Did you know: 80% of Americans don't know the advertised speed of their own internet connection and less than 30% know the actual speed? It's okay though, the FCC doesn't either. Because of this, the Federal Communications Commission wants YOU (and 9,999 other volunteers) to help them test true broadband speeds by sending you a free, special and shiny router to hook up in your house.
The feds are teaming up with SamKnows, who has done a lot of similar work in the UK, to put together a realistic broadband map of the United States, in order to roll-out their National Broadband Plan with facts instead of fairy dust and magic beanstalks.
Last week, over 70 Democrats sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, stating that they should not move forward with their plan to reclassify Internet Service Providers as common carriers. This week, over 170 Republicans did the same thing.
The letter, signed by Joe Barton, Republican of Texas and ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Cliff Sterns, Republican of Florida and ranking member of that committee's subcommittee on the Internet, was sent to the Honorable Julius Genachowski on Friday, signed by 169 others in agreeance.
PSP and PSP Go sales have
seen a decline in the past year, so Sony has decided to up the ante to boost hardware sales. The company will now be offering cheap or even free games along with the sale of the device.
Sony Computer Entertainment America is releasing a new line called PSP Favorites, which will contain several popular games for only $9.99. They will include:
Ape Escape: On the Loose Buzz! Master Quiz Hot Shots Golf Open Tee LocoRoco 2 Patapon 2 PixelJunk Monster Deluxe SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow Twisted Metal: Head On Justice League Heroes Manhunt 2 Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play Pinball Hall of Fame: Williams Collection Silent Hill: Origins Sims 2 The Warriors
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With all of the
changes Facebook has been making recently and the Buzz about Google Maps, Internet privacy has been a big topic on everyone's mind. The widely held belief was that young people would be uninterested or unmotivated to change their privacy settings to prevent the world from knowing things about them. Well, those people were all wrong, according to a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
According to Mary Madden, a researcher for Pew,
Search engines and social media sites now play a central role in building one's identity online. Many users are learning and refining their approach as they go, changing privacy settings on profiles, customizing who can see certain updates and deleting unwanted information about them that appears online. Contrary to the popular perception that younger users embrace a laissez-faire attitude about their online reputations, young adults are often more vigilant than older adults when it comes to managing their online identities.
Google has come on hard times recently, at least as far as the world is concerned. Basically the entire globe has banded together to try and take out our future Internet overlords over at Google. Here's the short list:
United States Britain Germany Czech Republic Italy France Hong Kong
Here's what's going on. Everyone knows about Google's Street View cars that drive around the world taking pictures of your house and your work and your gang violence. What you might not have known about was the fact that Google has also been keeping track of your WiFi. That's right, they have been sniffing the air looking for any unsecured WiFi networks and logging their location. They have become the corporate equivalent of a stray dog.
Needless to say most of the world's governments are concerned about Google's air humping and the breach of privacy it entails. Imagine, if you will, being the guy with an unsecured network at home and now Google has told the world that it's there. How easy would it then be for hackers to sit outside your house and steal your data. Or, even worse, commit cyber crime logged to your house. This is just asking for trouble.
There was never much thought about whether there were more
Call of Duty games in Treyarch's future after Black Ops, but we were suprised to learn that that's the only thing Treyarch will be working on in the future. Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia said they've become solely dedicated to Activision's blockbuster FPS franchise.
"Treyarch is a 100 percent
Call of Duty studio -- and it has been for a long time now, long before any of the Infinity Ward events occurred," Lamia said, immediately dispelling speculation this newly revealed exclusive focus may be a result of CoD creator Infinity Ward's gutting that we've mentioned many times on the show. "We focused all of our efforts on creating the best Call of Duty game we possibly can and what that meant is not working on anything else."
"We are a multiple team studio and focusing on
Call of Duty and Call of Duty gameplay meant focusing all of our teams on that," Lamia continued. "Due to all this there has actually been a formation of an entire team dedicated to Multiplayer within Treyarch, which is something the studio didn't have for their past Call of Duty games, Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World at War."