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    DNS Lookup: How a Domain Name is Translated to an IP Address Posted on July 1st, 2014 by David Silverman and Yu Ng

    At Catchpoint, we believe that fast DNS (Domain Name System) is just as important as fast content. DNS is what translates your familiar domain name (www.google.com) into an IP address your browser can use (173.194.33.174). This system is fundamental to the performance of your webpage, yet most people don’t fully understand how it works. Therefore, […]

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    Understanding the Anatomy of a Wireless Connection Posted on June 25th, 2014 by Alex Vetras

    Consider your smartphone. This increasingly complicated mobile device drives internet usage around the globe. According to Statista, mobile phones (and this excludes tablets) accounted for 17.4% of all web traffic in 2013, up from 11.1% in 2012. Some of this traffic is derived from new web users, whose smartphones provided their first access to the […]

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    The Widespread Effects of Facebook’s Latest Outage Posted on June 19th, 2014 by Craig Lowell

    Every day, hundreds of millions of users access Facebook, either through the site’s homepage, or through widgets and APIs on other sites. So when the social media giant experiences an outage in their service, the ripple effects spread far and wide. That’s precisely what happened for roughly half an hour on Thursday, June 19 from […]

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    How SACK Transmissions Improve Web Performance Posted on June 17th, 2014 by Brandon DeLap

    Have you ever been in the middle of a phone conversation when, suddenly, there is a loss of signal and you can’t hear the person on the other end? What do you do next? Tell the speaker the start and end of the part of the conversation that you didn’t hear? Well, computers communicate the […]

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    You Just Have to Be There: Delivering Content Within Mainland China Posted on June 5th, 2014 by Mehdi Daoudi

    While many think of Hong Kong as just another part of China, it has a separate designation as a “Special Administrative Region” of the PRC, making it a semi-autonomous entity on the global stage. This distinction isn’t just political; it carries over to internet connections as well. As such, we have been preaching that in […]

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    John Oliver Brings Down the FCC’s Website Posted on June 4th, 2014 by Craig Lowell

    As you likely already know, net neutrality has been a pretty hot topic in Washington and around the country (including the Catchpoint offices) over the past several months, with the FCC unveiling a new proposal last month which would regulate the way that ISPs work with companies who provide content. Not surprisingly, the issue caught […]

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    Adaptive vs. Responsive Web Design: Which Is Right for Your Site? Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by Craig Lowell

    Given the prominence of mobile web browsing, the practice of having multiple versions of a site (under multiple URLs) to accommodate all of the different mobile devices out there is already on its way out. The Responsive Web Design (RWD) revolution is in full effect, and in fact is already being expanded upon. By tweaking […]

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    Mobile Standards Missing From FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Posted on May 20th, 2014 by Mehdi Daoudi

    The path down the long, complicated road of net neutrality inched a little further towards its final (though yet undetermined) destination last week when FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined the commission’s new proposal to help solve this complex issue, the many aspects of which I recently delved into. This latest development is aimed primarily at […]

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