Behind Facebook’s WhatsApp purchase: A global appetite for texting
A median of 78% of mobile phone owners in emerging countries used their devices for texting.
Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology
Cell phones are pervasive, but smartphones are still rare. And while the internet has made tremendous inroads, its reach is limited.
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.
72% of Americans Follow Local News Closely
Most adults follow local news closely, and local newspapers are by far the source they rely on for much of the local information they need.
Closing the Local News ‘App Gap’
Local news is going mobile. Nearly half of all American adults (47%) report that they get at least some local news and information on their cellphone or tablet computer. But just 13% of all mobile device owners report having an app that helps them get local information or news.
Social Isolation and New Technology
A new study challenges previous research and commonplace fears about the harmful social impact of internet and cell phone use.
The Internet’s Role in Campaign 2008
Three-quarters (74%) of internet users went online during the 2008 election to take part in, or get news and information about the 2008 campaign. This represents 55% of the entire U.S. adult population.
From BarackObama.com to Change.gov
A new survey finds that voters expect that the level of public engagement they experienced with Obama during the campaign, much of it occurring online, will continue into the early period of his new administration.
Future of the Internet III: How the Experts See It
A survey of internet leaders and analysts finds they expect the phone to become a primary device for online access, artificial and virtual reality to become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself to improve. But they disagree about whether this will lead to more social tolerance or better home lives.