Internet Use/New Technologies

07 March 2008

Social Networking Moves to the Cellphone International Herald Tribune

Social networks may be nothing new to habitu├ęs of the Internet. Several years of competition among Facebook, MySpace and Friendster have generated tens of millions of members. But now the market is teeming with companies that want to bring the same phenomenon to the cellphone. There are so many "mobile social networking" upstarts, in fact, that when New Media Age magazine in Britain tried to identify the "ones to watch," it ended up naming 10 companies.

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NZ broadband still not up to speed New Zealand Herald

InternetNZ today welcomed news that the number of broadband subscribers has overtaken their dial-up counterparts, but said broadband connections were still too slow. Also includes links to Statistics New Zealand and InternetNZ news releases.

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Aussie broadband value: stagnant or stingy? Whirlpool 2008 broadband survey ComputerWorld

Australian Internet users feel broadband value has not improved over the past twelve months, according to Whirlpool's 2007 Australian Broadband Survey, released this week. Among the survey's key findings, 50% of those surveyed felt broadband value remained stagnant over the past 12 months, while 30% felt value for money had taken a turn for the worse - up from 9.5% and 19.4% in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

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Greenpeace: What is a green electronics product? Greenpeace

The Sony Vaio TZ11 laptop, Sony Ericsson T650i mobile phone and Sony Ericsson P1i PDA have come out on top in our first survey of greener electronics products. Some products were more advanced than others, but there's definitely room for improvement as none of them scored over 5/10. Greenpeace conducted a survey of the main brands of desktop PCs and notebooks, mobile phones, and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), assessing them on their use of hazardous chemicals, energy efficiency, overall product lifecycle (recyclability and upgradeability) and other factors such as the promotion of environmental friendliness and innovation.

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06 March 2008

YouTube most popular UK networking site The Guardian

YouTube is now the most popular social networking website in the UK, overtaking the user-edited encyclopedia Wikipedia with 10.4 million unique users during January.

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Bamboo laptop is star of CeBIT The Guardian

It's not often that computers are sold on their "spiritual warmth" and "refreshing fragrance" but the star of the world's biggest IT fair was something different. Instead of shiny plastic it was encased in laminated bamboo strips. The result, said its Taiwanese makers, Asus, was "both aesthetically pleasing and good for the environment".

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More suppliers announce enhanced mobility at CeBIT

Katrin Ohlmer of Berlin's Ohlmer Marketing & Kommunikation has sent in another report from CeBIT, currently underway in Hannover in Germany and given some great updates on what companies such Navigon, Yahoo, RIM and others are planning in 2008, and again, many of these applications are about enhancing mobility.

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Internet TV slow to catch on in the UK despite BBC iPlayer The Times

Consumers still seem unwilling to embrace the idea of watching TV on the internet, despite the launch of the BBC iPlayer and services on several other networks, research suggests. Less than one Briton in five streamed or downloaded traditional TV programmes from the web using legal services offered by networks or internet services providers such as Tiscali, according to a survey of the nation's digital entertainment habits.

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Making plans for the web's future - Microsoft's Silverlight BBC

Microsoft's Silverlight software is starting to get some attention and here the BBC News website explains why the technology is important. When Microsoft unveiled Silverlight at the NAB Show in April 2006, industry commentators instantly dubbed it a "Flash killer" and said it spelled serious competition for Adobe's widely used animating tool. Also includes a link to "Nokia smartphones to turn on Microsoft's Silverlight" (Computerworld) and "Microsoft, Nokia Put Silverlight On Mobile Devices" (Information Week).

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05 March 2008

Microsoft targets the mobile web BBC

Microsoft has launched a bid to capture a segment of the growing market for rich web content on mobile phones. The software firm has signed a deal with handset manufacturer Nokia to bring its Silverlight platform to millions of mobile phones.

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Mobile the highlight at CeBIT

Katrin Ohlmer of Berlin's Ohlmer Marketing & Kommunikation is currently attending CeBIT, currently underway in Hannover in Germany, and has given a wrap on what is happening at CeBIT there, and what caught her eye. Katrin's highlights for the last day available here.

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Something just clicked The Guardian

Long-standing assumptions about the bitter rivalry between TV and the internet are being swept aside as Britain's terrestrial broadcasters venture more online TV on demand, streaming content and near-live simulcasting via the web. Ever since broadband speeds made it feasible to share large files over the net, users have been able to obtain hours of illegally-distributed broadcast content from the web. Accessing content online these days is easier than ever. Also includes a link to "Cutting TV time makes children healthier, says US study" (The Guardian).

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04 March 2008

More Americans Go Online for News Reuters

Young people rely first on Web sources, but many are online editions of traditional media, Poynter study finds. Nearly 70% of Americans believe traditional journalism is out of touch, and nearly half are turning to the Internet to get their news, according to a new survey.

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Green computing finds its place at Cebit InfoWorld

Cebit is taking on a green tinge this year, with the Climate Savers Computing Initiative playing a central role at the trade show, which opens March 4 in Hanover, Germany. The climate initiative aims to reduce IT's carbon dioxide emissions from computer operations by 50 percent between 2007 and 2010.

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The porn supremacy The Age

Where does the adult entertainment industry go with the increasing spread of porn into popular culture? Suzy Freeman-Greene examines the evidence of two new books.

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British digital kids ditch homework for networking The Guardian

British 15-to-19-year-olds admit spending significantly less time doing homework than they used to as a result of their use of social-networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo, according to research published today.

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03 March 2008

Lightning internet on way for Australia Sunday Age

Most Australian homes will have broadband communication speeds up to 100 times faster than what is currently available, under the Rudd Government's plan to wire Australia for the 21st century. ... But by deploying VDSL (Very High Speed DSL) technology, Senator Conroy said the new network would be able to carry up to 25 megabits per second. - But TechNewsReview wants to remind readers Japanese internet users, for example, already have internet download speeds of 100 gigabits per second.

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YouTube goes live to take on TV The Observer

Plan to add live video broadcasts to its 73 million clips widen website's battle with channels ... But [Bill Thompson, a technology commentator] warned that, with the iPlayer already pressuring home internet connections, mass streaming on YouTube could stretch the network to breaking point. 'If 10 million people are trying to stream live video, it may be the point at which internet bandwidth becomes an issue. If you've got a family of four and two teenagers are trying to stream video to YouTube, your emails aren't going to be delivered, potentially.'

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01 March 2008

ACMA report claims high satisfaction rates for Australian telco services ComputerWorld

Four out of five Australians are satisfied with their telecommunications services, according to an Australian Communications and Media Authority report. Despite the 81 per cent satisfaction rate, there is notable differences in satisfaction levels between households, small and medium enterprises and the rural sector. Also includes ACMA news release.

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27 February 2008

More Australian women using porn, says author West Australian

The traditional stereotype of a porn user is a dysfunctional middle aged man in a grubby raincoat, but that is being challenged by an unlikely newcomer to the scene, according to a new book on pornography in Australia. Also includes a link to "Bare facts about porn" from The Australian.

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Nokia phone shows off wearable electronics The Guardian

It can be used as a keyboard, and it can even be used as a bracelet - but it's really a phone which Nokia thinks can lead the way in the next generation of mobile technology.

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26 February 2008

Broadband: Open up those highways The Economist

In eras past, economic success depended on creating networks that could shift people, merchandise and electric power as efficiently and as widely as possible. Today's equivalent is broadband: the high-speed internet service that has become as vital a tool for producers and distributors of goods as it is for people plugging into all the social and cultural opportunities offered by the web.

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24 February 2008

Japan blasts satellite into space for high speed internet access BBC

Japan's space agency has launched an experimental communications satellite designed to enable super high-speed data transmission in remote areas of Japan and elsewhere in Asia.

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22 February 2008

Record traffic for UK news websites The Guardian

The US presidential elections and a bumper celebrity news month, with the death of Heath Ledger and Britney Spears' ongoing problems, produced record traffic for the UK's newspaper websites during January.

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Facebook sees first dip in UK users The Guardian

Facebook has suffered its first fall in UK users, with a 5% drop between December and January, according to new figures. However, Facebook still had 8.5 million unique users in January and remains the most popular social networking website in the UK, according to Nielsen Online, the internet research company behind the results. And Facebook's nearest rival, MySpace, also saw a 5% drop in UK traffic between December and January, according to Nielsen Online.

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