trust this vehicle with your morning journey to work?

 

Dubai Police Introduce New Hoverbikes

Dubai has been testing new hover bikes in the effort to upgrade its police force by adding them to the list of police issued vehicles, the Hoversurf Scorpions were recently unveiled at the Gitex Tech Conference.

The bikes are going to be used to allow officers on emergency response to get to location faster and easier by being granted the ability to go over the traffic and prevent being stuck in a backlog of traffic or being stuck behind slow movers. The 600 pound bikes can run at speeds of up to 43 miles per hour and allows the use of the bike for 25 minutes per charge while being able to fly autonomously for four miles.Dubai Police Hoverbike 889x716 - Dubai Police Introduce New Hoverbikes

The hover bikes are going to be mass produced for the Dubai Police after it was confirmed by the Hoversurf CEO on Facebook that they had agreed a deal. It is well known that Dubai have a love for technology and gadgets with the police using a range of high speed super cars and linking drones to them to aid in the fight against crime.

I speak for myself when I say I would like to work the emergency services in Dubai, do you think the tech is needed?