Research, Surveys & Forecasts


North Carolina State Research Says Online Gaming Expands the Social Life of Gamers

People who play massively multiplayer online games don't necessarily prefer the company of avatars to live humans. In fact, reports new research supported by the United States Air Force Research Laboratory, online gaming expands players' social lives.

Stanford K-12 Online Learning Program's Effectiveness Confirmed by New York U

New York University has confirmed the effectiveness of a Stanford University-run online program designed to accelerate learning for students K-12 schools.

4 Emerging Principles of Connected Learning

Mimi Ito, professor in residence in the departments of Anthropology and Informatics at UC Irvine, shares ideas for building stronger connections between formal and self-directed learning.

Research: Even as Networking Demand Surges, Pre-Emptive Planning Falters

American campuses are scrambling to keep up with continued explosive growth in the use of mobile devices but their toolsets and practices for managing that growth don't always sync with their needs.

Report: Android Continues To Dominate as PC Sales Slump

Global device shipments will improve 6.9 percent over the previous year to reach 4.8 billion units in 2014, according to a new report from market research form Gartner.



Report: Worldwide Software Sales Top $407 Billion in 2013

Software shipments worldwide rose 4.8 percent year over year to hit $407.3 billion in 2013, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. Riding a 6 percent growth rate, Microsoft continues to dominate the sector with sales of $65.7 billion, more than twice second-place company Oracle, which raked in just under $30 billion in the last year.

Report: Corporate-Sponsored Research Just as Accessible as Government Research

A new study has found that industry-sponsored research is no more likely than federally sponsored research to be bound by exclusive licensing and that it tends to produce more patents and licenses.

Enterprises Want Open Source SDN Technology from Commercial Vendors

When it comes to software-defined networking and network functions virtualization solutions, nearly all enterprise-level organizations prefer open source solutions, but three quarters of them want those open source solutions to come from commercial vendors, according to a new report from the OpenDaylight Project.

Change the Homework, Improve Student Achievement

A new study from Rice and Duke researchers identified a relatively non-invasive approach to improving student achievement — one that doesn't involve gutting the curriculum or reinventing pedagogy. The researchers found that implementing subtle, technology-based changes to homework resulted in improvements in student performance on tests.

The Impending IT Headache of the 26 Billion-Thing Internet of Things

The rapid growth of interconnected devices making up the Internet of Things will wreak havoc on data security, storage, servers, networks and end user privacy, according to a new report.