Internet Use/New Technologies

06 June 2015

Singaporeans Eschew Adult Content Online, Avast Says Wall Street Journal

Singaporeans are just not very interested in accessing adult content online.

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05 June 2015

Internet of Things Spending to Reach 1.7 Trillion by 2020 ClickZ

The worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) market will grow from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020, according to research company International Data Corporation.

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03 June 2015

Study: Nearly third of US teens changed health habits based on online search Washington Post

Some good news about teens and the Internet: Many switch to healthier habits after consulting the Web.

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Egyptian repairman outranks Google in search BBC News

An Egyptian repairman has found unexpected fame as one of the most searched-for men in his country.

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01 June 2015

Google's Ingenious Plan to Make Apps Obsolete Wired

Google showed off any number of potentially revolutionary technologies at its I/O developer conference keynote Thursday. There was Jump, a platform for generating 3D virtual reality content, and Brillo, Google's latest entrant into the smart-home horse race. But the company's most important announcement was the evolution of a technology that's nearly three years old. It laid out a course for making apps obsolete and getting users back onto the web, where Google is master. And that course is paved by Google Now.

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31 May 2015

Steve Case: Get ready, the Internet is about to change again. Here's how. Washington Post

I don't recall exactly what was going through my mind that morning, 30 years ago this summer, when a group of us in Tysons Corner, Va., launched a start-up called Quantum Computer Services, later renamed America Online.

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30 May 2015

Google Wants to Turn Your Clothes Into a Computer New York Times

If you thought it was only a matter of time before Google tried to turn your pants into a computer, well, guess what, you were right.

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28 May 2015

In 5 years, 80 percent of the whole Internet will be online video Washington Post

Video is eating the Web. Already, we know that Netflix accounts for one-third of Internet traffic at peak hours. Toss in YouTube, and that figure rises to roughly half of all bandwidth consumed. But even that's small potatoes compared with what's coming. In five years, 80 percent of the entire world's Internet consumption will be dominated by video. That number will be even higher in the United States, approaching 85 percent.

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27 May 2015

Internet used by 3.2 billion people in 2015 BBC News

Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year, according to a new report.

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22 May 2015

Google a step closer to developing machines with human-like intelligence The Guardian

Computers will have developed "common sense" within a decade and we could be counting them among our friends not long afterwards, one of the world's leading AI scientists has predicted.

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20 May 2015

Girls like digital media while boys prefer print, finds study on reading habits The Guardian

Girls have more firmly embraced digital literacy and formats such as Facebook, email and text message, while boys are more comfortable with traditional printed media such as comics, manuals and newspapers, according to a study published by the National Literacy Trust.

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18 May 2015

Why Facebook's News Experiment Matters to Readers New York Times

Facebook's new plan to host news publications' stories directly is not only about page views, advertising revenue or the number of seconds it takes for an article to load. It is about who owns the relationship with readers.

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We are ignoring the new machine age at our peril The Observer

As a species, we don't seem to be very good at dealing with nonlinearity. We cope moderately well with situations and environments that are changing gradually. But sudden, major discontinuities - what some people call "tipping points" - leave us spooked. That's why we are so perversely relaxed about climate change, for example: things are changing slowly, imperceptibly almost, but so far there hasn't been the kind of sharp, catastrophic change that would lead us seriously to recalibrate our behaviour and attitudes.

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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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