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Intel is getting into the TV business, that much we already knew. But how soon? That's a question that's seemingly close to being answered. According to a new Bloomberg report, Intel -- the chip-making giant -- is "making progress in talks with Time Warner, NBC Universal and Viacom to obtain TV shows and films for a... Read more...
If you had any concerns that Facebook would begin to rest on its laurels after becoming a public company, let those concerns be put to rest. The company has just announced the hiring of a new Chief Technology Officer -- obviously an extraordinarily important role in a tech-driven outfit. Mike Schroepfer is the man... Read more...
In addition to tinkering with its return policy, it looks as if Best Buy is making another change in order to deal with one huge, lumbering reality: the Internet. A few months ago, Target announced that it would begin price-matching Amazon all year round in an effort to halt "showrooming" -- a term that describes the... Read more...
A new report conducted by Cisco underscores the magnitude of the mobile movement we currently find ourselves in. With everyone toting smartphones, tablets, phablets, and even Ultrabooks and ultra-thins, mobile traffic is exploding, having grown 70 percent in 2012. On a global scale, mobile users accounted for 885... Read more...
Before reading on, we must warn you that your next 20 minutes should be free, because once you discover the Flash tool "Scale of the Universe", that's just about the amount of time you'll need before you'll be able to focus on other things. Its goal is to help put the universe into perspective, size-wise, from... Read more...
Say what you will about the inefficiencies of government, but FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has evidently been busy of late. While things like "Internet expansion" generally get shoved aside in place of things like "debt ceilings," Genachowski has been doing a fine job of keeping some of our interests in the... Read more...
The list of nations living in a mostly disconnected state continues to shrink, and that's a good thing. Cuba most certainly has access to the Internet, but it definitely isn't topping the list of countries that offer the highest speeds at the lowest prices. But now, an undersea cable of the fiber optic variety has... Read more...
In the world of Internet use, we can't really ever get enough speed. Thus, we're thrilled to see two leading networking companies sharing resources in order to produce yet another "world's first" in the art of transmission. Huawei and Vodafone this week announced the successful trial of 2 Tbit/s optical fiber... Read more...
Content delivery company Akamai has just issued its Q3 2012 "State of the Internet" report, and with it comes some promising signs that "high broadband" Internet connections are on the up. The report doesn't mention what caused the growth, but between Q2 and Q3 of last year, the number of people equipped with a... Read more...
What if you could take an online course from a third-party site (not necessarily a university), and get college credit for it? Wouldn't that be ideal? In today's take on "Living In The Future," we're seeing a Silicon Valley start-up partner with San Jose State University in order to make those kinds of dreams come true. Udacity is in the business... Read more...
China isn't just the most populated country in the world, it also boasts the most Internet users. That's not surprising since it's only logical for those two traits to go hand-in-hand, but the numbers are staggering nonetheless. For example, China's online population grew 10 percent last year, adding 51 million additional users. That brings... Read more...
We live in an increasingly connected world. Each and every day, loads of people are accessing the Internet for the first time, and that wild sensation of having near-infinite knowledge at your fingertips is one that will probably never be matched by anything else in our lifetime. These days, a lot of people are... Read more...
With all the hustle and bustle of CES surrounding us, let's take a moment for a feel-good story. The Chelsea district in New York is comprised of both rich and poor; the rich can undoubtedly afford Internet, while the poor may not. It's easy for a lot of us to take Internet for granted, but just imagine not having it. Some of us go insane... Read more...
Although it may not receive a lot of fanfare, presents, or even a birthday cake, the Internet as we know it is celebrating its 30th birthday today. On January 1, 1983, the US Department of Defense fully switched its Arpanet network to the Internet protocol suite (IPS) communications system. Although people may not have realized it at the time,... Read more...
The U.S. government is embracing this thing called the Internet. No, you still can't vote in presidential elections while sitting in front of your computer in your skivvies, but for the first time, you will be able to participate in government surveys conducted by the Census Bureau. Giving U.S. households the ability to respond online is part... Read more...
According to Sandvine’s “Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H2012”, consumption of Internet data via “Real Time Entertainment”, aka streaming video and audio, accounts for almost half of all peak Internet traffic in the U.S., Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. The U.S. gobbles up the... Read more...
So far, Hurricane Sandy has been about as brutal as predicted; millions are without power, and dozens are dead. It’s also taken a toll on the Internet community. This morning, several major media news sites were down, including Gawker, Gizmodo, Mediate, and the Huffington Post. (HuffPo is back up as of now, but... Read more...
Research dating back to the 1960s ultimately gave birth to the Internet, which at a glance doesn't seem to have much in common with ants. Look closely, however, and you'll discover certain parallels between today's vast network of interconnected computers and the underground tunnels of those social insects that belong... Read more...
More Wi-Fi is rarely a bad thing -- scratch that, it's never a bad thing. And now, a consortium of higher education associations, public interest groups and high-tech companies are working to bring even more Internet to more places. The new partnership is called AIR.U (Advanced Internet Regions), which is being... Read more...
Rarely do we hear the words "insane" and "internet" in the same headline, but that's what happening this evening. Verizon has just introduced "insane" new Internet speeds in FiOS service areas, and honestly, they're hard to read if you aren't in one of those locales. Verizon residential consumers can now order the... Read more...
Bringing the Internet to rural places is one thing, but bringing it to every corner of the sky? That's a goal that we can also get behind. Gogo has delivered Wi-Fi to huge amounts of aircraft crisscrossing America. But, to truly dominate, you need the whole world looking your way. Thus, the company has partnered with satellite equipment provider,... Read more...
The Internet is a big, wide place. It's dark, damp, light, enlightening -- it's all of those things. But it's also difficult to wade through, even with something like Google at our disposal. Wolfram Alpha has been cutting through the noise for some time now, and this week they announced a partnership with Intel to bring all Wolfram mobile... Read more...
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