A survey at the CES in Vegas has revealed an interesting trend in that Teenagers are turning away from Facebook, which is seen as passe and dull, turning instead to Tumblr and snapchat. However one network that is benefiting from a high number of teenage users, with a 2:1 ratio of teenage users to adults, is hemorrhaging active users, having lost 50% since its acquisition by Facebook and the row over the use of its images under a change of user terms of service. By the same teenage logic, Apple is also seen as old hat by teen users, who view the brand in a similar way to how their parents viewed Microsoft when they were growing up, ie as the establishment, turning instead to Samsung’s tablets and phones, which may be a reaction to receiving hand – me – down iphones from their Parents when they eagerly upgrade to new models. In order to capitalise on this growing popularity, Samsung is eager to keep hold of its US Galaxy phone sales in the ongoing US patent saga. Finally is a sign of the ways that warfare is waged in the 21st Century, Red October is no longer a Russian Nuclear submarine captained by a rogue captain with a Scottish accent and in its current incarnation is a highly aggressive piece of malware that has successfully latched on to email attachments in Government email systems across the states of the former USSR and into Asia. However it knows no real boundaries and has also affected systems in the West including the US. Perhaps it is trying to defect…..
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