Smartphone Use Among American Teens Grows: Pew Research

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Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer.

These are among the new findings from a nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that explored technology use among 802 youth ages 12-17 and their parents. Key findings include:

·      78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones.That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.

·      23% of teens have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population. 

In many ways, teens represent the leading edge of mobile connectivity, and the patterns of their technology use often signal future changes in the adult population

Verizon Wireless And Time Warner Cable To Deliver Great Video Entertainment, Communications And Internet Experiences

For The Home And On The Go In Maine

Verizon Wireless and Time Warner Cable Inc. today announced they are teaming up in Maine to offer new and existing customers greater choice, value and convenience in their wireless and entertainment packages.

“Our joint marketing with Time Warner Cable is built upon the belief that wireless, communications and entertainment are all essential services in the lives of our mutual customer bases,” said Christine Berberich, president of Verizon Wireless New England.

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Cell phones play growing role in getting U.S. online

As of April 2012 it is reported that 88% of U.S. adults own a mobile device of some kind, with more than half of these cell owners (55%) using these mobile devices to go online. Moreover, 31% of these current cell internet users say that most of their online activities are with their mobile phone; as opposed to other, more traditional mediums, such as a desktop or laptop computer.

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After surgery, a robot may be at your side In quest for efficiency, savings, hospital is testing at-home mechanical monitors

When Erin Tally took Aidan, her 2-year-old son, home from Children’s Hospital Boston on the day after his urinary surgery, she brought along a new friend: a 4-foot-6, 17-pound, two-wheeled robot to help care for her recovering child. Overthe course of  two weeks and five video consultations, the robot, made by Vgo Communications Inc., of Nashua, eliminated the need for Tally to drive Aidan into Boston every three days for post-surgical checkups.

Vgo Communications worked with Verizon Wireless’s Innovation Program center in Waltham, where the telecom company helps incubate new technologies, to embed Verizon’s cellular communications technology into the robots. Through its connection to the cellular network, a Vgo does not need to rely on Internet broadband connections.

“Eventually, I see a whole fleet of these robots being sent home with patients,’’ said Dr. Hiep T. Nguyen, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of Children’s Hospital’s Robotic Surgery Research and Training Center. “With this technology, we’re going to be able to replace hospital monitoring with home-based monitoring.’’

For more information, please see boston.com.