Next-generation search engine tech aims to understand natural written language
By Gregory MonePosted 02.22.2008 at 12:04 pm 4 Comments
A handful of start-ups are getting ready to challenge Googles predominance in the Web sleuthing world by offering whats known as semantic search.
The companies—Powerset, Hakia, Cognition Search, Lexxe—are trying to develop a search technology that would allow you to look for material on the Web while writing like a normal, educated human, instead of just entering keywords, and dropping all the in-between stuff that gives us those wonderful things called sentences.
The Internet depends on three-inch-thick cables that stretch from continent to continent
By Lauren AaronsonPosted 02.08.2008 at 1:31 pm 5 Comments
Undersea cables have made big news in the last few days, ever since several cables were cut last week near Dubai and Alexandria, disrupting Internet service all over the Middle East. (The latest news: It looks like a ships anchor sliced one of the cables. Oops!) The accident draws attention to how much our modern lives depend on unseen cables—just three inches thick and buried under sand—that most of us have never even thought about. There are hundreds of thousands of miles of these things snaking under our seas, with even more on the way.
Make the open-source Nokia 770 Internet tablet do anything
By Joe Brown and John MahoneyPosted 11.13.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Imagine a gadget that fits in your back pocket and lets you surf the Web anywhere, write documents, make VoIP calls, watch movies, and listen to your entire music library. That´s not exactly what Nokia had in mind when it released the 770 ($360; nokia.com), a PDA-size Internet tablet with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. But because the device has an open-source operating system, anyone can build new programs for it, endowing it with nearly endless functions (we´ve nicknamed it the HackBerry).
How ideas from biology-evolution, immune systems and forensics-will keep your PC safe from hackers
By Dan TynanPosted 10.01.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
What do you think happens when you connect your computer to the Internet? In less than an hour, it may not be yours anymore. While you're Googling your name and checking e-mail, a hacker, perhaps in Eastern Europe-let's call him Ivan-quietly takes over your machine. There are a dozen ways Ivan could do it, but he probably found you with a program he didn't get at Best Buy called a port scanner, which roams the Internet like a clumsy cat burglar, trying every doorknob until it locates one left unlocked.
Surf the Web from the hammock out back (or the park down the block) with this solar-powered Wi-Fi extender
By Mike OutmesguinePosted 06.01.2006 at 2:00 am 2 Comments
The promise of Wi-Fi is freedom-the ability to bring your laptop or PDA away from the anchor that is your desk and into your life. With most wireless routers, however, your life had better stop at around 300 feet, and forget about heading outside. Between the noise generated by other local wireless devices and physical obstacles like furniture and walls, chances are your Wi-Fi signal is little more than a whisper by the time it hits your backyard. So I built a box that can pick up that signal and boost it another 200 to 300 feet.
By Michael MyserPosted 06.01.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
Forget AT&T and the like. The only phone company you need is Skype, which routes your calls over the Internet and, as of May 15, 2006, costs nothing for outgoing calls made by users in the U.S. and Canada. And now you can almost forget your cellphone provider too-with this new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) gear, you can make calls using Skype (or Vonage, another VoIP provider) from just about anywhere.
By Annalee NewitzPosted 03.23.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
You don´t have to be a conspiracy theorist or a criminal to be uncomfortable with the fact that your online movements are frequently tracked and recorded. Maybe you don´t want commercial Web sites using your browsing habits to inform their marketing, or perhaps you want to post an opinion to an online forum without worrying that it could be traced back to you.
The city hopes to jump-start recovery with the nation's first municipally-owned free Wi-Fi network
By Jen TrolioPosted 02.06.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Doing business in the Big Easy just got easier. In an effort to make living and working in post-Katrina New Orleans as appealing as possible, the city is experimenting with an Internet network that is free for all users. The system-which uses wireless Internet routers mounted on streetlights to beam signals throughout the city-marks the first time that municipally-owned and -operated Wi-Fi has been offered to the public without restriction or cost.