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Apple iOS grabbed OS share lead in US in Q4

Apple iOS grabbed OS share lead in US in Q4

New smartphone sales data is in for the US looking at Q4 2014 from Kantar Worldpanel CamTech. The data from the research firm shows that Apple iOS lead the US OS share for the first time since Q4 2012 during the important 2014 holiday shopping season. The metrics show that Apple's sales grew market share in the US, Europe, and China during the quarter.

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Schools use Pocket Points app to keep kids from checking phones in class

Schools use Pocket Points app to keep kids from checking phones in class

Everyone today has a smartphone or tablet and most people pull them out frequently to check messages, texts, social networks, and other media. In some locations, it's not an issue to pull out your phone and check this stuff, but when in class it can be a distraction to other students and the teacher. Getting students to pay attention in class is a challenge for schools and some schools have figured out an interesting way to get students to comply.

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Yahoo sees significant growth in search share on Firefox

Yahoo sees significant growth in search share on Firefox

Google has been dominating the search scene for a very long time with the vast majority of online searches going to Google. However, in January 2015 Yahoo saw a big uptick in searchers using its search engine from Firefox users and that uptick eroded Google's user base. Google still has the lion's share of all searches but has fallen below 75% market share for the first time.

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Tablet growth was only 1% in Q4 2014

Tablet growth was only 1% in Q4 2014

The latest metrics are in from Strategy Analytics looking at the tablet market in Q4 2014 and the numbers don’t look good. Tablet growth has come to a virtual standstill thanks to a market flooded with products. The tablet sector responsible for the miniscule 1% growth during Q4 2014 were cheap Android tablets. Considering that Q4 is the holiday season, this is the quarter when tablet makers expect solid gains.

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Sophia smart jump rope counts calories and syncs with smartphone

Sophia smart jump rope counts calories and syncs with smartphone

Everything is getting smarter these days. The smart trend started with our phones, then moved to watches, and is now moving to jump ropes. Jump ropes have been around forever it seems, but the Sophia jump rope is something altogether new. Rather than having cheap plastic or wood handles, the Sophia jump rope has smart handles with electronics inside that are able to keep track of all sorts of metrics for you.

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