Far Too Many ‘Adults’ Still Using Parents’ Phone Plan

A mix of ‘failure to launch,’ zero desire for financial independence and attractive family plans mean half of people age 18 to 24 are still mooching off actual adults. August 6, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag In a new survey of 1,000 Americans across all ages conducted by Let’s Talk, a website devoted to helping users find the right mobile-phone carrier, the results were, in its words, “startling.” Some might say sickening. The survey found a full 49 percent of young adults age 18 to 24 are still getting their smartphones’ voice and data service paid for by their parents (or another responsible adult in the family). The number drops quite a bit when they hit 25 — the age you can also also rent a car with less hassle, so it’s the magic number where everyone becomes instantly more responsible. Only 16 percent of people age 25 to […]

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Phone Safety on Planes? Passengers Don’t Care.

A new survey shows exactly what passengers think of cell phone rules set by the FCC and enforced by flight attendants. July 11, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Ever been on a plane as it’s about to take off, with your phone in airplane mode or even turned off, then looked over to see someone FaceTiming at full volume? It happens plenty, despite requests from flight attendants who ask you to turn off connectivity on your phone for your safety (and because the Federal Aviation Administration makes them). A new survey by AT&T reseller All Home Connections put 1,000 travelers to the test, asking them point-blank what they do with their phones on a plane. The answers might be startling to anyone with aviophobia. They might also seem worth a big ol’ shrug to weary travelers who’ve seen it all and believe the rules are arbitrary, capricious, and a […]

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Smartphones Have Officially Crushed Digital Cameras

The drop off in camera sales in the last decade is precipitous. June 13, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag There’s always an industry group that has to track how well things are going in a certain area of tech. The offices at the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), which includes Olympus, Casio, Canon, Kodak, Sony and Nikon, probably weren’t a fun place to be in that regard since, oh, 2008 or 2010, depending. That’s when — after the camera industry had seen nothing but growth since 1951 — things took a downward turn. You can see it above in the chart from our partners at Statista. After a little spike in 2010 up to an all-time high in camera sales of 121 million units, down things went again. Digital cameras (mixing both those with built in lenses and interchangeable lenses) have dropped 84 percent in shipments (from CIPA members) since […]

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Facebook, YouTube the Most Widely Used Platforms for U.S. Adults

A new Pew survey shows the trends for which online platforms and messaging app get the most and least usage. May 23, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Looking at data from an annual telephone poll conducted by Pew Research Centerand quantified in tables here by our partners at Statista, it’s easy to see that YouTube and Facebook far outpace the rest of the competition when it comes to daily use on both PCs and phones. Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults claim they’re checking YouTube daily; 69 percent have a daily date with Facebook. While there’s no data to show YouTube’s growth (nor that of WhatsApp or SnapChat) prior to 2018, daily usage isn’t really growing by leaps and bounds, especially since 2016. Facebook had 54 percent of people checking daily in 2012, took 4 years to gain 15 percent more, and has been relatively flat ever since. Instagram — owned […]

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Every Minute Online Is a Battle for Consumer Attention

Check out this not-to-scale visualization of what is happening on the internet every single minute of every single day this year. March 21, 2019 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag We all know the internet is a big place with a lot going on, but the chart above — put together by media consultants Lori Lewis and Chadd Callahan for All Access Music — really points out the sheer amount of activity vying for (or constantly stealing) our attention. (We found it on Digg.) Pulling public records and claims from major internet companies, the two have for the last three years cobbled together a chart of what happens on average every minute of the day online. The numbers are staggering. All of the following are happening each minute: 188 million emails and 18.1 million texts sent. 41.6 million messages sent on Facebook and WhatsApp combined. 1.4 million swipes on Tinder. The sheer amount of video consumed on […]

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12 Alarm Clock Apps That Will Get Your Butt Out of Bed

Smartphones and tablets are good alarm clocks, but these apps make them great. January 25, 2019 7 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag There was a time when many items littered my nightstand. There was a lamp, a stack of books and comics I had every intention of reading, a point-and-shoot camera in case my dog climbed into the covers and did something adorable, and even a landline phone for those late-night calls that wake one with dread. Also, a back scratcher. Today those items are gone, save for the lamp so I don’t stub my toe, and the back scratcher, because I still have a back. They’ve been replaced by my iPhone and its plethora of apps to keep me busy, including those that turn my smartphone into a kick-ass futuristic alarm clock. Amid this collection for iOS and Android, whether phone or tablet-sized, features can vary wildly. But […]

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These Are the Tech Myths That Many People Still Believe in

Falsehoods like ‘more megapixels is always better’ and ‘charging smartphones overnight kills the battery’ continue to flourish, if you go by the response from the general public. January 24, 2019 3 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag The folks over at HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive on the “mythtakes” (get it?) in tech to see just what the general public really believes. To do so, they created a master list of well-known tech claptrap, as well as some that may have once been grounded in reality but is no longer true. To check them out, it surveyed “hundreds” of people in the U.S. to ask which of the major tech myths we believe. The top picks show just how far we have to go to manage expectations. The most-believed myth: that more megapixels in a digital camera make for an instantly better picture. Eighty-six percent of the respondents went for […]

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Major Video Games Make More Money Than Blockbuster Movies

You might think, based on Hollywood’s hard work and even even harder marketing, that only big movies make millions. Video games are where the really big money flows. November 8, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Rockstar Games has a hit with Red Dead Redemption 2. And as the latest chart from Statista shows, it’s even a bigger deal than Marvel’s Avengers franchise. Using data from video game companies and Box Office Mojo, which tracks the money-making of any and every movie ever made, Statista’s chart shows that the games from Rockstar have much bigger debuts than the biggest films of the last few years — Avengers: Infinity War, The Fate of the Furious in 2017, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. Even the biggest movie haul on opening weekend was Avengers at $641 million (worldwide); Rockstar’s top two titles both beat that. And one of them was Grand Theft Auto V back in 2013, which […]

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How to Manage Your Google Privacy Settings

Dig into Google’s account dashboard to see what the company knows about you. April 6, 2018 13 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag A privacy policy is meant to be a contract between you and a company — big tech companies in particular — that ensures these companies are keeping your data safe. One company that has an enormous amount of your data — from email and photos to videos and documents — is Google. The Google Privacy Policy has been “updated” 28 times since its inception in 1999 — including three times in 2017 alone. The most was five times in the year 2015. And to its credit, Google makes all the updates and changes pretty obvious. But this stuff can and will change to suit Google, or to suit new laws and regulations Google has to follow. For example, in the European Union and elsewhere on […]

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