Tech 2.0 for Thursday, September 26, 2013
It might seem like everybody is using the Internet these days. But a new report finds that's not true. According to a Pew Internet and American Life Project survey, 15 percent of adults in the U.S. aren't online. And nearly all of them said they have no desire to be. Respondents cited many reasons for not using the Internet, including lack of interest and not being able to afford a computer or Internet. The survey found older Americans and those with less education were the least likely to be online. However, nearly a quarter of unconnected people said they live with someone who uses the web.
More than a year after its initial public offering, Facebook stock is soaring. Shares topped $50 for the first time Thursday. Facebook's stock is now up 88-percent so far this year. That is a stunning reversal from its May 2012 IPO. After being priced at $38 last year, shares dropped more than 35-percent within a few months. Investors who were willing to buy and hold are reaping the benefits. The stock is now 32-percent above its IPO price.
Twitter is launching a new alerts systems, that allows emergency officials to directly communicate, via text messages and Twitter notifications, with users who opt in, more than 60 organizations have signed up, including FEMA and emergency management departments in several states. Twitter users who sign up can decide which alerts they will get. And when organizations send out alerts, they will show up on the users' cell phone. Twitter says the goal is get credible info out when other communications services may be down.
Drivers wanting to get behind the wheel of the Tesla Model S, without the $70,000 price tag, can now rent one from Hertz. The rental company is adding the all-electric Model S to its "dream cars" high-end line. It still comes at a cost though, around $500 a day, plus a mileage fee after 75 miles. Hertz will only carry the Tesla in San Francisco and Los Angeles, for now.