Statistics archive

  • Digital dominates as vinyl, tape and film disappear from UK homes
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    Digital dominates as vinyl, tape and film disappear from UK homes

    By 24 September 2010

    New figures have just come out from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), that show that the number of web-enabled devices in the typical UK household has increased from just one a decade ago to approximately six today. And although this...

  • Gamers shun stores for downloads
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    Gamers shun stores for downloads

    By 23 September 2010

    PC game downloads are outstripping shop purchases in the US for the first time, suggest new figures. According to data from market research specialist NPD Group, 11.2 million PC games were bought online, compared to 8.2 million physical unit sales, during...

  • Android sales up a whopping 886 per cent
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    Android sales up a whopping 886 per cent

    By 2 August 2010

    The number of Android handsets sold in the second quarter of 2010 was almost 10.7 million - an 886 per cent rise on the 1 million plus devices sold in the same period in 2009. Although the huge rise was to be expected - in Q2 2009 the only notable Android...

  • Apple now the world's biggest tech company
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    Apple now the world's biggest tech company

    By 27 May 2010

    If you follow the stock market, then you'll know that there have been a few dips in the last few days. Recently, Apple saw 0.4 per cent shaved off its share price. Bad news you'd have thought. Well, not so, as arch rival Microsoft had an even bigger fall,...

  • Android outsells iPhone for the first time
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    Android outsells iPhone for the first time

    By 11 May 2010

    Data released from market research company the NPD Group has revealed that Android based handsets have outsold the iPhone in the US for the first time. The research, which focuses on sales from the first quarter of 2010, shows that Google is fighting...

  • Google Latitude has 3 million users
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    Google Latitude has 3 million users

    By 7 May 2010

    Google has published a few statistics about its Latitude geolocation service, which allows you to share your location with friends, and see where they are too. The company revealed that more than 10% of Android owners have activated it, resulting in 3...

  • Chrome browser still gaining users
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    Chrome browser still gaining users

    By 4 May 2010

    Sit up, browser statistics enthusiasts - this one's for you. NetApplications has issued its monthly report on the to-ings and fro-ings of the browser market, and found that Chrome is still slowly bubbling upwards while Internet Explorer has plunged below...

  • Most Android users still running 1.5
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    Most Android users still running 1.5

    By 4 May 2010

    Google has released some statistics that show the breakdown of how many people are using the different variants of Android. The fact that 37.2% are still on 1.5 should be a great source of concern for the company. Android 1.6 users take up 29.6% of the...

  • Blu-Ray discs selling a little better
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    Blu-Ray discs selling a little better

    By 14 April 2010

    Despite subscription-based music-on-demand services performing rather well and slowly knocking the CD out of the market, there's a marked lack of similar offerings for the movie industry. Perhaps that's the reason why the Blu-ray seems to be starting...

  • Bebo not the only social network site in trouble
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    Bebo not the only social network site in trouble

    By 13 April 2010

    Hitwise has published a ream of statistics on UK internet usage, and it's grim reading for Bebo and MySpace, but good news for Club Penguin and Facebook. Both MySpace and Bebo have slipped considerably in terms of traffic from a peak in mid 2007 of around...

  • 68 million old phones left lying around
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    68 million old phones left lying around

    By 13 April 2010

    It seems that Brits are a wasteful sort. A survey of 1,332 UK residents, conducted by SellMyMobile.com, has found that nearly two thirds of the population have at least one old mobile just lying around unusued, and about a fifth admitted to having three...

  • Apple sells over 300,000 iPads on day one
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    Apple sells over 300,000 iPads on day one

    By 5 April 2010

    Apple has released a statement with the final figures of the first day of iPad sales and it seems the Cupertino company shifted over 300,000 units. To put that in perspective, it's 30,000 more than the iPhone sold over the same period. Despite the figure...

  • Twitter boasts significant spam reduction
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    Twitter boasts significant spam reduction

    By 24 March 2010

    Twitter has written a smug blog post about how well it's managed to reduce spam on its microblogging service since it hit a peak of nearly 11% back in August 2009. Despite recent security threats being spread through DMs on the service, Twitter reckons...

  • Opera downloads up 85% in UK since browser ballot
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    Opera downloads up 85% in UK since browser ballot

    By 18 March 2010

    Web browser Opera has revealed a rather impressive ballot bounce. The company shared figures with Pocket-lint that show that it's received 85% more downloads than normal in Britain following the introduction of the EU browser ballot screen. The offering...

  • Facebook surpasses Google in US?
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    Facebook surpasses Google in US?

    By 16 March 2010

    Is it possible to beat Google at the traffic game? For many years, the search giant has been at the top of the charts, but if reports coming in from Hitwise are correct, we may have a new king of the castle, and associated dirty rascal. For some time...

  • Twitter hits 10 billion tweets
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    Twitter hits 10 billion tweets

    By 5 March 2010

    Twitter has hit its 10,000,000,000th tweet, only five months after it hit its 5 billionth. The microblogging site, which has gone from strength to strength since taking off at the start of 2009, hit the milestone at about 1am GMT on 5 March 2010. Tracking...

  • Opera reports massive browser ballot boost
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    Opera reports massive browser ballot boost

    By 3 March 2010

    Statistics released by Opera have shown that downloads of its desktop web browser have tripled since Microsoft rolled out its ballot screen, which allows users to pick a different browser to use, other than Internet Explorer. While the company didn't...

  • 73% of Android owners are male
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    73% of Android owners are male

    By 25 February 2010

    Mobile advertising company AdMob, which was bought by Google back in November, has published its monthly metrics report, containing a host of statistics about the phone industry right now. Surveying 963 respondents, the survey found that a whopping 73%...

  • Panasonic claims plasmas easier on eyes than LCD
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    Panasonic claims plasmas easier on eyes than LCD

    By 17 February 2010

    A survey commissioned by Panasonic and undertaken by researchers at a Munich University has found that plasma televisions cause less eye strain than an LCD at a similar brightness level.  The researchers sat 31 people - male and female - down in front...

  • Average social gamer is 43-year-old woman
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    Average social gamer is 43-year-old woman

    By 17 February 2010

    PopCap, maker of such games as the popular Bejeweled, has revealed a profile of the average social gamer from a recent survey carried out in the UK and the US. The "social gamers" survey covered consumers who play games on social networking platforms...

  • 60,000 Android handsets sold every day
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    60,000 Android handsets sold every day

    By 17 February 2010

    Google's CEO Eric Schmidt has said that around 60,000 Android handsets are shipping on a daily basis around the world. The news, made during the CEO's keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, shows just how fast the Android platform is growing....

  • 28,981,249,043 zombies slaughtered...
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    28,981,249,043 zombies slaughtered...

    By 12 February 2010

    Valve has announced that a total of 28,981,249,043 zombies have been bludgeoned, hacked apart, perforated or exploded since Left 4 Dead 2 was released on 17 November 2009. That's nearly 29 billion in 86 days. Not bad. The games developer offers a few...

  • LinkedIn hits 60 million users
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    LinkedIn hits 60 million users

    By 12 February 2010

    LinkedIn has announced on its official Twitter account that the company has just signed up its 60 millionth member, a user from Gronigen in the Netherlands. The social network - which is focused on your professional life, rather than your personal life...

  • BT hits a million Wi-Fi hotspots
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    BT hits a million Wi-Fi hotspots

    By 9 February 2010

    Boosted massively by BT FON home hub hotspots, BT has announced it's reached the million milestone for Wi-Fi hotspots across the UK and Ireland. The million-strong Wi-Fi estate also comprises hotspots from BT Openzone (3800) and BT Openzone hotspots via...

  • 70% of Brits have heard of the iPad
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    70% of Brits have heard of the iPad

    By 8 February 2010

    A large proportion of Brits are aware of the Apple iPad, but aren't entirely certain about the device's feature set, new YouGov research has revealed. An online survey has revealed that 70% of British adults shown an image and provided with a brief description...