January 24, 2022

New Report from Pew Internet Looks at the Use of Location-Based Services

Title: Three-quarters of smartphone owners use location-based services Author: Kathryn Zickuhr Direct to Complete Report ||| PDF Version From the Overview: A new report finds that 74% of smartphone owners use their phone to get real-time location-based information, and 18% use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with […]

Final TechWatch Report: Delivering Web to Mobile

Final Report (Ver. 1.0) Title Delivering Web to Mobile Author Mark Power, JISC CETIS From the Introduction: The use of mobile devices for the consumption and use of Web content and services has grown steadily over the last few years and continues to do so, with analysts predicting that mobile will soon exceed the traditional […]

Updated Statistics from Nielsen: Mobile Operating System Share & Demographics

From a Nielsen Wire Blog Post: In March 2012, a majority (50.4%) of U.S. mobile subscribers owned smartphones, up from 47.8 percent in December 2011. Consumers purchasing new phones picked smartphones more often, and among smartphone owners Apple was the top manufacturer of smartphone handsets, while Android was the top smartphone OS. Who makes up […]

New Report from Pew Internet: “Just-In-Time Information Through Mobile Connections”

From the Overview The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has documented some of the ways that people perform just-in-time services with their cell phones. A new nationally representative survey by the Pew Internet Project has found additional evidence of this just-in-time phenomenon. Some 70% of all cell phone owners and 86% of […]

Forecast: 80% of Tablet App Downloads Will Be from Games, Digital Publishing, Social Networking, and E-Commerce Categories in 2016

From ABI Research: iPad and Android media tablet users have become and will remain avid app users over the next five years, averaging more than 31 downloads per year per media tablet. A new market intelligence study on emerging tablet applications found that 11 of the 13.7 billion app downloads forecasted for iPad and Android […]

New Report: “Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media”

From the AASL (American Association of School Librarians): The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and other leading education associations in releasing a new report aimed at helping inform and guide education decision makers as they revise policies related to the use of mobile technologies and […]

Mobile-Optimized Journals Now on Nature.com

From a News Release: Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is pleased to announce mobile-optimization for a number of its journals on nature.com. Nature, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications and Scientific Reports now offer complete mobile-optimized versions of their websites, designed for use in web browsers on “small screen” devices like smartphones and tablets. All other Nature […]

Gartner Says Worldwide Media Tablets Sales to Reach 119 Million Units in 2012

From the Gartner Web Site: Worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to total 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98 percent increase from 2011 sales of 60 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Apple’s iOS continues to be the dominant media tablet operating system (OS), as it is projected to account for […]

Jakob Nielsen Discusses Mobile Web Site Guidelines

Here’s the latest Alertbox newsletter article written by web usability guru Jakob Nielsen. It’s titled, “Mobile Site vs. Full Site.” From the Post: Based on usability testing of hundreds of sites, the main guidelines for mobile-optimized websites are clear: Build a separate mobile-optimized site (or mobile site) if you can afford it. When people access […]

Wikipedia’s Official Mobile Apps Say So Long to Google Maps

By Charles Cooper: First it was Foursquare. And then Apple. Now, it’s Wikipedia’s turn to switch from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap. Wikipedia’s decision, announced in a blog post, is likely to raise more questions about the company’s decision to charge so-called high-volume users of its Maps APIs, which formerly were free. In March, Google started […]