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.

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Typos and misspelled words run rampant on Twitter. But that could all soon change because, finally — FINALLY — Twitter is testing an edit button.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

There's a lot of bad news on the internet and social media. And maybe you can't stop looking at it. Why is that and what can you do about it?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey

Will Elon Musk's plans for Twitter make its misinformation problems worse, or will he implement real changes on the platform that will be for the better?

By Anjana Susarla

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While creating online accounts, you're often given the option to sign up via your preexisting social media. But should you be worried about doing this?

By Talon Homer

It's part of an ominous trend of governments taking control of internet access and content to assert authoritarian control over what citizens see and hear, as well as their ability to organize through social media.

By Margaret Hu

It's time to get out your art supplies and your creative juices flowing, kids. Google wants to turn your original artwork into a Google Doodle!

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Want to change your name on Facebook? It's easy to do in just a few simple steps.

By Jeremy Glass

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A dropped or stalled WiFi connection that occurs repeatedly can really mess up your day. If this keeps happening to you, read on for some explanations and solutions.

By Alia Hoyt

"Metaverse" may be a term you're unfamiliar with, but the blend of real and virtual worlds is something we may all have to get used to.

By Nick Kelly

Section 230 is part of the Communications Decency Act that allows tech companies to moderate content on their services. U.S. lawmakers want to change the law, but disagree on how.

By Abbey Stemler

The perfect email deserves the perfect ending. But what is the right way to close an email? Well, that depends on who will be reading it.

By Francisco Guzman

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Dark mode makes Googling at bedtime easier on the eyes, among other things. Here's how to enable it on all your devices.

By Jesslyn Shields

In order to understand, and fix, your glitchy home WiFi, it's helpful to know what makes it work. So what's the difference between your modem and your router?

By Jesslyn Shields

Facebook dark mode changes your screen to a black background with white lettering, which your eyes will thank you for and your battery won't hate either.

By Jesslyn Shields

It's easy to take online comments out of context. Is it serious, or is it satire? That's where Poe's law (and a winking smiling emoji) comes into play.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Google is home to a ton of super fun hidden Easter eggs you can check out right from your browser. Go ahead, try a couple. You won't be disappointed.

By Brittany Vincent

Deleting a Gmail account is pretty easy. The hard part is making the decision and deciding what data to download.

By Jeremy Glass

Getting bored of your Twitter handle? You can change it in just a few quick steps.

By Cherise Threewitt

Membership on the social media app Parler exploded just after the Nov. 3 general election was called for President-elect Joe Biden. But why? And how does Parler work?

By John Donovan

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Are there legitimate reasons to seek out the dark web? Sure. We explain what's on the dark web, how to access it and why you'll want to proceed with a healthy dose of caution.

By Cherise Threewitt

A new program from researchers at Carnegie Mellon can help your computer send more polite emails and messages. And they used a treasure trove of emails from the Enron lawsuit to do it.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

Whether you want to break up with Facebook for good — or just take a breather — we've got step-by-step instructions so you can do either.

By Nathan Chandler

Though many text messenger apps are available for download, most Americans still prefer to send a text message via their mobile carrier. Why is that?

By Nathan Chandler

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With the COVID-19 pandemic causing people to stay at home and use their devices way more than usual, some are wondering whether the internet could actually stop working from overuse.

By Nathan Chandler

Need ways to stay in touch with your family and friends while you're quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic? We've got several simple apps so you can reach out virtually.

By Wendy Bowman