In The News: 01-03-2014

Data Use Doubled In 2013

The average U.S. cellphone user used 1.2 GB of data per month in 2013. That’s double the average use for 2011.  4G networks combined with smartphones that just do more are behind the jump in consumption.

Some carriers began to move away from unlimited data plans a couple of years ago, though T-Mobile and Sprint still offer the service.

 XP Still Popular As Support Deadline Nears

Windows XP is still on 31% of systems accessing the Internet according to  Windows 7 is the most popular operating system, found on 46% of computers and Windows 8 and 8.1 are on nearly 10% of systems, but that’s expected to grow as people replace old systems. Mac OS X 10.8 and 10.9 account 4% of systems in use. Much-maligned Vista is on 3.5% of computers while other operating systems like Chrome and Linux account for less than 5% of the market.

The high number of XP users is especially troubling considering that the end of security support for XP is just a few months away in April of 2014.

2014: Half Of All PCs Expected To Be Tablets

Move over desktops and laptops – analysts say 2014 will be the year of the tablet with half of all personal computing devices shipped to stores and consumers being tablets. The majority of those tablets (65%) will have the Android operating system.

At the beginning of 2013,  tablets accounted for around 33% of all personal computers sold.

 ~ Cynthia


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