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Smartphone BYOD Survey IT Departments

Survey finds many enterprise users are sneaking their own phones into work

June 5th, 2013

While bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies have made big strides over the past few years, it seems that there’s a sizable contingent of companies that are still reluctant to let their worker use their personal phones for work. ZDNet points us to a new survey from Ovum showing that just over a third of employees who bring …

Smartphone Subscriptions 2018 Projection

Why the smartphone wars are just getting started

June 3rd, 2013

Anyone wondering why smartphone vendors have been plugging resources into developing devices for emerging markets lately needs look no further than the latest projections from Ericsson. Reuters reports that Ericsson sees smartphone subscriptions quadrupling over the next five years to total 4.5 billion by the end of 2018. Ericsson last year forecasted that there would be …

Cell Phone Charging Tech

18-year-old’s invention can recharge a cell phone in 30 seconds

May 21st, 2013

A teenager from Saratoga, California took home one of the top prizes at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair late last week after showing off her invention, which can fully charge a cell phone in 30 seconds or less. Eesha Khare was given the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and a $50,000 prize for being runner-up in the …

European Smartphone, Tablet Tax Analysis

Fear of American pop culture drives European smartphone, tablet taxes

May 15th, 2013

European governments are casting a baleful eye on the explosive smartphone and tablet growth. The problem for many Europeans lies in the way these devices promote vehicles for American entertainment — from Amazon and Netflix to Apple and Disney. The new proposal made by the president of France would slap a 1% tax on all …

NASDAQ Smartphone Market Comparison

As NASDAQ rallies, smartphone sector has been a crushing disappointment

May 13th, 2013

Over the last 12 months, the NASDAQ has moved up by 17%, a respectable performance. However, most of the best-known hedge funds in the world continue lagging both NASDAQ and the broader S&P index woefully. The smartest investors in the world are having trouble matching index funds in both 2012 and 2013. Probably the biggest …

Smartphone Size Preference Survey

For smartphone buyers, bigger is increasingly better

May 10th, 2013

The days when smartphone buyers valued devices that fit neatly into their hands appear to be over — nowadays it’s all about the big, beautiful display. A new survey from Strategy Analytics has found that consumers are increasingly attracted to smartphones with larger screens, indicating that the trend Samsung started with its Galaxy Note line …

Siri is just as dangerous to use as texting while driving

Siri is just as dangerous to use while driving as texting

April 23rd, 2013

A new study from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University found that using a voice-to-text feature such as Siri to send messages while driving is just as dangerous as texting. Researchers found that both methods significantly delayed a driver’s response time. The study involved 43 participants who were required to drive along a test track while …

Next-gen battery can charge a smartphone within seconds

Next-gen battery tech can charge a smartphone in seconds

April 17th, 2013

Mobile devices have come a long way in a short period of time. It seems as if smartphones and tablets are capable of just about anything, however battery restrictions are holding these powerful devices back. The rate of innovation has not be been the same in the battery field and users are forced to bring …

Sapphire Smartphone Screens

Engineers working to make sapphire a viable material for smartphone screens

March 20th, 2013

The word “sapphire” typically conjures up images of luxury gems, but it could soon be associated with high-end smartphone displays as well. Technology Review reports that engineers at New Hampshire-based GT Advanced Technologies are working on ways to make sapphire a practical alternative to Corning’s ever-popular Gorilla Glass as a building material for smartphone screens. While …