The Internet at 25

Forty-five years ago this July, man first stepped on the Moon.  Just 25 years ago, what we know as the Internet was born.   In some ways, landing on the Moon led to development of the Internet.  But, that’s the story of the technology.  What’s really interesting is how the Internet has affected our society, both in US and around the world, how we conduct business, and most of all, how we all communicate.

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The Internet of Everything -- Coming Soon

Will touch, smell and taste be part of the Internet of Everything experience? The ‘pervasive computing' department of a UK university recently launched a mobile app capable of transmitting aromas remotely, paving the way for a new era of multi-sensory digital communications.

Experts have plenty of ideas about what will constitute the next wave of the Internet and mobile communications. But in the ‘Pervasive Computing' department of City University London  in the UK, Professor Adrian Cheok and his team are certain this will involve a fuller sensory experience – involving smell, taste and touch.

It is a future that is already starting to take shape. In late January, Professor Cheok took his department's technology to the world-renowned Madrid Fusion culinary festival in Spain, where he unveiled a mobile device and app combination – Scentee – which is capable of emitting food flavors. The technology, developed with a partner in Japan, is believed to be a world first.

Because of the context of the launch, the emphasis at the Madrid festival was the potential for chefs to showcase more of what they do to potential customers - above and beyond photos of their dishes which rarely do their creations justice. But Cheok notes that this is just a glimpse of what's possible.

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Security Habits of Effective PC Users.

 

 
7 security habits of highly effective PC users

You might not think about it when you’re browsing the web, shopping online and interacting on social media, but you are the first line of defense against cyber security risks. The power to be safe is in your hands and at your fingertips. Developing and maintaining good habits can make online activity much safer and more enjoyable for you and your colleagues.
 
Here are a number of good habits take only minutes to learn and are easy enough to incorporate into your daily work life.
 
Create strong passwords
Passwords are usually the first, and sometimes only, protection against unauthorized access. They are the keys to your online kingdom, so keep these guidelines in mind.

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New Domain Names: A Good Choice?

We've been starting to get questions about the new Top Level Domain Names (TLDs) on the Internet.  We're all used to .com .org .net domains.  But how about .plane, .home or .organic?  The wacky world of "www", the worldwide web is changing again.  Here's a primer on what the changes are and whether they make sense for your business or organization.

If your city suddenly decided to double the amount of waterfront property available for development, would you buy or would you be skeptical? That’s what’s happening on the Internet. More top-level domain names are being created so businesses can finally get those prize web addresses they’ve always wanted.  For small businesses there are 2 things to consider before rushing to preregister your new domain name: credibility and whether or not it will actually help your business. 

Our domain name universe is relatively small. We have top level domains (TLDs) such as .gov for government agencies and .org for non-profit organizations, but when it comes to online commerce, .com is king. With nearly 53 percent of market share worldwide, .com has a significant margin over the second place .net, used by 5.6 percent of website addresses globally. There is a change underway, however, to break up the .com homogeneity and create a more dot-specific Internet for businesses.

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