It’s hard to reconcile the modern world we live in — where information is readily accessible and flows freely — with the reality of what life is like for the vast majority of North Koreans who remain under the draconian rule of an oppressive regime that, quite literally, does everything in its power to shield its populace from any information that isn’t tailor-made or approved by government officials.
I see you reaching for your calendar, but it’s true: this is not April 1st, and the story is not a joke. A large internet service provider in the USA voluntarily did something that benefits its customers and (temporarily) hurts its bottom line.
Starting on August 21st, AT&T will be increasing the data cap for home internet users on U-Verse and GigaPower plans. I have not yet found the catch, but I’m still looking.
Noticing that those dank memes are taking a little extra time to load today? You’re not alone. TeliaSonera, a Scandinavian ISP which controls some of the magic internet pipes that run from the US to Europe, is experiencing problems that have slowed down access to some services worldwide.
As Slashgear reports, TeliaSonera’s problems have been causing slowdown to some popular services, such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Reddit. Amazon’s web hosting platform has also been having problems.
Look, I get it. Bad Wi-Fi is one of life’s worst tortures, up there with rush-hour traffic and Comcast customer service. But surely there’s a solution that’s a little more sane than this $400 Linksys router that looks like it wants to rip my head off?
Cable companies that have long milked cable subscriptions for profit are worried about how they’re going to replace that cash among new generations of cable-cutters. But maybe, just maybe, they won’t have to.
DSL Reports has spotted a trend among ISPs that at first glance, looks pretty good: AT&T and Bend will both remove their broadband caps if users also bundle TV and home phone. It looks like a deal for customers — no fee to remove data caps! — but really, it’s an out-and-out money grab.
Wireless internet is something we take for granted every day. But Wi-Fi isn’t always reliable, and it’s often the source of annoying hassles, both at home and in public places. While you won’t be able to fix every Wi-Fi issues you might encounter at your local Starbucks coffee shop, there are plenty of tricks you can try at home or at the office to make sure Wi-Fi works. More →
When you think of prestigious and influential Computer Science and engineering programs, schools like MIT, Stanford, University of Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon are likely to come to mind. But always lost in the shuffle and seemingly always flying underneath the radar is the venerable University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign which has long been associated with groundbreaking technological breakthroughs.
Most recently, the school announced earlier this week that a team of engineers managed to put together fiber optic technology capable of transmitting data at speeds of 57 gigabits per second, all error free. The 57 Gbps threshold is not only impressive, but sets a completely new record for fiber-optic data transmission.
When it comes to the Internet, we’re all incredibly impatient. It doesn’t matter that we had to wait several minutes for a single web page to load a decade and a half ago. If we can’t pull up an article in an instant in 2016, it’s a disaster. Google has even begun to take load speed into account when it comes to website rankings.
Thanks to the rise of streaming video services like Netflix, ISPs in the United States have been forced to up their game and deliver faster connections to keep bandwidth hungry users satisfied. In fact, a new report from the FCC highlights that the average U.S. Internet speed has tripled over a period of three and a half years.
In a report published earlier this week, the FCC found that the average connection speed in the U.S., as of September 2014, checks in at 31 megabits per second (Mbps), a marked increase from the 10 Mbps average the agency observed back in 2011.
So you’re just about ready to have people over for Christmas and you’re looking to make sure everything’s just right. To make sure your guests have proper access to Wi-Fi in your house, you’ll want to make sure your Wi-Fi signal is as strong as possible. Below we’ve posted some tips and tricks for ensuring your Wi-Fi network is in good shape to handle Christmas dinner guests. More →
No one’s Wi-Fi setup is perfect, but some of us really struggle to get it right. If you suffer from frequent drops in connection or slowdowns despite the fact that your hardware seems to be up to snuff, you might want to follow these simple steps to see if you can achieve a more consistent Wi-Fi connection in your home. More →
Your employer might tell you that you shouldn’t be playing Candy Crush Saga on your work computer while you’re supposed to be productive, or that you can’t use various sites and services while at work, but a U.S. Court just ruled that breaking your employer’s computer policy isn’t a crime. Sure, it might get you fired in the long run, but you won’t be liable for any criminal charges. More →
Western countries including the U.S. and U.K. continue to voice their concerns against encrypted devices and Internet services, saying they hinder the efforts of spy agencies looking to prevent things like the mid-November Paris attacks from happening. American tech companies, which are primarily attacked for their use of encryption, aren’t willing to budge and provide governments backdoors into encrypted devices so that they can be used for spying purposes.
It turns out that one country doesn’t even need Internet companies to get on board – not that this particular country would have any sway on American corporation – and plans to spy on all encrypted Internet traffic going in and out of the country. More →