Sunday’s major internet outage in Germany was probably a botched hack attack

Nearly a million internet users in Germany were knocked offline for much of Sunday and Monday following what's believed to have been a failed effort to hijack customer routers for the Mirai botnet.
Social Media

Unicode Consortium approves 56 New emojis for 2017

Unicode Consortium approved 56 emojis for release in 2017. The emojis include a woman breastfeeding a baby, a woman wearing a hijab, and a “gender-inclusive” child, adult, and older adult.

WikiLeaks’ Assange is still holed up in an embassy and now he’s had his internet access cut

WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange is still holed up inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. But just as the whistleblowing site is in the middle of posting a bundle of new highly sensitive material, officials have suddenly blocked his access…

Comcast begins planned expansion of 1TB data cap for internet customers

Comcast has detailed plans to expand its 1-terabyte internet usage cap to 18 more markets, prompting questions about whether the limit will become unduly restrictive in the near future.

Why doesn’t Korean Air offer in-flight Wi-Fi? Because it sucks, a top executive says

In Korea, the wireless infrastructure is so advanced that in-flight Internet services based on existing commercial satellite technology would be disappointing. That is a primary reason why Korean Air has not implemented in-flight Wi-Fi

Public internet removed from New York kiosks after wide-spread porn usage

Eight months after the appearance of the first LinkNYC hubs, which were internet kiosks meant to help bring the Big Apple into the 21st century, the city has taken a step back. Because these kiosks were used for porn.

Iran rolls out first stage of internal, national internet

Although once a country with very open internet standards, Iran has continued to restrict access and content and has now launched the first stage of its new national internet scheme, which will eliminate most international internet sources.

Wi-Fi troubles? Here’s the most common problems, and simple solutions

Don't panic when your Wi-Fi goes down. Instead, fix it. These simple solutions should help you get back to work, or whatever distraction is at hand, in a matter of minutes.
Cool Tech

Study suggests the internet is impacting our ability to solve problems and learn

A new study into "cognitive offloading" suggests that our ever-increasing reliance on the internet could be having a serious impact on our ability to solve problems, recall information, and learn.

Think a neighbor is stealing your Wi-Fi? Find out for sure

Is your internet connection running slower than usual? Do Netflix movies show up in a lower resolution than expected? One of your neighbors might be stealing your Wi-fi. If so, here's how to find out and how to prevent them from doing so.

Global internet speeds are on the rise, according to Akamai

According to the latest report from content delivery network (CDN) Akamai, global average connection speeds are up 12 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015, and are up 23 percent year-over-year.

‘One Internet’ report outlines the web’s biggest issues – backdoors, cyberwar and more

A report by the Global Commission on Internet Governance offers advice to policymakers and industry members about how best to combat the challenges raised by the modern internet.