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Television

Submission + - 'Connected Televisions/TVs' Still Not Very Connected (npdgroupblog.com) 1

antdude writes: "The National Purchase Diary (NPD) Group Blog reports that "Internet Connected TVs Are Used To Watch TV, And That’s About All — The Internet connected high definition television (HDTV) screen has so far failed to break beyond the bounds of its TV-centric heritage, with little use for the big screen beyond the obligatory video services. But the connection is being used to provide access to a far wider variety of alternative sources for video content. The latest NPD Connected Intelligence Application & Convergence report highlights that nearly six out of ten consumers who own a connected HDTV are accessing Over-the-Top (OTT) video services through the device. Seen on DSL/Broadband Reports."
Cellphones

Submission + - Digital Differences in Americans (pewinternet.org)

antdude writes: "Pew Internet article, with its details, showing "Digital Differences" — "When the Pew Internet Project first began writing about the role of the internet in American life in 2000, there were stark differences between those who were using the internet and those who were not. Today, differences in internet access still exist among different demographic groups, especially when it comes to access to high-speed broadband at home. Among the main findings about the state of digital access..."

Seen on Blue's News and TechCrunch."

Google

Submission + - Is the Web heading toward redirect hell? (pingdom.com)

Ant writes: "Royal Pingdom reports that every web sites seems to be heading toward redirect hell — "Google is doing it. Facebook is doing it. Yahoo is doing it. Microsoft is doing it. And soon Twitter will be doing it.

We're talking about the apparent need of every web service out there to add intermediate steps to sample what we click on before they send us on to our real destination. This has been going on for a long time and is slowly starting to build into something of a redirect hell on the Web.

And it has a price..."

Seen on Linux Today."

The Internet

Submission + - Verbed! -- Not every noun wants to stay that way. (boston.com)

Ant writes: "Boston reports words and phrases like "friend, Google, TiVo, log in, contact, barbecue (BBQ), unlike, concept, text, Photoshop, leverage, party, Xerox, reference, architect, parent, improv, transition, diligence, host, chair, gift, heart, and impact have all been declared--by someone, somewhere, whether a usage expert or just a self-appointed language cop--'not verbs.' ... It doesn't matter whether they're useful, interesting, or entertaining as verbs; to many people, if a word began its life as a noun, then 'verbing' it (like I did there) is just wrong..."

Seen on Neatorama. So Slashdotting is a bad idea. [grin]"

The Internet

Submission + - 64% of gamers prefer physical copies ... (mcvuk.com)

Ant writes: "ComputerAndVideoGames.com (CVG) reports that 64% of gamers prefer physical copies of their games over digital downloads, according to a survey by research firm, Ipsos MediaCT.

The survey — published in trade magazine/mag., MCV — quizzed over 1000 people and found that 64 percent preferred physical discs for their games over digital copies.

Newspapers followed closely with 63 percent opting for hard copies. On the flip side, music and film were considerably lower, with 45 and 51 percent respectively opting for physical copies.

Seen on Blue's News. Your overlord still prefers hardcopies/physical copies as well."

The Internet

Submission + - HotelChatter's Annual Hotel WiFi Report 2010 (hotelchatter.com)

Ant writes: "HotelChatter's Annual Hotel WiFi Report 2010 — "This year marks HotelChatter's sixth annual hotel wifi report. Over the years we've documented the progression of hotel WiFi, from blatant disregard, to price-gouging for WiFi access, and reliable WiFi for loyalty program members, through guests taking matters in to their own hands with wireless laptop/notebook cards and 3G access. A year ago, we thought guest demand for free, reliable, hotel WiFi might just go away, thanks to 3G.

Well guess what? The demand for hotel WiFi has not gone away, quite the opposite, a growing number of hotel guests not only demand the hotel they book have proper wireless access but most will consider *not* staying at a hotel that can't meet their basic access needs. That's right, WiFi is a make or break amenity for many hotel guests that can sway booking decisions — and that isn't going away..."

Seen on Boing Boing."

Social Networks

Submission + - Study: Ages of social network users. (pingdom.com)

Ant writes: "Royal Pingdom has age statistics for nineteen/19 different social network sites (Facebook, /., Digg, etc.) and crunched the numbers (note: to get consistent age data for the various sites we used site demographics information for the United States/U.S. gathered from Google's Ad Planner service and then did some additional calculations to get all the data we needed).

Seen on Neatorama."

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