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HTC research: good design makes happy consumers

HTC research: good design makes happy consumers

The folks at HTC have done a scientific study which they suggest leads them to believe that good design makes us happy. In a scientific study of the physical (biometric) responses of 2,177 participants "from seven markets", HTC has come to the conclusion that if a product is well-made and beautiful, it’ll make people happy.

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Study turns selfies into a science

Study turns selfies into a science

Seflies -- images one takes of him or herself, often with the front-facing camera on their smartphone -- has become a digital world staple so common the word has made its way into the dictionary. As such, it isn't surprising one team of researchers conducted a mass study of thousands of images, breaking them down into details like pose, location, and gender.

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NPD shows Apple, Samsung, LG growing while others shrink

NPD shows Apple, Samsung, LG growing while others shrink

This week the NPD Group/Connected Intelligence Connected Home Report for the fourth quarter of 2012 was released, showing how Apple and Samsung are pulling in the biggest profit from the continued growth of smartphone popularity in the United States. They show that LG, too, saw some growth over the past year, while groups like HTC, Motorola, and BlackBerry saw losses in penetration. Even the "other" category shrunk while the biggest brands continued to whisk away market share.

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Facebook popularity has tanked among teens, latest study shows

Facebook popularity has tanked among teens, latest study shows

Social networking options continue to grow, and as more become established as popular and frequently-used options, teenagers find more incentive to gravitate away from the once-staple, Facebook. It is no secret that Facebook usage among teenager has been decreasing in recent times, and the latest study on the subject further validates this, showing Facebook's popularity among older teens as "dead".

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Decade-long study shows video games not linked to negative social behavior

Decade-long study shows video games not linked to negative social behavior

A study has been released this month by a group working with the University of Glasgow which shows the effects of television and video game use in children starting at age 5 spanning through age 7. This study began when the children were 9 months old and ran through age 7, with the full study taking place over the past 10 years - this study was first completed by the study group in December of 2011 and was just published by BMJ this week, having been "accepted" by Open Access in December of 2012. The study makes a point to separate their findings between the effects of watching TV for 3 hours or more daily and playing video games in general.

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iPad family web traffic dominates while all others dwindle in latest Chitika study

iPad family web traffic dominates while all others dwindle in latest Chitika study

There's really no two ways about it - studies looking at the use of tablets on the market today suggest that the iPad continues its reign of dominance - at least in the web traffic universe. As the iPad appears to gain steam in studies of web traffic as revealed by Chitika this month, if only by a bit more than a percentage point each month, the difference is much more significant when considering the competition. It's as if there is none.

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Study: 7 million UK adults have never used the Internet

Study: 7 million UK adults have never used the Internet

Think about the last 24 hours of your life. If you're like most individuals, it was likely filled with dozens of instances of accessing the Internet, probably starting with a smartphone in the morning and a laptop or tablet at night. The Internet is everywhere, and many use it for essential tasks, such as navigation, shopping, work, and school. Because of this, it is hard to imagine having never used it, making the results of a recent study a tad surprising. In the UK alone, 7 million adults have never used the Internet.

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