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.
According to a new survey, U.S. businesses are losing billions of dollars due to lost and stolen laptops. Intel, along with the Ponemon Institute, pinged 329 organizations as part of what's been dubbed "The Billion Dollar Lost-Laptop Study," and found that collectively those polled had lost more than 86,000 laptops worth around $2.1 billion.
"Looking at these results, you can barely fathom the significant financial impact of missing laptops," said Anand Pashupathy, general manager, Intel Anti-Theft Services. "More astonishing, considering the vulnerability of laptops and their data is that the majority of these companies aren't taking even basic precautions to protect them."
By "majority," Pashupathy is talking about two-thirds of those polled admitting they don't take any security measures, such as encryption, back-ups, and anti-theft mechanisms.
So where exactly did all these laptops go with their data goldmines? Just 25 percent ended up stolen, at least confirmed as such (another 15 percent were suspected of being swiped), while a staggering 60 percent just went missing, as in lost.
If you only paid attention to internet forums and comments, you might think that all smartphone users were diehard supporters of their current platform. But a new study detailed by Reuters seem to say quite the opposite. In all, 56% of global smartphone users were found to be willing to consider a different type of phone when they next bought. Only 25% were definitely planning to stay loyal to their current smartphone OS.
The loyalty rates varied wildly for individual mobile operating systems. Apple has a commanding lead with 59% planning to stick with the platform. Microsoft was at the low end with only 21% loyalty. RIM's Blackberry platform enticed 35% to claim they will stick with it. Google's Android OS only garnered long term support from 24% of users in the survey.
Smartphone sales have nearly doubled in the last year, and the demand probably isn't going away anytime soon. If anything, this data shows that new entrants in the market, like Microsoft Windows Phone 7, might actually have a shot at attracting converts.
Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the Yale University School of Medicine in West Haven, Connecticut, surveyed 4,028 adolescents about "gaming and reported problems with gaming and other health behaviors." A little over half (51.2 percent) reported gaming, and of those nearly a third (29.2 percent) were girls.
Nothing surprising so far, but get this:
"There were no negative health correlates of gaming in boys and lower odds of smoking regularly; however, girls who reported gaming were less likely to report depression and more likely to report getting into serious fights and carrying a weapon to school," according to the survey.
What's more, 4.9 percent of respondents reported "problematic gaming," which the survey defines as trying to cut back, experiencing an irresistible urge to play, and experience a growing tension that can only be relieved by playing.
We do, however, have to the give the study's authors credit for not making any wild claims about violence in videogames or twisting the results of the survey.
"The prevalence of problematic gaming is low but not insignificant, and problematic gaming may be contained within a larger spectrum of externalizing behaviors," the study concludes. "More research is needed to define safe levels of gaming, refine the definition of problematic gaming, and evaluate effective prevention and intervention strategies."
Science (and real life) may have provided ample evidence to the contrary, but that seemingly hasn't been enough to persuade the majority of American adults that videogames aren't diabolical tools of desensitization and bloodshed – the very weapons wielded by Satan's army. According to a survey uncovered by The Escapist that polled 1000 adults, 54 percent of American adults believe videogames to be a cause of increased real-world violence.
More troublingly, 69 percent expressed concern about the amount of violence in modern games, while 65 percent figured the government should have the right to pen a new chapter for its big ol' book of rules and regulations. Here's hoping -- for obvious reasons -- that the Supreme Court didn't contribute to this survey.
On the upside, only five percent thought the government should be the main decision-maker when it comes to “the amount of sex and violence children are exposed to in videogames,” with a whopping 71 percent putting that responsibility squarely on the shoulders of parents. Also of note: older adults were generally more up-in-arms about videogame violence than younger adults.
So basically, it's a pretty bleak picture, but there are a few dabs of hope mixed in there too. And so long as the older, gray-bearded folks don't succeed at pulling a Gandalf-style “you shall not pass” on gamers and our rights, it'll only be a matter of time until games stop taking so much flack. And what a wonderful day that'll be.
Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, isn't a dating site, but that doesn't mean some of its 500+ million members don't sometimes treat it as one. OnePoll.com conducted a survey of 2,000 adults and, among other things, discovered that 11 percent of British Facebookers 'poked' (or got poked by) someone they met through Facebook, according to AllFacebook.
That's not all. Nearly half -- 46 percent -- said they sent illicit texts to someone other than their partner, while 35 percent included naked photos of themselves in said texts.
This should hardly be surprising, that is unless you were expecting the figure to be higher. A recent survey in Men's Health revealed some related stats, such as 27 percent of Facebookers failing to list their relationship status with only half of them being single. And 24 percent of those surveyed said they flirt with someone on Facebook other than their current partners.
While Facebook and Twitter manage to draw attention from scores of users representing everyday people, celebrities, and even the British Monarchy, thousands of business bigwigs are finding the two social networking services to be of limited value, according to a new study.
Website software and training company Intellimon is calling it the world's biggest ever website traffic survey, which was conducted in partnership with the University of Bradford. The two entities polled over 4,000 online business, and some of the results were anything but expected.
Around two-thirds of respondents said they use social Facebook to promote their business, but only 29 percent said they found it effective in driving traffic to their site. Twitter didn't fare much better, with just 27.2 percent saying the microblogging service generates website traffic to their business portal.
"We were genuinely shocked by some of the results across several areas; Social Media, Training, Outsourcing and Demographics sections all threw up some very unexpected results. It's a real eye-opener, even for experienced online marketers," said Intellimon CEO Paul Smithson.
You can download the entire 120-age analysis of the survey for free right here.