TV Remains Top News Source

dell takes a slice at apple with super thin latitude z dellz closed

A new report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press finds that television is still Americans’ leading source of news and information, but an increasing number of Americans are turning to online news sources, particularly among advertising’s most-coveted demographics. Overall, the survey’s results show a shift towards online news, along with a growing audience segment that rely on both traditional and online media.

The survey polled 3,615 U.S. adults aged 18 or over between April 30 and June 1, 2008. Some 46 percent of respondents indicated they have a "heavy reliance" on television for news at all times of the day. Not coincidentally, these respondents also have the highest median age (52) of the groups represented in the survey. This group may also represent the least affluent group of respondents, with some 42 percent reporting they were unemployed.

In contrast, the group that relies on online news sources has the youngest median age (35) of respondents, and represents only 13 percent of those polled. Of this group, less than half report watching television news on a regular basis, and they say they’re twice as likely to read an online edition of a newspaper than a printed version. Fully 80 percent of this group has a college education.

The study also identifies a group of "integrators" who account for about 23 percent of respondents. Integrators spend more time per day than other groups with news and information sources, and tend to be well-educated, well-off people who use both traditional and online media to get news and information. Integrators also demonstrate more interest in political and sports news than other groups.

The survey also identifies a possible sense of apathy among young respondents, finding that about a third of respondents under 25 years of age reported getting no news at all on a typical day. Ten years ago, only about a quarter of the under-25 set reported getting no news at all on a typical day.

(Logo image from Hugo Gernsback’s 1930s hobbyist magazine Television News.)

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Write music with your voice, make homemade cheese

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: Aliens, Avengers: Endgame, Charlie Says, and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's new trailers for Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Charlie Says, Doom: Annihilation, and more.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (March 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Smart Home

Whatever happened to those dumb smart products we wrote about in 2017?

A smart salt dispenser? As manufacturers rush to get the next new smart item out there, we wonder if all these new inventions are really necessary. Here’s a list of 10 of the quirkiest home smart gadgets available, and where they are now.
Smart Home

Which is better, the original Echo or the Echo Dot? We compare them

Amazon Echo vs. Dot: Having Alexa answer your questions is nothing short of futuristic, but which device should you get? There are some big differences between the two, especially in size, sound, and cost.
Product Review

Gate’s Smart Lock is locked and loaded but ultimately lacks important basics

In a world of video cameras and doorbells comes the Gate Smart Lock, a lock with a video camera embedded. It’s a great idea, but lacks some crucial functionality to make it a top-notch product.
Smart Home

Viral porch pirate videos freak people out, cause unrealistic concern

Viral porch pirate videos convince others crime is more prevalent than facts indicate. According to polls, even though FBI reports show property crime rates are at historic lows, more people worry about crime today than ever before.
Smart Home

Sony’s Aibo robot dog can now patrol your home for persons of interest

Sony released the all-new Aibo in the U.S. around nine months ago, and since then the robot dog has (hopefully) been melting owners' hearts with its cute looks and clever tricks. Now it has a new one up its sleeve.
Deals

Amazon slashes $77 off the iRobot Roomba 690 multisurface robot vacuum

This special offer comes just in time for you to get a head start on spring cleaning. The Roomba 690 robot vacuum sucks up dust, dirt and pet hair — all while you're away at the office.
Smart Home

Get sweaty with the best smart home fitness gadgets on the market

Are you looking for smart fitness devices that will really help your workouts, no matter where you like to exercise? These smart home gadgets are designed to help you analyze your workouts and keep track of how you are doing.
Smart Home

Our favorite coffee makers make flavorful cups of joe from the comforts of home

Whether you're looking for a simple coffee maker to get you through the morning or a high-end brewer that will impress your taste buds and your friends, you'll find some of the best coffee makers around on this list.
Cars

Vivint’s Car Guard keeps tabs on your vehicle when you’re not in it

A simple plug-in that you can place in just about any vehicle, Vivint's new Car Guard will automatically detect if your car is bumped, towed, or stolen and will alert you about it.
News

Fibaro smart devices are now compatible with the Samsung SmartThings hub

Samsung SmartThings now supports even more devices with the integration of Fibaro, a company known for its smart home sensors. Several Fibaro devices are already compatible, with more on the way.
Emerging Tech

Tombot is the hyper-realistic dog robot that puts Spot to shame

Forget Boston Dynamics’ Spot! When it comes to robot dogs, the folks behind a new Kickstarter campaign have plans to stake their claim as makers of man’s (and woman’s) newest best friend.