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The National Broadband Map Reveals How Slow Your Internet Is

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration just unveiled the National Broadband Map, a $200 million tool under development for the past five years that lets you explore, compare and analyze broadband availability and connection speeds across the country. The minimalist homepage offers a Google-esque search for targeting a state, ZIP code and street, as well as a map tool for...

Vodaphone's Webbox Is a Mediocre Web TV Device for the Third World

Internet TV means plenty of things in the U.S., and usually bears a strange sounding name, like Boxee, Roku or FyreTV. But in developing countries, where the Web hasn't made much headway but households are equipped with televisions, Web-enabled television could be an entirely new browser experience. Vodaphone in South Africa has just announced its Webbox (a name which reminds us of "flummox" or...

Egypt Restores Internet Access, Calls for Return to Normalcy

The Egyptian government restored the country's Internet services today, as the army urged protesters to end demonstrations and "bring stability back to the country." Hassan Kabbani, chief executive of mobile service provider MobiNil, confirmed that sites previously blocked were rendered accessible around noon, including the Central Bank of Egypt's website and social networks like Facebook. The...

The Internet 'Kill Switch' Bill: What It Is, and Why It Won't Die

On the very day that the Egyptian government shut down an overwhelming majority of the country's Internet servers, Republican Senator Susan Collins began floating a piece of legislation which, if passed, would grant the President the power to do essentially the same thing in the U.S. The so-called 'kill switch' bill was approved by the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

4G Decoded: WiMAX, LTE and the Next Generation Cell Phone Networks

Part of being a smart consumer is understanding how technology works, why we use it the way we do, and what that barrage of acronyms and PR jargon means. We're here to help you make sense of it all, and to give you a better appreciation of how those transistors, pixels, and antennae come together to deliver the conveniences of the modern world to you. If you thought our guide to 3G tech was...

Juror May Face Criminal Charge for Doing Online Research During Murder Trial

A Pennsylvania woman could soon face criminal charges for conducting online research while serving as a juror in a murder trial. The woman, Gretchen Black, reportedly consulted the Web to find out more about the injuries the victim had suffered, and offered to share her findings with the rest of the jury. At the time, the jury had already determined that the defendant was not guilty of...

Pew: Internet Users Are More Likely to Volunteer, Participate in Groups

Surfing the Web may be a relatively solitary activity, but, according to a new study, Internet users are a lot more active than they appear. In a national survey, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 75-percent of all Americans are currently involved in some sort of volunteer group, but Internet users are noticeably more likely to participate in them;...

Study: TV Remains Primary News Source for Most Americans, But Internet Gains Ground

The majority of Americans still rely on television as their primary news source, but, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the Internet is gaining ground. In a Pew national survey, 66-percent of all Americans cited TV as their main source for national and international news, down from 74-percent three years ago, and 82-percent in 2002. The Internet,...

Verizon's High-Speed 4G LTE Network Goes Live on December 5th

At a press conference today, Verizon officially unveiled plans for its new 4G LTE (long term evolution) network. On December 5th, the new, speedier network will go live in 38 metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago, Seattle and, perhaps in time for CES, Las Vegas. The first two devices to take advantage of the new data network will be a pair of 4G USB modems: the LG VL600 and the Pantech...

Pope Benedict XVI Says the Internet Is Turning Us Into Disoriented Trolls

Make up your mind, Pope Benedict XVI. First, you roll out your own YouTube channel and Pope2you online initiative, and call upon your priestly underlings to colonize the blogosphere. Then, you turn around and declare that the Internet's poisoning our feeble, sin-prone minds. And now, you've taken the wind out of our Web-surfing sails, once again. On Saturday, during a Vatican conference on...

Climbers Stoked to Play 'Everquest' on Everest With Nepal's First 3G Network

There may not be a whole lot of people willing to climb Mount Everest, but the brave few who do will now be able to surf the Web from their phones, thanks to a brand new 3G network at Everest base camp. Installed by the Nepali telecom company Ncell (which we wrote about back in 2009), Nepal's first 3G network will allow intrepid mountain climbers to use their own cell phones to stay in touch...

Roku XDS Review: The Streaming TV Device that Could

Roku made a name for itself back in 2008, when it launched the world's first standalone box designed to stream movies from the then-new Netflix Instant Play library. At the time, the Roku was a compelling device, but was regarded by many as a novelty. It was, in fact, a one-trick pony. It couldn't pump out high definition images, and many Americans didn't have access to the speedy connections...

200,000 Text Messages Are Sent Every Second, U.N. Agency Says

Today, as you're well aware, is World Statistics Day, and to commemorate the occasion, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has released a statistical report (PDF) that shows just how hyper-connected the world is today. Perhaps the most intriguing statistics, however, are those pertaining to global mobile subscriptions and text-messaging trends. According to ITU, the...

North Korea Celebrates 65th Anniversary by Opening up the Internet

In the U.S., most Americans celebrate national anniversaries with fireworks and barbecues. North Koreans, on the other hand, are celebrating their ruling party's 65th birthday with something way more exciting: the Internet. According to IDG News, the hermetic communist country has reportedly made its first online connection with the outside world in celebration of the ruling Workers' Party of...

Logitech Unveils Revue Google TV Device for $299

Today in New York, we got our first view of the Logitech Revue, the first device built using Google TV in action. The set top box will bring the new Android-based Web-meets-TV experience to users who have a fairly current TV and don't want to shell out for one of the Google-enabled models coming from companies like Sony. As we've already seen, Google TV brings Chrome, with full Flash support (so...