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Fastest Internet Connection? No Contest, Says Father of DSL

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Gear heads often turn their noses up at DSL. After all, DSL data speeds are often a fraction of those offered by cable broadband suppliers. Plus, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) is delivered not over coax, but over old-fashioned copper phone lines. How quaint! But a seemingly low-bandwidth DSL...

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Erik Huizer: A Passion That Will Stay “Till They Carry Me Away”

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Erik Huizer’s passion for engineering started early. “As a child, I was taking apart appliances in my mother’s kitchen,” he says. “I always wanted to see how things were made.” That passion never left him. In 1983, while earning his PhD in solid-state physics, he needed to automate his data. So, he...

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How MP3 Got Its Groove

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Pandora. Spotify. Rhapsody. Slacker. Beats Music. iTunes Radio. Google Music. These are just a few of the streaming music services beginning to dominate how we groove to our tunes. According to Nielsen, music streaming is up 42 percent during the first six months of 2014 compared to the same period...

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A “110% Risk” Yields a Lasting Return for Girls and Women in Africa

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African women face the same challenges confronting women everywhere: cultural attitudes that men can do “tech stuff” better, that motherhood distracts them from focusing on their work, that they are somehow not suited for careers in technology, math, science or engineering....

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Scaling a Mount Everest of Challenges, Mahabir Pun Connects Rural Nepal to the World

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In the 1990s in Nangi village, Nepal, if you wanted to send a small message to another village, you had to walk for several hours because there was no modern communication system. If you wanted to buy a cow or buffalo, you had to hike for several hours over mountainous and rocky terrain to ask the...

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Our Online Safety is Protected by One “Stubborn Lady”

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At the Internet Hall of Fame induction ceremony in August 2013, Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder described herself as a “very, very stubborn lady,” and indeed it was stubbornness (others would call it persistence) that she believes facilitated her Hall of Fame accomplishment: guiding the implementation...

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Responding to a Challenge with a World-Changing Invention

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In 1973, Robert Metcalfe was “the networking guy” at Xerox PARC in California, and PARC had a problem. In Metcalfe’s building there in Palo Alto, scientists were busily carrying out their own individual activities, but they clearly needed to be connected to one another, and to the great research...

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Chinese Internet Pioneer Predicts ‘Wearable Terminals’ & Growing ‘Digital Divide’

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In 1994, a modest but determined and brilliant engineer named Madam Qiheng Hu led a delegation to the U.S. for discussions with the National Science Foundation, which led to a consensus on setting up the first direct TCP/IP connection in mainland China.  In 1997,...

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George Sadowsky: Helping the Whole World Get Networked

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Some people do what they love; others love what they do. George Sadowsky, a 2013 inductee in the Internet Hall of Fame, has spent 40 years doing both. The love affair began in 1973 when, as a consultant to the UN, he started working in developing nations. Sadowsky seemed to have a passion for...

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Nii Quaynor, the Baobab Tree of the Internet

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Nii Quaynor believes education is the key to spurring a new generation of Internet entrepreneurs. And in Africa right now, the top priority for this educator is producing such businesspeople. “It’s great to know how to get connected to the Internet, but then you have to know what to do with it,”...

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