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As I surf around and use the internet for myriads of purposes I run into post after post after post of news that quite frankly may not be totally true yet people seem to believe the crazy stories. I know we live in a crazy world but to believe everything you read is in itself…crazy. One of the most prominent sources of fake news being social media. I am not going to state any one source but I constantly witness people sharing, posting, tweeting and retweeting news that you can pretty much call fake at first glance yet people share them anyways, exceptions being malware controlled posts.



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There are sites dedicated to publishing fake news and chances are that crazy news post you see pop up on your screen was started by one of those sites. Google is taking a stand against ‘fake news’ by introducing a Fact Check tag in their search results. When you search for info about a contested subject, Google will serve a page from a fact-checking site. The fact check will show up at the top in an area you most likely have seen before where things like recipes, TV show episodes, movie showtimes, and band discographies show as you perform searches on said subjects. The fact checks will be pulled from sites like Snopes and PolitiFact. These fact checks will also show information about the person who made the claim, details about the claim, and whether said site thinks it is true. After the top section traditional news stories will be presented as usual. The fact-check feature won’t remove false and offensive stories on Google but it is an attempt to better educate users on what they are reading about. To add in I would like to add that if Google will be pulling from different fact-checker sites you will run into different opinions on the specific news you are looking at.

Google in a blog post said, “These fact checks are not Google’s and presented so people can make more informed judgements,”

“Even though differing conclusions may be presented, we think it’s still helpful for people to understand the degree of consensus around a particular claim and have clean information on which sources agree,”

Google will not make it easy for fact checker sites to be recognized by implementing criteria that is rather long. Some part of the criteria involves use of Schema.org ClaimReview markup on pages where public statements are analyzed. The content must adhere to Google’s News General Guidelines which has a good amount of the same guidelines as any journalist. The final decision will be based on Google’s algorithms which will determine who is an authoritative source of information.

“If a publisher or fact check claim does not meet these standards or honor these policies, we may, at our discretion, ignore that site’s markup.”

Google News started something similar which was started during the US presidential election where a lot of news was not very trustworthy. Since it was a success Google then expanded the feature to Germany, France, and then went further by adding it in the Google News and Weather app in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico.

There has been fire shot out at sites who provide fake news online and as mentioned Google is taking steps to identify false and offensive content which is a battle in itself. Some of the shots fired come from different sources like a recent report by The Outline which shows how often Google’s search results can provide such fake news. Fake news is trending and along with that causing increased concern where, for instance, a parliamentary inquiry has been started by the UK Culture, Media and Sport Committee into investigating “fake news.” The inquiry has also urged British newspapers to called for a deeper examination of the issue.

Again I say the move by Google won’t erase the problem, but it will help people to make more informed decisions on the content that they read and hopefully people won’t be so quick to post all that garbage news. I suggest anyone reading this post that as they use Google or Facebook and run into news that sounds weird or crazy that they open up another browser window and do a search on the subject first and look to see if that news shows up on the bigger and widely known news sites. If not, chances are it is not true or has been exaggerated.

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Coming soon to a device near you, Google is releasing a new version of its web browser. Version 56 which will apparently flag any website that collects passwords and other sensitive info as “Not Secure.” We just saw an update shoot down that causes Chrome to default to HTML5 for all sites except a good many still around. This move is frankly part of an effort to make the web safer. An effort that has been effected greatly by sites like Letsencrypt, which is mainly a project aimed to make encrypted connections to WWW servers ubiquitous. See building a website is one step while securing that site is another. A process that came/comes with a pretty high cost. Letsencrypt has created a way for anyone with a website whether they make $0 to infinite dollars to secure information they collect.






Chrome version 56 is the start of a long-term game to mark all HTTP sites as not being secure sites. So since users of Chrome were not taking the notifications serious enough Google will change the notification to a red triangle with expanded text. If anyone wants to try out the new version you can find it in the dev channel. Speaking of which I looked through and I find that this new version will also support Web Bluetooth. Web Bluetooth will allow sites to interact with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices on Android, Chrome OS, and Mac. Starting to sound cool and maybe a little crazy depending on how you look at it. So with a few lines of code your browser will be able connect to printers or even LED displays along with Physical Web Beacons to further open up control of more nearby devices. You are gonna have read more on Physical web. Just click the link but to sum it up it allows use of just about anything. I can already see the issues that can arise with being able to control someone’s house using their browser.

So with this new update we could assume other browsers will follow suit but at this moment I cannot find any mention of this. I am sure though that they will and with this I tell anyone that has a website to start migrating your sites to use HTTPS if you do not already.



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Ninja’s Cool Technology Hunt


There are many many campaigns out there right now on the web with ideas that range from stupid to straight up ninja. So in this post Ninja will go on the hunt for the straight up ninja projects that will catch eyes. I will say though that some may not even be available yet as Ninja’s hunts usually turn up upcoming tech that actually may never be available or just available as latter dates as creators work to improve and get things going.  Hey things fail whether good or evil intentions are involved. I advise anyone though to do research before pulling your wallets out for your next cool gadget. So here it goes….


FlexR – Control Technology With Your Muscles





This technology makes use of electromyography (EMG) — an electrodiagnostic medical technique used for evaluating and recording electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles. So what is it being used for? Ever wanted to control your smartphone by flexing your muscles? If not then it is a concept being worked on right now. FlexR,  is currently raising funds on Kickstarter. See the idea here is a small wearable gadget that can be attached to your skin so it can recognize muscle contractions, and translate those signals into inputs for your mobile device. Once hooked up, it allows you to play games while exercising. It is like a Wii Fit or an Xbox Kinect without the large movements like jumping or waving your arms.




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More will be added as Ninja goes out on the hunt so keep checking…



Do you surf the web a lot? You prefer Google Chrome browser over the others? Okay here Ninja makes his suggestions of Chrome Extensions to try out. What is a Chrome Extension? A browser extension is a plug-in that extends the functionality of a web browser in some way. Google Chrome has A LOT of them. First to make things a little easier you can visit this LINK HERE from Chrome to search through the long list of extensions for Google’s Chrome browser. So let’s get started shall we?

Strict Workflow

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Trying to get some work done but you are always distracted. You just cannot seem to fight the urge to click on links and search the web. Well with this distraction blocking extension you can finally get some work done. Strict Workflow can block distracting sites for chunks of 25 minutes at a time.

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NiftySplit

This extension can be very useful and time saving during the times where you are surfing and just need more space to see all that you have opened… or just two sites side by side. So if you only have one screen and you need just a little more space to make, say a comparision… Niftysplit is for you. You simply just right-click on a link and you will have the new option to “Open as NiftySplit Window.” You can also shift click on a link too. To give you an idea here is an image.

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The Great Suspender

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You have have limited amounts of RAM in your PC and you tend to open a lot of tabs at once causing your PC to either slow down or you get the “Out of memory” message this extension can help. The Great Suspender automatically suspends tabs you are not using this in turn will free up resources.

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In 2014 Apple agreed to purchase Beats known for the popular Beats headphones, speakers, and audio software for $3 billion. The deal actually consists of a purchase price of about $2.6 and the rest will vest over time. Source So now here we are with not very long to wait to give Apple Music a try. The streaming service will cost $10/month and will be available on Macs, iOS, and Windows PCs on June 30th….even if you do not use Apple. Apple Music will also be available on both Apple TV and Android this fall. So what happened to all the issues Apple and Google have/had/have? Apple will put out an app with their branding on Google? It is no big deal because when it comes to money by-gones can be by-gones really quick. So in this case if Apple wants to compete with other services like Spotify they need to jump on the bandwagon. Whatever right? For more details you can click here.




Microsoft has been busy lately making my last update referring to Windows 9 an old memory for the most part. You can read on it here. I say read it because a good portion of the information is valid actually you will be able to see a progression here going on with Microsofts next operating system which will now be Windows 10, totally skipping 9. Why would they skip 9 and go Windows 10? A question everyone is asking. Well let’s try and figure that out.

I do need to point out that between Windows 3 and Windows 7, versions of Windows were designated by a name rather than a number: 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000, Vista, and so on. When Microsoft announced Windows 7, there was also some disbelief and after a series of named versions of Windows it would be odd to jump back to numbers. The name of each Windows release doesn’t really match the real version number; for example, Windows 8.1 is actually version 6.3 of Windows. Windows 10 is version 6.4. The last time the release name actually matched the version number was Windows NT 4.0, which was released back in 1996. (Wow does anyone remember Windows NT? Makes me a bit nostalgic. I may just pop that disk in and install it somewhere just to get that urge out.) Windows 2000 (Called NT 5.0 during development) was actually version 5.0. Windows XP was version 5.1. Windows Vista was 6.0, Windows 7 was 6.1, Windows 8 was 6.2, and Windows 8.1 is version 6.3. WinRT, which powers Metro, is a new and separate beast, it is not a full Windows animal but it still sits on top of the core Windows kernel. Whatever right? You might as well just go with and iPad running iOS if WinRT is something you like. Modern versions of Windows are still based on the Vista (including Windows 10) which is actually Windows 6.4 and as times goes by there will most likely be more confusion.

I hear that the number 9 is considered unlucky in Japan. Microsoft having enough stigmas on its plate to get away from may have just simple skipped 9 to avoid any ill will. Funny thing is I remember an Antivirus software maker doing that (Trend Micro) and I always wondered why but never cared enough to really want to find out. Looking into it now I see Trend Micro is a Japanese company, go figure.

So again I ask the question and the response I find is from Tony Prophet (Microsoft corporate vice president, Windows Marketing) which is that “It came and it went.” I had to literally watch clips on youtube of the conference to even see it. Going through different clips I found his answer. I think he was quoting Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO). The idea seems to be to distance Windows 10 from Windows 8 while Windows 10 not being some ,”incremental step from Windows 8.1.” Microsoft has had the the goal to make one thing for all devices and that goal continues further with Windows 10. Microsoft is handling things with Windows 10 different also. At this moment anyone can try out the Windows 10 Technical Preview which is updated pretty often. Windows 8 having a bad name Microsoft is definitely working for a change. I know Windows 8 sort of skip Enterprise customers and most if not all companies are just upgrading their PCs and running Windows 7. Prophet says Windows 10 will be different.

So what is new?…. Microsoft actually committed to a Summer 2015 date to release Windows 10. Microsoft is planning to launch Windows 10 in 190 countries and it will be available in 111 languages. Cool stuff that only gets better. Anyone tired of Window 7? or even XP? (Goodness no one should still have XP now.) Well Microsoft will be offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8 which leaves out about 21% of all desktop users still using XP and/or Vista.

Microsoft is also partnering with different companies to help facilitate the upgrade to Windows 10 in China. In China pirating is big and it is said that about 75% of users in China are running some pirated version of Windows and Microsoft is giving Windows 10 away to anyone running pirated windows also. This will go on for 1 year. I microsoft will get a lot of coverage with this going on.

I thought about explaining Windows 10 and I will talk about a few things but I prefer to just show you. Here are some images of Windows 10.

I also have a video for you to give you a better idea of what Microsoft has so far.


Updates and Links:


Windows 10 will not support Media Center.


Checking out my twitter I see a tweet from old Gabe:

So those of you who decide to upgrade will lose Media Center functionality altogether. Gabriel Aul’s Twitter post will catch the attention of the die hard Media Center fans. He did mention,”If you have WMC now, we’ll have a DVD option for you in an update later this year,” which to most just means you will be able to play your DVD movies still but this does not say anything about those that use WMC to watch TV. What about the home theatre PCs that use the convenient funtionality of Windows Media Center?


Project Spartan Browser


Microsoft is working on a new browser for Windows 10. Looks like they are considering to get rid of Internet Explorer. I do believe Microsoft will keep Internet Explorer though for corporate use. Compatibility issues will arise and businesses are not keen up updating to the newest Microsoft anything as soon as it comes out.


Windows 10 Available on the Rasberry Pi 2 Micro Computer & the Intel Minnowboard Max



Project Spartan Browser now has a name……The Edge Browser


Again I say, farewell Internet Explorer and make way for Microsoft’s next browser, Edge. Edge will be the default browser for Windows 10 and will not run on older versions of Windows. (For now. I’m sure someone cool person will find a way around this. Although virtual windows could be an option.) The browser will be better though…..eventually. I can think of about 5 ways it will be better.

  1. Edge does have more optimized code base then IE. Microsoft stripped away all the code no longer needed to support backward compatibility and as a result is zippier. According to Microsft, the current build of Edge ran twice as fast as IE 11 in recent tests using the Google Canary benchmarking software. It also handily beat the latest beta 64-bit builds of the Chrome and Firefox browsers in this test supposedly. So far Edge has over 4,200 interoperability improvements over IE11. Built on Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform, the browser renders pages more uniformly across different devices, and brings it more in line with other browsers in this respect. An improvement since IE on Windows Phone struggles to render pages properly.
  2. Edge will support JavaScript-based extensions, allowing third parties to customize views of Web pages and add new functionality. Edge extensions must be written using the Web languages of HTML and JavaScript. Extension support won’t come with the initial release of the Edge, but will be available by the end of the year.
  3. Since the beginning, IE carries a lot of baggage for backward compatibility. IE 11 comes with a variety of legacy modes, mostly to support enterprises who built internal applications around IE6 or some other older version. Microsoft needed to make a clean break, especially given how quickly Mozilla, Google and Apple were updating their own browsers. Hmmm, Edge will not support Microsoft’s ActiveX, Browsers Helper Objects (BHOS), VBScript and third-party toolbars built for IE11, all of which are a pain in the butt for a tech like me. Everyone is always installing toolbars like those by Mindspark. All of these things slow down performance and add security issues. Edge will support Adobe Flash and Personal Document Format (PDF) and for those people who still require IE, Microsoft will maintain the browser for at least as long as it supports Windows 10, providing security fixes but no longer actively developing the browser.
  4. Edge is connected into Microsoft’s Bing search service and with Cortana, the company’s virtual personal assistant service. When you opt into these services, they can keep track of your actions on the browser in order to gather more context that would, in theory, help you in your travels across the Web. As you type a question in the URL address bar, Edge starts generating possible answers. Typing in the “msft” stock ticker will instantly return the current stock market price and company information. If you visit a Web page for a restaurant, the browser prepares a summary of information that might be of interest, like hours, directions, and a link to the menu. Edge can return movie show times and flight arrival times. I noticed launching the browser will give you a new tab start page with links to your most visited sites, as well as links to news stories and content that I guess it thought I may find interesting. I think it was just and estimation base on my browsing habits.
  5. Edge improves the user’s reading experience. The browser frame is less decorated with distracting menu commands and widgets. It will offer a “reading view,” which strips away all the menus, ads and other distracting elements that run alongside the text. Through a button click, Edge will also offer the ability to annotate Web pages. (I show that in the video) A user can make notes directly on a website, which can then be recalled the next time the site is visited. The browser will store the notes on the user’s computer and those with touch devices can also draw on top of the site. Annotations can be shared with other Edge users.

Windows 10 Release Date


Expected launched date is in July 2015


While searching for games I ran across a game that caught my attention. I was skeptical at first due to the numerous games that lead on to being cool but just turned out to be the average card/summoner games.  I noticed the game was free which always looks good and so I went and found a youtube video of it so I can get an idea. Well the game has my attention.  The first thing that comes to mind when viewing the game is the Marvel vs. Capcom type of game. I also notice the graphics of the game are rather pleasing…especially for an Android game. I began to think,”Oh can my phone handle this game.” ………………………………..I pulled my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 out (What can this phone actually not handle…lol) and installed this game.

Contest of Champions Comic book

Contest of Champions Comic book

First thing I noticed is how long it took  the phone to open the game. I though that was weird but then again lately the internet has not been up to its normal quality so I ignored this. As I started to play I started to remember something. See the storyline of the game is something I have seen before in the comics and cartoons.

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The heroes are controlled somehow and force to fight in a contest tournament. I forget the details but nothing you can’t just google to find out more about. As for the game… The game is fun to play while not having complex controls. Some would say that takes away from the game especially since Marvel vs. Capcom is available for mobile phones. There is also Injustice too which I will get into playing also. Differences between Injustice and Contest of Champions is mainly that more work was put into Injustice. Now this is just something I read which just makes me wanna play it. Trust me I will play it and once I do I will post a video but for now here is a lil look at the game.

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So try out Contest of Champions and feel free to post a comment on what you think. Get it on Google Play.