Internet Use/New Technologies

08 October 2013

Britons spend one in 12 waking minutes online, pushing ad spend to record high The Guardian

UK web users spent an average of one in every 12 waking minutes each day online in the first six months of 2013, with advertisers spending a record £3bn targeting them with marketing messages, according to new research.

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Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think New York Times

Everyone knows young people these days are born with smartphones in hand and will stay glued to the Internet from that time onward. Right?

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ITU releases latest tech figures & global rankings International Telecommunication Union

Mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets has become the fastest growing segment of the global ICT market, according to ITU's flagship annual report Measuring the Information Society 2013.

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05 October 2013

The doctor will Skype you now: In the future, patients may be able to Skype their doctors. In Manchester GP Sirfraz Hussain already takes video calls The Guardian

On a Skype connection that is unusually consistent, a 31-year-old man is describing his anxiety attack to Doctor Sirfraz Hussain. "Big headache, sweating ... I got really scared, I was going in and out of the toilet every five minutes." He pressed his heart, to indicate the fear that mustered around it like a physical pain. His cat got up off the windowsill and moved towards him; for those of a romantic bent, it looked as though it were trying to comfort him. He only half the time made eye contact, the rest of the time casting his eyes towards the ceiling, evasively, as though he were ashamed of having to ask for help.

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03 October 2013

The WiFi revolution that could take traffic off Britain's roads: Ofcom outlines plans for future use of radio spectrum The Independent

Plans to use wireless technology to ease traffic congestion, regulate motorway speeds and monitor people's personal health were set out on Wednesday by the broadcast regulator Ofcom.

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Super highway: A14 to become Britain's first internet-connected road The Guardian

One of the UK's most congested highways, connecting the busy container port at Felixstowe to Birmingham, is to become Britain's first internet-connected road in a pilot project that could pave the way for everything from tolls to self-driving cars.

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Social Networks in a Battle for the Second Screen New York Times

After "Breaking Bad" drew 10.3 million viewers to one of the most crowd-satisfying finales in television history on Sunday, Twitter and Facebook raced to tell the news media about the throngs who shared their instant reactions to the show on the social networks.

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02 October 2013

US websites suspended after federal shutdown BBC News

A number of US government websites and Twitter feeds have been suspended due to a partial US government shutdown.

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01 October 2013

Facebook editing function raises concern over misuse BBC News

A new feature allowing Facebook users to edit their status updates may result in "stitch-ups", an expert has warned.

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Website maps 1.2 billion Facebook faces CNN

Facebook has so many users -- more than a billion, or roughly the population of India -- that squeezing them all into one Web page seems almost impossible.

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29 September 2013

Facebook Will Pay More Attention to Feedback on Ads Wall Street Journal

Facebook is trying to make its ads more relevant -- or at least less annoying.

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26 September 2013

Not Online? That's Because the Internet is Irrelevant and Too Technical, US Survey Says Network World

The information superhighway is not for everyone. Fifteen percent of adults still don't use the Internet, primarily because it's not relevant to them or it's too difficult to use, a recent Pew survey said.

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22 September 2013

Intimacy on the Web, With a Crowd New York Times

Pornography by webcam is a money-making opportunity in a business eroded by the distribution of free sexual content on the Internet.

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17 September 2013

Retailers Fight Exile From Gmail In-Boxes New York Times

Even in an age of Twitter posts and Instagram photos, e-mail is still the way marketers reach the hearts -- and wallets -- of consumers. And that is why retailers are up in arms about Google's latest tweak to Gmail.

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Most Influential Emotions on Social Networks MIT Technology Review

One well-known feature of social networks is that similar people tend to attract each other: birds of a feather flock together.

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15 September 2013

Twitter and the transformation of democracy The Observer

The news that Twitter has taken the first steps towards a stock market flotation has triggered a predictable storm of speculation about the valuation of the company. How much is a corporation with 200 million monthly users actually worth? How does it compare with Facebook, with its billion users?

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12 September 2013

Yahoo Traffic Has Grown 20 Percent Since She Joined, Says Marissa Mayer All Things D

Yahoo now has 800 million monthly active users globally, according to CEO Marissa Mayer.

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10 September 2013

Mapping the 'Geography' of the Internet The Atlantic

In case you didn't know, muscle-car lovers have a thriving Internet community. Twitter users like @HookupMyRide and @CorvetteBlogger are among the chattiest sports-car enthusiasts, tweeting links and striking up conversations with other fans of fast cars. The influential drivers of the muscle-car blogosphere stick to what they like; they mostly share links and thoughts about cars. For that reason, it's unlikely that they'd ever interact with Twitter users who focus on environmental issues - in fact, the two groups live in entirely separate neighborhoods of the Internet.

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09 September 2013

Stop Doing Digital Advertising ClickZ

Of late, there's been a lot of speculation about the future of online advertising, especially with a recent report on the rise of ad-blocking. The report found that web publishers tend to underestimate the effect of ad-blocking in their business and found that as many as 22.7 percent of people who visited 220 websites in the research were using ad-blocking software. It also found that ad-blocking is set to grow by 43 percent yearly. This spells bad news for both publishers as well as brands that have shifted media budgets online for increased reach, better accountability, and higher return of investment in media investments.

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Günter Grass: Facebook is 'crap' The Local

Nobel Laureate and Germany's favourite grumpy old man Günter Grass is living up to his reputation for voicing everyone's dad's thoughts and called on people to distance themselves from Facebook and "all that crap".

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08 September 2013

From dental braces to astronauts' seats - The signs are that 3D printing is transforming manufacturing, but not in the ways you might expect The Economist

Ever since 3D printing -- the ability to construct solid objects by building them up, a layer at a time, in plastic or metal -- hit public consciousness a couple of years ago, comment has veered towards two extremes. Fans, often in America, insist it will have a dramatic impact, undermining the economics of mass production and repatriating jobs to the West. According to the Harvard Business Review, "China will have to give up on being the mass-manufacturing powerhouse of the world." Critics denounce it as overblown hype -- "a gimmick" according to Terry Gou, the boss of Foxconn, a manufacturing giant in China: he says he will start spelling his name backwards if he is proved wrong.

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30 August 2013

Skype confirms 3D video calls are under development BBC News

Skype has confirmed it has developed 3D video calls.

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PC boom is over as tablets and smartphones take over, says IDC The Guardian

The PC boom is over, and the business will never regain the peaks that it saw in 2011 when more than 359m were shipped worldwide, says research company IDC.

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28 August 2013

Researcher Controls Another Person's Brain Over the Internet New York Times

Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully connected two human brains over the Internet.

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26 August 2013

How Google's Autocomplete Was ... Created / Invented / Born The Atlantic

Few things merge technology and philosophy as elegantly as autocomplete. The feature is not merely one of the microinteractions that subtly standardize our experience of the Internet; it's also a kind of meta-interaction -- one that puts the "world" in "World Wide Web." Type in a search query -- or type in, rather, part of a search query -- and you get a textual snapshot of humanity's collective psyche. You see your desires and wonderings and wanderings, measured against the desires and wonderings and wanderings of everyone else who has ever used Google. Sometimes, as a result of all this, you get sadness. Sometimes you get silliness. Sometimes you get poetry. But you always get insight.

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