Survey Finds Strong Interest in M2M Payments

More than 8 in 10 Americans expressed strong interest in M2M payments that would use “Internet of Things” (IoT) technology and automated machine-to-machine (M2M) payments, a new study from Visa and PYMNTS-dot-com reveals. The study, entitled “How We Will Pay” was released at the WIRED Business Conference alongside Visa’s announcement that more than 12 banks are joining its token service provider program. Continue reading

Smartphone Usage: One in Five Use Their Devices Every Five Minutes

Would it surprise you to know that a tad over one in five smartphone users worldwide (22%) use their devices once every five minutes, or that nearly half feel compelled to respond to ads when they see them on mobile devices? Those are just two of the key findings from a new smartphone usage survey from IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau). Continue reading

Report: Global Average Broadband Cost and Speed Rises

Average broadband cost and speed for residential service rose just over 7 percent quarterly around the world in 1Q 2017, rising to $105 from $98 in 4Q 2016, according to Point Topic’s latest global survey of residential and commercial broadband services. Monthly charges rose across all three delivery modes: copper, cable and fiber. Continue reading

Mobile Advertising Revenue Now Over 50% of Digital Total

Advertisers spent an all-time high $36.6 billion to promote their wares to mobile device users in the U.S. last year. That marks the first time mobile advertising revenue represented more than half (50.4%) of the U.S. annual digital advertising spending, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) highlights in a new market research report. Continue reading

NPD Finds 60% of Internet Households With Internet-Connected TV

The number of Internet households with Internet-connected TVs has now reached 60% in the U.S., according to new market research from The NPD Group.

Thirty-five percent of U.S. Internet homes had streaming media players as of January 2017, up from 29 percent last year. The number with connected TVs installed rose by six million to reach 60 percent. Continue reading

Password Security Survey: Even Pros Are Lax

Social media users, even those working in the cyber security field, are exposing themselves to security threats, according to a password security survey conducted by security specialist Thycotic at the RSA Conference in San Francisco in February. More than half – 53 percent – of respondents said they hadn’t changed their social network passwords in over one year. Continue reading

Daily YouTube Hours Viewed Hits 1 Billion

YouTube management made a difficult and contentious decision a few years back to turn its primary focus away from the number of views videos garnered to focusing on daily YouTube hours viewed. YouTube reached a major milestone along that course last year as viewers watched 1 billion hours of YouTube OTT video content per day. Continue reading