Spouses and cars may come and go, but the internet is where the true passion lies. Or at least that's how the overwhelming majority of respondents felt in a new survey by German broadband association Bitkom.
According to the study, a whopping 84 percent of respondents between the ages of 19 and 29 admitted they would rather give up their significant other or automobile rather than become untethered from the web. And don't even think about taking away those cell phones - all but 3 percent couldn't fathom going through their day-to-day routine without a mobile phone.
Just don't mistake the findings for social indifference, says Bitkom president August-Wilhelm Scheer. Out of the 1,000 people who participated in the survey, about half of them attributed web forums and internet communities to having made new friends. And 8 percent said they found a partner online
Apparently this whole internet thing might catch on after all.
For just over $28,000 ($28,067.31 to be exact), you could probably buy the laughable Detroit Lions football team and still have paid $28,067.31 too much. Nevertheless, that was the internet bill Chicago Bears fan Wayne Burdick received last November to watch his team eek out a 27-23 victory over the Lions.
Burdick managed to rack up the bloated bill while sitting docked in a Miami port killing time before his Caribbean cruise began. Using a wireless card plugged into his laptop, he was able to receive a feed from his Slingbox connected to his cable box. That's all well and good, except for the fact that Burdick was being charged international rates at a cost of 2 cents per kb. Ouch!
After contacting AT&T about the wrongdoing, Burdick managed to get his bill reduced to a much more 'affordable' $6000. But, there is a happy ending for Burdick. He writing to the Chicago Sun Times, the newspaper got in touch with AT&T and convinced the ISP to credit his bill for $27,776.66.
So why the high charge in the first place? Apparently Budick's wireless card was picking up an errant signal, kind of like the ones the Lions offense have been receiving from the sidelines all season long.
"We're number 1! We're number 1! We're number 1!" According to a new study, U.S. businesses can rightly chant being No. 1 when it comes to broadband integration. The ranking comes even after deducting numerous hours spent surfing on Facebook and YouTube.
Leonard Waverman, dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, developed the measure, which he refers to as the "Connectivity Scorecard." The scorecard compares countries and looks at how consumers, businesses, and government put communication technology to economically productive use. Out of 25 countries ranked, the U.S. came out on top, besting even South Korea where more homes are equipped with broadband than in the U.S.
"Korea has great broadband to the house, but businesses in Korea don't use the best networks and don't have the skills and computing assets they need to take advantage of them," Waverman explained.
Immediately behind the U.S. in Waverman's rankings were Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the Norway. Korea, meanwhile, ranked 18.
It's been eight months almost to the day since ICANN members voted to allow the freeing up of top level domains (gTLD), and it could be eight more months (or longer) before you can actually register one. Why the hold up, you ask?
ICANN's first-draft guidelines sparked a flurry of critical comments, including the exact opposite of a ringing endorsement from the U.S. government, and now a second draft has been released. Also accompanying the revised draft is a 154-page analysis of the comments already received, and ICANN expects to delay implementing the plan to at least September to give itself time to review all the feedback.
One of the primary concerns is that gTLDs could lead to confusion, and some companies fear they may be forced to invest in several new domain names. With an application fee of $180,000 and annual maintenance charges of $25,000 per gTLD (recently reduced for $75,000), that could turn into a costly affair. One solution is to place a hold on protected terms, but that raises the question of whether or not it would extend trademark holders' rights beyond what trademark law allows.
Comments on the revised proposal will be heard through April 13, 2009.
A few weeks ago we looked at moving to the clouds, and clearly, this is a concept that isn’t going away. Of course, we would be the first to admit there are some limitations, but the promise of freeing ourselves from the shackles of a single machine is clearly within our grasp. For the most part, we are sold on the idea of cloud-based email clients, and even photo and music sharing, But what about bulk storage for our files and sensitive documents? For many users, this is a line that simply cannot be crossed. The sheer thought of sending private information halfway across the world via the World Wide Web is simply too much to handle.
Unlike many cloud services however, online storage provides a solution to a very unique need that is difficult to satisfy, offsite backups. In today’s age of 2 TB hard drives, keeping all your information, even backed up on multiple drives does you little good if they are all in the same location. A fire or a break-in could leave you with nothing but a decade of lost files, and a handful of regret. So rather than updating a USB hard drive and shipping it to your buddy's house every few months, wouldn't it be great if you could archive your files online, securely and inexpensively? Good news, you can! Plenty of free and paid options exist, but how are you to know which services will best suit your needs? In this article we will look at the most popular solutions available, and help you navigate the chaotic seas of web 2.0 solutions.
"OMG, u have chlamydia, sry!!!" We assume the National Health Service in London Borough of Hounslow would use proper grammar, but the gist of the message might still be the same. That is, if you take advantage of the London primary care trust's new online service.
Hounslow residents between the age of 16 and 24 who fear they might have chlamydia can request a free self-test kit, and then request that the results be sent back via text message.
"We are not expecting that volume of people to respond and the texting service is not being automated," said a spokesperson for the trust. "Someone will be responsible for answering and receiving the texts."
So far the text message service is only available for chlamydia testing. But if it proves to be popular option for text-addicted teens and young adults, we could see this expanding, not only to other types of testing, but also to other hospitals.
Hit the jump and tell us if you could see yourself opting for text-message test results.
Online behavioral advertisers have received a dressing down from the Federal Trade Commission. In fact, Federal Trade Commissioner Jon Leibowitz - not convinced they are doing enough - has asked advertisers to remain prepared for the “day of reckoning” that may be fast approaching. He has also threatened that FTC might wield its subpoena authority to extract necessary information from these companies.
Last week, the FTC staff issued a report titled Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising. The FTC staff has revised its online behavioral principles. It wants users to have the choice of preventing advertisers from collecting their information. The report has also asked advertisers to store private information till it is necessary.
Though the FTC staff, in the report, hasn’t blatantly threatened advertisers, it has still delivered a strict warning behind a diaphanous veil of measured words.
It is a disgrace that humans haven’t still got the hang of setting passwords. It seems as though that most internet users have inextricably tethered themselves to a promise of not setting strong-enough passwords, which may force hackers to reconsider their choice of profession for its grueling nature. As you devour more of this story, you will begin to envy hackers for having it stroll-in-the-park easy.
A new study has revealed – rather reiterated - that internet users nonchalantly continue to set unimaginative, fatuous passwords. The study appraised 28,000 passwords that were recently stolen from a U.S website.
Sixteen percent of the users had set their first name as their password. Around fourteen percent chose easiest to recall key combinations, including “1234” and “12345678”. Other users, who apparently don’t rate their mathematical ability highly, chose to steer clear of numbers and settled for passwords such as “AZERTY” and “QWERTY”.
Five percent of the passwords were found to be inspired by popular things and celebrities, including names of movies, TV shows and actors. The strongest password in this category was found to be “Ironman” as it sounds impenetrable.
Three percent of the people reckon passwords are another medium of expression. How else would you explain passwords like “Iloveyou” and “Ihateyou?”
Downloading Youtube videos has been a piece of cake for quite sometime now, though Youtube never expressly gave its assent to downloading until last month, when it made it possible for users to download videos from Barack Obama’s Youtube channel. As it turns out now, the company was just testing waters by allowing Obama’s videos to be downloaded.
Now, the video sharing website has formally approved downloading. Not all videos will be free to download, however, as users will have to pay a fee to download some of the videos. Youtube is testing an option that will let video publishers make their content available offline for free or for a price they deem fit. All payments will be processed by Youtube’s cognate company Google Checkout.
It is strange that Youtube expects users will actually be interested in paying for videos when they can be download for free through the large number of online tools available for that purpose.
There's been a major push towards cloud computing during the past several months, so much so that IBM saw fit to invest $300 million upgrading 13 data centers with a cloud computing infrastructure. Dell even tried to (unsuccessfully) patent the term in anticipation of the importance the concept will play in the coming years. But are we ready to live in the cloud?
Apparently Nokia isn't, who managed to lose a full 3 weeks of user data on its Ovi service. Any updates made to profiles, images uploaded, and friendships added since January 23 have been wiped out and it doesn't appear any of that data wll be coming back.
Nokia blames the oopsy-daisy moment on a cooler that gave up the ghost in its hosting center, which caused a service interruption for several hours. Nokia's database was hit, and even though the company had been making regular backups, Nokia says its unlikely it will be able to restore the lost information.
To be fair, we should point out that Contacts on Ovi is a beta service, and as such, end users shouldn't be caught too off guard when problems occur. It just happens that in this case, the data loss demonstrates a potential danger of cloud computing.