Internet Use/New Technologies

12 August 2016

Olympics bans most brands from saying 'Olympics' or 'Rio,' even on Twitter. Snark ensues Los Angeles Times

At the Olympics in Rio de Janiero, athletes from around the world are posting tweets, photos and observations between training and competing.

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11 August 2016

Australians spend eight times more hours per week looking at screens than with loved ones: survey ABC News

Australians spend eight times as many hours per week looking at screens than with their loved ones, a new survey has found.

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10 August 2016

Positive link between video games and academic performance, study suggests The Guardian

Children who play online video games tend to do better in academic science, maths and reading tests, according to an analysis of data from over 12,000 high school students in Australia.

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05 August 2016

Sharing economy will have dramatic effect on workplace conditions, says law firm ABC News

In a world of digital disruption with the likes of Uber and Airbnb, the focus is now turning to how rapid changes to business and lifestyles could translate to the workplace.

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Shocker! Facebook Changes Its Algorithm to Avoid 'Clickbait' New York Times

Facebook says it plans to marginalize what it considers to be "clickbait" news stories from publishers in its news feed, in another step to keep its 1.71 billion members regularly coming back to its social network.

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04 August 2016

More than a third of UK internet users have tried 'digital detox' – Ofcom The Guardian

The scale of the UK's obsession with the internet has been laid bare by a new study showing that the ever increasing amount of time we spend online is leading to lost sleep, neglected housework and less time spent with friends and family.

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31 July 2016

Print still has a future, and Le Monde can prove it. Aux armes, citoyens! by Peter Preston The Observer

Set aside this summer's No 10 pulsations for a while and look at the noisy press gang on the other side of Downing Street. In particular, note how two heavyweight reports - one British, one American - have just sung the same grim song about newspaper futures.

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US police are using Pokémon Go to lure criminals to their stations The Guardian

There can't be any doubts now of Pokémon Go's world domination - even the police are getting in on the action.

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30 July 2016

Search engines' role in radicalisation must be challenged, finds study The Guardian

More than 484,000 Google keyword searches a month from around the world, including at least 54,000 searches in the UK, return results dominated by Islamist extremist material, a report into the online presence of jihadism has revealed.

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28 July 2016

Facebook's journey 'only 1% done' after surge in revenue, Zuckerberg says The Guardian

Facebook began as a social network - and then became a media delivery service, a mobile advertising giant and a massive messaging platform. But as its second-quarter financial results reveal, it is also a money-making machine.

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23 July 2016

More than half the world is still offline Computerworld

While it may seem like half the world is chasing Pokemon right now, the other half is not even on the Internet.

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22 July 2016

IoT Insecurity: Pinpointing the Problems Threat Post

It's a coin toss whether or not that Internet of Things device you depend on is secure. Those unacceptable 50/50 odds come from a survey by IOActive where technology professionals were asked about the security of connected devices from thermostats, security cameras to alarm systems.

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21 July 2016

Facebook's Messenger hits 1 billion users, after two years as standalone app Reuters

Facebook Inc's Messenger has more than 1 billion users, the social media company said on Wednesday, making it one the world's top three apps just two years after it was split off from Facebook's main app, which is by far and away the most popular.

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Scientists have found a worrying effect that constant light might have on our bodies Science Alert

These days we're pretty much constantly surrounded by light, with the artificial glow of indoor lighting, street lights, computer screens, smartphones, and TVs meaning night time is a lot less dark than it once used to be.

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19 July 2016

What is the Internet of Things and how does ARM fit in? The Guardian

Britain's best unknown technology company ARM Holdings has been bought by Japan's SoftBank. But what exactly is the Internet of Things?

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18 July 2016

How the internet was invented: In 40 years, the internet has morphed from a military communication network into a vast global cyberspace. And it all started in a California beer garden The Guardian

In the kingdom of apps and unicorns, Rossotti's is a rarity. This beer garden in the heart of Silicon Valley has been standing on the same spot since 1852. It isn't disruptive; it doesn't scale. But for more than 150 years, it has done one thing and done it well: it has given Californians a good place to get drunk.

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10 July 2016

New NASA tech could provide the entire solar system with internet Inhabitat

NASA is celebrating the first deployment of new technology at the International Space Station (ISS) that makes it much easier, faster, and more efficient to transmit data to Earth. Essentially, it's the first step toward internet connectivity in space that is just as reliable as your home Wi-Fi signal. The new system, called Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), provides a smart solution to interrupted connections, and lays the groundwork for Solar System-wide internet connectivity in the not-so-distant future.

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Live Footage of Shootings Forces Facebook to Confront New Role New York Times

Late Thursday evening, when sniper fire rang out across downtown Dallas, a bystander, Michael Kevin Bautista, used his smartphone to stream the events in real time on Facebook Live. Within the hour, CNN was rebroadcasting the footage.

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07 July 2016

Web browsers: The world’s most popular computer programs are becoming less boring The Economist

Browsers, pieces of internet software that people probably spend more time with than they do in bed, have long been boring affairs. Save for occasional innovations such as tabs, these programs have remained fundamentally the same since the release of Mosaic, the first mainstream browser, nearly a quarter of a century ago. Just four browsers account for nearly all users: Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox. It is difficult to tell them apart.

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04 July 2016

From political coups to family feuds: how WhatsApp became our favourite way to chat The Observer

There is something reassuringly traditional about the neatly typed resignation letters, with a House of Commons letterhead and an attack on the Labour leader within. They are solid and permanent, when everything else seems to be falling apart. And old-fashioned, even if one does tweet a picture of it afterwards, as many MPs have done. But according to reports, those conspiring against Corbyn were far more modern. They used the messaging service WhatsApp. And it wasn't just Labour. There was thought to be at least one WhatsApp group of Conservative MPs exploring ways to stop Boris Johnson becoming leader. Gone are the days of machinations in back rooms and hushed conversations in corridors; the leaders of the two main political parties could be decided on a mobile app more often used by teenagers wondering where to go on a Saturday night.

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01 July 2016

Heather Watson hits out at internet trolls after Wimbledon defeat The Guardian

Heather Watson, the British No 2 tennis player, has hit out at internet trolls for not being "brave enough" to confront her in person, following the targeting of Wimbledon competitors online.

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27 June 2016

The internet of things: Connected homes will take longer to materialise than expected The Economist

The fanfare has gone on for years. Analysts have repeatedly predicted that the "internet of things", which adds sensors and internet capability to everyday physical objects, could transform the lives of individuals as dramatically as the spread of the mobile internet. Providers have focused on the home, touting products such as coffee pots that turn on when the alarm clock rings, lighting and blinds that adjust to the time of day, and fridges that send an alert when the milk runs out. But so far consumers have been largely resistant to making their homes "smart".

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21 June 2016

Tech sector brings opportunities to New Zealand by the billions InternetNZ

InternetNZ is proud to support a new report that analyses New Zealand's tech sector and brings to light huge economic opportunities that we may be missing out on.

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20 June 2016

Australian broadband speeds set to lag world by 2020 Computerworld

Australian web traffic will grow at a rate of 21 per cent a year for the next five years, according to Cisco's latest annual Virtual Networking Index.

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The internet of things: Connected homes will take longer to materialise than expected The Economist

The fanfare has gone on for years. Analysts have repeatedly predicted that the "internet of things", which adds sensors and internet capability to everyday physical objects, could transform the lives of individuals as dramatically as the spread of the mobile internet. Providers have focused on the home, touting products such as coffee pots that turn on when the alarm clock rings, lighting and blinds that adjust to the time of day, and fridges that send an alert when the milk runs out. But so far consumers have been largely resistant to making their homes "smart".

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