Category Sharon Campbell

Verizon Combines AOL and Yahoo into Oath

AOL and Yahoo may remind you of the 90s internet rather than 2017, but they still have more than a billion users. This month, Verizon announced it would be combining the two legacy brands, along with several other owned properties, into a new umbrella brand named Oath. The original brand names will stay in place, but […]

A Quick Way to Get to Router Configuration

Do you need to update something on your router? Maybe change the WiFi password, or open a port? Check with your IT provider to make sure you’re making correct and secure changes first. Here’s an easy way to access your router’s admin page so you can make changes. (These instructions are for Windows 10.) Find […]

Oracle Emphasizes Internet Hosting Service

Oracle is best known for its database software. In a recent call with investors, however, the CTO Larry Ellison emphasized Oracle’s fast-growing internet hosting service. Amazon Web Services (AWS) currently leads the pack for cloud hosting, but the potential market is huge. Oracle claims its databases run up to 10 times faster on Oracle hosting than […]

New Invisible Captcha Doesn’t Require a Click

If you use a Captcha to protect your website forms from bots, you’ll be happy to hear that now you won’t have to burden most of your real users with the sometimes clunky “prove you’re human” interaction. Google recently released the Invisible reCAPTCHA. This invisible version of the Captcha form tracks a visitor’s interaction with […]

LPWAN: Efficient Internet

LPWAN, or low-power wide area network, is a wireless network technology that uses very little bandwidth. It’s optimized for low power use, longer distance, and the ability to keep transferring data over long periods of time. In other words, it’s optimized for the Internet of Things. The use case is the exact opposite of someone watching […]

Google’s “Internet by Balloon” Project Overcomes a Mathematical and Meteorological Obstacle

Project Loon, Alphabet’s project to bring balloon-based internet service to the parts of the world without cables, has just overcome a mathematical and meteorological snag. (Alphabet is Google’s parent company.) They’ve figured out how to keep the balloons flying in loops around a desired service point, rather than the original idea that balloons would have to circle the […]

Samsung Diagnosed the Cause of the Note 7 Battery Fires

Using engineering resources – and with the findings verified by an independent firm – Samsung diagnosed the two issues that caused the Note 7 smartphone battery to catch on fire. The first issue, from one of the original manufacturers, was that a corner of the battery casing crushed a corner of the battery, bending some electrode […]