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If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight and get fit, you might want to invest in fitness technology. According to a new study by the Consumer Electronics Association, fitness technologies are a key tool that helps users stay motivated and keep their resolutions to get fit. According to CEA’s research study entitled Getting Fit With Consumer Electronics, 54 percent of consumers cite lack of motivation as the main reason not to exercise. In addition, the study found that 76 percent exercise alone without the direction from exercise professionals, and 74 percent of consumers exercise... Read more...
For years, parents have punished misbehaving kids by banning them from watching TV. Now, a new report shows that Internet access is on the same playing field as TV in many parents' eyes. According to a report from researchers at the University of Southern California, more and more parents are limiting Internet access as a form of punishment as well. Really, this should come as no surprise given the amount of TV shows and other entertainment-related activities we enjoy over the Web. Among the parents surveyed, two-thirds restrict access to the TV as punishment. This number has remained fairly static... Read more...
The tablet market is HOT. If the fact that kids want an iPad more than anything else isn't evidence enough, Gartner is cutting its forecasts for global computer shipments in 2010 and 2011 due to the increased interest in tablets from consumers. Previously, Gartner expected PC shipments to rise to 17.9 percent this year. In 2011, the research firm projected an increase of 18.1 percent. Now, Gartner is projecting a growth of 14.3 percent this year to 352 million units and an increase of 15.9 percent in 2011. "These results reflect marked reductions in expected near-term unit growth based on expectations... Read more...
Although many people will agree a broadband connection is valuable, a recent study tells us just how valuable it really is. The study, released by the broadband advocacy group Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), claims the value a broadband connection is about $7,700 per year. Compared to the expected cost of a broadband connection ($490), this savings is significant. This savings comes from various places, including bargain hunting online. The study claims an average U.S. family can save more than $2,700 each year in entertainment and more than $1,500 in travel costs. Other savings include nearly... Read more...
A new study from Oxford University shows playing Tetris a few hours after being exposed to trauma can help prevent flashbacks associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. If you're wondering how playing a video game such as Tetris could actually help reduce flashbacks, researchers explain that participation in a visually oriented task such as a puzzle-like game will interfere with other visual memories. The research shows the opposite is also true—if you perform a verbal task such as playing a quiz game after a traumatic event, you'll likely experience more trauma flashbacks. The study... Read more...
Is the boob tube your child's best friend? Although the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that preschool-age children watch no more than two hours of TV a day, a recent study shows that many children exceed this limit. According to researchers at the Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Washington, 66 percent of the 8,950 children the team studied watched more TV than the recommended limit. This study was based on data that included children 5 and younger between 2001 and 2006. As a result, the results are already dated—they do not include time spent watching... Read more...
A new report from ABI Research shows what many of us have suspected for some time: the smartphone market is HOT, HOT, HOT. According to ABI's Smartphone Market Data report, smartphones made up 19% of all handsets shipped in the second quarter. Compared to the same quarter a year earlier, this represents an increase of 50%. Because many carriers are now offering relatively inexpensive (and highly subsidized) handsets, the initial cost of the smartphone is no longer the main barrier. Instead, the cost of the monthly data plan seems to be the main factor that is deterring users from making the switch.... Read more...
A recent survey may serve as a wakeup call to broadcast networks and cable companies that their subscriber base may soon be slipping away. According to a Credit Suisse survey, approximately 30 percent of Netflix users between the ages of 18 and 24 are using Netflix's Watch Instantly service to watch TV and movies instead of paying for cable or satellite TV service. The survey also revealed that 37 percent of Netflix subscribers between the ages of 25 and 34 are doing the same. “Netflix’s low cost, subscription streaming service (with improving content) is our biggest worry and could... Read more...
Text messaging has been a popular form of communication for teens for quite some time now, but adults are catching the craze as well. A new study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project reveals that 72 percent of adult cell phone users now send and receive text messages. This represents an increase from 65 percent in September 2009, and 58 percent in December 2007. The Cell Phones and American Adults report also shows that 87 percent of teens use their phones for text messaging.  Although adults may be catching the texting bug, teens still send and receive... Read more...
According to J.D. Power and Associates' recently released eighth annual U.S. Wireless Customer Care Performance Study, T-Mobile tops other top U.S. wireless carriers in overall customer care. T-Mobile received a ranking of 777 out of a possible 1,000 points. The study is based on a survey of 9,690 wireless customers who contacted their carrier's customer service department over the past six months. AT&T followed T-Mobile with a score of 757, followed by Verizon Wireless (749) and Sprint (734). According to the survey, the industry average is 753. The report is based on how well the carriers... Read more...
AT&T revealed that many US companies are showing a great deal of interest in Apple's iPad. According to the wireless carrier, some businesses are even considering replacing employee laptops with the tablet computer. When the iPhone debuted three years ago, many businesses were reluctant to adopt the phone. Today however, businesses seem to be showing no hesitation when it comes to the iPad said AT&T chief financial officer Richard Lindner. As with the iPhone, AT&T is the exclusive 3G carrier for the iPad in the United States. In a conference call with analysts, Lindner said, "When we... Read more...
According to a recent wireless study by the Nielsen Co., the typical smartphone user consumes less than 300MB of data each month. This figure represents an increase of about 230 percent compared to last year's figure. Considering the increasing popularity of data-intensive mobile services such as video chat and Hulu streaming services, we have to expect that mobile data use will continue to rise. The Nielsen Co. sorted through about 60,000 mobile bills to discover that the average smartphone user was consuming about 298MB of data each month. As you may recall, AT&T recently unveiled new, tiered... Read more...
Summer is upon us and many people are planning to pack up their cars and take some time off for a vacation. The thing is, most of us won't truly be taking a break from it all. According to the Mobile Messaging Study conducted by Osterman Research, 79 percent of respondents take work-related devices with them on vacation. Given the number of email messages many of us receive each day, it's no wonder people find it easier to keep up with messages when we're away on vacation rather than come back to an overwhelming pile of email when we return to the office. Some people also check email out of fear:... Read more...
According to data reported by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four households has traded in their landline telephone for a cell phone. As you may expect, this trend is increasing. In the beginning of 2006, just 11 percent of homes had only a cell and no landline. This move away from traditional landline phones has had a far-reaching effect. Telephone companies are not the only ones affected, either. Polling firms and government agencies that gather data also face additional challenges as a result of the decrease in landlines. Additionally, 911 service providers have... Read more...
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