UK mobile broadband speed averages 1.46Mbps, but ads claim more

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Sounding rather like the saga surrounding home broadband speeds, a recent survey suggests that mobile broadband users aren’t always getting the maximum speeds advertised.

Broadband Expert’s research, based on testing around 1,200 connections, found the average speed of UK mobile broadband is 1.46Mbps. This is around half the speed of the average home broadband speed of 2.95Mbps…

Need to relax? Try playing a violent video game!

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A recent study suggests that violent video games may make people more relaxed — but only if their personality is already predisposed to being fairly relaxed.

Surprise of surprises: if you’re already aggressive or violent, then playing a violent game isn’t likely to calm you down, and you may well choose to beat someone up outside your local whether or not you’ve had a heavy WoW day. Your Mileage May Vary…

Mobile phones worse than smoking or asbestos, neurosurgeon claims

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A top British neurosurgeon and medical researcher, Dr Vini Khurana, has publicly spoken out about the dangers he sees in the use of mobile phones.

With something of an obsession — he’s published over 30 papers on cell phones and their links to disease — he doesn’t mince his words.

“Mobile phones could have health consequences far greater than asbestos and smoking. There is a significant and increasing body of evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumours.”…

Mobile ticketing to go mainstream by 2011, research suggests

Queue1New research suggests that over 2.6 billion mobile tickets will be delivered to over 208 million mobile phone users by the year 2011.

Not only are mobile tickets cheaper, but they could help to cut down on fraud, as well as being more environmentally friendly.

Some of the major organisations responsible for issuing tickets are already on board, including Ticketmaster, British Airways, and Tickets.com, as well as operators and handset makers including O2, Vodafone, Nokia, and Samsung.

Brits mainly use their mobile phones for texting and voice calls

nokia_sms.gifDespite the diverse range of mobile phone handsets boasting a myriad of advanced features, 60% of UK consumers still use their mobiles exclusively for sending text messages and making phone calls.

Three in five people who took part in the SNAPin Software survey said that they were simply not interested in using the other mobile services available on their phone, while nearly a third were confused about how they’d be billed, and one in five said they couldn’t be bothered to learn how to use new features.

Online video will account for 8% of home entertainment by 2011

connected_computers.gifAfter the prediction that Web TV will take off in 2008 comes research that suggests online video will account for 8% of home entertainment revenue in the US, and 7% in Western Europe, by 2011.

An analyst for Understanding & Solutions, Mai Hoang, says that momentum for online video is growing, predicting that, “multiple formats will coexist in the future, and no one format will control the home entertainment landscape, quite unlike the domination of DVD since the demise of VHS.”

20% of instant messages are never sent, says voyeuristic scientist

instant-messaging-20-percent.jpgIt’s one of those surveys telling us things we clearly already knew! Like, that 95% of people will eat too much chocolate on Christmas Day and not feel like having dinner, or that people tend to impulse buy cakes and sweets when going to the supermarket while feeling a bit hungry.

A scientist called Michael Beisswenger made the startling instant messaging ‘discovery’ while monitoring (spying on?) students at his…