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ARM Geomerics Acquisition Mobile Gaming

Next-gen tablets could be the final nail in portable consoles’ coffins

December 13th, 2013

Smartphones and tablets may not deliver the gaming quality you get from dedicated portable consoles such as the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS… but they’re definitely catching up. VentureBeat reports that chipmaker ARM has acquired Geomerics, a graphics technology firm that specializes in making realistic lighting and imagery in video games. And Geomerics’s Enlighten technology …

International Roaming Solution

The death of roaming charges

December 13th, 2013

For those who travel internationally, there are few things more agonizing than the wait to see how badly your wireless carrier will hose you for calls, messages and data while you were abroad. Roaming charges can’t die soon enough. T-Mobile’s latest “Uncarrier” move looks to take some of the sting out of international roaming for …

PC Versus Smartphone Install Base

2014 looks like the year when smartphones finally crush PCs

December 10th, 2013

While Steve Jobs declared the dawn of the post-PC era in 2007 he may have been a bit ahead of his time. After all, PCs to this day still have the largest install base of any computing device in the world. However, a new chart posted by Enders Analysis researcher Benedict Evans shows that this …

Mobile Gambling Growth

The next big mobile moneymaker: Gambling

December 3rd, 2013

Wearable computing is at the forefront of every conversation these days when it comes to predicting the next big thing in mobile. As it turns out, however, the next big thing might already be here. According to a new report issued on Tuesday by market research firm Juniper Research, gambling is in the process of …

Stolen Smartphone Database

CTIA’s stolen smartphone database is complete – but will it curb theft?

November 28th, 2013

The CTIA on Wednesday announced that the database system for lost smartphones launched by the country’s main mobile operators back in April 2012 is finally complete, beating the initial November 30th deadline by a few days. The database will allow local carriers to block the activation of 4G and 3G smartphones not just in the …

Smartphones Average Selling Price

Dirt-cheap smartphones are the wave of the future

November 26th, 2013

Smartphone shipments are expected to equal one-seventh of the Earth’s population by the end of the year, but how has the market maintained its momentum? Easy: lower prices. According to an IDC forecast, smartphones are expected to see 39.3% year-over-year growth in 2013, while their average selling prices (ASPs) will decline 12.8%, from $387 to …

Smartphones Public Use

Are smartphones making us awful people?

November 4th, 2013

If you don’t think smartphones have changed the world, you haven’t been paying attention… probably because you were too busy flipping between apps on your smartphone. People are more “connected” now than they have ever been before thanks to smartphones and the mobile Internet, but is all that connectivity causing us to lose our connection …

Location-sharing Market Growth

Are privacy concerns killing the mobile location-based services market?

September 24th, 2013

The latest Pew report on mobile behavior offered one fascinating contrast. Video calling on mobile phones is finally going mainstream, with usage increasing from 7% of cell phone owners in 2010 to 21% in 2013. But growth in location-sharing is fizzling badly, increasing from 5% in 2011 to just 8% in 2013. The difference in growth between these …

Smartphone Adoption United States

Smartphones now account for almost two-thirds of all mobile phones in the U.S.

September 18th, 2013

America really has become smartphone nation. Nielsen estimates in its latest survey of American consumers that smartphones now account for around 64% of all mobile phones used in the United States and that 80% of Americans who recently bought a new phone bought a smartphone. As far as smartphone platforms go, Nielsen found that Americans …

Phonebloks Viability Questioned

Here’s why the Phonebloks modular smartphone might not happen

September 17th, 2013

Last week’s most surprising phone announcement wasn’t anything from Apple, but rather a modular smartphone called Phonebloks. The idea of an upgradeable, customizable smartphone is an exciting one, but the revolutionary concept might not hold water. George Hahn at Generic Maker analyzed the phone over the weekend, and came to the conclusion that Phonebloks probably …