Drivers prefer smartphones in cars
Drivers prefer smartphones in cars

Drivers prefer smartphones in cars over car makers’ built-in systems designed to provide entertainment, car functionality and navigation. This sounds dangerous on the face of it – and it is – until and unless the car systems can mirror successfully on, perhaps, bigger and less-distracting screens the same functions as our smartphones. As we know, […]

It’s the new Google Earth
It’s the new Google Earth

It’s the new Google Earth – and we’re just livin’ on it. Seriously, the new Google Earth is nothing short of spectacular and destined to become an even bigger time suck than it’s been over the __ years since it was launched. Warning: let your family know you’re headed on a Google Earth voyage. They […]

The internet has spoken: “Keep Net Neutrality.”
The internet has spoken: “Keep Net Neutrality.”

The internet has spoken: “Keep Net Neutrality.” Well, the internet itself didn’t speak but a broad coalition of the internet’s biggest companies, perhaps the biggest single voice of the internet as a whole – the Internet Association – issued a resounding plea this week to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and it’s new chairman, […]

Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world
Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world

Disabled Americans aren’t reaching the online world nearly as much as Americans who live without a disability. It’s another chasm in the digital divide, according to survey results published by the Pew Research Center. “Disabled Americans are about three times as likely as those without a disability to say they never go online (23% vs. […]

Are you good bot or a bad bot?
Are you good bot or a bad bot?

Are you a good bot or a bad bot? We’re talking to you: the majority of internet traffic now originating from bots. You can’t respond? Aren’t you a bot? The latest report from web security and research firm Imperva suggests that – once again – over half the internet traffic today comes from bots. More […]

The paradox of a monolithic internet
The paradox of a monolithic internet

It was supposed to be the great leveler, a vast network of free-ranging bits and bytes but we could be facing the paradox of a monolithic internet. As more and more power and influence on the information superhighway – not to mention money – seemingly tends to coagulate in the hands of the relative few […]

A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S.
A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S.

A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S., if Republican telecommunications regulators follow through on a Christmas promise. Meanwhile, across the northern border in Canada its government formally declared just before Christmas high-speed internet access to be “vital and a basic telecommunication service all Canadians are entitled to receive.” The yin and the […]

Most Americans are hesitant to learn new digital skills
Most Americans are hesitant to learn new digital skills

Most Americans are hesitant to learn new digital skills, according to a survey conducted and published by the Pew Research Center. Specifically, the Pew Study – published in September – found 52 percent of all Americans surveyed are “relatively resistant” to learning new skills needed to advance personal growth or understanding in the digital age. […]

The family that’s plugged in together stays together
The family that’s plugged in together stays together

The family that’s plugged in together stays together. Wait…what? Well, okay, perhaps it’s more accurate to say families which talk openly about internet screen time are most likely “to raise media savvy kids and good digital citizens.” (But that’s too many words for a good headline.) At least that’s the suggestion of a new study […]

Mobile use tops desktop use around the world
Mobile use tops desktop use around the world

Mobile use tops desktop use around the world for the first time, show analytics recorded in October by independent web analytics company, StatCounter. “Its research arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that mobile and tablet devices accounted for 51.3% of internet usage worldwide in October compared to 48.7% by desktop,” explained the company’s Nov. 1 press […]