Good Opportunities in Wi-Fi Advertising

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The reach of Wi-Fi into high density public places gives it potential as an enabler of location-targeted advertising because it can provide beacon-style proximity capabilities at superior scale to Bluetooth beacons, according to a new report about Wi-Fi advertising opportunities from the Wireless Broadband Alliance. Continue reading

J.D. Power on Smartphone Purchase Habits: People Like to Use Smartphones to Buy Smartphones

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People favor use of their smartphones to purchase wireless devices, according to two studies about smartphone purchase habits released this week by J.D. Power. That channel has surpassed in-store, telephone and others. Continue reading

U.S. Social Media Users Exceed 70%

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More than 4 billion people worldwide use the Internet, according to a new report from social media management company Hootsuite and creative agency We are Social. Continue reading

Parks: Service Providers Have an Advantage for the Connected Home Opportunity

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More than 60% of broadband households in the United States with a networking router got the device from their broadband service provider, according to research from Parks Associates, outlined in their “Staking a Claim in the Connected Home: Service Provider Solutions,” white paper, sponsored by Calix. Continue reading

Google Project Fi Bill Protection Offers Alternative to Unlimited Wireless Plans

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Google’s wireless service Project Fi now offers Bill Protection, which a company executive describes in a blog post as “a new take on a phone plan that combines the simplicity of our existing pricing with the flexibility of an unlimited plan.” Continue reading

Consumer Cybersecurity Survey: 80% Admit Risky Behavior

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Most Americans leave themselves open to cyberattack, yet one third would hold the maker of a device responsible if a hack occurred, even if outdated software was the cause, according to a new consumer cybersecurity survey from Netsparker Ltd. Continue reading

Ovum: LTE Population Coverage Hits 94% in North America

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Global LTE reached the 2.5 billion connection mark at the end of the third quarter of the year, according to data from Ovum and released by 5G Americas. North America had 341 million LTE subscribers at the end of September, representing LTE population coverage of 94%. Continue reading

CTA: Black Friday Smartphone Shopping Was Dominant Online Option

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Smartphones were the device of choice for online shoppers during the Black Friday shopping week, according to a Black Friday smartphone shopping survey conducted by the Consumer Technology Association. Continue reading

Computer Vision Capabilities Like Face ID Will be in Hundreds of Millions of Devices

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Advanced computer vision will be embedded in more than 650 million mobile devices by 2022, according to a computer vision forecast from ABI Research. Examples of computer vision include security (as found in Apple Face ID), social networking (Apple animojis) and content (Google Clips). Continue reading

Americans Check Their Smartphones 8 Billion Times Per Day

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How much do Americans love their smartphones? As of the end of 2016, Americans were checking their smartphones a total of 8 billion times per day, according to a new report from ReportLinker. Continue reading