Internet Use/New Technologies

18 April 2008

Wired and wireless at the same high speed ZDNet

The next generation of optical networks needed to satisfy our appetite for bandwidth is currently under development. And researchers from Georgia Tech have built a new architecture which delivers super-broadband wired and wireless service simultaneously.

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US surfers watch 10 billion videos a month vnunet

US internet users viewed more than 10 billion online videos during February, representing a three per cent gain over January, according to new research. The latest comScore Video Metrix data shows that the number of videos accessed represented a 66 per cent increase compared with February 2007.

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Google tightens US web search stranglehold: More than 6.4 billion core searches in March vnunet

Americans conducted 10.8 billion web searches in March, a nine per cent increase compared with February, new monitoring data reveals. The latest comScore qSearch report found that Google Sites extended its share of core searches in March to 59.8 per cent, up from 59.2 per cent in February.

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17 April 2008

Ofcom ponders future of Britain's fast net - broadband via sewers BBC

Super-fast broadband could be delivered via the underground pipes of the UK's water and electricity companies, regulator Ofcom has said. It is conducting a survey of the UK's ducting network to see its suitability for carrying fibre networks.

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Google Bots Learning to Search in New Ways Google Webmaster Central Blog

For those who are optimising their websites to encourage Google's search bots to place their sites higher in online searches, you will be interested to know their bots have begun a new, more active phase of their indexing jobs for searching deeper into websites.

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Are Yahoo! Ads Making a Comeback Against Google?

If the results of a study by SearchIgnite, a search advertising technology firm, prove representative of the broader search market, something unusual happened in search ads in the first quarter: Google lost share to Yahoo in the United States reports the New York Times.

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Telstra: Better broadband needed for artificial noses ZDNet

According to Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo, it won't be long before Aussie households are demanding 100Mbps connections, while applications like artificial noses and thought recognition could stretch broadband speeds even further.

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Nokia pushes '4G wireless' plans BBC

Nokia, the world's largest handset manufacturer, has signed up Sony Ericsson, NEC and Alacatel-Lucent to its plans for a 4G wireless system.

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Hong Kong plans a 'Wireless Lifestyle' ComputerWorld

Hong Kong today unveiled the Government's plan to adopt the 'wireless lifestyle', at the 'Wireless Lifestyle Conference 2008'. Set up in 2004, the HK Government of Chief Information Office aimed to take a proactive and leading role in fostering IT development within the Government and in the community.

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ACCC to probe Australian eBay policies The Australian

eBay Australia has applied for legal protection as it seeks to force members to use a payment gateway it owns for buying and selling goods. From June 17, eBay plans to institute new payment arrangements that would do away with direct deposits, personal cheques or money orders to purchase items - all in the name of enhanced security.

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Australians steer clear of mobile web [AAP] Sydney Morning Herald

Most Australians are reluctant to surf the web on their mobile phone, a new survey has found.

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Iceland, Scandinavia top Internet users News.com.au

Icelanders and the Scandinavians are Europe's top internet users, the GfK market research group found in a study published today.

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Australian Employers Taking Chances When Blocking Facebook Too, Says Deacons Deacons Lawyers

Australian employers' approach to on-line social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace may be influencing their efforts to recruit young workers, according to new research by law firm Deacons. In the Deacons' Social Networking Survey 2008, almost half of those who used social networking sites at work said that if given a choice between two jobs equal in all other respects, they would choose an employer which allowed access to these sites over one which did not.

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16 April 2008

Cubans allowed to buy mobile phones ABC

Cubans have been mobbing mobile phone shops in Havana now that they are able to openly buy the devices for the first time.

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Asian Businesses Get Ready for Data Explosion Business Week

Ron Goh, EMC's president for South Asia, told ZDNet Asia Friday that large enterprises in the region, particularly from industries such as finance, telecommunications and healthcare are "very aware" of the data explosion phenomenon and are taking steps to address the issue.

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Australian high-speed cable stretches 9000km to US Australian IT

The Telstra and Alcatel-Lucent 9000km submarine cable between Australia and the US that landed here last week will have to survive shark attacks and deliver 160,000 concurrent high-definition television channels to local homes.

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15 April 2008

In every measure, Obama clobbers Clinton online Salon

We've long known that Barack Obama is the Web's favorite presidential candidate -- now that Ron Paul is gone, the race isn't even close. But in a blog post today the Web-analysis firm Compete put out the full measure of Obama's dominance over rival Hillary Clinton.

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Mobility: Nomads at last - how wireless is changing the way we work, live and love The Economist

Wireless communication is changing the way people work, live, love and relate to places -- and each other, says Andreas Kluth: At the Nomad Café in Oakland, California, Tia Katrina Canlas, a law student at the nearby university in Berkeley, places her double Americano next to her mobile phone and iPod, opens her MacBook laptop computer and logs on to the café's wireless internet connection to study for her class on the legal treatment of sexual orientation. She is a regular here but doesn't usually bring cash, so her credit-card statement reads "Nomad, Nomad, Nomad, Nomad". That says it all, she thinks. Permanently connected, she communicates by text, photo, video or voice throughout the day with her friends and family, and does her "work stuff" at the same time. She roams around town, but often alights at oases that cater to nomads.

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Updated Web Browsers: Which One Works Best? PC World

Apple's Safari, Mozilla's Firefox 3, and Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8 duke it out to be the program you use most on your PC. Which one does PC World rate the highest... read on!

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13 April 2008

Myspace tries to reach a bigger screen International Herald Tribune

Positioning a social network as a breeding ground for a television series, MySpace has signed a deal with a British-based production company, ShineReveille International, to distribute its video content outside the United States.

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Australian eBay members cry foul Australian IT

... New payment arrangements imposed by the online auction house will see costs dramatically rise for Australians selling goods; as the local market is a testbed for the planned worldwide policy. Buyers will no longer be able to use direct deposits - a popular payment method - personal cheques or money orders to purchase items on the website from June 17.

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Why inflight telephony spells cacophony The Independent

Harmony: that is what the European Commission professed to promulgate this week. The decision on "harmonised conditions of spectrum use for the operations of mobile communication services on aircraft" promises to enhance "quality of life". But Brussels' announcement of the freedom to roam, telephonically, at 30,000 feet spells only discord.

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Israel army in Facebook clampdown BBC

Israeli defence chiefs have moved to tighten internet social networking rules after photographs appeared showing sensitive military subjects. A review of Facebook pages belonging to Israeli troops found that some had posted detailed pictures of air bases, operations rooms and submarines.

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12 April 2008

IBM races to make hi-tech memory BBC

Handheld gadgets storing thousands of hours of film footage could soon be a reality thanks to IBM scientists. Researchers for the computer giant are working on a technology known as racetrack memory which uses tiny magnetic boundaries to store data.

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Mobile broadband on the rise among Irish businesses - report Digital Media Europe

55 per cent of large corporate firms in Ireland use mobile broadband using data cards and modems, says a report by Irish regulator ComReg. ComReg also found that 16 per cent of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) had adopted mobile broadband via laptops, while 24 per cent had accessed the internet over mobile handsets (up from 15 per cent in 2006).

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