Day one of 2013 marks a significant milestone for the internet, as it is 30 years ago that Arpanet, precursor of the modern day internet, was switched to running on the TCP/IP protocol stack which paved the way for the global internet as we know it.
Articles by V3
It was 21 years ago today that Sir Tim Berners-Lee, then a humble scientist at CERN, made the first page on the World Wide Web publicly available. It’s hard now to imagine a world without the web - upon which Google's entire business was founded.
Google is undertaking the project in conjunction with the Canal & River Trust, which is responsible for the UK's water systems, and wants to highlight the existence of canal path routes through towns and cities by adding them to Google Map searches.
Google has unveiled plans to further increase the scope and coverage of its mapping tools, including flying planes over cities to create entire 3D maps of buildings below, offline maps, and Trekker – a portable version of its photography equipment
Google has confirmed that Chinese authorities have approved its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola. The deal is expected to be closed by this Wednesday, with the requirement that the Android system remain free and open to use for five years.
Forget 15 minutes of fame. Google, eBay, and Berkeley University researches have concluded today's stars don't dim quite so quickly, thanks to sites like Twitter. They were unable to find any statistically significant decrease in fame duration.
Forget data mining. Google CEO Larry Page and Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt seem to have set their sights on far loftier goals: asteroid mining. Well, that at least, is the assumption, as Planetary Resources has yet to reveal its purpose.
Not content with Google's $25,000 fine for obstructing a Federal Communications Commission Wi-Fi data collection investigation, a U.S. lawmaker and the Electronic Privacy Information Center are calling for further investigations of Google.
In a letter to the FTC, U.S. senator Charles Schumer expressed concerns that privacy rights may be infringed as contact names, telephone numbers and email addresses are acquired from Android smartphone devices without user permission.
Android users have been warned that applications could be sending back photos stored on their phone to remote servers without their permission in yet another major security worry for the popular operating system. Google is considering a fix.
Bing Vision add-on will add the option to scan in QR and bar codes as well as image recognition tools that will allow users to view sites and retail information by scanning images. Bing Imaging for Newspapers will also launch in March.
The mobile version of Chrome runs on smartphones or tablets with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above. Although Chrome for Android was designed from the ground up for mobile devices, it has many of the same features of the desktop version.
Google Docs now enabes users with Android smartphones and tablets to access their files offline. Google is adding the feature to help users access documents in their online Google Docs account at times when they may not have an Internet connection.
In another example of the dangers posed by the online world, the YouTube channel of kids TV show Sesame Street was hacked at the weekend and videos of muppets replaced by hardcore porn. The videos were up for 20 minutes before being suspended.