Kids on Facebook Get Worse Grades
But not only that…
‘Tweet that Facebook is hugely distracting is hardly stop-the-presses kind of news, but parents might be dismayed to learn that the social-media site can hobble learning and make kids less healthy and more depressed.
‘Research has found that students in middle school, high school and college who checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period got lower grades. Other studies have discovered that teens who use Facebook tend to have more narcissistic tendencies, while young adults who are active on the site display other psychological disorders. And daily use of media and technology — what teen doesn’t use tech each day? — makes kids more prone to anxiety and depression…’
Gig.U: Blazing Fast Internet
It’s now in session. But could you afford it?
‘In the not-too-distant future broadband speeds will be measured in gigabits per second rather than megabits per second, the former being 1,000 times faster than the latter. Such blazing fast data transmission will vastly improve the quality of streaming high-definition video, playing online video games, participating in video conferences and using voice over IP, all of which struggle with latency at today’s average data transfer rates, which range from less than one megabit per second (Mbps) to 10 Mbps (pdf). The sticking point over gigabit-per-second broadband: who will pay for it?…’
Comcast Plans $10 Internet for Low-Income Families
‘Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.
‘The program, called Internet Essentials, will “provide low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program,” according to the company’s blog.
‘Internet service provided through Internet Essentials features download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps. The plan costs $9.95 per month (plus tax) and is available for families that:…’
Anonymous Hacks Syrian Defense Website
Is this proof that Anonymous isn’t biased against US?
‘Hacking group Anonymous has taken over the website for the Syrian Ministry of Defense as of midnight Sunday evening. Friday evening the group hacked the websites and emails of over 70 police forces across the U.S. The website shows a mock up Anonymous’ logo of the faceless man in a suit in the middle of the Syrian flag. A message to the Syrian people types itself out across the screen in English and in Arabic:
‘To the Syrian people: The world stands with you against the brutal regime of Bashar Al-Assad. Know that time and history are on your side – tyrants use violence because they have nothing else, and the more violent they are, the more fragile they become. We salute your determination to be non-violent in the face of the regime’s brutality, and admire your willingness to pursue justice, not mere revenge. All tyrants will fall, and thanks to your bravery Bashar Al-Assad is next…’
Solar Storm to Hit Earth This Week
Don’t be surprised if your GPS stops working
‘Three large explosions from the Sun over the past few days have prompted U.S. government scientists to caution users of satellite, telecommunications and electric equipment to prepare for possible disruptions over the next few days…’
Hottest US July on Record
Oklahoma’s average for July was 89.1 degrees. –AP