Internet Explorer has been losing ground as of late, but it's important to remember the sheer amount of Windows PCs out there with the browser pre-installed. While Chrome and Firefox aim to try and eventually dethrone Microsoft’s browser, Internet Explorer has seen an increase in usage for the first time since September 2011.
Can you imagine a world where every physical object around you is somehow connected to the internet? A world where your toaster warns you about inclement weather, your digital camera suggests when it's best to go out for a shoot, and your musical instrument connects you with other same-level musicians in your area. This initiative is so called "The Internet of Things" and a new company called Evrythng has plans to really start pushing the envelope in this arena.
Fitbit has launched Aria, the company's first WiFi-enabled scales, capable of automatically recognizing up to eight different users and squirting their weight to a cloud-based fitness center. Best known for the clip-on Fitbit dongle that tracks exercise, Fitbit says these new scales were actually prompted by user-requests; however it's also worth noting that Withings has been offering wirelessly-enabled scales for some time now.
Computer scientist Vinton Gray "Vint" Cerf, recognized the world over as one of two "fathers of the internet," has this week contended that it's not technology or even the internet that should be considered a human right, instead simply categorizing them as tools to work with such basic rights as communication. "Technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself," he noted, taking the position that if we continue to broaden what it means to have a human right as including technology, that we'll not put enough faith and/or pressure on the technology industry and the engineers responsible for ensuring universal, safe internet access for us all to do so.
It's turkey day here in the United States, and as the reasons for Thanksgiving have been blurred and broadened since the first celebration many moons ago, so too must we take a non-traditional post: here's five things SlashGear is thankful for. We're a team from all across the United States as well as a few other continents on this lovely gadget-tastic world of ours, and even though the first Thanksgiving got its start in the USA, this whole day should be called one where we realize how very lucky we all are to have what we've got. That said, enjoy five items that the average citizen might never have considered, but that we here at SlashGear hold dear.
France has imposed a new tax that is going to charge ISPs a tax on the internet. The money raised with that tax will then be used to fund the CNM or Centre National de la Musique. This is a French organization that provides opportunities for funding music and cultural events. France is big on taxing things to pay for public access and already taxes TV for public access channels.
Just this morning it was confirmed that Rockstar games would be producing the fifth in one of the most notorious game series of all time, Grand Theft Auto - now it's time to let our hopes run wild. There are quite a few features in previous games that are what we'd call nearly unexplored avenues. Small bits of gameplay that would, if allowed to expand, would create a whole new playground for the future of GTA. Below are just five of these items that we're hoping Rockstar will explore further for GTA:V.
AT&T is after another large company and today we are hearing that they've acquiredSuperclick, the popular and widely used internet provider for many hotel and hospitality industries, at an impressive cash sum of approximately $15 million.
An "amateur" filmmaker by the name of Dan Trachtenberg has created a short movie by the name of "Portal: No Escape", the entirety of which you can watch in under 6 minutes, the enjoyment out of which you'll be glad you harvested. This movie is available for viewing below and takes the ultra-popular cult-classic game series Portal and turns it into a fan film of sorts for the enjoyment of all. Portal game addicts as well as everyday science fiction and action lovers will be glad they took 7 minutes out of their day to take a peek.
Emily Price has an interesting piece on TechnoBuffalo about whether the Internet is killing our memory. In fact, she’s really talking about nostalgia, not recall memory in general, but it’s a fascinating topic worth some exploration. The real question is whether the existence of things in digital form or physical form is more pleasing to our recollection, and I do not think there is an easy answer. Undoubtedly, there are things that feel better in the hand than on the screen, and there are ways of storing valuable memories digitally that are more reliable than their physical versions. But I also wonder if this transition, from physical to digital memory, won’t also teach us that there are certain memories we should simply give up for good.