For Google, the speed at which a web page loads is incredibly important. If its search results start lagging even by fractions of a second, it can create user frustration that could drive them to the competition, and Google also reportedly uses load times to decide how to rank search results to begin with. There are several factors that go into load times, and media optimization (or lack thereof) is high on the list.
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While Google's ambition to bring wicked-fast fiber Internet to the masses has faced serious industry machinations, Project Fi has remained robust and generally free of legal challenges. With Fi, Google consolidates T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular coverage into a single service, and users pay $20 for basic calling and texting, then $10 per gigabyte of data. The data that you don't use gets applied to next month's bill.
But mobile carriers are tough to compete against, so Google has sweetened... Read More »
Ever since the 2016 presidential election, Facebook has had a particularly difficult time getting away from bad press, with public Senate hearings, additional security and privacy breaches, and a continual decline in usage among teens and millennials. But amid its reconstruction effort comes some occasionally good news. This time it comes from a cybersecurity firm called Imperva, who recently worked with Facebook to fix a big before it became a problem.
Instead of scrambling after the fact to patch a... Read More »
As great as mobile phones are these days, sometimes it's inconvenient to dig them out of your pocket, or to carry them around at all. With a smart watch on your wrist, though, you can text, check your messages and notifications, get directions if your watch has GPS, and quickly check out at a cash register. It can also be really handy for listening to music on the go.
In the three years since the Apple Watch launched, it's seen music... Read More »
Loyalty programs have been wildly successful in the credit card industry for years. Whether you want to rack up airline miles, cash back, store credit, or other perks, there's probably a card out there to suit your scenario, right down to the specific store or airline. Other industries have taken note, and companies that can leverage travel bonuses are bringing this rewards system into the age of apps, with a side of gamification.
It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time when Mozilla Firefox (Android, iOS) was the king of web browsers, at least on desktops and laptops. Since the arrival of Google Chrome (Android, iOS), Mozilla has watched its market share dwindle, and the company is regularly coming up with new and interesting ideas to woo users back.
It's no secret that the 2013 launch of Microsoft's Xbox One game console didn't go over well. For example, in this new vision of the platform, spearheaded by former company executive Don Mattrick, the Xbox One would come with an accessory called the Kinect -- a camera that was always on and could not be detached, which bumped up the price of the console by $100.
There were also unprecedented restrictions on selling and trading used games, and a requirement... Read More »
Since the Nintendo Switch launched in March 2017 at $300, it's been a blockbuster seller for the company, racking up close to 23 million customers, who've bought well over 100 million games. But despite its stellar results, there have been some complaints about the streaming services available on the device. Or rather, the dearth of them.
So far, Hulu has been the only streaming service available in North America on the Switch, leaving Netflix, Amazon, and others out in the... Read More »
While Android security is generally much tighter than it is on Windows, despite both platforms being quite prevalent, that doesn't stop sketchy mobile developers from trying new and interesting ways to fraudulently separate you from your hard-earned money.
In late June, we reported on a particularly nasty piece of Android malware called Sonvpay. Apps containing programming code produce a fake system warning that sends you to a website where you are tricked into signing up for a subscription service that... Read More »
In the latest Windows 10 update, Twitter has made a bunch of changes to the look of its app to made it easier for you to see who your person is following. You can see who else that person follows and other accounts that follow it back.
The update also made a few changes to the direct messaging feature, known colloquially as DMs, allowing you finally to drag and drop photos or videos directly into a text box without... Read More »