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 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.
August 6, 2008 |
Wi-Fi is heading skyward. Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Tuesday that it would begin offering the service -- for a fee -- on its domestic flights this fall. The airline expects to outfit 330 planes by next summer, making it the first major U.S. carrier to offer Wi-Fi on its entire domestic fleet (not including regional subsidiaries such as its Comair service).
August 2, 2008 |
A congressional committee wants the nation's largest telecommunications and Internet companies to explain whether they target online advertising based on consumers' search queries and Web surfing habits. In an expanding inquiry into the state of consumer privacy on the Internet, House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders sent letters Friday to more than 30 companies, demanding to know whether they track where their users go online and use that data to deliver personalized advertising.