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The cellphone turns 40 years old today

The cellphone turns 40 years old today

Mobile phones may not be anything too special these days, but 40 years ago today, the world's first cellphone was just being born, and it was all the rage. On April 3, 1973, the first call from a cellphone was made by the inventor himself, Marty Cooper, where he called out to his rival: the head of the research department at Bell Labs, Joel Engel.

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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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