Internet Use/New Technologies

27 June 2014

Bing positions itself as go-to destination for Twitter search PC World

Through its exclusive relationship with Twitter, Microsoft said its Bing search engine will provide a front door into Twitter's timeline.

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25 June 2014

Facebook still tops among teens, says survey CNET

Reports of Facebook's death among teenagers have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to a new survey.

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24 June 2014

Microsoft Makes Bet Quantum Computing Is Next Breakthrough New York Times

Modern computers are not unlike the looms of the industrial revolution: They follow programmed instructions to weave intricate patterns. With a loom, you see the result in a cloth or carpet. With a computer, you see it on an electronic display.

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17 June 2014

Facebook frees the nipple, finally allows breast-feeding photos Salon

When people have babies, they tend to plaster Facebook with photos of their bouncy, chubby-cheeked offspring. Baby photos are so prominent in users' feeds, some people fed up with toddler glamor shots have tried to block baby pictures from their Facebook... but for every person tired of seeing their friends' profile pictures replaced with the visage of a human who recently dwelled inside her body, there's a mom or dad or aunt eager to share the baby love.

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How ISIS Games Twitter - The militant group that conquered northern Iraq is deploying a sophisticated social-media strategy The Atlantic

The advance of an army used to be marked by war drums. Now it's marked by volleys of tweets.

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15 June 2014

The Internet of Things: it's a really big deal The Observer

Good morning! Or evening, if you happen to be reading this on the other side of the world. Our topic for today is the internet. What? You already know about the internet? No, no, I don't mean that internet, the boring old one you use to access YouTube and send Facebook updates, email and tweets and stuff. That's the internet of people and it's so, well, yesterday. I'm talking about the new internet, which is going to be the latest thing Real Soon Now.

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14 June 2014

How 5G internet could change the world Australian Financial Review

Imagine a world where your car is driven by a SIM card that's in touch with a call centre in Manila - you could have a champagne chauffeur on a Toyota Corolla budget.

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13 June 2014

European newspapers search for ways to survive digital revolution The Guardian

Newspapers are in freefall. Print editions are being discontinued. Editors are being replaced with alarming regularity. Financial losses are mounting. Digital strategies are yet to bear fruit. New readerships are fickle, promiscuous and hard to impress.

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Mainstream media 'still dominate online news' BBC News

Traditional media organisations remain the dominant source of online news in the UK, according to a new report.

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Facebook to show ads based on your browsing history, but let you change them The Verge

Facebook has long shown users advertisements targeted to them based on the interests they've listed and the "Like" buttons they click around the web. In the coming weeks, Facebook will begin showing ads based on the other websites a user visits, even if a user doesn't click a "Like" button.

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11 June 2014

Monitoring 4.0: How to track of the Internet of Things Business Spectator

We've all seen the numbers around the Internet of Things (IoT). Experts predict that by 2020, the IoT will reach 26 billion units and hundreds of billions in revenue. While it's safe to say the IoT will be transformative for businesses, all of the possibilities opened up by these new connected devices will also bring new challenges to overcome.

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10 June 2014

Computer simulating 13-year-old boy becomes first to pass Turing test The Guardian

A "super computer" has duped humans into thinking it was a 13-year-old boy to become the first machine to pass the Turing test, experts have said. Five machines were tested at the Royal Society in central London to see if they could fool people into thinking they were humans during text-based conversations.

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08 June 2014

Internet of Things: it's all coming together for a tech revolution The Observer

Imagine if your kitchen scales could advise you about nutrition or if your lavatory could tell you to see a doctor. The Internet of Things is making these ideas possible, but at what price?

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05 June 2014

The weird Google searches of the unemployed and what they say about the economy Washington Post

If you really want to know how the economy is doing now, just Google it.

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04 June 2014

The Internet spent a whopping 2.4 billion hours watching 'competitive video games' last year Washington Post

... According to a report released yesterday by the market research firm IHS, people watched 2.4 billion hours of video games in 2013 -- almost double the year before.

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Facebook patent reveals plans for children to join the social network The Guardian

Facebook is working on a way to allow children under 13 years old join the social network.

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30 May 2014

Porn viewing linked to less grey matter in brain The Guardian

Less grey matter is found in the brains of men who watch large amounts of sexually explicit material, a study has found. The research, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if porn actually caused the brain to shrink, however, and the authors called for more study on the topic.

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Research Links Piracy to Internet Addiction and Deviant Friends TorrentFreak

New research from Tennessee Tech University shows that certain forms of online piracy are linked to Internet addiction related problems. In addition, the research shows that high school students who pirate are more likely to have deviant or criminal friends.

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28 May 2014

The Google Car Takes a Step Away From Boring New York Times

Google is making the leap from semi-autonomous to completely autonomous cars. But what exactly does the search company plan to do with them?

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21 May 2014

Too Much Information? Facebook, Google Face Backlash Over Logins - Consumers Worry About Broadcasting Their Habits, While Businesses Are Conflicted Wall Street Journal

Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. are battling to be the gateway through which users connect to websites and mobile apps. But users and businesses may be losing interest in such "social login" services.

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Time to embrace the Internet, Iran president says Reuters

Iran should embrace the Internet rather than see it as a threat, President Hassan Rouhani has said, in remarks that challenge hardliners who have stepped up measures to censor the Web.

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15 May 2014

10 things we learned from Pew Research's Internet of Things report The Guardian

It's been fashionable to drop the phrase "Internet of Things" in tech circles for some time now, but what does it really mean? And just as importantly, what will its effects be in the years to come?

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13 May 2014

Study Finds Being Ignored on Facebook May Lower Self-Esteem New York Times

Social media promises to make people feel better about their lives and promotes the ability to connect with others and share wonderful moments. Yet according to a new psychology report, when people are ignored on social sites, the rejection can have adverse affects.

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08 May 2014

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer: Our Mobile Traffic Will Soon Pass Desktop Wall Street Journal

Yahoo's mobile users will soon outnumber its desktop users, a shift that will put pressure on the aging Internet portal to make money from smartphones and tablets.

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07 May 2014

Internet well on way to 3 billion users, UN telecom agency reports United Nations

Releasing new statistics today, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced that by end 2014, there will be nearly three billion Internet users - two-thirds of them from the developing world - with mobile-broadband penetration approaching 32 per cent.

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