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Wednesday
Feb222012

Smartphones Will Outnumber Humans by 2016

Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Smartphones are becoming smarter by the day, and by 2016, there’ll be more of them on planet Earth than humans.  Tech giant Cisco Systems estimates there will be 10 billion smartphones and tablets being used on Earth by 2016. The world population by that same year, according to the United Nations, will be 7.3 billion.

Some additional numbers from Cisco:

490 million -- Number of smartphones sold in 2011.
1.4 -- Number of mobile gadgets for every person on Earth in 2016.
50 -- The factor by which data traffic from smartphones will increase by 2016.
62 -- Factor by which data traffic from tablets will increase by 2016.
71 -- Percent of mobile traffic dedicated to watching videos on portable devices by 2016, a 25-fold increase from today.
130 -- Exabytes of worldwide data traffic in 2016. That's roughly the equivalent of 33 billion DVDs, 4.3 quadrillion mp3 files, or 813 quadrillion text messages.

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Monday
Jan232012

Tablet Devices Taking Over in 2012

Amazon(WASHINGTON) -- The number of U.S. adults who own a tablet device nearly doubled after the holiday season from 10 percent to 19 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.

Measured from mid-December to mid-January, the impressive increase in tablet ownership means that approximately 29 percent of American adults now own either an e-reader or tablet device -- up from 18 percent in December.

While the increase in digital readers may make a few publishing companies nervous, at least two companies are celebrating the news. Both Amazon, which makes the Kindle Fire, and Barnes & Noble, which makes the Nook tablet, also saw a large increase in sales compared to the previous year.

According to Amazon, the company sold four times as many Kindle devices as it sold on Black Friday in 2010, in part due to the introduction of the Kindle Fire.

At Barnes & Noble, the Nook tablet saw a 70 percent increase in holiday season sales from the previous year, according to the company. As a result, Barnes & Noble is currently looking to capitalize on the digital sales by possibly spinning off the Nook division.

While success of the tablet and e-reader devices may seem like the death knell for small bookstores, the American Booksellers Association actually reported an increase in profit for independent bookstores during the holiday season, including a 15.5 percent increase in sales during the Black Friday shopping period. It remains to be seen if these customers will continue shopping in the New Year.

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Monday
Dec122011

Amazon's Kindle Fire Not an iPad, But Worth the Price Tag

Amazon[dot]com, Inc(NEW YORK) -- The Kindle Fire, amazon's new e-reader is getting panned by a lot of critics who say it doesn't offer as much as some of the other tablets out there on the market.  

Tim Stevens is editor of the technology website, Engadget, and says the Kindle Fire is a good device for the price, which is about $300 less than what you'd pay for the lowest level iPad. Stevens says its good for downloading books and movies and surfing the internet. If you want more, you'll need to spend more.

Though the marketing campaign surrounding the Kindle Fire might have oversold it or confused people, Stevens says that the device is well worth the $200 price tag.

"You can read books on it. You can surf the web on it, and you can run a limited set of Android applications on it. If those are the things that you're looking to do, I think the Kindle Fire is a great option for you because it is very low cost and it seems to be very well-made. The hardware quality is good," Stevens says.
 
But he adds, "Its not a very good productivity device, if you need to actually get some work done, if you want to be sending a lot of emails or write some documents or that kind of thing. The iPad or some of the Android tablets are probably a better choice but they come at a significantly higher cost."

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Sunday
Sep042011

High-Tech Classrooms does not Mean High Test Scores

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s out with the old and in with the new for many classrooms across the country that are updating their school’s technology for an overall better learning experience for students.

But better technology doesn’t necessarily equate to better test scores.

The New York Times reports that there’s a lot of evidence that technology isn’t the answer to improving learning. A division of the Education Department that rates classroom curriculums found that educational software is not an improvement over textbooks, despite the increasing popularity of tablets in the classrooms.

While schools are busy investing billions of dollars in technology, even amid budget cuts and layoffs, they should be aware that there is little evidence this strategy is improving basic learning.

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