Imagine: A workday without e-mail.
Do you prefer to get a text message or a phone call if someone wants to reach you on your cell phone? According to a new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 31% of American adults prefer text messages to phone calls.
Digital Lifestyle expert Mario Armstrong has tips on how to make your computer password stronger.
FoxNews.com alerted the Secret Service on Monday about the apparent hacking of its Twitter feed for political news, after the feed was used to falsely report that President Obama was killed.
Google is beginning its rollout of Google Talk video chat to Android devices.
Tencent, the world's third largest Internet company by market share, launched its popular instant messenger service in English, Japanese and French.
AOL co-founder Steve Case -- a serial tech entrepreneur who is still actively launching new ventures -- took the stage at Business Insider's Ignition conference Friday to discuss Web upstarts and reflect on his own battered legacy.
Yahoo wants to make its Web e-mail service a place you never want to -- or more importantly -- have to leave to get your social fix.
Ever since the early days of AOL Instant Messenger (and ICQ for all you diehard chatters out there), the internet has provided us with a splendid way to reach out to others, connect with them across the channels of humanity and completely and utterly waste their time.
Google is pulling the plug on Google Wave.
Microsoft is announcing today that it has integrated Facebook and Windows Live Messenger into Outlook, bringing the streams of millions of Facebook users into inboxes across the world.
One year ago on May 28, Google launched its Wave collaboration tool to much fanfare. Initially open to just a handful of developers, Google eventually opened the service to a larger beta pool last fall. At that time, nearly everyone involved in tech was requesting or giving away Wave invites -- everybody wanted to try it. The limited availability of invites fueled a lot of hype, most of which seemed to fizzle after everyone who wanted an invite got one and many users wondered, "What's it for?"
The AP Stylebook has released its new social media guidelines, including the official change from"Web site" to "website" (a move first reported back in April) and 41 other definitions, use cases and rules that journalists should follow.
CNN's Emily Chang reports on the Chinese government's latest crackdown on social media Web sites.
A handful of homegrown micro-blogging sites emerged about the same time Twitter started to gain a small, yet steadily growing, share of Chinese Internet users, beginning about 2007, around a year after Twitter was launched in the U.S. in 2006.
Author Sherman So talks about how the Internet makes popular culture accessible to the least educated in China.
"China is not on the Internet, it's basically an intranet. Everything is banned by the Great Firewall," says Sherman So, co-author of "Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution."
Your therapist's name is ELIZA, and she interacts with you through text on a computer screen. However embarrassing or difficult your problem may be, ELIZA will not hesitate to ask you a question about it, or respond graciously, "That is very interesting. Why do you say that?"
First it was instant messaging during office hours that gave us the thrill of passing notes in class. Then it was ogling ourselves on Web cams, ranting our minds on blogs, uploading our baby photos on Flickr and poking each other on Facebook. These days, as corporate records show, we choose to spend our lunch breaks watching YouTube, if not chatting over Skype.
Facebook fans are getting a new toy this week. With the launch of Facebook Chat, users will be able to communicate in real time with friends on the site.
Ever since Microsoft announced its surprise bid for Yahoo last month, the heat has been on Time Warner to figure out its next move for AOL, the former Web juggernaut that could be left out in the cold if its two main rivals merge.
Nokia isn't foolish enough to think that its line of Internet Tablets is going to attract everyone. The company has readily admitted that it's for a certain audience--gadget lovers and early adopters--and we certainly agree with that statement.
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is Apple's first major operating system upgrade since Tiger more than two years ago. The changes include more than 300 new features, which, while not earth-shattering, further streamline the experience of using a Mac.
The Microsoft LifeCam NX-3000 is an inexpensive, basic Webcam for laptops that delivers acceptable video quality and little else. The bundled LifeCam software is third-rate -- we prefer the apps that Creative and Logitech bundle with their Webcams -- although the design mirrors the Creative Live Cam Notebook Ultra, which we like.
A security hole in widely used versions of AOL's instant-messaging program could let a crook grab control of a victim's computer, according to a security firm that says AOL's steps to repair the problem don't go far enough.
Microsoft Corp. released four software patches Tuesday to fix security flaws, including one flaw that could allow hackers to take over computers running the company's instant-messaging programs.
What phone has starred in rap videos, appeared on the David Letterman Show and been spotted in the hands of hotel heiress Paris Hilton? The T-Mobile Sidekick, of course.
As I was scrambling to get a story out Tuesday evening I received an instant message from a sophomore I had met met earlier in the day about Ross Alameddine who died in the shooting.
For one Virginia Tech sophomore, the terrible news didn't come through a conversation with a friend or from the authorities, or even over the phone.
As police officers and reporters swarmed the Virginia Tech campus, many students turned to the Internet to share information and stories, ask questions, and comfort each other.
An instant message from a friend popped up on Lane McConnell's computer in September, telling him to check out a YouTube video of a cat chasing a remote-controlled toy helicopter.
An internal Justice Department report concluded the FBI should have notified the House of Representatives or other officials after learning last summer of inappropriate e-mails former Rep. Mark Foley sent to a House page.
Chances are, your child will spend most of his Net time instant messaging with the same kids he sees all day in school, doing homework, playing video games or finding other fans of his favorite obscure band.
For years, I had a colleague who adamantly refused to use our corporate e-mail. His coworkers didn't like the nuisance of having to remember to send messages to his personal account.
Sexually charged, yes. Inappropriate, without a doubt. The instant messages reportedly sent to teenage former pages by a Florida congressman were tailor-made for a political scandal.
A former congressional page who was reportedly told in an instant message from former Rep. Mark Foley to "strip down and get relaxed" likely will talk to federal agents investigating the scandal next week, his lawyer said Friday.
The family of a Louisiana teenager who reported "sick" e-mails from former Rep. Mark Foley called their son a hero Thursday and said they want reporters to go away.
Capitol Hill controversies are nothing new, but as details emerge about former Rep. Mark Foley's e-mails and instant messages with underage congressional pages it's clear that the Internet is reinventing the Washington scandal.
Federal investigators have asked the House of Representatives to keep computer records and papers from former Rep. Mark Foley's office, a senior Justice Department official said Wednesday.
Four days after Rep. Mark Foley resigned amid allegations that he had inappropriate correspondences with teenage congressional pages, a conservative newspaper called for the House speaker to follow suit Tuesday.
Former Rep. Mark Foley was molested by a clergyman when he was between the ages of 13 and 15, his attorney said Tuesday amid allegations that the congressman exchanged inappropriate e-mails and instant messages with teen congressional pages.
House Republican leaders struggled Monday to contain the political fallout as more sexually charged electronic banter between Rep. Mark Foley and teenage pages emerged.
Republican Rep. Mark Foley resigned Friday from the House after sexually explicit instant message conversations with teenage congressional pages attributed to him surfaced.
The typical business today is awash in e-mail, from the critical to the mundane to the absolutely worthless.
A tiny software company called meebo Wednesday opened a new channel of communication on the Web. Now, if you have a Web page your visitors can talk to you using instant messaging, even if you're away from your home computer. (That includes all you MySpace users.)
E-mail is so, like, 2005. Just ask the kids: A recent ComScore Media Metrix report shows teen usage of Web-based e-mail dropped 8 percent last year.
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - Doppelganger, a San Francisco-based startup is launching a virtual world today that's part nightclub, part billboard.
AOL is struggling to break out of a prolonged slump. But will rolling out new-and-improved versions of other companies' innovative ideas be enough?
As word leaked out about Google's plans for an online hard drive that can store users' files on Google servers, many observers wondered what would happen to the host of startups that already offer such services. Box.net's Aaron Levie points out that his company already offers the service that Google is only thinking about today, though he concedes that Google's entry into the business could mean a bumpy road ahead. And the competition isn't just small fry: a Google online-drive service would also compete with offerings from Time Warner's AOL, which acquired Xdrive last fall.
Most of us will be lounging about in our PJs this morning on account of the holiday. And that makes it a perfect time to give ourselves a corporate makeover.
America Online is set to roll out major new services in the coming months that include a new video search offering and a "voice platform" for its popular instant-messaging service, AIM, according to a published report Monday.
If you are a consumer shopping for VOIP, welcome to the land of confusion.
EBay hopes the merchants who peddle their wares on its Web site will embrace Skype, the online calling service it bought recently, but some of the auction site's top merchants say they have no plans to use it as a sales tool.
The executive who is credited with leading a turnaround of America Online's Instant Messenger unit is reportedly leaving to join a venture capital firm.
It looks like Google lived up to the lofty expectations that analysts and investors had for the online search leader.
Internet stocks can hardly be called boring and predictable. But when Yahoo! reported better-than-expected third-quarter sales and earnings on Tuesday afternoon, Wall Street just shrugged.
Call it Skype envy or the inevitable search for the next killer app on the Internet.
On a shelf in Bill Gates' austere office at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., sits a crystal ball. It was an apt accouterment for the conversation FORTUNE's David Kirkpatrick had there last month with G...
Among teens and young adults, a whole subculture language has developed around instant messaging, leaving many scratching their heads when they see things like "ttfn," and "ttyl" ("ta ta for now," and "talk to you later").
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - In June 2001, Nintendo launched the Game Boy Advance - and gamers cheered. Twenty-one months later, the company rolled out the Game Boy Advance SP - and that cheering turned into an ovation.
Although charged with making the nation more secure, the Department of Homeland Security has not taken the steps needed to secure its own wireless communications, according to a report from the department's Inspector General.
Technology stocks managed to advance Thursday, buoyed by good news in the semiconductor sector but restrained by very light volume ahead of a three-day weekend.
Wireless TVs that fit into your pocket, sleek entertainment systems beautiful enough to hang on the wall and more dirt-cheap printers are expected to be some of the hot trends in consumer electronics this year.
Computer prices are so low, just about everyone can afford one. The expensive part is stocking the computer with software.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Nintendo's latest handheld system seems to be moving even further away from a pure gaming machine.
Instant messaging has invaded the office, popping up on computer screens in more than 70 percent of U.S. businesses. As with most technologies, its advantages come with a few pitfalls. IM is as qui...
Q My company has put a priority on hiring minority managers. I'm assigned to recruit, but I'm white. (You can see the extent of our problem. We have no minority managers to assign this to.) How do ...
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At a typically busy lunch hour at a Hardee's in Indianapolis, a cashier is ringing up an order. The eagle-eyed customer notices a mistake: He is being overcharged by a dollar for his roast-beef san...
It was the sort of e-mail most people delete with nary a glance. The bland subject heading read: "E-mail content training to begin in October." But the message inside was anything but routine. Merr...
Danger Inc. is introducing a design for a really cool new device called the Hiptop, which seems as though it should succeed because it represents a fundamental contribution to the field of communic...
While the rest of us were furiously scribbling away on our Palm PDAs--or, perhaps, just waking up to the handheld revolution for the first time--Wall Street types and techies were forming a cult ar...
While the rest of us were furiously scribbling away on our Palm PDAs -- or, perhaps, just waking up to the handheld revolution for the first time -- Wall Street types and techies were forming a cult around a product called the BlackBerry.
Andy Rubin's future is riding on a six-ounce piece of plastic. Sitting between us on a table in his Palo Alto office, it, like Rubin, seems too modest to be a "piece of the future," as one of his s...
I've been looking forward to using Windows XP. I know most of the reviews say that it isn't that big a deal, that there's not enough new here to make people want to buy a new PC. But it sounded to ...
Item No. 1: AOL sues Microsoft in January, seeking potentially billions of dollars in damages for harm caused to the Netscape Internet browser by Microsoft's anticompetitive practices. The real goa...
You have to admire the indomitable spirit of the technology industry. Businesses are running IT budgets through a wood chipper, and the industry still won't give up on its "next big things." Silly ...
Microsoft, freshly recertified as a monopolist by the U.S. Court of Appeals, calls its next-generation Windows XP operating system software the company's most important product launch since Windows...
It probably comes as no surprise to FORTUNE readers that I am worried about Microsoft, since I complain endlessly about the company's software. But after the recent court decision rejecting many of...
In July, Tom Glocer will become the first American, first nonjournalist CEO in the history of Reuters, the 150-year-old British news giant. He will also be the first to have written a piece of soft...
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What's the old saying? Be careful what you wish for? If America Online and Time Warner think they've had an agonizing time getting their merger past Washington regulators--and yes, they have--just ...
On a warm day in early October, Stephen Heins of Oshkosh, Wis., traveled to Washington to tell anyone who would listen that Time Warner is trying to run him out of business. A few months ago, no on...
It's 9:30 a.m. on an overcast July day, and the Five Spot Cafe in Seattle's hip Queen Anne neighborhood is buzzing. Using the age-old lure of free food, Microsoft has invited ten of its 500-plus su...
Wired editor-at-large Kevin Kelly still flinches at the memory of a painful "Future of Technology" talk he gave to GM/EDS executives a few years back. Everyone in the nouveau high-tech meeting room...
When Steve Case applied for a job at Time Inc.'s cable TV network, HBO, in 1980, he was fresh out of college and brimming with big ideas about the future. Brashly, he predicted that "innovations in...
So you have an idea for an Internet startup. It's a big idea. Well, not earth-shatteringly big, but of sufficient mass to justify, say, a blowout billion-dollar IPO. You put up a Website to prove y...
At first glance ICQ, a two-year-old Web startup founded by three Israeli twentysomethings, is not much to look at. Located in a drab industrial section of Tel Aviv, its headquarters seem a demoliti...
I remember the first time I saw America Online. I was 9 years old, and my dad (who wrote the cover story) told me that the twins who played Michelle on Full House, one of my favorite TV shows, were...