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Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

We've been seeing a major push for tablets lately, but if a new study from Arieso is to be believed, then manufacturers might want to rethink their strategies. As it turns out, Arieso has found that smartphones have passed tablets in data usage for the first time in the three years the company has been doing these studies. You'd think that given the larger screens found on most tablets, users would turn to those devices more often for Internet access, but it seems that the tides are changing as far as mobile data goes.

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Entry-level smartphone sales to be the majority by 2017

Entry-level smartphone sales to be the majority by 2017

While high-end smartphones sales are dominating the market right now (83% last year, according to research firm Informa), it's said that entry-level and budget-minded smartphones will take over by 2017. Informa predicts that, by 2017, affordable smartphones (those priced below $150 with no contract) will account for a majority of mobile devices sales.

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Americans spend over 2 billion hours on social media per month

Americans spend over 2 billion hours on social media per month

It's really not a surprise when you're told that people spend a lot of time on social media. We all know that Facebook has over a billion users, and that all these statistics that get thrown around of how many photos users share on social networking sites are just a fancy way of saying, "people are using social media." However, it turns out that Americans are collectively spending over two billion hours on social media, every month.

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Sandvine report shows Netflix dominating during North American peak hours

Sandvine report shows Netflix dominating during North American peak hours

We obviously do a lot of different things on the Internet each and every, but when the peak hours between 9PM and 12AM arrive, it's all about Netflix baby. A new report from Sandvine shows that in North America, Netflix is responsible for 33% of the downstream traffic on fixed networks between those hours. That's good enough, but Sandvine's report also says that 65% of all downstream traffic during those hours is coming from video and audio streaming sites, meaning Netflix is responsible for half of that.

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New Twitter study gives tons of stats on users

New Twitter study gives tons of stats on users

You probably already know this by now, but there are a lot of people using Twitter. A new study conducted by Beevolve gives us an insane amount of statistics on these users, gauging everything from how many followers the average user has to which background color is used the most by females and males. The study - which surveyed a total of 36 million Twitter profiles - may confirm a lot of the stuff you already assumed about Twitter, but there are some surprises to be found in the results.

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