Internet Use/New Technologies

01 December 2015

The Internet Isn't Available in Most Languages The Atlantic

Tweet, tuít, or giolc? These were the three iterations of a Gaelic version of the word "tweet" that Twitter's Irish translators debated in 2012. The agonizing choice between an Anglicized spelling, a Gaelic spelling, or the use of the Gaelic word for "tweeting like a bird" stalled the project for an entire year. Finally, a small group of translators made an executive decision to use the Anglicized spelling of "tweet" with Irish grammar. As of April 2015, Gaelic Twitter is online.

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Fairy lights could 'slow' wi-fi speeds warns Ofcom BBC News

Christmas tree lights can slow your wi-fi warns watchdog Ofcom as it releases an app that can check home broadband.

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30 November 2015

Silicon Valley exploits time and space to extend the frontiers of capitalism by Evgeny Morozov The Observer

Satellites, drones and balloons can make global connectivity a reality - but this space race is about profits not altruism

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26 November 2015

Li-Fi has just been tested in the real world, and it's 100 times faster than Wi-Fi ScienceAlert

Expect to hear a whole lot more about Li-Fi - a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication (VLC) - in the coming months. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge.

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24 November 2015

Why Islamic State Is Winning the Online War Der Spiegel

In the wake of the Paris attacks, authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic State's skillful use of the Internet. So far, however, European countermeasures have been frustratingly ineffective.

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20 November 2015

Why staring at screens is making us feel sick The Guardian

When we come to define the overarching feeling of the early part of the 21st century, it may come down to one word: queasiness. Some of the most exciting advances in technology - virtual reality, wearable tech, superfast smartphones and 3D films and operating systems - may all be scuppered by a basic human weakness: motion sickness.

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09 November 2015

In our Wi-Fi world, the internet still depends on undersea cables The Conversation

Recently a New York Times article on Russian submarine activity near undersea communications cables dredged up Cold War politics and generated widespread recognition of the submerged systems we all depend upon.

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08 November 2015

Automation Will Change Jobs More Than Kill Them New York Times

Smart software and robots are not poised to wipe out large numbers of American jobs, but technology-driven automation will affect most every occupation and can change work, according to new research from McKinsey.

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07 November 2015

The Rise of the Internet-Addiction Industry The Atlantic

Treatment centers are opening across the U.S., but mental-health experts still disagree on whether excessive time on the web qualifies as a disorder.

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03 November 2015

US teens spend nearly nine hours every day consuming media Washington Post

Teens are spending more than one-third of their days using media such as online video or music -- nearly nine hours on average, according to a new study from the family technology education non-profit group, Common Sense Media. For tweens, those between the ages of 8 and 12, the average is nearly six hours per day.

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24 October 2015

Trillions of Facebook posts added to search results BBC News

Facebook has indexed almost two trillion posts put on the site by its members to make it easier to find them.

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23 October 2015

Who's off the Internet - and why Washington Post

If the gap between technology rich and technology poor was primarily physical in the 1990s, the gap in this decade is increasingly skills-based.

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22 October 2015

Microsoft's Rule-Breaking Vision of a Future With Countless Devices New York Times

Close your eyes and imagine it's five years from now. Now, check your pockets and your desk. Which devices are you using?

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16 October 2015

Advertisers admit it: 'We messed up' Washington Post

As countless iPhone users have flocked to ad-blocking technology to try to escape from slow-loading, insecure online advertisements, a top trade group for advertisers is apologizing for having "messed up" the Web.

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14 October 2015

Sorry, ad blockers: German news site Bild says nein PC World

Readers of the popular German-language tabloid Bild are finding out it's verboten to try and visit the publication's site with an ad blocker enabled. Effective Tuesday, anyone attempting to visit with an active browser extension such as AdBlock Plus or uBlock origin, will be redirected to a landing page that says (in German), "With an Adblocker activated, you can no longer visit"

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08 October 2015

IS exploits Telegram mobile app to spread propaganda BBC News

So-called Islamic State group (IS) has shifted its propaganda distribution to the secure mobile messaging app Telegram from Twitter, where its accounts have been repeatedly shut down over the past year.

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06 October 2015

The future of the internet is flow by David Gelernter and Eric Freeman Business Spectator

People ask where the ewb is going; it's going nowhere. The web was a brilliant first shot at making the internet usable, but it backed the wrong horse. It chose space over time. The conventional website is "space-organised," like a patterned beach towel -- pineapples upper left, mermaids lower right. Instead it might have been "time-organised," like a parade -- first this band, three minutes later this float, 40 seconds later that band.

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How Race Influences Social-Media Sharing: Just about everyone is participating in online discussions. But a new poll shows that what people talk about can vary greatly. The Atlantic

When Stephanie Williams saw that Western High School in her town of Shively, Kentucky, was on lockdown after reports of an active shooter, she quickly shared the news on Facebook. Williams -- a 42-year-old registered nurse -- has several friends with children at the school and wanted to make sure they knew about the situation. Outside of emergencies, she posts weekly, typically about topics related to her community, or medical articles connected to her work. "If it's useful to me, it's definitely useful to someone else," she says.

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The Cost of Mobile Ads on 50 News Websites New York Times

Ad blockers, which Apple first allowed on the iPhone in September, promise to conserve data and make websites load faster. But how much of your mobile data comes from advertising?

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Bitcoins are a waste of energy - literally ABC News

Vast amounts of electricity go into feeding the Bitcoin delusion. Fortunately, it's unlikely that the digital currency will survive long enough to generate the environmental disaster that would arise if it became a major part of the financial system, writes John Quiggin.

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02 October 2015

How our love affair with ad-blocking risks giving Internet providers even more power Washington Post

Apple recently began allowing customers to download and install ad-blocking apps on their iPhones, sparking a big debate about the future of the Internet and the ethics of blocking online advertisements. Although ads support everything from social networks to search engines and newspapers, they can also be annoying, intrusive and a drain on your device.

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01 October 2015

No, Facebook isn't going to charge to keep people's posts private The Guardian

Facebook is not planning to make its users pay £5.99 [or $5.99 for US users] to keep their status updates private. Is this news? It may be to the people who've been sharing a hoax claiming the opposite.

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How Many Websites Are There? The Atlantic

Most webpages die after a couple of months. The average lifespan is something like 100 days. That's longer than it used to be. In the late 1990s, the typical webpage lasted for around 44 days.

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30 September 2015

How ad-blocking software could revolutionise disabled people's lives The Guardian

We've all been there: we want to shop online, find a new recipe for supper, catch up on the latest news or watch a video - only to be dazzled by a moving, blinking or flashing advert. These "autoplaying" ads are annoying for most internet users, but for those with disabilities or long-term conditions, they make those websites largely inaccessible.

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28 September 2015

Free pornography is ever more plentiful online. The right response involves better sex education The Economist

In the 1990s, when the internet was for nerds, as many as half of all web searches were for sexually explicit material. That share has fallen -- but only because everything from home-buying to job-hunting has moved online. Pornography still accounts for more than a tenth of all searches. The number of porn pages is estimated at 700m-800m; one of the biggest sites claims to get 80 billion video views a year.

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