Google’s AdMob division collects a ton of data on the general public’s web surfing habits, but recently released statistics on tablet usage might actually surprise you. According to a recent survey more than 28 percent of all respondents said that a tablet is their primary computer. As technology enthusiasts that admission should send chills up your spine on the future of computing in general, and points out just how little of a computer’s full potential is utilized by the vast majority of users.
You were right to think that there's a lot of bad drivers out there. According to a State Farm survey, nearly one in five drivers (19 percent) admitted to surfing the Internet while sitting behind the wheel of an automobile, USA Today reports. These are people who drive at least once a week. In addition, 35 percent said they send or receive text messages while driving, too. The survey pinged 912 licensed drivers in November, but the proportion of dangerous drivers might be even higher.
With the Chrome browser claiming about 11 percent of the browser market compared to Internet Explorer's nearly 57 percent grip, Google will have to settle for small victories. Like winning the love of the people. According to Amplicate, an online-option collating resource that accounts for more than 71 million public opinions of social media users, Google Chrome is the most loved browser in the world.
Security firm Avira published the results of a recent consumer survey that sheds some light on the abuse computers users inflict on their PCs. We're not talking about malware, mind you, but actual physical and verbal abuse directed towards our machine servants that we sometimes have a love/hate relationship with. Out of 14,000 polled, 39 percent admitted to cursing or yelling at their disobedient PC out loud. More fun stats after the break.
A new ComScore survey has come out telling us something we already suspected: people are using email less and less. What we didn't expect was the size of the drop off among younger people. According to the survey, the year over year change among teenagers age 12-17 was -59%. Maybe Zuckerberg was right.
In a survey commissioned by Norton, it was discovered that over a third of all Americans (36 percent) either lose their cell phone or end up having it stolen. Broken down by city, that number jumps to 52 percent in Miami, which ranks No. 1 on the list of top 20 U.S. cities for cell phone loss or theft. Last on the top 20 list is Minneapolis at 29 percent, while San Francisco, home to Silicon Valley, took the No. 13th spot at 35 percent. So what does it all mean?
Internet users are growing bolder by the year. In 2008, a poll revealed that 18 percent of respondants admitted to, um, "borrowing" someone else's Wi-Fi. And now? That number has jumped to 32 percent, according to a recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research in conjunction with the Wi-Fi Alliance. With an estimated 201 million households using Wi-Fi, it's easy to see why wireless security is more important than ever.
Quick, what's the one technology you can't live without? If you answered "Broadband," then you're in agreement with 28 percent of respondents in Zogby's latest survey covering a range of topics, including must-have technologies.
Email came in second with 18 percent of the votes, while 3 percent of respondents chose Facebook as the one technology they' can't live without. Not surprisingly, 18-24 year olds view things a bit differently, with 15 percent saying they can't live without Facebook.
The survey also asked respondents what they think will happen in the next decade, and here's what they said:
Regular use of stem cells and cloning techniques to create human organs for transplant (43 percent)
Computer chips implanted in people to monitor their health (40 percent)
Robots capable of performing manual labor jobs (40 percent)
Incorporation of virtual reality into home entertainment (36 percent)
Zogby pinged 1,950 adults online from December 8-10, 2010.
Cnet is reporting that the latest survey of 17,619 households by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resulted in some surprising results regarding phone usage. For the first time, the majority of adults in their late 20s are more likely to use only a mobile phone at home. In all, 51% of those age 25-29 did not have a landline at home. Landlines just aren't hip anymore, apparently.
The numbers are also on the rice for those in other age groups. 40% of people in the 18-24 age bracket have left landlines behind. As you might expect, the rate of cell phone only homes drops significantly as age goes up. After age 65, only 5% of people said they lived in mobile only homes. The overall rate of households that used only cell phones was 26%, and another 16% said they talk all or most of their calls on their mobile phone.
We can only see this trend continuing. As mobile networks get faster and more expansive, more consumers will decide to stop paying for the same service twice. Have you switched to having mobile phones only? If you don't mind us asking, what age group are you in?
Apple couldn't have picked a worse wireless carrier to enter into an exclusivity agreement to carry the iPhone, and we mean that literally, at least according to a new survey by Consumer Reports.
The consumer advocate group pinged more than 58,000 ConsumerReports.org subscribers about their cell phone carriers, and it was AT&T that scored the worst for overall satisfaction, dropping "significantly" from one year ago. And get this -- more than half of the AT&T customers surveyed were iPhone owners. In fact, Consumer Reports points out that "iPhone owners were much less satisfied with their carrier and rated data service (Web and email) lower than owners of smartphones on other carriers that, like the iPhone, have a host of apps to encourage heavy data use."
Where there's smoke there's usually fire, and there has been a ton of smoke signals saying the iPhone is headed to Verizon. If AT&T wasn't worried before, it should be now. Verizon ranked second among all mobile phone service providers, trailing U.S. Cellular for the top spot.
"Our survey suggests that an iPhone from Verizon Wireless, which is rumored, could indeed be good news for iPhone fans," said Paul Reynolds, Electronics Editor for Consumer Reports.
The survey also touched on the topic of bill shock with one in five respondents saying they've received an unexpectedly high cell phone bill in the previous year, usually for exceeding their plan's voice, text, or data limits.