Internet Use/New Technologies

12 April 2014

In France, a Move to Limit Off-the-Clock Work Emails New York Times

Given France's 35-hour workweek, generous vacations and persistent, if not altogether accurate, reputation for indolence, it may come as a surprise that the French are only now considering limits on the work emails and phone calls that come at all hours of the day and night.

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08 April 2014

New USB plug promises to turn frustrated users’ world upside-down The Guardian

After almost two decades of trying and failing to plug in USB connectors the right way up first time round, computer users' difficulties may be coming to an end.

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07 April 2014

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say Washington Post

Claire Handscombe has a commitment problem online. Like a lot of Web surfers, she clicks on links posted on social networks, reads a few sentences, looks for exciting words, and then grows restless, scampering off to the next page she probably won't commit to.

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06 April 2014

Google and the flu: how big data will help us make gigantic mistakes The Observer

As Google's attempt to predict the spread of flu by using search terms shows, lots of data can cause plenty of confusion

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05 April 2014

What Will The Internet Look Like In 25 Years? by Nathaniel Borenstein, chief scientist, Mimecast Forbes

The World Wide Web (WWW) turned 25 on March 12th. According to a recent PEW survey, of the 87% of Americans using the Internet today, a large majority say it's been a good thing both for them personally (90%) and for society (76%). However, as we look toward the next 25 years and the accelerated growth of Web infrastructure and Internet capabilities that will no doubt come along with it, will Americans stay so overwhelmingly positive about the personal and societal implications of the WWW?

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03 April 2014

Social media explosion powered by dirty energy, report warns The Guardian

The rise of social media is being powered by dirty forms of energy such as coal, a report from the campaign group Greenpeace said on Wednesday.

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Mobile broadband services add billions to Australian economy, ACMA research shows The Australian

Australia's love affair with mobile broadband services is leading to a significant bump in economic activity with new research from the communications watchdog showing that use of the services helped contribute $33.8 billion in the last year or more than 2 per cent of the nation's total GDP.

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28 March 2014

A New Facebook Lab Is Intent on Delivering Internet Access by Drone New York Times

Watch out, Google. Facebook is gunning for the title of World's Coolest Place to Work. And its arsenal includes unmanned drones, lasers, satellites and virtual reality headsets.

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27 March 2014

Can instant messaging damage your health? Doctor warns of 'WhatsAppitis' The Guardian

A doctor in Granada is advising fellow physicians to be "mindful" of the injuries that can result from using instant messaging services, after she diagnosed a 34-year-old pregnant woman with "WhatsAppitis".

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Instagram reaches 200m users The Drum

It's a very good week to work in the Facebook press office - not only has the company bought the virtual reality Oculus Rift platform for $2bn, but Instagram has reached 200 million users.

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25 March 2014

Apple in talks with Comcast to allow 'special treatment' for streaming-TV The Guardian

Consumer groups reacted angrily Monday to news that Apple is reportedly in talks with cable giant Comcast to launch a streaming-television service that would give Apple special treatment and bypass congestion on the web.

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20 March 2014

Ted 2014: Larry Page on Google's robotic future BBC News

Larry Page wants patients to hand over their data to researchers in order to save "100,000 lives".

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Rise of the machines will drive telcos' new growth Australian Financial Review

Planes, trains and other machines connected to the internet via mobile networks will be the next vital source of revenue growth for telecommunications companies such as Telstra and SingTel-Optus, new research by Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows.

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19 March 2014

Tomorrow's Internet starts now: get ready! Europa

With some 2.5 billion users world-wide, today's Internet is an established part of our lives. But new challenges are arising all the time and Europe needs to think ahead so that Internet can continue to offer new services, applications and business opportunities. From 18th to 20th March, more than 400 European scientists, researchers, business people, users, service and content providers will attend the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) in Athens @FIAAthens2014 to discuss tomorrow’s Internet.

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17 March 2014

How the Internet of Everything Will Shape the Next 25 Years of Internet History Cisco

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, an important milestone as we look at how far we've come and how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is shaping our future.

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14 March 2014

The Innovation Enigma by Joseph E. Stiglitz Project Syndicate

Around the world, there is enormous enthusiasm for the type of technological innovation symbolized by Silicon Valley. In this view, America's ingenuity represents its true comparative advantage, which others strive to imitate. But there is a puzzle: it is difficult to detect the benefits of this innovation in GDP statistics.

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Emotions Vented Online Are Contagious, Study Finds Wall Street Journal

In the digital swirl of Facebook status updates, emotions expressed online can be contagious, according to a new study encompassing more than 100 million people in the U.S. and a billion messages they posted.

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11 March 2014

The Deep Web you don't know about CNN

What we commonly call the Web is really just the surface. Beneath that is a vast, mostly uncharted ocean called the Deep Web.

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The internet of things is embedding itself into everyday items The Guardian

The world of the internet-connected toothbrush is well and truly in full swing, after Oral B became the second company to launch a bluetooth-connected toothbrush at the Mobile World Congress earlier this month.

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Strictly algorithm: how news finds people in the Facebook and Twitter age The Guardian

From Spotify and Netflix recommendations to Facebook's news feed or Google's search results, algorithms play a pivotal role in our media consumption.

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10 March 2014

25 things you might not know about the web on its 25th birthday The Guardian

It sprang from the brain of one man, Tim Berners-Lee, and is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time. A quarter-century on, we examine how the web has transformed our lives

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07 March 2014

60% of adults use at least 2 devices every day, while 40% have changed device through an activity, Facebook and GfK find The Drum

Over a fifth of the UK public uses three devices a day - smartphone, computer and tablet - research from Facebook and GfK has discovered, with 73 per cent of these switching between device mid-activity, such as browsing on a phone and completing the purchase on a laptop.

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06 March 2014

Facebook tightens rules on gun posts BBC News

Facebook has tightened its rules on posts relating to guns. The site said it will remove posts from users who "indicate a willingness" to break the law - like requiring no background check - to sell firearms.

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04 March 2014

Web-Enabled Toothbrushes Join the Internet of Things: Devices Link to Smartphones to Record Brushing Habits Wall Street Journal

What the world needs now is a Web-enabled toothbrush. That part is clear to several oral-hygiene companies. What they can't agree on is who was first to put teeth into the smartphone.

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01 March 2014

Kids online: parents, don't panic The Guardian

It used to be the shopping centre or park bench - now teens spend hours hanging out on Snapchat or Instagram. Don't worry: they're just forging their own brave new world

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