The Promise of 5G Will Fuel Growth in IOT Devices and Streaming Video New Report Claims

The Promise of 5G Will Fuel Growth in IOT Devices and Streaming Video New Report Claims

Our digital lives have already been taken over by the smartphone. According to a Ericsson Mobility Report,  over the next decade, mobile devices and other smart gadgets will continue to grow in prominence. Both video, the internet, and mobile internet usage is expected to rise in prominence.

Between 2015 and 2021, the IoT space will maintain a hefty compound annual growth rate of 23 percent. IoT devices are set to overtake mobile in the connected devices category by 2018, according to Ericsson.

The introduction of 5G networks is part of this growth, which is expected to launch at some point in 2020.

Video is set to play an increasingly important role in our mobile lives.  Video will account for as much as 70 percent of mobile traffic, Ericsson forecasts that by 2021.

That’s hardly surprising, considering the emphasis being placed on video by internet service providers and mobile carriers.  For example, T-Mobile, offers unlimited video streaming to its mobile network subscribers on select services.

Between 2014 and 2015, video watching on smartphones went up a huge 127 percent.  Interestingly during the same period, there was a 50-percent decline in television watching among teens.

People in the 30-35 age range spend four more hours on average watching TV than do teens, something that has remained true since 2011.

What video services are people watching?  Leading the pack is YouTube, accounting for between 50 and 70 percent of video traffic.

The size of devices has an impact on the types of videos being watched.  For example, tablets are generally used for watching longer videos, while tablets and smartphones are used equally used for watching short videos.

Teens tend to use Wi-Fi more often.  They are also more willing to pay to access the internet.

The survey showed that 63 percent of teens were willing to pay more for better internet speeds, which is greater than any other age bracket.  On the flip side, they are rarely the ones that are actually paying for the service.

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The Best Tablets for 2014

The Best Tablets for 2014

The consumer computer of choice is quickly becoming the tablet.  It’s been predicted that up to 50% of the the computers sold this year will be tablet computers.  Tablets are becoming more powerful.  They make you more productive while keeping you entertained.  Not only do they provide you the Web, but you now have access to thousands of apps and the list is growing ever day. Here are the best tablets of 2014 for the student, parent, professional, and deal savvy consumer.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

Galaxy-Note-12The super sized Galaxy Note Pro from Samsung is bridging the gap between tablets and PCs.  The Galaxy Note Pro lets you run four apps at the same time on its 2560 x 1600 12-inch screen.  Like other Galaxy Note’s there is a built-in S Pen for drawing and taking notes.  This Samsung is Android-powered and contains a treasure trove of other apps and service.  You can even remote access your PC.  If your all about productivity the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is a great choice.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch

kindle-fire-hdx-7The Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch is a truly family friendly tablet.  Parents can set up a separate environment for kids with a preapproved list of apps using FreeTime. Parents can also set time limits on reading, watching videos or playing games. The HDX also boasts Amazon’s innovative Mayday feature, which provides one-touch access to a live tech-support rep within 30 seconds. To top it all off you get Amazon Prime access for books and free movies and TV.  Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX, with the Snapdragon 800 processor and full HD screen provides some serious specs and fun.

Apple iPad Air

apple-ipad-airWith the stunning Apple Retina display the iPad Air is lighter and thinner than ever before.  You can enjoy nearly 500,000 apps quickly and effortlessly with the 64-bit A7 processor, and you can do so for a long time.  The Apple iPad Air lasts nearly 12 hours on a charge.  The 9.7″ iPad Air  weights just less than 1 pound.  A stunning display of productivity, portability, and fun.

Fuhu DreamTab

dreamtabDreamworks and Fuhu are collaborating on the new DreamTab, which is guaranteed to help your kids learn and have lots of fun. The DreamTab, coming in 8- and 10-inch sizes, is a new line of Intel Atom-powered slates for children.  The kid-safe social networking that allows kids to send email, text and share photos with other DreamTab users. In addition, the Wings Learning System instructs children on how to improve reading, writing and math skills. with built-in video tutorials from expert animators. The specs are strong and include a full-HD 8-inch display, Intel Atom Bay Trail CPU and Android KitKat 4.4. The DreamTab boasts not only a powerful Wings Learning system, but a family-friendly social networking app that will protect your childs privacy.

Google Nexus 7

Google-Nexus-7And you won’t find a better pure-Android experience than the Google Nexus 7. This 7-inch slate delivers pure Android 4.4 KitKat, along with blazing-fast quad-core performance and one of the best screens around. The 1920 x 1200-pixel display is supersharp and colorful, at 323 ppi. The Nexus 7 camera is surprisingly robust. Parents will love the ability to set up child-friendly profiles. Add in more than 8 hours of battery life, and you have a great value. For those on a moderate budget, the Google Nexus 7 is an excellent choice.

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