U.S. telecommunications industry, government and free-speech groups agreed yesterday that the Obama administration and the new strongly-Democratic Congress should work to ensure that Internet access remains unfettered and available in all perts of the U.S. But they disagreed in how to achieve that goal. The occasion was a conference on telecommunications law at the University […]

Internet trends watcher MessageLabs reports that spam traffic on the Web dropped by more than 80 per cent just 12 hours after the closing of a major spam hosting operation. But that trend may not last. McColo, a San José, CA, based Web hosting company known to harbour spammers, closed its doors this past Tuesday, […]

It’s a case that potentially effects everyone who uses any electronic device with an LCD display — and that’s just about all of us. Consumer electronics giants LG and Sharp along with LCD panel maker Chunghwa have agreed to plead guilty to charges of price fixing filed recently by the U.S. Department of Justice. The […]

Since it burst onto the scene a few years ago, Skype has been the ‘Kleenex’ of Internet telephony, also known as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Photo: Google Now, Google has sprung up as a potentially serious competitor, launching a new free plug-in that adds voice and video to its GMail chat service. It works […]

Well, relatively quiet. Only two updates were issued in Microsoft’s (MS’s) regular November Monthly Security Bulletin yesterday. One was labeled ‘critical’, the other merely ‘important’. Both affect all currently supported versions of Windows. Full details are available at the November 2008 Security Updates Web page. Or, if you don’t have Auto Updates enabled, get the […]

From: InfoWorld — Back in the 1960s, the electric companies told us to use lots of power. “The more you use, the cheaper it will become!” Remember the electric furnace? The ‘all-electric’ house? That sounds absurd in this day and age of expensive energy — especially in light of skyrocketing electricity costs. The jury is […]

A coalition of enviro-activist groups and recyclers has launched a new initiative to certify ‘responsible’ recyclers of superannuated electronic equipment across North America. The e-Steward Initiative is the brainchild of the Basel Action Network, the Electronics TakeBack Coalition and a number of recyclers who want to separate serious recycling operations from those which aren’t so […]

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and Armistice Day in much of the rest of the world. This Remembrance Day, specifically, marks the 90th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. Indeed, that event established the precise moment — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month — on […]

From: Yahoo! Tech — U.S. President-elect Barack Obama leveraged the Internet skillfully during his successful campaign against John McCain. Observers are now wondering how he’ll use it as President. According to Yahoo! Tech News, political and Internet sphere observers expect Obama to take maximum advantage of the opportunities the Web has to offer to make […]

From: CNet.com — U.S. consumer electronics retail giant Circuit City has filed for ‘Chapter 11’ bankruptcy protection, to stave off creditors at least through the coming holiday sales season. As CNet’s Margaret Kane  reports, “Circuit City announced earlier this month that it would shutter 155 stores and lay off 17 percent of its workforce. The […]

As leaked last week, Rogers Communications Inc. has relaunched its Fido ‘value’ service with a new logo and new low-price plans. The new Fido also offers something called an ‘owner’s guarantee’, which includes access to new features that will let customers manage their cell phone services, including usage limit alerrts, easy price plan switching and […]

Microsoft (MS) announced recently that it will launch free, Web-based ‘lightweight’ versions of its iconic Office applications sometime in 2010. The MS online productivity suite will include all of the core Office applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. That will, effectively, put MS in the running with Google and start-up Zoho of Pleasanton, CA, […]