Internet Use/New Technologies

18 April 2016

Media Websites Battle Faltering Ad Revenue and Traffic New York Times

The business of online news has never been forgiving. But in recent weeks, what had been a simmering worry among publishers has turned into borderline panic.

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13 April 2016

The dark side of Guardian comments The Guardian

As part of a series on the rising global phenomenon of online harassment, the Guardian commissioned research into the 70m comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the 10 most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black. Hear from three of those writers, explore the data and help us host better conversations online

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Facebook Messenger introducing 'chat bot' artificial intelligence ABC News

Facebook is building artificial intelligence-powered "chat-bots" into its Messenger application to allow businesses to have software that can engage in lifelike text exchanges with users, company co-founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg says.

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12 April 2016

Discarded Electronics and Ghana's Environmental Conundrum Der Spiegel

In Ghana, the disposal of discarded electronic waste from industrialized countries has become a booming business. But the consequences for health and environment are dire.

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05 April 2016

Internet of Things raises privacy, security concerns, White House official tells ABA American Bar Association

At an American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law program on March 30, Ed Felten, deputy U.S. chief technology officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said the world is in the midst of a technology transition. At the center of this transition is the Internet of Things -basically defined as the network of physical devices embedded with electronics that allow the objects to collect and exchange data.

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Technology Upgrades Get White House Out of the 20th Century New York Times

Can you run the country with spotty Wi-Fi, computers that power on and off randomly and desktop speakerphones from Radio Shack, circa 1985?

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29 March 2016

Why Apple and Google are struggling to design simple software Washington Post

I was recently reminded of this when I tried to quickly snap a picture at a recent Apple event. I tried to double-click the home button on my locked Galaxy S6 to call up the camera. But I took just a moment too long, triggered the fingerprint reader and unlocked my phone instead -- and completely missed the shot.

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23 March 2016

What it looks like when the Internet suddenly disappears, in 4 charts Washington Post

Early one afternoon in November, Internet activity in Bangladesh fell off a cliff. The drop -- to 5 percent of typical activity -- lasted only an hour, but traffic would not return to normal levels for weeks. The cause? A reportedly government-ordered shutdown in the wake of a court ruling upholding a death penalty verdict in a high-profile war crimes trial.

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22 March 2016

Google Introduces Products That Will Sharpen Its Ad Focus New York Times

Google's skills in tracking people, figuring out desires, and placing ads revolutionized the world of marketing. Now it is adding even more technology muscle to its ad business.

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19 March 2016

Twitter Rules Out Long Tweets, Sticking to 140-Character Limit New York Times

Two months ago, Twitter's most dedicated fans threw a fit when news of a potentially major change in the service came to light: the 140-character limit, long one of Twitter's defining characteristics, might be going away.

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What will the Internet look like in the next 5-7 years? Internet Society

What will the Internet look like in the next 5-7 years? We all know that the Internet is one of the most important tools of our time - but we can't afford to take the Internet -- or its future -- for granted.

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14 March 2016

The future of computing: The era of predictable improvement in computer hardware is ending. What comes next? The Economist

In 1971 the fastest car in the world was the Ferrari Daytona, capable of 280kph. The world's tallest buildings were New York's twin towers, at 415 metres. In November that year Intel launched the first commercial microprocessor chip, the 4004, containing 2,300 tiny transistors, each the size of a red blood cell.

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13 March 2016

Using Facebook and Snapchat makes you 'cognitively and morally shallow', according to psychologists Independent on Sunday

Texting and using social media can result in "cognitive and moral shallowness", studies have found.

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11 March 2016

German court rules against use of Facebook 'like' button Reuters

A German court has ruled against an online shopping site's use of Facebook's "like" button on Wednesday, dealing a further legal blow to the world's biggest social network in Germany.

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10 March 2016

How teenage pregnancy in the UK collapsed after birth of social media Daily Telegraph

Teenage pregnancy rates have almost halved since the birth of social media as a global phenomenon, official figures show.

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07 March 2016

Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74 BBC News

Internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson, who is credited with the invention of email, has died at the age of 74.

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22 February 2016

Making Smart Clever – the Market Potential and Growing Significance of the Internet of Things eco

The market potential of the Internet of Things is almost unlimited. The dizzy sum of 19 trillion US dollars of value creation by 2020 in the public and private sectors was predicted by Cisco in a 2013 white paper. In Germany alone, the potential Value at Stake is $88 billion US dollars. Cisco's IoE Value Index forecasts 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Intel is even more optimistic and projects 200 billion devices by the year 2020; a more than 13-fold increase in just five years.

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11 February 2016

Report places NZ well above the rest in tech sector InternetNZ

InternetNZ welcomes the release of a report summarising the status of the telecommunications sector in New Zealand.

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07 February 2016

We need a social media with heart that gives us time to think by Will Hutton The Observer

On average, we check our smartphones 200 times a day - for emails, alerts, tweets or text messages. That's before using any one of our phone's multiple applications. It is a degree of connectivity to one another, and the world beyond, that is unparalleled. And it's difficult to imagine life without it - to be so connected is to have access to instant knowledge, instant exchange, instant laughter and anger.

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05 February 2016

This robot keyboard will catapult Microsoft into the artificial intelligence race Washington Post

The humble keyboard hasn't changed much since it was first invented. Even the jump from physical keyboards to the digital ones you use on your smartphone still look virtually identical -- save for the new emoji keys we've grown accustomed to punching into a text message or tweet.

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03 February 2016

Google to divert extremist searches to anti-radicalisation websites The Guardian

Users of Google who put extremist-related entries into the search engine are to be directed towards anti-radicalisation links under a pilot programme, MPs have been told by an executive for the company. The initiative, aimed at countering the online influence of groups such as Islamic State, is running alongside another pilot scheme designed to make videos posted by extremists easier to identify.

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02 February 2016

WhatsApp reaches a billion monthly users BBC News

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp is now used by a billion people every month, Facebook has reported.

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01 February 2016

Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths to Test Underwater Data Center New York Times

Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centers may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a prototype of a self-contained data center that can operate hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean, eliminating one of the technology industry's most expensive problems: the air-conditioning bill.

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How Europe is fighting to change tech companies' 'wrecking ball' ethics The Observer

Facebook, Google, Amazon and other internet behemoths are involved in a form of technological innovation that is acting as a "wrecking ball", the president of the European parliament declared in Brussels this week.

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28 January 2016

What is the dark net, and how will it shape the future of the digital age? ABC News

The dark net has continued to make headlines over the last decade as a mysterious part of the internet where criminals lurk and engage in illegal activities, all from the privacy of home computers.

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