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What is it that keeps you up at night? According to a recent study from Internet security firm Arbor Networks, more Americans have been staying up late to surf the Internet this summer. Compared to previous years when most Internet activity was in the daytime, the study found that the peak usage time for the whole day has recently been at 11 p.m. Eastern time.The study also found that people using the Internet at work and school produce a smaller peak in traffic around 4 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays. Internet activity then declines as people head home. Traffic levels begin to pick up again at 8 p.m. Eastern and stay surprisingly strong past midnight. According to Arbor Networks, overall traffic... Read more...
The Internet could be described as something of a youthful beast. But even still, the very first domain name to be purchased and registered brings a tear to the eye of anyone that remembers when the Internet was only accessible via a 14.4k modem and an ISP that charged by the minute. Believe it or not, it wasn't www.internet.com or www.dot.com that was purchased when the Internet was "born." Instead, it was the somewhat off-the-wall symbolics.com.It's hard to say why this domain name was the first purchased back on March 15, 1985, but for obvious reasons it holds a special place in history. What's even crazier is that the original owner has paid the dues in order to retain it for nearly 25 years.... Read more...
We have relatives who won't trust the cloud, fearing that a company will either go out of business or end a service. After all, if a company as large as Yahoo! can shut down a service like Yahoo! Briefcase (admittedly, a laggard among cloud storage services anyway), what else can happen. This is a perfect example, with URL shortener tr.im announcing Sunday it was shutting down service, effective immediately. URL shorteners are in vogue now, what with the popularity of Twitter and its 140-character limit. Much as when a service such as Yahoo! Briefcase shuts down, what now when tr.im shuts down? How long will the shortened URLs continue to redirect? Here's what they said in their blog post / announcement:... Read more...
A distributed denial-of-service attack on one (yes, one) person yesterday left news media in a quandary. With no Twitter, and no Facebook either, how was the news to be obtained? Seriously, however, the outage was the result of attacks across several services aimed directly at a blogger named Cyxymu from the Eastern European country of Georgia. Max Kelly, chief security officer at Facebook, told C|Net:"It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his (Cyxymu) voice from being heard. We're actively investigating the source of the attacks, and we hope to be able to find out the individuals involved in the back end and to take action against them, if we can."Twitter... Read more...
One billion. That's the amount of dollars that the Cash For Clunkers program devoured in just a week. That's also the amount of dollars you likely wish you had. And believe it or not, that's the amount of times Mozilla's Firefox browser has been downloaded since its inception in 2004. Just as July drew to a close, the one billionth download of what's likely the web's most soaring browser in terms of popularity took place. As we detailed in our review of Safari 4, Firefox holds a special place in the hearts of Web browsers (people, not software) because of the massive library of add-ons and plug-ins available. Everything from in-browser blog tools to performance meters can be downloaded gratis,... Read more...
In early June, Apple released what is arguably its most significant upgrade to Safari yet: Safari 4. In typical Apple fashion, the company was quick to deem it the "world's fastest and most innovative browser." Today, we're setting out to find if that bold claim is indeed true, and we'll be breaking down the features and performance profile of it--along with its fiercest competitors--on both the Mac and PC side. Safari 4 - HotHardware homepage; Click To EnlargeOne of the nicer things about Safari 4 is that Apple has made it available for both Windows (XP and Vista) as well as its own OS X operating system. It's also built around the Nitro engine, which--according to Apple runs JavaScript up to... Read more...
Oh no, the Web browser sky is falling! Or is it? A recent report from TechCrunch, citing figures from StatCounter, shows that Microsoft's long-standing Internet Explorer has lost just under 12% of its market share over the past few months. We're not sure how you feel about it, but to us, 12% in a matter of months is pretty significant.If you look at the numbers, you will indeed find that IE 6, 7 and 8 usage has sunk around 11.4% in the last few months, but as InformationWeek points out, that number may not be telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. While IE has dropped, the elusive "Other" category has gained around 10%, and even TechCrunch asserts that "it is difficult to make any... Read more...
Wow, can you believe it? At long last, Boxee is on Windows. It's sort of strange how one of the world's most popular applications first arrived on Mac, then Linux and on Windows last, but at least the world's most popular operating system can now run the program natively. In what we're considered the company's most significant announcement to date, Boxee has introduced an Alpha version of Boxee for Windows, and it's taking feedback as we speak in order to push out a finalized version as soon as possible ("later this year").Moving forward, the company hopes to keep updates and upgrades in sync between Windows, Mac and Ubuntu users. Additionally, Boxee has landed a big-time deal with Major League... Read more...
We've always heard that the best things in life are free. We've also heard that nothing great lasts forever. Mix those two mantras together, and you get this. Down in Louisiana, a $0.15 surcharge is being tossed around as an idea to stop online criminal activity (and raise state income, no doubt), which would be levied on Internet access across the state. Sadly, the House has already voted in favor with an 81-9 vote, though Governor Bobby Jindal strongly opposes.The idea here is to raise money to finance a division that investigates Internet crimes, particularly online sex crimes against children. According to those who got the ball rolling, the measure would raise some $2.4 million per year... Read more...
In recent months, Microsoft’s ads have tried to convince us that Apple computers are expensive and not worth the high price. Now, Microsoft is targeting Google’s search engine with its latest marketing campaign. The software giant is preparing to launch an $80 to $100 million ad campaign for Bing (previously known as Kumo). Bing is the company’s new search engine that Microsoft hopes will help it grab a larger portion of the online ad market. An $80 to $100 million ad campaign is very sizeable. By comparison, Google spent only $25 million on all of its advertising last year according to TNS Media Intelligence; about $11.6 million of that budget was focused on recruiting. Generally speaking, $50... Read more...
Really, there's nothing to do here but sigh and hang one's head. Just days after Britain promised that all of its citizens would be provided broadband Internet access by 2012 and South Korea set forth a plan to implement 1Gbps Internet connections within its borders, Cuba has shamed the trend. And in royal fashion, no less. According to a fresh report on the country's intent to continue limiting web access, we're told that it will still hamper connectivity even after a fiber optic cable linking it to Venezuela goes online in 2010. The forthcoming cable will measure some 960 miles and will "dramatically increase the island's level of connectivity." Of course, just because it will soon have the... Read more...
You may have heard of Schlage. It's a well-known company in the lock industry, and you've likely seen at least one Schlage lock in a door somewhere. Well, they've just launched Schlage LiNK, a suite of products that encompasses not just security, as in an alarm system, but a control system for your locks and a monitoring system for the house. While we've had a burglar alarm in our house for as long as we've owned it, this goes both a step beyond that, and not quite as far. Using Z-Wave technology, the system allows you to remotely control much of your house. Of course, there are many DIY systems and ready-made system that do this, but Schlage is hoping their name will be a key selling point.... Read more...
A blog post on the Microsoft-run Channel 10 site has verified that the upcoming Office Web product, which we wrote about earlier --- Office in the browser, in other words --- will work on Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer, on multiple platforms. As we previously wrote, this is finally a real answer by Microsoft to Google Docs, an application suite based in the cloud, though as Microsoft said, lighter versions of the apps. From the post's Q and A, by Sarah Perez: Q: Do the Office Web Applications require Internet Explorer? A: No! Office Web applications will work across multiple platforms and browsers including Safari and Firefox, too. Q: Will the Office Web Applications work on the iPhone?... Read more...
If an image is worth a thousand words, what are a thousand images worth? What they're not worth is your time waiting for them to load on a Web page. While the Web is primarily a visual medium, the more image-heavy a Web page becomes, the longer it takes to load before you can see its entire contents. Even pages with just a few images can take a seemingly inordinate amount of time to load if the images aren't properly optimized for Web viewing. Everyone from professional Web page designers to casual bloggers walk the delicate line between including relevant content on a page and causing download bloat. Smush it smushing the People.com front page Some have tools like Photoshop and GIMP and are... Read more...
On Thursday Webkit, the open source browser engine that is notably used in both Safari and Chrome, announced that it is the first browser engine to fully pass the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Acid3 test. In late March Webkit announced it had achieved "most" of the Acid3 test, with the only missing issue the fact that part of the Acid3 test is that the animation during the test must be "smooth." That same month, another engine, Presto, achieved the 100/100 rendering below, but it still has not achieved "smooth" animation. As you can see in the results dialog which you receive by clicking on the “A” in Acid3, there is confirmation that Webkit indeed passed the smooth animation condition on a 2.4GHz... Read more...
Remember the good/bad old days of the first Internet boom, when AOL bought TimeWarner with all their imaginary money? Well, TimeWarner is trying to put AOL out behind the dumpster now and get on with their real, live, moneymaking business, and Web 2.0 investors are looking for a whole new generation of worthless widgets to lavish their millions on. That's where YouNoodle comes in. It's an online destination for potential Google or Pets.com entrepreneurs alike to meet, socialize, and make up crazy numbers for the value of their imaginary businesses run from their mom's basements. But what if the numbers the YouNoodle startup predictor algorithm spits out aren't crazy? To get a better sense of... Read more...
Now that buying a fixer-upper in the 'burbs, putting in mildly radioactive granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and laminate flooring, and then selling it is a recipe for losing money instead of getting rich quick, people looking to make  a fast makeover buck have turned their attention to the Internet. They troll the tubes looking for floundering websites that might have potential, buy them for a little money, change a few fonts and get some Search Engine Optimization going, then try to sell them for a profit. Peter T. Davis, who calls himself a “Web property developer,” said he owns about 20 Web sites, including message boards about model railroads and coin collecting.Mr. Davis... Read more...
Earlier we wrote about how Microsoft used a kind of blind taste test to get die-hard Windows XP users to try Vista --- and that they even liked it. They were told that they were trying a new OS, called Mojave. We also said that Microsoft hadn't figured out a marketing campaign, but it appears that's changed.Microsoft last week interviewed XP users who were skeptical of Vista and showed them what it called a secret new version of Windows, "Mojave." It was in fact Vista. The results, according to Microsoft executives, were almost universally positive, with participants expressing surprise when told it was actually Vista they had been using. For now, Microsoft has put up a teaser site, with plans... Read more...
The latest Catalyst driver suite, version 8.7, is available for download from the AMD website.  In addition to a number of big fixes for both Windows XP and Vista, these drivers add official support for the recently release Radeon HD series of graphics cards and a handful of performance enhancements for single-card and CrossFire configurations.   Here's a snip from the release notes... Performance Improvements: The following performance gains are noticed with this release of Catalyst. 3DMark Vantage: Performance increases of up to 20% is noticed in the Performance Preset on single card configured systems when using ATI Radeon HD 36xx or ATI Radeon HD 34xx products Company of Heroes... Read more...
Security company Finjan recently proclaimed that it detected over 1,000 different Website domains had been compromised during the first two weeks of June by a known malware toolkit, "Asprox," which has been around for over a year (according to Symantec). "… a new round of mass Web attacks has started during May 2008. Hackers successfully compromised a large number of government and top businesses websites worldwide to infect visitors with malware. The attack toolkit being used (which is aliased as "Asprox") has been around for [a] few years; however, during the last year we have noticed a rise in the number of attacks using it. The attack toolkits is designed to first search Google for webpages... Read more...
Since its unveiling in May of 2007, Google's Street View has hit a few bumps in the road, including being told to "keep out" of an entire town, to being sued over privacy by a Pennsylvania couple, to being told to stay out of military bases. This particular incident is more humorous than anything else. Who is standing at the corner of 3186 San Pablo Ave. in Emeryville, near Oakland, California? Some think they may be working women, coining the nickname “Streetview Hookers.”Google Street View launched May 25, 2007 in five cities and has since expanded to 40 cities. The Google Maps addition shows 360-degree panoramic views of city streets.Since its launch, Street View has captured several... Read more...
If Christians disappear off the face of the Earth because of "The Rapture," there's a site that has recently launched that will let you say "I told you so" via email to your "left behind" friends and relatives.For just $40 a year, believers can arrange for up to 62 people to get a final message exactly six days after the Rapture, that day when -- according to Christian end times dogma -- Christians will be swept up to heaven, while doubters are left behind to suffer seven years of Tribulation under a global government headed by the Antichrist."You've Been Left Behind gives you one last opportunity to reach your lost family and friends for Christ," reads the website, which is purportedly run "by... Read more...
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