Fact Tank Jan. 9, 2014

Americans with just basic cell phones are a dwindling breed

The share of Americans who have a basic cellular phone that is not a smartphone has dropped 33 percentage points since 2005.

Internet & Tech Jan. 6, 2014

Eight-in-Ten African Americans Use the Internet

While African Americans continue to trail whites when it comes to internet use and home broadband adoption overall, young African Americans are just as likely as their white counterparts to use the internet and have especially high rates of Twitter use.

Internet & Tech Oct. 18, 2013

Tablet and E-reader Ownership

The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.

Internet & Tech Sep. 25, 2013

Who’s Not Online?

15% of American adults do not use the internet at all, and another 9% of adults use the internet but not at home. The main reasons they cite for not using the internet are relevance, usability, cost and access.

Internet & Tech Sep. 19, 2013

Americans Use Their Cellphones for Much More Than Phone Calls

Half of cell owners download apps to their phones and 48% listen to music services. Video calling has tripled since 2011, while texting remains a popular activity.

Internet & Tech Sep. 16, 2013

57% of Americans Go Online With Their Cellphone

With 91% of all Americans now owning a cell phone, 57% of all American adults are cell internet users. The proportion of cell owners who use their phone to go online has doubled since 2009.

Internet & Tech Sep. 12, 2013

Location Tagging on the Rise for Mobile, Social Media Users

30% of social media users now tag their posts with their location, while 74% of smartphone owners get directions or other information based on their current location and 12% use a geosocial service to “check in” to locations or share their whereabouts with friends.

Internet & Tech Aug. 26, 2013

Broadband Usage in the Home

Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have a high-speed broadband connection at home as of May 2013, according to a nationally representative survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2013

NBC makes a bet on getting user-generated content from citizen videographers

NBC News purchased a digital start-up company that allows anyone with a smartphone to stream live video to the network from the scene of breaking news, a move that could lead to increased use of user-generated content.

Fact Tank Jul. 15, 2013

India ends the telegram, but internet access is not close behind

A chapter in technology history comes to a close today, when India’s state-owned telecom company, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, will send its last telegram after 163 years.