How the Chaos of Studying Subatomic Particles Inspired the Creation of the Web

30 years ago this month, Tim Berners-Lee penned his original proposal for what would become the World Wide Web. At the time, he was working at CERN, the high-energy physics lab in Geneva, Switzerland best known these days for operating the Large Hadron Collider. In many histories of the web, this fact is treated as a footnote, but it was specifically the messiness of international scientific collaboration that spurred the creation of the space we live much of our lives on today. Read More >>

New Zealand ISPs Say They’re Blocking Sites That Fail to Remove Christchurch Shooting Video

Last week, a heavily-armed 28-year-old entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and opened fire, killing at least 50 in the country’s worst modern shooting. Prior to attacking dozens of Muslim worshippers, the killer posted a manifesto, outlining why he planned to commit mass murder, and he livestreamed a portion of the gruesome act on Facebook. The video was then reportedly re-posted hundreds of thousands of times. As a result, three of the biggest mobile internet service providers in New Zealand have opted to temporarily block some of the websites where the video remains available. Read More >>

Chrome Adds Pro-Privacy Search Engine Options as Google Faces Antitrust Scrutiny

Here’s a change in Google’s Chrome browser that’s raising eyebrows: In 60 global markets, Chrome now includes the option of using pro-privacy competitor search engine DuckDuckGo. Read More >>

The Web’s Dad Isn’t Angry, Just Disappointed 

Thirty years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal for what would become the world wide web. Now, for many reasons, the man widely credited with inventing the web is less than thrilled with how we’ve treated it in the intervening decades. Read More >>

Adobe Is Finally Killing Shockwave Player for Good

A specific era of the world wide web will come to an end next month when Adobe officially discontinues its Shockwave multimedia platform. You might want to get in a final round in your favourite browser-based game—but, more than anything, you should use this moment to delete Shockwave from your computer once and for all. Read More >>

Please, for the Love of God, Make Sure You Delete Things Properly

Your personal data—be it financial spreadsheets or web searches—is not something you want to be leaving behind for other people to find, and totally wiping your activity off devices or the web takes a few more steps than you might have realised. Don’t worry though, as we’re going to walk you through the process. Read More >>

Japanese Police Investigate 13-Year-Old Prankster for Sharing Link to ‘Uncloseable’ Pop-Up Window

A 13-year-old girl living in Kariya, Japan has been investigated and chastised by police for sharing a prank link online. The link reportedly initiates a pop-up window designed to be impossible to close online. Read More >>

Delete Never: The Digital Hoarders Who Collect Tumblrs, Medieval Manuscripts, and Terabytes of Text Files

When it comes to their stuff, people often have a hard time letting go. When the objects of their obsession are rooms full of old clothes or newspapers, it can be unhealthy — even dangerous. But what about a stash that fits on 10 5-inch hard drives? Read More >>

ISPs Must Warn Subscribers of Contention Crunches

The UK's many ISPs are about to come under a new and interesting form of cosh tomorrow, when additional rules covering new broadband connections come into force. Read More >>

Virgin Media’s Broadband to Hit 500Mbps by May

Virgin Media's 2018 financial results have been released, containing loads of numbers about users and premises and customers that are not particularly of interest. What they did say, though, is that the maximum speed available to its broadband customers is about to rise to 500Mbps by April/May. Read More >>

I Ditched Chrome for Safari and You Can Too

Based on my best estimates, I started using Google Chrome in late 2009, not long after the beta version for OS X came out. It was awesome, fast as hell, and full of neat little tricks that felt new at the time. (Remember when searching from the address bar was a revelation?) I loved Chrome so much, I wrote a love letter to it last summer. Then, a couple of months later, I switched back to Safari. You should try it. Read More >>

5 Ways to Spend Less Money on Digital Subscriptions

You’re probably spending more than you think on monthly subscription services—music streaming, cloud storage, video libraries, software packages... the list goes on and on. Add them all up and you might be talking about a substantial chunk of money going out on a regular basis. Here’s how to start cutting back. Read More >>

Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Sneaky, Data-Harvesting VPN

Facebook’s Onavo VPN app has been dying a slow death since it was exposed as a clandestine data collection monster last year. The app was pulled from the iOS app store for violating Apple’s rules and now Facebook has voluntarily decided to remove it from Google Play. At the very least, the move seems to signal that the social network is becoming more aware of the risks its creepy privacy practices pose. Read More >>

Travel Back to 1990 With the Original World Wide Web Browser

The World Wide Web turns 30 this year, and to celebrate three decades of utter chaos and brilliance, CERN developers and designers have created a version of the original WorldWideWeb browser that can run inside a modern browser. What, you wonder, is it like to surf the original web? Well, give it a try here. It’s kind of a pain! Read More >>