As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, both economically and socially, technology adoption remains one of the defining factors in human progress. To that end, there has been a noticeable rise over the past two years in the percentage of people in the emerging and developing nations surveyed by Pew Research Center who say that they use the internet and own a smartphone.

Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies

US Smartphone Data Usage Soaring Amid Lower Consumer Costs

Posted on 17 June 2011

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According to the latest data published Friday from Nielsen, US smartphone owners continue their love affair with mobile data.

“The mobile Data Tsunami,” writes Don Kellogg, Senior Manager, Telecom Research & Insights, Nielsen, “is still growing at an astounding pace.”

Based on monthly analysis of cellphone bills, smartphone owners are now consuming more data than at any time in the past on a per-user basis. “This has huge implications for carriers since the proportion of smartphone owners is also increasing dramatically,” Kellogg adds, noting that 37% of all mobile subscribers in the United States now have smartphones.

During the past year, Nielsen found that the amount of data the average smartphone user consumes every 30 days has ballooned by a whopping 89%.

Specifically, that’s up from 230 MB of data in Q1 2010 to 435 MB in Q1 2011.

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Smartphone usage has almost doubled in Japan over the past year, according to a recent survey conducted from February 8 to February 17. One in every three people uses a smartphone, the poll shows.

The findings, compiled by Central Research Services, showed that the proportion of respondents using smartphones came to 35.4 per cent in the February poll, compared with 19.5 per cent the year before, according to the international press.

Most of the people in their 20s, around 72.5 percent, use smartphones. Usage among people in their 50s came to more than 30 percent, while only 10 percent of those in their 60s said they are using a smartphone, according to the poll.

Of those in their 50s, about 16 percent, the highest percentage in any age group, said they would like to start using the gadgets.

The survey also found that 9.2 percent of respondents use tablet computers, while 9.6 percent said they would like to use one in the future.

The poll covered 4,000 men and women aged 20 or older and drew valid answers from 29.8 percent. Source : Tokyo Times

Photo : Pierre-Emmanuel Delétrée

Two Out of Three Moms Now Use Smartphones While Shopping

The mobile revolution is being shown some motherly love, according to the findings of a new Greystripe study.

Based on the findings of the report by the mobiel ad network, Greystripe says better than 66% of moms are plugged into their mobile devices while engaged in the act of shopping.

Greystripe collected the data from its expansive network of touch devices during a three-month period from November 16, 2010 to February 15, 2011.

And as it turns out, smartphone usage extends far beyond making grocery lists and simple organizational functions.

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things that had to happen in order for this vine to exist

  • john green had to quit his original ambition of being a pastor to become a young adult writer, then start making videos online to get a considerable following, boosting the sales and recognition of his book the fault in our stars, which had the quote “maybe okay could be our always. okay? okay.”
  • destin conrad had to get reasonably popular on vine for about a year or two and slowly generate a camera angle, comedy style, etc. niche aesthetic to his vine
  • the term “booty flakes” had to be popularized, most likely from either a) not wiping enough or b) eating ass. both eating ass and not wiping your ass contributed to this piece of art.
  • vine had to be created, which was basically a reaction to both instagram (which at the time didn’t have videos) and youtube, as well as regular phone usage.
  • smartphones had to enter the collective conciousness in order to support such an app
  • phones had to be invented by alexander graham belle
  • louis de prince had to capture the first moving image ever recorded, and then subsequently fall off the face of the earth, causing a scramble for the rights to who owned the true title to father of the digital recording and letting it progress in such an odd timeline
  • booty flakes

Selfie for Glass

Project by Stéphane Allary is an app and clip-on mirror to take selfie photographs with Google Glass:

With Selfie for Glass, Stéphane Allary questions one of the components of identity, namely self-perception and the image reflected to others. Selfie for Glass seems, at first, to be a new product coming straight from Silicon Valley: an accessory for making selfies with Google Glass. But quickly, the absurdity of the product becomes blindingly obvious. It is, in fact, a rear-view mirror, printed in 3D, allowing the user to overcome the impossibility of taking selfies with Google Glass (due to the camera being directed away from the wearer’s face).

Via this absurdity, the artist offers a vision which highlighs the ebb and flow between technology and behavior. The seflie was born from technology, namely the addition of a front-mounted camera on smartphones, however this usage seems to be discouraged by Google Glass, despite its newer technology and intrinsically narcissistic, show-off status. The aberration of the object and the different tensions it generates makes it possible for the public to reflect in various ways on the impact – or lack of impact – of technologies on issues of identity.

You can find out more about the project here
Stéphane also has a Tumblr blog which you can find here