Internet Use/New Technologies

02 December 2006

us: Confessional blogs of the internet nuns The Times

Some days she goes to classes on chastity and obedience. Other days are reserved for prayer and contemplation. Yet life is not all about spiritual devotion for one of the younger members of an intriguing new religious order -- nuns who have taken to the internet to describe their convent lives.

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28 November 2006

Online video 'eroding TV viewing' BBC

Almost half of people who regularly watch online video spend less time watching TV, a survey suggests.

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27 November 2006

Podcast Downloading Pew Internet & American Life Project

Some 12% of internet users say they have downloaded a podcast so they can listen to it or view it at a later time. However, few internet users are downloading podcasts with great frequency; just 1% report downloading a podcast on a typical day.

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25 November 2006

Podcast numbers show 'few hooked' BBC

Users who have experimented with downloading a podcast continues to grow but few remain hooked, research suggests.

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17 November 2006

Net benefits for cancer patients The Guardian

A new study shows chatting to other cancer patients online can help young people's recovery. Professor Gordon McVie reports

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15 November 2006

Google CEO sees free cell phones, funded by ads ZDNet/Reuters

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers who accept watching targeted forms of advertising.

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Educational toys? Just give toddlers your old phone The Times

Parents spending hundreds of pounds on high-tech educational toys for toddlers would be better off giving them an old mobile phone to play with, according to an education expert.

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Surfing to Excess: How Much Is Too Much? Washington Post

More Internet users say their time online is interfering with their lives; medical communities are taking their complaints seriously.

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Websites face four-second cut-off BBC

Shoppers are likely to abandon a website if it takes longer than four seconds to load, a survey suggests.

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11 November 2006

Baffled GPs urged to try diagnosis by Google The Times

If in doubt, Google it, doctors puzzling over a diagnosis have been told. The internet search engine used by millions of people to find a plumber or discover what their house is worth is also pretty handy when it comes to putting a name to unusual ailments.

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10 November 2006

Blogosphere sees healthy growth BBC

100,000 new blogs are started each day and the number of blogs responding to political issues is also on the rise.

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04 November 2006

Back to the future, with a Victorian flavour The Guardian

There's a line of thought which argues that the internet will liberate the masses and allow us to achieve self-actualisation. "With technology," the proponents exclaim, "economies will spiral upwards, national boundaries will dissolve and people will work only for self-enlightenment!" And today's mighty panacea, often referred to as "user-generated content", will bring joy to the world and peace to us all.

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03 November 2006

Berners-Lee to head web research project The Guardian

The influence the internet has on the way we socialise and live our lives is to become the focus of a new field of study under the leadership of the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee.

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Web inventor fears for the future BBC

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British developer of the world wide web, says he is worried about the way it could be used to spread "misinformation and "undemocratic forces".

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Internet milestone: 100 million websites Sydney Morning Herald

The first website went online in August 1991 and, now 15 years later, the 100-million website mark has been cracked.

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02 November 2006

The internet's future is out of this world by Vint Cerf ZDNet

In 2006 most people in the developed world would find it hard to imagine life without the internet; never before has a single technology become so central to our lives so quickly. Email, search, e-commerce, social networking sites -- hundreds of millions of people use them every day. But the original internet was a very different world. Designed in 1973, the idea was to enable the US Defence Department to integrate computers into its command and control system. Of course, it was also immediately adopted by its academic developers for their own uses!

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23 October 2006

Making the web accessible for all BBC

Despite many efforts to move away from those most traditional interfaces - the ubiquitous computer keyboard and mouse - they remain the bedrock on which nearly all computer interfaces rest.

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20 October 2006

US shows signs of net addiction BBC

More than one in eight adults in the US show signs of being addicted to the internet, a study has shown.

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19 October 2006

Zittrain on the Future of the Internet Harvard Cyber Law

Steve Ryan, Director of London School of Economist's Centre for Learning Technology, guest blogged on about Berkman Prof. Jonathan Zittrain's presentation on the future of the Internet at LSE on October 13, 2006. If you're interested in 'the future of the Internet,' the long-term trend of parsing out Internet functions to specialized devices, or the One Laptop Per Child Initiative, check out this summary of Zittrain's talk:

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11 October 2006

Google VP says youth determine Internet future USA Today/AP

Vinton Cerf says more than one billion people worldwide use it, and he believes its future is in the hands of young people.

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10 October 2006

eu: Web browsing beats page-turning BBC

Europeans now spend more of their week online than they do reading newspapers or magazines, according to a report.

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08 October 2006

uk: Internet appeal to catch killers BBC

Detectives trying to catch the killers of murdered schoolboy Jessie James have posted an appeal on the video-sharing website, YouTube.

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03 October 2006

Internet's future in 2020 debated BBC

The internet will be a thriving, low-cost network of billions of devices by 2020, says a major survey of leading technology thinkers.

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The Future of the Internet II Pew Internet & American Life Project

A survey of technology thinkers and stakeholders shows they believe the internet will continue to spread in a "flattening" and improving world. There are many, though, who think major problems will accompany technology advances by 2020. A predictions database can be viewed.

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08 May 2006

OECD Broadband Statistics, December 2005 OECD

The number of broadband subscriptions throughout the OECD continued to increase during 2005 from 136 million in June 2005 to 158 million by December 2005. Broadband penetration growth in the OECD held steady at 15% in the second half of the year reaching 13.6 subscribers per 100 inhabitants in December.

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