The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has just published Mobile Access 2010; a report that looks at wireless internet use in the USA.
It says as of May 2010, 59% of all adult Americans use their laptops or mobile phones to go online wirelessly – either via WiFi or a mobile broadband card.
The percentage of people using their phones to browse the mobile web is up from 25% last year to 38% this year. 34% have used their mobiles for email – also up from 25% last year – with gaming, instant messaging and texting all showing increases as well.
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has formally adopted Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0, which incorporates low energy technology. This means that low-power Bluetooth devices are likely to be available by the end of 2010.
Bluetooth low energy technology enables small battery-powered Bluetooth devices – such as healthcare and sports sensors – to communicate with Bluetooth-equipped mobile phones. These devices will be able to run for years on standard coin-cell batteries; a feat that existing Bluetooth devices are incapable of achieving.
Tokyo-based Renesas Electronics is buying Nokia's wireless modem business for around $200 million. It's the latest development in an ongoing partnership between the two companies. In addition, Nokia and Renesas say they'll work together on developing modem technologies for HSPA+/LTE technology.
The deal is expected to be concluded towards the end of this year.
The time to transfer a mobile phone number to a new network will be cut to just one working day next year. UK regulator Ofcom says new consumer regulations will come into force on 11th April 2011, halving the current two-day maximum to a single day.