Internet Use/New Technologies

02 August 2008

uk: Only broadband will do for monks with an internet habit The Independent

Choose to be a monk and you accept that your life will be a spartan existence dominated by prayer, chastity and reflective solitude, far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world.

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01 August 2008

You've got too much email Los Angeles Times

There's a growing backlash against our growing in-boxes. A new crop of entrepreneurs has sprung up with antidotes -- some of which create more email.

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31 July 2008

Amazon takes on eBay with PayPal rival The Times

Amazon has set out to take on eBay by unveiling an online payment service called Checkout by Amazon which will compete directly with PayPal.

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30 July 2008

Tepid response to rival search engine launched by ex-Googlers The Guardian

A Californian start-up co-founded by engineers who helped create Google's market-leading technology launched a rival search engine yesterday. It claims to scan three times as many web pages as Google but met with a lukewarm response.

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Operators 'put brake on growth of mobile internet' The Times

It was meant to be a key part of a new age of mobile telecommunications, giving consumers the same benefits that they could get from their computers at home, but yesterday mobile phone operators were told that Britain's failure to embrace the internet via mobile phones was their fault.

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29 July 2008

Kiwis top of international survey for blogging New Zealand Herald

A new study has revealed one in 13 New Zealanders has a weblog, making us the keenest bloggers out of 15 countries surveyed for a world research project.

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Kiwis keen but slow internet users Computerworld

The most striking New Zealand statistic in a study of international internet use published yesterdat is arguably the 35% of users here still on dial-up modems.

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Australian researchers tap speedier data downloads Australian IT

Australian researchers are developing a prototype chip that could allow wireless links from a laptop 20 times faster than current speeds and up to 100 times quicker than typical home broadband.

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Asia among world's highest broadband penetration ZDNet

South Korea and Hong Kong are two of the top three markets in the world with the highest household broadband penetration. Korea topped the Gartner study with 93 percent penetration in 2007, with this figure expected to hit 97 percent in 2012.

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Ex-Google employees launch rival search engine, The Independent

New search engine has gone live today, aiming to challenge the dominance of search giants Google.

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28 July 2008

Boom times ahead for mobile web BBC

The world of mobile internet devices is set to explode in the next four years says chip maker Intel. Research carried out for the company suggests portable net-enabled devices will grow to 1.2 billion by 2012 as the need to be connected increases.

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Broadband to reach 77% of U.S. households by 2012, Gartner says Network World

The United States will close its digital divide significantly within the next four years, with 77% of U.S. households having a broadband Internet subscription, according to a new Gartner study.

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China says has more people surfing the Web than US Sydney Morning Herald

China's booming Internet population has surpassed the United States to become the world's biggest, with 253 million people online despite government controls on Web use, according to government data reported Friday.

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25 July 2008

Limit mobile phone use, cancer expert tells staff The Guardian

The head of a leading cancer research institute has reignited the controversy over the health risks of using mobile phones by sending a warning to staff that they should limit the use of the devices because of the risk of cancer.

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Touch takes hold, but it's no mouse-killer The Guardian

... It could be that there's more going on than a few product launches, but there will be practical issues. Richard MacKinnon, a business psychologist for the people assessment company Talent Q, has a postgraduate diploma in ergonomics and says touchscreens are unlikely to be suited for use over long periods of time. They also inadvertently promote poor posture, and reduced productivity through reduced typing speeds. "Touchscreens can have a place in entertainment scenarios, but in the office environment? I don't think we're there yet," he says.

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24 July 2008

Broadband users overtake dial-up in Australia The Australian

Broadband has for the first time outstripped dial-up as the main gateway to the internet for households, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.

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In the US, Phone Giants Fight to Keep Subscribers New York Times

With millions of people snapping up the iPhone, AT&T, the exclusive carrier for the popular phone, should be quite pleased with the stream of revenue it can expect from customers. But AT&T, the biggest telecommunications company in the United States, has a problem: analysts say consumers are dropping traditional landlines faster than expected.

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Wireless telecoms: Culture clash-As "third generation" (3G) networks proliferate, the focus shifts to 4G The Economist

What would the technology industry be without standards wars? Like a city without sex, some might argue. But not all fights are winner-take-all battles like the one between VHS and Betamax in videotapes, or Blu-ray and HD DVD in high-definition video discs. Sometimes there need not be a loser, and the din of battle may drown out the real issues -- as in the fight between WiMAX and LTE.

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22 July 2008

Global internet users reach 1.4 billion vnunet

A quarter of the global population will regularly use the internet during 2008, according to IDC's Digital Marketplace Model and Forecast.

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21 July 2008

Zimbabweans use blogs, text messages for info Washington Post

... Increasingly, Zimbabweans are going online and using cell phone text messages to share stories of life and death in a country where independent traditional media have been all but silenced, and from which reporters from most international media have been barred.

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Tech giants tackle information overload CNet

Your BlackBerry buzzes with a text from your boss, snapping you out of your Twitter-surfing trance. Your friend calls you and tells you to check out his Facebook profile, as you respond to your spouse's instant message about dinner plans. All the while, your in-box is overflowing with new e-mail messages.

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French papers join to sell digital reader International Herald Tribune

Paul-François Fournier, an executive at France Télécom in Paris, thinks he may have found a way to help revive the ailing newspaper industry. It comes in a black plastic rectangular box with a screen half the size of a sheet of copy paper.

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19 July 2008

Log-deleting search engine Ixquick wins award OUT-LAW News

A search engine that deletes all data relating to users after 48 hours has been awarded the first privacy award of a European body set up to promote privacy. The award was presented by European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx.

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18 July 2008

UK online sales boom as shoppers desert high street The Guardian

Out of every £1 spent by British shoppers 17p is now going to online retailers, as consumers switch away from traditional shops in favour of picking and paying at their home computer.

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Get computer-savvy or get out, Medvedev tells Russian Govt staff The Guardian

The Russian president has warned that government officials who cannot use a computer could soon be out of a job.

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