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Text Talk

Mobile internet and 'bite-sized' messaging are the new normal for 2014. Since smartphones now travel with people more than their computers do, people now prefer to send texts instead of leaving voicemail or conventional email. Love it or hate it, texting is the new cultural norm. And part of this new norm is the new language of thumb-typed abbreviations. About.com explains the most common texting abbreviations of 2014...

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Bizarre Facts About the World Wide Web

Did you know: half of all web traffic is media streaming and file sharing? The total 5 million terabytes of web data weighs less than a grain of sand? Online dating generates over a 1 billion dollars each year?  These are just some of the bizarre facts of the World Wide Web....

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Why You Want to Cloak Yourself Online

In a time when computer hygiene and personal protection is that much more precious, definitely consider getting yourself the services of a Virtual Private Network connection. A VPN will encrypt your email, browser, streaming, and file sharing signals so that your identity and personal habits remain your own private choices...

Introducing: the Internet Memes that Have Captured Our Hearts

Memes are viral culture. These are the bizarre, humorous, quirky and political images that travel like flu bugs across the Web. Some memes are urban legends, others are animal oddities. Some memes are comedic dances, while others are philosophical commentaries on human nature. About.com profiles the most influential memes of the last two decades here...

What Exactly Is a 'Hacker'? What Do Hackers Do?

'Hackers' are not the same stereotype that you know from the 1980's. Today's hackers can be more than just vandals and thieves: there are principled hackers and research hackers, too! Not to mention: amateur hackers are growing by the thousands. About.com explains more about modern hackers and what they do...

What Is a Cyberlocker? Why Are Cyberlockers So Controversial?

Cyberlockers are 3rd party file-sharing services. While they are completely legal and innocent themselves, they are a big threat to movie and music copyright because of their ability to share files invisibly. About.com explains cyberlockers more here...

GroupMe Text Messaging: a Review of a Game-Changing Communications Tool

While it doesn't seem very sophisticated when you first open it, GroupMe text messaging is extremely useful. Like a high-velocity discussion forum, GroupMe connects friends, sports clubs, and small organizations through shared text messaging. About.com reviews GroupMe here...

Why Use a VPN? Here Are 10 Good Reasons...

Encrypting your web connection by using a VPN service is extremely useful. A VPN enables you to break out of restrictive networks, hide your content from

Who Are 'Haters'?

Haters are similar to trolls, but are usually much more extreme in their emotions. You see, haters distinguish themselves online because they purposely

The Thugs Who Torment Us on the World Wide Web

Driven by various dark motivations, unsavory and nasty individuals prowl the Web. These thugs will deceive you with email scams, verbally attack you in public,

Why Is My Highspeed Internet So Slow?

Slow internet happens for various reasons. You might have poor hardware connecting your machine to the wall. Maybe your modem-router is not configured

What Is 'Rule 34'?


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