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This Themed Thursday our theme is…Drones!
Drones can do everything from filming weddings, examining pipelines, carrying advertising banners and even playing music! 

Throughout the day we will be posting and reblogging our favorite drone news and projects. To start, here is a primer on drone laws.

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Photographer Jim Golden's new project Relics of Technology is a collection of still images and animated GIFs that feature forgotten contraptions of the past.

Here’s your Friday morning data dump: New gadget ownership numbers.
As of December 2012, 87% of American adults have a cell phone, and 45% have a smartphone. As of January 2013, 26% of American adults own an e-book reader, and 31% own a tablet computer.
More: http://www.pewinternet.org/Static-Pages/Trend-Data-(Adults)/Device-Ownership.aspx

Here’s your Friday morning data dump: New gadget ownership numbers.

As of December 2012, 87% of American adults have a cell phone, and 45% have a smartphone. As of January 2013, 26% of American adults own an e-book reader, and 31% own a tablet computer.

More: http://www.pewinternet.org/Static-Pages/Trend-Data-(Adults)/Device-Ownership.aspx

A closer look at gadget ownership: As of early 2012, 88% of American adults have a cell phone, 58% have a desktop computer, 61% have a laptop, 18% own an e-book reader, and 18% have a tablet computer. Here’s a closer look at the demographic breakdown of U.S. adult gadget ownership.

A closer look at gadget ownership: As of early 2012, 88% of American adults have a cell phone, 58% have a desktop computer, 61% have a laptop, 18% own an e-book reader, and 18% have a tablet computer. Here’s a closer look at the demographic breakdown of U.S. adult gadget ownership.

"People are not hooked on gadgets—they are hooked on each other."

— Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman, Networked individualism: What in the world is that?

Chart of the week: Adult gadget ownership over time
Currently, 88% of American adults age 18 and older have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer; about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices.
Scroll through for more mobile demographics …

Chart of the week: Adult gadget ownership over time

Currently, 88% of American adults age 18 and older have a cell phone, 57% have a laptop, 19% own an e-book reader, and 19% have a tablet computer; about six in ten adults (63%) go online wirelessly with one of those devices.

Scroll through for more mobile demographics …

Americans and their gadgets

Americans and their gadgets

Further Reading
Report: E-reader ownership doubles in six months (2011)
[Update] Trend charts: Gadget ownership (adults)

Further Reading

New report: E-reader ownership doubles in six months, while tablet ownership grows more slowly
Twelve percent of U.S. adults own an e-book reader as of May 2011, according to our latest report, up from 6% in November 2010. Hispanic adults, adults younger than age 65, college graduates and those living in households with incomes of at least $75,000 are most likely to own e-book readers. Parents are also more likely than non-parents to own these devices.
Meanwhile, tablet computers have not seen the same level of growth among U.S. adults in recent months. As of May 2011, 8% of adults report owning a tablet computer such as an iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Xoom. This represents just a 3 percentage-point increase in ownership since November 2010. Overall, the highest rates of tablet ownership are among Hispanic adults and those with household incomes of at least $75,000 annually. Read more…

New report: E-reader ownership doubles in six months, while tablet ownership grows more slowly

Twelve percent of U.S. adults own an e-book reader as of May 2011, according to our latest report, up from 6% in November 2010. Hispanic adults, adults younger than age 65, college graduates and those living in households with incomes of at least $75,000 are most likely to own e-book readers. Parents are also more likely than non-parents to own these devices.

Meanwhile, tablet computers have not seen the same level of growth among U.S. adults in recent months. As of May 2011, 8% of adults report owning a tablet computer such as an iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Motorola Xoom. This represents just a 3 percentage-point increase in ownership since November 2010. Overall, the highest rates of tablet ownership are among Hispanic adults and those with household incomes of at least $75,000 annually. Read more

As the internet has increasingly gone mobile,  laptop computers have grown in popularity. Since 2006, the proportion  of Americans who own a desktop computer has fallen slightly from 68% to  59%, while the proportion with a laptop computer has increased  dramatically—from 30% in April 2006 to 52% in September 2010.
18-29 year olds are currently the only major demographic group for whom  laptops are notably more commonplace than desktop computers. Nearly  three-quarters of 18-29 year olds (72%) own a laptop computer, compared  with 56% who have a desktop computer.

As the internet has increasingly gone mobile, laptop computers have grown in popularity. Since 2006, the proportion of Americans who own a desktop computer has fallen slightly from 68% to 59%, while the proportion with a laptop computer has increased dramatically—from 30% in April 2006 to 52% in September 2010.

18-29 year olds are currently the only major demographic group for whom laptops are notably more commonplace than desktop computers. Nearly three-quarters of 18-29 year olds (72%) own a laptop computer, compared with 56% who have a desktop computer.

Further Reading
Report: Americans and their gadgets (2010)
Report: Generations and their gadgets (2011) 
[Update] Trend charts: Gadget ownership (adults)

Further Reading

Generations and their gadgets
Many devices have become popular across generations, with a majority now owning cell phones, laptops and desktop computers. Younger adults  are leading the way in increased  mobility, preferring laptops to desktops and using their cell phones for a variety of functions, including internet, email, music, games, and video. This infographic shows the percentage of adults in each  generation who own each of the  gadgets we asked about in our September 2010 survey.
These findings are based on a survey of 3,001 American adults (ages 18 and older) conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish, and the survey included 1,000 cell   phone interviews.
For more information, including gadget ownership trends over time, please see the main report, “Generations and their gadgets.”

Generations and their gadgets

Many devices have become popular across generations, with a majority now owning cell phones, laptops and desktop computers. Younger adults are leading the way in increased mobility, preferring laptops to desktops and using their cell phones for a variety of functions, including internet, email, music, games, and video. This infographic shows the percentage of adults in each generation who own each of the gadgets we asked about in our September 2010 survey.

These findings are based on a survey of 3,001 American adults (ages 18 and older) conducted between August 9 and September 13, 2010. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish, and the survey included 1,000 cell phone interviews.

For more information, including gadget ownership trends over time, please see the main report, “Generations and their gadgets.”

Further Reading
Report: Generations and their gadgets (2011) 
Report: Americans and their gadgets (2010)

Further Reading

Further Reading
Report: Teens and Mobile Phones (2010)
Report: Generations and their gadgets (2011)

Further Reading