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The Future of Wearables Isn't a Connected Watch
Tech that attaches to our bodies doesn’t have to do it all. It just has to do one thing well.
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14 hours ago by joeo10
Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job
As Google abandons its past, Internet archivists step in to save our collective memory.
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14 hours ago by joeo10
BAM! The FCC just defined broadband as 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up — Tech News and Analysis
The Federal Communications Commission just took a bold step and redefined broadband as 25 Mbps for downstream speeds and 3 Mbps for upstream speeds, a move that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had hinted at earlier this month in a speech at International CES. The definition is a huge jump from the previous definition of broadband as 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream, which was the old standard implemented in 2010.

For a measure of how bold this is, consider that the previous standard was only changed in 2008 to define broadband as 786 kbps down up from dial up speeds of 200 kbps down at a time when people were already using services such as Skype. So until this move, the definition of broadband usually lagged the actual broadband speeds that the majority of customers were actually offered in the country. But according to the FCC, about 20 percent of the country can’t access speeds that meet the new definition, which is why this is so notable.

The FCC’s definition is important because it determines what projects qualify for federal subsidy funding, especially in rural areas, which is where you are most likely to find slower broadband.

The rules are mostly likely to cause problems for DSL providers, notably AT&T, Verizon and smaller companies such as Windstream, CenturyLink and Fairpoint, which have many miles of old copper wires that will now need some kind of upgrade to provide 25 Mbps services to the home
fcc  regulation  usa  broadband  internet  technology 
14 hours ago by jtyost2
FCC Votes To Make 25 Mbps The New Minimum Definition Of Broadband
“Chairman Wheeler spoke last, directly calling out the discrepancy between telecom’s lobbying and advertising. ‘Somebody is telling us one thing and telling consumers another,’ Wheeler said of Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable. Speaking of Verizon, for example, Wheeler said that Verizon’s filings with the FCC read, ‘Consumers continue to find that services at the existing 4Mbps/1Mbps threshold meet their needs for broadband services and a higher benchmark would serve no purpose.’ Verizon’s own marketing materials, meanwhile, explain that although FiOS provides great bandwidth, ‘you’d be surprised how fast it goes,’ and specifically says that their 25 Mbps connection ‘is best for one to three devices at the same time,’ but that a family or household with three to five devices in it should go for 50/50 or better.”
technology  business  government 
15 hours ago by syskill
75 million Americans don’t have internet. Here’s what it’s like. - YouTube
"If you're reading this, you probably take the Internet for granted. It's on your phone and in your home. But some 75 million Americans aren't so lucky: They're completely off the digital grid."
economics  trends  inequality  internet  digitaldivide  2014  us  technology  education  schools  libraries 
15 hours ago by robertogreco
100 Years of Computer Science | ThoughtWorks
Some colleagues, responding to my new-found enthusiasm, asked me for recommendations on where to start. Inspired by similar lists by Michaels Feathers and Fogus, I've compiled a timeline of papers that (for me) represent something of the spirit of the development of computer science over the past 100 years. In selecting papers, I used the following criteria:
history  papers  technology  umn  compsci 
15 hours ago by ntschutta
Broadband Internet Definition Changed
The Federal Communications Commission today voted to change the definition of broadband internet in the United States. This change, passed by FCC...
IFTTT  Digg  tech  technology  broadband  internet  online  web 
16 hours ago by joeo10
When makers meet their makers. Who will care for the system that outlives you?
death  information  technology 
16 hours ago by bradbarrish
Emily Bell's 2015 Hugh Cudlipp lecture – full text | Media | The Guardian
"I think for a while journalism thought it couldn’t afford the difficult bits, the investigations, the new technology skills, the legal teams, the time for the more complicated problems. We could only secure our survival with automatically generated dancing hamsters and robot-written press releases.

Now when we look at the mighty new networks of our age, I hope we all realise, Us and Them, that these are the very things we can’t afford not to do."
emilybell  cudlipplecture  journalism  technology  ltc 
17 hours ago by infovore

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