The International Association of Virtual Reality Technologies (IAVRT) is planning an alternative Internet, the [URL="http://www.iavrt.org/neuronet.html"]Neuronet[/URL], designed to meet the needs of Virtual Reality applications. Which begs the dual questions of what those needs might be and what does Virtual Reality actually mean these days? Indeed, I spent quite a time poking around the IAVRT website and am not that much the wiser as to how the Neuronet will actually work in reality. Sure there are plenty of pie in the sky claims and hopeful visions of an immersive VR networked future, but IAVRT would appear to be lacking in the …

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Finnish mobile phone giants [URL="http://www.nokia.com"]Nokia [/URL]are claiming to have organized the biggest 2006 New Year’s Eve celebration in the world, with more than 2 million people in 5 locations joined by 150 million television and Internet viewers. Fittingly enough, Nokia was delivering on its promise to connect the world through five spectacular events that combined to make this the most technologically advanced New Year yet. Five capital cities, which could also be said to be party capitals of the world, played their part in the celebrations: Hong Kong, Mumbai, Berlin, Rio and New York in that order. Things kicked off …

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Microsoft's new Internet Explorer 7 has a special bar that turns green when visiting "safe" sites, which it determines if it recieves a special strict security certificate from Microsoft. But, small business owners and corporations are worried that users will leave their sites feeling unsafe, as they are not eligable to smaller businesses. A green bar isn't a seal of approval, it's just certification that the site is a legitimate business, says Microsoft. The bar also displays the name of company to further confirm with the user that they're at the site they intended to be at. As Internet Explorer …

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[URL="http://www.websense.com"]WebSense [/URL] security experts have published their predictions regarding the security threats that we will face in the new year, and perhaps unsurprisingly they revolve around the changing and dynamic nature of the Internet. “Organized criminals are realizing that the Internet has been a largely untapped resource in terms of generating real profit. With financial gain on the table, attack methods are improving, and the number of people involved is escalating,” said Dan Hubbard, vice president of security research, Websense. “Tools and exploits to steal personal, business and financial information are the hottest commodities for cyber-criminals. Next year in particular, …

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Google has now introduced its "[URL="https://www.google.com/a/"]Google Apps for Your Domain[/URL]" service. Google Apps is a free collection of tools targeted at small businesses, including online web applications such as a GMail, Google Page Creator, customized start page, among others. This has already been around for a while, but now Google is offering these services customized to a domain of your choosing ending in .com, .org, .net, and .biz, and .info, for a mere $10 per year. Although domains bought through this service are targeted for use in Google Apps, it's also completely possible to use them to point to your …

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According to an in-depth study by the [URL="http://www.socialfuturesobservatory.co.uk"]Social Futures Observatory[/URL], anti-bank feeling is running so high in the UK that 74% of Brits would consider borrowing or lending money through a social lending community in preference to their high street bank. In the ultimate case of old concept finds new medium, the process of person-to-person money lending is as old as the hills but traditionally has been restricted to very small, localized and close-knit private social groups. The Internet, and particularly the social networking side of Web 2.0 services, is facilitating a sea change in how people form circles of …

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So Intel has announced, at the Web 2.0 Conference, that it is launching into the Web 2.0 space with [URL="http://www.suitetwo.com/"]SuiteTwo[/URL]. This integrated suite, courtesy of a collaboration with numerous partner companies, sees Intel positioning itself in the same way as Google does with its services. That is a collection of interconnected services sharing a common UI. Certainly, when it comes to Web 2.0, Intel appears to have done its homework before jumping into bed with partner companies, choosing some very well respected and high profile names to sleep with: Six Apart, Socialtext and NewsGator for example. Not forgetting SpikeSource which …

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Of course, it all depends who you are listening to when it comes to browser client market share statistics. The Seattle Times was listening to OneStat.com when it reported that Internet Explorer is on the rise for the first time in a couple of years (up 2.8 percent from July to 85.9 percent) and Firefox on the slide (down 1.44 percent to 11.49 percent in the same period.) But even then, look beyond the global figures and you notice that browser client popularity is a very country specific thing: Internet Explorer usage is highest in the Netherlands at 88.47 percent …

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The news that [URL="http://www.boeing.com"]Boeing [/URL]is to scrap its [URL="http://www.connexionbyboeing.com"]Connexion [/URL]in-flight Internet access service will surprise many people. The fact that it had an in-flight Internet access service will surprise many more. Unless you were a business traveler, flying in Asia where the service was most prevalent, and then one who really could not get by without email and the web for a couple of hours, it simply would not have found your radar. Anyway, it was something of a non-starter at anything from $10 for 30 minutes upwards. Actually, that is not quite true: if you flew by German carrier …

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Sometimes, the cleverest of folk say the dumbest things. Case in point, I am sure that Dr. Maressa Hecht Orzack is very clever, as a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts you would have to assume as much. So why has she claimed that as many as 40 percent of World of Warcraft players are addicted to the game, and done so in a way that suggests such an addiction relates to a loss of control? Maybe the fact that Dr. Orzack is both founder and coordinator of the Computer Addiction Service has something to do with it. Please …

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Have you ever wondered if the Internet is having a good day, if it is happy or sad, or maybe feeling a little depressed? Well, probably not, but thanks to a team of information access researchers from Amsterdam University you might be able to find out. [URL="http://ilps.science.uva.nl/MoodViews/"]MoodViews [/URL]work by tapping into the mood level flags set by more than 10 million [URL="http://www.livejournal.com"]LiveJournal [/URL]bloggers. By scanning the 150,000 or so daily postings that include one of the 132 different available mood flags, the MoodViews software collects the information and then looks for trends, Although there is a temptation to write this …

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It’s not exactly a major advance in web browser client technology, but the release of [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx"]Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3 [/URL]today is a move closer to the release version, scheduled for sometime later this year. What’s changed from the Beta 2 release? Er, good question, and one that had me straining my eyes to determine that you can drag the page tabs around and have an e-mail button on the toolbar if you so desire. There are enhancements to the RSS support, enabling the update of all feeds automatically and empowering more control over marking feeds as read. But again, …

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I’ve just returned from the [URL="http://www.symantec.com"]Symantec [/URL]Threat Response Center in Dublin, Ireland where a select handful of European security software reviewers witnessed the first public demonstration of Norton Confidential: the Symantec response to what it refers to as the CrimeWare explosion. Symantec acquired anti-phishing specialist [URL="http://www.wholesecurity.com"]WholeSecurity [/URL]towards the end of last year, and has been working on a transactional security and identity protection product under the codename of ‘Symantec Voyager’ ever since. The release product will be called Norton Confidential and has some interesting and worthwhile features, although nothing that is truly unique. What it does is combine functionality such …

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On May 23rd I predicted that Microsoft would start the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) within a few weeks, and I have been proven right. Microsoft today announced public availability of Vista Beta 2, the same build (5384) as was made available to developers at WinHEC. If you don't mind waiting for the 3.5Gb 32-bit download (4.4Gb for the 64-bit version) you might even be able to have a play yourself. Of course, this depends on a number of factors; not least whether your computer is highly specified enough to run it, and the (non) availability of suitable drivers …

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Inventor of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has been speaking out in favour of Net Neutrality at the [URL="http://www2006.org"]15th World Wide Web conference[/URL] in Edinburgh, Scotland this week. For once, my spin on the issue doesn’t matter. What the man who created the Web thinks does, so I’ll leave the rest of this brief posting up to him via excerpts from his opening speech: "It's better and more efficient for us all if we have a separate market where we get our connectivity, and a separate market where we get our content. Information is what I use to make all …

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted against giving a green light for a proposed Internet red light domain. After a 5 year struggle to segregate online porn, the ICM Registry .xxx domain proposal was finally outvoted 9 to 5. This could be regarded as just another non-event in the dull as dishwater world of ICANN, were it not for the extraordinary comments from the office of the EU Information Society Commissioner. Reuters has reported that a spokesman for Commissioner Viviane Reding claimed the decision was “a clear case of political interference in ICANN

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With the failure of the amendment to the US Telecommunications Reform bill, itself a much diluted version of earlier amendments, it would seem that Net Neutrality is a dead legislative duck as far as Congress is concerned. But what is Net Neutrality, and why should anyone care? The Internet is a network built entirely of ‘ends’ and as such it’s a pretty dumb thing: so dumb its super smart in fact. Anyone can provide anything at the edge of the network, you can put whatever you like at your ‘end’ by way of a website or service. The Internet itself …

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Bram Cohen, the creator of bittorrent.com has signed a deal with the Movie Industry, that is hoped will reduce the number of pirated films, shared on the Internet, via the website. The deal means that BitTorrent must remove any links to pirated films. The deal between the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and BitTorrent is the latest in a line of moves to limit the illegal sharing of films via the Internet. Mr Cohen has raised $8.75m to turn the BitTorrent Inc into a commercial download service, similar to Napster, who made a likewise transition. "We are glad that …

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Once upon a time, Symantec was a known leader in the computer software industry. They had compilers (Think C/C++), purchased and maintained Peter Norton's DOS / Windows Tools, and developed some products for the Mac. Today, they are well known for their Corporate Antivirus tools, although their reporting and functionality leaves room for improvement. More recently, they have expanded into fighting spyware, and as discovered by Network Computing, the spyware component fails to measure up. Feel free to go over to Network Computing's site, and read the article for yourself. To the general public, anything that causes the computer to …

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Symantec released a report comparing Mozilla Firefox vs. Windows Explorer, and found that Firefox had more security flaws, but Explorer's were more severe. The report also disclosed statistics on a number of other concerns involving Internet Security. Using data collected between January and June 2005, Mozilla's browsers suffered 25 vendor-confirmed bugs, and Internet Explorer had 13. 72 percent of Mozilla's bugs (18) were tagged as "high severity", and 8 of IE's bugs were tagged as high. Symantec's report also mentions: * Bot activity continues to rise, to an average level of 10,352 bots per day * Malicious code for mobile …

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What is a Wiki? I have seen the word before when installing eGroupware, a web-based emailing and calendar program that could give Microsoft Exchange a real run for the money. But I haven't had the chance to really think about what a Wiki was until I used Wikipedia, and looked at the technology. Wiki's are cool! According to Wikipedia, a Wiki "... enables documents to be written collectively (co-authoring) in a simple markup using a web browser. A single page in a wiki is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire body of pages, which are usually highly …

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We’ve been doing blog entries lately regarding the addition of VoIP services to instant messenger clients –- a market that has been reaching unprecedented growth as telephone customers switch from traditional landlines to new internet powered phones. [url=http://www.skype.com]Skype[/url], AOL, and Yahoo are among the leading competitors in the market. Google recently released Google Talk, with an included VoIP feature that is expected to thrust them to the top of the charts as well. But Washington based Microsoft is sticking its finger into the Voice over Internet Protocol pie as well, as expected. They’ve nabbed a California company -- [url=http://teleo.msn.com]Teleo Inc[/url] …

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The BBC’s Director General Mark Thompson has announced plans to introduce a BBCPlayer service, which will enable viewers to download and play seven days of programs, and also to simulcast one of the BBC channels. The simulcast will only be made available to UK viewers. It is quite likely that archived content will be sold online also. Unless broadcasters adapt, Mr. Thompson suggests, they will be unable and unworthy to retain their licenses in years to come. Britain is expected to switch to ‘digital-only’ broadcasting quite soon. The digital revolution is definitely upon us.

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What, exactly, is free speech? What is allowed by the US 1st Amendment? Where are the lines drawn concerning what people can say, and how they can be liable for their statements? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." I caught an article the other day that talked about some employees BLOGGING after hours discussing how bad their business was, and how …

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The internet corporation for assigned names and numbers, a non profit group that oversees the assignment of domain names, top level domains, and other addresses, has caved into pressure from “ignoramuses

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As I write this article, there’s no way to know the fate of the seven crew members aboard NASA’s STS-114 space ship, commonly known as Discovery. Will they return alive? Or will their heat-shield clad capsule disintegrate in the atmosphere like their predecessor did, Columbia. The crew is currently planned to return in one piece at 4:46am eastern time Monday morning at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Their mission, which NASA says was a success, was to restock the space station and test out heat-tile repair techniques while in space. When and if Discovery returns in-tact and safely, the mood …

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It looks like internet access prices will remain steady, and could even rise, in the near future. The [url=http://www.fcc.gov]Federal Communications Commission[/url] ruled in favor of corporate America today, saying that phone companies no longer need to share high speed data lines with independent internet service providers at discounted rates. The decision was immediately hailed by lobbyists and corporate telecommunications companies, such as Verizon, and SBC Communications. It’s not surprising they’re ecstatic – the decision was a huge score for them and their team of lobbyists. In a nutshell, phone companies who own the large telecommunication networks in the United States …

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The [url=http://www.mozilla.org]Mozilla foundation[/url], the makers of the [url=http://www.getfirefox.com]Firefox software[/url] that has been downloaded on over 77 million computers, announced that they’re launching a corporate subsidiary of the foundation. Mozilla’s new revenue-generating taxable subsidiary, which the organization will call the Mozilla Corporation, will be responsible for development and distribution of Firefox, Thunderbird, and other products. It will also serve as a commercial entity which will fuel the mission of Mozilla by raising funds. Two years ago, before the Mozilla browser gained a market share of nearly 10 percent for Internet users, nobody dreamed an open source product could be this successful. …

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In a recent survey conducted by ACNielsen International Research, record numbers of entrepreneurs are using eBay ([url]http://www.ebay.com[/url]) to supplement or earn their living entirely on the site. According to the survey, over 724,000 Americans use the site to earn their primary or secondary source of income, and another 1.5 million supplement their income by selling goods and services on the site. Since 2003, the number of US entrepreneurs making money on eBay has increased by 68 percent. Over 10.6 billion dollars with of merchandise was sold in the first six months of 2005 on eBay. "In just 10 years, eBay …

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My school uses very old pentium 4 based pc's that run as slow as a turtle, and i am tired of it. i want to know how to over clock it without messing up the hardware, or getting caught. the specs i know of are: 256 or 512mb ram 40 or 80 gig hard drive 3Ghz p4 cpu (probably w/ stock cooling) win. xp pro novell client software dvd rom drive Is there a way to overclock without using the internet, because my teacher can see what website i am on w/ special software.:@ Thanks for those who can help!!

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The End.