Lots of internet users assume that the speed on their home internet package is what they get on a consistent, daily basis, but that isn't always the case . Speeds typically fluctuate throughout the day, and can slow down during times of peak usage. And if your provider enforces data caps or throttles connections to maintain overall network performance, your speeds could come crashing down, too. Fortunately, there's an easy way to keep an eye on your home's internet speeds, and that's with an internet speed test. You've got lots of free options online to choose from, and might even be able to run one from the same app that you used to set up your router. In most cases, running a test is as easy as pressing "Go." Read more : Best VPN service of 2021 A good speed test will make it easy to see the current download speeds, upload speeds and latency (or ping ) for whatever device you're running the test on -- but with so many options promising to do exactly that, … [Read more...] about Which internet speed test should you use to test your connection at home?
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If you're a wildlife enthusiast, you're probably aware of the live video streams available on Africam , the ad-supported 'profit-for-purpose' website that's dedicated to showcasing African wildlife and increasing conservation awareness. Samsung Mobile has teamed up with Africam to launch Wildlife Watch , a two-month pilot project running until 2 May that gives anyone with an internet connection the chance to monitor live video from Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa, report any suspicious incidents, and donate to support the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit . The latter is a pioneering all-female, unarmed, team of rangers who patrol the 500 square kilometres of the Balule reserve daily, checking for poachers and evidence of their activities such as wire snares and fence break-ins. Smartphones The best cheap phones The 10 best smartphones The best Android phones The best Samsung phones The best rugged phones How to keep your smartphone clean … [Read more...] about Wildlife Watch and the Black Mambas: Using smartphones and video streams to protect animals
US legislators have passed a bill that could change how the Apple App Store and Google Play Store operate on smartphones. The bill could also have an impact on Epic Games’ ongoing legal battle with Apple, and could see Fortnite allowed back onto iPhones. The Arizona House of Representatives passed bill HB2005 , which would, among other things, prevent digital distribution platforms from requiring Arizona-based developers and consumers to use “a specific in-application payment system as the sole method of accepting payments”. If it’s passed into law the bill would mean Google and Apple can no longer force people to use their Play Store or App Store distribution platform for purchases, and would have to give developers and users the choice of other options. The existing lack of choice is what forced Epic Games to try and circumvent Apple’s policies, leading to Fortnite being booted from iOS devices. Nvidia GeForce Now may let you play Fortnite on iPhones Fortnite’s … [Read more...] about Will Fortnite Return? Arizona bill could challenge Apple’s App Store payments monopoly
For most office workers, the "stay at home" orders delivered by governments at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has meant lingering kitchen-chair backaches and awkward after-work Zoom drinks. For Max Votolato, the co-producer of Hollywood thriller Songbird , directed by Adam Mason, WFH has been an entirely different challenge: to manage the delivery of a full-length feature film from his own house, watching what was happening on set through the screen of an iPad Pro. When on March 19th, California's 40 million residents were asked to stay at home, no exceptions were made for Hollywood. Film productions only re-started at the beginning of June, with very restrictive health and safety protocols that required crews to be as small as possible when shooting on set. Cloud The top cloud providers What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know The best cloud storage services OneDrive tips and tricks: How to master Microsoft's free cloud storage 5 … [Read more...] about Making a Hollywood movie, from home: Using cloud computing to film a thriller in a pandemic
Two of the biggest entertainment events of the weekend could have been Paramount Plus exclusives: Oprah’s highly anticipated interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and Eddie Murphy’s eagerly awaited Coming 2 America . Instead, the former is now only available on CBS’s website (free) and the latter is streaming exclusively on Amazon. For a company whose executives just touted the vital importance of leaning into streaming, having launched Paramount Plus within days of the interview and film being released, not finding a way to have one or the other — or both, ideally — available on demand is head-scratch worthy. One absence is more understandable than the other. Harpo (Oprah’s production company) did not make the streaming video on-demand rights available to ViacomCBS, The Verge has learned. The interview was available on Paramount Plus as live programming, but there’s no replay available for subscribers. Their interview became the most streamed event outside … [Read more...] about Oprah’s Meghan and Harry interview exemplifies Paramount Plus’ streaming challenges