Smartphones

Following an investigation, the Commission found that Verizon?s supercookies were an invasion of privacy, and is requiring Verizon to notify its customers of the practice and obtain customer opt-in moving forward.
Data from wireless analyst Chetan Sharma shows that the U.S. wireless market is saturated with fully 81 percent of the population using a smartphone, revealing an important trend in the wireless sector: growth for wireless companies is going to come from new services, not from adding new subscribers.
As the Pew Internet Center said last week, ?Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now smartphone owners, and for many these devices are a key entry point to the online world.?
According to a new Pew report, ?Cell phones and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are playing an increasingly prominent role in how voters get political information and follow election news.?
Mobile visits to digital newspaper sites have doubled in the last two years, in some cases surpassing all other forms of access.
A new federal report shows growth in mobile Internet, but at the same time "... found that 28 percent of households still do not use broadband at home."
According to the new Pew report, ?... many seniors remain largely unattached from online and mobile life ? 41 percent do not use the internet at all, 53 percent do not have broadband access at home, and 23 percent do not use cell phones.?
Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the release of the FCC's free Speed Test app for iOS devices, as part of the commission's Measuring Broadband America program.
According to a new Pew study, the black/white ?digital divide? continues to persist, but African American mobile use exceeds whites. And Internet use is also a matter of education and income.