October 16, 2008 |
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed opening up unused portions of the television airwaves known as "white spaces" to deliver wireless broadband Internet service. The proposal by FCC chief Kevin J. Martin appeals to public interest groups and many of the nation's biggest technology companies, including Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., which hope it will bring affordable high-speed Internet connections to more Americans.
October 16, 2008 |
Google can search out just about anything on the Internet, but can it call to say you'll be late for dinner? Starting next week, it can. The G1, the first cellphone equipped with Google Inc.'s mobile Android software, will go on sale Wednesday at T-Mobile stores and some electronics stores. If purchased with a two-year calling plan, the phone will cost $179. The cost jumps to $399 without a plan. The phone uses a touch screen that can whip through images with the swipe of a finger.
October 15, 2008 |
Michael Wolff is over journalism. The media columnist for Vanity Fair thinks that the ailing vocation has gotten in the way of what modern info seekers really crave: news. As he tells the story, in recent decades the people who call themselves journalists have bloated the news with their self-importance and their desire for prestige, losing sight of what's interesting. Then the Internet arrived and gave people a faster, more efficient way to get their info fix. In a decade that's seen the expansion of the Internet, cable news, cellphones and social networking, most young people are about as likely to buy a newspaper as a Walkman.
September 12, 2008 |
EarthLink Inc. is expanding its cable broadband footprint in Los Angeles beyond the 400,000 homes where it's now available. The faster Internet service will now be available to 4 million additional homes in the area. EarthLink is billing it as an alternative to Time Warner Cable -- sort of. Although it offers customer support and features on top of it, EarthLink uses Time Warner Cable's infrastructure to deliver the service. But it's definitely a lot faster than dial-up. "It's important to give customers choice," said Kevin Brand, EarthLink's senior vice president of product management.
September 7, 2008 |
What if locking the front door of your home while you're away were as easy as hopping onto the Internet? At the CEDIA Expo in Denver last week, Ingersoll-Rand Co.'s Schlage unit showed off door locks that can be wirelessly activated or opened via the Internet, from a mobile phone or from a computer. The battery-operated locks have keypads that are accessed with four-digit codes (or old-fashioned keys, as a backup). Users who forget to lock a door and want to enter their code remotely can do so via the Internet or an application added to their mobile phones.
August 23, 2008 |
When it comes to media, NBC is not the only game in town. Even if the town is Beijing and the subject is the Olympics. It may seem that way, NBC's tentacles stretching from the Bird's Nest to the Water Cube to the distant equestrian competition in Hong Kong. Whether it's the tube, the computer or a mobile device, everything, it seems, has the NBC Universal stamp on it. A bid of $894 million buys you a lot of influence. But not exclusivity. Whether it's newspapers like this one, or magazines like Sports Illustrated or cable networks like ESPN, or similar outlets from countries around the world, armies of media personnel have been covering these Games.
August 21, 2008 |
Comcast Corp. plans to slow Internet service to its heaviest users during periods of congestion, after regulators ordered it to devise a new method for managing Web traffic. The top Internet speeds for targeted customers will be reduced for as long as 20 minutes, keeping service to other users flowing, the cable firm said. The Federal Communications Commission found Aug. 1 that Comcast had improperly blocked peer-to-peer programs that are used to share videos and other files.
HOME & GARDEN
August 9, 2008 |
THE INTERNET has made it easier to find antiques, compare prices and talk with sellers worldwide, but antiquing online has drawbacks. Some shoppers underestimate shipping and insurance fees, which can be exorbitant. Other considerations: Unscrupulous sellers: Some websites have feedback ratings and list the number of transactions that dealers have completed. But are they qualified to assess antiques? Can you direct complaints to a retail store? Will they buy back a piece if you're unsatisfied?
August 7, 2008 |
A gaping hole in the foundation of the Internet can allow malicious hackers to launch new attacks on corporate systems as well as individual computer users, a leading technology security researcher said Wednesday. The problem is being fixed, but many corporate systems remain vulnerable and the extent of any damage is unknown.