Mobile Phones

Over 500m devices connected to internet in U.S.

Over 500m devices connected to internet in U.S.

A new analysis performed by The NPD Group shows that the United States has hit an impressive milestone. There are currently over 500 million internet-connected devices all across the nation. These devices include smartphones, tablets, laptops, PCs, video-game consoles, HDTVs, Blu-Ray players, and more. The NPD Group says that the main driver for this number is the increase in smartphone and tablet ownership.

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1 in 3 Americans still text and drive

1 in 3 Americans still text and drive

State governments around the US have been cracking down on mobile phone use during the past couple of years. Some states even make it illegal to use your mobile phone at all while driving, while some states will allow you to talk, but not text. However, it turns out that 1 in 3 US drivers still text when behind the wheel.

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LG announces Smart Video eye-recognition tech for Optimus G Pro

LG announces Smart Video eye-recognition tech for Optimus G Pro

Looks like LG is going to be debuting its own eye-recognition technology, possibly to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S IV's rumored eye-scrolling tech. LG's new tech will be available for the LG Optimus G Pro next month in Korea. It will be part of an entire value pack of updates, which includes a new camera feature, a "Magic Remote Pad and Text Keypad", customizable LED lighting, and the first Android emoticons to come in different colors.

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FTC: Advertisers can’t post deceptive tweets/mobile ads

FTC: Advertisers can’t post deceptive tweets/mobile ads

The Federal Trade Commission is setting some new, and much needed, guidelines for advertisers. The FTC has updated its guidelines, which were initially released in the year 2000, to include new ad marketing platforms. The FTC states that no matter what medium is used to see the ads, whether its a TV, radio, newspaper, computer, tablet, or a mobile phone, the ads must include full disclosure on the products being marketed.

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Survey shows a quarter of American teens are “cell-mostly” Internet users

Survey shows a quarter of American teens are “cell-mostly” Internet users

The booming smartphone market means that more and more people out there have mobile web connectivity right at their fingertips wherever they go. Pew Internet has published the results of a study that it conducted investigating smartphone adoption among American teens. The study found that the adoption of smartphones among teenagers has increased substantially and that access to the Internet via mobile devices is pervasive.

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Amazon phone reportedly delayed until later this year

Amazon phone reportedly delayed until later this year

We've heard a lot about a possible Amazon smartphone last year, and rumors have been all over the place as far as what to expect and when to expect it. However, the latest rumor is that the supposed Amazon smartphone is delayed yet again and won't see a reveal until later this year. The phone was previously expected to make an appearance sometime next quarter.

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Samsung finally tops the smartphone market in China

Samsung finally tops the smartphone market in China

Samsung has finally taken the top spot in China's smartphone market. It has been gunning for the position since 2009, and has not only taken the top spot, but has taken it by a landslide. The company has reported that it has sold a whopping 30.06 million smartphones in China in the last year alone, a figure that is 3 times the 10.9 million smartphones it had sold back in 2011. The huge boost in sales is attributed to Samsung's renown branding in the smartphone market.

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Google patents rear-touch controls 6 years after Apple

Google patents rear-touch controls 6 years after Apple

A patent application has just revealed that Google is going to be implementing rear-touch controls for its future Android smartphones. The patent is similar to a patent filed by Apple in 2006, which it planned on using to implement the rear-touch feature in its future iPads. However, it's been 7 years since Apple was granted the patent, and yet there are still no iPads with rear-touch controls. Perhaps Apple will begin production on that project now that Google is gunning for it too.

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AT&T willing to unlock devices for customers

AT&T willing to unlock devices for customers

The recent law that went into effect in January that states that it is illegal to unlock your phone without the carrier's permission has definitely ruffled a lot of feathers, and while most carriers are weary of unlocking their own devices, it seems AT&T doesn't want any part of the negativity that came with the new law, thus the company has clarified that it's willing to unlock devices if they have the proper information to do so.

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