Posts Tagged Under: internet

KPCB: 51% of Total Time Spent on the Internet Is on Mobiles

2015 marks the first time mobile devices become the primary means of connecting to the Internet with 51% share, according to venture capital firm KPCB. That figure was 12% in 2008, just as smartphones with big screens were beginning to take off.

Smartphones have been around for more than a decade, but the real recipe for a smartphone was struck around 2007 with the iPhone. Before then, smartphones had QUERTY keyboards and Internet connectivity was painfully slow. Worse still, mobile Internet was ugly and completely unusable. Ten years ago

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Public Libraries Are Beating The Internet In One Key Area: Trust

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Thanks to smartphones and tablets, book reading no longer requires a trip to the local library. Amazon alone probably holds all the books you could read in a hundred lifetimes, but many people still prefer to stop by their local library regularly, whether it’s for looking up a guide or job hunting.

In a recent survey conducted across the United States, Pew Research Center uncovers the habits of Americans young and old, rich and poor, educated or not, based on race, gender, etc. The research group found some interesting things, including the fact that two-thirds of all of those 16 and older believe that closing their local public library would have a significant impact on their community. 32% said it would affect them (and their respective families) directly.

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Remembering How President Obama Helped Save The Internet

President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, Medium Daily Digest served me one of the best 5-minute reads available on the web: US President Barack Obama’s open letter to the FCC, twisting their arm to do the right thing and save the Internet from ISP monopoly. For those who haven’t read it, let’s recap and remember how The White House supported (and still supports) the notion of an open Internet, amid wireless carriers’ appeal to the FCC’s June ruling.

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By 2020 Smartphones & Video Will Rule The Internet [Study]

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The number of smartphone subscriptions will surpass those of basic phones as early as next year, according to the Ericsson Mobility Report, released last month. That number is expected to more than double by 2020, from 2.6 billion to 6.1 billion. Many parties stand to win from this growth, but one particular faction will be swimming in cash – the video streaming market.

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What America Thinks Of The Internet

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Americans love the Internet because it bolsters learning, content creation, and sharing, according to a survey of 1,066 a thousand online users across various parts of the U.S. But that’s not what the US population adores most about the world wide web.

Asked how the Internet bettered their lives, respondents were quick to outline that it has made product discovery and shopping much easier than five years ago, with 81% highlighting this particular aspect on top of everything else. Three quarters underscored access to national and global news, followed by hobbies / personal interests (68%), keeping close tabs on their friends’ activity (67%), health & fitness (65%), local civic activities (49%), and even neighborhood affairs (39%).

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How Much Do You Know About The Internet? Take The Web IQ Quiz

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As part of a broader study focusing on the state of the Internet in America, Pew Research has put together a fun pop quiz that lets you test your knowledge of the web and digital technology in general.

We won’t spoil it for you, but don’t expect anything too fancy. It’s just a rudimentary assessment of people’s understanding of the web – how it started, key moments in its evolution, and the tech leaders who contributed to the way it looks and feels today. It’s fun, even if you’re a complete noob.

You’ll be asked 12 questions, followed by a short demographic query that helps the surveyors gauge the knowledge level in people with different levels of education, male or female, young and old, etc. When you finish, you’ll be shown a couple of charts to see how you stack up against the 1,066 participants in Pew’s live poll. The correct and incorrect answers will be shown as well. So even if you don’t get all of them right, you’ll walk away with some extra baggage of knowledge.

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IPv4 Is On Its Last Legs In The US, Experts Give It ‘Till Summer

IT experts warn that the pool of IPv4 addresses left unused is rapidly running dry for America. Sandra Brown, president of IPv4 Market Group, says the prices for IPv4 addresses are going to soar.

IPv4 stands for Internet Protocol version 4. The standard dates from the late ’80s when it was naively assigned only a few billion addresses as 32-bit integers. Now that they’re running out, Internet-reliant businesses are being forced to

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Vivaldi Browser Will Make You Forget About Firefox and Chrome Forever

Aside from phones, web browsers are perhaps our most personal tools. A browser needs to be 100% customizable if you want to make it truly yours, but sadly that’s not the case with the ones available today. Many people sometimes resort to using two browsers to get the best of all worlds. But there is one new contender that promises to live up to everyone’s expectations for the first time in browser history.

Promoted with the tagline, “a browser for our friends,” Vivaldi is the brainchild of former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. Along with a dedicated engineering team, he achieved what can be considered the most customizable and usable browser yet.

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