What You Need To Know About The Sneakiest New Online Tracking Tool

What do the White House and YouPorn have in common? Their websites both use canvas fingerprinting, a newer form of online tracking designed to make it hard to hide. ProPublica investigated the pervasive shadowing method, developed as an insidious alternative to cookies so websites can keep tabs on where their visitors browse online.


Google Is Finally Working On Fixing Chrome's Battery-Draining Bug

Have you noticed that if you’re working on the road, at uni or out of the office for the day, that Google Chrome uses a little more power than it should? A tiny bug that has been an ongoing issue for the last two years is finally being worked on by Google’s Chromium development team, which when solved — fingers crossed — could boost your laptop’s battery life by up to 25 per cent.


Set Reminders In Google Now Just By Searching Text On Your Laptop

Google Now reminders are great, but if you don’t feel like pulling out your phone and whispering part of your to-do list at it, there is now another way: Just hammer it into your search bar.


Facebook Adds A Save Button Since There's Too Much Crap On Your News Feed

Over the years, Facebook has slowly morphed from a voyeur’s wet dream into what is now essentially a popularity-based RSS feed. And since there’s only so many listicles one can read in a day, Facebook just added a “Save” feature that compiles all your readables for viewing at your leisure.


World's Best Top Gear Forum Hit With DMCA Notice To Take Down Links To Episodes

If you’ve ever wanted to stream an episode of Top Gear, Top Gear Australia or Top Gear US online, you’ve probably swung by the FinalGear forums. As of last week, however, the website will no longer be linking to episodes of the world’s favourite car show following a takedown notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.


iiNet On Data Retention: It's Not Right, It's Not Australian, We Don't Support It

If you’ve ever wanted to join an ISP that looks after the interests of its users, it might be time to think about switching to iiNet. Not only has the ISP fought the copyright lobby and won, but it has since given the film industry a solid wallop and now it’s coming out harder than ever against mandatory data retention. iiNet’s chief regulatory officer, Steve Dalby, hates it. Here’s why.


RIAA Bullies Tiny Music Sites That Pay Fees Instead Of Make Money

We’ve known for years that the RIAA acts like a bunch of hypocritical bullies with nothing better to do than pick on the helpless. But wow. The latest report about how the lobbying organisation is now bullying small music sites that not only have zero revenue but also pay licensing fees is just pathetic.


Catch Of The Derp: How To Cancel Your Catch Of The Day Account

Catch Of The Day is on our collective shit-list at the moment after waiting three whole years to disclose a data breach that involved the loss of usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords and credit card data. If you’re as annoyed with them as we are, you’ll want to cancel your account. Here’s how.


An Open Letter To Catch Of The Day: We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together

Hey, Catch of the Day. Can I call you Catch? Look, I know we haven’t talked in a while. I haven’t opened your emails, dropped by to say hey or even looked at what you’re up to on social media. But what you did on Friday was probably the worst way to get my attention you could have thought of, and now we have a problem.


Tweetbot Catches Russian Government Editing Flight MH17 Wikipedia Info

Remember @CongressEdits, the tweetbot that alerts whenever a Wikipedia article is edited from a government IP address? There’s a Russian version now, and it just uncovered some pretty drastic edits to a Wikipedia article that mentions Flight MH17, originating from a Russian government IP address.