ASUS Releases World’s Smallest Router
ASUS has announced the forthcoming release of what is being hailed as the smallest router produced to date. The WL-330NUL Pocket Router is just a bit longer than an AA- sized battery, includes an integrated USB 2.0 connector and cable that fold into the side of the body, and offers both wired and wireless connectivity for your notebooks, tablets and smartphones.
A year after file-storage site Megaupload was brought down by U.S. law enforcement officials targeting piracy, flamboyant founder Kim Dotcom has lunched his new site, Mega.
The cloud storage service is currently under heavy load, with thousands of user registrations per minute and 100,000 registered users within the site’s first hour, according to Dotcom.
Two hours in, he tweeted that the site’s server capacity was on maximum load with 250,000 registrations.
DotCom said Mega users would get 50GB of storage for free and that his lawyers are working on giving former MegaUpload premium users their premium statuses on the new site.
On top of the free storage, Mega — which offers encryption and is being touted as “an awesome cloud storage service that will help protect your privacy” — offers three pricing plans with added storage space and bandwidth.
Map showing the location and industry of victims in 69 countries hit by the spy operation. Courtesy of Kaspersky Lab
Computer activist and co-founder of Reddit Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City according to MIT’s The Tech.
Swartz’ uncle confirmed the news in a comment to The Tech, saying his nephew took his own life in his New York City apartment.
The accomplished Swartz co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, was one of the three co-owners of the popular social news site Reddit, and completed a fellowship at Harvard’s Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption.
Swartz also co-founded Demand Progress, an advocacy group that rallies people “to take action on the news that affects them — by contacting Congress and other leaders, funding pressure tactics, and spreading the word in their own communities.”
In July 2011, Swartz was arrested for allegedly harvesting 4 million academic papers from the JSTOR online journal archive. He appeared in court in Sept. 2012, pleading not guilty.
According to social media analyst Vincenzo Cosenza’s biannual World Map of Social Networks, Facebook is the leader in 127 of the 137 countries observed, the Los Angeles Times reports. Armenia, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan and Vietnam are among the 10 countries where Facebook now reigns supreme.
The biggest recent growth area, according to Cosenza, is Asia, which now has 278 million Facebook users and boasts the social network’s largest population. Europe now has fewer users than Asia, netting 251 million users total; North America has 243 million users; South America has 142 million users; Africa has 52 million users and the Oceania region has 15 million users.
The countries where non-Facebook networks still dominate? Russia, led by Kontakte and Odnoklassniki; China, lead by QZone; and Iran, led by Cloob.
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