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South Korea Texting Regulation

South Korea prepares to ban profanity and porn from teenagers’ smartphones

December 28th, 2012

In a country where Internet addiction is a growing concern and playing StarCraft is considered a sport, South Korea is taking the necessary measures to curb “illegal [and] harmful information” according to NEWSis. The South Korean government is reportedly preparing to block profanity and pornography on smartphones owned by teenagers by installing special software on their devices. The …

Average Wireless Bill

Average wireless bill increased 7% in 2012 , 70% of subscribers now own smartphones

November 30th, 2012

We all love our smartphones, but they are a costly addiction to support. According to Consumer Reports, American wireless subscribers saw their wireless bills increase by 7% between 2011 and 2012, and the big culprit is the continued proliferation of smartphones. Overall, 70% of wireless subscribers who took part in Consumer Reports’ survey owned smartphones …

Smartphone Growth Estimates 2013

Smartphone growth expected to slow again in 2013

November 23rd, 2012

Smartphones are where the money is at in the mobile industry right now, but growth is expected to decline again next year after having slowed in 2012. According to research from Digitimes, which can be more plugged in than some research firms thanks to its close ties with device manufacturers and parts suppliers, global smartphone …

Lithium-ion Battery Life Breakthrough

Battery breakthrough using crushed silicon could triple the power in our gadgets

November 6th, 2012

As nice as razor-thin gadgets with incredibly dense screens are, battery tech hasn’t really evolved much in the last decade. While software optimizations can be made to help manage power consumption on today’s Internet-connected devices, very few smartphones, tablets and computers can go days on end without needing a charge. Early last week, a startup …

Smartphone Battery Life Breakthrough

Breakthrough tech promises to double smartphone battery life

November 1st, 2012

Few things present a bigger barrier to mobile advancements than battery life. Companies like Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) are spending billions on research and development and we can’t even imagine some of the exciting mobile technologies they have tucked away in their labs. Whether or not some of those technologies will ever reach the …

What if smartphone design still matters?

September 4th, 2012

Over the past three years, the actual look of a smartphone has stopped mattering. Apple’s (AAPL) most recent iPhones brought only the slightest changes in the device’s appearance. Samsung’s (005930) new Windows Phone looks almost exactly like its Android phones – which look dangerously like iPhones. No change, no novelty – just a series of …

Smartphones will account for half of phone sales by next year

August 29th, 2012

According to the latest numbers from IHS iSuppli, smartphones will account for more than half of all phones on the market next year. Barron’s reports that that iSuppli’s newest data shows smartphones will make up 54% of the total phone market in 2013 and will make up a whopping two-thirds of all phones sold in 2016. …

Gaming isn’t the boys club it once was; almost half of all gamers are female

August 1st, 2012

The stereotypical gamer is often thought of as a young male who possibly lives in his parents’ basement. In reality, this isn’t the case. According to research published by the Entertainment Software Association, nearly half of all gamers, or 47%, are female and the average age of gamers in 2012 was 30 years old. Interestingly enough, woman …

A mobile meltdown in Spain

July 23rd, 2012

Last Friday, the world’s largest mobile carrier, Vodafone (VOD), reported disappointing second-quarter numbers. While its own share price decline was a moderate 1.7%, Vodafone’s report pushed Telefonica (TEF) into an 8.5% tailspin on Friday. Telefonica’s share price has now crumbled from $30 in early 2010 to just above $11. Obviously, Spain’s economic woes are weighing on the …