Internet

  • Akamai: Global Average Broadband Speeds Up By 25%, U.S. Up 29% To 6.7 Mbps

    Akamai: Global Average Broadband Speeds Up By 25%, U.S. Up 29% To 6.7 Mbps

    Globally, the speed for broadband connections is steadily on the rise: according to Akamai’s Q1 2012 State of the Internet report, it’s now at 2.6Mbps, compared to 2.3Mbps in the last quarter, and a rise of 25% on a year ago and a reversal of the 14% decline of last quarter. South Korea continues to remain the connection king, with an average connection speed of 15.7Mbps. The U.S. Read More

  • Error 451: A Proposed Change To Web Standards Would Make Bradbury’s Story Denote Censored Content

    Error 451: A Proposed Change To Web Standards Would Make Bradbury’s Story Denote Censored Content

    Google employee and creator of XML, Tim Bray, has proposed a new error message for the web. Rather than hiding censored websites behind a generic 403 error – “the server understood the request, but is refusing to fulfill it” – these websites would return 451 – “censored.” Read More

  • The Number Of Mobile Devices Will Exceed World’s Population By 2012 (& Other Shocking Figures)

    The Number Of Mobile Devices Will Exceed World’s Population By 2012 (& Other Shocking Figures)

    Despite its long and boring name, Cisco’s “Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update” is one of the more fascinating data-filled reports you’ll read this year. The report examines the dramatic growth we’re seeing in the mobile Internet space, including the massive demands for mobile data, the growth of mobile video, and the rise of… Read More

  • The Parable Of The Wheel

    The Parable Of The Wheel

    There’s a war brewing against the Internet, and it’s not just SOPA (the bill in Congress that threatens to break the Internet in the name of fighting overseas content piracy). It is, in the words of Cory Doctorow, a “war on general-purpose computing.” (read his post, “Lockdown,” on BoingBoing if you haven’t already). What he means is that in trying… Read More

  • Connected

    Connected

    “They have Internet in Europe?” my friend in the US joked via Facebook Messenger, as I checked into Foursquare from the Athens airport. Yes Virginia, they do have Internet in Europe, or Greece specifically. In my case I had to buy an expensive worldwide data plan for my iPhone before I left the US, and then watch it like a hawk so I don’t go over my allotted 340 MB of data. Read More

  • The Web Is 20 Years Old Today

    The Web Is 20 Years Old Today

    It was twenty years ago today/ Tim Berners-Lee taught the world to play/ Although 20 years ago he would have sworn/ That there wouldn’t have been so much porn. That’s right – the world’s first website, a placeholder page written by Sir Berners-Lee way back on August 6, 1991 in the then-nascent Hypertext Mark-Up Language, is celebrating its 20th birthday today. And, on… Read More

  • Technology Is The New Smoking

    Technology Is The New Smoking

    We’ve all been there; You’re at an outing or a dinner table with friends but itching to check your email or Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Google Plus or Yammer or what ever digital hit of serotonin you prefer. Have you ever “gone to the bathroom” in order to check email or come up with a socially appropriate excuse to pull out your smartphone just so you can… Read More

  • What To Do When A Tech Giant Decides To Eat Your Lunch

    What To Do When A Tech Giant Decides To Eat Your Lunch

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by (@msuster) Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. Read more about Suster at Bothsidesofthetable Any company who develops products reliant on iOS spends weeks crapping their pants before WWDC. No vacation schedules allowed for weeks before or weeks after. The announcements come out in one day and then even if you survive the… Read More

  • Study: Nearly A Quarter Of U.S. Students Say They're Addicted To The Internet

    Are the kids alright? Probably not, if you follow this study from the University of Maryland that says students today all but admit to being addicted to the Internet and media consumption. One student in the study likened prolonged separation from the Internet drug addiction, saying she was “itching like a crackhead” after not using the Internet for a bit. Not healthy, no. Read More