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What Is HTTP/2?

Have you heard? HTTP/2 is finally finished. That means that pretty soon webpages will load faster; connections will last longer; servers will respond to requests with more content. What’s not to like! But hold on a sec: What the heck is HTTP/2, again?


Second Coming: The First HTTP Update In 16 Years, HTTP/2, Is Finished

HTTP is one of the most fundamental standards on the internet. Now, after 16 years, it’s finally getting a facelift. Make way for HTTP/2.


30 Essential Shortcuts For Navigating Your Favourite Sites

It’s amazing the difference that a few keyboard shortcuts can make to your web surfing. We’ve picked out some of the most essential shortcuts for YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Outlook and Netflix to help you get more done in less time. If you already knew about all of these beforehand, then you have our everlasting respect and admiration. If you don’t, prepare to get schooled.


The Story Of The First Photo On The Web

CERN is pimping some images of its newly renovated Large Hadron Collider today. It’s an exciting upgrade for particle physics, but it also reminds me of the very first time CERN pimped some images on the web. In fact, CERN scientists pimped the very first image on the web nearly a quarter century ago.


Read The Web Hands-Free With These Automatic Scrolling Tools

You’ve got a coffee in one hand, a mobile phone in the other — who’s got the fingers free to actually scroll down a web page manually? Not us, so we’ve rounded up the best browser extensions and plug-ins that can help provide a solution. Sit back, relax and let your favourite sites flow before your eyes like magic.


Block Images And Plug-ins To Speed Up Sluggish Wi-Fi

Fortunately, high-speed Wi-Fi is now pretty ubiquitous, especially if you live in a major metropolis. However, there are still occasions when you’ll find yourself without a strong Internet connection, whether it’s on a long train trip, in a dodgy hotel, or when you’re tethering from your phone in a remote wilderness. A couple of quick browser tweaks can improve your online experience.


Censoring The Web Isn't The Solution To Terrorism, It's The Problem

In politics, as with internet memes, ideas don’t spread because they are good — they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web.


Burning Artificial Sweeteners Releases Some Bizarre Shooting Webs

Our favourite destroyer of objects, the red hot nickel ball, is back. This time it’s torching artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Sweet N’ Low and Truvia. Splenda and Sweet N’ Low put up honourable fights but essentially caramelizes. Truvia, however, starts shooting out these weird spider web looking things when burned.


Views Of A Dark World: Illuminating Unseen Infrastructure

For a global society highly dependent on complex technical, economic and political systems, we manage to carry on our daily routines largely unaware of the hard and soft infrastructure — from pipes to policies — on which these systems rest. That is, until unexpected events, so-called black swans, illuminate the previously hidden pieces and surprise or unsettle us by their presence and function.


Happy 25th Birthday To The Embattled World Wide Web

How do you sing happy birthday to a computer? Or, more specifically, how do you sing happy birthday to a system of hyperlinked files accessible, by the internet, that live inside your computer (and phone, and tablet, and so on)? It is, after all, the World Wide Web’s 25th birthday.