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Study: One-third of Americans now own tablets

A new report from the Pew Internet Project found that 33 percent of Americans now own a tablet, a number that has nearly doubled in just the past year. In May 2010, only three percent of adults 18 and older owned a tablet. Two years later, that number jumped to 18 percent, and in just the… Read More

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This app uses Kinect technology to prevent you from running into things while texting

Good news for smartphone addicts who just can’t keep their eyes off the iPhone: There’s an app in development designed to alert you of oncoming traffic. Juan Hincapié-Ramos, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba’s, is working on early-stage development of an app called CrashAlert that uses a depth-sensing camera to alert you of oncoming… Read More

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Mobile manners: The top 5 most annoying cell phone pet peeves

Smartphones, for the most part, are pretty awesome tech tools. But they also pissed us off sometimes just as much as they help. A Microsoft Safer Online Facebook poll found the top-five mobile pet peeves: Checking phones constantly Talking loudly Using or not silencing phones when appropriate Using phones during face-to-face conversation Delaying traffic by using phones What… Read More

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These sensor-infused socks track your steps and ID injury-prone running styles

In the past few years, you’ve heard of smartphones, smart-watches and most recently, smart-glasses. Now, courtesy of a Redmond-based startup, we have yet another ordinary product attached to your body that’s becoming more intelligent: smart socks. Meet Heapsylon, a company founded two years ago by three Microsofties that is developing what is essentially a pedometer… Read More

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Amazon’s 3D smartphone screen would break the mold

How’s this for a crazy story? The Wall Street Journal reports today that Amazon.com is working on “a high-end smartphone featuring a screen that allows for three-dimensional images without glasses.” The report is a surprise because Amazon has been focusing more on lower-cost hardware that it can sell at or near cost, undercutting its competitors while aiming… Read More

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T-Mobile sold 500,000 iPhones in Q1, but revenues fall 7%

Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA posted first quarter earnings late Tuesday and it was largely a mixed bag. Though revenue declined 7 percent from the same time last year, the company saw the first growth in branded customers since the first part of 2009. T-Mobile’s adjusted earnings, excluding interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), was $1.2 billion. That’s… Read More

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IDC: Smartphones now more popular than feature phones

These days, it’s almost surprising to see someone using an old-school flip phone, and now some numbers from the IDC prove that a majority of people are using smartphones for the first time ever. Shipments of smartphones took over those of feature phones in the first quarter, as more than half of cellphone shipments (418.6 million) were… Read More

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Hoping to halt sinking profits, HTC debuts One smartphone

The flagship phone that could put an end to HTC’s sinking profits finally hit stores Friday. The long-awaited HTC One is available today by AT&T and Sprint, both online and at their retail stores. You can also purchase it at Best Buy, RadioShack, Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, Costco, Car Toys, Sam’s Club, HSN.com, and HTC.com. Both Sprint and AT&T are… Read More

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Microsoft research: 4 habits of the multi-screen viewer

Nowadays, with all the gadgets available to us, multi-tasking with multiple devices has become a regularity. While watching the game on TV, we’ll Tweet about it on our smartphone. When shopping on our PCs, we might use a tablet to find reviews. And if we have more questions about the cast members while watching The… Read More

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T-Mobile debuts prepaid wireless service GoSmart

T-Mobile is hoping to keep pace with its competitors with a new budget wireless service called GoSmart Mobile. GoSmart Mobile, which is completely separate from T-Mobile, will be available starting today at over 3,000 stores in the U.S. and offers pre-paid unlimited plans starting at $30 for unlimited voice and text. For $35 you can… Read More

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Fishing with a smartphone: ReelSonar helps you catch fish

Say goodbye to going home after a long day of fishing with nothing to show for it. A sweet new system called ReelSonar just made catching fish a whole lot easier with a little help from your smartphone. ReelSonar is a Bluetooth-enabled portable sonar fishfinder for your smartphone or tablet. It essentially tells you exactly… Read More

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Google, Samsung dominate mobile market share from September to November

Samsung and Google, at least from September to November, reigned supreme in the smartphone world. comScore revealed data from the its MobiLens service and found Samsung as the top handset manufacturer and Google Android as the top smartphone platform during the three month average period ending Nov. 2012. Microsoft, meanwhile, continues to lag behind. According to… Read More

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POLL: Help this 22-year-old find his next smartphone

UPDATE, Jan. 10: Click here to find out what smartphone I decided on ——————— I’ve arrived at the biggest dilemma known to humankind: Apple or Samsung? OK, maybe not humankind. But it’s certainly a raging debate in the smartphone world (in the courtroom, too, but we’ll save that for another day). My two-year-old HTC G2 seems ancient now… Read More