Survey finds bigger is better when it comes to HDTV

A new Canadian survey confirms what Digital Home readers already know, that bigger is indeed better when it comes to high definition televisions (HDTV).

The Sharp Canada sponsored survey of just over 1,000 Canadians found that a larger screen size was the number one feature respondents wished their television had (24 per cent) and that a majority (54 per cent) wanted a television that was 50 inches or larger.

News, Weather and Sports apps the most popular among smartphone owners

The number of adult wireless smartphone owners who have downloaded an app nearly doubled in the past two years, from 22% in September 2009 to 38% in August 2011, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The most commonly downloaded apps, downloaded by 74% of downloaders, were those which provided regular updates about everyday information such as news, weather, sports, or stocks.

Majority of post secondary school cell phone users have a smartphone

A recent online survey of 601 randomly selected college and university students from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal has found that 60 percent of cell phone users own smartphones.

Smartphone usage was highest among students in Toronto at 65 percent while Montreal was the lowest at 50 percent.

One in four Canadian Homes owns a PVR

A March survey of 15,000 Canadians by BBM Canada has found that about one in four (25.5%) of homes in this country has a Personal Video Recorder (PVR). That number is significantly less than the 38% of U.S. homes which have a PVR.

BBM projects that PVR penetration will grow to 27.2% by June 2011, up from just 11.7% three years earlier.

Men say Internet access more important than personal hygiene, sex and alcohol

In the incredibly useless but amusing information department, a new survey has found that men aged 18 to 45 believe Internet access is more important than personal hygiene, sex and alcohol.

Canadians still concerned about security of mobile banking

According to a recent worldwide survey by KPMG, only 19 percent of Canadians feel comfortable using their mobile phone for financial transactions, compared to 34 percent of global respondents.

When asked 63% of Canadian said they were very concerned about privacy while 58% were very concerned about security when using mobile devices for purchasing and banking.

Canadians split on use of hands-free mobile devices

A recent survey conducted just before the implementation of new distracted driving legislation in Ontario suggests that Canadian consumers are divided about whether the ban should be extended to include hands-free devices.

A TNS Canadian Facts online survey of just over 1,000 Canadians completed in October has found that half of Canadians would support a more comprehensive ban, with older Canadians being far more supportive of a total ban.

Canadians becoming less concerned with online security

A new study released by Ipsos Reid examining Online Privacy and Security has found that 34% of online Canadians are ‘very concerned’ with their Online Security, a decline of 13% from 2003.

However, those online Canadians who state that they are ‘somewhat concerned’ increased by 11%. The overall level of concern (80%) remains consistent with 2003.

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