In ten years, the average home with two teenagers will have 50 devices connected to the Internet, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation. We counted 13 in our home. That’s only three more than the national average. But we’ve yet to connect our washer and dryer, our plants or our posture to an Internet app. (Some people have!)
“Burner” for Android phones gives you a free disposable phone number. When someone calls, it connects to your regular number. Dispose of it when you wish. Free for a number that expires the next day. Two dollars for a three-pack or to extend a selected number.
According to Leichtman Research Group, seventy-five percent of U.S. households now have high definition TV, compared with only 23 percent in 2008. More than half of households have more than one such TV. Six percent of households have 3D TV, but 59 percent of those households have never bothered to watch any three dimensional content. (What the heck, they just wanted the latest stuff.)
More than five million U.S. households don’t pay for TV, up from three million in 2007, according to a Nielsen report. They make up five percent of all American TV viewers. So what are they watching instead? Internet TV, streamed to computers, smart phones and tablets. Remember when the three major broadcasters owned the universe?
Lenovo and Hewlett Packard are neck and neck for the title of world’s largest PC maker. But if it weren’t for H-P’s substantial sales into the professional markets – finance, engineering, etc., Lenovo would easily top the rankings. By way of background: Lenovo bought IBM’s personal computer business several years ago.
Windows 8 sales haven’t been doing any better than Vista did when it was introduced back in 2007. (Vista never did live up to Microsoft’s hopes, as users responded to its introduction with a number of pointed comments, like “Huh?”) Windows 7 was created to solve the problems of Vista. Someday there will be a Windows 9 to correct the problems of Windows 8.
– The average smartphone owner spends more than two hours a day using apps,
according to research firm Flurry Analytics. That’s expected to rise further, surpassing
TV viewing eventually, according to Flurry CEO Simon Khalaf. We guess that’s not too
surprising, given that, one in five homes has a tablet computer and 40 percent use it
while watching TV, according to the Nielsen rating service.
– A footnote on the great migration from Windows 7 to Windows 8: It’s moving, but
there’s still plenty of time to panic. According to Net Applications, 1.2% of all Windows
PCs were running Windows 8 in November, which was one month after its launch.
When Windows 7 came out in 2009, it had 4.3 percent