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The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

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?

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Comcast may have just made your home WiFi public

Comcast may have just made your home WiFi public

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.

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Google acquiring Skybox Imaging satellite company

Google acquiring Skybox Imaging satellite company

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.

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Web predecessor Xanadu may one day replace the PDF

Web predecessor Xanadu may one day replace the PDF

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.

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Apple to add DuckDuckGo as private search alternative

Apple to add DuckDuckGo as private search alternative

Privacy concerns, particularly following the Edward Snowden leaks in recent times, have spurred a push towards more privacy-centric digital options. Among search engines in particular, one known as DuckDuckGo has bid itself as a more secure option than Google and competing search engines, and it will soon receive a big boost from Apple.

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