Internet Use/New Technologies

21 May 2008

3G to get boost, with iPhone on way Australian IT

When Apple boss Steve Jobs walks on to the stage to introduce the first 3G iPhone next month, you can safely bet he'll do a lot of talking about the pervasiveness of the high-speed packet access (HSPA) 3G mobile system.

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Most telecom services resume in China's quake-hit areas People's Daily

Telecom services in most of the worst-hit counties and towns in Sichuan province resumed operation yesterday but networks in many villages remained paralyzed due to bad weather and road blockages.

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20 May 2008

Andrew Keen on New Media: I came to bury journalists but in the end I could only praise them The Independent

Rather than marching for international brotherhood, I celebrated a belated May Day this year by burying journalists. Fortunately, the dead hacks were all imaginary. I came to London for the Unesco World Press Freedom Day debate "Is New Media Killing Journalism?" And I drew the short straw. Unesco handed me the spade. It was my job to argue that the internet is killing journalists.

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Newspapers 'must change their focus' The Age

Newspapers around the world need to change focus from their product to their audience if they are to survive the digital media age, according to a report analysing the global outlook.

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Mozilla launches Firefox 3.0 RC1 early ComputerWorld

Mozilla Corp. on Friday rolled out the release candidate for Firefox 3.0, bringing the open-source browser one step closer to its first major overhaul in nearly 19 months.

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A pioneer of Internet commerce, with roots in porn International Herald Tribune

... Though most Internet buffs have probably never heard of him, Gordon, 62, played a significant role in the birth of electronic commerce. While Amazon.com and eBay were still fledgling enterprises, the companies that Gordon founded in the early 1990s were already laying the groundwork for electronic transactions conducted with credit cards.

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19 May 2008

Mobile-phone microscopes: Doctor on call The Economist

Simple accessories could turn mobile phones into useful medical devices

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Google overtakes Yahoo as most-visited U.S. Web site ComputerWorld

The bad news just doesn't seem to end for Yahoo Inc. As the Internet portal prepares to fend off a proxy fight by billionaire investor Carl Icahn, new research from comScore Inc. concludes that for the first time, Google Inc. has overtaken Yahoo as the most-visited Web site in the U.S.

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Warning: Using a mobile phone while pregnant can seriously damage your baby Independent on Sunday

Women who use mobile phones when pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with behavioural problems, according to authoritative research.

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16 May 2008

Interview: Mobile Internet will take over PCs by 2016 EurActiv

Surfing the Web on a personal computer will become old-fashioned in less than ten years when the majority of Internet users are expected to access the Net through their mobile handsets, Geraldine Wilson, vice president of Yahoo! Europe Connected Life, told EurActiv in an interview.

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15 May 2008

Mobile phones in a supporting role: how mobiles can help us International Herald Tribune

Stories of cellphones helping people in developing countries abound - some of them highlighted by the industry, in an effort to polish its image, and others by users themselves.

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Survey: 20% of Americans have never sent an email Network World

Roughly one-fifth of all US households are disconnected from the Internet and have never used e-mail, according to research firm Parks Associates.

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ComScore pegs UK papers' traffic at 15m The Guardian

Nearly 15 million UK internet users visited newspaper websites during March, according to the latest figures from web measurement firm ComScore.

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WiMax vs. Long Term Evolution: Let the battle begin Computerworld

A long-term battle is brewing between two emerging high-speed wireless technologies, WiMax and Long Term Evolution (LTE). Each would more than quadruple existing wireless wide-area access speeds for users.

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14 May 2008

Big China quake takes out mobile network in Chengdu ComputerWorld

An earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter Scale knocked out mobile phone service in the western Chinese city of Chengdu, although fixed-line networks remained up and running, Chinese state television reported today.

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Google helps the web to go social BBC

Google has joined the drive to make the web more social by introducing tools to enable people to interact with their friends.

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US takes up Aussie broadband speed breakthrough Australian IT

An Australian-developed signal processing technology has been licensed to a US company to deliver faster internet speeds with longer distance capabilities.

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13 May 2008

GodTube, Where Networking Is More Spiritual Than Social New York Times

GodTube.com, a YouTube knockoff for the evangelical set, seems to be one step closer to building a kingdom on earth.

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Half retail purchases involve online by 2012 The Age

By 2012 almost half of all retail purchases will in some way involve the internet but many retailers are failing to integrate the web into their operations, according to an American cross-channel retailing expert.

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Penthouse Gets Pious: Internet porn is forcing adult magazines to diversify their business Newsweek

Christian dating web site BigChurch.com's motto is "Bringing people together in love and faith." A pointed quote from the Old Testament ("A man will leave his father and his mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." Gen. 2:24) precedes the site's Bible-verse search library. Further testimonial from a fresh-faced woman leaves little doubt as to the site's higher purpose: "I feel like my prayers of finding a respectable man have been answered! Thanks BigChurch!!"

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12 May 2008

au: 3G services largely unused: report The Age

A third of Australian consumers own a 3G-capable phone but two thirds of these do not use the available 3G services, a new report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority has revealed.

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WI-FI SECURITY: Some Advice from the FBI FBI

You're at the airport waiting for your flight. With time to kill, you're thinking of connecting your laptop to the airport's Wi-Fi to check your office e-mail...do some personal banking...or shop for a gift for your spouse.

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11 May 2008

Alarm at Google Yahoo partnering BBC

Regulators in the US are being urged to investigate any potential online advertising and search partnership between Google and Yahoo.

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Can Facebook Build a Better Passport? New York Times

... there is a big shift in how the social networks are thinking about how they relate to other sites and developers. In the first round, the social networks invited others to make their sites better -- widgets on MySpace pages, applications on Facebook. Now the social networks are becoming even more extroverted: They are offering to use the information they have about users to make other sites better, too.

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Burma's emergency telecoms delay BBC

Foreign aid workers dedicated to delivering emergency telecoms in disaster areas have been prevented from going into cyclone-hit Burma. Like many charity groups, the Télécoms Sans Frontières organisation has so far been denied entry visas by the military-run government.

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