November 30, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Syria was plunged into Internet darkness Thursday and much of the nation's telephone service was cut as fighting raged on the main road between Damascus and the capital's international airport. It could not be immediately determined whether the Internet blockage and the cutoff in telephone service were deliberate acts or the result of a power outage or damage to cables or other equipment. Fighting has engulfed several districts near the capital in recent weeks. Both sides reported clashes along the airport road.
November 8, 2012 |
Two entertainment industry executives announced plans to acquire two companies in a $430-million transaction aimed at capitalizing on the growing consumer demand for in-flight services. Global Eagle Acquisitions said it has reached an agreement to buy privately held Row 44 Inc., a Westlake Village company that provides satellite broadband service for Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest domestic carrier. It also agreed to acquire 86% of the outstanding shares of Advanced Inflight Alliance, a German company that supplies games, movies, general entertainment and applications to more than 130 airlines worldwide.
November 7, 2012 |
The social network is testing a project called Facebook Wi-Fi that provides free Internet access to customers who have a Facebook account and "check-in" at participating businesses. Businesses such as retail stores and coffee shops near Facebook's California headquarters in Menlo Park are using a router provided free of charge to test out the Wi-Fi program, a Facebook spokeswoman told The Times. When customers come in to a business' location and attempt to access its Wi-Fi network, they can do so by simply using Facebook's "Check In" feature.
October 11, 2012 |
It may feel like everyone on the planet has a cellphone, but they don't. A new report from the International Telecommunications Union found that at the end of 2011, 6 billion people had a cellphone subscription. That means 6 in 7 of us have a cellphone. It also means that 1 billion of us do not. And when it comes to Internet access, the numbers are worse. According to the report, 2.3 billion have access to the Internet. That's less than half of the world's population. The good news (or bad news, depending on your feelings toward global connectivity)
September 27, 2012 |
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled an ambitious plan to establish the city as a hub for ultra-fast Internet service and provide free Internet access in public spaces. The city kicked off its Chicago Broadband Challenge by turning on free Wi-Fi in Millennium Park on Monday. "Chicago will be one of the most connected cities in the world," Emanuel said. "The establishment of a world-class broadband network in Chicago will create thousands of jobs and dramatically improve educational opportunities, economic development, healthcare services and general quality of life throughout the city.
September 23, 2012 |
Question: I recently booked two nights' stay at a hotel in Las Vegas and paid for it online. Upon checking in, my husband and I were taken aback when the desk clerk told us that a resort fee of $40.32 had to be paid before we could check in. After some discussion with the online booking agencies, I received a credit for 10% of the total fee. It is really not about the money. It really is the principle. I had no choice but to pay the fee. Is this a trend, and can anything be done about it?
June 16, 2012 |
The Samsung Chromebook Series 5 550 is a nice little device that does everything it's supposed to and does it well. But don't ditch your laptop for it just yet. The Chromebook is built to be a lightweight computer that takes care of business solely by virtue of the Web. And it does that perfectly. But its shortcomings are apparent any time you lose Internet access, when you need to install a program or when you run a task that needs stronger computing power. Its immediate comparison is the MacBook Air, and that's because it looks a lot like the Air on the outside and even when you flip it open.
June 16, 2012 |
If you're heading to Ethiopia sometime soon, I'd like to offer you one small but crucial bit of advice: Don't get on Skype. The Ethiopian government last month passed a law making it a crime for people to utilize audio or video communication using Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services, which include Google Voice, Skype and essentially any other video chat service available. So what's the punishment? Well, the maximum penalty for breaking the law is 15 years in prison.
April 17, 2012 |
SANTIAGO, Cuba — The way Cesar Cruz and his buddies see it, the "revolution of our grandparents" just doesn't cut it anymore. The 19-year-old student and his friends gather every Saturday in leafy Cespedes Park in the shadow of Santiago de Cuba's cathedral, listening to music and sharing spins on an old scooter, and dreaming of an impossible future. "We don't have the chance to think of a better life, without misery," Cruz said. "The only option is to leave the country.
January 3, 2012
When a homeless man was accused of fondling himself in the Laguna Beach public library, the ensuing outcry was less about the alleged behavior than about the pornography the man was viewing on the Internet at the time. Some people had never realized before the November incident that libraries, originally intended as great institutions of public edification through books, could be used these days as sources for viewing porn. Others were all too aware of the issue because they had seen, in this library and others, library computers regularly used for decidedly unlofty pursuits, even when there were children around who could easily see the screens.