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Recently, President Barack Obama said that his goal was to eventually provide access to broadband Internet to 98% of America. He doesn't have too far to go based on numbers alone, but getting from 90% to 98% will probably prove tougher than anyone can imagine. This week, the FCC released a Broadband Heat Map of the U.S., a way of showing just how much of America has access to broadband speeds. The keyword is "access." Obviously, not everyone will want high-speed Internet. But having access is critical. Those who do not have access do not have a choice to make; they simply live with low-speed Internet... Read more...
On Saturday Virgin America launched its Gogo in-flight wi-fi service, showing it off by filing the press release from 35,000 feet, and with the first ever "air-to-ground" video stream to YouTube Live, YouTube's first official real-world user event. The "fleet" will consist of one wi-fi enabled plane to start, with Virgin saying fleet-wide rollout will be achieved by Q2 2009. In their press release, Virgin America President and CEO David Cush said: "As San Francisco's only hometown airline, we couldn't do less than offer Wi-Fi as a standard option for our tech-savvy guests. With power outlets at... Read more...
By now just about everyone has heard of the RIAA and their law suits against people who have allegedly pirated music over the Internet.  The stories of the RIAA suing grandmothers, minors, and the deceased are common place, but it seems that the RIAA's latest step might have taken things too far: they're asking that a new law be passed that will require schools seeking federal funding for their programs and student body to police their own networks and keep them piracy-free.The request isn't unreasonable, and ought to be a goal of any IT staff at an organization where piracy is probable, but... Read more...
Time Warner released its Q3 earnings report Wednesday, and boy does it look sad for AOL. In terms of subcribers, numbers dropped 5.1 million to 10.1 million, over a 33% drop in one year's time.According to Time Warner the firm’s revised strategy to refocus its business from subscribers to advertising is to blame for the subscriber loss. The company also sold off several of its overseas businesses over the past year, including AOL France, Germany and UK, and noted that its subscription service became less attractive as the company decided to offer its email service free of charge.   Time... Read more...
I knew it felt crowded here on teh intarnets. They're a series of tubes, you know. According to a new Harris poll, 79% of American adults are currently using the Internet. And they report that they're spending an average of 11 hours a week online. Slackers.The results reflect a steady rise since 2000, when 57 percent of adults polled said they went online. In 2006, the number was 77 percent.When Harris Interactive, a market research firm, first began tracking online use among adults in 1995, the group found that only nine percent of the population -- or 17.5 million -- said they went online.The... Read more...
There it is, Miss America's browser ... Lauren Nelson made children's Internet security her main issue during the most recent pageant because of a disturbing online encounter she and her friends had as 13-year-olds.  Now a kid-safe browser bearing her name will launch.The Miss America Kid-Safe Web Browser is to debut on Thursday. The free download includes blocking mechanisms that have existed for years. But it also features an animated Nelson who walks kids through their online experience, advising them about Internet safety and spouting random trivia: "There are twice as many kangaroos as... Read more...
A requirement for a new residence has always been, in our opinion, broadband of some type, either DSL or cable modem service.  Rural America is still pretty broadband-less, and may stay that way, because of the forever mighty profit margin. As population density drops outside of metropolitan areas, it's impossible for telecommunications companies or cable service providers to justify the tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars per mile it can cost to bring fiber to every rural community, let alone every home. The result: Today, just 17 percent of rural U.S. households subscribe to broadband... Read more...
A recent poll shows that more and more Americans are turning to the Internet for information about health and health issues.  In fact, according to the 2007 Consumer Medical and Health Information poll, nearly as many Americans list the Web as their primary source of medical information as do their doctor. The 2007 Consumer Medical and Health Information poll, commissioned by search engine Ask.com and performed by Harris Interactive Inc., revealed that 70% of adults use the Internet as a primary source for health information and that 72% describe their doctor as a primary source. The study... Read more...
Recently, after the deaths of four cheerleaders in a automobile accident, it was discovered that one of them, apparently the driver, had been text messaging in the car.  Some legislators wondered if there should be an effort to ban both emailing and text messaging while driving.  A Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found over 90% of those surveyed do believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be banned. The Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found 89 percent of respondents believe texting... Read more...
The latest version of the Army's own FPS, America's Army, is out, bringing with it a tool to make your maps and missions. Along with the 2.08 update being released, the new Mission Depot is also available, allowing aspiring map creators to submit their work for review, with the chance of it becoming the next official mission distributed through the Honor network. For more information and download links, Click here. "This release coincides with the opening of Mission Depot. With Mission Depot, you'll be able to submit the missions... Read more...
AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center in Fort Collins, Co. SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 27, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the opening of an advanced microprocessor development facility in Fort Collins, CO. Dubbed the "Mile High Design Center" (MHDC), the facility is the latest in AMD's growing international network of chip design hubs. AMD plans to use the increased flexibility and efficiency provided by the MHDC to accelerate the introduction of next-generation microprocessors that are more closely aligned with the evolving priorities of customers, partners and... Read more...
AMD Opens New North American Chip Design Center SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sep. 28, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the opening of an advanced microprocessor development facility in Fort Collins, CO.  Dubbed the "Mile High Design Center" (MHDC), the facility is the latest in AMD's growing international network of chip design hubs. AMD plans to use the increased flexibility and efficiency provided by the MHDC to accelerate the introduction of next-generation microprocessors that are more closely aligned with the evolving priorities of customers, partners and end-users worldwide.... Read more...
I like both, but the net still comes first. Coffee is more of an internet aid really, just something to help you keep surfing. "A quarter of employees watch or listen to streaming media at least once a week from work, and 18 percent have downloaded and stored nonwork music, photos and video clips, according to a telephone-based survey sponsored by Websense Inc., which makes software that helps companies filter and monitor Internet use." And both are highly addictive.... Read more...
No, the company isn't going anywhere, but it's formal name is gone, and the company is to be simply known as "AOL". It's not the first name change though, back in 1985 it started out as Quantum Computer Services, and switched over to America Online in 1991. "AOL had 19.5 million U.S. subscribers as of Dec. 31, a 27 percent drop from its peak of 26.7 million in September 2002. Over the past year, AOL has been increasingly shifting its efforts at making articles, video and other materials available for free through its ad-supported sites."... Read more...