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Opinion: Spoiler alert: The internet ruined Star Wars for me

I once heard someone shriek “spoiler alert!” to stop another from divulging the plot details of a 30-year-old Star Wars movie. As much as I, too, hate having things spoiled for me before I’ve experienced them, there just comes a point, silently agreed upon by a few, when it becomes okay to openly talk about it. On the internet, there ... Read More »

Microsoft quietly unwraps a big-data analytics platform based on R

Microsoft this week took the next step following its acquisition of Revolution Analytics last year by unwrapping an advanced-analytics platform of its own based on the open source R programming language. Dubbed Microsoft R Server, the platform works with Windows, Linux, Hadoop and Teradata software. It’s now available on the Microsoft Developer Network and via Microsoft’s DreamSpark educational program. Last April ... Read More »

Reddit is publishing a hardback book of its best AMAs

The Ask Me Anything (AMA) threads are one of the best parts of Reddit: celebrities or people with a story to tell field as many questions as they can from the Reddit community, and the results are often enlightening, humorous and candid. Now Reddit has decided to try and bring its AMAs to a wider audience: it’s publishing Ask Me ... Read More »

This Luke Skywalker Twitter account is much funnier than Emo Kylo Ren

Considering the level of hype we’ve seen around The Force Awakens, episode VII of the Star Wars series, it’s perhaps no surprise that the Twitter parody accounts are out in (ahem) force. Before you read on we should warn you that mild spoilers for the new film follow. First came Emo Kylo Ren (@kylor3n) but now there’s a worthy challenger ... Read More »

FCC report: US broadband speeds tripled between 2011 and 2014

When it comes to broadband Internet connection speeds in the United States, there’s both good news and bad news to report. The good news is that average download speeds for American broadband subscribers has tripled between 2011 and 2014. The bad news? The US still has a lot of catching up to do. According to the FCC’s fifth Measuring Broadband America ... Read More »

Twitter to bring back archive for politicians’ deleted tweets

Twitter announced today that it has come to an agreement to revive Politwoops, the public archive of tweets deleted by politicians. The announcement came after a decision earlier this summer to shut down Politwoops over concerns around Twitter’s API Terms of Service. The decision was met with criticism from the Sunlight Foundation and The Open State Foundation, the nonprofit organizations ... Read More »

How to switch bank account online

In the digital age in which we live, switching bank account has never been easier or quicker – largely thanks to the new Current Account Switch Guarantee. Here we explain what it all means and how to switch bank account online. What is the Current Account Switch Guarantee? This new service does pretty much what it says on the tin, ... Read More »

Pirates apologise for leaking The Hateful Eight, but say they did Tarantino a favour

The movie pirates who recently leaked a selection of movies, including Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, have apologised for their actions. The group, Hive-CM8, released copies of several movie screeners that had been sent out to judges for award consideration. Now the group has put out a statement saying it is “sorry for the trouble” it caused, while claiming that ... Read More »

Apple’s Topsy social search engine tweets out its own demise

Fittingly enough, the Apple-owned Topsy data analytics business that boasted of indexing every Tweet back to 2006, announced its demise on Tuesday night via a Twitter post. Twitter Apple snapped up the would-be Google of Twitter search about two years ago for reportedly at least $200 million, and it’s never been quite clear outside of Apple what the company did ... Read More »

Uber rival Sidecar hits dead end, will shut down ride and courier service on Dec. 31

The ride’s over for Sidecar, a pioneering ride-sharing service that simply couldn’t compete with Uber and Lyft’s mindshare—nor their massive venture capital-infused warchests, as co-founders Sunil Paul and Jahan Khanna made clear in their farewell post on Medium. “We are the innovation leader in ridesharing despite a significant capital disadvantage, continually rolling out new products that set the bar for ... Read More »

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