Social networking is the next great bugaboo, being pegged as the sole source of this generation's seemingly inevitable (not to mention unfounded) decline into self-obsession and isolation. It has been called a great threat, a facilitator of narcissism. Critics say social networking in its many varied forms will lead to a sort of deconstruction of society, an ironic twist on its social-centric underpinnings. Is it all really so bad, this ever-present reality of social connections in an often solely-digital form?
Houston Texas has just had about 150,000 Comcast routers activated with a new "xfinitywifi" initiative that effectively makes them wi-fi hotspots. Not just anyone can access these hotspots - you’ll have had to have logged in to Comcast’s system at some point as a customer - but you do not need a unique password for every router you come in contact with. These hotspots are new to Houston, but have been around for a while around the rest of the country.
This week the folks responsible for picking up companies at Google has announced that they’ll be entering outer space with Skybox Imaging. This company is known for its launching of the world’s smallest high-resolution imagine satellite - one of many, we must assume for the future. Google will more than likely use its abilities to push forth services like Google Maps with higher-resolutions images of the world.
Google is seeding a beta program for Fiber customers, according to a new Fiber page. The program, dubbed Fiber Trusted Testers, aims to let those with the ultra fast Internet offering check out updates ahead of mass rollout. As Google releases their gigabit Internet service in more markets, beta testing would serve them (and us) well.
It would appear that one of the strangest predecessors to the World Wide Web has finally been revealed after 54 years of development. You read that right - this software’s development started in 1960, and its creator now has a working model for users to take a peek at and interact with. Ted Nelson’s creation is a computer interface project, one also known as a universal library.
The United Kingdom isn't playing around when it comes to cyberattacks. In a proposed new bill, the nation seeks to impose life sentences onto hackers who commit a serious cyberattack, with the criteria of such an offense covering several different bases.
Netflix is calling out Verizon for its network slowing streaming video, showing viewers with jerky playback a message blaming the ISP for being over-saturated. Suggesting that "The Verizon network is crowded right now," the pop-up comes on the heels of a deal signed between the two companies supposedly for faster video streaming, though one which Netflix itself was loathe to agree to.
Kickstarter, the platform upon which many products have been catapulted to success, has decided to shake things up a little bit, simplifying its rules and at the same time making it easier for company's and individuals to launch their campaigns. The changes were announced on the Kickstarter blog today.