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December 23, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
In a surprising shift, adults appear to be choosing wireless smartphones for Internet access over Comcast and other wireline broadband providers, according to a study released Monday. The Pew Research Center report described both a national decline in traditional broadband homes and a growth in smartphone-only households. Nationally, broadband-wired homes fell to 67 percent this year from 70 percent in 2013, the study said. Smartphone-only households rose to 13 percent from 8 percent over the same two years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2015 | Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
David Tischman [who once authored the "Poster Child" feature for the Daily News ] has had a long career in writing comics that spans both work at Vertigo and IDW, but his latest venture is his most personal, ambitious yet - and available only on the web! "Heroine Chic" (art by Hong Kong-based Audrey Mok) is set in a New York populated by superheroes. However, rather than focusing primarily on heroic battles between superpowered characters, Tischman's creation follows the life of fashion designer Zoe Porter, after she lands a job with famous and renowned costume designer Dyna Cuff.
NEWS
November 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard J. Biscardi, 45, of Jim Thorpe, Pa., an Internet technology innovator and Philadelphia native, died Friday, Nov. 13, of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County. Mr. Biscardi was alone in his car just before 8 p.m. when the vehicle left the right side of Behrens Road and struck a tree, according to state police at Lehighton. No other cars were involved. The accident was under investigation. Born in 1970, Mr. Biscardi, known as "Richie," grew up in the shadow of Veterans Stadium in South Philadelphia and lived in the city until moving to Jim Thorpe this summer.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
An FBI data expert told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday that he found a prodigious number of deleted file fragments on accused stalker John Hart's computers, including two Internet programs that enable a user to disguise the computer's identity. Michael Irvin testified that the websites - "Spoof Your IP Address" and "Spoofing Demystified" - offer software that would have let Hart cloak his computer during Internet searches for private information about CBS3 newscaster Erika von Tiehl. Spoofing is the term for making a computer's unique Internet Protocol (IP)
NEWS
October 16, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden officials on Wednesday launched ConnectHome, a federally funded program that will provide high-speed broadband service to low-income families and seek to improve computer literacy among residents. The kickoff event, in the city Housing Authority's community center on Boyd Street in East Camden, included demonstrations of new technology provided to the city as part of the program, like interactive kiosks where residents can search for and apply for jobs, and computer curriculum tailored to pre-K students.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Council may not be invited to the bargaining table where Philadelphia officials and Comcast Corp. executives are working out a new 15-year franchise agreement. But the legislative chamber is nonetheless making known its wish list of what it hopes Comcast can deliver. Council members want to ask Comcast questions that include: Can the company offer big-time support for the city's tech sector? Can it help public school students becomes America's most "digitally literate"? Can it offer free Internet in Philadelphia recreation centers, prisons, and parks?
BUSINESS
August 6, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Responding to criticism that its discounted Internet Essentials service was available only to poor families with school-age children, Comcast Corp. said Tuesday that it would expand the $9.95-a-month program to low-income senior citizens. Comcast will begin the project for senior citizens in Palm Beach County, Fla., and expand it to other markets throughout the United States through the fall, said David Cohen, executive vice president at Comcast. The date of expansion into the Philadelphia area will be determined by the success in pilot markets, Comcast said.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thousands of low-income families in Philadelphia and Camden will receive free or reduced-cost Internet service under a pilot program announced Wednesday by the White House. Philadelphia and Camden are two of 27 U.S. cities - as well as one tribal nation in Oklahoma - selected for the ConnectHome program, which will provide high-speed broadband Internet in more than 275,000 households, and improve online access for almost 200,000 children, according to the White House. ConnectHome is aimed at closing the "homework gap" between students who can use the Internet at home and their less affluent peers.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
If you're under the impression that only Kim Kardashian's backside can break the Internet, clearly you're not in the know about online happenings. The fashion world's latest cyber-slayer is 18-year-old Kyemah McEntyre of East Orange, N.J., who is dazzling social media Solange Knowles-style in a brilliant red and stained-glass print prom dress made of kente cloth. The series of photos McEntyre posted of her June 4 senior prom at the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts has since been retweeted more than 5,000 times - complete with flaming emojis that represent fiyah (or fire)
BUSINESS
June 12, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino. Any closer, and they would have to travel to a casino and register in person, under the provisions of a Senate bill in Harrisburg calling for big changes to the state's gambling landscape. The goal is to give the brick-and-mortar casinos a better chance to tap into their local target audience.
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