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Browser plugin lets you listen to any YouTube video in your language
Hollywood movies and foreign films are considered to be two different artforms — one is for the masses and the other is for the preserve of aesthetes. However, the schism is still largely a result of limited language options for films. While MyLINGOhas made an effort to introduce dubbed translations into the cinema through viewers’ own smartphones, a project called alugha is now hoping to bring the same capability to the web, with a plugin that provides alternative language tracks for existing YouTube videos. READ MORE…
Browser plugin tracks kids’ online activity — and whether it’s good for their mental health
Children growing up with the internet can spend much more time using it than their parents, and are often able to navigate their way around it more easily — whether that’s a good or bad thing. Designed for parents who want more control over their children’s internet usage, Mevoked is a new platform that gives parents greater insight into the types of content their kids are looking at, as well as how it’s affecting their state of mind. READ MORE…
App blocks social media trolls
Reports of abuse being meted out on social networks, especially to people in the public eye, is becoming a sticking point for companies such as Facebook and Twitter, and has even led to a number of arrests in the UK. A new platform called SMC4 aims to stop hurtful or brand-damaging messages being delivered to its recipients using smart algorithms. READ MORE…
From Kenya, robust, mobile ‘brick’ provides internet access when the internet is down
While slimline routers and ultra-thin batteries may be suitable for urban environments where mains electricity and wifi hotspots are in abundance, it’s not the same in rural Africa. We recently covered the rough-and-ready eChaja kit, providing solar-powered device charging for remote areas, and now the BRCK aims to keep Africans connected even when the power turns off and the internet drops out. READ MORE…
Search app constantly scans the changing web
We recently covered the Hero Button, an app that allows smartphone users to create alerts when specific actions are carried out on the web. Now, Resultly aims to do the same for searches – monitoring changes in results and combining them into one stream of information. READ MORE…
Plug-in book offers digital content when the page is turned 
Physical books and new technology are often placed in contrast to each other but – as we have seen with projects such as Between Page and Screen – they can actually exist in harmony. Adding weight to this point, the Elektrobiblioteka, or Electrobook, contains sensors between its pages that generate extra, dynamic content for readers when the book is plugged into a computer. READ MORE…
From Sweden, anti-spam tests ask questions about human rights
Following fast from our coverage of the NotFound project’s campaign to use 404 pages to hold information on missing persons, the Civil Rights Captcha is now using anti-spam devices to test if web users are human by asking them questions about global human rights issues. READ MORE…
Spectators at re-enactment village get wifi access from donkeys
With internet access becoming more of a necessity than a luxury these days, we’ve seen a number of startups trying to boost wifi coverage outdoors, including pavement hotspots and even park wifi powered by dog poo. Now a re-enactment village in Israel is providing connectivity to tourists from the animals that carry them around the park, through its Wi Fi Donkeys service. READ MORE…
Service imports and organizes electronic documents from PCs, email and the web
Document management has been a perennial challenge over the years, but German Doo recently launched a new solution. The new cloud service collects and organizes both local and online documents and stores them centrally in a secure and easily searchable way. READ MORE…
Platform scores developers’ coding skills and delivers results to recruiters
Technology is making it easier for recruiters to look beyond the traditional resumé, and we’ve seen services offering Myers-Briggs personality results and credential verification in the recent past. Now, Gild Source is a tool that aims to help companies hire talented web developers by checking their coding and gathering information from social networks. READ MORE…
Consumers learn a new language while helping to translate the web
We’ve seen online translation services and we’ve seen language-learning programs over the years, but not until Duolingo had we seen a venture that marries the two. Sure enough, Pennsylvania-based Duolingo is a site that lets consumers learn a new language for free while helping to translate the web. READ MORE…


Portable 4G hotspot rewards users for sharing mobile internet connections
The restrictive data plans offered by some mobile providers have brought about attempts to develop a more open approach to internet connectivity for smartphone and tablet users. We recently covered San Francisco-based Open Garden, whose app turns devices into short-range routers to share connections across networks. Providing a similar service, the Karma portable 4G hotspot aims to monetize the sharing of connectivity. READ MORE…
App turns smartphones into routers for peer-to-peer shared mobile internet coverage


We recently reported on Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble’s wifi-blocking wallpaper, which aims to make home and business networks more secure against unauthorized use. San Francisco-based startup Open Garden, however, is focused on democratizing internet access and is looking to boost mobile broadband coverage by sharing devices’ connectivity in densely populated areas. READ MORE…
Free mobile internet in exchange for participation in local offers

It’s been a few years since we’ve looked at initiatives offering free mobile services, but the ones we’ve seen so far have generally used ads to make their free offerings possible. Recently, however, Belgian mobile operator Mobile Vikings launched VikingSpots, an experiment whereby customers can earn free mobile internet service by participating in offers from local businesses. READ MORE…
 
In Sweden, telecom provider builds summertime ‘internet-free zones’
It’s rare for a vendor to encourage customers to take a break from its products, but that’s just what Swedish telecom provider Telia has done this summer. Specifically, Telia not only offers a free download that customers can use to disable the internet for a while at home, it has also created what it calls “internet-free zones” in various parts of Sweden to help customers unplug for a while and enjoy summertime. READ MORE…