reCAPTCHA, that necessary evil that protects websites from spam by making you attempt to decipher words that look like they were written with a quill pen on a jetski, may finally be on its way out. Google is rolling out what it's calling "No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA," which replaces your hieroglyphic translation process with a few simple clicks. You check a box that says "I'm Not a Robot" and off you go. Why this took years to figure out is anyone's guess, but it's a good thing they did. According to Google, the increasing sophistication of spammers is the real reason for the upgrade, but non-scammers welcome this day with open arms as well ... Discuss
According to the Twitter account of LifeChurch.tv pastor Craig Groeschel, YouVersion founder Bobby Gruenewald recently got to meet Pope Francis and took the opportunity to give him an iPhone pre-loaded with the popular Bible app. The free Bible-study app has been downloaded nearly 160 million times. If his tweets start being sent via iPhone, we’ll know he’s using it ... Discuss
For a two-week window starting later this month, you won’t have to feel guilty for wasting countless hours goofing around on your iPhone. Apple has announced a new campaign in partnership with RED to raise money for the Global Fund in an effort to provide drugs and treatment to AIDS victims. For the new “Apps for RED” project, from Nov. 28 – Dec. 7, 25 of Apple’s top app makers were challenged to create special RED additions to their games, from special in-game purchases to a RED sponsored tournaments.
Bono’s RED campaign, which first launched in 2006, is a humanitarian partnership with consumer goods-providers to create specially branded products, with some proceeds going to the fight against AIDS. In a statement, an Apple executive explained, “We’ve been involved with RED from the beginning and have raised $75 million, but we were convinced there was an opportunity to get people to rediscover this cause.” Also, on World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), Apple will be donating a portion of all sales to The Global Fund ... Discuss
President Obama has released a new statement proposing a plan to protect net neutrality. Essentially, he’s asking the FCC to reclassify the Internet as a utility so that they can implement rules that would prevent providers from favoring certain kinds of content. This means that your Internet provider couldn’t charge you more for visiting certain websites, or intentionally throttle competitors’ sites. In other words, this could be a huge deal.
After courts struck down measures that would block providers from messing with how people get content, there has been a massive public outcry online. As The Verge explains, reclassification would put the Internet in the same category of a utility like water when it comes to significant parts of the law: “This means that Internet providers would just be pumping Internet back and forth through pipes and not actually making any decisions about where the Internet goes” ... Discuss
Just days after reports that Christian Bale officially bailed from the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, new reports say that Michael Fassbender is in talks to play the late tech innovator. The film is already shaping up to be an interesting project. Acclaimed director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (who penned the script to the Silicon Valley hit, The Social Network) are at the helm of the film, which is based on Walter Isaacson bestselling biography of Jobs. According to an early interview with Sorkin, the movie may just be three long scenes—from different eras of Job’s life—that unfold in real time. Also, who wouldn’t want to see a movie where Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak? ... Discuss