At the end of 2008, approximately 19 per cent Internet connections around the world were at speeds greater than 5 Mbps — a 21 per cent increase over the average global connection speed at the end of 2007.
This is according to the State of the Internet report, a quarterly study by Akamai Technologies, the US-based Internet content distribution giant. The State of the Internet report tracks average connection speeds for countries around the world.
Check out the top 10 nations in terms of average Internet connection speed.
1. South Korea
South Korea rules supreme when it comes to Internet connection speed and broadband connectivity. It is the world’s No.1 with average connection speed of 15 Mbps, ten times the global average!
During 2008, South Korea’s rate of quarterly change appeared to be locked into a cyclical pattern, with quarterly decreases being recorded in the first and third quarters, and increases seen in the second and fourth quarters.
For the whole year, South Korea saw a modest 7 per cent rise in their levels of high broadband adoption. South Korea is also ranked first in terms of high broadband connectivity with 69 per cent connections above 5 Mpbs.
Japan ranks 2nd in terms of Internet connection and high broadband connectivity. Japan ranks 2nd in terms of high broadband connectivity. About 54 per cent of the connections in Japan are above 7 Mbps.
3. Hong Kong
Hong Kong ranks third with an Internet connection speed of 6.9 Mbps. The country ranks fifth in terms of high broadband connectivity with 38 per cent of the connection above 5 Mbps.
Romania is at the fourth position with a Internet connection speed of 5.7 Mbps. The country ranks third in terms of high broadband connectivity with 45% of the connection above 5 Mbps.
Sweden is at the fifth position with a Internet connection speed of 5.6 Mbps. Sweden ranks fourth in terms of high broadband connectivity with 39 per cent of the connection above 5Mbps.
Switzerland has bagged the sixth position with an Internet connection speed of over 5 Mbps. The country however does not figure in the top ten list of countries with high broadband connectivity.
Netherlands ranks 7th with an Internet connection speed of 4.9 Mbps. The country ranks 7th in terms of high broadband connectivity with 28 per cent of the connections above 5 Mbps.
Belgium is at the 8th position with an Internet connection speed of 4.7 Mbps. The country ranks sixth in terms of high broadband connectivity with 31 per cent of the connection above 5 Mbps.
Slovakia bags the ninth position with an Internet connection speed of 4.5 Mbps. The country does not figure among the top ten in terms of high broadband connectivity.
Norway ranks tenth with an Internet connection speed of 4.5 Mbps. The country ranks fifth in terms of high broadband connectivity with 38 per cent of the connection above 5 Mbps.
United States is at the 17th position with an Internet connection speed of 3.9 Mbps, up approximately 8 per cent from the average connection speed for the first quarter of 2008.
In terms of Internet connection speed, China is way behind leading economies with an average Internet connection speed of 833 kbps.
India has been ranked at a dismal 115th among 223 countries in terms of average Internet connection speeds. India has an average Internet connection speed of just 772 Kbps compared with the global average of 1.5 Mbps.
Well, if you’re the one always wanna beat the speed limit, surely you’ll burn your pocket with those speeding tickets or perhaps would also cause you your life.
For those live in Europe, the Pogo Alert will help the speeding ones at least to save their pocket for the speeding tickets. It is a GPS-enabled device, which its memory stores the location of thousands known speed traps across Europe.
Once you’re speeding and approaching a speed trap, it will give you audible and visual alert that tells you the type of speed trap, speed limit and possible accident blackspots. It also has an option of attaching a modular infrared laser detector, for detecting mobile laser based speed traps and safety camera vans. Since it’s modular, you can detach it in areas where it is illegal to own it. The most important is this device also gives you the kind of urge to slow down, which would save you your precious life!
Of course, what firstly clicks your mind is, yes, this is the greatest sex toy ever and it guides you to locate where the right spot is! Well, no! It’s not. So, a big disappointment? It’s just a GPS interface, definitely, it’s true that it’ll guide you to the right spot. The vibrating ring, even though works only as a GPS interface, but it seems to work a little bit funny. Its way of guiding you is by using combinations of gentle vibration and buzz. The ring comes in pair, which you wear on your fingers, it’ll vibrate and buzz gently to direct you to move either backward, forward, left or right until you get to your destination safe and sound. If you get to the wrong spot, both rings will buzz. Since the ring is pretty small in size, it comes with a remote control, so you can use it for inputting some text up to 8 characters, which is sufficient for a zip code. The remote control can be worn either round the neck or clipped onto clothing. Anyway, it’s still a concept.
How often that you misplace stuff that you’ll have to search high and low to look for it? For us, nowadays, seem to be getting more and more forgetful, it’s time to depend on some high-tech solution to help locate your stuff around. This credit card-sized gadget, Loc8tor Lite is the latest member from the Loc8tor family. Like other members, it uses GPS technology to help you locate almost everything that has the homing tag attached to it. The gadget comes with two tags, but you’ll surely need more than two as you’re having more than two important everyday objects around. But no worry, additional tags can be purchased.
The Loc8tor uses audio and visual cues to point and guide you to the exact location of the missing tagged item, which could be stuffed down the sofa or you’ve left behind in a shop. It takes only minutes to lead you up to an inch/2.5cm close to the lost item, whether you’re outdoor or indoor, in complete darkness or in a noisy room. To find your item, turn around in a full circle then walk in the direction of the strongest signal shown on the handheld – It’s as easy as that!!
The nüvifone smartphone supports full-fledged GSM HSDPA, runs on its own properitary OS and of course loaded with GPS navigation as the core. Besides, it’s also equipped with email and web browsing functionalities and also a built-in camera (Does it support geo-tagging?). It sports a 3.5-inch LCD display. And equipped with wireless capabilities including WiFi and Bluetooth.
Other eatures at a glance
• Google local search
• Garmin Online services – traffic, weather, fuel prices, hotel discounts, etc.
• nuvi-like navigation on the road or in pedestrian mode
• Email, text, IM functions
• Camera, video camera, MP3 and MPEG4/AAC
If you’re highly suspicious that yourself or your vehicle has fallen into the GPS tracking network of some secret agents or spies. No worry, here comes a gadget that can produce the counter effect to let you be free from their tracking.
The GPS tracker defense is a simple device which you just need to plug it into the cigarette light of your car. It can then start functioning by scrambling the GPS signal of any GPS tracking device which might have been planted around you by some secret agents. The device sends out some sort of debilitating frequency that surely fails any GPS trackers within the 5-meter range.
Your suspicious wife’d have got little smart lately which she’d have installed a little GPS tracker in your car to trace wherever you go. But no worry, now you can use the GPS tracker defense to counter attack to make her trackers fail to work.
With the advent of technology, tiny GPS chips could be easily embedded in a name badge, it wouldn’t be a surprise that your nasty employer has incorporated the technology to trace every single step that you take. With the GPS tracker defense, you can be sure that your privacy is safe now.
GPS technology is now being used to track every object in our life. One great use perhaps is to track your snail mail. Oopps, it should be more appropriately used for tracking some important parcels.
When you wanna send an important parcels or an extremely important mail that would take couple of days to the destination, and it’d cause you lots of worries during its long journey, then it’d be good to equip your mail or your parcels with a GPS mail logger.
The GPS mail logger is letter-sized gadget that has a GPS chip embedded, so you can trace using GPS technology along your important mail’s or parcel’s journey. The GPS mail logger is bendable so you can slip it in an envelope or the box of your parcel, which it can then record every position it’s traveled through, and the timestamp to a microSD card for you to peruse.
Something is puzzling about this GPS mail logger. The position and the timestamp recorded along its long journey can only be downloaded once the recipient has received the mail or parcel, and take the microSD card off it to download to the PC for analysis.
Um, it’s kind of hard for me to imagine how it appears to be useful to the users. My assumption is perhaps, this device could be requested as an additional service when you’re ordering for an extremely expensive or important good. So, the seller could slip in this GPS mail logger with your good, once it’s reached you, you could then download the GPS data collected and to ensure that your good never traveled through any risky routes that could have got it sabotaged etc. But this logger costs you about $700. As I said, it’s meant to go together with important goods.