So, you think spending all day on the Internet hasn't changed the way your brain works? Think again! A new study has shown that using the Internet affects how we remember things.
While most of us enjoy the high-speed information freeway through some sort of broadband, fiber, 3G or 4G connection, the same can't be said for the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
Even if you're not aware of it, your actions are being watched and recorded — everyone online is, in some fashion. For most of us, our online behavior is less of interest to Big Brother than it is to Big Madison Avenue. Still, it's kind of freaky. With that in mind, we present to you part one of our rough guide to remaining anonymous online by using free technology widely available to all. Aside from shielding behaviors from nosy marketers, the power to remain anonymous can be a matter of life, death, or jail time for a wide variety of groups such as human rights advocates and political dissidents all the way down to pirates and criminals — Anyone who exists outside the blessing of the authorities, with good reason or not. Anonymity is just a tool, one that helps protect Robin Hood as well as the common Sherwood ruffian. To put it another way: think of this guide like Yoda teaching Luke all manner of Jedi trickery. But in the end, which side of the Force you go to is entirely up to you. Choose well, young Skywalker.
Someday soon, navigating the information highways of the Internet may be a lot like driving on an actual road. Act reckless or stray outside the lines, and you could have your privileges taken away, or even be forced to attend copyright education classes. It's all in a potential deal being inked by ISPs and the various powers that be.
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.