Internet Technology

We look to the Internet for news, socializing, shopping, research and more. From HTML code to instant messaging, we'll break down what's really going on whenever you log on, send an e-mail, visit a popular Web site or post to a blog.


YouTube takedowns have been skyrocketing this year, and uploaders don't know why. What's the line between copyright infringement and content creation?

Because sometimes sad, angry, haha, love and wow just don't properly describe your emotional state.

HowStuffWorks loves podcasts, and our staff of podcast hosts offer up recommendations of their favorite ones to obsess over.

You can do all sorts of things on Facebook, right? Find a high-school buddy. Post pictures of your cat. Buy a gun. Except that last one may have just gotten tougher.

Think you struggle to keep up with your Twitter feed? From live video on Facebook and YouTube shows to snaps and Instagram posts, the White House is all over social.

Peach went from boom to bust in about a week. Why do some apps get hot very fast — and then go the way of Meerkat?

The human senses capture just a sliver of the data bouncing around our environment. What if we could reveal more of that hidden world?

The "Serial" team has just released its second season. Here's the scoop.

"Finstagram" stands for "fake Instagram" but for its users, it's a chance to be authentic.

We always hear about the YouTube clips with millions of views. But what about the ones on the other end of the dial?

Tired of swiping left for Tinder? Fret not. AI could soon streamline your dating life.

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.

Growing your online presence is tough when you don't know your audience — that's where analytics comes in handy. Here are 10 sites that will let you put your web traffic data to good use.

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?

Periscope lets you broadcast what's in front of you in real time, and interact with the people watching. Is this simply a novelty, or is it here to stay? And what are the legal ramifications?

Here's something you've probably never pondered while surfing the Internet: Web addresses are in English. Why is that? And how do non-English speakers navigate the web?

Ugh. Another pleasant ride on the World Wide Web ruined by Shockwave plugin errors. What causes these errors, and how can you stop them?

Our digital world has given us a ton of new words and phrases to learn. Get ready to learn yet another one - deep linking. What does it mean? Let's just say it can help keep things connected.

It always seems like the enjoyment of surfing the Web is intermittently ruined by Flash plugin crashes. Why does this happen, and how can you stop it?

Perhaps your friends have posted that Facebook copyright message. Or you've gotten a forward-or-bad-things-will-happen chain email. Technology hasn't killed folklore – it's just created a space where it's shared more quickly.

Want to know where and when the next big flu outbreak will take place? The answer might be as fast, and as close, as a Google search.

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?

To paraphrase John Oliver, "net" and "neutrality" are two spectacularly boring words. But here's the annoying truth: You should care about net neutrality. Learn why.

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

Internet sensations like LOLcat and the Harlem Shake didn't happen overnight. OK, maybe they did. But what did these phenomena have in common (besides inanity)? Are there any rules for making pictures, videos or blogs go viral?