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

Embracing the internet’s random factor

Posted on January 11, 2017

Google has become so good at working out what we’re looking for, that you could say that an element of unpredictability has been lost from the whole search engine experience.

In the 1990s, I remember being too cheap to buy a TV guide and trying to search for the TV listings for the week ahead, then (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Should the internet be free?

Posted on January 9, 2017

For most of us, life without the internet is almost impossible to imagine. Already today, you might have used it to check your emails, log in to Facebook or Twitter, look up the time for your train or browse possible holiday destinations to beat the January and Monday blues.

If you’re lucky enough to have (more…)

Posted by John Murray

‘Internet of Things’ – the buzzword of 2017?

Posted on January 3, 2017

With 2016 being a bit of a funny old year that saw political upheaval, increased global paranoia and a popular culture Grim Reaper so cruel he couldn’t even let us enjoy December 25th without taking a Christmas icon from us in George Michael, we now look into 2017 with something of a “things can only get better attitude”. Perhaps now (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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