May 8th, 2013
Tax season almost always carries with it a sense of urgency and some trepidation, especially among those who might owe money. And along with the madness of the season are always rumors. One of the more popular ones is that the IRS can snoop around in taxpayers’ email messages to try and catch those who would cheat on their taxes. This has especially caused worry among those who use the cloud and internet service providers in Denver Colorado to store their messages.
The truth is that as far as email messages are concerned, there is nothing in the 4th Amendment which protects them. While it may seem reasonable that they would be covered, but the IRS Search Warrant Manual states that email messages will generally lose any protection once they have been transmitted from a user’s computer.
May 1st, 2013
People have certainly become more mobile recently. More than ever before, customers of internet service providers in Indianapolis Indiana and other providers are using their phones, tablets and other devices to get online as well as their home computer counterparts. And advertisers seem to be catching on. New techniques and software is being developed that could see the tracking of users’ habits no matter which device they use to surf the web.
The new technology is called cross-screen marketing, and it may be the answer to a long-standing issue: how to target consumers on their mobile devices. While desktop computer activity can be monitored with cookies, this strategy doesn’t apply in the wireless world. One method of mobile advertising that is showing promise is the triangulation method, which attempts to discern whether a mobile and PC user are the same person.
April 17th, 2013
There’s bad news coming out of the internet security front; In the last quarter alone, the average amount of bandwidth used in DDoS attacks had grown eight-fold. In addition, the average duration of attacks grew from last year’s 28.5 hours to 34.5 hours. The fact that DDoS attacks are not only getting more powerful, but meaner have even the best internet provider in my area wondering how to weather the next attack.
This may be more of a challenge to do in the coming quarters, as new techniques for attack were also noted by observers. These techniques go beyond the flooding of sites with traffic using botnets. Instead, attackers are using web servers, which offer more bandwidth. If that weren’t frightening enough, it appears that attackers are being well-financed, perhaps by criminal organizations who also possess the resources needed for such large-scale attacks.
April 11th, 2013
Recent research has revealed an interesting possible trend: that teens may be using their connection from internet service providers in my area for interests other than Facebook. This all comes as the result of a survey, in which most teens could take or leave the now-famous social media network, with only 33% saying it was their top choice. That’s a 9% difference from the fall of 2012. But where are they going these days, if not to Facebook?
Although the numbers aren’t anything to write home about, many teens are heading to Twitter second, Instagram third , Google fourth and Tumblr fifth. Overall, teens said that their purchasing decisions were influenced by various social media sites. Whether or not that will result in a resurgence of teens at Facebook will remain to be seen.
April 10th, 2013
Nine universities are currently taking part in a study which tracks students’ progress as they move through digital textbooks. CourseSmart, the company which created the technology and the digital textbooks, provides learning institutions with early signs of course engagement or disinterest, which could indicate early drop outs. Millions of students now use the company’s digital materials to learn via internet providers.
Information from the textbooks can be individually packaged for each professor, giving them the key data they need to alter the way in which material is presented. Currently, over three million students and teachers are using CourseSmart textbooks. This fall marks when the program will be most broadly introduced to date, with such institutions taking part as Texas A&M University – San Antonio, Clemson and Central Carolina College.
April 3rd, 2013
According to experts, the best way to secure any online account is to use a unique password that hackers can’t guess. And until now, users could use any kind of password they liked, even if it wasn’t considered to be appropriate. As of today, one of the better-known internet service providers has announced that their customers will no longer be able to use swear words as passwords.
AT&T has enacted the ban not because of the sensitive nature of some passwords, but because – surprisingly – many of those words are used too much. As such, hackers can easily guess them. But some have reported that they were able to create several passwords using swear words, including those that replaced some letters with numbers. Others argue that banning a large chunk of passwords can also serve to make the hacker’s job easier. But time will tell how AT&T’s plan works out.
March 27th, 2013
U.K. researchers have announced the creation of fiber cables that can reach 99.7% the speed of light with their data transfer. But that’s not all; the cables also allegedly take care of the latency most often complained about with the technology found in standard fiber cables. Interestingly, data which travels through traditional fiber optic cables doesn’t actually move at the speed of light, which is measured in a vacuum. The glass of fiber optic cable means that the data actually travels 30% slower than light speed.
But when the glass is removed from fiber optic cable, something interesting is left: hollow-core photonic-bandgap fibre, which is largely air, but still allows light to follow the cable’s path. Although the data loss using this cable is impressively low at 3.5 dB per kilometre, it remains too high for long-range applications.
March 20th, 2013
A convenient service that allowed millions to view blogs via RSS feed recently announced that it would be shutting down this summer. And users of internet service providers in Columbus Ohio and other ISPs do not want to let it go without a fight. Many users used the Twitterverse to vent their displeasure and request alternative readers. Other companies who relied on Google Reader for product production appeared to be devastated by the announcement.
In addition to protesting via social media, a petition was started which received over 50,000 signatures in just a few hours. But this doesn’t appear to be convincing Google to reverse its position. The company’s reason for shutting down its Reader service was, according to a statement, due to a decline in the usage of the service. The company also mentioned that it’s putting more of its resources into fewer products.
March 13th, 2013
A brand new device that’s soon to be hitting the virtual shelves looks poised to make us rethink that fabled ‘one for the road’. Now, the power of the breathalyzer test is put back into the hands of the drinker. Called Breathometer, the tiny device plugs into the phone jack of your Android or iPhone, and allows you to get a reading of your blood alcohol level before you even get into your car. But will people soon be tweeting their blood alcohol levels via internet service providers in Portland Oregon like they do their pet photos? Time will tell.
The Breathometer costs about $100 per unit, and is in its beta stage. Measuring as wide as an iPhone or Android, the device can easily fit into a small pocket. But many questions remain, such as whether or not the reading received on the Breathometer is comparable to the readings from the breathalysers used by law enforcement.
March 5th, 2013
One weekend and three developers have resulted in the creation of “Auti-Sim“, a computer simulation demo that puts you right in the middle of an autistic experience. Auti-Sim communicates what it’s like to be in a playground full of active children on a sunny day. And the experience is anything but pleasant. Sensory overload quickly takes center stage in the simulation video, with the scene becoming fuzzy, voices becoming too loud and assaults seeming to come from every direction.
Although many with the condition have thanked the developer team for their efforts in creating such a realistic representation of the autistic experience, others have criticized the simulation, saying it’s nothing like their experience. Others have taken offense to the creation having the ‘sim’ attached to its name, as though it were a game. But the developer team’s leader says that even criticism creates conversation. The team will soon be developing the simulation into a more involved game that includes new locations and more interaction.
March 1st, 2013
Voice over IP is a revolutionary way to connect with loved ones and customers. This is a fact that many customers of internet service providers in Houston Texas already know. In the home, VOIP makes it incredibly easy to get in touch; all that’s needed is a computer, VOIP software and a microphone. But VOIP has also completely transformed the way companies do business.
Hosted VOIP is what’s used by companies. Instead of a traditional system that contains many phone systems to which several phone lines connect to, the hosted VOIP system offers incredible portability, as only one central system is needed to connect several lines. When the system needs to be moved, all that’s required is to unplug the system from one location and plug it back in at another. However call quality via VOIP may not be as high as what a traditional system could offer.
February 27th, 2013
The University of Leeds has installed and is testing a liquid-cooled computer server. This may not seem like big news, except for the fact that every one of the server’s components is able to operate while totally immersed in liquid instead of being cooled by traditional fans. Because the cooling process relies on the natural process of convection, the process is far more efficient – and less noisy – than how server are currently being cooled for companies including internet service providers in San Diego California.
The server, called the Iceotope is estimated to be able to cut the energy traditional cooling eats up by almost 100%. The liquid coolant used to cool Iceotope’s components is 3M Novec, which does not conduct electricity and is non-flammable. Only a single low-energy pump is required to move water, the server’s secondary coolant, through server modules.
February 25th, 2013
According to physicist Albert Lazslo Barabasi, every web page we see via internet service providers in New York New York is no further than 19 clicks away from another. Barabasi is already well-known for his network science work, and decided to take a close look at the structure of the internet. And he found that key connectors were sites like Facebook and Google, which allow users to reach more sites, more easily.
The information network that is the web is connected by nodes like any other network. However, in this case, the paper reads, these nodes are documents containing links to other sites. And while it only takes a small number of super-connecting sites to help us get to where we want to go, hackers can also use this fact to incur serious damage, especially if the web’s main connectors were to be taken down first.
February 21st, 2013
Three of the world’s major wireless service providers have now overcome the first challenge to standardizing the procedures and requirements surrounding global Wi-Fi roaming. Initial network assessment s have now been completed by several companies including NTT DoCoMo, Orange, China Mobile and AT&T as requested by the Wireless Broadband Alliance’s Interoperability Compliance Program.
For a long time, friction has existed around the issue of the seamless interoperability of wi-fi between countries. No clear guidelines regarding the creation of roadmaps for operators exists, and neither does a directory of the capabilities of Wi-Fi carriers. But this will soon change with the recent self-assessments by various operators with the goal of getting an overall picture of their capabilities. The compliance guidelines set forth by the Wireless Broadband Alliance will cover access to a wide range of support levels for operators.
February 19th, 2013
New research by the Journal of Service Researchsays that our physical interactions with individuals such as hotel desk clerks are not necessary for personalized service. In fact, the report revealed that these interactions are being replaced more frequently by smart phone apps using access to internet service providers in Austin Texas and other ISPs. But how plausible is it to think that the personal relationships we develop with such individuals over time can be replaced by such apps?
Experts say that such an app would not replace, but substitute for personal interactions. Apparently, all it takes to revolutionize these interactions is to use an app that has personalized recommendations based on the hotels and other locations we frequent. Although the collection of customer preference has been occurring for years via customer satisfaction forms, technology has made it possible to get all manner of customer feedback and then process it effectively and efficiently.
February 14th, 2013
Are you tired of the slow connection you’re receiving from Internet Service Providers in Denver Colorado? Wish you could choose another company? Why bother searching when you can build it yourself? That’s exactly what some British farmers did recently. After having waited patiently for high speed broadband to come to their tiny town, and realizing they would always be overlooked, they took matters into their own hands, and built their own network from the ground up – literally.
Tapping into a wealth of local expertise in computer networks, IT support and other current and former professionals, the farmers were able to hook up one rural home for around one thousand pounds, which came in at far less than British Telecom’s estimate of ten thousand pounds. And if that weren’t enough, the download speeds now being enjoyed by this tiny community come it at over 900 Mbps.
February 12th, 2013
If you think that your connection from Internet Service Providers in Indianapolis Indiana is not only too slow, but too expensive, you are definitely not alone. United States citizens pay the most, and tend to get a lot lower value for their connections than internet users in other parts of the world. An interesting video posted by Gizmodo explains why this is, and has some people outraged already, as it details how media organizations have been allowed to put public interest on the back burner by none other than the American government.
It may take a few years before we can finally say that the internet speed/price issue has been resolved. So what can we as internet users do in the meantime to ensure we’re getting as much for our money as possible? First, we can research our providers. And then, we can grab as many exclusive online discounts as we can.
September 5th, 2011
With technology moving at a faster rate than ever before, the education sector has had no choice but to keep up. The internet has allowed millions of students the opportunity to obtain college or university degrees without having to physically attend. But what about those students in rural or underprivileged areas that don’t have access? The results of a recent study are surprising; apparently, lack of computer access had little to no effect on one’s ability to excel in their studies. But the impact of technology on student achievement is difficult to measure, as the areas it can affect are themselves difficult to quantify. And yet, other studies have shown that technology does boost a student’s achievement, but only under certain conditions.
September 2nd, 2011
Living in the country may afford one with peace and quiet, less pollution and more freedom. But what about the internet connection available in these areas? A huge gap between rural and urban internet speeds has been identified, and now comes the task of trying to close it. But why is it so expensive to get a wireline connection like cable or fiber optic out in the country? Cost. It’s actually more expensive to power 10 rural homes with a land-based connection than it is to connect a hundred people in an urban area. But the Universal Service Fund helps to get rural homeowners connected by paying rural internet service providers to run cable and fiber optic lines. In turn, those ISPs pay back into the USF, ensuring that country connections continue to be made.
August 31st, 2011
Today nearly one American out of ten does not have access to a high-speed Internet connection. In fact a recent study reported that there are 19,000,000 Americans living in rural communities that are forced to utilize Internet speeds slower than 3 Mbps. The reason for this is not difficult to understand. Installing the infrastructure for broadband access is expensive. Many communities have so few residents that companies cannot cost-justify the expense. Also, many rural areas are made up of terrain that is foreboding when it comes to laying wire. The long distances that lines must be run are also a prohibitive factor. Because high-speed broadband is considered necessary for business and education, the Federal government has earmarked over $100,000,000 to expand broadband to the rural areas of 16 different states.
August 30th, 2011
Approximately $100 million has been earmarked by the Federal Government to be used to expand broadband Internet in the rural outlying areas of 16 states. These areas have been identified as not currently having any type of broadband access by wire. Many of the large Internet service providers will be called upon to widen the technological gap between urban and rural communities. Why has the government budgeted for this? It is because they have learned that broadband Internet service improves people’s lives. The Internet is not only necessary to attract business to an area, but is also a vital part of a child’s education in the 21st century. It has been estimated today that 10% of all Americans do not have access to a high-speed broadband Internet connection. Many of those affected live in outlying rural communities.