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Eric Schmidt (Slightly) More Popular Than Steve Jobs, Employee Survey Says

Eric Schmidt may no longer be the CEO of Google, but he's still more popular at his office than Steve Jobs is at his. Schmidt finished his Google tenure with an approval rating of 96-percent, according to an employee survey conducted by Glassdoor.com. That score was barely enough to edge out Jobs, who boasts a piddly 95-percent approval rating, down from 98-percent last year. The biggest loser?...

Science Proves That the Remote Is Stuck Under the Cushion

We're not exactly sure why, but there's something really satisfying about science proving conventional wisdom right. A recent survey conducted by Logitech has confirmed what we've all long known: that, if you've lost your TV remote, it's probably between the couch cushions. In fact, there's a 49-percent chance it's there. Tied for the second most likely hiding place are the bathroom and a dresser...

60-Percent of U.S. Broadband Misses 4 Mbps Mark

Last year, the FCC conducted a survey of the broadband landscape in the U.S, and things aren't looking good. The findings, released this week, reveal that 60-percent of broadband connections fall short (PDF) of the 4 Mbps download speeds that constitute the "minimum bandwidth generally required to accommodate today's uses." It's not all bad news, though; 31-percent exceeded 6mbps, and wireless...

Verizon Has Best Call Quality Across Nation, Says J.D. Power Survey

In a recent survery released by J.D. Power, customers named Verizon Wireless the service provider with the best call quality in four of six regions across America. Verizon tied with AT&T for best customer satisfaction in another region, and U.S. Cellular was named the best carrier in the other. The survey, which canvassed 26,000 cell phone owners between July and December 2010, used seven...

Survey: 1 in 5 Drivers Browse the Web Behind the Wheel

Driving while talking and texting may seem dangerous enough, but just wait and see what happens as the roads fill up with people driving and browsing the Web. According to a survey by State Farm, it's already happening: More than 19-percent of respondents admitted to browsing on their phone while behind the wheel. That number is significantly lower than the 74-percent that said they'd made or...

Scam Claims to Show How Much Time You Spent on Facebook in 2010

A new scam spreading across Facebook purports to show users how many hours they spent on the social networking site in 2010. According to Naked Security, users who click the rogue link are taken to an application request for permission page. If the user gives the fraudulent app access, he or she will be asked to take a survey, or a "security check," for which the scammers get paid every time it's...

Chatty Spammers Hijacking Facebook Accounts

If you spend a lot of your time chatting with your friends on Facebook, you'd better be on the lookout for a gang of spammers that appears to be hijacking accounts and spreading its stupid little surveys via instant messages. All Facebook's Jackie Cohen recently received one of these spammy chats from a friend who wasn't even online at the time, inviting her to click on a link to receive a...

'My Total Facebook Views' Scam Hits Facebook, With Inflated Numbers and Spam

Share If you've avoided clicking on any Facebook posts promising to show you your 'Total Facebook Views,' give yourself a round of applause -- because it's just a scam. The spammy posts seem to be originating from various sources, but they all boast essentially the same syntax. A typical post from a friend who fell for the trick will read: "My total facebook views are: [random number]. Find...

Pew: Internet Users Are More Likely to Volunteer, Participate in Groups

Surfing the Web may be a relatively solitary activity, but, according to a new study, Internet users are a lot more active than they appear. In a national survey, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 75-percent of all Americans are currently involved in some sort of volunteer group, but Internet users are noticeably more likely to participate in them;...

Prisons Testing Computers Capable of Detecting, Defusing Riots

Part of any prison guard's job involves breaking up fights or riots that invariably erupt when you put a bunch of convicts in close physical contact with each other. Defusing these spats can be a messy, and sometimes dangerous task, but it may be getting slightly easier, thanks to new computer vision systems that can automatically detect brewing violence from above. As the New York Times...

Most Twenty-Somethings Ditch Landlines, Only Use Cell Phones

Apparently, U.S. residents between 25- and 29-years old have become the first age group to truly ditch the landline, as a full 51-percent of them are using cell phones exclusively. This is probably due in part to the fact that cell phones' address books make it much easier to keep track of all those numbers for our parents' home phones, cell phones, work phones, work cell phones......

'Who Has Deleted Ya' Scam Hits Facebook

Share There's a brand new piece of spamware making the rounds on Facebook, and, like so many others before it, this scam attracts users with empty promises of features that Facebook doesn't actually offer. As All Facebook reports, the scam is currently spreading via Wall posts that read: "i cant believe how many people av removed me from your friends list! well i kno who you all r now, &...

XKCD's Map of Online Communities Updated for 2010

Randall Munroe, of XKCD fame, has updated his classic map of online communities for 2010. The size of each "country" on the map is determined not by its number of users, but by how active those users are, which really puts in perspective Farmville's disturbing levels of popularity. Hit the source link to see it at full size....

Scholastic Study: Kids Read Less as They Get Older, But Want to Use E-Readers

If you give a kid a Kindle, she's going to ask for more fun books. A study commissioned by Scholastic -- the publisher of the 'Goosebumps' and 'Harry Potter' series -- found that 57-percent of kids aged 9 to 17 were interested in reading on electronic devices. Their parents, however, believe that using electronic devices of any kind limits the amount of time they would actually read, do...

We're Holding Onto Our Phones Longer, Even as Prices Drop

Conventional economic logic would suggest that, as the prices of new cell phones drop, we -- as rational, price-taking consumers -- would abandon our older models for shinier, more cost-effective alternatives. According to a new survey from J.D. Power and Associates, though, we aren't. As PC World reports, consumers now hold onto their mobiles for an average of 20.5 months -- 17-percent longer...