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A new survey has found that a large number of SMBs aren’t doing enough to address security when it comes to mobile-phone use.
Research firm Canalys, which surveyed 814 SMB respondents, found that 86 percent of SMBs have yet to adopt mobile-phone security throughout their businesses. The research shows what Canalys calls an “alarming gap” between the explosion of mobile phones in the enterprise and their secure usage.
“With Canalys estimating that the U.S. smartphone market will continue to grow by close to 30 percent over the next few years, mobile phone security represents both a big business risk and a market opportunity,” said Canalys principal analyst Pete Cunningham. “The increasing number of private devices entering the workplace adds to the security problem, but smaller companies can’t seem to keep pace with the appropriate protective measures.”
The research also found that BlackBerry smartphones still dominate the SMB space as they were cited as the most widely used by survey respondents. BlackBerry was also the most accepted platform among SMBs surveyed, with Android following in second place.
“The growing acceptance of Android in the enterprise is a concern,” said Canalys enterprise director Matthew Ball. “Android could pose the biggest threat to mobile phone security, as it’s arguably the highest risk platform. The growing number of application downloads-across all platforms-presents the biggest security threat, due to spyware, viruses and other forms of malware.”
However, 66 percent of those SMBs that said they didn’t have a mobile security solution in place said security is an important issue. These companies said that the lack of awareness and cost were the greatest hurdles to the adoption of security solutions.
- see this eWeek article
Juniper Networks introduces smartphone security software
2011 expected to bring another smartphone security headache: Mobile apps
Smartphones: The next big security threat
NEW YORK (MainStreet) – We all use cell phones, and most of the time we’re annoying someone when we do.
That’s the finding of a new survey carried out by research firm Ipsos on behalf of Intel, which asked 2,000 people about their use of mobile devices and their thoughts on others’ mobile usage. More than 90% of respondents reported a “pet peeve” about how people use their cell phones, laptops and e-readers in public, with three out of four respondents saying that “mobile manners” are worse today than they were a year ago.
About half took issue with cell phone users who loudly discuss personal issues over the phone in public, confirming that nobody wants to hear you arguing with your boyfriend on the bus. Also, 73% complained specifically about people who texted or typed while driving.
So is mobile phone etiquette really getting worse with every passing year, or are these respondents nostalgic for an era of courtesy that never really existed? A clue may be found in a similar Intel poll from 2009. That survey was carried out by Harris Interactive and used a slightly different methodology, but found evidence that cell phone etiquette may actually be improving. While roughly the same percentage of respondents reported being annoyed by someone else’s use of mobile technology, fewer people were willing to admit perpetrating a mobile faux pas themselves.
Take texting while driving, for instance. In April 2009, 24% of respondents admitted to doing so “at least sometimes.” In the new survey, however, the percentage of respondents who said that they had “ever” done so dropped to 19.7%. It may be that efforts to educate people about the dangers of texting while driving have actually worked – or at least made people less willing to admit to it.
In other words, it doesn’t actually look like we’re being more annoying with our cell phones, but people still get more annoyed by them every year. Go figure.
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SEATTLE, WA – PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual video games, today announced the results of a new survey which found large increases in overall usage and frequency of mobile game playing among U.S. and U.K. adults. The survey, conducted by Information Solutions Group, also found that among mobile phone gamers, the mobile phone is now the primary gaming device of choice, leapfrogging video game consoles and personal computers in less than two years. Further, “smartphone” owners (the fastest-growing mobile segment) are by far the most avid consumers of mobile phone games. These and other purchase and consumption trends identified in the survey suggest significant growth in the mobile games sector will continue for the foreseeable future.
Overall, more than half (52%) of the 2,425 survey respondents said they had played a game on a mobile phone at some time in the past; 73% of U.K. respondents said they had played a mobile phone game at least once, compared to 44% of U.S. residents surveyed. A portion of those U.K. respondents appear to have been one-time users, as most other usage data found similar activity and trends across the countries. 33.6% of all adults in America and the United Kingdom have played a game on their mobile phone handset in the past month, qualifying them as “mobile phone gamers” for the purposes of the survey, and nearly a quarter (24.6%) have played in the past week, qualifying them as “avid mobile phone gamers.” Fully 83% of mobile phone gamers who own a smartphone said they’d played in the past week.
“Mobile games are, along with social games, the hottest sector of the video game industry by far,” stated Dennis Ryan, EVP of Worldwide Publishing at PopCap, which derives nearly a third of its overall revenues from sales of mobile mega-hits like Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies™. “As more people purchase smartphones and the entire process of finding, purchasing and playing mobile games becomes as simple as browsing the internet, the mobile games market is going to accelerate even more.”
In May 2009, ISG conducted a similar study of mobile gamers on behalf of PopCap, specifically targeting AT&T mobile customers; where applicable, historical data from that earlier survey is presented below along with data from the newly completed survey. Complete results of the new survey can be found at: www.infosolutionsgroup.com/popcapmobile2011
Among the other survey findings:
- 84% of all mobile phone gamers, and 97% of avid mobile phone gamers say they play games on their phone at least once a week; 92% of smartphone owners who play mobile games say they play at least once a week, and 45% say they play daily (compared to 35% of all mobile phone gamers). In the 2009 survey, only 13% of mobile phone gamers said they played daily, and 40% said they played weekly or more often.
- Among all mobile phone gamers, 50% said that the amount of time they spend playing games on their handset has increased over the past year, and among smartphone owners the figure climbs to 63%; in the 2009 survey, only 20% of mobile gamers indicated their consumption of mobile games had increased.
- Among all mobile phone gamers, 78% indicated that playing mobile phone games had become a regular part of their weekly activities, and more than half (59%) indicated that they saw such games as a regular part of their daily activities; for smartphone owners the figures were 84% and 68%, respectively.
- When asked which gaming-capable device they play games on most often, 44% of mobile phone gamers chose their phones, catapulting handsets past video game consoles (21%) and computers (30%) to the top of the list. 51% of avid mobile gamers and 55% of those mobile gamers who own smartphones indicated they played games most often on their phones. This compares to just 17% of mobile gamers who chose their handset as their most frequently used gaming device in the 2009 survey.
- 43% of all mobile gamers, and 49% of smartphone gamers, said they had upgraded a free trial game to the full (paid) version in the past year; more than a quarter (27%) of all mobile gamers, and a third (34%) of smartphone gamers, said they had paid for additional content for an originally free game in the past year.
- Among mobile phone gamers, the average smartphone owner purchased nearly twice as many games as those with other types of phones (5.4 games vs. 2.9 games) in 2010, and spent almost $10 more ($25.57 vs. $15.70) on phone games.
- 19% of all mobile phone gamers said they played one or more social networking games via their phone daily, and more than a third (37%) said they play a social networking game via their phone at least once a week.
- Among all mobile phone gamers, 23% of all mobile phone device usage time (excluding phone calls) is spent playing games.
This international research was conducted by Information Solutions Group (ISG; www.infosolutionsgroup.com) exclusively for PopCap Games. The results are based on 2,425 online surveys completed by members of the world’s largest online ePanel (Toluna) in the United States and United Kingdom between January 25 and January 31, 2011.
To qualify for participation in the survey, individuals had to own and use a mobile phone. Among these mobile phone owners, 814 were identified as mobile gamers (those who played a game on their mobile phone in the past month). In addition 597 of the mobile gamers were identified as avid mobile gamers (those who played a game on their mobile phone within the past week). Finally, 495 of the mobile phone owners were also identified as smartphone owners. In theory, in 19 cases out of 20, the results will differ by no more than 2.4 percentage points from what would have been obtained by seeking out and polling all US and UK mobile phone owners age 18 and over. Smaller subgroups reflect larger margins of sampling error. Other sources of error, such as variations in the order of questions or the wording within the questionnaire, may also contribute to different results.
PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of more than 400 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. PopCap’s games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship franchise, Bejeweled, has sold more than 50 million units.
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(Source: static.digitaltrends.com) Ninety-two percent of U.S. adults would like to see a change
If you’ve ever been irritated on a lunch date because someone ended up talking on the phone more than they did with you, or shake your head at those who text or check their Facebook on mobile devices while driving, then you’re not alone. Intel has recently conducted a survey that shows 9 out of 10 Americans feel exactly the same way.
Intel, an American global technology company, has conducted an online survey based on mobile etiquette and how mobile technology manners are declining over the years. The Intel survey consisted of 2,000 U.S. citizens ages 18 and older, and took place from December 10, 2010 to January 5, 2011. It was conducted with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.
According to the survey, most Americans are fed up with people’s misuse of mobile devices. In fact, 91 percent of U.S. adults have seen mobile misuse, and 75 percent think mobile manners are getting worse. Seventy-three percent of these adults find mobile use behind the wheel to be the worst abuse of mobile technology. Other reported abuses have been talking on the phone loudly in public, such as restrooms and movie theatre’s, and using a mobile device while walking on the street.
For some, these abuses of mobile technology can actually trigger strong, negative feelings much like road rage. Seventy-four percent of U.S. adults believe that the lack of mobile technology etiquette has caused a new type of road rage, and 65 percent have admitted to becoming angry with those who use their mobile devices inappropriately in public.
Clearly, complaints associated with inappropriate cell phone use have not gone unnoticed. With new laws against texting and driving being enacted, and more and more public places posting signs that discourage cell phone use, it’s no surprise that 92 percent of Americans agree that people should have better mobile etiquette. Eighty-eight percent of these adults believe that people who do not take others into consideration while using a mobile device in public is what needs to change most.
Despite the large number of people who want the misuse of mobile products to change, Americans still love their mobile technology and will do just about anything to hold onto it. In fact, 76 percent of U.S. adults said they’d rather give up something other than an Internet-enabled mobile device for one week.
The survey can be found here.
Mobile Etiquette Lacking In America: Survey
Posted on: Saturday, 26 February 2011, 06:20 CST
A growing number of American adults feel that mobile etiquette in the United States is getting much worse, according to a new survey.
Texting while driving or eating dinner, sending emails while walking or using a public restroom, and even using mobile devices while on a honeymoon, are among some of the top pet peeves Americans cited in the survey conducted by Ipsos and sponsored by Intel Corporation.
Nine out of ten adults in the US claim they have seen people misuse mobile technology, and 75 percent say mobile etiquette is becoming worse compared to just one year ago.
“New digital technologies are becoming a mainstay in consumers’ lives, but we haven’t worked out for ourselves, our families, communities and societies what all the right kinds of behaviors and expectations will be,” Genevieve Bell, head of interaction and experience research at Intel, said in a statement on Intel’s website.
The poll, which surveyed 2,000 Americans, revealed that most US adults wished people would practice better mobile manners. The poll also revealed that many Americans find the lack of mobile etiquette extremely annoying, even though 20 percent admitted to poor etiquette themselves.
Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed said the lack of mobile etiquette has sparked a new form of public rage and 65 percent admitted they became angry around people who misused mobile devices.
The most annoying mobile actions were the use of mobile devices while driving, followed by talking loudly on a cellphone in public and walking in the street while texting or talking on the phone.
Most of those surveyed reported seeing an average of five mobile offenses every day. Nearly 25 percent said they had even seen someone using a laptop while driving. And one in five said they checked their mobile phones and devices even before climbing out of bed in the morning.
A 2011 report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that 85 percent of US adults own a cellphone, 52 percent own a laptop, and 4 percent own a tablet. The report also found that only 9 percent of US adults do not own any of the devices covered in the study.
Bell said that mobile technology is still in its infancy. “After all, it was just 8 years ago that Intel integrated Wi-Fi into the computer with its Intel® Centrino® processor technology, thus enabling the unwired laptop. Smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices” are still relatively new in the technology world, “so it’s no surprise that people still struggle with how to best integrate these devices into their lives,” he explained.
And now, with never-ending choices of sleek, small and powerful mobile devices on the market, people can easily take mobile devices with them wherever they go, making it easy to commit “public displays of technology.”
“The premise of etiquette and how we socialize with one another is not a new concept. Whenever we interact with another person directly or through the use of mobile technology, etiquette is a factor,” explained author and etiquette expert Anna Post of the Emily Post Institute. “We can all be more cognizant of how we use our mobile technology and how our usage may impact others around us – at home, in the office and whenever we are in public.”
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We all know we’re in the midst of a mobile computing revolution, but sometimes you just have to put some numbers on it.
Which research/consulting firm Accenture just did. A new Accenture survey of more than 8,000 consumers in eight countries found that the consumer purchase rates for personal computers (including laptops) and cell phones will decline this year, while the purchase rates for tablet computers, smartphones and ebook readers will rise, in some cases astronomically.
Some snippets of data from the survey:
* Ownership of basic mobile phones dropped to 65 percent in 2010 from 79 percent in 2009.
* Smartphone ownership quadrupled to 32 percent in 2010 from 8 percent the year before.
* Only 17 percent of survey respondents plan to buy a desktop or laptop computer in 2011, a 39 percent decline from last year.
* Consumer purchase rates for tablet computers will rise by 160 percent.
* Consumer purchase rates for ebook readers are expected to increase by 133 percent.
In a prepared statement, Kumu Puri, senior executive with Accenture’s Electronics & High-Tech Practice, said, “There’s increasing potential for an end in sight for the relevance of the personal computer in the home as we know it today.”
You can read Accenture’s detailed report of its survey here.
Chris Nerney writes about the business side of technology market strategies and trends, legal issues, leadership changes, mergers, venture capital, IPOs and technology stocks. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisNerney.
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Millions of mobile phone users regularly pay more than they need to for their phone usage, according to the consumer body Which?.
A survey by Which? Mobile, released today, found that an estimated 10 million users pay for extra calls, texts and data usage on top of their monthly line rental.
The consumer group said the findings were “not surprising” as 6 million people either did not know or had only a vague idea of their monthly limit for call minutes. Five million were unsure of their text and data allowances. This is despite seven in 10 people claiming to check their mobile bill at least once a month.
Which? said consumers could save money by switching to a tariff that better suited their phone usage, but 18 million people had never switched mobile phone provider.
Tom McLennan, head of Which? Mobile, said: “You could be spending hundreds of pounds more than you need to on your mobile every year if you’re not on the right tariff.
“If you regularly spend more than your line rental, check your bill to see where you’re incurring the extra charges as you may be able to save money by moving to a tariff with more minutes, texts or data.
“If you never go over your agreed line rental, it’s because you’re not using up your allowance so you may be able to save money by finding a cheaper tariff that reflects your usage.”
Mobile phone companies have faced criticism for anti-competitive tactics that effectively lock customers in to long-term rolling contracts. They also generate more complaints than any other industry, leaving 4.1m people unhappy with their service every year.
Official figures showed that last year 3.3m customers had to wait three months or more for their phone or broadband provider to resolve a problem.
Parents have complained that mobile operators refuse to block calls when their teenage children exceed agreed limits.
The Office of Fair Trading has attempted to put rules in place that would allow customers to shop around, but according to consumer groups it has been defeated by the main players which offer inducements to maintain their customer base.
A network sharing scheme between the French-owned Orange and German T-Mobile network was referred to the European authorities earlier this year.
The OFT said it was minded to block the deal but later withdrew its complaint after the two mobile operators agreed to modify their plans. The merger was approved in February and the company adopted the name Everything Everywhere in May.
The Which? survey questioned 1,271 adults aged 16 or more, but teenagers are even more likely to exceed their agreed monthly usage, according to Ernest Doku, communications expert at uSwitch.com.
He said: “It’s generally difficult and expensive to quit a contract completely before the end of the term – you will usually be made to pay for the remaining months. But there is some wiggle room: most mobile phone companies will allow you to switch to another of their tariffs if you are exceeding the limits set by your existing tariff every month.”
Alternatively he suggested that users opt for a “pay as you go” mobile or a provider that flashes up a warning on the mobile screen if they are about to exceed their inclusive minutes, download amounts and texts.
Tesco takes this idea one step further by cutting off the service once the agreed usage level has been reached.
New Delhi: Teenagers are obsessed with mobile phones and carry them to schools, tution centres and other public places, a study released here Sunday said.
The study, conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), attributed this to socio-economic factors such as excess pampering by parents, easy access to pocket money, absence of parental monitoring and urbanisation.
The survey ‘Toy to Tool’ found that 88 percent of adolescents aged between 15 and 18 years possess mobile phones. Over 66 percent of them between 16 and 18 years want to carry mobile phones to schools, it said.
The survey, conducted in Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Patna, Pune, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Chandigarh and Dehradun, interviewed 2,000 parents and 2,500 students. It observed that many children were using their phones not only for talking but also for sending SMSes and MMSes and chatting.
Assocham secretary general D.S. Rawat said that despite school structures and policies, the ground reality is that more than two-third of teens confessed that they use cell phones inside the school premises when they should not.
The survey states that if the tendency of increased dependence on mobile phones prevails among teenagers, it could develop into their habitual addiction.
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Mobile phone handsets are taking centre stage in the lives of metropolitan teenagers, who often send or receive dozens of emails a day while eating, attending school or even taking a bath, highlighted the survey.
The survey said the teenagers who excessively use cell phones are more prone to abnormalities like disrupted sleep, restlessness, stress and fatigue.
The study found that 71 percent of teens want their handsets to be equipped with MP3 gadgets to play music, while 70 percent want camera phones. They use their phones to send emails to their friends, to read books, listen to music and surf the internet.
Over 90 percent of the parents said they bought mobile phones for their children so that their kids indulge in their own world and not disturb them.
‘In fact, they are also concerned that their children should not mix with bad company but play with mobile handsets,’ the survey said.
Parents also find it convenient to contact their kids any time through the mobile phones. However, some of them are not fully aware of the evils of a cell phone and they feel that their children be allowed to use a handset with them.
However, 56 percent of the parents felt that students should not be allowed to carry mobile phones, especially during classroom sessions.
According to the survey, even the telecom operators have launched low priced vouchers starting from Rs.10 as their marketing strategy to attract children who only send and receive messages.
The survey said that around 20 messages were sent by each student per day while 56 percent of teenage girls almost text 50 messages every day.
Opera Software developers have released their latest State of the Mobile Web report. In the report it has been found out that over half of the opera mini users in America access the web much more using their mobile phones rather than a notebook or personal computer.
These findings generally characterize the “Generation Y” as being more prone to using mobile devices as well as mobile internet compared to all of the other generations.
The number of youngsters using mobile internet in developing countries is reported to be higher than in the US or other developed countries.
Opera mini have often said that the next generation will probably grow up knowing the web and the internet through their mobile phones, this is true and has already started happening in different parts of the world.
Opera has also found out that in countries with the highest rate of mobile web users, smart phones are also in high usage these countries include, United States, Brazil, Poland and Germany.
However in countries like Nigeria South Africa and Tanzania as many as nine out of ten young internet users use mobile web even though there is small usage of smart phones.
These findings disprove the notion that smart phones have promoted mobile web.
Some young people believe toilet seats can give you cancer and only fat people get the disease, a poll has found.
Other myths include being able to catch cancer from kissing, a kick in the genitals causing the disease and eating coloured jelly sweets increasing the risk.
Living near electricity pylons and keeping a mobile phone in your bra are also exposed in the list of common beliefs.
The poll of 13 to 24-year-olds for the Teenage Cancer Trust comes as data shows the rate at which children are dying from cancer has fallen almost 60% over the last 40 years.
In the late 1960s, around 940 children died from the disease every year but this has dropped to around 290 a year, according to the report.
The latest survey of 520 young people revealed the top myth as being everyone is born with the cancer gene (believed by 53%).
Some 37% believe people are never really cured of cancer, 36% think mobile phones cause brain tumours while 35% are worried about electricity pylons.
More than one in 10 (15%) young people believe keeping a mobile phone in your bra causes cancer, and 12% think a kick in the genitals causes testicular cancer.
More than one in five (22%) think the colour of your skin determines your cancer risk, 19% think cancer in pregnancy is passed on to the baby, 7% believe only fat people get cancer, 8% are worried about eating coloured jellies and 6% believe cancer can be caught from kissing.
Simon Davies, chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Cancer is a complex and frightening disease so it is easy to understand why such strange myths exist.”
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