A new report claims consumers are now spending more minutes using mobile apps than surfing the Web. Is this the beginning of the end for the Web?
The Internet has proven to be a very powerful tool for government protesters, but it's very dependent on infrastructure, making it all too easy for an irate regime to shut it off. This suitcase, and the concept behind it, has been funded by the U.S. State Department as a way to keep people online no matter what happens.
You already see social media buttons all over websites (including this one) begging for a little boost in their traffic: Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon, oh my! And now one more is on its way to cluttering up the space between blog posts and comments: the Google +1 button.
It's pretty common for people to include photos with their tweets on Twitter, even though they have to go through a third party hosting service to do so. That won't be the case for long, as Twitter is set to roll out new photo integration in the coming weeks.
Sohaib Athar, who works as an IT consultant in Abbottabad — the city where Osama bin Laden was found and killed last night — just wanted to get some sleep. His innocent micro-remark is now becoming the tweet read 'round the tech world, as the helicopter disturbing him was part of the military operation to take down Bin Laden.
Remember Friendster? It was the first major social network, one that couldn't handle the load of all its users and was quickly overtaken by MySpace and then Facebook. Well, if you've got stuff on your Friendster profile you want, it's time to get it.
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.