Internet Use/New Technologies

07 January 2007

Number of Chinese web users grows by a third The Guardian

China's internet population increased by almost one-third during 2006, reinforcing the country's position as one of the most powerful internet economies in the world.

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Microsoft positions for robot era Sydney Morning Herald

Bill Gates believes robots could become a "nearly ubiquitous part of our day-to-day-lives", and he's already jostling to lead the industry.

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Rivals battle for connected world BBC

Microsoft and Apple will set out their rival visions of the digital future at two separate events in the coming days.

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02 January 2007

How one mobile phone made Saddam's hanging a very public execution The Times

Those close to him said he had wanted to die with dignity. Within a day, a million people had seen an illicit film of his last moments: None of the images was part of the "official" footage filmed from the top of the gallows, which was aired on Iraqi state television and beamed around the world. In Iraq the other footage, which was filmed on a mobile phone, was being swapped on handsets for 20p and soon spread around the world on the internet.

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Web users driving change in 2007 BBC

It is often said the only constant in the world of hi-tech is change - a fact that makes prediction notoriously difficult. But here three tech veterans give their view about what will drive change over the next 12 months and beyond.

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19 December 2006

Social networks top Google search BBC

Social networks Bebo and MySpace are the two most searched for terms of 2006 on Google.

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14 December 2006

Study tracks digital convergence in U.K. and elsewhere International Herald Tribune

The Chinese are eagerly watching television clips or shows on their computers. The Germans are reading fewer newspapers. The Italians are watching less television the old-fashioned way, through a box in the living room. Those are just some of the findings of a wide-ranging study by Ofcom, the British telecommunications and media regulator, looking at the effects of the trend toward digital convergence in a number of countries around the world.

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13 December 2006

After CIA rebuff, state department turns to Google The Guardian

Some people may Google to locate lost loves, or check out potential new ones. The state department resorts to the internet search engine when it is trying to penetrate the clandestine world of international nuclear weapons proliferators.

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12 December 2006

itu: Living the digital world International Telecommunications Union

The 8th edition of the ITU Internet Reports, entitled "digital.life" was prepared especially for ITU TELECOM World 2006 (December 2006, Hong Kong). The report examines how innovation in digital technology is radically changing individual and societal lifestyles.

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What the experts say about convergence Computing

The cost of copper is going up whereas fibre is fairly stable, so there is more convergence in pricing. If you consider the price of the cables, jacks and active link components, the two will come much closer together than people were predicting a couple of years ago. The prime 10GbE fibre cabling standard is either ISO 11801 or EN 50173, and if I were altering a network I would want it to comply with those, they are both similar in technical content. As far as the fibre connect standard is concerned it is really a matter of choice, it does not really affect network operation, it is just the convenience of patching and maintenance.

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The phone of the future The Economist

The phone has had a splendid 130-year history. What will it look like in future? Will it even be called a phone? AT THE 1964 World's Fair in New York AT&T unveiled the Picturephone. In the future, the world's biggest telecoms firm pronounced, people would communicate via round, black-and-white screens that plugged into the wall. That prediction, like so many others about the future of communications, was wrong. The majority of today's phones are mobile handsets, not fixed-line ones, and although the technology for video-calling is widely deployed, hardly anyone uses it.

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08 December 2006

Britney Spears wrestles search title from WWE IT News

Singer Britney Spears claimed the title of Yahoo's "number one search term" for the fifth time in six years, according to the company's annual "Top Searches" report.

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07 December 2006

Study: Effects of violent games linger in brain CNet/Reuters

Teens who play violent video games show increased activity in areas of the brain linked to emotional arousal and decreased responses in regions that govern self-control, a study presented Tuesday at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting found.

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'Most websites' failing disabled BBC

Most of the leading websites around the world are failing to provide the most basic accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

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au: The home truth about broadband Sydney Morning Herald

Australia hasn't had the rapid take-up of broadband other countries have, which is hardly surprising because what broadband we have is pathetically slow and expensive. Rupert Murdoch said bluntly the other day that it was a disgrace. But is this totally correct? In a paper by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, Joshua Gans, professor of economics at Melbourne Business School, challenges the prevailing wisdom on broadband. The paper says though it's true we're lagging, this can be exaggerated.

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05 December 2006

Email pioneer says breakthrough was too much trouble The Register

The man who invented the internet's most popular email routing system, Eric Allman, says he would never have done it had he known how much trouble it was going to be.

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France's Blogging Phenom Goes Global BusinessWeek

A free blogging service started by a rap radio station, Skyblog has MySpace beat in France -- and is looking to expand in Europe and the U.S.

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uk: Internet heads for its top shop day The Times

Britain's shoppers are expected to spend a record £183m online on Monday 4 December, the biggest sales day yet in this country on the internet.

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03 December 2006

Search engine aids rights workers BBC

Human rights groups around the world are creating a search engine to help co-ordinate campaigns against abuse.

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02 December 2006

Study: 1 in 5 parents say kids online too much, though no effect on grades either way Sydney Morning Herald/AP

One in five American parents believe their kids are spending too much time on the Internet, though most say the online activities haven't affected grades either way.

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Online video 'eroding TV viewing' BBC

Almost half of people who regularly watch online video spend less time watching TV, a survey suggests.

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Cell phone porn to ring up US$3.3 billion CNet

Like the Internet before it, it looks like mobile's content explosion could be set off by porn. Adult content on mobile devices will be worth $3.3 billion by 2011, up from $1.4 billion this year, according to industry analysts JupiterResearch.

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us: Confessional blogs of the internet nuns The Times

Some days she goes to classes on chastity and obedience. Other days are reserved for prayer and contemplation. Yet life is not all about spiritual devotion for one of the younger members of an intriguing new religious order -- nuns who have taken to the internet to describe their convent lives.

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28 November 2006

Online video 'eroding TV viewing' BBC

Almost half of people who regularly watch online video spend less time watching TV, a survey suggests.

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27 November 2006

Podcast Downloading Pew Internet & American Life Project

Some 12% of internet users say they have downloaded a podcast so they can listen to it or view it at a later time. However, few internet users are downloading podcasts with great frequency; just 1% report downloading a podcast on a typical day.

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