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  • Drawing the line on acceptable use of cell phones in public

    27 August 2015, 2:32 am by: emily

    You generally won't offend others if you use your cell phone while walking down the sidewalk or on public transportation, but use at the movies or church is definitely out. c/Net reports.…
  • A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone

    26 August 2015, 3:28 am by: emily

    The tens of thousands of migrants who have flooded into the Balkans in recent weeks need food, water and shelter, just like the millions displaced by war the world over. But there is also one other thing they swear they cannot live without: a smartphone…
  • Microsoft Research’s new app turns your phone into a 3D scanner

    25 August 2015, 3:25 am by: emily

    The practice of 3D printing may soon be a lot simpler. New technology from the Microsoft Research Lab allows 3D scanning to be done from your smartphone, with no additional hardware needed. [via TheNextWeb]…
  • China passed 250M 4G users in July, more than double the subscribers in the U.S.

    25 August 2015, 2:50 am by: emily

    China’s 4G mobile users surpassed 250 million for the first time at the end of July, according to newly released data (link in Chinese) from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (hat tip to TechNode). If you throw 3G users into the mix,…
  • Are Smartphones Making Us All Infomaniacs?

    21 August 2015, 6:17 am by: emily

    A recent survey by Statista shows that, among all adults 18-65, 11% check their phones every few minutes. 41% check them at least a couple of times an hour. Tim Bajarin Analysis for TechPinions via re/code.…
  • The Rise of Phone Reading

    13 August 2015, 4:45 pm by: emily

    Ever since the first hand-held e-readers were introduced in the 1990s, the digital-reading revolution has turned the publishing world upside down. But contrary to early predictions, it’s not the e-reader that will be driving future book sales, but the…
  • Sitting In The Offline Chair Cuts You Off From Smartphone Distractions

    12 August 2015, 3:28 am by: emily

    Take a nap, read a book, or chat. But your phone won't work. [via FastCo Design]
  • One in every five minutes on a mobile phone is spent on Facebook

    30 July 2015, 6:36 am by: emily

    Users spend an average of 46 minutes a day on Facebook's apps, the company reveals during second-quarter results. The Telegraph reports.…
  • The fastest-growing mobile phone markets barely use apps

    29 July 2015, 10:09 am by: emily

    Africa and Asia, the two fastest growing mobile markets, aren’t very big on apps. Quartz reports.…
  • Ikea placemat comes with a pocket for your cell phone

    24 July 2015, 3:57 pm by: emily

    Where is the appropriate place for your cellphone while you dine? A reasonable person would say out of sight and turned off, but Ikea knows better and has decided to cater to our bad habits.…
  • Kenyans have turned Obama’s most inspirational speeches into ringtones

    24 July 2015, 3:48 pm by: emily

    Kenyans are preparing to welcome US president Barack Obama in many ways, including Obama-inspired clothing, restaurants, hotels, and hairdos, but the most fitting may be with ringtones. Quartz reports.…
  • The growth of China's mobile use is mind-blowing

    24 July 2015, 12:50 pm by: emily

    The number of Chinese accessing the internet via smartphones is growing at an incredible rate. Business Insider reports.…
  • Thousands of Apps Secretly Run Ads That Users Can't See

    24 July 2015, 9:33 am by: emily

    There may be much more advertising in apps than it seems. Thousands of mobile applications are secretly running ads that can't be seen by users, defrauding marketers and slowing down smartphones, according to a new report by Forensiq, a firm that tracks fraud…
  • Genius publicity stunt? Uber will now deliver Xiaomi smartphones to your door

    23 July 2015, 4:43 pm by: emily

    Xiaomi, a Chinese phone giant looking to boost its profile in global markets, is attempting the mother of all publicity stunts: delivering phones to customers by Uber. This morning, Uber announced that it would ferry Xiaomi’s new Mi Note smartphone to users…
  • Advertising is making the mobile web almost unusable by clogging up our bandwidth

    21 July 2015, 6:38 am by: emily

    Web-based articles, these days, are increasingly an exercise in pain and frustration. In many ways, the experience of reading such things is worse today than it was in the early days of dial-up internet. Because at least back then web pages were designed with…

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