The Average Amount of Data Subscribers Use Monthly

According to research firm Nielsen, in the first quarter of 2012 the average U.S. mobile subscriber used 450 MB of data per month. It is up more than double the 208 MB of data per month for all U.S. mobile subscribers in the first quarter of 2011.

At lease 65,000 mobile users volunteered to participate in the company’s ongoing research, providing information from monthly cell phone bills.

Between the first quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, the nation’s smartphone users have gone up to about half of the US population using smartphones. But Nielsen did not say what the data usage was for the smartphones in the US, their figures are for both smartphones and feature phones.

I wish I could get by using such a small amount of data each month, I have an unlimited plan with T-Mobile, which is 5 GB of “High Speed Internet/4G” and over that it’s throttled to EDGE. I have gone over my 5 GB twice before, but I try to never do that now and I monitor my account and data usage very closely.

19 Percent of iPhone/iPad Apps Access Users’ Address Book

According to a study performed by security firm Bitdefender, 19% of apps surveyed access users’ iPhone and iPad’s address book without their knowledge or approval. Bitdefender looked at over 65,000 apps and found that there are tens of thousands of apps that are designed specifically to take all the data from a users’ address book and upload the data. Over 40% of the apps that access the user data don’t encrypt the data and send the data over Wifi and over cellular networks in plain text, which is really not good at all and makes it easier for the information to be intercepted.

“It is worrying stored data encryption on iOS apps is low and location tracking is so prevalent,” said Catalin Cosoi, Bitdefender’s chief security researcher. “Without notification of what an app accesses, it is difficult to control what information users give up”. Not only is the address book being raided and uploaded but 41% of apps tested use the location detection in iOS to track the users every move. “We see a worrying landscape of poor user data encryption, prevalent location tracking and silent, unjustified, Address Book access”.

“While most app developers use this information for legitimate purposes, others might not,” said Cosoi. Bitdefender had an application that was recently pulled from the App Store called ‘Clueful’ which is an app privacy tool. There is no explanation as to why Clueful was pulled from the App Store yet. “Clueful was the best way for iPhone owners to know what data apps are actually accessing. While Clueful remains off the App Store, we are working toward building data privacy awareness and will continue to develop products that help consumers remain secure regardless of platform”.

Amazon Planning to Release ‘Five or Six’ Devices

According to Demos Parneros, president of US retail for Staples, Amazon has plans to release ‘five or six’ devices, he told Reuters. The devices come in a range of sizes which includes a 10-inch tablet device. There is no word on weather or not a smartphone is one of the planned devices, though that has been rumored many times.

Amazon has also announced that it’ll be creating a new R&D hub in London, focusing on its services and APIs for TVs, consoles, smartphones and PCs, aimed at rolling these out across the globe. Although Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, with it’s Android App Store, that has been available in the US is still not available outside of the US.

I really do like the Kindle Fire as a tablet and I am anxious to see what Amazon releases in their next tablet on the market and I would love to see an Amazon smartphone make it’s way to the market at some point as well!

Study Finds iPad Used for Internet Surfing, Not Business

According to a new study from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, which reportedly looked at activity patterns among iPad owners earlier this month, found that the majority of iPad owners surf the internet and entertainment rather than for business use or educational use.

CIRP found that among the participants, 40% of iPad users use their iPad for surfing the internet, entertainment uses and for playing games. As far as business use goes, 14% of iPad users use their iPad for business purposes. More users of the newest iPad are using them for business purpose with 16% and also the users who have bought the iPad’s with more storage were more likely to use them for business. While only 4% of iPad owners said they use their iPad primarily for apps and less than 4% of users said they use their iPad primarily for shopping.

The study also found that iPad owners with the 3G and 4G variants showed very similar usage behavior to the owners with the Wifi only iPad.