Internet Use/New Technologies

16 May 2015

No, Wi-Fi isn't making you ill New Zealand Herald

Peter Griffin, manager of the Science Media Centre, and former New Zealand Herald technology editor responds to recent claims about the safety of Wi-Fi and modern electronics.

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14 May 2015

Publishers Send Diverse Group of News Articles in Facebook Debut New York Times

Some felt it would revolutionize journalism. Others thought it might be the beginning of its destruction. But on Wednesday, what readers mostly saw in Facebook Instant Articles, the new format by which news organizations are publishing directly on Facebook, was an eclectic mix of articles rather than a clear signal of what is to come.

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13 May 2015

Greenpeace fingers YouTube, Netflix as threat to greener internet Computerworld

The next time you watch "House of Cards" on Netflix, think about the impact you might be having on the environment.

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Facebook Begins Testing Direct Publication of News Articles New York Times

Facebook's long-rumored plan to directly host articles from news organizations will start on Wednesday, concluding months of delicate negotiations between the Internet giant and publishers that covet its huge audience but fear its growing power.

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12 May 2015

The digital age has helped to create a generation of short-sighted people, research finds The Independent

The advent of the computer and increasingly urban, indoor lifestyles have created a generation of short-sighted young Europeans, new figures show.

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10 May 2015

Porn and video game addiction are leading to 'masculinity crisis', says Stanford prison experiment psychologist Independent on Sunday

A leading psychologist has warned that young men are facing a crisis of masculinity due to excessive use of video games and pornography.

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09 May 2015

Tinder hits back at research claiming 42% of its users have partners The Guardian

Dating app Tinder has rejected research that estimated that 42% of its users are either married or in a relationship.

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Facebook Use Polarizing? Site Begs to Differ New York Times

For years, political scientists and social theorists have fretted about the Internet's potential to flatten and polarize democratic discourse.

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08 May 2015

42% of people using dating app Tinder already have a partner, claims report The Guardian

Tinder shot to fame as a dating app for tech-savvy single people. Except, as it turns out, a big chunk of its users may not be single after all.

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06 May 2015

What is the internet of things? The Guardian

Among its many other cultural and economic assets, Google is accumulating a rather comprehensive record of what is troubling us, from asking the search engine to diagnose our disease symptoms to whether we will ever find true love. It seems only natural, then, to turn to Google to decrypt the latest piece of technical jargon, "the internet of things".

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30 April 2015

Facebook Is Eating the Internet The Atlantic

Facebook, it seems, is unstoppable. The social publishing site, just 11 years old, is now the dominant force in American media. It drives a quarter of all web traffic. In turn, Facebook sucks up a huge portion of ad revenue -- the money that keeps news organizations running -- and holds an enormous captive audience.

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As sensors shrink, watch as 'wearables' disappear; Microsoft Patent for Emotion Detecting Eyeglasses Reuters

Forget 'wearables', and even 'hearables'. The next big thing in mobile devices: 'disappearables'.

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26 April 2015

Human traffickers advertise their trade on Facebook Financial Times

Smugglers have taken to Facebook to offer desperate migrants passage across the Mediterranean to Europe in a sign of how brazen human traffickers have become in their lucrative trade.

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23 April 2015

What your country's emoji use says about you The Guardian

Significant strides were made in the world of international emoji understanding this week, with the publication of a groundbreaking report. Swiftkey, a British software company, trawled through "more than 1bn pieces of emoji data" to extract some enlightening trends in global emoji use across speakers of 16 different languages.

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Facebook's Growth Slows Slightly, but Mobile Shift Intensifies New York Times

Facebook is now so thoroughly a mobile service that its original website may soon become a footnote in the company's financial statements.

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22 April 2015

Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules The Guardian

Twitter has announced a crackdown on abuse on its network, unveiling a new filter designed to automatically prevent users from seeing threatening messages.

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21 April 2015

Google Adds 'Mobile Friendliness' to Its Search Criteria New York Times

Many businesses around the world could wake up on Tuesday to discover their search ranking has been downgraded. After a monthslong warning period, Google will add "mobile friendliness" to the 200 or so factors it uses to list websites on its search engine.

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19 April 2015

Electronic waste worth £34bn piling up in 'toxic mine', warns UN report Independent on Sunday

Gold worth more than £7bn is being thrown away amid the 42 million tons of electronic and electrical equipment discarded by consumers each year, according to United Nations experts.

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18 April 2015

WhatsApp Hits 800 Million Users - 1 Billion by Year-End? Wall Street Journal

WhatsApp now has 800 million monthly active users, continuing a pace of growth that may put the mobile messaging app on track to hit one billion users later this year.

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Microsoft's Bing claims over 20% of US desktop searches The Guardian

Microsoft's Bing search engine has captured more than 20% of the US desktop search market for the first time since it launched, leaving Google with 64.4%.

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10 April 2015

US teens aren't fleeing Facebook as quickly as we thought Washington Post

The technology world moves fast, especially where social media is concerned. Sometimes it can seem like there's a new "Facebook-killer" on tap every week -- especially if you have a tech reporter's inbox. And the rumors of that ten-year-old network's death seem to be even more frequent, with reports saying that teenagers are killing its growth prospects by turning to other options.

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09 April 2015

Online all the time – average British household owns 7.4 internet devices The Guardian

The average British household now owns 7.4 internet devices, with four out of 10 households buying a tablet in the last year.

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07 April 2015

Online dating’s age wars: Inside Tinder and eHarmony's fight for our love lives Washington Post

Tinder, America's fast-growing online-dating juggernaut, last week unveiled its first big branding partnership aimed at its core audience of millennial fling-seekers: a neon-drenched video-ad campaign hyping Bud Light's mega-keg party, "Whatever, USA."

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How do we protect our digital legacy after death? BBC News

In the old days we stored our treasured memories in photo albums and paper diaries.

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"Facebook's power is to sort what people see and to screen information. That's basically what Google does, too" Salon

"Terms of Service," the first book from the young cultural critic Jacob Silverman, is less an argument than a tour. Its subject is the Internet -- or, more accurately, what Silverman calls "the social web," which could be loosely defined as either a) an Internet experienced tailored to YOU!, or b) a surveillance system that comes equipped with some nice photo-saving and message-sharing tools.

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