2 of every 5 U.S. households have only wireless phones, but the growth rate of wireless-only households slowed last year.
6 Early iPhone Mockups That Were Dead Wrong -
Interesting early iPhone mockups.
To realize its full potential, the Internet, as a medium and infrastructure (cables, etc.), has to be redefined, legislated, and maintained as a public domain where freedom of speech operates fully. Access to the Internet should be guaranteed globally in the same way as education, healthcare, food, and housing are guaranteed now in some countries. — An associate professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, on future threats to the Net by 2025
More expert thoughts on Net threats in the future
Facebook’s experiment causes a lot of fuss for little result -
The controversy over what the Facebook researchers did may be overshadowing other important discussions, specifically conversations about what they really found—not much, actually—and the right and wrong way to think about and report findings based on statistical analyses of Big Data.
New on the Fact Tank blog: Rich Morin discusses Facebook’s “emotional content” newsfeed experiment — what did they actually find? Was it ethical?
How does your community’s library engagement compare with the rest of the country? -
Compare the library engagement of your library or group with the rest of the country using our new “community quiz” tool.
Calling all librarians, educators, civic leaders, or members of the public who are interested in your local public library’s role in your community:
We have new quiz tool that allows you to create your own version of our library user quiz and invite members of your community to take it. You can learn how your community’s members use their local public library, how they think about their library’s impact on the community, and how they view the importance of libraries in the digital age.
This post offers helpful information on the quiz and how to take it. Click here to go directly to the quiz.
The Curiosity rover on Mars, taking a selfie.
All things mobile: Mobile Technology Fact Sheet -
Key data points on mobile technology from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project
In light of the SCOTUS cellphone privacy ruling today, here’s a helpful guide through some of our numbers on cellphones, smartphones, and all things mobile tech.
Redefining What It Means To Talk In The Age Of Smartphones -
Why talk when we can text? For many, our phones are a habit — a bad one — and only a small number of us realize it. Our voices are a way to express and define ourselves; a text message can’t do that.
People aren’t walling themselves off behind their cellphone or computer screen in an effort to avoid face-to-face interaction.
But is that always the case?
According to our 2012 survey, 67% of cellphone owners found themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts or calls — even when they didn’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating; and 29% of cell owners described their phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.”
When drones fall from the sky -
More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, showing the potential dangers of throwing open U.S. skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation.
63% of Americans think it would be a bad thing if U.S. airspace opened to personal drones.
So Meta: 3-D Print This Chart About 3-D Printing
See just how far 3-D printing has come in the past decade—with this 3-D printable chart that turns data into a fun toy.
I’m hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it’s certainly possible for that to occur. But the thing that really matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars. To make life multi-planetary. — Elon Musk, who runs Tesla Motors and rocket builder SpaceX, in a CNBC interview this week (via latimes)
Amazon has released its very first smartphone, the Fire Phone. Here’s a look at their target demographics for the release.
More mobile tech facts