Via Michelle Healy of USA Today comes some troubling news when it comes to technology and kids:
If your teen texts while driving, chances are he or she also practices other dangerous motor vehicle habits — including failing to buckle up and driving after they have been drinking, a new federal analysis finds.
In 2011, 45% of all students 16 and older reported that they had texted or e-mailed while driving during the past 30 days, says the study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported in June’s Pediatrics, released online today.
Later in the piece, Healy quotes CDC Director Thomas Frieden:
“Multitasking may be fine if you’re sitting at your desk, but not when you’re driving a car,” Frieden adds. “Things can go so badly so quickly. That’s what I think teens don’t recognize.
At Read Write Web, Brian S. Hall writes about how “mobile is taking over the world,” as he puts it:
Figures published earlier this year from the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), for example, reveal the amazing spread of mobile connectivity. According to the ITU’s “facts and figures” publication, mobile penetration rates are now about equal to the global population - including an 89% penetration rate in “developing countries,” which currently have the highest mobile growth rates.
In other words, nearly everyone on the planet has a mobile phone — or will have one soon enough.
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve has released a new study that shows people are increasingly using their mobile devices to handle banking. From a press release:
As of November 2012, 28 percent of all mobile phone users and 48 percent of smartphone users had used mobile banking in the past 12 months. This is a significant increase from 21 percent in December 2011 for mobile phone users and 42 percent for smartphone users. While relatively less common, the use of mobile phones to make payments at the point-of-sale increased threefold over the same period, with 6 percent of smartphone owners having used their phone to make a purchase.
Speaking of mobile traffic, Scott Moritz of Bloomberg reports once wireless provider saw a big — and I mean big — jump in traffic during last Sunday’s Super Bowl:
From 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. New York time, a span covering the halftime show and the power disruption during the Feb. 3 game, customers used 78 gigabytes of data inside the New Orleans Superdome, AT&T said yesterday. That was almost double the peak volume of last year’s Super Bowl and the most ever for an in- stadium championship game.
All told, AT&T says mobile traffic was up 80% over last year’s game. That’s a lot of tweets, texts, and whatnot.
Apple’s iPhone may have a lot of competition these days, but new numbers show the company is still dominating the market. As Brett Molina of USA Todayreports:
Apple outdueled Samsung on mobile phone shipments in the U.S. during the fourth quarter, according to research from firm Strategic Analytics. It’s the first time the company has ever claimed the top spot in mobile shipments.
Overall, 52 million mobile phones were shipped, a 4% jump from last year. Apple snagged a 34% market share, shipping 17.7 million phones. The maker of the iPhone held a 25% during the same time last year.
Via Patricia Reaney of Reuters, a new report sheds like on how mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are affecting education:
Smartphones were used at home for schoolwork by 39 percent of 11 to 14 year olds, 31 percent of those surveyed said they did assignments on a tablet while nearly 65 percent used laptops, the poll by research firm TRU, which specializes in data on tweens, teens and twenty-somethings, showed.
For more on technology and education, check out our “Back to School with Broadband” webinar from August.
At The Hill, Jennifer Martinez reports on a hearing today in the House focused on keeping the growing mobile app market booming:
At the Wednesday hearing, subcommittee chairwoman Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) noted that the booming mobile app marketplace has helped spur the launch of several new small businesses. She said that roughly one-third of apps are developed by entrepreneurs or businesses with fewer than five employees.
“Through American innovation and ingenuity, we’re rapidly becoming a world where there’s literally an app for everything,” she said.
During the hearing, industry reps highlighted some challenges the industry already faces. Among them: trouble finding employees due to a lack of a relatively small pool of trained workers, and an issue we’ve often talked about:
Another challenge facing app companies is the looming spectrum crunch and lack of broadband Internet in rural regions of the U.S., the industry representatives said.
Ramsey argued that there needs to be right infrastructure in place to handle the rising population of mobile apps. That includes ensuring there is enough spectrum, or airwaves, for mobile apps to run on and reach consumers.
Via John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable, new legislation aimed at protecting privacy in the mobile space has been introduced in Congress:
Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said Wednesday he has introduced mobile app legislation that would require app sellers to disclose the software being installed when an app is downloaded, and users to give their affirmative consent.
Some highlights from the bill include disclosure on monitoring by apps and other software, a focus on consumer consent before monitoring can proceed, and greater oversight from both the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.
We’re launching a new feature here at IIA, highlighting innovators using broadband — both wired and wireless. This week’s startup is Audingo, an audio-visual social media platform that initiates interaction between public personalities, groups, and their fans via their mobile devices. From their website:
Audingo is a social platform that lets fans connect with and hear directly from their favorite personalties and organizations through a phone call, audio text, audio email, or video.
Audingo gives personalities the ability to create and record audio and video content in real time, and simultaneously connect to thousands of individuals’ mobile devices, fostering a conversation, deepening the connection..
The company recently received $3 million in angel investment to expand their operations. Check them out.
Speaking of wireless, a new report from analytics firm comScore looks at mobile usage in Japan, Europe, and the United States. Among the report’s findings: Japanese users lead the way in usage of applications and mobile browsers, Europe leads in text messaging, and the U.S. — home of Facebook and Twitter — is tops in social networking and blogging.
Yesterday, Nick Bilton of the New York Times had a major scoop about a quiet meeting between two tech powerhouses:
Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive, recently showed up with a small entourage of deputies at Adobe’s offices to hold a secret meeting with Adobe’s chief executive, Shantanu Narayen.
The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, covered a number of topics, but one of the main thrusts of the discussion was Apple and its control of the mobile phone market and how the two companies could team up in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options.
With Apple refusing to allow Adobe’s Flash program on its popular iPhone, and adoption of Google’s Android mobile software growing briskly — not to mention Microsoft’s attempt to become relevant again in the handset market with its Windows Phone 7 — the sparring among major tech companies in the mobile space should be fun to watch.
The Washington Post reports on an innovative idea to help rebuild Haiti’s infrastructure following the country’s devastating earthquake in January:
John Stanton, founder of Voice Stream and former chief executive of T-Mobile USA, wants the Haitian government to forget about rebuilding its copper wire communications network. Instead, he thinks Haiti should go mobile.
“Necessity is the mother of invention,” Stanton said.
Stanton pitched the idea at the CTIA trade show in Las Vegas, and announced that his company Trilogy would be willing to contribute as much as $100 million to the effort.
Later in the Post article, a familiar name offers some insight:
Experts say any project to rebuild infrastructure in the nation should be open to competition. That would include laying down fiber for a stronger backbone to connect calls. Dozens of new cellphone towers would be raised to support traffic that will grow as Internet use takes off.
“It can be a fantastic opportunity, but all over the world there is also a push to have a mix of wireless and fixed-wire networks supporting broadband and communications,” said Bruce Mehlman, co-president of the Internet Innovation Alliance and former assistant secretary of commerce for technology policy. “And you must make sure that this doesn’t preclude any competition.”
Spectrum is one of our country’s most vital natural resources — and right now, we’re running out of it.
With the popularity of mobile broadband rising, the major carriers are warning that unless more spectrum is freed up, they won’t be able to keep up with demand. And as Fierce Wireless reports, their carriers’ concerns have gotten the attention of the FCC.
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