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Chrome will soon warn you about tricky mobile subscription signups

dims?resize=2000%2C2000%2Cshrink___PURIMStarting in Chrome 71, the browser will serve up warnings to keep you from accidentally signing up for a subscription service. The new protocol will address mobile websites that require visitors to enter their phone number before viewing content. Tho…

The Best Services to Make a Website Without Coding

You don’t need to be a programmer to build a website. Coding a site from scratch takes time, which you might not have to spare if you’re running a small business or trying to get a website off the ground. There are plenty of “website builders” out there offering ways for anybody to craft their website. Here are some of the best.

Wix: Free and Simple

Wix is a popular site builder, sporting a simple interface, great templates, and smooth websites. They have a free version with limited storage space and bandwidth, and you can unlock more with their “Unlimited” plan for $14 per month.

The free plan does come at a cost—Wix will brand your site’s footer with a “Made by Wix” advert and give you a Wix domain like “yourdomain.wix.com.” You also can’t use it (or the “Unlimited” plan) for an online store unless you also pay for their e-commerce plan, which starts at $20 a month.

Weebly: Built for E-Commerce

Weebly’s free plan has many of the same features as Wix, but their paid plans are cheaper and offer a few different features. With their $8 per month “Starter” plan, you’ll get a free domain, a $100 Google Ads voucher to advertise for your website, and some basic e-commerce features.

However, everything except the $25 “Business” plan will charge a 3% fee for items sold on the site, redirect to Weebly to handle checkout, and limit the number of products you can sell. If you’re running a business off of your site, you’ll want this plan.

1&1: Pricy, but a Great Site Editor

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Some online resources to help voters with disabilities on Election Day

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After Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, more states and counties in the United States are returning to paper ballots from electronic voting machines. While this may help cybersecurity, it also makes it harder for many people with disabilities to cast their vote.

To counteract that, RespectAbility, a non-partisan non-profit that works on inclusivity for people with disabilities, has put together a comprehensive list of resources for voters. The full guide can be found here, and includes the following several tools and services that are using tech to make it easier for people with disabilities to vote.

  • A partnership with Democracy Works, a non-profit group of software developers working on tools to improve the voting process, the Voting Information Project’s SMS tool that enables people to get multilingual information about their polling places and voter registration websites by texting VOTE or VOTO to GOVOTE (468-683).
  • Carpool Vote connects voters who need a ride with volunteer drivers through its website or an interactive voice response service at (804) 424-5335.
  • Lyft and Uber are both working with non-profits to offer discounted or free rides to polling places on Election Day. One of the groups Lyft has partnered with is the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), which will provide rides through its affiliates in Colorado, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

According to Pew, more than 35 million Americans of voting age have a disability. Though polling places are required by law to be accessible to people with disabilities, research from the Government Accessibility Office showed that polling places with impediments, including entrances that are difficult to navigate or voting stations that can’t accommodate wheelchairs, increased significantly between 2008 and 2016.

Furthermore, Pew says the increase in paper ballots has increased pressure on poll workers, who have very little training, which means some end up discouraging the use of accessible voting machines, making the creation of better resources for voters with disabilities even more imperative.

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Google Chrome Will Soon Nuke Ads On Extra-Shitty Websites

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Google’s Chrome browser is making further changes to eliminate annoying or malicious ad practices and punish the bottom lines of sites that use them.

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Amazon will provide free shipping through the holidays, even if you’re not a Prime member

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Just in time for the holidays, Amazon is expanding its free shipping offer to all.

Amazon has announced starting today, the e-commerce giant will offer free shipping to all of its U.S. customers, regardless of the amount spent. 

Until today’s announcement, if you weren’t an Amazon Prime subscriber, you had to spend at least $25 in order to qualify for Amazon’s free shipping. But now, the company is relieving everyone of this (already pretty small) obstacle.

With the holiday season now in full swing, Amazon is looking to cement its position as the premiere online shopping destination. Rivals like Walmart and Target recently announced free shopping options in order to compete in the holiday gift buying rush, too. Read more…

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7 of the best gaming routers to supercharge your game

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If you spend a lot of time playing the hottest games online, you’re bound to run into some network connectivity issues now and then. You could experience the frustrating lag that comes with a slow or weak wireless connection, or you could be booted from your favorite game just as you’re winning, causing a stain on your otherwise impeccable win record and leaving you red in the face. 

If you already have high-speed internet, chances are you’ve experienced one or both of these situations in the past, frustrating as they may be. The truth is, unless you’re typically playing with a wired LAN connection, they’re almost inevitable. Online game sessions will drop. You will experience lag. It can be maddening, that’s for sure. Read more…

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How to Block a Website in Safari on iPhone and iPad

If you’re an iPhone or iPad owner (especially one whose children use your device), you might occasionally want to block access to a specific website. Whether that website is one of adult nature or just something, you don’t want your children to be able to readily access, blocking specific websites on an iPhone or iPad takes just a few taps.

We’re going to run through how you can make sure a specific website isn’t accessible in Safari. This process recently changed with the release of iOS 12, so if you think you already know how to block websites, you might be surprised. Apple has rolled this particular functionality into its new Screen Time feature, and while it’s now hidden below a couple of extra taps, it still works like a charm.

Head into the Settings app, scroll down a bit and tap the “Screen Time” option.

Next, tap “Content Privacy & Restrictions.”

If it’s not already activated, flick the “Content & Privacy Restrictions” toggle on and then tap “Content Restrictions” to proceed.

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Fortnite scams are much worse than previously thought, researchers reveal

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‘These scams are directly targeting innocent players and could be affecting your employees, customers, family and friends,’ researchers say

U.S. declines in internet freedom rankings, thanks to net neutrality repeal and fake news

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If you need a safe haven on the internet, where the pipes are open and the freedoms are plentiful — you might want to move to Estonia or Iceland.

The latest “internet freedoms” rankings are out, courtesy of Freedom House’s annual report into the state of internet freedoms and personal liberties, based on rankings of 65 countries that represent the vast majority of the world’s internet users. Although the U.S. remains firmly in the top ten, it dropped a point on the year earlier after a recent rash of changes to internet regulation and a lack of in the realm of surveillance.

Last year, the U.S. was 21 in the global internet freedom ranking — the lower number, the better a country ranks. That was behind Estonia, Iceland, Canada, Germany and Australia. This year the U.S. is at 22 — thanks to the repeal of net neutrality and the renewal of U.S. spy powers.

The report also cited “disinformation and hyperpartisan content” — or fake news — as a “pressing concern.”

It was only in June, after a protracted battle, that the Federal Communications Commission finally pulled the plug on the Obama-era rules that guaranteed the free and fair flow of internet data. Net neutrality — which promises to treat every user’s traffic as equal and doesn’t prioritize certain internet users or services over others — was dead. That was despite months of delays and a scandal that embroiled the FCC’s chairman Ajit Pai for allegedly lying to lawmakers over a falsified denial-of-service attack that he used to try to stifle criticism of his repeal plans. What did happen was an onslaught of citizens demanding that the net neutrality rules. But that was eclipsed by an astroturfing campaign that even used dead people to try to swing the decision.

What also dropped the U.S. a point was the near-clean reauthorization of the government’s surveillance laws, which passed with little debate despite a call for change. It was the first time to reel in the government’s spying powers since the Edward Snowden revelations a half-decade ago — but lawmakers buckled to pressure from the intelligence community, despite recognizing a long history of abuse and overreach by U.S. spy agencies.

Freedom House called the law’s renewal “a blow to civil rights and privacy advocates,” who advocated for change since long before Edward Snowden had a face.

A single digit drop in ranking may not seem like much, compared to the last-place contenders — Iran and China, predictably ranking in worst, but many see the U.S. as a beacon of free speech and expression — a model that others aspire to replicate.

As the report found, that goes both ways. The U.S. has its part to blame for the decline in at least 17 countries where “fake news” has been co-opted by oppressive regimes to justify crackdowns on dissent and free speech. The rise of “fake news,” a term largely attributed to Donald Trump — then a candidate for president — which spread like wildfire — and across borders — as a way to reject reported information or factual current events that were derogatory to a person’s views. In other words, it was a verbal hand grenade, lobbed whenever a person heard something they didn’t like.

Now, other regimes are cracking down on internet freedoms under the guise of fighting fake news. Philippines and Kazakhstan were both named by Freedom House as using “fake news” to restrict the internet by removing content and stifling the spread of views in the name of fighting misinformation.

While many might not care much for a country you know little about, it’s a reminder that the U.S. is still seen in high regard and other nations will follow in its footsteps.

Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, said that the U.S. government in particular should take “a more proactive role” in stepping up their efforts to maintain a free and open internet to prevent playing into the hands of of “less democratic governments looking to increase their control of the internet.”

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The hackers getting paid to keep the internet safe

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This post is part of Mashable’s ongoing series The Women Fixing STEM, which highlights trailblazing women in science, tech, engineering, and math, as well as initiatives and organizations working to close the industries’ gender gaps.


It had taken a month of work, but Jesse Kinser had finally hit the jackpot. The security researcher had managed to pull off quite a feat — stealing the source code for more than 10,000 different websites, including a big four consulting company — and the ramifications of her find were staggering. 

But contrary to many people’s perceptions of shadowy hackers, her next move wasn’t trading the data on the dark web, or crafting exploits to sell to the highest bidder. Rather, she was faced with a different sort of daunting task: developing a responsible disclosure process to notify the thousands of vulnerable companies she’d just pwned. That’s right, after accessing all that code, her next job was to let the victims know exactly how she’d done it — and how they could stop someone with a different set of moral guideposts from doing the same.  Read more…

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