Study: The Internet Makes Us Think Less

Many people will “google” something instead of taking time to think of the answer because it’s easier and faster but it doesn’t do you any good because you rely on the internet to “think” for you.

According to a new study, researchers from the University of Waterloo in  Canada asked about 100 participants a series of general-knowledge questions, such as naming the capital of France. Participants were required to indicate whether or not they knew the answer.

For half of the study, participants had access to the internet. They had to look up the answer when they responded that they did not know it. In the other half of the study, participants did not have internet access.

The team found that the people who had access to the web were about 5% more likely to say that they did not know the answer to the question. Furthermore, in some contexts, the people with access to the internet reported feeling as though they knew less compared to the people without access.

“With the ubiquity of the internet, we are almost constantly connected to large amounts of information. And when that data is within reach, people seem less likely to rely on their own knowledge,” said professor Evan F Risko, from the University of Waterloo, who led the study .

In interpreting the results, the researchers speculated that access to the internet might make it less acceptable to say you know something but are incorrect. It is also possible that participants were more likely to say they did not know an answer when they had access to the web because online searching offers an opportunity to confirm their answer or resolve their curiosity, and the process of finding out is rewarding.

PTI

Are You A Social Media Stalker?

Stalking is defined as the willful and repeated following, watching and/or harassing of another person. Sometimes it’s physical but other times it is virtually via Social Media, Texts, Calls etc.

With that being said do you think or would you call yourself a Social Media stalker? Do you often check on people you know via the internet and get all the information you can about them? No? Ok .

I’m not calling you a stalker but if you  have ever checked on someone after a date, googling  someone and getting every little info about them, then you my friend are a stalker. You still disagree? Check this out then confirm for yourself:

1. Be it for work of personal reasons you make sure that before meeting the you get all your facts about them right, even if that means going through all their pictures thousands of pictures one-by-one.

2. You even help your friends/siblings to help them stalk their potential boyfriends/girlfriends and come up with new stalking techniques.

3. The moment you meet someone new you come back home and quickly start your research on all social media sites.

4. You are always upgrading your phone with latest apps that can connect you to people on all social networking sites.

5. You like all pictures of your crush and try and post comments on the pictures where he is with a common friend thinking that he might end up sending you a friend request.

6. You don’t hold yourself back while creating a fake account with adding hot pictures in it just to test your boyfriend’s real love for you.

7. Blocking makes you feel stronger and unblocking someone on their request just makes you feel like the powerful monarch.

-TNN

Facebook opens Internet.org to developers

Facebook Inc (FB.O) opened up its Internet.org platform to new websites and applications from developers on Monday, a move the social media giant said would boost efforts to get people online in low-income and rural areas in emerging markets.

However, the decision drew criticism from some online activists in India who expressed concern over Facebook’s control over all data accessed on the service and said it violated the principles of an open web.

Internet.org offers free access via mobile phones to pared-down web services, focused on job listings, agricultural information, healthcare and education, as well as Facebook’s own social network and messaging services.

It has been launched in nine countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, including India, bringing over 8 million people online, said Chris Daniels, vice president of product for Internet.org, who was in New Delhi to speak with partners and operators.

The platform will be open to all developers who meet certain guidelines, including that they produce content that can be browsed on both basic mobile phones as well as smartphones and is accessible in limited bandwidth situations, Facebook said.

The U.S. company partnered with Reliance Communications (RLCM.NS) to launch Internet.org in India in February.

But a number of e-commerce firms and content developers pulled out of the service after activists claimed it violated principles of net neutrality – the concept that all websites on the internet are treated equally.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a video post: “Access equals opportunity. Net neutrality should not prevent access. We need both, it’s not an equal Internet if the majority of people can’t participate.”

-Reuters

Microsoft announces the end of Internet Explorer

Microsoft has announced that it will soon do away with the iconic Internet Explorer browser in favour of a newer version, currently codenamed Project Spartan.

Users have previously slammed the browser for being slow and bug-prone, and Microsoft once talked of changing the browser name to address ‘negative perceptions that no longer reflect reality’.

Microsoft’s marketing chief Chris Capossella said that they are researching what the new brand, or the new name, for the browser will be in Windows 10.

Microsoft also revealed that users were more likely to favour services with the company’s name in front of them, meaning that the new browser is likely to adhere to this format.

It is not clear when the browser’s new name will be revealed, but will most likely form part of the much anticipated Windows 10, which will launch later this year.

What makes Nairobi Africa’s ‘most intelligent’ city

For a second year in a row, Kenya’s busy capital city of Nairobi has been named the most intelligent city in Africa — failing, however, to make it to the world’s top seven finalists.

According to the Intelligent Community Forum, “intelligent communities” are those that have taken “conscious steps” to create an economy that can prosper in the “broadband economy.” The group has recently released its latest rankings, recognizing the achievements of communities that have built inclusive, prosperous economies on a basis of information and communication technologies.

Nairobi was the only African city to appear on their shortlist of 21 hubs throughout the world for 2015. Intelligent Community Forum co-founder Robert Bell says: “We see a strong foundation being put into place [in Nairobi]: sensible, pro-growth government policy, a more diversified economy, and an innovation ecosystem of startups, international companies and universities. “Nairobi certainly has the opportunity to build an exciting future for its citizens, businesses and institutions.”

The Kenyan capital, however, didn’t make it to the next round that will see seven communities around the world contesting in June for the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year award. In alphabetical order, the 2015 Top 7 Intelligent Communities were Arlington County (U.S.), Columbus, (U.S.), Ipswich (Australia), Mitchell (U.S.), New Taipei City (Taiwan), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Surrey (Canada).

 

 

Whatsapp simcard allows you to roam without the internet

WhatSim is here! It is the first WhatsApp Sim that lets you chat absolutely free of charge and without any limits using WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging system. Anywhere in the world.

WhatSim connects to more than 400 operators in about 150 countries. Anywhere in the world it connects to the provider with the best coverage and signal right where you are. If you change your position, it automatically searches for a new provider.

If a better one is available, it connects by itself without you even noticing it.

Thanks to WhatSim and its worldwide data connection, you can finally chat with WhatsApp whenever and wherever you want without any limits.

WhatSim connects WhatsApp in about 150 countries with more than 400 operators.

The inventor of the Sim card is Manuel Zanella, who also happens to be the founder of Zeromobile and the first mover of wearable technology with his i’m Watch, the world’s first smartwatch.

 

Microsoft to phase out Internet Explorer

Internet explorer will be phased out to make way for a new browser called Spartan.

Spartan will replace Internet Explorer on Microsoft’s Windows 10.

Experts behind it have promised a range of new features including sync between phones and PCs.

The IE will still be available for customers who need it to run certain programmes, however.

For the many who grew up with IE, the shiny blue ‘e’ has become synonymous with evenings spent on MSN Messenger.

But after 20 years the brand has grown tired and in much need of an overhaul.

Safaricom slashes roaming rates for 21 countries

Safaricom customers will now enjoy lower roaming rates for calls, SMS and Internet in 21 countries, CEO Bob Collymore has said.

Making the announcement on Friday, Collymore said the aim is to provide its subscribers with affordable services wherever they go.

“We always place the needs of our customers at the forefront of our business. We have aggressively lobbied countries and our partners to ensure our subscribers can enjoy the same reliable communication services they have come to know in Kenya when they travel at significantly reduced rates,” he said.

The new tariffs will see Kenyans pay Sh200 for up to 10 minutes of talk-time, Sh10 per SMS, and 10MBs of internet data in the countries whose local telecommunication firms have partnerships with Safaricom.

They include Albania, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mozambique.

To access information on the charges in specific countries, PostPay customers can dial *200# and PrePay *100#, then select ‘Products & Services’ followed by ‘Safaricom Roaming’ and follow the prompts.

 

Furious at leaks, Madonna releases songs early

Madonna on Saturday suddenly released six new songs months ahead of schedule, furious that early versions had leaked online in what she had described as “artistic rape.”

The songs will appear on the pop icon’s first album in three years, “Rebel Heart,” which comes out in March. The six tracks show Madonna going further in a hip-hop direction and include a collaboration with leading female rapper Nicki Minaj.

The Material Girl said she decided to put the songs on sale online after in-studio versions of her tracks dripped onto the Internet.

“I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift,” Madonna said in a statement.

 

Internet.org finally launched in Kenya

Airtel has announced a partnership with Facebook to offer the Internet.org app to its prepaid and post-paid customers in Kenya beginning later this week.

Facebook’s Internet.org app provides a set of locally relevant basic internet services free of charge in order to make it easier for people to access the internet.

At the launch, Airtel Kenya CEO Mr. Adil El Youssefi said, “This partnership responds to the needs of our youthful customers who are in constant need to access the internet and keep in touch with events and activities at all times.” Adil further commented, “With the latest 3G network technology in Kenya, Airtel has been at the forefront of the data revolution in Kenya.

Through Facebook’s Internet.org app, Airtel customers using mobile internet capable devices will now be able to access a set of free services in categories such as health, education, sports, jobs, and local information.

This demonstrates Africa’s increasing relevance and contribution to the global innovation map.” Chris Daniels, Vice President of Product for Internet.org at Facebook said, “Following our our great success with the Internet.org app in Zambia, Facebook is excited to continue its partnership with Airtel to bring the Internet.org app to its customers in Kenya.

We can make a big impact by making the internet accessible through this set of free basic services, which we hope will ultimately lead to more people coming online.”

Source: Biztechafrica.com

Free internet services to be available in Kenya soon

Facebook, Nokia, Samsung, Qualcomm and others created Internet.org  to help in bringing web connectivity to under served areas around the world.

Since the start of the collaboration between these companies, Internet.org has launched in Zambia and Tanzania, the latter being one of Africa’s most populated countries.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that in a month’s time, Internet.org’s app which provides free access to variety of different services will also be available in Kenya.

Techcrunch points out, Airtel customers in that area can start using AccuWeather, BBCNews, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Wikipedia, as well as other sites and communication tools, at no cost to them.

Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia are only the first three countries to benefit from this initiative — ultimately, Internet.org aims to blanket roughly 5 billion people altogether.

Source : engadget.com

Facebook launches Ebola charity donation button

Facebook Inc said users would now have option to donate directly to various Ebola relief charities through a button at the top of their News Feeds.

Facebook users can donate to three charities – International Medical Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Save the Children – starting today, the company said on its website on Thursday.

The social media company is also donating 100 terminals to provide internet and voice-calling access for aid workers to Ebola-hit areas such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Google Glass man had ‘addiction disorder’

A 31-year-old man was treated for addiction after wearing Google Glass for 18 hours a day and even experienced dreams as if looking through the device, doctors said.

It is the first known case of internet addiction involving Google Glass, a fledgling technology which provides online access via a tiny screen attached to a spectacle frame, the doctors said.

His superiors had allowed him to use the device as it sped up his work. The gadget also helped him socially, as a topic of conversation with strangers. He developed a dependence on the device, and without it “he was less confident and exhibited significant craving similar to patients desiring their substance of abuse,” the study said.

Examined on admission, the patient repeatedly tapped his temple with his forefinger – an involuntary motion that he had used to turn on Google Glass and gain access to the internet.

It’s not a medical condition but  a damaging craving to be online, through video games, computers or other mobile gadgets. The problem often has an underlying psychological cause, and can be interwoven with other addictive behaviours, such as alcohol or drug abuse.

Read more: http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/10/16/google-glass-man-had-addiction-disorder

Survey on posting nude photos

This past week, the internet has been ignited by the recent hacking of female celebrities’ cell phones and their personal nude photos that were leaked.

Many opinions have been voiced about the nudes but  one that stands out the most is: if you don’t want your nudes to be leaked then don’t take them.
However, that personal assessment on taking nudes is not in touch with reality.

This week Cosmopolitan.com surveyed 850 readers on who does and does not take nude photos with their personal cell phone.

See more at:  http://madamenoire.com/466011/personal-nude-photos/#sthash.1stWjf0a.dpuf

Top websites crash as web ‘starts to run out of space’

Major technical problems could become a regular occurrence for website users because the internet is running out of space, experts have warned.

An online breakdown caused chaos on Tuesday, costing the economy millions of pounds in lost trade and effectively closing access to a number of huge websites.

Online auctioneer eBay was out of action for most of the day, with buyers and sellers inundating the site with complaints about lost business after being unable to log onto their accounts.

Hundreds of thousands of users were unable to log on and the auction site was flooded with traders demanding compensation.

The problem is understood to have been caused by the crucial ‘nuts and bolts’ of the internet – called the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP).

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2724495/Top-websites-crash-web-starts-run-space-Fears-major-technical-problems-regular-occurrence.html#ixzz3AMbEHCzg