Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Nearly One In Five British Adults Have Never Used The Internet, Statistics Show

"Nearly nine millions adults in Britain have never used the Internet, statistics show, exposing the rift between the old and the young when it comes to embracing the digital age.

"The figure represents 17.4 per cent adult population, the Office for National Statistics said in a report released on Wednesday, with the over-65s the least likely to have been online.

"Age UK said that while it was good news that many older people were online, it was vital that access was widened, as 5.7 million over-65s still had never used the Internet."

Explosive Growth of Mobile Internet

"Almost half of UK internet users are going online via mobile phone data connections, according to the Office for National Statistics.

45% of people surveyed said they made use of the net while out and about, compared with 31% in 2010.

The most rapid growth was among younger people, where 71% of internet-connected 16 to 24-year-olds used mobiles.

Domestic internet use also rose. According to the ONS, 77% of households now have access to a net connection.

That figure was up 4% from the previous year, representing the slowest rate of growth since the ONS survey began in 2006."

Seems that the mobile Internet is growing hand in hand with the home broadband Internet. If this trend will continue is unclear but look a the growth for home Internet in the UK since 2005, the year after most people accepted the 'dot bomb' was over:

Household internet access


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Northern Ireland excluded from 2011 survey.

Source: Office for National Statistics

An increase of 20% in the number of households with the Internet. The increase from 14 to 19 million households a social event washes away such often talked about rises in unemployment or lose of middle class status. The most common singular social event of the 21st Century has been the emergence of the Internet rapidly reaching homes and now on people mobile devices all the time.

Sony tablets take on Apple's iPad | Technology |

"Sony unveiled its long-awaited Android tablets on Wednesday – but the price tags had analysts claiming it will struggle to compete for the No 2 spot in a market dominated by Apple.

The basic model of Sony's main tablet, shown at the IFA show in Berlin, is priced at €499 (£441), the same as the iPad – a price where Hewlett-Packard and other tablet companies have failed to dent Apple's dominance.

Sony had vowed in January that by 2012 it would become the world's No 2 tablet maker – behind Apple – and it stuck by this bold claim at IFA where its chief executive Howard Stringer introduced the devices."

IBM to address global cities' security issues following i2 acquisition | Cambridge technology news | Cabume

"IBM says the combination of i2 technology with its own real-time analytical solutions will improve at a local level the private and pubic sectors' ability to collect, analyse and process all the relevant data at their disposal rather than suffer from data overload, which in the past has often led to critical information or opportunities being missed.

Tools will include a range of visualisation and multidimensional intelligence analytics that can help analysts quickly identify connections, patterns and trends in complex data sets."

Toshiba, Hitachi and Sony to form LCD Monster

Toshiba tablet PCs

In another indication of the size of growth in mobile device and small tablet computing Toshiba, Hitachi and Sony have formed a new LCD display company. The actual details of the company show the complex mixture of risks and rewards, and public and private:

"They have hesitated to invest in the LCD business because of expectations that prices are likely to fall.

The company will be operated by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ), a government-backed firm.

The companies hope to have integrated the businesses by early 2012."

BBC News - Toshiba, Hitachi and Sony to form LCD display company

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So the very growth they anticipate in the market itself is a risk, as technology and rush to market are likely to reduce the price of LCD displays and other features in a mobile device. Japan's government has thus gotten involved to try to help the combination of these three massive firms in to creating LCD and not letting China and other developing economies have the market to themselves.

A key problem facing producers in the future, especially Apple and Microsoft is that Web 3.0 is going to be cheap Web. The drive to mobility and pervasive internet will break much of the trend to continual upgrade and expansion. Already the issue of more continual small scale interactions vs. video quality download is emerging in the Cloud. Web 3.0 will be a web of continual short interactions, with more and more use of HTML 5 over App development.

So where is there room to make money?

So far Apple has made a fortune bringing the web to you all the time. From the iPod (which gave us both the Internet of sound and the mobile internet) to the iPad (which broke an pretty obvious idea in to the public) Apple has made a massive amount of money presenting premium new products to innovate the Web 3.0 space. How much actual innovation is left before the market settles down is hard to say. But one the market matures it is harder and harder to see people agreeing to buy Apple products over Android for the extra money.

The $100 phone-tablet is clearly where the market is going. For the firm in Asia which figures how to make that at a profit the future will be great. But for the Apples, Blackberries, PC makers, and other firms dependent on people owning a PC and a Laptop and a work computer and a phone and a blackberry the idea that soon a single device will be able to run it all is pretty scary.

Asian governments are probably wise to work with massive firms to figure out ways to reduce the risk on this system.

As for Apple, Apple is more like a Hollywood company and an IT company: it is in the business of creating desires not satisfying them. To use a Apple tool is like seeing Star Wars for the first time, great special effects, you really love it, but just how productive is it? The Web 3.0 Lab sees the iPhone are really little more than the introduction to the Android, were we see the center of development right now.

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Seeing Notting Hill from space, using twitter

You can clearly see the presence of Nottinghill Carnival on the North West of London. The Carnival is clearly in full swing after the curfew. This tool looks at tweets over an hour period anywhere in the world.
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English and Dutch use twitter with geo-tags more than Germans

The map showing geo-tagged twitter density shows a real cultural difference between the Dutch and English, and the Belgians, French and Germans. We don't know if this is just privacy settings or if there is a real difference in web 3.0 geo-tagging.
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Irene hits twitter

Before Hurricaine made landfall
The flow of tweets seems to be like the air, driven up by recent Hurricaine Irene.

Almost a full day after, notice no drop off of tweeting anyhere

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Irene not turning off the tweets

This image was taken over night after Hurricain Irene hit the US East Coast. It shows the geo-tagged tweets coming form the US in a period of an hour. You can see that Irene is having no obvious impact on the twitter density, if anything it is driving it up.
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Saturday, 27 August 2011

Twitter stands up to Irene in Nags Head NC

Despite hours of Hurricaine Irene twitter traffic is coming from the site of land-fall.
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Tweeting Irene

We are seeing a lot of tweeting in the path of Irene. The North Eastern coast of the United States is normally high for tweeting, but this is very high for a Saturday morning. Or as they say in the movie Social Network, 'it's high for half-time during the Super Bowl' high.

Good sign is that network coverage has not been visibly broken. We are one of many groups tracking the social media response to the Hurricane.

Washington DC Clima.Me score. Score is out of 100. A score of 80 or more is high, even in a fairly large city.

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