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Megaupload shutdown increased legal movie downloads, according to study

Megaupload shutdown increased legal movie downloads, according to study

What once was a haven for illegal downloading is now just an afterthought. After the shutdown of Megaupload last year, it seems users are starting to resort to legal downloading means, according to a study from Carnegie Mellon University. The study suggests that studios saw a boost in digital movie and music sales since the shutdown.

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Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

Smartphones overtake tablets in data usage for first time

We've been seeing a major push for tablets lately, but if a new study from Arieso is to be believed, then manufacturers might want to rethink their strategies. As it turns out, Arieso has found that smartphones have passed tablets in data usage for the first time in the three years the company has been doing these studies. You'd think that given the larger screens found on most tablets, users would turn to those devices more often for Internet access, but it seems that the tides are changing as far as mobile data goes.

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84% of Kickstarter projects miss their ship dates

84% of Kickstarter projects miss their ship dates

If you've ever backed a Kickstarter campaign before, you might have been notified of a delay of some sort. Based on the top 50 most-funded projects on Kickstarter, 84% of them ended up missing their initial ship date, including the Pebble smartwatch, which garnered over $10 million in funding from almost 69,000 backers.

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Entry-level smartphone sales to be the majority by 2017

Entry-level smartphone sales to be the majority by 2017

While high-end smartphones sales are dominating the market right now (83% last year, according to research firm Informa), it's said that entry-level and budget-minded smartphones will take over by 2017. Informa predicts that, by 2017, affordable smartphones (those priced below $150 with no contract) will account for a majority of mobile devices sales.

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Americans spend over 2 billion hours on social media per month

Americans spend over 2 billion hours on social media per month

It's really not a surprise when you're told that people spend a lot of time on social media. We all know that Facebook has over a billion users, and that all these statistics that get thrown around of how many photos users share on social networking sites are just a fancy way of saying, "people are using social media." However, it turns out that Americans are collectively spending over two billion hours on social media, every month.

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Google plans to give you search results for things you never search for

Google plans to give you search results for things you never search for

Have there ever been questions in the back of your mind, but they weren't really a top priority to sit down and search for the answer? Google is wanting to give you answers and information for things that you've always wondered about, but never actually searched for, with a new kind of mobile search tool that Google is working on.

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Study shows kids want Apple products the most for Christmas

Study shows kids want Apple products the most for Christmas

The holiday season is right around the corner, and it'll kick in to full swing after this weekend when all of the Thanksgiving festivities wrap up. So then, what are the good little boys and girls putting on their Christmas lists this year for Santa? It seems Apple products are the go-to gadget for most kids.

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Sandvine report shows Netflix dominating during North American peak hours

Sandvine report shows Netflix dominating during North American peak hours

We obviously do a lot of different things on the Internet each and every, but when the peak hours between 9PM and 12AM arrive, it's all about Netflix baby. A new report from Sandvine shows that in North America, Netflix is responsible for 33% of the downstream traffic on fixed networks between those hours. That's good enough, but Sandvine's report also says that 65% of all downstream traffic during those hours is coming from video and audio streaming sites, meaning Netflix is responsible for half of that.

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Average screen size rising on all devices except “mobile PCs”

Average screen size rising on all devices except “mobile PCs”

You know what they say: "Bigger is better." That's why the average screen size for most devices has only been rising the past few years or so. Devices such as desktop monitors, televisions, smartphones, GPS devices, and even portable media players have seen a rise in the average screen size, but laptops sadly don't share the same statistic.

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New Twitter study gives tons of stats on users

New Twitter study gives tons of stats on users

You probably already know this by now, but there are a lot of people using Twitter. A new study conducted by Beevolve gives us an insane amount of statistics on these users, gauging everything from how many followers the average user has to which background color is used the most by females and males. The study - which surveyed a total of 36 million Twitter profiles - may confirm a lot of the stuff you already assumed about Twitter, but there are some surprises to be found in the results.

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Apple climbs to second place in best global brand survey

Apple climbs to second place in best global brand survey

According to a survey conducted by Interbrands to determine the best global brands of 2012, Apple came in second on the list of the best global brands with an estimated brand value of $76.5 billion. The company moved up five spots since last year's results when they placed seventh on the list in 2011.

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Present-day smartphones have fewer toxic chemicals, study finds

Present-day smartphones have fewer toxic chemicals, study finds

Most of us (hopefully) know that our smartphones aren't just snazzy glass, aluminum, and plastic, and that there are actually some hazardous materials lurking on the inside. The components of most smartphones are made using nasty stuff like PVC, mercury, tin, flame retardants, and lead, and though those chemicals and metals don't pose much of threat to you while they're all locked up inside your device, they could potentially contaminate the air and water if smartphones aren't disposed of properly.

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