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Cell phones catapult 'Shangri-La' Bhutan into modern age

Sitting in his office in Bhutan's sleepy capital, newspaper editor Tenzing Lamsang muses on the dramatic impact of cell phone technology on a remote Himalayan kingdom known as the "last Shangri-La". "Bhutan is jumping from the feudal age to the modern age," said Lamsang, editor of The Bhutanese biweekly and online journal. "It's bypassing the industrial age." As the last country in the world to get television and one which measures its performance with a "Gross National Happiness" yardstick, Bhutan might have been expected to be a hold-out against mobile technology.

China has 604 mln netizens

BEIJING, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The number of Internet users in China had hit 604 million as of the end of September this year, with mobile phones becoming the favored means of accessing the web, the State Internet Information Office announced on Thursday. About 464 million people, or 77 percent of the country's total netizens, were regularly getting online via their phones as of June this year, according to the office's vice director, Ren Xianliang.

Cuba allows islanders to rent out their home phones for long-distance, international calls

HAVANA - Cubans have a new private enterprise opportunity — acting as "telecommunications agents" by essentially turning their homes into phone booths and charging neighbours by the minute to use their telephones. The Labor Ministry rule announced Tuesday also says the "agents" will be able to offer Internet access at some point in the future. Cuba has some 1.2 million fixed phone lines and 1.8 million cellphones for a population of around 11 million. Many domestic land lines are not equipped for making long-distance and international calls, though they can receive them.

New devices drive global IT spending

Global spending on information technology is expected to reach $3.8 trillion in 2014, driven by growth in connected devices ranging from jewelry to refrigerators, researchers said Monday. A report by the research firm Gartner said IT spending is expected to increase 3.6 percent from 2013. The vast expansion of digital devices affects just about every industry in what is described as the Digital Industrial Economy, according to Gartner researcher Peter Sondergaard. Sondergaard said this means every company is becoming a technology in an era of the "Internet of Things."

Addicted to the mobile web? You're not alone as trend shows desktop usage dropping

TORONTO - A few short years ago, back when spotting an iPad in public was still a novelty, some tech prognosticators were boldly predicting that it wouldn't be long before use of the mobile web surpassed Internet usage through computers. It was a little hard to imagine. It hasn't happened in Canada yet it's still not even close but it no longer seems that implausible. Facebook recently announced that its users now connect to the social network more on phones and tablets than they do with desktop and laptop computers.

Australian downloads increase by a 3rd over 6 months

The total volume of data downloaded in Australia topped half a million terabytes for the first time in a quarter, with more than 550,000 TB being downloaded during the last three months of 2012, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday.That's an increase of 33 percent compared with the June 2012 quarter, driven by increasing numbers of internet subscribers and faster internet speeds.ABS Director of the Innovation and Technology Statistics Branch, Diane Braskic, said today's statistics showed continued growth of internet downloads in Aust

Smartphone use among U.S. teens is up sharply - survey

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 37 percent of Americans ages 12 to 17 tap the Internet using a smartphone, up sharply in just a year, according to a 2012 Pew survey released on Wednesday. Twenty-three percent of teens mainly go online using their phones and not a desktop or laptop computer, versus 15 percent of adults, the poll by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project showed.
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