Internet Use/New Technologies

30 August 2008

Home broadband gives British kids better GCSE/school results Silicon

Having web access at home can make the difference between a pupil getting grade A at GCSE and grade D.

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Microsoft tries to offer something different - get ahead of competition International Herald Tribune

Internet Explorer 8, now available in beta, is the company's bid to move ahead of Firefox and Apple's Safari in performance, features and user experience.

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Aussie telcos hit with record complaints Computerworld

Complaints against telecommunications providers are skyrocketing with no end in sight, according to the industry ombudsman.

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WiMax's Invisible Power Forbes

You can't see them, but the fastest-ever mobile broadband connections are headed your way.

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29 August 2008

Microsoft web browser that covers its tracks could hit Google's advertising The Times

Microsoft's latest internet browser includes a piece of software that allows internet users to hide the audit trail of websites they have visited.

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Online advertising about to overtake radio in slow ad market The Guardian

Europe's biggest media buyer yesterday reduced its forecasts for the global advertising market for this year and 2009 as a result of a slowdown in the US, Britain, Spain and China.

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The truth about Windows Vista exposed at last The Guardian

Koroush Ghazi of TweakGuides has written an entertaining guide, Vista Annoyances Resolved, showing some of the problems people have had with Windows Vista, and how to resolve them.

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28 August 2008

Google may let users comment on, rearrange search results Computerworld

Google Inc. is considering allowing users of its search engine to tinker with query results by re-ranking them and commenting on them.

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Tech-savvy Obama outmaneuvering the media International Herald Tribune

... The presidential campaign of Barack Obama has all but christened a new era by seizing the medium itself. The network pageantry has been replaced by the network effect - a huge pipe directly to his supporters, no intermediation involved. The press, it seems, just gets in the way.

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uk: Apple misled iPhone users over internet capability The Independent

The iPhone, the latest must-have gadget from Apple, fails to give users complete access to the internet, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) rules today.

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Two-thirds of UK homes now online while one million homes will never BBC

Almost 16.5 million households in the UK now have internet access, an increase of 1.2 million since 2007, the latest official figures show.

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27 August 2008

One man's vision proves a lifeline in conflict zones and disasters The Guardian

... The French team were taking telecoms equipment into the Georgian capital. Télécoms Sans Frontières has provided a vital link for aid agencies and a lifeline to friends and relatives from Iraq and Niger to Sri Lanka and Nicaragua.

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Darling, it's over: Has technology made it impossible to have an affair? The Independent

Mobile phones, BlackBerrys, emails, social networking... Never before has it been so easy to cheat on a partner. But has technology made it simply too difficult for philanderers to cover their tracks? With evidence suggesting that fewer people are undertaking long-term extramarital love affairs, Nick Harding peers beneath the sheets and asks: is it the end of the road for the adulterer?

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Vista may still have its day -- just like XP (eventually) did Computerworld

Twenty-one months after its initial release, what do we know about Windows Vista? That home users hate it, businesses are uninstalling it and -- according to Gartner -- it's proof that the 23-year-old Windows line is "collapsing" under its own weight.

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26 August 2008

Research aims to put tongues in control of devices The Age

The tireless tongue already controls taste and speech, helps kiss and swallow and fights germs. Now scientists hope to add one more ability to the mouthy muscle, and turn it into a computer control pad.

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Olympics set the stage for emerging Web tech fight-Microsoft Reuters

As the world's best athletes compete in Beijing, the summer Olympic games are setting the stage for a battle between Microsoft Corp and Adobe Systems Inc over the Internet's next big competition.

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China, India to Lead in Broadband Connections PC World

India and China are to overtake Western Europe to become the region with the largest number of broadband connections, says analyst and consulting firm Ovum.

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Calling Venus, Calling Mars: Differences in Men's and Women's Use of Mobile Phones Forbes

It's easy enough to spot a girly cellphone--just look for bright finishes in shades of pink, purple and red. But is it possible to use a phone like a girl? Research says yes.

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25 August 2008

Poor earning virtual gaming gold BBC

Nearly 500,000 people in developing nations earn a wage making virtual goods in online games to sell to players, a study has found.

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Caution: Driver May Be Surfing the Web-Chrysler Adds Wi-Fi & Internet to Cars New York Times

Anything that keeps tykes pacified on long car trips, like video systems in rear seats, is a boon to automotive safety. Today, Chrysler is poised to offer in its 2009 models a new entertainment option for the children: Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity. The problem is that the entire car becomes a hotspot. The signals won't be confined to the Nintendos in the rear seat; front-seat occupants will be able to stay online, too.

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24 August 2008

Cracking China's Social Network Market Forbes

With the biggest and fastest-growing online population on the planet, China is the holy grail for social networking sites. No surprise, then, that U.S.giants such as MySpace and Facebook are eager to reel in some of China's 250 million Netizens.

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Widget Channel: Yahoo promises to bring wonders of the web to TV The Guardian

A new project announced by internet giant Yahoo is promising to bring the wonders of the web to television, allowing viewers to customise their TV screens with a swathe of internet services including eBay listings, weather, financial news and Twitter updates.

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23 August 2008

Porn not the most popular online search for Australians

Despite the old truism, pornography is not the most popular thing on the internet, according to Google's new search analysis tool. More Australians use the web to find games than adult content, even in Queensland where searches for "porn" and "sex" are the most popular.

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22 August 2008

Internet Explorer, Firefox to get 'privacy mode' BBC

Microsoft is planning a "privacy mode" for the next release of its Internet Explorer web browser.

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Few lives left for Second Life-Companies abandon virtual world The Age

The companies that rushed to set up bases within the cult virtual world of Second Life appear to have wasted their time as many have shut down and others are "ghost towns", an Australian researcher has found.

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