The Future of Smart Systems
Technology experts envision a future with “smart” devices that make home systems, appliances and utilities work more efficiently. But many believe we still won’t be living in the “Homes of the Future” by 2020. These developments will take time. The costs and infrastructure changes to make it all work are daunting.
A Look at Internet Use on Mobile Phones
Some 17% of cell phone owners do most of their online browsing on their phone, rather than a computer or other device. Most do so for convenience, but for some their phone is their only option for online access.
Libraries, Patrons, and e-Books
About one-in-ten readers of e-books borrowed one from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.
Older Adults and Internet Use
As of April, 53% of American adults age 65 and older said they used the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, this represent the first time that half of seniors are going online.
Twitter 2012: Big Increase in ’Typical Day’ Users
Overall adoption remains steady, but “typical day” usage continues to grow — 8% of online adults now use Twitter on a typical day. African-Americans, young adults, and mobile users stand out for their high rates of Twitter usage.
The Trend on Twitter: More Are Using it on a ’Typical Day’
While the overall number of adults with Twitter accounts remains steady, the proportion of online adults who say they use Twitter on a “typical day” has doubled since May 2011 and has quadrupled since late 2010.
The Future of Internet Gamification
Interactive games that reward participants with points, badges and discounts are on the rise. Experts believe they will spread widely to key areas, such as education and health by 2020. Others worry about a darker side.
Three-Quarters of Smartphone Owners Use Location-Based Services
Nearly three-fourths (74%) of smartphone users use their phones to obtain real-time, location-based information and almost one-in-five use geosocial services such as Foursquare.
Just-In-Time Information Through Mobile Connections
86% of smartphone owners used their phone in the past month to make real-time queries to help them meet friends, solve problems, or settle arguments.
Teens & Online Video
Nearly four-in-ten teenage (37%) internet users participate in video chats with others andf almost three-in-ten record and upload video to the Internet. Fewer teens (13%) stream live video for others to watch than engage in simple uploading.