Internet Use/New Technologies

25 October 2014

The Queen sends her first tweet Reuters

The Queen made her first foray into the world of social media on Friday when she sent out her inaugural message on Twitter.

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23 October 2014

Internet addiction: Hobart doctor warns of associated health risks ABC News

Internet addiction might not make headlines like gambling, alcohol or other drugs, but according to a Hobart doctor it may point to underlying health issues.

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Pew survey shows women bear brunt of online harassment Computerworld

As much as the Internet provides a place to connect, it's also a haven for trolls, bullies, cyberthieves and wackos. Recent incidents targeting women, including GamerGate and the iCloud nude photo leak, have brought some of the issues to the fore.

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17 October 2014

Analysts Ask What's Next for Google New York Times

Google is still pulling in money hand over fist, but Wall Street is hungry for the company's next act.

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15 October 2014

Google Glass user treated for internet addiction caused by the device The Guardian

Scientists have treated a man they believe to be the first patient with internet addiction disorder brought on by overuse of Google Glass.

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Clinton Laments Tech-Induced 'Limited Attention Spans' Wall Street Journal

Hillary Clinton has been working hard to court Silicon Valley, but like many people, she's troubled by our harried, hyper-connected world.

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14 October 2014

Google: Amazon is biggest search rival BBC News

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has said the firm's biggest rival in online search is e-commerce giant Amazon.

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13 October 2014

Campaigns Find Ad Space Finite, Even on the Web New York Times

It turns out that the Internet does not have infinite capacity. At least not for political ads.

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10 October 2014

Faster internet expected to shake up health and education by 2025 The Guardian

A new report published by the Pew Research Center and Elon University aims to predict how the advent of gigabit-speed internet connections will affect our lives by 2025.

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Online shopping sees 30% rise between midnight and 6am, British study says The Guardian

Britons are so addicted to shopping that many are glued to their smartphones when most of their neighbours are asleep - buying games consoles, Lego and pillows.

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The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women The Atlantic

Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn -- which makes female users feel anything but free.

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09 October 2014

Estonians Embrace Life in a Digital World New York Times

The centuries-old city center here looks quaintly antique, with well-worn cobbled streets lined by medieval buildings at nearly every turn.

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08 October 2014

Google wants to turn urbanites into beta testers of a 'Physical Web' Washington Post

Google is hard at work attempting to build what it is calling the Physical Web -- a connected network of physical objects accessible through the Web browser. What's striking is that Google's vision is an intensely urban one, suggesting that city dwellers will be at the vanguard of the development of the long-promised Internet of Things.

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More Australians paying for faster internet, but we're still lagging behind in upload speeds The Guardian

Australians are increasingly opting to pay for faster internet connections although an analysis of global internet speeds suggests the country is still lagging behind other countries.

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Google Faces Uphill Fight in Mobile Messaging CIO

Losing out to Facebook in a bidding war for mobile messaging market leader WhatsApp earlier this year no doubt stung Google.

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03 October 2014

Nude selfie celebs were 'dumb', EU commissioner says BBC News

The EU's next digital head has refused to apologise for saying celebrities were "dumb" for taking intimate pictures that were later leaked.

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02 October 2014

Victory for drag queens as Facebook apologises for 'real-name' policy The Guardian

Facebook apologized to drag queens on Wednesday following a meeting with community members and queens who protested against the company's order to use their legal names on the social networking site.

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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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