Internet Use/New Technologies

05 April 2008

CTIA - Mobile video getting bigger everyday ComputerWorld

The continued growth of video content and video advertising on wireless devices is a popular theme at CTIA Wireless 2008 this week. In one example of that growth, The Weather Channel Interactive in Atlanta announced that it will begin offering video advertising in June from its mobile Web site, featuring five seconds of weather-related video content followed by 15 seconds of a video ad, company officials said.

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04 April 2008

Computers to merge with humans BBC

By 2020 the terms 'interface' and 'user' will be obsolete as computers merge ever closer with humans. It is one of the predictions in a Microsoft-backed report drawn from the discussions of 45 academics from the fields of computing, science, sociology and psychology.

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'Dongles' to revolutionise mobile web access The Daily Telegraph

... Vodafone, claims the product "is flying off the shelves", which is why it has hired an extra 450 frontline staff to help sell mobile broadband at the same time as laying off staff at Vodafone HQ. Mobile provider 3 has also seen this shift towards USB modems, with more than 20 per cent of new customers to their monthly packages purchasing dongles. A report by Arthur D Little and Exane BNP has suggested half of all consumers in Europe will have mobile broadband access by 2012.

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03 April 2008

British children flock to social networks BBC

More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds in the UK have a profile on a social network, research shows. Most sites, such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook, set a minimum age of between 13 and 14 to create a profile but none actively enforce the age requirement.

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Shock at huge rise in mobile broadband users TechWorld

The worldwide number of mobile broadband subscribers using HSPA has increased by 850 percent over the past year, according to the GSM Association. But carriers are also running the risk of becoming a victim of their own success.

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'Last Mile' WiMAX Broadband Subscribers to Reach 47m within 5 years, Assuming Device Availability and Timely Network Builds, according to Juniper Research Juniper Research

[news release] A new analysis of the global opportunity for WiMAX 802.16e to deliver 'local loop' broadband connectivity, forecasts that WiMAX will begin to take off over the 2009 to 2011 period, exceeding 47 million subscribers globally by 2013.

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02 April 2008

Facebook eyes China, but challenges loom The Times

Facebook has indicated that it plans to speed up its move into China dramatically, inviting English-speaking users of the site to help translate the site into Chinese.

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Email archive to immortalise Australian life ABC

We use them to arrange meetings, share news, complain and even flirt. Now, in an Australian first, the emails of ordinary people are going to be archived for prosperity.

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01 April 2008

Flirting by Text Message, Indians Test Social Limits New York Times

In this romantically corseted society, Ashish Chettri is as close as you get to a Don Juan. He is an irrepressible flirt: a skirt chaser who claims to pursue three women at a time, a loquacious utterer of compliments, a ceaseless seeker of dates. And that is just with his thumbs.

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Social Networking: Online Chat, as Inspired by Real Chat New York Times

Compared with other forms of human interaction, online social networking is really not all that social. People visit each other's MySpace pages and Facebook profiles at various hours of the day, posting messages and sending e-mail back and forth across the digital void. It's like an endless party where everybody shows up at a different time and slaps a yellow Post-it note on the refrigerator.

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Phone-reliant Britons in the grip of 'nomo-phobia' The Independent

Being out of mobile-phone contact is as stressful as moving house or breaking up with a partner for nearly one in five phone users, according to a survey which suggests many Britons are in the grip of "nomo-phobia".

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Dave Stewart, Nokia envision brave new mobile world Reuters

At first glance, Nokia's Tero Ojanpera and Dave Stewart might seem like an odd pair. As executive vice president of entertainment and communities for Nokia, Ojanpera oversees all of the company's music, gaming, video, and social-networking initiatives, including the Nokia Music Store and Comes With Music. Stewart is a musician/producer best known as one half of the Eurythmics. In February, Stewart was named founding member of Nokia's new Artist Advisory Council, an initiative created to foster an artist-friendly environment within the company.

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Wikipedia hits 10 million total articles CNet

That's how many Wikipedia has now, if you count all the articles in the 250-plus languages the encyclopedia is available in.

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Massive Computer Centers Worse than Air Traffic Der Spiegel

There's been a lot of hand-wringing lately about how much air traffic contributes to global warming. An even more damaging culprit, however, has recently been found: the Internet. Computer centers consume massive amounts of energy, and their use is growing astronomically. Creative solutions are being sought -- and found.

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31 March 2008

Hulu Hoopla: Is Hulu the future of television? Slate

For the past couple of years, TV and the Internet have existed in a pleasant state of harmony. If forced to watch live television (by breaking news, by sports), you could surf the Web during commercials and dull moments. The laptop-TV combo was ideal, enfolding you in a narcotic halo of constant information.

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Mobile phones 'more dangerous than smoking' Independent on Sunday

Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure to their radiation.

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30 March 2008

Google suffers from weak growth in ad clicks The Guardian

Google has suffered a second consecutive month of weak growth in advertising clicks, fuelling concern that the high-flying internet search specialist is suffering in the economic slowdown. Statistics compiled by the research firm Comscore showed a 3% year-on-year rise during February in the company's "paid clicks" -- the number of times users hit Google's advertising links.

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Cuba lifts mobile phone restrictions The Guardian

The Cuban president, Raúl Castro, today lifted restrictions on ownership of mobile phones. Castro's move was another indication that he is prepared to grant more freedom to the island's residents. The right to own mobile phones had been restricted to the employees of foreign firms or those holding key posts in the communist-run state.

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28 March 2008

us: Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On New York Times

Senator Barack Obama's videotaped response to President Bush's final State of the Union address -- almost five minutes of Mr. Obama's talking directly to the camera -- elicited little attention from newspaper and television reporters in January. But on the medium it was made for, the Internet, the video caught fire. Quickly after it was posted on YouTube, it appeared on the video-sharing site's most popular list and Google's most blogged list. It has been viewed more than 1.3 million times, been linked by more than 500 blogs and distributed widely on social networking sites like Facebook.

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Cashing In on MeCommerce E-Commerce Times

... The current social network revenue model relies heavily on targeting consumers via online advertising, hoping the ad reaches the best demographic possible to influence their buying decisions. This approach is outdated and has proven unsuccessful. Business owners and advertisers are finding it harder to segment audiences into distinct demographics.

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Malaysian Leader Regrets Ignoring Web Sydney Morning Herald

Malaysia's prime minister has said his ruling coalition made a blunder by underestimating the power of the Internet, which the opposition used extensively to win a record number of seats in recent elections.

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Femotocells solving poor indoor mobile phone coverage The Guardian

What would you say to having a mobile phone mast inside your house? Mobile phone companies think that a lot of us will say yes and, starting from the end of this year, plan to offer us just this in the form of devices called "femtocells".

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Approval for mobiles on aircraft by Ofcom in Europe BBC

The use of mobiles on planes flying in European airspace has been given approval by UK regulator Ofcom. It has issued plans that will allow airlines to offer mobile services on UK-registered aircraft.

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Why did Apple try to push its browser onto Windows PCs? The Guardian

Because it wants more people to use it - but the method it used to try to get its Safari browser onto Windows users' machines (pre-selected as part of a "Software Update" to iTunes and QuickTime) was, at best, cackhanded; at worst, downright sneaky.

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Why WiMax Forbes

WiMax may be a wonky technology. But the pitch for the long-range wireless standard for pumping zillion bits of data through the air is seductive. Imagine being able to access voice, data and video services from any digital device as simply as if you were logging on to the Web with your laptop via the wi-fi connection at the local Starbucks.

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