Austin, TX Now Accepting Google Fiber Signups

Google announced as far back as April that it would be launching Google Fiber in Austin, Texas. In October, the company revealed it would launch in December. Well, guess what. December is here, and Google just announced that it is now accepting signups in the city.

Is Obama Right To Try and Reclassify The Internet

November 17th, 2014

In an effort to protect an open Internet, President Obama announced that he’sasking the FCC to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

“In plain English, I’m asking them to recognize that for most Americans, the Internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life,” he said, noting that the FCC is an independent agency, and that ultimately, it’s their decision. Read More…

ISP Speed Rankings Announced By Netflix

October 27th, 2014

Netflix has released its monthly update on Internet service provider speed data, ranking the top ISPs in terms of speed for its streaming service. Last month, we saw improvements stemming from the company’s relationships with AT&T, Time Warner, and Verizon. Read More…

The New ‘Shellshock’ Bash Bug Discovered by Red Hat

September 29th, 2014

It feels like major security vulnerabilities are more common than ever, and there’s a big one freaking out the blogosphere being referred to as “shellshock”. It was discovered by a Red Hat security team in the Bash shell. Read More…

Netflix Unveils Last ISP Speed Benchmark Results

August 25th, 2014

Netflix just released its new ISP Speed Index data for the month of July. Last month, they added some icons to the U.S. graph to “increase transparency” about the type of technology used by an ISP. This month, they’ve added them to 12 other countries, including Canada and Mexico. Read More…

Verizon Announces Major Adjustments To Data Usage of Internet Customers

August 11th, 2014

This past week, Verizon announced that it will be making two major adjustments to the data usage of its customers—increasing upload speeds to match download speeds for nearly all of its FiOS service subscribers and limiting the data speeds for the top five percent of data users for its 4G network, according to the Los Angeles Times and Forbesrespectively. Read More…

ISP Ranking Released From Netflix

July 21st, 2014

Netflix just released its new ISP Speed Index data for the month of June. This time, they’ve added icons to the U.S. graph to “increase transparency” about the type of technology used by an ISP. Read More…

Why Is a Public Wifi Network Unsafe and Dangerous?

June 23rd, 2014

Hi Dave, I have heard many people say how all my data can be hacked by using a public coffee house wifi network. How do they do it? I use an apple iPod Touch and an iPad Mini (wifi only, I’m too cheap for a data plan). Is there a way I can minimize the intrusion into my stuff? Should I never check my email while using a public wifi connection? Am I relatively safe just using an internet browser on a public wifi? Your thoughts/rationale are most appreciated. Read More…

Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian Talks With Stephen Colbert About Open Internet

November 21st, 2013

Last night, Stephen Colbert’s guest on The Colbert Report was reddit co-founder and open internet advocate Alexis Ohanian. Ohanian is promoting his new book, Without Their Permission, where he explores “the future of the internet for fun, profit, and the good of humankind.”
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Deep-Sea Wifi Being Developed

October 21st, 2013

Researchers at the University of Buffalo are developing an underwater wifi network for use at sea. Alas, hold your horses – This doesn’t mean there will be any Snapchatting, Instagramming, Facebookery, Tweeting, Vining, Myspacing, Google Plussing, Tumbing, Flickring, Foursquaring, Goodreading, Pinning or Yelping underwater any time soon. The program is intended for more practical uses, like monitoring ocean life and for helping to give advance warning of tsunamis.
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