Tegenvallende kwartaalcijfers voor KPN

KPN heeft de kwartaalcijfers over het vierde kwartaal van 2014 bekend gemaakt. Hoewel het nettoverlies minder was dan in Q4 2012 (108 miljoen euro tegenover 263 miljoen euro) blijft het een fors…

via DutchCowboys http://ift.tt/1nMnPat


How we ruin social networks, Facebook specifically

If Facebook is broken, we only have ourselves to blame.
Nathan Mattise

I found out my new college e-mail address in 2005 from a letter in the mail. Right after opening the envelope, I went straight to the computer. I was part of a LiveJournal group made of incoming students, and we had all been eagerly awaiting our college e-mail addresses, which had a use above and beyond corresponding with professors or student housing: back then, they were required tokens for entry to the fabled thefacebook.com.

That was nine years ago, and Facebook has now been in existence for 10. But even in those early days, Facebook’s cultural impact can’t be overstated. A search for “Facebook” on Google Scholar alone now produces 3.7 million results; “Physics” only returns 4.7 million.

But in terms of presence, Facebook is flopping around a bit now. The ever-important “teens” despise it, and it’s not the runaway success, happy addiction, or awe-inspiring source of information it once was. We’ve curated our identities so hard and had enough experiences with unforeseen online conflict that Facebook can now feel more isolating than absorbing. But what we are dissatisfied with is what Facebook has been, not what it is becoming.

Read 49 remaining paragraphs | Comments


via Ars Technica http://ift.tt/1aYl7vr

9x 21:9 monitoren review: de breedte in!

Het jaar 2013 mag de geschiedenisboeken in als het jaar waarin beeldschermen na lange tijd stilstand op Full HD-resolutie, eindelijk weer een nieuwe stap maakten. Halverwege vorig jaar bespraken we al een groot aantal zogenaamde WQHD-monitoren met 2560×1440 pixels, dit keer is het segment van 2560×1080 pixels tellende beeldschermen aan bod. We testten er negen.

Het formaat van de hier besproken 29-inch schermen is tamelijk uitzonderlijk, de verhouding is namelijk 21:9. Dat is aanmerkelijk b…

via Hardware.Info Reviews + PC Advies + Magazines + Video’s http://ift.tt/1k69nK8

Samsung’s probable Galaxy S5 launch event—“Unpacked 5”—is on Feb 24


We’ve just gotten an invitation from Samsung for an event called “Unpacked 5”  at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 24. The event starts at 8pm Central European Time (that’s 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific) and will be livestreamed at http://ift.tt/1bl2YCM. We, of course, will be there to bring you every possible detail about whatever Samsung announces.

The Galaxy S4 is nearing its one year anniversary, and with a name like “Unpacked 5” it’s hard to not think the Galaxy S5 will be the event’s headline device. Samsung has already announced a thousand tablets, and the Note 3 is less than half a year old. Considering Unpacked is Samsung’s event for flagship devices, there really isn’t much left to announce other than the Galaxy S5.

We’ve heard rumors of the S5 having a 1440p display, which would no doubt be trumpeted as a “2K” display. There’s also the eternal question of “will Samsung finally ditch that cheap-feeling plastic?” to answer the superior build quality of HTC and Apple. The only way to find out is to tune in on February 24.

Read on Ars Technica | Comments


via Ars Technica http://ift.tt/1fIsR3i

AT&T blows out Verizon and Sprint in Super Bowl data speeds

“We couldn’t have won the Super Bowl without our fans and great cellular connectivity.”

AT&T defeated rivals Verizon Wireless and Sprint at yesterday’s Super Bowl almost as soundly as the Seattle Seahawks bested the Denver Broncos, according to a test of cellular data performance.

AT&T provided average throughput of 5.3Mbps down and 2.9Mbps up, while Verizon and Sprint couldn’t even manage half that according to tests by Nexgen Wireless. It wasn’t all good news for AT&T, though, as its network completed a lower percentage of voice calls than either Verizon or Sprint.

The tests yesterday were conducted in six sequences before, during, and at the end of the game in various seating areas and levels of the stadium, both indoors and outdoors. Each sequence took about 28 minutes and included 10 calls of about 20 seconds each; three calls of about two minutes each; playback of a two-minute YouTube video; uploads of 20MB and 10MB files; and 100 ping tests. While the networks varied in percentage of calls completed, none of the networks dropped any calls after they were completed.

Read 6 remaining paragraphs | Comments


via Ars Technica http://ift.tt/1fpEVot

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft reveal how many accounts are snooped by gov’t

Tada! Several major tech companies finally pulled some NSA statistics from their collective hats.

After the NSA leaks began last summer, tech companies asked for permission to reveal more information about what kind of user data they provide in response to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders.

Today, several companies including Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Microsoft are revealing the first information about the amount of user data they’re handing over to FISA requests. The disclosures are very broad data that just gives a range of how many users had information requested on them. But it’s a small victory for the group of companies, which pushed to be allowed to publish more about the data collection when they petitioned the intelligence court back in August.

However, the companies didn’t get everything desired. Google, for instance, asked to break out the information in terms of “FISA orders based on probable cause,” “Section 702 of FISA,” “FISA Business Records,” and “FISA Pen Register/Trap and Trace,” but it apparently won’t be allowed to go into such specifics.

Read 8 remaining paragraphs | Comments


via Ars Technica http://ift.tt/LJ2QGT