Build Your Own Internet Network

Still dealing with slow or no Internet? Take the matter into your own hands!

By on December 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Still dealing with slow or no Internet? Take the matter into your own hands!

There are many people still lacking a decent Internet connection or any Internet connection whatsoever since in many places ISPs haven’t deployed strong broadband infrastructure. Instead of continuously asking for them to bring Internet to you, you could simply do what the people in the Italian village of Verrua Savoia did: take the matter into your own hands, and setup your own Internet service in your community. More →

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How the Internet Was Born

How the Internet was born

By on November 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM.

How the Internet was born

How did the Internet come into existence in the first place? It’s something that most of us probably know a little bit about, but how many of us really know the full story? The same site that taught us about the six organizations that are secretly running the Internet has returned this week with a new infographic, tracing the history of the Internet from its humble beginning as a network of four computers to its proliferation as one of the most valuable tools in modern society. More →

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How To Stay Anonymous Online

How to stay anonymous online

By on November 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM.

How to stay anonymous online

One need only take a quick glance at Reddit on any given day to see how important the topic of Internet privacy is to people around the world. Hackers are lurking around every corner, and advertising companies like Google and Facebook look to collect as much personal data as possible so they can convince their clients that they target ads better than any other service.

More than any other time in the past, it’s now more important than ever that we know what steps must be taken in order to protect our privacy while browsing the Web. More →

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Why Is My Internet Slow

Here’s why your WiFi speeds are never as fast as advertised

By on October 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Here’s why your WiFi speeds are never as fast as advertised

It’s always heartbreaking to test your home WiFi speed. The results are likely only a fraction of what you signed up for, no matter how much you’re paying your service provider. Have you ever wondered why this is the case? Culling from a variety of articles on the subject, BuzzFeed has put together a list of reasons why your home Internet is always much slower you expect it to be. More →

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Speed Up Slow Internet

How to move quickly on a slow Internet connection

By on August 14, 2014 at 4:41 PM.

How to move quickly on a slow Internet connection

Being stuck on slow Wi-Fi can be incredibly frustrating, especially when you’ve got work to do, but there is a solution. David Nield at Gizmodo has written a handy primer on how to disable images and plugins on your browser in order to speed up loading times and counteract the crummy connection. More →

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“The ability to search for and find ongoing conversations about nearly any problem in the known universe is one of the Internet’s greatest gifts to humanity.”
— Darren Murph
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Why The Internet Is Awesome

Let’s never speak again: The incredible benefits of searchable text

By on August 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM.

Let’s never speak again: The incredible benefits of searchable text

I could, in theory, phone everyone up that’s reading this story and convey this message to them via voice. I’m in no position to argue the merits of vocal interactions, and indeed, we all owe a great deal to Alexander Graham Bell and the invention of the first practical telephone. But we’re beyond that now. The power of the Internet is too great to encapsulate in a single article, but I’ve been relying on it more heavily than usual of late. As I slide into a new home, I’m faced with all sorts of quandaries. DIY projects abound, curiosities need sating, and in general, I’m finding myself thirsty for knowledge in an area that I’m somewhat unfamiliar with. More →

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How Undersea Internet Cables Work

The insane process of connecting the world through undersea Internet cables

By on July 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM.

The insane process of connecting the world through undersea Internet cables

We’ve oohed and ahhed over interactive maps that detail the world’s mysterious network of undersea Internet cables, but a new report over at Builtvisible is taking things to an entirely new depth. The exhaustive account looks at the entire history of the process, ranging from experiments in the 1840s to a rash of undersea surveillance taps in the 1970s. Today, there are 263 active cables that carry upwards of 95 percent of global Internet traffic, with 22 new drops planned for the coming years.

Hungry for a few more nuggets from the report? More →

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US Broadband Speeds

U.S. broadband speeds are improving, but still far behind global leaders

By on July 3, 2014 at 11:35 AM.

U.S. broadband speeds are improving, but still far behind global leaders

Average global Internet service speeds grew an impressive 24% annually to 3.9Mbps in the first quarter of 2014, according to the recently released “State of the Internet Report” from Akamai. The United States showed solid improvements as well in terms of Web speeds, with the national average connection rate climbing 31% to 10.5Mbps. While that figure is impressive compared to the global average, and is also up a healthy 9% from the fourth quarter last year, it still lags global leaders by a big margin. More →

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Future Of Internet

What will the Internet look like in 100 years?

By on July 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM.

What will the Internet look like in 100 years?

The Internet is a strange and wonderful place, full of magic and mystery and videos of kittens doing cute kitten things. The digital world evolves so quickly, though — can you even imagine what the Internet will look like 100 years from now? More →

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Teens React 1990s Internet

The most hilarious thing you’ll see today: Teens react to 1990s Internet

By on June 3, 2014 at 10:54 AM.

The most hilarious thing you’ll see today: Teens react to 1990s Internet

Last week, we showed you a hilarious video from the Fine Brothers that showed young kids reacting to an old computer. The funny clip showed several children trying to figure out how to use an old Apple II from the late 1970s. Of course, none of them could even figure out how to turn it on, though one child happily exclaimed that a game the Fine Brothers loaded up for her was at least “better than Flappy Bird!”

Now, the Fines are back with another hilarious video that shows teens reacting to the Internet of the 1990s. More →

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Why Do Internet Trolls Exist

Study finds online trolls much more likely to be sadists, psychopaths

By on February 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM.

Study finds online trolls much more likely to be sadists, psychopaths

Does Dexter Morgan spend his time submitting flamebait posts on 4Chan when he’s not murdering people? That’s the implication of a new study flagged by The Washington Post showing that people who frequently go online with sole purpose of antagonizing others just for the sake of starting conflicts are much more likely to exhibit sadistic and even psychopathic behavior in their offline lives. More →

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Hyperlink Copyright Infringement

EU court decides not to ruin the Internet

By on February 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

EU court decides not to ruin the Internet

A European Union court ruled on Thursday that hyperlinks are not copyright infringement. In other words, the court decided not to ruin the Internet. In a case brought to our attention by TorrentFreak, the EU’s Court of Justice ruled in favor of Retriever Sverige AB, a service that collects links to free articles. Back in 2010, Swedish journalists were upset at Retriever for making their work public and felt they should be compensated. They lost the case, but appealed to the Stockholm District Court, which in turn asked the EU Court of Justice to decide. Fortunately, common sense prevailed, and as a result, so did the Web. More →

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Sochi Internet Hacking

Security expert calls out NBC’s whiny report on Sochi Olympics hacking

By on February 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Security expert calls out NBC’s whiny report on Sochi Olympics hacking

A security expert is calling “fraudulent” a recent NBC News story about computer hacking at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, CNET reports, after discovering certain inconsistencies with NBC reporter Richard Engel’s story. Robert Graham from Errata Security said NBC’s warning that “if you bring your mobile phone or laptop to the Sochi Olympics, it’ll immediately be hacked the moment you turn it on,” was fraudulent, as it suggested that athletes and their families will be almost certainly hacked when connecting their devices to local Wi-Fi networks when arriving in Sochi. More →

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