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What's read all over by cell phones? The news, of course

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Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014 4:17 pm

Smart phones have changed the world.

They are tools of Third World modernization, enablers of anti-dictator revolution and a convenient way to eliminate 80 percent of bother of talking to each other face-to-face.

But if you think the desktop computer will soon be in a museum showcase next to stone axes and obsidian arrowheads, think again.

Out of 217,433 Internet sessions at in July, 55% were conducted on desktops. Mobile phones made 34% of the news enquiries and tablets (iPads, Kindles, etc.) account for just 12% of the devices plugged into our website.

I guess that's not a startling observation, but I thought I'd share that report, which I got in my email this week from manager Simon Birch.

The NSA can read your email and know who you called, but Simon, using Google Analytics, can know what device you're using to access our website. 

The accompanying tables shows you the top ten brands of mobile devices used to access last month.

Oh yeah, and just because I love numbers, I'll share this one — 460,000. That's my conservative estimate of the number of "sessions" people engaged in while reading the news on paper — speaking of Stone Age technology.

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