Internet

  • Adobe to drop desktop apps, move entirely online-based within the decade

    And you thought this whole Web 2.0 thing was a fad. Adobe’s CEO said yesterday that, in five to 10 years, all of its applications, including Photoshop, will be available to use online. Not only that, but that by the time that happens, Adobe said it will have completely shifted its resources from developing desktop applications like we see now to online-only apps. No more multi-gig… Read More

  • Tokbox live video Web chat is the latest 'next YouTube'

    Everyone wants to be “the next YouTube,” to take a simple concept—there, watching videos online—and bring it to the everyday Internet user, cashing out for $46 zillion. TokBox, whose name I still can’t figure out how to pronounce, is one of those companies, its focus being live Web chat. Think of how many times you’ve been on AIM or MSN and thought to… Read More

  • Your N95 will help you quit smoking

    Or that’s what Internet startups and Denver, CO is betting. According to Jodi Kopke, a media director at Colorado’s State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership (STEPP), acting immediately is key to helping people stop smoking. Very true, but I don’t think her plan is going to help many people. Using SMS, the stop-smoking service will send out daily text messages to… Read More

  • UK McDonalds now offer free WiFi

    Me encanta! Seems everyone’s favorite/most-despised fast food retailer McDonalds will be offering free WiFi access at over 1200 stores across the UK. Funnily, this move will make McDonalds the #1 provider of free wireless broadband access. Sure, it might not be The Cloud or T-Mobile, but for the price of free, can you really complain? C’mon! Get a Big Mac and go look at some… Read More

  • Adobe buys Buzzword, looks to compete with Google Docs & Co.

    These are good times for us cheap and/or poor folk, what with seemingly every company under the sun coming out with free Office-like Web apps. Today’s such app is Buzzword, recently purchased by Adobe. Buzzword lets users work collaboratively, editing documents as a group. The wordy press release can mostly be discarded as public relations speak, but there’s one line that put a… Read More

  • Chicago No Longer Getting Citywide WiFi Network

    Though Chicago may be home to great things like deep dish pizza and DA BEARS, it won’t have a citywide WiFi network come 2008. Chicago officials have officially killed the plan that would have given 228 sq. miles of Chicago wireless Internet access. Unfortunately, not enough financing was available for the project to go through, despite companies like EarthLink showing interest. I guess… Read More

  • TimeWarner's Road Runner Service Couldn't Possibly Be Worse

    OK, I’ll come right out and say it: TimeWarner’s Road Runner broadband Internet connection is the worst I have ever used. Here I’m paying around $100 each and every month for cable TV and an Internet connection, yet as soon as I launch Transmission on my iMac my Internet connection slows to a crawl. If this doesn’t resolve itself, I may have to consider switching… Read More

  • NYC Getting Sprint's WiMax Service

    Thought Sprint’s WiMax service was only going to be limited to small, rural towns? Nah, didn’t think so. You knew it was going to hit the big cities like NYC and San Francisco first, didn’t you? Well now Sprint has confirmed that New York will be getting WiMax service when it’s rolled out in 2008. Samsung will be building the infrastructure Sprint needs to operate the… Read More

  • Japan Building The Next Internets

    Those crazy Japanese are at it again with talk of building some new fangled technology that will replace our beloved Internets by 2020. This is all well and good, but they better deliver on the promise of faster and more secure throughputs as well as resiliency against virus’ and breakdowns. Read More

  • DirecTV To Offer Internet Over Power Lines

    Not a lot of info here, but the WSJ is reporting that DirecTV will FINALLY start offering broadband Internet access via power line distribution. The service is possible through a deal with Current Group, who provides broadband communications over power lines. How much would you pay for broadband ‘net from DirecTV? With $20 satellite TV available, this could make up part of a wicked… Read More

  • Internet Radio: Hot Or Not?

    Another technology roundup today by Mr. Pogue. Today’s looks at stand-alone Internet radio devices, devices that tap into your home network and let you listen to Internet radio, podcasts, MP3s, etc. without having to remain tethered to your computer like the guy in that Pearl Jam video (3:01 in). The biggest thing to take away from the roundup is that these devices haven’t hit… Read More

  • Google Defines Web 3.0, Calls Web 2.0 'Marketing Term'

    Is Web 2.0 already on the way out? At a digital something or other conference in Seoul, Google’s CEO was asked what the company thought Web 3.0 will look like. After admitting that Web 2.0 is just a silly marketing term designed to make AJAX and related technologies seem chic, he let loose Google’s vision of a Web 3.0 world. Bottom line: Web 3.0 means pieced together… Read More

  • Media Temple Now Allows Web Control From iPhone

    Just a heads up to anyone who uses Media Temple or is thinking about choosing them as a web host. You can now use your iPhone to login to the all new iPhone Web Control panel on (mt). With your fingers you can now buy a domain, reboot your server, get support, pay a bill, and lots more. This is the first hosting company I’ve heard that’s doing something with the iPhone and I… Read More

  • AT&T Adds More WiFi To Europe

    Nothing special here, just good news for those of you living or visiting Europe in the future. AT&T has teamed up with The Cloud to offer over 9000 new WiFi hotspots around Europe, bringing the total amount of WiFi spots up to around 37,000. Very nice. AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Access [PR Newswire] Read More

  • Fisher Price Easy Internet Launch Pad: Get Your Kid Addicted To The Internet At An Early Age

    The first time I used the Internet was Christmas 1996, two months shy of my 11th birthday. Nowadays kids are checking their Facebook accounts right after escaping the womb. Sensing a “new and burgeoning” market, Fisher has come out with the Easy Internet Launch Pad. Essentially a kids toy, the device lets soon-to-be Internet addicts view Web pages of familiar characters like Elmo. Read More

  • Now Facebook Fights Back At Online Predators

    Facebook is my white whale: I write about it seemingly every day even though I purport to want nothing to do with it. Be that as it may, it’s good to see the Web site handle its business with regard to keeping child predators away from unsuspecting minors. Just like MySpace before it, the social networking site has become something of an attraction for guys from “To Catch a… Read More

  • ABC Launches HD Streaming Beta

    Those of you who are keen to watch Lost or Grey’s Anatomy know ABC has been kind. For over a year now, ABC has let users stream episodes of all the hit primetime shows for free via a flash-based video player. Though it’s fantastic, a lot of users probably wanted to start jumping on the HD-bandwagon. ABC listened and is now offering users a beta of its video service in HD. Got a… Read More

  • J'accuse! Guys Who Say Facebook Stole Their Ideas Have Two Weeks To Prove It

    We regularly use Facebook to whore ourselves out to y’all (we’re currently using it to plan our big birthday bash—we need ideas, people!), but it looks like some people don’t want us to have any fun. For the past three years, Facebook founder Mark “Mad Money” Zuckerberg has faced allegations from former fellow Harvard students that he stole their ideas for… Read More

  • Sprint Making The Hot Deals With Google

    Not much info is currently available, but according to Reuters, Google and Sprint are in talks to develop a mobile internet portal. Sprint and Google would offer a page with access to search, IM, social networking, and other features. No word yet on when it’ll be ready or what the two companies will do with it. Sprint in pact to develop mobile internet portal with Google [Reuters] Read More

  • iPhone Security Flaw Allows Full Data And Phone Access

    Have iPhone, be careful. According to a new New York Times article, a computer security firm has discovered a flaw in the iPhone that allows someone to take complete control of the phone via a website. Independent Security Evaluators has successfully breached the iPhone using malicious code on a webpage to take control of the data and phone features on device. The scary part is that the… Read More