Article excerpt and link:
MOBILE phones will outnumber humans by the end of 2012, according to a report by US technology company Cisco.
The report - which examines the growth of mobile internet, video, data and smartphones - predicted that there would be more than 10 billion mobile connected devices by 2016 - more than the estimated global population of 7.3 billion.
There were 7 billion mobile-connected devices across the globe in 2011 - accounting for 0.9 devices per capita. That figure will increase to 1.4 devices per capita
Earlier technology news articles:
The company that introduced the first commercial mobile phone in 1973, Motorola, is staring at job cuts under new parent company Google.
New York Times reported plans by the Google subsidiary to slash staff by 20 percent, or approximately 4000 jobs. A third of the jobs lost would be in the United States, the rest overseas.
There are also plans to close a third of Motorola's 94 global offices worldwide.
Google Australia would not say how many jobs will go locally or whether Motorola offices in Queen...
Growing rivalry between Apple and Google will mean future iPhone and iPad users will no longer have the YouTube app pre-installed on their devices.
Search engine giant Google is increasingly vying with Apple for dominance in the mobile operating theatre.
Previously the two companies had a good relationship with Google chairman Eric Schmidt also sitting on Apples board.
But he stepped down from Apple in 2009 as Google started to tread on AppleҒs toes by introducing rival software and apps for the gr...
Skype and Microsoft recently came under fire for not providing users with clarity as to whether the video chat service could be used by law enforcement for wiretapping of conversations.
Questions were raised when some commentators claimed a change in Skype's technology allowed for the interception of calls. Microsoft initially responded without specifically confirming or denying the service could be wiretapped, saying only that Skype "co-operates with law enforcement agencies as much as legally and techn...
Shares of Facebook Inc fell about 1 percent on Tuesday, extending the previous day's losses after an investment analyst reported a decline in U.S. users for the No. 1 social network.
Capstone analyst Rory Maher said he used proprietary software to track user numbers by country over the past six months across more than 200 countries and worked out that the social network had shed users in both the United States and Europe. U.S. users declined by 1.1 percent, he said in a research note.
Of the 23 countr...
Qantas has announced plans to replace its BlackBerry fleet with 1300 iPhones, giving in to its employees' preference for the device.
"There has been strong demand from Qantas employees for the iPhone, with a large majority of respondents to a recent survey indicating that this is their preferred smartphone option," Qantas CIO Paul Jones said in an emailed statement to ZDNet Australia, confirming a report that appeared in The Australian this morning.
"The iPhone offers a user-friendly interface and sim...
Apple Inc.'s next iPhone, currently being manufactured by Asian component makers, will use a new technology that makes the smartphone's screen thinner, people familiar with the matter said, as the U.S. technology giant strives to improve technological features amid intensifying competition from Samsung Electronics Co. and other rivals.
Japanese liquid crystal display makers Sharp Corp. and Japan Display Inc.--a new company that combined three Japanese electronics makers' display units--as well as South K...
How serious is Apple about getting a court-mandated sales ban against Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Nexus smartphone in place? Serious enough to start sending messages about it to carriers and other retailers, even before one of the injunctions was temporarily put on hold.
In a new filing in the case between the two technology giants in California, which was picked up by FOSS Patents, Samsung notes that Apple took the liberty of sending do-not-sell letters to carriers and retailers that carry Samsung's produc...
Amazon is already testing a smartphone with Asian component suppliers that could be in production as early as this year, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The smartphone that Amazon is currently testing has a screen size of between four and five inches, one of the Journal's sources says.
The report seems to support a Bloomberg report last week that the Seattle-based Internet retailer was working with hardware maker Foxconn to create a device to challenge the iPhone and Android-based phones. The company...
Its little secret that the UK government is trying to clamp down on digital piracy. In a process which started with Lord Carter of BarnesҒ Digital Britain report, and then migrated into the Digital Economy Act, theres a concerted effort to combat the illegal downloading of copyrighted material across broadband connections.
The remedies have caused contention. The three strikes approach, whereby persistent offenders get two warnings before theyҒre cut off, isnt enacted yet, but itҒs on t...
It wasn't long ago families squabbled over who was hogging the TV remote control. Now they face off over who's hogging the bandwidth.
As the number of wireless devices increases in homes multiple TVs, smartphones, tablets, laptops ח networks are getting bogged down.
But help is on the way.
A new Wi-Fi protocol dubbed 802.11ac will increase data speeds by as much as three times over the most recent standard to 1.3 gigabytes per second. It is also six times more power-efficient and will provid...