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Five top-level domains with creative uses

Posted on March 10, 2017

It’s become fairly rare for us to actually type a URL out in full. There are probably sites you use regularly but can’t remember offhand whether they end with .com or .co.uk.

The final segment of a URL indicates the top-level domain, and often shows us what country the site is based in. For example, if we’re visiting a site that ends in (more…)

Posted by John Murray

African fibre optic plans for Facebook

Posted on February 28, 2017

Social media giant Facebook has recently revealed plans that would involve the company laying close to 500 miles of fibre optic cables in Africa to connect more people to the internet.

The Californian company has (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

What’s your earliest internet memory?

Posted on February 24, 2017

Using the internet today is almost a reflex action and something we do without actually thinking about it. Depending on when you were born though, you might remember a time when going onto the internet required a special effort, and was something you only did (or were allowed to do) at certain times of the day, when dial-up connection charges were off-peak.

I first used the internet in (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Arguing on Facebook: is it worth it?

Posted on February 23, 2017

The internet is an odd medium in the sense that it allows anybody to air their opinions, without the fear of face-to-face confrontation or reprisals. Where once you would have risked getting punched or, at the very least, being given a (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

When will everybody be on the internet?

Posted on February 22, 2017

In the developed world, the internet is something the vast majority of us use every day, but how far away are we from a world where everybody at least has access to an internet connection?

A report called ‘The Internet is For Everyone’ gives an interesting insight into how experts saw the future of the internet back in April 1999. Some of it is impressively accurate, like (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Cameroonian whizz kid wins Google contest despite internet shutdown

Posted on February 13, 2017

Internet giant Google has recently crowned a host of champions for its prestigious Google Code-in competition, and one of the winners comes from a town that no longer has internet access.

The annual online competition attracts teenagers between the (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

How long would it take to guess your password?

Posted on January 26, 2017

We’re constantly reminded today of the need to make our passwords as difficult to guess as possible, but why is this so important, and how much difference does it make if you choose a password that’s a little bit more imaginative than, well, ‘password’?

If your password is one of the 50 most popular of 2016, it would probably not take very long at all to (more…)

Posted by John Murray

2016’s most common passwords revealed

Posted on January 18, 2017

Passwords are something that we use every day, whether that is to unlock our mobile phones, log onto our computers at work, take out some cash at the bank or to access our beloved social media accounts. There’s no mistake, we can’t avoid them if we tried, so why do so many of us set such weak and guessable passwords?

Furthermore, we have been given plenty of warning to set strong, unique and private passwords that are difficult for potential hackers to guess yet, despite this, people continue to use passwords that are (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler
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