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  • WhatsApp touts 800M monthly active users

    21 April 2015, 2:58 am by: emily

    WhatsApp is one of the world's most popular messaging platforms, and it's showing no signs of slowing. In a Facebook post Friday, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced that the Facebook-owned service now has 800 million active users every month. [via c/net]…
  • Is Candy Crush thumb the new BlackBerry thumb?

    17 April 2015, 11:06 am by: emily

    A man has ruptured a tendon in his thumb by playing Candy Crush Saga, making it one of the first touchscreen-gaming related injuries and putting BlackBerry thumb back on the map. The Guardian reports.…
  • In seven of Africa’s leading economies, nearly a third of mobile users pay with their phones

    17 April 2015, 3:51 am by: emily

    As many as 30% of cell phone in Africa users report that they participate in mobile banking. A new report from the Pew Research Center shows the transformative power of the cell phone in the world’s fastest-growing market for mobile technology. [via Quartz]…
  • How mobile phones changed Africa

    17 April 2015, 3:44 am by: emily

    Before the advent of mobile, this is roughly what the state of communication looked like in some of Africa’s biggest countries, compared to the US.…
  • Fighting Homelessness, One Smartphone at a Time

    15 April 2015, 2:40 am by: emily

    Holly Leonard and her husband have been homeless on and off for years. But last month, the two moved into a one-bedroom apartment in San Jose, Calif., complete with a small garden. Ms. Leonard found it on Craigslist while using her Nexus 5 smartphone — a…
  • These researchers want to turn phones into earthquake detectors

    11 April 2015, 8:29 am by: emily

    Early warning on earthquakes can help save lives, but many countries can't afford them. That's why scientists are turning to another location sensor already widespread in many countries: the smartphone. A single smartphone makes for a crappy earthquake sensor…
  • Pew study: Most US own smartphones, go online every day, and use Facebook

    9 April 2015, 4:22 am by: emily

    73 percent of US teens now owning a smartphone and and 92 percent going online every day, according to a new study by the Pew Foundation. [via VentureBeat]…
  • A new, cheap battery that charges in a minute could be the future of cell phones

    8 April 2015, 3:16 am by: emily

    Scientists at Stanford University have created a battery that in the future could be a workhorse of consumer electronics such as smartphones. The battery, which is made from aluminum and graphite, is flexible, safe, cheap, and fast-charging—prototypes…
  • Smartphones blamed for decline in sex lives

    6 April 2015, 5:22 am by: emily

    According to researchers, one presumably unintended consequence of the digital revolution could be a marked deterioration in the average couple's sex life. [via stuff]…
  • Cellphones for Women in Developing Nations Aid Ascent From Poverty

    2 April 2015, 10:01 am by: emily

    The new digital financial services to the world’s poorest places has been heralded as a breakthrough with the potential to alter the global economy. But though the technology is spreading rapidly, it is not spreading to women equally. The New York Times…
  • Americans spend 26 minutes a day text messaging - more than talking

    1 April 2015, 12:55 pm by: emily

    Given the choice, Americans would rather text than have an actual conversation with someone. They spend 26 minutes every day tapping out those cryptic messages. Elsewhere on the planet, the average time spent text messaging is under five minutes, according to…
  • Whatsapp more popular than SMS

    1 April 2015, 4:43 am by: emily

    People sent more messages using Whatsapp than they did traditional mobile phone text messages last year, figures have shown, reports The Times (registration required).…
  • Car Crash Videos Highlight Risk of Multitasking With Phones

    25 March 2015, 4:10 am by: emily

    Memo to parents: Distracted driving by teenagers is riskier than previously thought, particularly when it comes to multitasking with a cellphone. Bits reports.…
  • It took a decade, but mobile video is finally exploding

    24 March 2015, 4:52 am by: emily

    In the US, some 50% of iPhone owners, 46% of total smartphone users, and 36% of overall mobile subscribers reported watching video at least once in a month, according to comScore’s January 2015 survey. That’s up significantly from a similar survey in late…
  • Deal to end 'shock' bills for stolen mobile phones in the UK

    22 March 2015, 4:46 am by: emily

    British mobile phone companies will end “shock” bills that can stretch to thousands of pounds for customers who have had their handsets stolen. [via The Telegraph]…

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