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Americans hang up on landlines as cell phone homes take over
Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group — people with a landline phone at home. According to a government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes...
It’s getting harder to victimize Canadians online, but study still finds weak spots
Canadians are typically well-informed and cautious when it comes to cyber-security, a new government survey has found, but there is still room for improvement in certain areas like password protection...
People are ready to abandon their TV sets in record numbers, study suggests
Two new surveys published Monday spell out the dramatically changing habits of TV watchers, highlighting the challenges faced by traditional broadcasters. A new Accenture report shows a dramatic drop...
Internet Access More Important than Laundry Facilities for Apartment Dwellers
In a sign of just how important internet access is, a new survey suggests rental apartment hunters are more concerned with high-speed internet and wi-fi than they are with in-home laundry facilities. The...
Bay Area economic confidence slips, survey says
Bay Area economic confidence slips, survey says Even as a well-paid software engineer at Google, Jake Hamby said living in the Bay Area had become suffocating. Housing and traffic concerns have usually...
Survey Shows Enterprises Buying Apple Products
There was a time not so long ago when Apple products were the poor relations of the corporate world. Apple desktops and laptops were only used in departments or for applications where their graphics capabilities...
Open Source IoT on Steady Enterprise March
Enterprise IT decision makers have been exploring the potential of Internet of Things technologies, but they are not rushing IoT projects into development and are showing caution in their adoption commitments,...
Quarter of US tech workers say they feel discrimination in the workplace
The national survey was conducted online by survey consulting firm Censuswide, which invited participants to opt in through an online newsletter. This was the first such survey by Indeed. Some 29 percent...
Hacking, Fraud Eroding Americans’ Trust
Hacking, data theft and fraud are leaving Americans increasingly doubtful about the ability of “specific public and private institutions to protect their personal information from bad actors," according...
Physicists can’t agree on what the quantum world looks like
Got the maths, not the meaningDereje Belachew/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Sophia ChenIF YOU find the quantum world confusing you’re not alone. A recent survey shows that physicists disagree over the picture of...
Britain’s stock market hits a record
LONDON — Britain’s main stock index hit a record closing high Tuesday as a survey showed manufacturers gaining business from the slide in the value of the pound since the country’s decision in June to...
E&Y Survey Shows Lack of Confidence in Cyber-Security Measures
Security professionals have a tough job, tasked as they are with keeping hackers out and limiting the chances of data breaches. But results of the 19th annual Ernst & Young Global Information Security...
Survey: What's your business's future in technology?
Businesses are changing daily, and with new technology on the increase, it's a constant dilemma for companies to upgrade, upscale and redefine their outlook. Are you in a similar position?Do you feel...
iPhone for the holidays: Survey shows it’s still the most wanted gift
It may not be as hard to find as an NES Classic Edition, but Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus may remain a hot commodity throughout this holiday season.Regardless of its incremental improvements over...
Apple tech tops holiday wish lists, rivals aren't even close, survey shows
Despite concerns about waning demand for Apple's iPhone, the device is still the must-have holiday gift, influential tech analyst Gene Munster told CNBC on Monday. The Piper Jaffray managing director...
Employers use surveys to find workers with best fit
A number of screening tools are available to managers who are looking for the right person to fill a job — about 800 tools are on the market. Are you the kind of person who works best in a fast-paced...
IT's Future Is Filled With Clouds, Networks, Pluribus Survey Finds
Organizations are going to the cloud, be it private, public or hybrid—a notion recently reinforced by Pluribus Networks. Officials with Pluribus, a player in the fast-growing and crowded software-defined...
Lexus, Toyota and Buick most reliable in auto survey
DETROIT — Lexus, Toyota and Buick are the most reliable brands in Consumer Reports’ latest survey, a reward for their conservative approach to new technology. [...] Buick — General Motors Co.’s near-luxury...
Millennials fall for more tech scams than their grandparents
Tech support scams — ploys to trick and defraud web users — are a growing headache. Two out of three consumers online encountered some kind of tech support scam in the last year, according to a new global...
Doggie day spa fee probably not a work expense
Yep, somebody tried to get away with that one, just like the new car, the flat-screen TV, the doggie day spa, vacations, rent, loans and even toilet paper. All of those ended up on company expense reports,...
Snapchat is king among teens as Facebook declines in popularity: Survey
Move over Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: When it comes to social platforms, Snapchat continues to rule among teens, according to a new Piper Jaffray survey. The firm's "Taking Stock With Teens" biannual...
Companies Fail to Create Career Path for Cyber-Security Pros: Survey
Nearly half of all companies have difficulty recruiting the cyber-security workers, but are not training or offering career options to the workers they have, according to a survey. Companies need to help...
Ransomware Is a Top Concern for Small Businesses
A Carbonite survey found a growing number of small businesses believe the federal government should play a more active role in making sure data is protected. Small businesses in the United States are...
Last chance to fill out the Census
Almost 95 per cent of Aussies have filled out the Census. THOSE holding out on the Census have got until tomorrow to fill out the survey or they’d better be prepared to pay up. Almost 95 per cent of Aussie...
Palmer Luckey blasts reports of Oculus Rift sales tanking
The inventor of the Oculus Rift has responded angrily to a number of recent reports based on a Steam survey which declared that sales of the VR headset (and rival HTC Vive) were tanking.The Steam stats...
Finance Pros Look to Take Advantage of Cloud-Based EPM Platforms
According to a Host Analytics survey, cloud-based EPMs are becoming popular with the finance crowd, but users are most concerned about performance and security. Finance professionals are optimistic about...
CIOs Are Leading the Push Toward Cloud Adoption: Unisys
A recent Unisys survey shows that chief information officers, above all others in the enterprise, are the primary drivers of cloud adoption. Unisys has released results of a recent survey that indicates...
Network Costs, Complexity Put Pressure on IT Pros
At a time when businesses are increasingly adopting cloud computing, the number of connected mobile devices is growing, applications are coming from multiple sources and the amount of data is accumulating...
Americans fear superhuman tech, survey finds
A majority of Americans are worried about scientific advances aimed at enhancing humans' natural abilities, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.In the survey, released July 26, researchers...
Meetings Are More Productive Than Many Think, ShoreTel Survey Finds
Humor writer Dave Barry once said, "If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be 'meetings.'" Meetings...
Stack Overflow released the raw data from its 2016 developer study issued in March, to enable data geeks, employers and others to further analyze it. Stack Overflow has released the raw data from its...
A Look at Today's Developer Job Market, Programming Tool Trends
Most women shave their nether regions for hygiene; doctors facepalm
JohanThe bushy look is definitely out. The vast majority of US women—84 percent—engage in some form of pubic grooming, according to the first nationally representative survey on ladyscaping published...
Instagram tops Twitter with advertisers, survey says
Twitter's San Francisco headquarters(Photo: Eric Risberg, Associated Press) NEW YORK — Twitter's advertisers are flying the coop, seemingly for Instagram, according to a new survey. Strata, a subsidiary...
This is what the future of work will look like, survey says
In a survey aimed at identifying trends shaping the “future of work,” Adobe asked more than 2,000 office workers from the U.S., Britain and India a series of questions about their work habits, motivations...
Fears are running high over identity theft
Feedzai is a startup providing fraud prevention services to payments firms. There may be another culprit for Americans' frustration with banks and data protection. The U.S. lags other developed nations,...
Death rate for honeybees takes turn for the worse
WASHINGTON -- After two years of improvement, America's honeybees had another tough and deadly winter, probably because of mites, according to a new federal survey released Tuesday.The annual survey of...
Businesses Are Getting Ready for the IoT, Survey Finds
The Internet of things (IoT) has been a topic of conversation for several years, but business executives appear to have gotten to the point where they have a clear understanding of what IoT can mean to...
Two-thirds of German industry hit by digital crime, survey finds
HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - More than two-thirds of German industrial companies have been victims of digital crime in the past two years, according to a survey carried out by Bitkom, Germany's IT, telecoms...
Node.js Foundation Survey Shows Strong Enterprise Developer Adoption
A new Node.js Foundation survey shows full stack demand for Node.js, along with developers using it with containers and for IoT development. The Node.js Foundation, a consortium of organizations fostering...
Avoiding ‘pink slips of the tongue’ at work
Maybe you aired workplace frustrations through Facebook, venting in a colorful complaint that a co-worker shared with your bosses. A survey this year suggests that more than half of workers will commit...
Not all Microsoft developers' heads are in the cloud -- yet
.NET developers may be taking advantage of many of the cloud-based tools and resources that are now available in the world, but a sizeable portion aren't quite ready to jump into the cloud just yet. Close...
Telemedicine Adoption Grows, but Hurdles Remain
Issues stemming from reimbursement and limitations of EMR systems account for six of the top seven challenges identified by survey participants. Telemedicine continues to evolve from a specialty-centric...
Weak Security Practices Leave Organizations Exposed
The study revealed one-third of respondents share passwords with their co-workers and one in five employees would sell their passwords to an outsider. Poor password hygiene and negligence continue to...
SmartBear: Survey Finds APIs Adoption Exploding; Identifies Ways To Improve the ‘API Lifecycle’
A survey of 2300+ IT professionals finds APIs enjoying rapid growth and surging popularity. The in-depth survey from SmartBear Software, also reveals data on how API adopters and vendors can better...
Telemedicine Use Grows Among Health Care Professionals
The report found a third of respondents had already deployed telemedicine, while nearly 20 percent are already in the process to deploying one. A majority of health care professionals feel telemedicine...
Security, Quality Biggest UCaaS Concerns, 8x8 Survey Finds
In a survey of 200 attendees at Enterprise Connect, respondents also said that poor sound or visual quality was the top problem in video conferencing. Security continues to be the top concern among businesses...
Maddening! More ways to catch the NCAA tourney could put a crimp on productivity - CNET
The Madness will be inescapable for some college hoops fans.About a third of American adults polled in a survey will have their eyes glued to NCAA action playing out on their phones and tablets this Thursday...
The Results of The Ultimate CSS Survey
A little over a month ago I launched what I hope will be an annual thing here at SitePoint: The Ultimate CSS Survey – a 3-part survey aimed at gathering info on the habits and preferences of CSS developers...
Nearly half of Americans mistakenly think Zika is fatal
CDCIn a recent phone survey, 42 percent of Americans reported thinking that people infected with the Zika virus were likely to die from the infection. The survey, conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy...
Most Americans think robots will take our jobs within 50 years
It's not a question of if robots will rise up and overtake humanity. It's a question of when. According to a new Pew Research Center study, 65 percent of Americans think that within 50 years, robots will...
Uber and Lyft won't crimp U.S. car sales in near term: survey
DETROIT (Reuters) - The growing popularity of car- and ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft and Zipcar will not put a crimp in U.S. vehicle sales any time soon, according to a survey released on Thursday....
AAA: 75% of drivers feel unsafe in this type of car
Carmakers envision driverless cars becoming just as essential as an iPhone, but many consumers currently balk at that. Some 75 percent of drivers say they would be afraid to be driven by an autonomous...
Security Pros to Users: Do as We Say, Not as We Do
IT pros -- the gatekeepers of company security policies -- are willing to bend the rules to get things done, according to Absolute Software, based on survey findings it released last week. Forty-five percent...
The Ultimate CSS Survey: Standards and Learning
Our CSS Survey is still going strong, with nearly 6000 entries between the three parts. Last week I featured part two of the survey and provided a sneak preview into the results gleaned from part one....
Completed ATLASGAL survey provides stunning submillimeter view of the Milky Way
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has completed the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL), releasing the stunning new imagery to mark the occasion. The survey covers the full...
Astronomers complete 'gas survey' of Milky Way
The most comprehensive map of the Milky Way ever made has been released by astronomers working at the Apex telescope in Chile.The map, described by the team as "spectacular", covers an area of sky 140...
ATLASGAL survey of Milky Way completed
A spectacular image of the Milky Way has been released to mark the completion of the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL). The APEX telescope has mapped the full area of the Galactic...
Marketers use of mobile phone data erodes consumers' trust - survey
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Most consumers feel they lack control over personal information on their phones, are suspicious of attempts to use it for marketing appeals and many think the problem is getting worse,...
Google makes it easier to share photos, notes and more with family members
Because constantly swapping passwords and usernames can be a pain, (if not also a security risk) Google is adding new ways for families to share with each other while still staying logged-on to their...
DeepMind’s AI beats world’s best Go player in latest face-off
Ke Jie deep in concentration during the first matchWU HONG/EPA/REX/ShutterstockBy Matt ReynoldsAlphaGo is at it again. Google DeepMind’s Go-playing AI has defeated Ke Jie, the world’s number one player,...
Google's AlphaGo A.I. beats world's number one in ancient game of Go
This week's games between AlphaGo and Ke are being live streamed by Google online, but Chinese censors already block access to Google and its services, such as Gmail and YouTube, in the country. Chinese...
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark