Comcast becomes the second company to take home multiple "Golden Poo" awards
If you were pulling for Electronic Arts to take home Consumerist's "Worst Company in America" award for three years running, you'll be disappointed to find out that the publisher didn't even make it past the first round. Instead, Comcast went the distance, edging out Monstanto in votes to claim Consumerist's title of 2014's Worst Company in America, as voted by readers.
Your choice of smartphone might say more about your love life (or lack thereof, as the case may be) than you think. Prone to office romances? You're probably toting an iPhone. Android users aren't as picky about where they hook up, and out of all smartphone users, they're the most likely to have a one-night stand, a new survey reveals.
Are you concerned that Windows 8 with its radically redesigned UI and Metro style Start menu will be too much to swallow on the desktop? It's a valid concern, though it doesn't appear to be scaring off businesses and IT departments, both of which are already showing strong interest in Microsoft's upcoming OS well ahead of its 2012 launch.
Ah, the pleasures of youth. Sunshine, summer breaks and cool Capri Suns by the poolside. It sounds like the good life, but apparently all the rays are baking kids’ brains: a new report says that the majority of American youth would prefer a Mac to a PC. What has the world come to when children are actively seeking out fruit?
The consumer outrage over Netflix's recent price hike and even more recent announcement to spin off its DVD-by-mail service into a completely separate business has been well documented here and elsewhere on the Web. Now that the dust has had some time to settle, are subscribers ready to forgive and forget, or at the very least move on? Researchers at Piper Jaffray seem to think so.
Screw the coffee and other caffeinated beverages, give us our Wi-Fi! That's the general theme behind a new study conducted by the Wi-Fi Alliance, which pinged 1,000 young adults (or millennials) ages 17 to 29 in the U.S., and another 400 in China just for good measure.
Three-fourths of the respondents living in the U.S. said that going a week without Wi-Fi would put them in a worse mood than going a week without coffee or tea. That number jumps to 87 percent in China. And over half of respondents (58 percent in the U.S., 56 percent in China) pegged Wi-Fi as being a necessity versus just helpful.
Some other interesting poll results:
Two-thirds of respondents in the U.S. reported they spend more time on Wi-Fi than watching television
64 percent of U.S. respondents claimed it would be impossible to maintain relationships with many friends without Wi-Fi, while 44 percent said the same about family
84 percent of respondents in the U.S. said they are more likely to carry a handheld digital device than a watch
"These polling results are a strong reflection of both the social and technological orientation of young adults around the world today," commented Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst at Parks Associates. "Interactive digital devices are fundamental to how millennials spend their time and connect with family and friends, and have become more important than older, more passive forms of entertainment like television.
How important is Wi-Fi in your daily routine? Do you rank Wi-Fi access as a higher want or need than coffee or TV?
After July 13, Windows XP users still using Service Pack 2 or earlier "will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software." Surely everyone has upgraded by now, right?
In a word, 'no.' According to recent PC Advisor poll, 15.1 percent of XP users are still clinging to SP2 or earlier. That's probably higher than most would expect, but on the plus side, that only breaks down to less than 6 percent of the total sample of XP users who particpated in the poll.
Still, these users are running out of time to upgrade, either to SP3 (free) or to a later version of Windows (not free). If you're one of those users, you're down to less than a week to decide before you're on your own.
All the recent hoopla surrounding Facebook's privacy policies has users of the social networking service more than a little nervous. So much so, in fact, that some 60 percent of Facebook users are ready to walk away and find a new virtual stomping ground, suggests a new poll by Internet security firm Sophos.
Out of the 1,588 Facebook users that were polled, 30 percent said that they were "highly likely" to quit over privacy concerns, while another 30 percent said they "possibly" would. Combined with the 16 percent who indicated they already have moved on, that's more than three-fourths who have either already walked away or are considering doing so.
"What this poll shows is that the majority of the people we polled are fed up with the lack of control that Facebook gives them over their own data," Sophos wrote in a blog post. "Most still don't know how to set their Facebook privacy options safely, finding the whole system confusing. What's needed is a fundamental shift towards asking users to 'opt-in' to sharing information, rather than to 'opt-out'."
Sophos also said that mass exodus from Facebook seems unlikely, but did note that "delete Facebook account" has become an increasingly hot search term on Google.
According to the Harris poll, the average American adult internet user spent 13 hours per week on the internet this year, down slightly from last year's average of 14 hours per week. However, last year's average was relatively high on account of the presidential election and a deepening financial crisis.
There has been a significant increase in the percentage of adults accessing the internet from home during the past few years, with the number shooting up to 76% this year from 66% in 2005. The total number of American adults on the internet, though, has remained static at 184 million since 2007.
Many financial savants grabbed their crystal balls and went into hiding when the economy went into freefall. Now that there are signs of recovery, they are again gazing into their crystal balls with renewed hope. According to many of them, including IMF’s chief economist Olivier Blanchard, the recession is behind us.
Tech honchos now believe that the IT industry would lead the recovery. According to a survey conducted by KPMG, two thirds of the 130 CEOs that were surveyed believe the IT industry would recover quicker than the US economy. Furthermore, a vast majority of CEOs feel 2010 would bring glad tidings for their industry. One can expect lesser job cuts in the near future as more than two thirds of tech bosses are not too keen on cost cutting.