Noticing that some of your favorite sites have been missing over the last two days? While high profile sites such as FourSquare have recovered from a lengthy outage, many other sites, such as the popular video game blog, Giant Bomb, are down as of this post. Surprisingly, Amazon — which, like Google, makes few server missteps — is to blame.
Is using technology addictive? One study, titled "The World Unplugged," asked 1,000 youngsters from ages 17 to 23 in 10 countries to give up the gadget and go a full day without one's phone, computer, TV, etc. Turned out it was "a horrible day," a Chilean said.
Five years ago, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent out the world's first Tweet. It said: "just setting up my twttr." Today, it's used to archive what we ate for lunch and more importantly, break news in real-time.
ICANN, the folks who decide how domain names work, have just approved the .xxx extension, which will allow porn sites to be more easily filtered from those who don't want to see them.
A group of scientists in Europe are looking to create a shared space for robots to swap what they've learned with one another, as well as help each other figure out new problems. It's called RoboEarth, and the folks behind it are saying it's essentially a Wikipedia that's just for robots — effectively a shared consciousness.
How much do you rely on the Internet? Here's a nifty infographic that gives you stats on how we stay connected every day....
The ongoing information blackout in Egypt is so serious that activists are actually digging through their garages and attics for old dial-up modems, fax machines and ham radios to replace the blocked Internet. I guess the old phrase, "one man's trash is another man's treasure" still applies in this situation.
The Internet has become such an integral part of most people's daily lives, that it's easy to forget how recent it actually is. In this hilarious clip from January 1994, Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric seem to be completely clueless about what the Internet and basic things like email are.
In what's being considered an unprecedented move, Egypt has managed to almost completely remove itself from the Internet, disconnecting itself amid protests and fighting.
Hey, speaking of broadband penetration, why don't we take a look at what South Korea, the world leader in Internet tech, is doing? Oh, looks like they're driving around in an RV stuffed to the gills with tech, showing off an LTE-Advanced network that can wirelessly suck in 700MB of data in under 10 seconds. So, just another Wednesday in South Korea.