information

  • Google Reveals Government Requests For User Data, Content Removal On The Rise

    Google Reveals Government Requests For User Data, Content Removal On The Rise

    Google released an update to its Transparency Report today, detailing how government requests both for information about users and also for content removal from Google services. The numbers indicate a startling trend: in both cases, requests are on the rise, according to the latest data added to the report, which covers January to June 2012. Content takedown requests especially saw a significant… Read More

  • We've Produced 295 Exabytes Of Data So Far, Enough To Stack CDs Past The Moon

    We've Produced 295 Exabytes Of Data So Far, Enough To Stack CDs Past The Moon

    Oh, you didn't know? Humans truly entered the digital age in 2002. That's when “worldwide digital storage capacity overtook total analog capacity.” It's also the year Triple H won the Royal Rumble, but that's hardly relevant. Read More

  • Did You Know?

    Did You Know?

    A friend sent me this video today that sparked some interesting lines of thought. I've been online since the early 90s, so I often lose sight of just how rapidly things have advanced, and how deeply the Internet -- and technology in general -- has changed all of our lives. Just think: "If MySpace were a country, it would be the fifth largest country in the world" and "Today, the number of text… Read More

  • USA Today Goes Mobile

    USA Today Goes Mobile

    It’s hard to resist a joke about USA Today‘s bite-sized news becoming byte-sized, but I will anyway. USA Today, the nation’s top-selling newspaper, is combining print news, text messaging, mobile advertising and mobile search. Users signing up to USA Today‘s text alerts for news, sports, gossip, etc. will receive real-time updates and a sponsored interactive ad. Short codes… Read More

  • Pilot Program Launched for French Transit System

    Pilot Program Launched for French Transit System

    Global wireless commerce solutions provider Scanbuy, Inc. and consulting firm faberNovel have created a pilot program with Regie Autonome Transports Parisiens (RATP), the major transit operator in Paris and its environs, to offer commuters and travelers easy access to information using their mobile phones and other handheld devices. The first program of its kind to be launched outside of Japan, it… Read More

  • Valve's Steam Servers Possibly Hacked

    Valve's Steam Servers Possibly Hacked

    Russian hackers may have broken into Valve’s Steam servers, obtaining credit card numbers and other sensitive information. While Valve, the developer of Half-Life, has yet to confirm such shenanigans, the Russian hackers are already patting themselves on the back. Next-Gen contacted the black hats, who go by the names of “MaddoxX” and “cintX” (does every hacker name… Read More

  • Tellme Launches Free 411 Service

    Tellme Launches Free 411 Service

    Tellme Networks announced at the Web 2.0 Expo today that it will be adding three new ways to access its information service that was launched back in January. The service functions similar to to 411, but users can request information through voice, SMS, or Mobile Web. The announcement comes just a week after Google announced its free 411 service, Goog-411. To use the service through voice, simply… Read More

  • Tellme Launches Free 411 Service

    Tellme Launches Free 411 Service

    Tellme Networks announced at the Web 2.0 Expo today that it will be adding three new ways to access its information service that was launched back in January. The service functions similar to to 411, but users can request information through voice, SMS, or Mobile Web. The announcement comes just a week after Google announced its free 411 service, Goog-411. To use the service through voice, simply… Read More