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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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Twitch Serves Up Julia Child and Bob Ross — to Gamers

The hugely popular streaming platform wants you to know that it isn't just for gamers.

Why Couples Share a Facebook Profile — And Why It Bugs The Rest of Us

Some couples have a shared Facebook account, even though Facebook frowns on the practice. What does it say about their relationship?

The Controversy Over YouTube Takedowns

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

Dear Facebook, We Need These Emojis

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

Need a New Podcast to Binge? Here's What HowStuffWorks Podcast Hosts Listen To

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

Facebook Takes Aim at Unlicensed Firearm Sales

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.

Peach in the Pits: The Very Quick Rise and Fall of a Social Media App

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?

What if You Could Hear Wi-Fi and Feel Data?

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

'Serial' Is Back and Has Upped Its Podcasting Game

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

Falling for Finstagram

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

Zero Views: Unseen Video You Can’t Stop Watching

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

Casual Dating With the Help of Artificial Intelligence

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

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.

9 Sites That Let You View Your Web Traffic

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.

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?

How Twitter Periscope Works

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?

Why Are Web Addresses in English?

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?

Why does my Shockwave plugin get busy?

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

What is deep linking?

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.

Why does my Flash plugin crash?

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?

How Internet Folklore Works

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.

Can Google predict disease outbreaks?

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.

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?

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.

What makes things on the Internet go viral?

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?

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