Free WiFi is a good thing, and these days you can find it at all over the place from McDonald's to Starbucks, but what if you're out in the park to catch some fresh air? Now there's a plan to cover 32 of New York City's parks with free WiFi, provided by Cablevision and Time Warner in exchange a ten year extension of their city cable contracts.
It looks like Chattanooga, Tennessee's fourth largest city with 170,000 residents, is going to be one of the first cities in the U.S. to offer one-gigabit-per-second internet upload and download speeds to the general public. Yep. Chattanooga.
If you charge someone for something they can get for free elsewhere, a lot of people won't pay. That's the simple reality of it. You pay for a newspaper, sure, but would you, say, subscribe to The Wall Street Journal online, when you could just read blogs? Rupert Murdoch tried to make that happen, but now everyone who isn't him hates it.
Hamadoun Touré, the Secretary General of the UN's International Telecommunications Union since 1999, says that it's crucial that we start thinking in new terms about cyberspace. If not, he warns, we could face a destructive potential "worse than a tsunami."
Social-news site Digg, apparently in the hope of not needing people to describe it as a "social-news site" when talking about it, completely revamped its website last week. Since then its users have been in open revolt, going so far as gaming the site to steer Digg visitors to competitor Reddit. What's all the fuss about? We've distilled the drama into a graphical timeline.
In a study titled, "Broadband Performance," the FCC, also known as the Federal Communications Commission — you know, an entity of the U.S. government — is making it official: ISPs are telling consumers that their Internet connection is faster than it really is.
A fellow named Peter Craig has secured the record for having the world's longest and active email address at 345 characters. Good on him, too — it's not just the gibberish it could have been.
Your IP address is your ticket to the greatest ride humanity has ever built: the Internet. You don't get the same one every time, and in less than a year you may not get any at all. We're running out of IP addresses to go around. So, is it time to panic?
Right now, the data you find on the Internet is more or less eternal. Sites come and go, sure, but traces remain, and as long as there's someplace to store information that information will persist. Maybe it shouldn't, according to a Dutch researcher, as if data degraded over time we'd more security and less piracy.
For years now, if you wanted to get online at Starbucks you had to pay for it. Makes sense, right? I mean, Wi-Fi doesn't seep out of trees, sonny. Yet the company has now announced that, starting July 1st, you'll be able to use its Wi-Fi for free. Forever. What's the deal?