Full Access: How the Chinese Surf the Unfiltered Web

Tiananmen Square:

a square in the center of Beijing adjacent to the Forbidden City, the largest public open space in the world.

Open your Mac. Highlight the words, “Tiananmen Square.” Place the cursor over those highlighted words and tap once on the trackpad with three fingers. The above definition should appear regardless of where you are in the world. It is certainly innocent enough, and a rather proud claim for China.

However, when one does just a bit more digging, even that most proud and innocent of descriptions are brought into question. Other sources rank the Square as the fourth largest town square in the world. That seems to be at odds with the claim of being the largest public space. In most sporting events, fourth place doesn’t even get you on the podium.

The question is, what information about Tiananmen Square is available to the Chinese people. In America, it is a trivial matter to load up a web browser, bring up a search engine, and type in a query. Sorting through the information could keep a person busy for weeks. No detail is left out. No speculation is forbidden. Every true fact and controversial opinion is there for the reading. In China, the same cannot be said.

The bulk of the Chinese people lack the full access to the Internet that is freely available in other parts of the world. There are many reasons for this filtering. But for many Chinese citizens, the reasons do not matter. In a world where economies and politics are becoming ever more globalized, it is more important than ever that participants have full access to the information that drives those economies and politics. A citizen of the world denied full access is a citizen denied full participation. Here are a few of the methods being used to gain full access to the world’s biggest repository of unfiltered information: Continue reading

Benefits of a GSM Repeater

Nothing is more frustrating than having inadequate cell phone reception in your home or office. In these situations, you can lose out on an important sale, a business client, or even just the latest neighborhood or family information. Dropped calls and weak signals limit the use of your expensive smartphone, and renders much of the technology useless. However, with a GSM repeater, you can amplify a cell phone signal and increase your communication abilities across your home or office. The repeater boosts the weak signal from the base station tower via and outdoor antenna, and transmits the signal through your building to maximize signal strength.

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Use Anywhere

There is no limit to the amount of devices that can be amplified by the repeater. It doesn’t matter how many people use a mobile phone within the coverage area, as they will all get the benefits of the stronger signal. The only catch is that you have to remain inside the area that the repeater covers. Continue reading

Staying Connected…All the Time?

It is hard to believe that just ten short years ago, dialup Internet connections were still common. Wow, how far we have come? Today you can’t get away from high-speed online connections–they’re ubiquitous. The Internet is always there–no matter where we are–easily accessible via a tiny computer we carry around in our pockets and bags.

Today, we get annoyed when we can’t get a strong enough signal for our devices and we go to great lengths to ensure that our connections are perfect. How did we get here? When did the Trekkies (remember their communicators?) take over the world? Most importantly, where should we send our thank you cards?

The Early Beginnings

It’s important that we not forget that the Internet was originally developed for governmental use and then slowly but surely introduced and adopted by schools (universities) and libraries. While UseNet and telnet offered email and basic communications to early adopters, it wasn’t until 1993 and the advent of Internet Explorer that the idea of “the Internet in every house” really took off. Continue reading

Broken laptop LCD isn’t always a big problem

Probably LCD is the most fragile part of any laptop or other hand-held device. When you drop your device on the corner or bend too much, you will definitely crack the screen. After this your computer becomes unusable. What to do next on this situation? First of all try to evaluate situation and see how old your laptop is. If you planned to upgrade to newer, then it is the right time – you can sell parts of broken laptop on eBay or on local market. Anyway if you have a bit of engineering steam, you should fix it.

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Replacing of LCD is easy task, then only problem you may face is finding right LCD for it. Laptop screens are pretty much standard all you need is to find right size and type. If you are not sure, remove broken LCD from broken laptop and look at the sticker on the back. You will find screen model number like LTN154X3-LOD. Then number 154 indicates that screen diagonal size is 15.4-inch. LTN indicates that manufacturer is Samsung. You can find pretty much all codes by googling it. Continue reading

The HTC One M8’s best features

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The HTC one was released in March 2014 and four months later; it is still a huge hit with the market. Despite the leaked video that surfaced around a month prior to the phone’s official release, the M8 was met with mostly positive reviews and critical acclaim. The dust has largely settled, with HTC now focusing on other projects – such as their android smart-watch to name but one – although it hasn’t stopped the phone from making sustainable sales. Granted, at the beginning of 2013, sales of mobile devices were tipped to increase – Hispanics in particular were projected to be 37% more likely to buy a mobile device – and with that in mind it is easy to see why sales may have remained at immensely high levels. The price is another possible factor to sales though, as T-Mobile’s contract price of $26.50 for 24 months is more than reasonable but it could, however, ultimately be the phone itself and with that in mind we take a look at some of its best bits. Continue reading