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Mobile users predicted to download 70 billion apps this year

Mobile users predicted to download 70 billion apps this year

If there's one thing to know about smartphone and tablet users, it's that they download a lot of apps. I have 93 apps and games currently on my smartphone, and I don't consider that a large amount by any means, so when you take into account that every mobile user has a handful of apps on their devices, it can really add up. This year, though, research firm ABI Research predicts that mobile app downloads will hit 70 billion combined by the end of the year.

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White House combats ban on cell phone unlocking

White House combats ban on cell phone unlocking

It looks like the White House has heard the voices of the 114,000+ people who believe that unlocking their cell phone should be a legal process. It too believes that banning people from unlocking their cell phones isn't fair, especially since people paid good money for those devices. Not only that, but the White House wants to also legalize the unlocking of tablet devices as well, since tablets fall under the same category as cell phones.

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Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Dell XPS 10 and Kindle Fire are the most repairable tablets, Surface Pro and iPads come in last

Warranties have their place, but there's no shortage of techies who prefer to do their own device repair when something goes awry. Unfortunately, no matter how technically inclined you are, some devices seem built specifically to make the task as difficult as possible. The folks over at iFixit have released their Repairability Guide, which shows Dell's XPS 10 as the easiest to repair, and Microsoft's Surface Pro as the worst of the bunch.

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Ubuntu for tablets unveiled, coming to Nexus devices this Thursday

Ubuntu for tablets unveiled, coming to Nexus devices this Thursday

Early last month, Canonical announced the Ubuntu OS for smartphones, which will be coming later this year in October as opposed to the initial timeline of a 2014 release. However, we still haven't heard a word about a tablet OS until now. Canonical unveiled the tablet version of Ubuntu today during the same time as HTC's event, and while the news might have gotten drowned out by the new HTC One smartphone, open-source fanatics are no doubt excited for a tablet version of Ubuntu.

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comScore: Smartphones and tablets changing the digital landscape

comScore: Smartphones and tablets changing the digital landscape

ComScore has released is 2013 U.S Digital Future in Focus report, which looks at the digital landscape and how it is shifting, focusing on trends in online video, mobile, e-commerce, search, and social media. While the report has a lot of interesting things to say about how social activity, online video, and search are changing, one of the most interesting aspects are mobile devices, which are altering the way users interact with the digital world, creating a "multi-platform" landscape.

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Barnes & Noble expecting huge loss in NOOK business

Barnes & Noble expecting huge loss in NOOK business

Barnes & Noble will announce its Q3 2013 earnings next week, but things aren't looking good for the book-selling franchise. The company expects a higher loss from its NOOK business for fiscal year 2013 than originally expected in January. The company didn't reveal specific numbers, but their earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization showed a loss of $262 million for their fiscal year 2012, and they expect 2013 to be even worse.

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