Internet Use/New Technologies

12 December 2006

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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25 November 2006

Podcast numbers show 'few hooked' BBC

Users who have experimented with downloading a podcast continues to grow but few remain hooked, research suggests.

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17 November 2006

Net benefits for cancer patients The Guardian

A new study shows chatting to other cancer patients online can help young people's recovery. Professor Gordon McVie reports

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15 November 2006

Google CEO sees free cell phones, funded by ads ZDNet/Reuters

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sees a future where mobile phones are free to consumers who accept watching targeted forms of advertising.

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Educational toys? Just give toddlers your old phone The Times

Parents spending hundreds of pounds on high-tech educational toys for toddlers would be better off giving them an old mobile phone to play with, according to an education expert.

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Surfing to Excess: How Much Is Too Much? Washington Post

More Internet users say their time online is interfering with their lives; medical communities are taking their complaints seriously.

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Websites face four-second cut-off BBC

Shoppers are likely to abandon a website if it takes longer than four seconds to load, a survey suggests.

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11 November 2006

Baffled GPs urged to try diagnosis by Google The Times

If in doubt, Google it, doctors puzzling over a diagnosis have been told. The internet search engine used by millions of people to find a plumber or discover what their house is worth is also pretty handy when it comes to putting a name to unusual ailments.

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10 November 2006

Blogosphere sees healthy growth BBC

100,000 new blogs are started each day and the number of blogs responding to political issues is also on the rise.

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04 November 2006

Back to the future, with a Victorian flavour The Guardian

There's a line of thought which argues that the internet will liberate the masses and allow us to achieve self-actualisation. "With technology," the proponents exclaim, "economies will spiral upwards, national boundaries will dissolve and people will work only for self-enlightenment!" And today's mighty panacea, often referred to as "user-generated content", will bring joy to the world and peace to us all.

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