Internet Use/New Technologies

23 March 2007

Laptops set to out sell desktops BBC

Laptops will overtake desktop PCs as the dominant form of computer in 2011, according to a report by analysts IDC.

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22 March 2007

Google joins Apple in race to launch mobiles in Europe The Guardian

Several leading European mobile phone companies are being courted by Apple and Google as the American technology giants look to bring their own mobile phones to European consumers.

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Virtual worlds are 'worth $1bn' BBC

Millions of people are flocking to inhabit virtual online worlds, says research by analysts Screen Digest.

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21 March 2007

uk: The Digital Age Office of National Statistics

We live in an increasingly connected society, with the rapid advance of ICT in business and in the home. But by no means has everyone joined in the digital age. There is a clear divide between small and large businesses, while in the home, ICT ownership and use is closely linked to household income. Focus On the Digital Age gives an overview of ICT use in the UK, showing the extent to which people, education, business and government have taken up the new technology and how ICT is changing working and business practices. It also looks at how the UK compares with other countries and describes some of the problems associated with the digital age.

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Use of ICT at Home: over half of homes have a computer Office of National Statistics

Digital technology is relatively new, yet it is already approaching the near universal ownership levels of older technologies. In January to April 2006, 56 per cent of households in Great Britain had a desktop computer, 30 per cent had a portable or laptop computer, and 7 per cent had a handheld computer. During this period, 87 per cent of people aged 16 to 30 had used a computer in the previous three months compared with 45 per cent of those aged 50 and over.

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20 March 2007

Flat prospects: Digital media and globalisation shake up an old industry The Economist

Reports of the death of paper, rampant in the 1990s, were evidently greatly exaggerated. The paperless office never materialised; nor, yet, have e-books. People still print letters and flip through pages of magazines. They also eat cereal and drink milk from cartons, and wipe their bottoms with loo roll. Computers have, oddly, failed to do away with such habits. Even so, the vast pulp-and-paper multinationals have been hard hit by the electronic age, especially in America. Demand for many types of paper there is declining, though mill closures and shrinking capacity buoy prices. Newsprint has been worst hit, as circulation and classified advertising at newspapers fall and the Wall Street Journal and other papers grow skinnier. North America's two biggest newsprint-makers, Abitibi of Canada and Bowater of South Carolina, are merging.

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Crotch watch The Times

A study of how people read the internet has concluded that men "fixate on any visible genital areas in photos". The study, by Jakob Nielsen, an expert in website usability, used an eye-tracker to measure attention.

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Porn Industry is Booming Globally Red Orbit

Every 39 minutes a new pornographic video is being produced in the United States. Every second, 28,258 Internet users view pornography worldwide and 372 Internet users are typing search keywords looking for adult-oriented material.

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17 March 2007

Internet Addiction, a Worldwide Crisis Internet Business Law Services

Some countries like China, India and United States present a high rate of internet addiction cases, especially among the young male population. Indeed, some internet addiction treatments are being developed by psychologist and research teams at medical schools. Even internet addiction boot-camps have been created in Asia to combat this concerning trend.

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E-commerce and the Telecommunication Sector in Brazil Internet Business Law Services

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Brazil boasts the most advanced Internet and e-commerce industry in Latin America and the fifth largest telecom infrastructure worldwide. This is due to privatization of Brazilian telecom services and associated advancements. between 1998 when the Brazilian telecom system was privatized, and the year 2000, telecom investments advanced an average of 1.36% GNP per year, a rate well above both Brazilian and Latin American historical levels. Thus, in record time the privatization of the Brazilian telecom system succeeded in revolutionizing the national communications industry, which in turn promoted national development of e-commerce.

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15 March 2007

in: Computer curfew after student suicides The Times

An elite Indian Institute of Technology restricted access to the internet in an attempt to make whiz-kids more sociable

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13 March 2007

Pope says Web and TV can be 'destructive' for youth CNet

Pope Benedict called on the media on Friday to promote family values and criticized the Internet and television's often "destructive" influence on young people.

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Australians own more gadgets than Americans: study Sydney Morning Herald

Australians adopt gadgets such as digital cameras and MP3 players far more enthusiastically than Americans, new research shows.

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Telecoms fighting in tough TV arena International Herald Tribune

The biggest hurdle for IPTV, or Internet protocol television, analysts say, is that consumers already have plenty of ways of bringing digital television into their homes.

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09 March 2007

Study: Violent video games don't make killer kids USA Today

Do video games kill? The jury is still out on whether violent video games lead to violent behavior in children, but a new study asserts that killer games do not make killer kids.

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Internet Audience up 10 Percent Worldwide ClickZ

The Internet reaches 747 million people worldwide, 1.3 million of whom reside in the top 15 countries ranked by Internet population. The data are according to numbers released by comScore Networks's World Metrix service.

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India to be second largest mobile market by 2010: Nokia ZDNet

India is all set to become the second largest market of mobile handsets by 2010, according to an official of Nokia.

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06 March 2007

Mobile Content Usage is Higher in Developing Countries ClickZ

Third World country mobile users are more content and feature focused than their counterparts in developed countries.

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Study: Violent video games don't make killer kids (Reuters) USA Today

Do video games kill? The jury is still out on whether violent video games lead to violent behavior in children, but a new study asserts that killer games do not make killer kids.

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05 March 2007

The rise of technology addiction BBC

The seemingly exponential growth of portable technology has sparked fears that people are becoming addicted or swamped by gadgets and their uses.

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02 March 2007

za: Internet use by black people is growing IOL Technology

The number of black South Africans using the Internet has increased dramatically as schools and businesses connect.

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01 March 2007

Fragrant future beckons for web BBC

Within a decade the net will be able to deliver smells as fast as it does data, predicts a report. The forecast came in a wide-ranging survey produced by the South Korean government to find out what consumers will want from future technologies.

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28 February 2007

Wireless users 'do more online' BBC

People who use the wireless net "show deeper engagement with cyberspace," says a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. While 54% of internet users check e-mail "on the typical day," 72% of wireless users check daily.

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24 February 2007

The mash-up future of the web BBC

The way we use the web is changing and the future lies in mixing, mash-ups and pipes, says BBC columnist Bill Thompson.

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In China, Stern Treatment For Young Internet 'Addicts' Washington Post

Alarmed by a survey that found that nearly 14 percent of teens in China are vulnerable to becoming addicted to the Internet, the Chinese government has launched a nationwide campaign to stamp out what the Communist Youth League calls "a grave social problem" that threatens the nation.

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