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Defying Net Neutrality, AT&T Doesn’t Count HBO Max Streaming Towards Data Caps

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If you use AT&T Wireless service and you’re subscribed to the new HBO Max, there’s good news: watching TV or movies on the latter won’t count towards your data cap on the former. AT&T told The Verge that customers using its subsidiary’s streaming service would be able to do so without hitting data limits or “soft” limits for unlimited plans.

It isn’t good news if you’re an HBO Max competitor. Naturally, watching video on other services—YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, almost literally anything else—will still be counted as used data and subject to caps. This is a brazen violation of the principle of net neutrality, wherein all data must be treated the same by a carrier no matter what the source or content. It’s also flirting with monopolistic behavior, since AT&T is now providing the data backend, platform, and entertainment content itself. DirecTV, U-Verse, and Fullscreen—all AT&T subsidiaries—are also exempt from data caps on AT&T Wireless, in a program the company calls “sponsored data.”

Since FCC commissioner Ajit Pai torpedoed policies enforcing net neutrality in 2017, such practices are entirely legal in the United States. Pai’s repeal was met with outspoken backlash from consumers, politicians, and even some members of the technology industry. But with pro-business conservatives in legislative, executive, and judiciary control, there was no realistic path towards a return to corporate oversight.

AT&T’s competitor T-Mobile has been accused of violating net neutrality with its “Binge On” service, allowing compressed streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and a few other services not to count against data caps. In principle, this could make it more difficult for smaller video services to start up and find customers. But importantly, T-Mobile doesn’t own any of these services, and the benefits it receives from Binge On are entirely competitive.

Source: The Verge

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/44137/defying-net-neutrality-att-doesnt-count-hbo-max-streaming-towards-data-caps/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Michael Crider

How to Use Microsoft Office’s Panning Hand Instead of the Scroll Bar

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Older versions of Microsoft Office had a visible “panning hand” option that let you scroll through files using your mouse. The feature hasn’t been visible since around Office 2010, so here’s how to make this super-handy function available again.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/673555/how-to-use-microsoft-offices-panning-hand-instead-of-the-scroll-bar/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Rob Woodgate

Apache 101: 0-WordPress in 15 minutes

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Enlarge / Hellfire missiles not included. (credit: Flickr user Mike)

Recently, we took a look at the Caddy Web server. Today, we’re going to back things up a little bit and look at the A from the classic LAMP stack: the Apache Web server.

Apache has a bad reputation for being old, crusty, and low-performance—but this idea mostly stems from the persistence of ancient guides that still show users how to set it up in extremely antiquated ways. In this guide, we’re going to set up an Ubuntu 20.04 droplet at Digital Ocean with an Apache Web server set up properly and capable of handling serious levels of traffic.

Installation

After spinning up a new $5/mo VM (Digital Ocean calls them “droplets”), the first thing we’ll do is what anyone should do with any brand-new Linux server. We check for and then install upgrades, and—since one of them was a new Linux kernel version—reboot the server.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1674295
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Jim Salter

How to Peek Inside Binary Files From the Linux Command Line

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Have a mystery file? The Linux file command will quickly tell you what type of file it is. If it’s a binary file, though, you can find out even more about it. file has a whole raft of stablemates that will help you analyze it. We’ll show you how to use some of these tools.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/672345/how-to-peek-inside-binary-files-from-the-linux-command-line/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Dave McKay

Facebook finally makes it way easier to trash your old posts

Facebook is introducing a new tool to help users batch-delete old posts and shrink their digital footprint on the aging social network.

Called “Manage Activity,” the new feature lets users prune their posts in bulk, making it less of a headache to delete content aging badly or anything else unnecessary that’s built up from years of using the platform. The feature will be available to some users on the Facebook app today and will roll out more broadly in the next few weeks.

“Whether you’re entering the job market after college or moving on from an old relationship, we know things change in people’s lives, and we want to make it easy for you to curate your presence on Facebook to more accurately reflect who you are today,” Facebook wrote in the tool’s announcement.

Anyone who’d like to batch-delete or archive old content will be able search their entire trove of Facebook posts using filters for dates, people tagged, and content type (photo, video, text updates, et cetera). In a preview of the tool, it looked like a vastly more useful way to control aging content without having to manually scroll through years of old posts.

Users skittish about getting rid of content permanently can opt to archive their old posts rather than deleting them outright. Archived posts stick around in a kind of purgatory, remaining viewable to their creator, like the Stories archive feature on Instagram. Deleted posts will hang out for 30 days before being wiped and users can either restore them or manually delete them from there.

In the past, users were stuck either batch-deleting old posts manually or installing third-party browser add-ons, which are notoriously rife with malware.

While it’s actually fairly shocking Facebook didn’t already have this tool, the platform’s privacy controls have a history of being somewhat fussy and difficult to navigate. Facebook has made improvements—not all voluntary—to its user privacy controls in recent years, particularly as more users wake up to the concerns of sharing vast amounts of personal data online. Old content poses similar problems and can also be a goldmine for anyone looking to compromise an account, whether for harassment purposes, identity theft or whatever else.

As social networks age, old posts and tagged content builds up, like a kind of digital plaque. For privacy purposes, scraping that stuff off regularly and cleaning things up is a good idea. And while you can’t really truly pry any information you’ve given up online away from companies like Facebook, getting more control over personal data that’s already out there is probably the next best thing.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/06/02/how-to-delete-old-facebook-posts-manage-activity/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29
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YouTube Music now allows users to pre-save albums before they’re released

c0bf4390-a105-11ea-baf6-82b211eb2968YouTube Music’s latest feature allows users to view and pre-save unreleased albums, another new feature that brings the service closer to parity with other music-streaming options. Reddit users recently initially noticed the change, and Engadget conf…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/youtube-music-presave-albums-before-release-165223528.html
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Are 4K Monitors Worth It for General Computer Use?

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The world is in the midst of a 4K revolution. As internet speeds climb and display costs decline, the next big leap in visual quality is within reach. But do you really need a 4K monitor for office work, email, and web browsing?

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/661321/are-4k-monitors-worth-it-for-general-computer-use/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Tim Brookes

How to Drag and Drop Between Apps on an iPad

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Whenever you need to share information between apps on an iPad, you probably just copy and paste it. But few people know you can also drag and drop images and text between apps with your finger.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/673107/how-to-drag-and-drop-between-apps-on-an-ipad/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Benj Edwards

How to Change Directories in Command Prompt on Windows 10

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One of the first things you’ll need to learn as you become more familiar with Command Prompt on Windows 10 is how to change directories in the operating system’s file system. There are a few ways you can do this, so we’ll walk you through them.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/659411/how-to-change-directories-in-command-prompt-on-windows-10/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Marshall Gunnell

How to Request a LetsEncrypt Certificate Using Acme

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LetsEncrypt changed the SSL certificate world when its offer of free, short-lived, SSL certificates allowed a vast amount of individuals and companies to secure their web applications at no cost. With this service, the necessary infrastructure would need to exist, and to that end, a plethora of applications sprung up that fit the SSL-issuing needs.

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Source: https://www.cloudsavvyit.com/4245/how-to-request-a-letsencrypt-certificate-using-acme/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Adam Bertram

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