AARP: 7 in 10 Seniors Own a Smartphone

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Although they were slower than younger Americans to latch on to mobile phones, nearly nine in 10 Americans (89%) who are 50 years old and older own mobile devices, according to AARP Research. More than seven in 10 (73%) own smartphones, researchers said. Continue reading

IBM Data Correlates Cyberattacks with VoIP and SIP

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Connected device and network security are never far from front of mind these days given the almost regular occurrence of high-profile cyber-attacks and security breaches. It’s important to keep in mind that VoIP also is vulnerable to cyberattack, as new VoIP attack data from IBM Managed Security Services published by Security Intelligence illustrates. Continue reading

Black Friday Mobile Sales Breach the $1 Billion Mark

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This year’s Black Friday mobile sales rose 33 percent over last year to total $1.2 billion, according to Adobe. That marks the first time m-commerce sales exceeded $1 billion in a single day, Adobe highlights. Continue reading

Facebook Usage: 79% of Online Americans, Says Pew

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Facebook continues to be the most popular social media site, according to Pew Research Center. According to Pew’s Facebook usage date, nearly 8 in 10 online Americans (79%) and 68 percent of the total population use Facebook. Facebook’s share was more double the share for those that follow – Instagram (32%), Pinterest (31%), LinkedIn (29%) or Twitter (24%). Continue reading

Report: Global VoIP Services Market to Exceed $140 Billion in 2021

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Global VoIP services generated $83 billion in revenues in 2015. That’s expected to increase at a 9.1% CAGR or higher from 2016-2021 to create a $140 billion global VoIP services market by the end of the forecast period, according to Zion Research. Continue reading

Mobile Payments are on the Rise, With PayPal and Retail Apps Dominating

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When it comes to mobile payments, PayPal upset the cart for banks and other retail financial service providers such as Western Union. But PayPal’s strong mobile payment market share is increasingly threatened by the likes of Apple, Google, Samsung and major retail chains, as new research from Parks Associates illustrates. The latter are making use of ¨white label¨ mobile payment apps that mobile app developers have opened up to them for branding. Continue reading

Comcast Unauthorized Billing Results in $2.3 Million Settlement with the FCC

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Comcast has been ordered to pay a fine of $2.3 million by the FCC to settle an investigation as to whether the cable MSO charged cable TV customers for equipment that they never authorized. News of the Comcast unauthorized billing settlement was announced by the FCC. Continue reading

Data Breach Notification Survey: 73% of Victims Never Notified

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A large majority – 73% – of those whose private data had been compromised in massive data breaches were never actually been notified that their sensitive personal data could now be in the hands of cyber criminals, according to a data breach notification survey carried out by the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and Ipsos. Continue reading

Connected Car Survey: Bill Should Come From Wireless Carrier, Not Car Maker

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More than 6 in 10 U.S. car owners (62%) would like vehicle data charges to be rolled into their wireless bill, according to new market research from Parks Associates released Sept. 15. Just 12% said they would prefer those charges to be billed through their auto manufacturer. Continue reading

Pew: No Improvement in Percentage of Offline Americans

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The percentage of offline Americans has stayed roughly the same for three years running despite various government and private-sector initiatives to promote broadband Internet access throughout the nation, according to the latest market data from the Pew Research Center. More than one in 10 Americans (13%) did not use the Internet as of 2015. Continue reading