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.
The results of "The Most Epic Facebook Survey" are in and there's only one conclusion: You're addicted to Facebook. Maybe not you personally, but ping ten of your Facebook friends and there's a good chance the majority of them couldn't go 24 hours without visiting the world's largest social playground. Coed magazine, College Candy, and Busted Coverage got together and surveyed 2,500 people by posting a questionnaire on Google and then posted their findings in an infographic.
Odds are good that if you own a tablet or smartphone, you use it while watching TV. A new Nielson survey says that 40% of people with at least one of these devices use it daily while sacked out in front of the TV. Users of eReaders, though, not so much. Only 14% of that group admit to using the device in front of the TV.
Sending jobs offshore is more commonplace than ever in the tech industry. According to a recent survey, nearly two thirds -- 65 percent -- of tech firms outsource at least part of their business. Nearly one in four of these offshore jobs are for existing services, while another 20 percent said they use offshore services to manage their day-to-day operations.
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.
More and more streaming music services are launching bigger, more badass and – more importantly – free ad-supported versions these days, whether you’re talking about the gas can-like offering of MOG, Pandora’s ditching of a 40 hour listening limit, or Spotify’s awesome new 6 months free offer (although requiring new users to have a Facebook account flat-out sucks). But are customers really clamoring for free radio? Myxer – itself a popular (and free) mobile music provider – recently polled its listeners, and the results are overwhelming; few people actually pay to listen to tunes online.
Just how vital has the Internet become to everyday life? For some, it's just as important as any of the basic needs, including water, food, air, and shelter. And for others, the Internet doesn't rank as an absolute necessity like any of those things, but it comes awfully close, according to an online survey of nearly 3,000 adults.
Almost half of the computer users in the world are criminals; no good, stinkin’ pirates who pilfer programs they don’t hold the proper licenses for. At least, that’s what the Business Software Alliance (a trade group whose entire purpose is stopping the use of pirated software) says after conducting a 15,000 user study in 32 countries. You’re probably a hypocrite, too – at least according to the BSA numbers.
Imagine you found a great deal on a flux capacitor. Not only does it make time travel possible, but the new version is able to freeze time and only requires half a gigawatt to operate. Plus, it's 33 percent cheaper than the one Doc Brown built into the DeLorean. Sounds like a no brainer, until you read a couple online reviews claiming it set their cars on fire. And so you remove it from your shopping cart. This isn't unusual, and according to a new study, it happens far more often than not.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the people behind the scenes have their work cut for them if the social networking service is to remain the most popular online playground. The emergence of a real competitor in Google+ is just the beginning, and poses an even bigger threat when you consider Facebook scored last in a new study that tracked customer satisfaction at a number of websites.