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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Your college professors probably told you not to use Wikipedia for papers. But they might have been wrong.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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

By Jonathan Strickland

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?

By Jonathan Strickland

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Bummed out by the Internet and how much more fun everyone else seems to be having? Seeking out better times offline may ease your FOMO.

By Lauren Vogelbaum

The caustic tone of the 2016 presidential race is powerfully affecting ordinary social media users. Will that destroy a lot of social media relationships?

By Patrick J. Kiger

News organizations have been dropping their commenting sections for years, and NPR has recently joined them. But not everyone thinks ditching comments is the way to go.

By Kate Kershner

Google AdWords aren't just for selling products.

By Dave Roos

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Looking for love online? Then stop tooting your own horn so much. Oh, and one other thing.

By Chris Opfer

There's a lot of live-streaming going on lately. As a result, courts may soon be busy defining when it's appropriate to record or broadcast video.

By Jonathan Strickland

With scores of WiFi networks in place, is wading through an invisible ocean of JPGs, MP3s and more making you sick? BrainStuff leads you through the issue.

By Laurie L. Dove

The social media giant activated its Safety Check feature for the first time in the U.S. on Sunday after the Orlando attack. Here's the scoop on how it works.

By John Donovan

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In an odd twist, retweeting could be negatively affecting your memory of the content, and causing comprehension declines even after your Twitter session is over.

By Kate Kershner

After the pepper-spray incident, UC Davis paid a company to repair its online image. But can anyone make negative search results disappear?

By Dave Roos

Data plans are precious ... and finite. So knowing where to get your WiFi fix matters. With that said, have you tried a city bus? Or space?

By Oisin Curran

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

By Christian Sager

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

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Dave Roos

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

By Robert Lamb

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

By Yves Jeffcoat

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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.

By Julie Douglas

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

By Joe McCormick

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

By Christian Sager

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

By Alia Hoyt

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

By Dave Roos

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

By Jonathan Strickland