Make no mistake folks, size matters, which means you can forget all that silly talk about it being how you use the thing that really matters. A recent study suggests that most definitely isn't the case, and that bigger is better. We're of course talking about smartphone screens (cue the collective sighs of relief), and according to a report published by the Strategy Wireless Device Lab, smartphone owners prefer screen sizes ranging from 4 inches to 4.5 inches, so long as the device is also thin.
Google raised a lot of eyebrows when it introduced the Google+-infused Search Plus Your World personal results to its bread and butter Search results, but the most publicized criticisms have come from big name social competitors like Twitter and Facebook. What does Joe Everyman think about personalized search results? A new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project asked 2,000 people that very question -- and most say that hand-tailored results are a "Bad thing."
Smartphones are bigger than feature phones, they're more complicated to use, and they're typically far more expensive, both in terms of upfront costs for the hardware and over the long haul when you factor in the required data charge every month for two years (assuming you're locked in a two-year service agreement). Nevertheless, smartphones now outnumber feature phones among U.S. adults, according to data by Pew Internet.
Computer companies need to step up their game. Temkin Group set out to rate the customer experience of 206 large companies across 18 industries, and computer companies didn't exactly impress. Collectively, they fell to the bottom of the pack, receiving the fourth-lowest average, edging ahead of health plans, Internet service providers, and TV service providers.
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.
Neil Sedaka sang how "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," though if he were to go back after all these years and add another verse, it would have to include a disclaimer about Facebook, even if he decides to only sing the bonus lyrics when touring the U.K. According to a survey carried out by U.K. divorce website Divorce-Online, 33 percent of divorce petitions filed in 2011 made mention of the world's largest social playground.
Young employees determined to log onto Facebook or bounce around the Web are going to do so, in part because they're motivated to get online and frequently ignore IT policies, and also because the policies in place simply aren't tough enough, according to a global study from Cisco. Seven out of 10 young employees outright ignore IT policies on a frequent basis, and one in four is a victim of identity theft before the age of 30, Cisco says.
After ranking last in a customer satisfaction survey conducted by Consumer Reports last year, AT&T had two options. The wireless carrier could lick its wounds and take steps to improve its image, whether real or perceived, or it could bury its head in the sand, because after all, who cares what thousands of people think? AT&T apparently chose the latter, and its reward is another last place finish.
Women who play games online tend to be a little more social, are happier, and live in the south. Oh, and they also have more sex than females who don't play online games, according to a study by Harris Interactive that was commissioned by Gamehouse. That would explain why they're happier, and presumably, so are their partners. More than half -- 64 percent -- of online women gamers are in a serious relationship of some sort, and 7 out of 10 are happy with their relationship status, whether they have one or not.
The American Student Survey aims to reveal how students preceive organizations as employers in the United States, and if the latest results are any indication, today's college students would love to work for Google. Or Apple. Or several other technology companies, and not just in the field of IT, but also business, engineering, natural sciences, and humanities/liberal arts, each of which is ranked individually.