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U.S. Watches More Than 80-Percent of TV in Standard Def

According to a recent report from Nielsen, 56-percent of U.S. homes have both HD TVs and high-def service. Despite that fact, more than 80-percent of programming in the U.S. is viewed in standard definition. Calling this number shocking is a bit of an understatement. The American public has pumped billions of dollars into the electronics industry by purchasing HD TVs, and now most popular shows,...

The Average Teen Sends Over 3,000 Texts a Month, Nielsen Finds

This isn't exactly a news flash, but today's teenagers send a lot of text messages. According to a new report from Nielsen, kids aged between 13 and 17 send and receive an average of 3,339 texts per month -- the equivalent of more than 100 per day. Adults text their fair share, too. The average 45- to 54-year old sent and received 323 texts per month during the second quarter of 2010 -- 75-percent...

'Hawaii Five-0' Premiere Becomes Most DVR'd TV Show of All-Time

According to Nielsen's first ratings of the 2010 to 2011 TV season, the premiere episode of CBS's 'Hawaii Five-0' rehash has the distinction of being the most DVR-ed show of all time. The Washington Post reports that about 3.4 million people recorded the show and watched it within the next week. In the DVR age, Nielsen has struggled with gauging exactly how many people watch a show. The Live+7...

Young Kids Rarely Use Search, Spending More Time Online

The Internet presents kids with unlimited educational opportunities, so -- unsurprisingly -- kids don't actually use it to discover new information. Like a shiny new toy rapidly losing its luster in a dusty corner, kids ignore the infinite search possibilities afforded by the Web, and instead prefer bookmarks, remembered favorites and paid subscription services to fulfill their online needs. A...

Study Finds People Dislike 3-D TV Glasses, Surprises Nobody

Consumers may be willing to spend exorbitant amounts of money on tickets to 3-D movies, but, according to a new study from Nielsen, they're a lot less willing to drop hard-earned cash on actual 3-D glasses. As USA Today reports, Nielsen's study, titled 'Focusing on the 3DTV Experience,' involved 425 people, each of whom was given a pair of glasses to watch 30 minutes worth of 3-D television....

Apple to Release iPhone 4 PDF Patch, Online Video Stats Reveal U.S. Slacking

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Apple claims to have created a fix for the iPhone 4's PDF vulnerabilities (sparked by JailbreakMe), saying its patch "will be available to customers in an upcoming software update." [From: Engadget] According to a new Nielsen survey, the U.S. surprisingly ranks 36th in the world's online video usage, but that could be part...

Social Networking Most Popular Activity Online, E-Mail Going Mobile

Ever wonder what Americans are doing during those countless hours that they sit in front of a computer screen? Turns out that, more than anything else, they're getting their Facebook and Twitter on. According to Nielsen, a good 22.7-percent of time online is spent on social networking sites. That's a drastic increase from June of last year, when a reported 15.8-percent of time online was spent...

AT&T May Be Right: Smartphone Customers Underuse Mobile Web

An uproar ensued when AT&T discontinued its unlimited data plan last month, and the company defended itself by arguing that 98-percent of its customers never used more than the 2GB allotted by the DataPro plan. Turns out, AT&T might even have been understating its case against the unlimited plan if the numbers from a new Nielsen study are to be believed. Nielsen has been tracking the...

Facebook and Google Maps Reign as Most Popular Smartphone Apps

Smartphone users today have access to an unimaginably wide array of mobile apps, providing solutions for even the most obscure of consumer demands. Yet, when it comes to global popularity, Facebook and Google seem to rule the roost. The Nielsen Company recently conducted a survey of more than 4,200 people who had downloaded an app in the 30 days prior to the study, and Facebook reigns as the...

Sprint Evo 4G Lands on June 4th, RIAA Crushes Limewire in Copyright Case

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... HTC's's much-hyped Evo 4G for Sprint officially arrives June 4th, with a $199 post-rebate price. Yesterday, Sprint revealed the model's default specs, which include a 1-gigahertz processor, an 8-megapixel camera, video chat capabilities and an 8-gigabyte SD card. The phone also awesomely lets users link up to eight other devices...

Internet Explorer Loses Ground to Chrome, Firefox and Safari

Each month, the news gets worse for Microsoft's Internet Explorer. The BBC reports that the latest numbers from several measurement firms show the Web browser continuing to lose market share to competitors like Mozilla, Apple and Google. Depending on who you ask, as of April, the various versions of Internet Explorer comprises anywhere from 51.42-percent (according to StatCounter) to 70-percent...

Jon Stewart Takes on Apple/The Man, Facebook Dominates U.S. Searches

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... Anyone remember the old Yippie adage, "Don't trust anyone over 30?" Well, Apple is pushing 35, and, according to some folks, it has officially sold out. Discussing the recent iPhone 4G-related home invasion of Gizmodo's Jason Chen, Jon Stewart scathingly lambasted the corporate behemoth, asking, "Remember back in 1984, you had...

Study Says 60-Percent of Americans Surf the Web While Watching TV

Share If you often find yourself chatting away on your laptop while passively watching an episode of 'Dancing with the Stars,' you're not alone. According to the latest Three Screen Report from the Nielsen Company, about 60-percent of all TV-watching Americans multi-task in front of the tube, and that figure is only growing. In the fourth quarter of 2009, the average viewer spent about 3.5...

Facebookers Poking Around 7 Hours a Month, Nielsen Finds

Despite contradictory evidence from the teen demographic, some researchers have asserted that the time people spend online has maxed out. A recent Nielsen study has indicated that, at least during January, that may actually be correct -- with one site being a notable exception. According to the Nielsen stat gurus, the total number of active Web users increased in January, but people still...

Pre-Teen Kids Sending Over a Thousand Texts a Month

At the risk of dating ourselves, we'll admit that we didn't get our first cell phones until we could already drive a car. As for text messages, those came even later than did the mobile phone. That's probably why this recent Nielsen report on kids and texting left us with our mouths agape. According to data from about 40,000 mobile phone bills, kids under 12 years old send, on average, 1,146 text...