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A lot can change in three years. In 2011, Google launched its own social network, Ultrabooks became a thing, Steve Ballmer was the head of Microsoft for the foreseeable future, and it looked like we'd all own a glasses-free 3D TV someday soon. That's really just a sampling of how the landscape has changed in three short years, but it begs the question, what major events are in store for 2017? Try the death of Facebook. A couple of graduate students at Princeton University published a paper claiming Facebook will lose around 80 percent of its active membership by 2017, which would virtually destroy the service. They've come to that conclusion based on treating Facebook like a disease. "We use... Read more...
It's rather annoying having to sidestep a fellow pedestrian on the sidewalk who's paying more attention to his mobile phone than his surroundings, but not only is such behavior selfishly rude, it's scientifically observed to be dangerous, too. A new study points out all kinds of flaws with trying to text message and strut at the same time. Researchers at Australia's University of Queensland used motion capture technology similar to that employed by movie studios to observe walking patterns. Test subjects wore reflective markers on the back of their heads using a head-band, as well as their back, heels, and pelvis. This allowed the researchers to measure the participants' gait and movement patterns.... Read more...
Listen up kids, are your parents giving you grief about wanting to stay inside and play video games rather than venture outside in the cold weather and risk pneumonia? We've all been there, except the games 'back-in-the-day' were far less advanced and graphically polished as they are today, but that's a topic for another story. The point we're trying to pass on is that playing games has been scientifically proven to increase brain power, adding to the list of studies that suggest they're good for you. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, this isn't a free pass to lock yourself inside during the summer and play games under the pretense you're working out your brain -- it's still cool to go... Read more...
The typical smartphone contains a wealth of information, including contacts, photos, text messages, and more. They also serve as portals to cloud services, so you can imagine how stressful it would be to misplace one of these devices. Plus, they're expensive to replace. Be that as it may, security outfit Avast claims consumers living in the United States are the most likely to lose a smartphone. That little tidbit is based on a survey of 167,904 customers worldwide. After figuring what which nation is the most careless with their digital devices, Avast then set out to see who is affected most by a lost or stolen smartphone. Here's where things get interesting. According to Avast, men are more... Read more...
It's easy for the majority of American adults ages 18 and older to take broadband access for granted because most adults have it at home. Not all, however, as 3 out of 10 are still without broadband at their place of residence, according to a new study by Pew Research Center. Furthermore, 2 out of 10 American adults lack both a home broadband connection and a smartphone. "The demographic factors most correlated with home broadband adoption continue to be educational attainment, age, and household income," Pew Research Center noted in its report. "Almost 9 in 10 college graduates have high-speed internet at home, compared with just 37 percent of adults who have not completed high school. Similarly,... Read more...
It doesn't matter if you're a saint or a frequent sinner, a sailor with a potty mouth or a monk who took a vow of silence. If you own a computer, then at some point you've belted out a line of obscenities that would make Andrew Dice Clay wince in astonishment. PCs have a way of bringing out the worst in us when things go wrong, and according to a recent nationwide survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Crucial in June 2013, some even tend to get physical. Out of over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older who were surveyed, more than a third -- 36 percent -- of Americans who experienced computer problems in the past six months admit to lashing out at their PC by using vulgar language,... Read more...
No place is off limits when it comes to using to smartphones. That's one of the takeaways of a new study released and conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Jumio, in which it was revealed that Americans who own such devices have no problem using them during sex (9 percent), in the shower (12 percent), and while at church (19 percent). Perhaps Samsung can use this information to better promote its Galaxy S4 Active. Regardless of the type of mobile phone, Americans want them by their side at all times possible. Nearly three-quarters of the 1,102 survey's respondents said they're within five feet of their smartphone almost all of the time. They use them at the movies (35 percent), on dinner... Read more...
Politicians and fear mongers love to blame society's ills on violent video games. It's a rally call we've heard time and again, despite the fact that there are numerous studies out there -- both old and new -- debunking the claims that violent games transform gamers into these unfeeling creatures that go on shooting sprees and everything else you see in the news. Let's forget about real-world violence for a moment, do titles like Grand Theft Auto lead to anti-social behavior? The answer is no, according to a new study conducted by Morgan J. Tear and Mark Nielsen, both from the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia. "Past research has found that... Read more...
Mobile phones are everywhere these days, that's hardly surprising news. But what's interesting about this is that the majority of Americans now own smartphone devices, according to Pew Rsearch Center's Internet and American Life Project. It's the first time smartphones have been in the hands of the majority since Pew Research Center began systematically tracking smartphone adoption. The finding is based on a survey of 2,252 adults who are at least 18 years old. Among them, 55 percent of cell phone owners indicated they own a smartphone, and 58 percent said that their phone operates on a smartphone platform common to the U.S. market (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone). Source: Pew Research... Read more...
Before smartphones became virtually ubiquitous there were feature phones, and prior to that pagers ruled the day. And before that? It's hard to remember how we ever got along without today's technological wonders, especially when you examine how dependent we've become to certain devices. To wit, a new study by Experian reveals that the average American adult spends 58 minutes a day using his or her smartphone. Let's go ahead and round that up to an hour per day. Over the course of a year, that translates into nearly 15 days -- DAYS! -- of smartphone usage. What could be so important that we devote so much time to these handheld gadgets? That's the wrong question to ask. Apple iPhone owners spend... Read more...
Listen up, teen drivers -- put the mobile phone away and resist the temptation to check for or fire off a text message while operating a vehicle. It doesn't matter that you see parents/adults do it all the time, be the smarter (and safer) driver out there by waiting to text and you'll significantly increase the odds of getting from point A to point B safely. Lest you think the issue is overblown, a new study conducted by researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park found that texting while driving contributes to more than 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide and 300,000 injuries. Based on those numbers, texting while driving is now a greater risk to teens than drinking and driving,... Read more...
You know those cute little white cubes that ship with pretty much every iPod touch, iPhone and iPad? Those are charging blocks, with a simply USB slot in there that's used for charging just about any portable device on the planet. And for years now, something similar has been shipping with -- you guessed it -- pretty much every portable device on the planet. Over time, most gadget hounds have amassed quite the collection of these charging cubes, and considering that many of those very hounds also use the USB sockets on their laptops as chargers -- well, you have to wonder how many of those cubes are going unused on a daily basis. Turns out, network operator O2 and handset maker HTC did indeed... Read more...
comScore's latest data from the comScore MobiLens service revels that Google now has half of the smartphone market share with 50.9 percent of smartphone subscribers using an Android phone. Unsurprisingly, Apple still has a stronghold in the market as well with 31.9 percent of the market share. As of the end of May, nearly 110 million people in the U.S. use a smartphone, which represents an increase of 5 percent compared to February. The study also found Samsung to be the top manufacturer of smartphones with 25.7 percent of the market share. comScore's data was collected during the three month average period ending May 2012. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers. comScore... Read more...
A decade ago, who would've believed that tablets would be all the rage? And more than that, really. These things have taken on a life of their own, replacing new laptop purchases, doubling as presentation tools, and evidently, tripling as TV-watching devices. According to "Tapping Into Tabletomics," a new study released by Viacom, tablets have become the leading second-screen alternative to television for viewing full-length episodes. Just think about that: television has been around for decades, and within a few short years, tablets have now become the second leading way in which people consume it. That's pretty amazing. The new research examines consumer behavior and emotions around the tablet... Read more...
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