The Olympic organizers have made it pretty clear that they don't want you sucking up too much 3G bandwidth at the Olympic venues, but don't get the idea that you can sneak onto some stray Wi-Fi hotspot instead.
We knew Web had hit the big time when it was honored via classy interpretive dance during the opening of the Olympics. There were star-crossed lovers texting and dancing galore, but where were the actual numbers? No self-respecting ode to data can be made without, well, actual data.
Google Street View has given us the keys to the next best thing to being there. They've covered just about every global biggie, but if that's failing to float your boat anymore there's a new mod in town. There's a team who have figured out how render Google Street View in ASCII.
Mapping the Internet is no easy feat. Ruslan Enikeev took up the challenge and whipped up this interactive map that charts 350,000 websites with 2 million links from 196 different countries. It probably won't surprise you which website giants dominate the Internet.
Google Fiber, the company's 1 gigabyte-per-second network that's "100 times faster than today's average broadband," just finished rolling out in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Or, rather, Fiber finished rolling out in just the pair of Kansas cities. This is what your net on Google looks — or could look — like.
With all the photo uploading and sharing that we do today, we take it for granted that the Web once existed without photos. Unearthed for its 20th anniversary, here is the first photo ever published to the Web, in all of its cheesy glory.
The Internet died two short deaths this weekend. On Friday, a thunderstorm near Washington, D.C. knocked out Amazon's servers (which also hosts Instagram and Netflix). Last night, a leap second knocked out a good bit of the Internet.
Technology is a wonderful thing, but in the words of Spider-Man's Uncle Ben, "With great power, comes great responsibility." If we are not careful, the technology we know and love could be used against us, even subtly. In the year 1984, Apple thought IBM was the bringer of "Big Brother." In reality, the technology of today better resembles George Orwell's dystopian vision than a 1980s era PC. Every day we are in the process of becoming a more connected society. With social networks, cloud computing and even more specific, less-thought-about tech such as Internet-connected home surveillance systems, we may find ourselves in a delicate balance of trust and paranoia.
Want to know why your cell phone service sucks all the time? Phone companies will tell you: it's bandwidth, man. The wireless spectrum is getting crowded and there's just not enough room. What's needed is a new way to cram more data into the same amount of space, and the solution might be to twist multiple light beams together into a vortex.
Newly-IPO'd Facebook just made a bewildering mistake that's going to piss a lot of users off. Remember Facebook email? Of course you don't. In a stunning move, Facebook apparently just changed the contact info for every user from a user-assigned email address to @facebook. Here's how you switch it back.