Internet Use/New Technologies

29 January 2014

Akamai: Internet speeds climb 10 percent worldwide CNET

Releasing its "State of the Internet" report for third quarter of 2013 on Tuesday, Akamai pegged the average global connection speed at 3.6 megabits per second, a 10 percent increase from the second quarter and a 29 percent leap from the same quarter in 2012. Gains in the average connection speed among 133 regions covered in the report ranged from 0.2 percent in Egypt to 1.2 Mbps to 259 percent in French island Reunion to 6.8 Mbps.

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28 January 2014

Global internet advertising spend surges 32% The Drum

Display internet advertising has surged 32 per cent worldwide in the first three quarters of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, according to Nielsen's quarterly Global Adview Pulse report.

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Why data science matters to Foursquare The Guardian

Since its most recent update, Foursquare users now spend 30% more time with the check-in app. And it wouldn't have been possible without the input of data scientist Blake Shaw

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27 January 2014

New study demonstrates Canadian youth have similar habits online as adults CIRA

YouTube has been chosen as the number one site to visit by Canadian youth according to a study of Canadian children's and teens' Internet use by MediaSmarts, a Canadian digital and media literacy organization.

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25 January 2014

Facebook: reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated The Guardian

A striking study by researchers at Princeton University this week made headlines for its claim that Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2017. Now, in an effort to point out flaws in the study, a Facebook analyst has applied similar methodology to predict the impending doom of Princeton University.

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24 January 2014

Screen Time Study Finds Education Drop-Off New York Times

With children spending more time in front of screens than ever, parents sometimes try to convince themselves that playing Angry Birds teaches physics, or that assembling outfits on a shopping app like Polyvore fires creativity.

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23 January 2014

Facebook could fade out like a disease, lose 80 per cent of users, say US researchers ABC News

Facebook is like an infectious disease, experiencing a spike before its decline, according to US researchers who claim the social network will lose 80 per cent of users by 2017.

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'Fastest ever' broadband passes speed test BBC News

The "fastest ever" broadband speeds have been achieved in a test in London, raising hopes of more efficient data transfer via existing infrastructure.

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22 January 2014

Google-backed venture uses shape-shifting code to defeat hackers Financial Times

A new company backed by Eric Schmidt and Google Ventures is promising to use constantly morphing computer code to transform the fight against cyber criminals.

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21 January 2014

'China's Web Junkies' New York Times

Compulsive Internet use has been categorized as a mental health issue in many countries, including the United States, but China was among the first to label "Internet addiction" a clinical disorder.

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A Popular Chinese Social Networking App Blazes Its Own Path New York Times

Every half-hour or so, Jenny Zhao, young and wired, unlocks her iPhone 5 to connect with friends using Weixin, China's wildly popular social messaging app.

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19 January 2014

Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All New York Times

In September 2008, two graduate students working for Keith Hampton, a professor at Rutgers, raised a camera atop a 16-foot tripod to film down into Bryant Park, the sprawling green space behind the main branch of the New York Public Library. They hit record, then milled about nearby pretending they had nothing to do with the rig, as it semi-surreptitiously filmed the comings and goings of hundreds of New Yorkers. The charade didn't last. After an hour, Lauren Sessions Goulet, the more senior of the pair, found herself talking to the park's private security force, which sent her to see their bosses, the Bryant Park Corporation. She was nervous.

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17 January 2014

China now has half a billion mobile web users, 618 million total internet users Tech In Asia

China now has 618 million internet users and 500 million mobile web users, according to new figures today from CNNIC.

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16 January 2014

Facebook Revamps Ads To Compete With Google New York Times

Last June, Facebook released a tracking pixel, a snippet of code that allows advertisers to track customers who come to their websites from Facebook ads. For Amy Norman, co-chief executive officer of Little Passports, the pixel was a game-changer.

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14 January 2014

O'Leary reveals Ryanair-Google plan to 'change how we buy tickets forever' The Independent

Google is working on top-secret plans with Michael O'Leary's Ryanair in a bid to completely transform how consumers search for, select and buy airline tickets.

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Google to buy Nest Labs for $3.2bn in bid for smart home-devices market The Guardian

Google has expanded its presence in consumer homes by buying Nest Labs, a connected device company which makes smart thermostats and smoke detectors, for $3.2bn.

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10 January 2014

Australia leads OECD on wireless broadband, but tied with Austria for 18th on wired broadband; NZ improving Computerworld

Australia has moved into first place among the 34 OECD countries for wireless broadband penetration, with 114 subscriptions per 100 people, the OECD has announced.

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OECD broadband statistics update OECD

Wireless broadband penetration has grown to 68.4% in the OECD area, according to June 2013 data, meaning there are now more than two wireless subscriptions for every three inhabitants.

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Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips New York Times

Not long after Gordon E. Moore proposed in 1965 that the number of transistors that could be etched on a silicon chip would continue to double approximately every 18 months, critics began predicting that the era of "Moore's Law" would draw to a close.

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09 January 2014

Porn trends in the UK: From 'Lisa Ann' to 'British', Pornhub reveals what we search for The Independent

One of the world's biggest pornographic video sharing websites has revealed the online habits of its porn users in Britain - with some interesting results.

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Iran bans men and women who aren't related from chatting online Haaretz

Iran's supreme leader has reportedly banned online chatting between males and females who are not relatives.

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Are iPads and tablets bad for young children? The Guardian

Tablet ownership has more than doubled in the past few years - and as many parents are finding, children are highly proficient at using them. But are these devices harmful to their development? Or do they encourage 'technological intelligence'?

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Warning: how social media is a danger to brands Marketing Week

A Marketing Week investigation has found that a range of brands, including Ugg Australia, Mulberry, Ray-Ban and Louis Vuitton are being targeted by unauthorised websites that use social media to promote their claims of selling luxury goods. We uncovered a number of sites not listed in these brands' published networks of resellers that use links and paid-for advertising space on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to bring in web traffic, using brands' photographs, logos and trademarked words.

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05 January 2014

Unfriending mum and dad: Fears that teenagers are deserting Facebook are overblown The Economist

Not long after being snapped up by News Corporation in 2005, MySpace became a much emptier space when many teenagers who had used the social network to share music and photos of themselves in various states of undress decided it was no longer the cool place to be online. A recent blog post has sparked a debate about whether Facebook, which has 1.2 billion users, is suffering a similar exodus.

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03 January 2014

Many more of us will work from home - or a cafe - says BT futurologist The Guardian

When the American broadcaster Walter Cronkite made a programme about the office of the future in 1967, he forecast the end of commuting thanks to a desk at home laden with screens for making video calls, checking the news and tracking stock prices. There was even a closed circuit television system for monitoring activity in the other rooms - on Cronkite's screen, women in pinafores were making the bed.

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