Television shipments fall in second quarter

Global television shipments were 55.5 million units in the second quarter of 2011, down 1 percent from 56.2 million units in the same quarter a year earlier, according to recent report from DisplaySearch.

The decline was not a big surprise to analysts since the second quarter of 2010 was very strong due an increase in demand last year prior to the World Cup Soccer Tournament.

Report: One in four consumers getting tired of “Social Media”

According to recent report from Gartner, some online users are displaying what the researchers are calling “social media fatigue.”

In a survey taken last December and January of over 6,000 users in 11 countries, almost one in four (24%) said they use their favorite social media site less than when they first signed up.

One in four HDTVs sold in 2011 will be Internet enabled

About 60 million or 25% of all televisions sold worldwide in 2011 will come with some form or internet connectivity according to recent report from Display Search.

The reseach firm predicts the number of Internet enabled televisions sold will rise to 138 million units in 2015, accounting for just under half of all flat panels sold.

Worldwide spending on video gaming will top $74 billion in 2011

Worldwide consumer spending on video game hardware, software and online gaming is expected to top $74 billion in 2011, up 10.4% from 2010, according to a report out today by Gartner.

The research firm predicts that by 2015 spending will reach $112 billion, up from $67 billion in 2010.

Mobile devices and Tablets now account for 5% of Internet browsing

Mobile devices and tablet computers accounted for over 5% of all browsing on the internet and over 8.2% in the United States in June 2011 according to the latest global internet browsing numbers from NetMarketShare.

The share of internet browsing on these devices is more than double the 2% market share recorded in June 2010.

U.S. E-reader ownership doubles in six months

The percent of U.S. adults with an e-book reader doubled from 6% to 12% between November 2010 and May 2011 according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

New report claims Canadian wireless costs below OECD average

Over the years, it has become an article of faith among Canadians that this country had some of the most expensive wireless voice and data rates in the world.

This belief was confirmed by two reports in the last two years: a 2009 OECD report which ranked Canada as the third-most expensive OECD country with respect to medium mobile phone usage; and a Fall 2010 report from The New America Foundation, a Washington based public policy institute, which concluded that Canada had some of the most expensive voice and data rates among eleven major countries.

Study finds Facebook users are a happier bunch

A recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has found that Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends, are more politically engaged, and get more support from their friends.

The U.S. survey of 2,255 American adults conducted last fall found that social media users have higher measures of social well-being.

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