The spinning wheel of death. That’s how I refer to one of the most annoying complications associated with streaming TV: buffering.The problem is scary enough to keep you glued to your cable TV provider, and rightfully so. After all, if you love TV, you’re not going to want to tolerate slow program load times or all-out freezes.Thankfully, most of the streaming services out there have fixed whatever early launch glitches made them infuriating to use. These days, if there’s a problem, it probably has to do with the internet connection in your home.So we should talk about the most common reasons causing streaming hiccups. For help, I reached out to Chris Brantner, a 35-year-old former teacher from Houston who, with his two brothers, now runs a popular cord-cutting site, CutCableToday.com. What follows is an FAQ addressing common problems associated with your home internet setup. (Chris is also participating in our SDUT cord-cutters Facebook group, a private area where … [Read more...] about Digital Life: The internet FAQ for cord-cutters
The internet speed test
With download speed of 7.02 megabytes per second, Vietnam’s internet speed ranking was down 14 places from last year, according to the survey done by Cable, a U.K. broadband, TV, phone and mobile provider. The ranking was based on data collected over 12 months from May last year, analyzing over 267 million speed tests worldwide. Vietnam's average broadband speed was recorded as 10 times slower than Singapore at 70.86 Mbps, more than three times lower than Malaysia (23.86 Mbps) and more than two times slower than Thailand (18.21 Mbps). It was however, ahead of Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste. This year, Singapore was dethroned and pushed into second place in terms of internet speed by Taiwan, which topped the world with average broadband speed clocking at 85.02 Mbps. Jersey was third with 67.46 Mbps, followed by Sweden with 55.18 Mbps. The top 20 fastest-performing markets were in Europe and the Asia-Pacific, while the slowest were … [Read more...] about Vietnam internet speed 10 times slower than Singapore
Australia falls to 62nd in global broadband rankings, but is doing much better in mobile data at 5th place. Expert says issue is not a question of size as nations of similar sizes do better. The 2013 decision to change technologies used in the National Broadband Network is key to understanding how it all went wrong. Australia is now ranked in the 62nd spot in the global broadband speed rankings, falling down three spots from last year and well behind similar advanced economies. According to the Ookla Speedtest Global Index, Australia ranks behind Kazakstan and Cape Verde, but above Jordan, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, with an average download speed of 35.11 Mbps. This is well below the global average download speed of 57.91 Mbps. The top spot is held by Singapore on 199.62 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong at 168.69 Mbps and Monaco at 137.86 Mbps. However, Australia does rank much better in mobile broadband, at 5th place – with a speed of 58.87 Mbs. Norway took out the top spot … [Read more...] about Australia falls to the ridiculously-low 62nd place in global internet speed rankings
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Style | The Real Stars of the Internet Advertisement Supported by The rater has become the rated. ByJohn Herrman April 19, 2019 I’ve been to the bagel place down the street from my apartment maybe a hundred times. The staff is friendly. I like the food. They’re always open. Lots of people have their own opinions about it. Googling “Smith Street Bagels” produces pages of listings, most accompanied by star ratings visible right there in the results, in bright Google orange, from places like Seamless, Yelp and Google itself Each website has its idiosyncrasies. Yelp reviewers write like restaurant reviewers. (“Yelp is where people like to complain,” said Mr. Alicea.) Foursquare users rate on a scale of 0 to 10, which Google converts to stars, and pass along tips. Reviewers at … [Read more...] about The Real Stars of the Internet
By Josh Chin WSJ Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 The global internet is splitting in two. One side, championed in China, is a digital landscape where mobile payments have replaced cash. Smartphones are the devices that matter, and users can shop, chat, bank and surf the web with one app. The downsides: The government reigns absolute, and it is watching—you may have to communicate with friends in code. And don’t expect to access Google or Facebook. On the other side, in much of the world, the internet is open to all. Users can say what they want, mostly, and web developers can roll out pretty much anything. People accustomed to China’s version complain this other internet can seem clunky. You must toggle among apps to chat, shop, bank and surf the web. Some websites still don’t seem to be designed with smartphones in mind. The two zones are beginning to clash with the advent of the superfast new generation of mobile technology called 5G. China aims to be … [Read more...] about The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground.