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 →
“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.”
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
And you thought Al Gore invented the Internet… According to a statement released by the Vatican on Thursday, Pope Francis has called the Internet a “gift from God” that facilitates communication between people of different faiths and backgrounds. “To dialogue means to believe that the ‘other’ has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective,” Pope Francis said. “Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the pretense that they alone are valid and absolute.” More →
It’s easy to forget how far the Internet has come considering how plugged in we all are today thanks to laptops, smartphones and other connected devices, but we found a fantastic video that will no doubt serve as an eye-opening and hilarious reminder. “Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to see the day’s newspaper,” begins this report from KRON in San Francisco. “Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.” More →
In addition to cataloging the Internet, the Internet Archive has launched a new project called Console Living Room that will let gamers play classic console video games online directly in a web browser. The best part is that the games are available to play legally, as their respective intellectual property protections have expired. However, gamers shouldn’t expect Xbox and PlayStation titles to appear in the list, or at least not for the time being, as the list of games only includes titles for the Atari 2600, the Atari 7800 ProSystem, the ColecoVision, the Magnavox Odyssey and the Astrocade systems.
A new torrent-indexing site comes from Spain using search technology financed by the government and developed by a P2P veteran who managed to defeat big music labels in court. Pablo Soto was cleared by a court in 2011 in a case pursued by big labels including Universal, Sony, EMI, Warner and the “Spanish RIAA” Promusicae which were seeking €13 million in damages from Soto’s company that created various file-sharing services. The court found Soto’s software to be “totally neutral,” TorrentFreak reports, while the labels argued it was designed to infringe on their copyrights and profit from them. More →