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Connectivity

Before you can get to 'computing' you've got to get connected. Learn about things like modem speed, broadband connections, T1 lines and satellite internet.

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How High-speed Dial-up Works

Under the impression that dial-up modems are out of style? Actually, tons of folks still use dial-up Internet access. Find out how high-speed dial-up makes the most of the original connection method.


The Internet of Things Leaves Finland Cold

A recent cyberattack targeted the heating systems of two apartment buildings in Finland and left residents temporarily without heat. Thanks, internet of things. See more »

Is Anyone Safe From Another Massive Internet Outage?

Friday's widespread Internet outages hit companies such as Twitter and Spotify hard. Are any systems safe from distributed denial-of-service attacks like these? See more »

Tomorrow Is Google-free Thursday. Could You Do It?

Could you go a full day without doing a single Google search? Or not using Google at all? The Canadian not-for-profit magazine Adbusters thinks you should give it a try. See more »

How Google Loon Works

Imagine a world where everyone — really, everyone — has access to the Internet. Google's Project Loon is trying to make that concept a reality ... using balloons. See more »

How the Internet of Things Works

Your phone, your thermostat, even your doorbell can communicate with the Internet, relaying information about the devices — and you. How is all this connectivity affecting our world? See more »

How Google Fiber Works

Google's broadband Internet and TV service is often spoken of with near-reverence for its ultra-fast speeds. Why is it so much faster than other options? See more »

10 Nightmare Scenarios From the Internet of Things

A connected world stretching from your blender to your thermostat to the satellites overhead? It seemed like a good idea at the time. See more »

You want to set up Wi-Fi on your laptop, but you're not sure how to do it. Learn about how to set up Wi-Fi on your laptop in this article. See more »

How WiGig Works

Wireless networking sure is convenient, but it can be slow. An emerging standard known as WiGig may make a difference -- you can transfer 25 GB of data in less than a minute! Will WiGig outlast its competitors? See more »

Fiber Optics

Fiber Optics, the technique of transmitting light through transparent, flexible fibers of glass or plastic. See more »