April 2017

A VPN will not save you from government surveillance

Late on Friday afternoon, the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police waltzed out in front of the microphones and admitted that his agency had misused the metadata that the nation’s telecommunication companies are forced to store.
It was a stunni…

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Guardians Vol. 2 Earns $101M in International Debut

Right in line with expectations.

By Alex Osborn[1]

Ahead of its release in North America this coming Friday, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2[2] earned $101.2 million in its international debut.

This weekend, the sequel from director James Gunn (who’s already confirmed he’s on board for Vol. 3[3]) opened in a total of 37 territories, accounting for 58 percent of international markets.

As reported by Deadline[4], the U.K. brought in the most revenue, earning $15.5 million. Meanwhile, Australia, Germany, France and Mexico brought in $11.6 million, $8.3 million, $7.9 million and $7.6 million, respectively.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s international debut is 57 percent greater than the original Guardians of the Galaxy, and also eclipses Captain America: The Winter Soldier by 50 percent and Thor: The Dark World by 19 percent. The film was projected to make around $100 million, so its international opening is right in line with expectations.

Disney and Marvel’s sequel will debut in North America, Korea, Russia and China next weekend, and in Japan the following week, on May 12. Read IGN’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review[5] to find out why the film “might not be as amazing a movie as the first, but it’s still a fun adventure with characters we love.”

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter[6] and subscribe to his YouTube[7] channel.


  1. ^ Alex Osborn (people.ign.com)
  2. ^ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (uk.ign.com)
  3. ^ confirmed he’s on board for Vol. 3 (www.ign.com)
  4. ^ Deadline (deadline.com)
  5. ^ IGN’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review (www.ign.com)
  6. ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
  7. ^ YouTube (www.youtube.com)

Turkey cuts off Wikipedia amid dissent crackdown

Wikipedia has been banned in Turkey.
The Turkish government has blocked Wikipedia as part of its latest attack on dissent.
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Could IBM’s falling revenues turn around next year?

IBM CEO Virginia “Ginni” Rometty has led the company’s decline since October 2011
Image credit: IBM
In a recent post[1], I pointed out that IBM had registered 20 consecutive quarters – five whole years – of revenue declines. The once-mighty Big Blue’s …

RoamingMan might be the easiest way to stay connected anywhere in the world

Smartphones and laptops are essential tools in daily life. Whether you want to read the news, watch a movie, or simply chat with a friend, chances are you do so on your phone. Dependence can breed frustration, however, when you step across a border and find that your smartphone no longer works. Although international travel has never been easier, data plans have yet to catch up. There are few things worse than being in a foreign land, ready to sit for a spell, only to realize you can’t check your Facebook feed or favorite subreddit. Local Wi-Fi may not be up to snuff, and you don’t have an international data plan.

If buying an international data plan or a SIM card for whatever country you visit seems too expensive or annoying, consider renting a mobile hotspot. These devices function as a tether between your devices and the internet, allowing you to connect easily and without sharing the link with nearby users.

The RoamingMan mobile hotspot is an Android-powered Wi-Fi hotspot with “cloud SIM” technology. This means that it gives you data — at 4G, no less — no matter where you are in the world. You’ll have to pay for your data, and the device throttles you after a daily 500MB limit. But at just $10 a day for 4G data wherever you roam, the RoamingMan is useful.

You can rent a device from RoamingMan’s website, telling the company the range of dates you want to use it for, then mail it back to them using a label they include.

First, you should check with your mobile carrier to see if they offer affordable international plans. If not, you should definitely consider a Wi-Fi hotspot.

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