March 15th, 2016
How big has the Internet become? A couple of years ago, 78% of all adults were using the internet regularly, and 67% regularly visited social sites such as Facebook or Twitter. According to a new analysis released by Pew Internet, internet adoption has grown to 84% of all American adults. And while the scales have tipped into the majority (58%) of senior citizens using the internet, the proportion of young adults (ages 18-29) outpace all adoption levels of other age groups..
There are still differences in internet adoption between the classes (e.g. college-educated vs. no high school diploma) as well as racial/ethnic adoption, but those gaps have shrunk dramatically the last decade and continue to shrink with wider-spread usage.
Another indication of widespread internet adoption is that more and more universities are offering online classes and providing students with the option of using e-textbooks in digital format. There is another indication that the internet is now considered to be a main resource for answering questions.
October 25th, 2013
The internet is the go-to place for information about just about everything under the sun. Whether you want to know how to build a house or a simple craft with the kids, you can learn to do just about anything. Unfortunately, high speed internet can sometimes come with hidden fees and fine print when you’re trying to find a new company. If you haven’t looked your contract over lately, it may be time to do so. And if it’s time to switch, when you research companies online, you never have to worry about these surprises again. You can use a quality online comparison resource that places all the fine print right in front of you and makes sure you know about hidden charges.
October 11th, 2013
Despite an announcement by Yahoo earlier this year that telecommuting employees would no longer be allowed to work from home, telecommuting remains a popular things to do. Employees from around the world continue to attend work virtually via ISPs in their cities. But although telecommuting is a great thing to do, it may require a certain amount of discipline on the part of the worker.
But is it better to telecommute from home, or is it more effective to be present in the office? As far as Yahoo was concerned, more collaboration was able to take place with employees who were physically present. There are many ways to collaborate online these days via internet service providers in New York New York and other companies, however. Many employees now access the cloud to engage in team activity like collaboration with their fellow employees.
October 4th, 2013
Earlier this year, a Canadian bill that required ISPs to collect customer information was eliminated by the Canadian government. Since then, the NSA scandal has broken in the United States, which has caused a number of companies to simply shut down rather than give their customers’ information to the NSA. The entire NSA debacle has resulted in a number of protests with regard to the importance of personal safety.
Although many ISPs are still volunteering customer information, still others refuse. This includes some Internet Service Providers in Denver Colorado, among other companies. While several cases are still in court, making it hard to tell what will happen next, the privacy of millions doesn’t appear as though it will go unprotected.
September 27th, 2013
Data from over one million cell phone users has revealed that it takes very little information to personally identify each user. The study concluded that only four spatio-temporal points were needed to achieve accurate information about a user.
Basically, a spatio-temporal point is where a user is geographically located at the time they’re using their phone. And because the daily travels of each person are unique, only four of these points can be used to identify them. As well, it was discovered that the possibility of two people ending up in the same four locations during four different times of day was highly unlikely. These results definitely shed light on personal privacy and the risks that could threaten it. It’s hoped that these findings will be kept in mind when developers create future technologies and policies.
September 20th, 2013
The global phone market has been set on its ear. There are enough people around the world using Skype and their connections from ISPs to account for over one-third of all international phone traffic. It was observed by a telecom market analysis firm that the amount of cross-border video and voice traffic from Skype user to Skype user increased by 44% in 2012.
This may prove to be a future worry for international internet providers, who cannot maintain revenues without steady growth. Unfortunately, the rate of growth may be slowing right now. Internet Service Providers in Minneapolis Minnesota, however, continue their upward trends. It’s important to note that Skype is not the only culprit in countries where slow growth is occurring. Apps are also being used to make phone calls, and they include Google Voice, among others.
September 13th, 2013
There have been a number of consumers who have said that their privacy is at the top of the list when they go online to shop. But some say that when we do that, we’re actually volunteering a lot more information than we think without knowing it. Shopping online is a convenient way to get what we want. But not taking the time to think about the information we may be giving out can mean a compromise of our privacy.
Some observers of our online shopping habits say that, when all it takes to get a great online deal is to give seemingly minor information about ourselves away, we gladly give it up. But it appears that it isn’t only consumers shopping online via internet service providers in Chicago Illinois that are increasing their risk of losing privacy. Experts are saying that it’s also the technologists who are contributing by not better understanding human behavior.
September 6th, 2013
The quality and speed of broadband was revealed in an FCC study that detailed not only which of the Seattle ISPs offered the most consistent speeds, but how they went about it. The report, based on data collected in September of last year outlined how certain types of broadband, such as fiber optic, satellite and DSL are doing in the area.
The report also included the higher speed tiers now being offered by ISP Verizon FiOS, specifically the Quantum tiers which boast speeds of 50 and 75 Mbps. It also revealed that these speeds were consistently even at 115% above their advertised speeds. And this was discovered to be the case during periods of peak usage for this one of the more popular internet service providers in Seattle Washington. The report suggests that this consistency was possible as the result of the ISP’s ability to adhere to deployment and engineering rules, as well as the technology they were using. As well, low latency, a natural component of fiber-to-the-home was also cited as a reason for the ability to maintain consistent speeds.
August 30th, 2013
If you’re always waiting for web pages to load, can’t communicate as quickly as you’d like using email or don’t even try to view online video because it’s too choppy, chances are your internet connection isn’t as fast as what your neighbours enjoy. Depending on where you are located, there could be many options that are faster than what you currently have. And faster doesn’t necessarily have to mean more money; a brief analysis of how much data you use monthly and your ISP bill can help you make sure that you don’t pay for speed that you don’t need. You can also go online to several free comparison sites that will reveal to you how fast your speed really is compared to the advertised speeds of your ISP.
August 23rd, 2013
The internet is vital to interacting with our global community. And ISPs are necessary if we want to get connected to this tool. This way, we can enjoy all of the advantages that the online world can offer. According to at least one study regarding internet usage, w use it to do everything, including engaging in searching for information and communicating via email and social networking. We also use the internet to get the latest news, do all sorts of business, and even get higher education. We do our banking and bill paying online as well as our shopping via Internet service providers. The internet is responsible for making this a smaller world than it ever was before.
August 20th, 2013
If you are unable to visit a web site you’ve been banished from unless you first disguise your IP address, you are now breaking the law. And you can thank Craigslist. A federal judge ruled late last week that this kind of activity is a direct violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, due to a copyright infringement lawsuit that was filed against 3Taps, a data harvesting company by Craigslist. The dispute involved 3Taps being accused of obtaining information from the Craigslist site after Craigslist had blocked the company’s IP address.
However, once blocked, 3Taps continued its attempts to access the Craigslist site by concealing its identity using different IP addresses, as well as proxy servers. But how does this apply to internet service providers in Houston Texas and their users? The ruling most definitely does set a precedent. But currently, each ISP has their own way of dealing with offenders. However, there has been outcry to develop a standard that all ISPs can use to govern the way customers visit web sites. Meanwhile, some are saying that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, now 29 years old, needs a major overhaul due to its current ability to be broadly interpreted.
August 13th, 2013
When is a hacker not really a hacker? When they’re working with cities to help make data more useful for citizens. A new way to help cities in need of cash is apparently the hiring of helpful hackers, who make use of city data that’s been stripped of any personal information, and then create apps that citizens can use in their daily lives. Chicago is one example, where an executive order mandating that all data not protected by privacy laws be made available was recently signed. This allowed hackers the ability to create all manner of apps to help citizens.
Among the types of apps that could be developed is a tool to reveal to cyclists which routes are most popular, thanks to the use of data gleaned from the city’s bike-share program. Another such app which has already been created is the 311 Service Tracker Chicago app, which allows users to track the status of requests made to the city, such as roadwork and rubbish removal. Other cities are also taking part in this newly-popular trend. New York is one, which has developed Embark, a free program that maps subway routes for riders. And in San Francisco, a free iPhone app assists with the use of public spaces with parking and other info.
August 9th, 2013
Wearable technology may have reached another milestone, depending on who you ask. In May of this year, a wearable headset called the Focus made its debut, and stirred a lot of conversation. The headset, designed for gamers, uses electrical currents in trace amounts to stimulate the brain’s prefrontal cortex during gameplay to produce short-term positive effects in the playing ability of the user who wears it. The first device of its kind, the Focus has been vigorously tested by scientists since its release, mainly to determine how effective the device really is.
Along with the research is much concern amongst the medical community and the general public regarding just how safe it would be to wear this headset each day. This concern is mainly due to the transcranial direct current stimulation the device employs. This method sends very low amounts of electrical current through the brain. The tDCS technique has been used before, but only in medical treatment. Accessing internet service providers in Dallas Texas to play games with the device may improve learning and working memory. But the very few side effects reported for the method only apply to the short term.
July 30th, 2013
Some internet service customers have received their monthly bills, only to discover that they are paying more due to the addition of a landline phone tax. Portland Oregon is the scene of a recent appeal by a popular ISP in that state to reverse the approval of the tax, which was initially generated in order to pay for police reforms. The tax requires two local internet companies to begin earmarking five percent of their gross revenues to the city of Portland from the money earned via the provision of land-line telephone service.
But one company has decided to challenge the ruling. One of the more popular internet service providers in Seattle Washington, Centurylink says that the passing along of the new tax onto customers will result in fewer customers using landline phones, which would ultimately go against the goals of the city of Portland to fund reforms for law enforcement. And this is already true with the fact that many alternatives to landlines already exist, including mobile phones. Just 631,000 customers in the Portland area had a residential landline phone in 2011, a startling decrease from the 1.5 million landline customers reported just eleven years prior.
July 23rd, 2013
Are you aware of how many apps are attached to your social media accounts? These apps can be anything that came from what you downloaded on your mobile device, or what you looked over when you were surfing the web. Most apps of this kind require your permission to access things like the calendar on your phone or the information that may be contained in the “About” section of your Facebook profile. But, although apps can be fun, you should also know that they can compromise your privacy while online.
Thankfully, these apps can be disabled simply by visiting the privacy settings of your profile. However, you will have to ensure that you do this for every app both on your computer as well as your mobile device, as some apps will affect both. Choosing to edit your settings, and then looking at how your information is gathered by the apps you’ve installed is a good start to changing your settings via internet service providers in Denver Colorado. Facebook in particular has become quite detailed with regard to describing the many apps you may have installed, as well as allowing you to control several app aspects.
May 22nd, 2013
Is Twitter improving its marketing channel status? According to recent reports, yes. Those Twitter Cards or expanded tweets you may have seen in your stream were only the beginning of a new addition that the company is hoping will increase its marketing efficiency. The addition is called the Lead Generation Card,a nd will allow marketers to get information from prospective customers who use Twitter. But what do customers of internet service providers in Denver Colorado think of it?
That will remain to be seen, as this new addition was only released today. The Lead Generation Card will allow advertisers to attempt to get other Twitter users to sign up for offers. To accept an offer, only a single click is needed. While a global launch has not yet occurred, the company has plans to do so. But for now, they’re only offering the feature to their managed clients.
May 8th, 2013
If you live in North America, you may not see many changes in the mobile internet service providers in my area. But if you live in the United Kingdom, there are changes afoot. And time will tell whether they will affect mobile companies in the United States or Canada. Network capacity will be boosted in the U.K. by using microcells.
Operators in that country will be affixing a larger number of antennas to walls, which will help to increase mobile network rollouts to answer an ever-increasing demand. Experts in that country estimate that mobile usage will increase by eighty times in just the next seventeen years. But adding capacity has been a challenge due to government regulations about deployment rates. However, the country’s government has recently proposed a series of measures which may allow for quicker network expansion.
May 1st, 2013
Do you own a JawboneUP or other wearable device? If so, then some sensitive data about you and your activities may be being transferred to the cloud. This has a number of customers of internet providers understandably concerned. Currently, it’s estimated that the number of Americans using wearable technology is approximately 5 million. But some are saying it’s more of a win-win than companies making money off of our health and wellness data.
Looking at it from a product perspective, those who purchase wearable technology are just like those who buy computer programs – the sending of user data to the company means future improvements to those programs. But a more sinister future is seen by some, with our own data potentially being used against us by companies who use health statistics to provide loans and insurance policies.
April 18th, 2013
If you’re thinking about signing up for internet service with another provider, it may not be as easy as just signing up and paying them. The fact is, even the best internet provider can turn out not to be what you thought. So what are some of the features you should be looking for before you sign up?
One is the speed of your internet connection. While this by no means should be the only thing you consider, it’s important to find out not just the advertised speed, but the actual average speed that the ISP provides. Another feature is the customer support. Is it available around the clock? If not, you may have to deal with a lot of downtime, which may not be feasible if you use your connection to earn your income.
April 17th, 2013
Australian research has uncovered an unexpected source of future drains on our energy grid: wireless internet service providers. According to the research, the mobile cloud uses much more power than physical data centers. It was predicted that in just two years from now, data center energy consumption will be next to nothing compared to the consumption that will be occurring via wireless networks.
The issue, according to experts is that the cloud has become an ever-popular method of data access and storage, which means that a high number of users are accessing the cloud. This can occur via many methods, including webmail and social media, and is happening mainly via portable devices. The solution to this massive consumption of energy, they say, lies in identifying the issues with wireless technology.
April 10th, 2013
Cameras installed on city streets, in Laundromats, and everywhere else we can think of. We’ve all read or heard at least one story of this already happening, or in the works. But what happens when police officers are wired for sound and video and watched by their headquarters? Well, the initial reaction in some detachments wasn’t pretty. Many officers questioned why they should be watched by ‘big brother’.
These days, the cameras aren’t cumbersome; many can be attached, unseen, to collars, caps and sunglasses. And the battery packs that power them can last for hours. Any recorded video gets uploaded to a central server. But what are the benefits? This is what’s currently being investigated. The experiment, running since February of 2012 will end in July of this year, but the results received are already quite interesting. There has so far been a decline in complaints filed against officers of almost ninety percent.