Internet Use/New Technologies

30 September 2014

Londoners give up eldest children in public Wi-Fi security horror show The Guardian

A handful of Londoners in some of the capital's busiest districts unwittingly agreed to give up their eldest child, during an experiment exploring the dangers of public Wi-Fi use.

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28 September 2014

They used to say 'print or digital'. But do we need to choose? The Observer

Something significant happened under cover of pinkness while we were busy agonising over Scotland and Ed Miliband's dodgy memory. The Financial Times emerged redesigned: new type, new column widths, new colour graphics. What's significant about that, you say? Papers have fiddled and fettled throughout history. But this time the changes meant so much more. They cost many thousands of pounds, hard cash and hard choices - and they challenged the whole current orthodoxy of print life and death.

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22 September 2014

Grindr: accurately predicting Scottish referendum results since 17 September The Guardian

Forget Ipsos Mori, YouGov and ICM; it turns out the most accurate predictor of the Scottish referendum result was Grindr, the hook-up app for gay and bisexual men.

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19 September 2014

US Study: Cities with super fast Internet speeds are more productive Washington Post

It's become an article of faith among politicians, investors and entrepreneurs that the Internet -- and access to it -- is an economic engine. It helps connect Americans to education and government services. It serves as a platform for new ideas and companies that wind up changing the world. And it reduces costs for consumers and businesses everywhere.

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18 September 2014

Website numbers explode past 1 billion mark, and counting ABC News

The number of websites has burst above one billion and is growing apace, according to figures updated in real time by online tracker Internet Live Stats.

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15 September 2014

Technology has transformed advertising, but consumers need to be kept on board The Economist

"Have you ever clicked your mouse right here?" asked the first banner advertisement in 1994. "You will," it confidently predicted. These days advertisers are feeling less certain of themselves. They are still trying to come to grips with the radical changes technology has brought to the way advertising is consumed, sold and personalised.

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Preparing for the Internet of Things ClickZ

Wearable technologies are about to change the way we live, and that change is coming very soon. Being on top of this next generation of Internet is imperative to understanding future consumer trends.

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Smartphones and tablets - What advertisers love, and what they hate, about mobile devices The Economist

Marketers' mantra of reaching "the right person, with the right message, at the right time" has become a lot more achievable in the past few years. Mobile devices, unlike desktop computers, are typically used by only one person, which is a great help to advertisers who want to target specific users. Being closely connected to people's personal lives and daily habits, the mobile device is the true "mini-me". This year, for the first time, Americans will spend more time on mobile devices (not counting talking) than they do on desktop computers. In Britain that tipping point will probably be reached in 2015.

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14 September 2014

Facebook under fire from drag queens over 'real-name' rule The Guardian

Many in the drag-queen community are up in arms over a Facebook requirement that user accounts must be operated under "real names".

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12 September 2014

In a Study, Text Messages Add Up to a Balance Sheet of Everyday Morality New York Times

Committing a small act of kindness, like holding the door for a harried stranger, often prompts the recipient to extend a hand to others, but it comes at a cost, psychologists have long argued. People who have done the good deed are primed to commit a rude one later on, as if drawing on moral credit from their previous act.

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08 September 2014

Police in Spain Arm Themselves With Social Media to Fight Crime New York Times

When a European arrest warrant was issued recently for Brett and Naghemeh King, who took their cancer-stricken child out of a Hampshire hospital in the south of England without permission, the Spanish police did what has become increasingly common in the search for missing or wanted people: They posted an alert on Twitter.

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07 September 2014

The language of the internet of things: More and more devices are becoming connected, but will they speak the same language? The Economist

There was a time, not long ago, when access to the internet could be gained only through a computer. Now people can get to it using phones, tablets and some games consoles. Increasingly, other devices are becoming internet-linked too, as connectivity is extended to everyday objects such as televisions, radios, watches and cars.

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Greenpeace Green Gadgets: Designing the Future Greenpeace

Since 2006 Greenpeace has been campaigning to green our electronics, challenging the sector's leading companies to reduce their environmental footprint and meet the growing demand for greener devices. From acting to combat climate change by increasing the use of renewable energy in the supply chain, to helping to build a toxic-free future by eliminating the worst hazardous chemicals, now is the moment for the industry to help us design a different future.

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06 September 2014

Facebook ready to spend billions to bring whole world online - Zuckerberg Reuters

Facebook Inc is prepared to spend billions of dollars to reach its goal of bringing the Internet to everyone on the planet, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

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03 September 2014

Online shopping in UK on mobiles overtakes desktop for first time The Guardian

Visits to retail websites via mobile devices have overtaken desktop traffic for the first time, figures show.

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01 September 2014

Social Media in China Is Not Just About Facebook ClickZ

Facebook leads the pack, but other social media platforms, especially coming from China, are the ones to watch going forward.

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MSN Messenger to end after 15 years BBC News

Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger will be switched off in China in October, marking a final end to the 15-year-old service.

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27 August 2014

American Facebook and Twitter users 'more likely' to censor their views offline The Guardian

Americans have been self-censoring their discussions about state surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations in 2013, researchers have found.

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25 August 2014

Your child's phone and tablet could be harming their eyes, expert warns Daily Telegraph [AU]

Children who use smart phones and tablets are at risk of potential irreversible eye damage because of blue light emissions from digital devices, according to a leading Sydney optometrist.

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22 August 2014

The case for a social media standard on sensitive content Washington Post

The tragic, public airing of James Foley's murder at the hands of the Islamic State is raising sensitive questions about the role that social media companies play in disseminating news online. Was Twitter right to block the gruesome video showing Foley's death? Is there a legitimate news justification for distributing the video, or is it enough simply to talk about it in the abstract?

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Diaspora social network cannot stop IS posts BBC News

The team behind a social network being used by Islamic State (IS) militants has admitted it cannot prevent the spread of extremist material.

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21 August 2014

James Foley: How social media is fighting back against Isis propaganda The Guardian

On Tuesday, militants from Islamic State (Isis) released a propaganda video depicting the beheading of a kneeling man dressed in an orange jumpsuit, believed to be James Wright Foley, an American photojournalist.

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Tablets fall out of favour in NSW classrooms Sydney Morning Herald

Once hailed as the poster child of digital interactive learning, tablets are falling increasingly out of favour in NSW schools after being found to be less practical than laptops.

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20 August 2014

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds The Guardian

A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.

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15 August 2014

Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases New York Times

The Internet may be losing the war against trolls. At the very least, it isn't winning. And unless social networks, media sites and governments come up with some innovative way of defeating online troublemakers, the digital world will never be free of the trolls' collective sway.

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