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Blog posts tagged with 'United States'

Thursday, March 22

The Great Smartphone Adoption

By Brad

Ever since the iPhone launched the smartphone revolution, the U.S. has led the world in adoption and use of the devices and mobile broadband. But as Dan Graziano of Boy Genius Report points out, another nation has outpaced us as of late:

Mobile analytics firm Flurry on Wednesday announced that sometime in February, activations for iOS and Android devices in China overtook the United States for the first time ever. In January 2011, the U.S. accounted for 28% of the world’s total iOS and Android device activations, while China only accounted for 8%. China is now the world’s fastest growing smartphone market, however.

Friday, October 08

Wireless Around the Globe

By Brad

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.

A full breakdown of the report findings is available at comScore.

Friday, April 16

Cyber Diplomacy

By Brad

Today’s New York Times has an interesting read on the differences between how the U.S. and Russia view cybersecurity:

The United States has succeeded in creating a global 24-hour, seven-day network of law enforcement agencies in 50 nations, which have agreed to collect and share data in response to computer attacks and intrusions. While officials from both nations said that law enforcement cooperation had improved, the Russians have refused to sign the European cybercrime treaty, which the United States strongly backs.

At the same time, for the past 13 years, the Russians have been trying to interest the United States in a treaty in which nations would agree not to develop offensive cyberweapons or to conduct attacks on computer networks. The United States has repeatedly declined to enter into negotiations, arguing instead that improved law enforcement cooperation among countries is all that is necessary to combat cybercrime and cyberterrorism.

Friday, January 08

Land of the Free

By Brad

According to the website WeFi, 40% of Wi-Fi hotspots in America are unlocked, allowing anyone nearby to hop online. In Europe, meanwhile, just 25% are open.

Thursday, June 25

Cybersecurity Across the Pond

By Brad

Last month, the Obama administration announced it was creating a national “Cyber Czar” to oversee efforts to fight cyber attacks. Now the United Kingdom is following suit, creating a new Office of Cyber Security. Reports ZDNet:

The Office of Cyber Security (OCS), dedicated to protecting Britain’s IT infrastructure, will be created in line with a model proposed — and in part practised by — the US, the Cabinet Office said on Thursday. The OCS will have charge of a cross-government programme of work, while a multi-agency Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC), based at GCHQ in Cheltenham, will coordinate the protection of critical IT systems.

As well as cyber-defence and cyberattack coordination, the OCS will act as a conduit for information security collaboration between government and industry experts.

Thursday, January 15

China’s Broadband Explosion

By Brad

Last June, China passed the United States as the world’s biggest user of the Internet. And now, as the New York Times reports, the number of users has reached 298 million, roughly the number of people in the U.S. altogether.

Obviously, we have some catching up to do.

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