October 29, 2015

Feds deny New Mexico an extension to comply with Real ID -- Santa Fe New Mexican

The federal government has declined to give New Mexico an extension to comply with a controversial law that requires proof of legal U.S. residency in order for state driver’s licenses and ID cards to be valid for federal purposes, including, eventually, boarding commercial aircraft.

An Oct. 19 letter from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to New Mexico's Taxation and Revenue Department agency said the state had not provided adequate justification for another extension to comply with the Real ID law, passed a decade ago in reaction to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. -- 10/28/2015


Technology Device Ownership: 2015 -- Pew Research Center

Today, 68% of U.S. adults have a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011, and tablet computer
ownership has edged up to 45% among adults, according to newly released survey data from the
Pew Research Center.1 Smartphone ownership is nearing the saturation point with some groups:
86% of those ages 18-29 have a smartphone, as do 83% of those ages 30-49 and 87% of those
living in households earning $75,000 and up annually.

At the same time, the surveys suggest the adoption of some digital devices has slowed and even
declined in recent years. -- 10/29/2015