The issue of “Net Neutrality” is a huge point of contention between ISP providers, cable firms and the average internet user. At first glance, Net Neutrality may appear inconsequential to most of us, but the argument about bandwidth will ultimately pass added cost on to us all.
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What could you buy with $19 billion? Well, according to CNN, 12.6 billion hot dogs; 4 World Trade Centres; 198 million years’ worth of Netflix; or relief for the Philippines 3 times over. Few companies can afford to splash that amount of cash, however Facebook can count themselves in that small bracket. Instead of keeping Mark Zuckerberg in hot dogs for the next few millennia though, Facebook decided to spend it on WhatsApp. The $19 billion price tag shocked many, however there must be some reason that Facebook valued the app so highly.
We round up this month's game news, looking at the death of Flappy Bird, Pokemon crowd control and the soaring sales of the PlayStation 4.
In case you missed it, the 11th of February was a notable day for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the European Union funded Safer Internet Day was held in order to raise awareness of the dangers of using online technology. Also on the 11th, the Electronic Frontier Foundation marked the day by voicing their disapproval of the NSA’s increasing surveillance of internet activity.
The premise of an ad blocker is a very simple one; installed as an add-on to your browser, you are able to browse websites without having to endure annoying adverts or pop ups. There is a big debate over whether or not this is the right thing to do though. Although you are enjoying a more pleasant online experience, you could in fact be harming your favourite websites in the process.
Child safety online is becoming a much more complicated issue as the amount and variety of devices that youngsters are being exposed to increases. The contact time a child has with a tablet or online console gaming makes the task of protecting children a difficult one.
Despite being less than 5 years old, the digital currency Bitcoin will endure a huge test of sustainability as one of its biggest marketplaces has been seized by the FBI who confiscated a large number of Bitcoins in the process. The closure of Silk Road, an online market on the deep web, will drastically limit the number of outlets for Bitcoin and transactions taking place. Is the online currency trend over before it has begun?