For the most part the dire warnings about running out of internet addresses have ceased because, slowly but surely, migration from the world of Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) to IPv6 has begun, and software is in place to prevent the address apocalypse that many were predicting. But before we see where are and where we’re going with IPv6, let’s go back to the early days of internet addressing. What is IPv6 and why is it important? IPv6 is the latest version of the Internet Protocol, which identifies devices across the internet so they can be located. Every device that uses the internet is identified through its own IP address in order for internet communication to work. In that respect, it’s just like the street addresses and zip codes you need to know in order to mail a letter. The previous version, IPv4, uses a 32-bit addressing scheme to support 4.3 billion devices, which was thought to be enough. However, the growth of the internet, personal computers, … [Read more...] about What is IPv6, and why aren’t we there yet?
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What will Internet visionary Vint Cerf do for Google? Whether he meant to or not, Cerf hinted at one area he was interested in six weeks before he joined the search giant, and it deals with a wireless device near you. In a broad-ranging interview with CNET News.com on July 28, Cerf--the man who co-developed the basic communications protocol of the Internet--said databases filled with geographically indexed material will soon help people easily retrieve lists of local hospitals, ATMs or cafes on mobile devices. Advertisements could also be part of the mix. Vint Cerf "In the case of Google Earth, for example, if you find yourself at a particular location and you ask where the nearest Chinese restaurant is, they can all be popped up, with little logos with the appropriate symbols on them, and you could mouse over to that and click on it and menus might pop up," Cerf told News.com this summer. In one of the tech industry's most prestigious hires in recent years, Google announced … [Read more...] about Why Google hired Vint Cerf
If I can avoid ever staying at a Hyatt again, I will. Last night, I stayed at the Hyatt in Downtown Rochester and being that this is sort of a hi-tech town, I naturally assumed that this hotel, like the many others I've stayed at, would offer Internet connectivity in its rooms. It does, but there's a hitch. First, there's the obligatory television/wireless keyboard Web thing that I wouldn't use in a million years. After that, if you want access to the Net, at least from room 502, the only choice is WiFi by way of T-Mobile. There is no Ethernet tap in the room and according to my notebook, the only WiFi floating in the air was floating to room 502 by way of several T-Mobile hot spots. Why is this problematic? Forgetting for a minute that I despise hotels that charge for Internet access (Internet access should be provided as a courtesy to guests the way it was for me when I recently stayed at a Holiday Inn), accessing a T-Mobile based WiFi connection means the following: Despite … [Read more...] about Rochester Hyatt’s outsourcing of WiFi to T-Mobile is unforgivable
[This article has been updated several times since its initial publication to incorporate changes in Windows 10. Last updated: December 16, 2016] Over the past year, I've read countless "privacy guides" for Windows 10. Most are well-intentioned, but they invariably take a simplistic approach to privacy: Just turn off every switch in the Privacy section of the Settings app. If you do that, you're not understanding the privacy landscape, which encompasses far more than just those settings. You're also missing some important additional steps. see all of ed bott's Windows 10 Tips Windows 10 is a mix of software and services. With every session, a Windows 10 device exchanges a great deal of information with Microsoft's servers. That's neither unusual nor alarming. Microsoft's chief rivals, Google and Apple, are also blending services into their software, with the goal of making your life easier and making that software more reliable. So are other tech companies that you don't think of … [Read more...] about Take control of your privacy in Windows 10
It wasn’t that long ago that Sprint, the U.S.’s fourth-largest carrier, invested heavily in Tidal, the music service owned by Jay Z. Speculation at the time suggested Sprint would extend exclusive Tidal deals to subscribers, and that’s proven to be spot on: On Thursday, June 8, the carrier announced customers will get complimentary six-month trial of Tidal’s priciest service, Tidal HiFi.“We recognize that music streaming is one of the most important services for consumers,” Marcelo Claure, Sprint president and CEO, said. “More than two thirds of mobile subscribers stream music an average of 45 minutes per day, making our partnership with Tidal a natural fit for Sprint and our commitment to offering innovative, affordable and worry-free service. We’re providing our customers and anyone who signs up for Sprint a complimentary six-month trial of Tidal HiFi so they can experience all the unique and exclusive content Tidal has to … [Read more...] about Sprint teams up with Tidal to offer six months of premium music service
A recent glitch on Microsoft's download servers for brand new Windows Phone 7 applications has sparked widespread Internet chatter among developers and focused new attention on the best ways to protect smartphone apps from being hacked. Microsoft crafts shrewd apps plan for Windows Phone 7 launch Slideshow: Windows Phone 7: Images, Tech Specs on 10 Upcoming WP7SmartphonesThe MobileTechWorld Web site discovered that it was possible for registered developers with "unlocked" phones to download the basic code package, in Microsoft's XAP file format, directly from Microsoft's online servers, bypassing the company’s online Zune marketplace. The XAP "package" could then be subjected to a variety of well-known tools to break down the files into their constituent elements, including any data or intellectual property that the developer might want to keep hidden.The ease of unpacking is due to the underlying foundation for Windows Phone 7 apps -- a version of Microsoft's .Net code … [Read more...] about How Secure is Windows Phone 7 App Code?
More than three-quarters of U.S. small businesses in rural areas don't have access to cable-modem or DSL broadband Internet services, according to a survey released last week by satellite broadband provider Hughes Network Systems.Forty-four percent of suburban small businesses don't have so-called terrestrial broadband services available, according to the survey conducted online by Survey.com. Sixty percent of the U.S. businesses with 10 employees or fewer surveyed said they didn't have access to cable or DSL. The survey covered 250 businesses with 100 employees or fewer.Thirty-five percent of urban small businesses surveyed said they do not have access to terrestrial broadband.The study shows the need for more education about the benefits of broadband and about alternatives to fixed-line broadband services, said speakers at a Washington, D.C., rural broadband forum, sponsored by Hughes.The Hughes survey would seem to contradict statistics from the FCC, which said in July that 95% of … [Read more...] about Small businesses lack broadband options, survey says
By Elinor MillsLittle did the computer graphics expert know that his HousingMaps.com, which combines a Google map with house listings from the popular Craigslist community, would be the start of an Internet phenomenon. Although Rademacher created his site about two months before Google publicly released its application programming interface—the secret sauce that allows developers to create their own recipes with its maps—the company wasn't angry. In fact, Google hired him shortly thereafter. "Now we see that all along there has been a huge amount of interesting information tied around location," Rademacher said. "Before, they had no way of expressing that and doing anything useful with it." With such "mashups"—hybrid software that combines content from more than one source—digital maps are quickly becoming a centralized tool for countless uses ranging from local shopping and traffic reports to online dating and community organizing, all in real time and right … [Read more...] about Mapping a revolution with ‘mashups’
Although consumers are increasingly cutting the cord and opting for streaming services , there are many others who still prefer satellite television service. And in that space, there are two big players: Dish and DirecTV. Of course, both Dish and DirecTV argue they have the best service, the most channels and the best content. And they both stake claim to extras, like high-end DVRs or streaming. But rather than take their word for it, we compared both services head to head to decide once and for all which satellite TV provider is really best. Channels and Packages DirecTV DirecTV, now owned by AT&T , offers a host of packages to consider. And they all offer different options. Here’s a breakdown of DirecTV’s Packaging: 1. Select All: 150+ channels starting at $50 per month. 155+ channels at $55 per month . Choice All: 185+ channels at $60 per month . Xtra All: 230+ channels at $70 per month. Ultimate All: 245+ … [Read more...] about Dish vs. DirectTV: Which Satellite Service Wins?
The Channel Master DVR+ is among the least-sophisticated ways to record broadcast TV from an antenna. The interface is crude, recording options are limited, and playback is tied to a single television.That’s not to say a simplistic approach is without merit, especially in a market full of overly complex products. But Channel Master’s $249 box is a bit too bare-bones for setting up and managing recordings, and its additional streaming features are a waste of time. It’s only worth considering if you’re unwilling to spend a little more.The DVR+ is a slim slab of plastic that connects to your television over HDMI. Plug an antenna into the back, go through the guided setup process, and Channel Master will scan for over-the-air channels, adding guide data based on your zip code. The box also has an ethernet port for internet-based channels (more on that later), an optical audio port, and an IR extender port.Channel Master’s basic $249 DVR+ has just 16GB of … [Read more...] about Channel Master DVR+ review: Over-the-air recording that’s a bit too basic