US cable operator Cablevision Systems has launched an iPad app allowing subscribers to its Optimum package to watch some 300 TV channels via the tablet device at home. Content is delivered via the group’s cable network, offering access to owners of non-web enabled iPads.
Carphone Warehouse is scaling back laptop sales, with the devices likely to be dropped completely from some stores as the retailer increases its focus on tablets.
iPlayer streaming requests via the iPad were up 22% month-on-month in February at 2.1m following the launch of its dedicated app.
Android handsetsare the most popular smartphones in the UK. A survey for digital banking provider Intelligent Environments found that some 28% of smartphone users in the UK own an Android, while 26% have an iPhone and 14% rely on a BlackBerry.
Samsung, the world’s second largest mobiles maker, said it aims to become one of the top three network equipment manufacturers by 2015, forecasting the global market for 4G LTE equipment will grow four-fold from $3bn this year to $12bn in 2014.
Smartphones using the Windows Phone 7 platform predicted to surpass the iPhone by 2015. IDC said Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia will see the Windows Phone share of the market jump from 5.5% this year to 21% within four years.
China Mobile user numbers climbed to 584m by the end of last year, including 20.7m 3G customers. Full-year profits climbed 3.9% to US$18.2bn, on revenues up 7.3%.
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The percentage of people who say they get news online at least three times a week surpassed newspapers for the first time. In December, 41% of Americans said they got most of their news about national issues on the internet – up from 17% a year earlier. The report, by Pew, also revealed that newsroom staff numbers have fallen by 30% since 2000.
Google is to start using more private data on Gmail users’ interests in a move towards “interest-based advertising”. Google said the use of behavioural targeting will allow it to establish profiles of users and serve more relevant advertising, users who do not want their emails scanned will be able to opt out of the system.
Google has been named the most successful digital media company in the US in a list compiled by paidContent. The top 50 list, which is based on digital sales, has Yahoo! next and Apple third. Microsoft and Netflix made up the top five companies bringing in the most money from online content and advertising.
Social Media – General
Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media – Military’s ‘sock puppet’ software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda.
Social media most popular UK online destination – according Experian Hitwise.
Social Media – Facebook
Experian Hitwise figures showed Facebook was the most commonly searched-for brand in the UK last year, ahead of eBay and Amazon, with the BBC fifth and Sky seventh.
Social Media – LinkedIn
LinkedInsays new members are joining at a rate of one per second, it now has more than 100m users.
Social Media – Twitter
Twitter celebrated its fifth birthday, saying users send an average of 1bn tweets per week, with daily activity up 180% on a year ago.
TV & Video
Research group In-Stat said it anticipates about 100 linear 3D channels will have been launched globally by 2014, with competition between pay-TV groups proving the driver.
US online video consumers was up just 3.1% year-on-year in January, however average viewing time was 45% higher than the previous year at 4h 39m, driven by the increasing popularity of long-form content.
A study by network measurement firm Epitiro found web users relying on home WiFi connections achieve significantly slower speeds than from fixed broadband, but appear willing to sacrifice performance for flexibility.
Using carbon nanotubes rather than metal wires to access digital memory in mobiles and laptops could cut power consumption and boost battery life by up to 100 times, raising the prospect of handsets that can run for months between charges.
BBC World Service is to receive a “significant” sum of money from the US government towards helping stop the blocking of internet and TV services in countries such as Iran and China.
Vodafone UK CEO Guy Laurence argued increasing data volumes can be a hindrance to business leaders attempting to establish a clear picture of industry trends. He said: “The amount of data is obscene. The managers that are going to be successful are going to be the ones who are prepared to take a knife to the amount of data… Otherwise, it’s like a virus.”