Beijing: China has edged past the US in terms of the number of Internet users to reach the number one slot, a research firm said. China had reported the number of Internet users at 210 million by the end of last year, very close to 216 million of the US. But, “according to our calculations, China has already replaced the US as the country with most Internet users by the end of last month,” Liu Bin, an analyst at the Beijing-based research firm BDA was quoted as saying by the state-run China Daily.
The US remained at the topmost position since the inception of the internet in 1969 as a network of computers under the auspices of the US Department of Defense. BDA Chairman Duncan Clark said Chinas Internet population was driven by buoyant Economy, massive investments in broadband infrastructure and a strong consumer demand for online applications.
Government-backed research institution China Internet Network Information Centre said China moved to the second position by the end of 2002, when the number of its internet users exceeded 59.1 million. However, CNNIC said Chinas Internet penetration was a mere 16 per cent last year, lower than the world average of 19.1 per cent.
New York: United Nation World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an internet game nearly six months ago has proved so popular that it has generated enough rice to feed 1.1 million people for a day across the world.
The game based on interactive vocabulary awards every player 20 grains of rice for each correct answer and hence the money raised through advertising is used to support rice donations.Thus it allows children concurrently to strengthen their vocabularies and help feed world’s hungry children.
Near around half of million people playing it daily, it has generated 21 billion grains of rice for WFP.The first recipients of the website’s aid were refugees from Myanmar taking shelter in Bangladesh. Ugandan school children and pregnant and nursing mothers in Cambodia were among other beneficiaries.
Next batch of rice will be distributed among Bhutanese refugees in Nepal.
“I never imagined that things would move this fast or that it would be such a success,” said the game’s creator John Breen, an online fundraising initiator from the United States.
“Quite apart from the actual amount of rice generated, Free Rice is a fantastic way of spreading the message about world hunger.”
A new audio function lets players hear how words are pronounced, and Breen said a team of lexographers is working to expand the database of 10,000 words. To scale up the game’s appeal to younger and non-native English speakers, visitors can now select the level of difficulty.
According to a recent study Online Wellbeing Survey by F-Secure revealed that even users from US, Canada, UK, France and Germany don’t feel that their PCs and their email are safe from malware. While most internet users in the US, Canada, the UK, France and Germany have security software installed on their PCs, many remain unsure about IT security, according to the study.
Figures produced by F-Secure suggest that many consumers are unsure that their email is free of malware and other threats, while few people realise how frequently their security software’s antivirus definitions need updating.
On average, just under one in five (19 per cent) of respondents had an understanding that antivirus definitions had to be updated on a regular basis the whole time the day.
“It’s concerning to see that so many consumers believe their antivirus definitions are up to date while not understanding how regularly they need to be updated,” stated Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure.
However, research recently published by Get Safe Online suggested that internet users in the UK are becoming increasingly aware of the need for IT security, with more than 90 per cent of people and an even greater proportion of small businesses having installed anti-virus software on their computers.
The users from Germany were most well-informed though; even though they were most leery of E-Commerce websites packages and online banking, they understood best of all respondents how often antivirus definitions need to be updated.