Archive | December 2009

“Sex” and “Porn” among 2009 Top Search Terms for Kids

What were kids most interested in and curious about in 2009? Their online searches can tell parents a lot and also alert them to possible topics they may need to discuss with their kids. Norton from Symantec has identified the top searches conducted by kids this year through data from OnlineFamily.Norton, the free family safety service that helps protect kids online and fosters dialogue between parents and children about their online activities.

Norton looked at the top 100 searches conducted by kids age 18 and under and also broke down results by age and gender. While terms parents would expect their kids to look up, like the blockbuster hit “New Moon” for teens and tweens, and Sesame Street for kids seven and under, made the list, some of the top terms may surprise parents.
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Mobile web will be much bigger than desktop internet

The mobile arena is entering a bigger space with the explosion of smart phones – phones that are used not only for voice but also for data. And with the continuous popularity of the internet mainly due to richer applications (both for business and personal), a device that is capable of connecting to the web is fast becoming a major attraction to a demanding consumer market.

What does the future holds for the mobile web?
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Twitter to Aid Earthquake Response

Mayon Volcano, once dubbed as world’s most perfect cone volcano is once again spewing ashes and is having minor eruptions recently. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has already declared alert level 3 over Albay province and has ordered the evacuation of residents in the nearby area.

Aside from the usual equipment Phivolcs has in determining and monitoring volcanic activities, social networking sites like Twitter can also be used.
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Average person consumes 34GB of data daily

Data comes in different forms – text, photos, and videos coming from TV, print, radio and online. And with the popularity of the web, people from around the world are hungry for information – be it politics, sports, business, entertainment and health, people need information. So just how much data do we consumed every day?

According to a report entitled “How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers,” released by the University of California, San Diego, U.S. households consumed approximately 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008. One zettabyte is 1,000,000,000 trillion bytes, and total bytes consumed last year were the equivalent of the information in thick paperback novels stacked seven feet high over the entire United States, including Alaska.
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Blogs and Social Networks linked to educational benefits

Everybody is into social networking nowadays, most especially teenagers. Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Friendster, Multiply and more, name it and they have it. Started as a social community, today even the enterprise cannot ignore the benefits social networking brings to their businesses.

But how about personal benefits? Aside from gaining friends, are there any other benefits these social networking sites bring to its users? The answer seems to be Yes.
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Philippines (.ph) is the fourth riskiest web domain to surf and search

Security has been an issue since the Internet became so popular, especially now with the popularity of Web 2.0 – securing your personal computer or a corporate I.T. infrastructure is no joke.

It has been a cat and mouse thing between security providers and cybercriminals. With all due respect, I think the later is winning the game considering that the amount and opportunity losses are increasing every year. Why is this?
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