Foxconn, one of the largest private employers in the world with 1.3 million workers, makes many of the smartphones and tablets used today, including Apple iPhones and iPads, and some android smartphones. The CEO of Foxconn has indicated that he wants to reduce the workforce by using robots. Continue reading… “Foxconn wants to use robots to lower cost of smartphones”
Are our youth too plugged in?
Mobile device usage has exploded. Some people are questioning the proper use of these devices among children. Most teachers and parents agree that this technology is a valuable tool—but are students too “plugged in”? How much screen time is too much.
There are more tablets available with kid-protections and controls.
Tech is topping the Christmas lists this year as parents are prepared to indulge. A PBS Kids survey shows that 54 percent of parents plan to pick up a techie gift this year, more specifically tablets. Kids want bigger screens to play games and watch movies on. Kids want tablets more than they want game consoles, according to the survey.
The number of mobile job seekers will climb to 50% by the end of 2015.
Simply Hired reports in a new survey on job search trends that the use of mobile devices for job seeking continues to increase. Simply Hired found that 30% of its job search traffic came from mobile devices. LinkedIn reported a similar trend in the third quarter of 2013, with mobile accounting for 38% of unique visitors.
YouTube’s mobile traffic is up 25% from last year.
YouTube seems to be the exception when it comes to getting people to concentrate long on anything on their phones and tablets. YouTube is quickly going mobile, with small screens making up 40% of its traffic now compared to 25% last year, Google said on its earnings call today. In 2011, just 6% of YouTube traffic came from mobile.
“Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems.” — Marty Cooper, inventor (1981)
Bold predictions abound in the tech world. Some try to make educated guesses about where technology is headed. Others prognosticate in reaction to disruptive technologies that could boost (or threaten) their business.
The very first iPad rolled out of an assembly line three years ago, and corporate board rooms and IT departments have never been the same. Forrester analysts now predict collaboration via tablets is the next big wave in the enterprise.
Tablet shipments will grow 67 percent this year to 256.5 million.
We will buy more tablets than notebooks for the first time ever this year. But by 2017, we’ll buy six times more tablets than laptops, according to market researcher NPD.
A prototype Samsung Windows smartphone.
The next big revolution in electronics are gadgets you can simply fold up to put in your pocket. We have already gotten a glimpse of the technology from manufacturers with Samsung showing off a ‘foldable’ phone.
The Digital Video Benchmark for the U.S. for 2012 has been released by Adobe. The Digital Index team shows what it learned monitoring video performance throughout the year across digital platforms. Data was compiled from a study from Adobe Marketing Cloud customers, scoring viewing habits and also monitoring ad performance.There was a massive increase in mobile viewership in 2012 according to Adobe’s numbers, though desktop still dominates when it comes to online video.
85.5 million people access social networks via a smartphone or tablet app.
People are accessing the web more frequently and for longer periods, using smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and smart TVs both in the U.S. and globally. We’re still using PCs as well, but personal computer usage of social media is just about the only category that’s down: 4 percent fewer Americans connected to the Internet via a PC in 2012, while 82 percent more connected via the mobile web and 85 percent more connected via a mobile app.
“News is becoming a more important and pervasive part of people’s lives.”
The guy who bumped into you on the street with his eyes glued to his smartphone may just as likely be reading a news story as sending a text message. A new report says 27 percent of Americans now get their news using mobile devices, something that’s helping to increase news consumption nationally, despite a continuing decline in subscribers to print publications.