Planning Your Vacation Online

Posted by Nadine Segal • November 27, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Planning a Vacation Online

You have been working hard all year and you definitely deserve a break. Maybe you want to get away somewhere warm where you can lay on a tropical beach or maybe you are more interested in an action packed ski trip. Whatever kind of vacation you are dreaming of, you can plan your perfect trip online.

Making travel arrangements online can definitely save you a lot of money, but it can also be a lot of work. Using the right tools can save you a lot of time and still make sure you are getting the best deal possible. There are many great websites that can offer you reviews and insights from other tourists as well as locals to make sure you have the best stay possible.

Finding you Transportation for Less

If you want to compare prices with minimum effort you can use comparison sites like Kayak.com and Orbitz.com. Make sure to pay attention to whether or not the prices displayed include the taxes. Also note if the prices are per person for all passengers if you are looking for multiple tickets.

Finding the Perfect Accommodation

Finding the perfect accommodations is important, but what factors to consider really depend on what kind of vacation you are planning and what is important to you and your travel companions. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the hotel it may be worthwhile to invest a little more. You can look at hotel comparison sites like Hotels.com or Booking.com. You can also try Airbnb.com for renting an apartment for short term.

Finding the Best Restaurants for You

Large websites like TripAdvisor.com and Yelp.com often offer numerous reviews for restaurants, so you find the tastiest meal in town. A little bit of research before your trip save you from a meal that could spoil all your fun. These sites also offer feedback on if the meal was worth the price tag, which can help you decide what is worth the splurge.

Making Sure You See it All

Again personal taste takes a leading role here; what kind of vacation are you hoping for? You may want to go to the huge landmarks or you may prefer some activities, maybe you are already staying in a resort and don’t want to leave the beach your entire stay. Sites like Timeout.com can help you see what is happening in the city you are visiting. You may want to catch a concert or other performance while you are away, it is always worth a quick look as Ticketmaster.com. Searching online to see if you can buy tickets to attractions and museums in advance can also save you time waiting on a long line.

With a little bit of planning you can save a lot and still have a fabulous vacation. Remember Torch Browser is super-helpful when doing any sort of online research, especially when you take advantage of our Drag & Drop feature. Found something you like but want to look into it further?  Simply drag it into your favorite search engine. Want to ask your friends opinion? Drag it to your favorite social network.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Understanding Net Neutrality

Posted by Nadine Segal • November 11, 2014 at 03:45 PM

confused baby

Since President Obama made a statement about “net neutrality” yesterday, everyone has been offering their opinion on the subject.

Net neutrality has been an issue for many years but it has become the topic of debate in recent years, as legal action has been taken to try and keep the internet free. The topic can seem a little tricky to understand especially if you haven’t been following the issues until now.

You may have some questions like –

What is net neutrality?

Why are people so concerned about it?

What does the president think about the issue?

Net Neutrality is the convention the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should provide equal access to all online content.

It seems pretty basic, the reason people are getting so worked up over the issue is ISPs want to charge certain content providers to provide visitors with faster connections. This could really harm smaller companies which are unable to afford the costs of preferential treatment from the ISPs. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been fighting the ISPs on the issue to ensure net neutrality.

Yesterday the President weighed in on the issue. You can watch the video below to hear what Obama had to say about the matter:

What do you think? Do you worry about making sure all content on the internet remains accessible?

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Share the Funniest Things Online This Week

Posted by Nadine Segal • November 06, 2014 at 01:31 PM

Laughing Chimps

The internet is never at a shortage for humor, between funny videos on YouTube or hysterical hashtags trending on Twitter. Whenever you find something genuinely funny you naturally want to share the laugh with your friends. Social media is the perfect place to find and share the funniest things online and Torch is the perfect browser to use for sharing. So here are some of the funniest things being shared on social media this week.

#AlexFromTarget

Who needs celebrity crushes when you can find great looking people all around you and you can make them famous through Twitter? Take Alex from Target for example. He went to work at Target bagging people’s purchases and with one photo he became famous, well “internet famous”. Not only has Alex been getting lots of love from his online admirers but his fame has inspired other to take a photo of their favorite everyday hottie and post it to Twitter.

Alex from Target

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Parents Continue to Steal Halloween Candy

Jimmy Kimmel was at it again last week  when he released his compilation of videos featuring parents who tricked their children into believing they had eaten all of their Halloween candy. This is the fourth year the talk show host has dared parents to prank their kids and as always, the results were a mixture of funny, horrifying and adorable.

Children Dancing to Taylor Swift

The next video also features kids but these are less spoiled and more fun loving. Check out this video of kids dancing to Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake it Off”. We know Taylor had a busy week with the release of her insanely successful album but we hope she had a chance to watch this.

Prince’s Keyboard

The website FunnyOrDie had some fun with Prince’s creative spelling amongst other things. They designed a keyboard especially for the musical icon. Prince performed on Saturday Night Live last week, which was hosted by Chris Rock.

Prince's keyboard

www.funnyordie.com

 

Chris Rock’s Monologue

Some found Rock’s opening monologue to be funny and some though it made an important point about comedy, others just found it offensive. Check out the clip and let us know what you thought of it.

Using Torch’s Drag and Drop Feature makes it easy to share on all your favorite social networks.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Everyone is Talking About 1989

Posted by Nadine Segal • October 27, 2014 at 01:24 PM

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swifts new album 1989 dropped today and and everyone is talking about it.

From Twitter to prime time television, Taylor seems to be everywhere at the moment.

While the album’s official release is today it was leaked two days ago online. Die-hard Taylor Swift aka Swifties vowed not to listen to the leaked version, talk about dedication.

Taylor Swift is known for her A-List besties, like Lorde, Ed Sheeran and Lena Dunham. All of which have been tweeting about 1989’s release. Check out what Lena Dunham had to say:

If you aren’t on Twitter you can catch Taylor on TV this week. She is on Good Morning America and Ellen today, as well as The Voice. The excitement continues on throughout the week ,starting  with her appearance on Letterman tomorrow.

The album has already received many positive reviews and everyone is curious to see if she can repeat the incredible success of her last album Red, which sold 1.23 million copies in just one week.

The music from the album is already inspiring other musicians like Kelly Clarkson, who recently performed her own version of “Shake It Off”.

Check out all of your favorite Taylor Swift songs on Torch Music.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Torrents Take Center Stage

Posted by Nadine Segal • October 08, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Thom Yorke

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On September 26th Thom Yorke released his second solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. The album has already been proclaimed as a huge success for the musician.

You won’t find the album on iTunes or in your local record store. Yorke decided on a whole new route for distributing his latest release, it is only available as a torrent download.

The Radiohead front man first intended the surprise album to be an EP with 3 songs, but instead it became a full length album.

Within 6 days of it’s release the album had over a million downloads. This translates to big payoff for Yorke who receives 90 percent of the sale from each album which is available for $6.

His bold move just may change the way you get your music in the future. People are taking note of Yorke’s choice of distribution, even more than the music on his album.

Most reviews for the album has been positive though not enthusiastic,  people are more excited about the impact this could have in the way big artists sell their music. The move could potentially give more control to artists who want to want to distribute their music independently.

In addition, lots of people are talking about torrents in general and learning about the file types and how they are shared.

If you aren’t ready for all of this technology, Yorke is selling the album on vinyl as well, though you will have to order it from the website.

It will be interesting to see if overtime more artists can match Yorke’s success using torrent downloads.

What do you think? Is Yorke onto the next big thing in music or was this a once off?

 

 

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Torch Music Chart for September 2014

Posted by Nadine Segal • October 02, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Nicki Minaj

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Every month we look at the top 20 songs on Torch Music. This month the chart had lots of changes, with a brand new song in the top spot.

Check out who Torch Music users were listening to the most this September.

#20 Break Free – Ariana Grande – Ariana is no stranger to the Torch Music Chart but she has a new addition this month.

#19 Just a Cloud Away – Pharrell Williams – Pharrell’s song “Happy” is a regular in the top 5 but he is bringing an extra bit of sunshine to this month’s chart with “Just a Cloud Away”.

#18 Rude – Magic!Magic! appears in the top 20 with their breakout hit “Rude”.

#17 Empire – Shakira – “Empire” fell 8 spots from last month’s chart.

#16 Intro – Ariana Grande – Ariana Grande is making herself know on this month’s chart. On top of her new addition, her song “Intro” is up a spot.

#15 Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson –  “Love Never Felt So Good” seems to be sliding down the top twenty, it went from number 7 to number 13 and now it is at 15

#14 No One – Alicia Keys – No One could have predicted this song from 7 years ago, showing up on the chart.

#13 Counting Stars – One RepublicOne Republic on the other, can always be counted on to be here, though they are down 3 pots.

#12 Problem – Ariana Grande – “Problem” fell one spot from from August.

#11 Loved Me Back To Life – Celine Dion – Last month this Celine Dion song was in the top 3 and now it didn’t make the top 10.

#10 Boyfriend – Justin Bieber – “Boyfriend” is climbing the charts, last month it was at 14 and the month before it was at 17.

#9 Cry – Mariah Carey – Sadly, Mariah Carey’s “Cry” fell two spots.

#8 Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo –  “Talk dirty” slid down a spot…

#7 Wiggle – Jason Derulo – As did Jason Derulo’s other song in the top 20 ” Wiggle”.

#6 Dare (La La La) – Shakira –  “Dare” dropped from 6 to 5, making room for some changes in the top 5.

#5 All of Me – John Legend - “All of Me” shot up the chart from number 15 last month, and made it into the top 5.

#4 Soy el Mismo – Prince Royce – “Soy el Mismo” which hasn’t been on the chart for a while soared straight up to number 4.

#3 Happy – Pharrell Williams – “Happy” is up from number 5 last month.

#2 Can’t Remember to Forget You – Shakira – Shakira was queen of the chart for the last 4 months, but she has been dethroned.

#1 Anaconda – Nicki Minaj – Grabbing the top spot out of nowhere, with her outrageous song and even more outrageous video, is Nicki Minaj.

 

 

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Programmers

Posted by Nadine Segal • September 11, 2014 at 02:15 PM

…But were too afraid to ask

Programmer at computer

September 13th is Programmers’ Day, a day to celebrate programmers around the world for all they do.

In celebration, here is a little bit about programmers.

Let start with the basics, what is a programmer? What do programmers do? Programmers write computer software. They use computer languages or code, to create the software. A programmer can work with a single language type, or multiple. Some examples of computer languages are C++, Java and Python. The coding language allows the programmer to tell the computer exactly what it should do.

If you are interested in programming and want to learn how to code, there numerous websites to help you get started. A great site to get started with is Codecademy.com. It certainly isn’t easy, but you may find a passion for programming.

If you think the coding is only for men, you are wrong. Not only are there brilliant female programmers out there, there are many incentives to help women learn programming and progress in it. One of the many is the organization Girls Who Code, they are working hard to help women in technology.

Programmers’ Day is celebrated on the 256th day of the year. Why? The number 256 is a significant number to programmers, as it is the number of possible values for a 8 bit byte.

Even if you don’t know what a byte is, you can still feel like a programmer on Programmers’ Day with the help of programs and apps like IFTTT. IFTTT stands for “If This Than That” and it is  allows you to create “recipes” where if something happens on one application it will trigger a reaction in another application. For instance you can create a recipe that if you take pictures on your iPhone you can automatically have that photo added to Flickr.

Happy Programmers’ Day to all the programmers out there, especially to out programmers here at Torch.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Torch Music Chart for August 2014

Posted by Nadine Segal • September 07, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Shakira

Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

If you want to see what Torch Music users are listening to, here is the Torch Music Chart for August:

#20 You Don’t Care About Me – Shakira - Shakira’s “You Don’t Care About Me” is down four spots from last month’s chart but Shakira still has more to come on the chart this month.

#19 Incredible – Celine Dion – Celine Dion has a new song on the Torch Music Chart, “Incredible” came in at #19.

#18 Best Song Ever – One Direction – “Best Song Ever” is down three spots from July, but things could be worse, in June it didn’t even make the top 20.

#17 Intro – Ariana Grande – A new addition to the chart from Ariana Grande, it makes sense since the pop star seemed to be everywhere this summer.

#16 All of Me – John Legend – Last month “All of Me” was at #20, maybe John Legend can keep climbing the chart in the coming month.

#15 Heart Attack – Demi Lovato – Demi Lovato continued her decline on the Torch Music Chart, she was previously at #12.

#14 Boyfriend – Justin Bieber - Torch Music users are listening to Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” more and more, it was at #17 last month.

#13 Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson – “Love Never Felt so Good” fell from #7 and right after Michael’s birthday.

#12 Somebody Loves Somebody – Celine Dion – Celine Dion added another song to the chart this month, with “Somebody Loves Somebody”.

#11 Problem – Ariana Grande – There were no problems for Ariana Grande this month, in addition to adding a new song, “Problem” held strong at #11.

#10 Counting Stars – One Republic – “Counting Stars” is up 4 spots from last month.

#9 Empire – Shakira – Shakira’s “Empire” on Torch Music is strong, holding in at #9.

#8 Roar – Katy Perry - “Roar” was once the champion of the chart, this month it slipped two more spots.

#7 Cry – Mariah Carey – “Cry” is up one spot, hopefully that is enough to keep Mariah smiling.

#6 Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo – Last month “Talk Dirty” was at #3 and ahead of “Wiggle”, things have changed in August.

#5 Wiggle – Jason Derulo – “Wiggle” may have passed “Talk Dirty” but it is still a place lower than it was in July.

#4 Dare (La La La) – Shakira – Even Shakira had losses this month with “Dare” falling from #2 to #4.

#3 Loved Me Back to Life – Celine Dion – “Loved Me Back to Life” made a big jump from the #10 position up to #3.

#2 Happy – Pharrell Williams – “Happy” moved back up the chart from #5. Torch Music users just can’t seem to get enough.

#1 Can’t Remember to Forget You – Shakira – Shakira managed to hold unto her #1 spot in August.

 

 

 

 

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Take Torch to School

Posted by Nadine Segal • August 28, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Torch_back_to_school

Students spend a lot of time on their computers. Whether they are working on their papers or keeping in touch with family and friends on social networks, computers are a huge part of their lives, as is the internet.

Torch Browser is the perfect fit for students. Everything that a student needs to get the most out of their time online is already built in to the web browser.

Probably the most useful feature for students is the Drag & Drop feature. Drag & Drop is great for making sure you make the most of your online research time. When you come across something you need to look up just highlight the text and drag it to the search tile of your choosing.

Students can also use the Drag & Drop feature to easily translate text they come across when doing online research.

Torch Music can help keep your study sessions going. If you like to study with music, which most of us do, Torch Music is the perfect solution. You can control all of your music straight from your browser. You cant start, stop or skip songs from any browser tab and with the massive selection of music available on Torch Music, it is sure to keep you going.

To get you started, listen to our Class Act Playlist.

If you are a student using Torch Browser, tell us what you love most about Torch.

If you aren’t using Torch yet, download it on your computer and discover a better way to browse the internet.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.

Beyonce Outshines Everyone at 2014 VMA’s

Posted by Nadine Segal • August 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Beyonce performs

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The VMA’s performances were basically Beyoncé and everyone else. While there were many other performances that seemed to leave a lasting impression, like the opening number featuring Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, or Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea’s performance of “Black Widow“; it was all wiped clean when Beyoncé performed a medley of each song on her album.

Even her daughter, Blue, couldn’t help but dance along.

Beyoncé proved to everyone watching; she deserved the Video Vanguard Award that she accepted at the end of the show. Presenting her with the award, were none-other-than her husband and daughter, Jay Z and Blue Ivy. The touching moment actually brought the star to tears and just may have put all those insistent divorce rumors to rest.

Before Beyoncé stole the show, there were some other noteworthy performances. The show started out with Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J. The ladies made it clear that the night was clearly going to be a “pants optional” sort of evening. They each performed separately and then together, each looking and sounding great. Nicki Minaj had to actually hold her dress together the entire second half of the performance, but didn’t miss a beat even with the wardrobe malfunction.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

Mark Davis/Getty Images

If like me, you have been missing Usher lately, then I am sure you were happy to see him dancing and singing his heart out during his performance of  “She Came to Give It to You”. Usher was joined on stage by Nicki Minaj who seemed to be everywhere at the award show. Usher even played a little bit of guitar and had a few risque moments with Nicki during the show.

Taylor Swift sang “Shake It Off”. The performance was typical Taylor Swift, fun and upbeat. She even added a little humor to the performance by refusing to jump to the dancers waiting below. Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora joined forces for their duet “Black Widow”. They even wore matching black and sparkled bodysuits.

Which performance did you like best?

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am interested in technology, music and the web. I write about the latest tech news focused on the internet and online tools.