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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 of weaker consumer demand, due in no small part to growing user interest in media tablets such... 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 is based on two experiments with 60 participants. In the first experiment, participants watched a film... Read more...
Five billion. That's a lot of faces, a lot of eyes, and a lot of ears. It's also a lot of humans talking amongst one another, and according to a new iSuppli report, that's the number of wireless subscriptions that our planet is home to. Almost, anyway. The report estimates that the grand total of wireless subscriptions in the world will surpass the 5 billion mark this month, which equals nearly 75% of the world's population. Imagine that. 3 in 4 people, with a cell phone. It's also too crazy to believe. Dr. Jagdish Rebello, senior director and principal analyst for wireless research at iSuppli, had this to say about the impending milestone: "If the importance of an event can be measured by the... 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 were able to assist their customers via telephone, through in-store visits, or on the Web. Although... Read more...
Reports have recently been published looking at the effect of the iPad on the shipment of netbooks, and while the early data seemed to be less than conclusive, more modern data seems to have a different look on things. Apple managed to sell two million iPad devices in just two months, and while many million netbooks have been sold worldwide, they have the benefit of being available in nearly every country. But will tablets as a whole hurt the sales of netbooks as a whole? Maybe. According to a new Forrester report on the subject, the tablet industry as a whole, which will gain a lot of new players between now and this time next year, could soar to sell 20.4 million units in 2015. That's compared... 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: According to CareerBuilder's 2009 vacation survey, nearly one in five workers are afraid of losing... Read more...
Solid state storage producers have been preaching about a few select points for years, particularly on why they're superior to traditional hard drives. Reliability and speed are the two obvious ones, but many SSD makers suggest that these Flash-based drives are more power efficient than HDDs as well. But as always, someone in the world doesn't think that existing SSDs are power efficient enough, and that's why a group over in Japan is currently attempting to develop a technology to make a NAND Flash memory module whose "drive voltage is as low as 1V and power consumption is 86% lower than existing NAND flash memories." The researchers lowered the drive voltage of a NAND Flash memory module (one... Read more...
It's been a dream of Earth's residents since The Jetsons made us believe it was a possibility: true auto-pilot. It's alive and well in some cases, but not all. Existing commercial airplanes have an auto-pilot button that guides the planes controls based on the route it needs to take, but that's relatively easy. There's no highway to follow, no drunk drivers to watch out for, and no posted speed limits to obey. Doing the same thing in an automobile is definitely more difficult, as you can probably tell given that no auto-pilot car yet exists for the consumer market. But just because there's no car like that yet doesn't mean that researchers aren't working towards that goal. A team at North Carolina... Read more...
According to a recent survey from Arbitron and Edison Research, nearly half of Americans age 12 and older have a profile on one or more social networking Web sites. The study also revealed that the use of social networking sites is not limited to youth: Approximately 78% of teens and 77% of 18 to 24-year-olds have personal profile pages. Nearly two-thirds of Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 have personal profile pages. Not only are more people using social networking sites in general, but they're also using them more frequently. The study suggests that 30% of Americans with a social networking profile access the social networking Web site several times a day. One year ago, only 18% of... Read more...
According to a recent report from the University of California, San Diego, American households consumed 3.6 zettabytes of information in 2008. A zettabyte is 10 to the 21st power bytes, or a million million gigabytes. Put another way, Americans consumed approximately 34GB per individual per day in 2008. The report also suggests that the average American consumes 100,500 words in a single day. The information we consume comes from everywhere around us—through television, radio, billboards, the Web, text messages, video games, etc. The study suggests that most Americans spend half of their day, or an average of nearly 12 hours, consuming information. Four and a half of those hours are generally... Read more...
We've all heard plenty of statistics that tell us how dangerous it is to talk on our cell phones while driving. Now a new study from the University of Illinois has also found that talking on a cell phone while crossing the street is also dangerous. In fact, it's more dangerous than listening to an MP3 player while crossing the street. (Interestingly enough, the study found that listening to music while crossing a street caused the test subjects little to no distraction.) Through this study, Mark Neider, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois' Beckman Institute, hopes people will be more conscious of their surroundings and activities. “They should be aware that their ability... Read more...
Microsoft's research labs have been known to create some pretty wild projects. Granted, not all of them have hit the market or anything, but there's a good chance that something huge down the road will spring up. Project Natal is already proof that Redmond has quite a few out-of-the-box thinkers on staff, and while we can't say it with any real degree of certainty, we're guessing that this stuff is what techie dreams are made of.During the company's College Tour 2009, Microsoft showed off what it's describing as a "mindblowing natural user interface." In essence, this is really just a supercomputer with loads of intellect. Microsoft Chief Research & Strategy Officer, Craig Mundie, demonstrating... Read more...
If you're looking for support while trying to stop smoking, an international study suggests text messaging could help. Four trials conducted in New Zealand, Britain, and Norway found that programs to help people stop smoking that included text messages with advice doubled the chances a person would be able to quit smoking for up to a year. The trials involved 2,600 smokers. During the trials, text messages were used as a way to give smokers advice, encouragement, and support. For example, if a user found himself craving nicotine, he could text "crave" to the program and receive advice on what to do. "We know that stopping smoking can be really difficult and most people take several attempts to... Read more...
We've heard facts that claim cell phones are perfectly safe and other pieces of information that say cell phones are dangerous. Now, a new website from ProCon.org is available to help you decide for yourself. Even though the radio frequency (RF) radiation levels in cell phones are regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and generally considered to be safe when used properly, there is still plenty of research that shows cell phone use could cause cancer, disrupt pacemakers, decrease fertility, damage DNA, and increase the risk of traffic accidents. The FCC and other government agencies claim the majority of scientific studies show there are no adverse health effects from cell... Read more...
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