The Smart-Tech Future Beckons
Jan10

The Smart-Tech Future Beckons

Las Vegas — Look around. How many computing devices do you see? Your phone, probably; maybe a tablet or a laptop. Your car, the TV set, the microwave, bedside alarm clock, possibly the thermostat, and others you’ve never noticed. Much of that computing isn’t doing much while segregated into individual devices. But many of these gadgets have the potential to get smarter by connecting to their fellows, which in turn could open the door...

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FCC: Internet Is Faster, as Providers Promised

Washington — Internet providers are keeping promises made in advertising about faster download speeds, according to a report from the Federal Communications Commission. Most of the time, consumers are streaming TV shows and surfing the Web at speeds they are paying for. Sometimes it’s even faster depending on the time of day or the geographic location of the home. On the downside, there is an increasing gap between those with access...

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Internet Service Tax Ban About to Be Permanent

Washington — Should state and local governments be able to collect taxes on your Internet service? For years, Congress has repeatedly banned the practice, but only for short spurts at a time. Now, a bill that’s soon set to become law will make that ban permanent — meaning Internet providers, and by extension, consumers, won’t have to fear that their subscription to fixed broadband will be subject to state and local taxes. Buried in a...

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Consumer Confidential: Time Warner Cable Takes Baby Step Toward More Affordable Pay-TV Service

Dana Sutton is typical of many Time Warner Cable customers. It’s not that he dislikes the company’s services. He just doesn’t want so much of them. For instance, the $12.75 a month he has to pay for his cable box. “That seems high,” Sutton, 73, told me. Or the many, many channels he never watches. “I’d jump at the chance for a-la-carte channels,” the Los Angeles-area resident said. Could it be that Time Warner Cable feels his and...

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On Twitter, Black Activism Confronts the Racial Divide

Twenty years ago, the nation was in a fever over the digital divide. The Web was still a privileged space, and there was widespread concern that minorities would be left behind as communities — and opportunities — moved online. A Pew Research Center poll from 1998 showed that white Americans were nearly twice as likely as black Americans to use the Internet. Speaking at MIT in 1998, President Bill Clinton urged students to fight for...

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