Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

Surf the net in your hands

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

By the year 2020, cell phones would be amongst the primary net-surfing devices for majority of people across the globe, as per a board of experts. They have also moved a step ahead by predicting that internet technologies would possibly not cause ‘increased social tolerance’.

“The cell phone, now with noteworthy computing power- would be the main internet connection and sole one for around 90% of the individuals all over the world”, as mentioned by Pew Internet and American Life project in the report headed ‘Future of the Internet”. It has been said that telephony would be presented under a group of universal protocols and standards accepted by almost every operator internationally, thereby making up for considerably effortless movement, that too, from one portion of world to the other.

Around 4 out of 5 experts have agreed with the above-mentioned scenario, as per Pew survey conducted online. Pew went on to survey around 578 people in all, related to internet. They included builders, activists, commentators, and builders, identified via numerous technology associations, along with a widespread canvassing of government, business, and scholarly documents between the period 1990 and 1995 for seeing who had proper predictions regarding internet’s future impact. Some of the experts that were polled included Nicholas Carr, i.e. author of ‘The Big Switch’ and Rough Type blog, havi Hoffman from the network of ‘yahoo Developer’, Michael Botein, i.e. New York University Law School’s Media Law Center’s founding director, and various members of ICANN board.

Experts had been asked if broader exposure to diverse groups via web would significantly go on to advance a thing called ‘social tolerance’ by the year 2020, causing declination in terms of violence, overt acts such as bigotry, sectarian strife, and ‘hate crimes’.

Merely 32%, i.e. 1/3rd of experts agreed that web would bring about social tolerance to a greater extent, whereas 56% of them disagreed. The number of survey participants depicted that divide between intolerant and tolerant could probably be deepened owing to information-sharing tactics used by people on internet.

The respondent of survey, i.e. Adam Peake stressed on the fact that social tolerance isn’t in the nature of mankind. Adam Peake is also one of the policy analysts for ‘Center for Global Communications’. The 1st link-up with regards to global satellite was in the year 1967. Apart from 578 experts, the other 618 respondents who are not regarded as opinion leaders or experts aiding in the construction of web were surveyed by Pew. Results of poll were quite similar within the non-expert as well as expert groups. Let some light be thrown on certain other results of pew report.

Around 55% of the experts are of the opinion that people would interact in superficial faces on the daily basis via virtual worlds as well as the other kinds of ‘augmented reality’. Majority of well-equipped users of internet would be spending certain portion of their hours- at play and at work- at least to augmentations of alternate worlds or the real world…as stated by Pew.

How to shop safely online this holiday season

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Holiday season is the time when consumers will be looking for good bargains on the internet. When you are shopping online, be very careful to make safe deals and not end up with any hoax deals. The retailers will be fully prepared with the special deals along with incentives for the online shopping. This is a great opportunity for the consumers to land great deals. One thing to keep in mind is the threat which is involved in online shopping in the form of hackers. You should stay away from the dangers which are involved in while shopping through the internet. Fundamental rules should be followed when you are using the internet for activities like shopping. Computers are basically dynamic devices in which new programs can be installed. When using the computer beware of the virus or other spyware programs. When you connect the modem and start using the internet, then you will become the part of the world wide network which may put you at some risk. Things may not be what it looks like. A lot of threats will exist before and more after the installation. These have been designed with exploitation in mind and you may install them automatically even without your knowledge.

 

After it gets installed, you cannot view them but they will be looming in the background. It will start logging in and take up all your personal information. In order to avoid this always update your computer with proper antivirus. The manufacture website will give you updates on all the latest virus and be sure not to ignore them. You should secure both your computer and the internet connection. People who are using connections with low bandwidth like dial up will be very susceptible to the threats as they will be directly connected. You can use something else from the PC like apple as hackers will not create exploits of the apple computers. It will be very difficult for the hackers to hack an Apple system.

 

Using another browser rather than the Internet Explorer will help you to reduce the risk of hacking. You can use other internet browsers like Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Opera. You should check for the updates of these browsers as it will help in keeping hacking at bay. You should always carefully guard your personal information. Avoid typing financial information, security number etc in places where it is not needed. No bank will ask for the security number through the mail and so be aware of any such threats or phishing scams. Be sure to avoid the pop up ads as they may be potential hackers. Always take action after proper analysis and checking. Always research before you install, download or start running programs to check for its quality and content. You should think before you react to any sort of situation. Pop ups which will be in the form of security alerts should be checked properly and never open them. Hackers are anywhere and everywhere on the internet, make sure that you keep your eyes open.  

Google launches Chrome to Combat Firefox

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Google Chrome is a web browser that has been built with an open source code and it has been developed by techno giants Google. The name of the web browser has been developed from graphical user interface frame of the browser. Chromium is the name given for the source project and it has been released by BSD license. User interface of chrome is not very polished and looks a little distracting. The beta version of Microsoft windows was released in more than 43 languages. It has been released in order to compete with Mozilla firefox. The releasing announcement was made on 3rd September and a comic released by Scott McCloud was sent to the journalists and the bloggers explaining all the features and motivations of the new browser. The main goals behind the design were to improve the security, stability and also speed compared to other existing browsers.

Chrome has a lot of extensive changes in its interface and it was assembled into 26 code libraries of Google even for third parties like Netscape. Chrome will download updates of the blacklists and it will warn the users if they are attempting to browse any harmful sites. The security is good and offers great service to the users. Google offers a service called as safe browsing API that will maintain the blacklists and it will notify the uses to be aware of any harmful softwares. Chrome will have a specific tab that will fit into a process and it will prevent malware of installing itself. The allocation process of the tabs is a little complex. Chrome has a protected mode which is also used by Windows Vista and also Internet explorer 7. Plugins like Adobe flash player is not standardized and it is not sandboxed as a tab. Chrome supports Netscape plug-in application programming interface. Chrome does not have any extension systems like XP install architecture. Incognito is an option where the browser cannot store any history or cookies from the site that has been visited.    

Chrome offers great promise and is considered as the new face of internet browsing. Chrome uses DNS prefetching that will speed up the website lookups. The user interface is very extensive which includes back, forward, bookmark, cancel options, refresh, go and many more. It is a lot similar like Safari and the location settings are like the ones of internet explorer. The design is characterized by minimize, maximize, and also closing window are based on the Windows Vista version. The tab will start appearing in the title bar when the window is not maximized. When it is maximized, the title bar will disappear. The bar will be displayed at the topmost portion of the window. Chrome can be maximized in a standard windows application. Omni box is the URL that will appear at the top of every tab. It will be a combination of all the functionalities of search box and the URL box. The overall rating of Chrome is pretty good and it has succeeded to be a little more innovative and also updated.