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  • A new study released by Nielsen indicates that mothers more commonly own smartphones, are active bloggers, and frequently use social media such as Twitter and Facebook. According to Nielsen, Fifty-four percent of moms now own a smartphone compared to 50.4 percent of all mobile subscribers in the United States.


    Did you know....American Mom's are in love with their Smartphones


    American mother's are more likely than overall women own a smartphone such as Apple iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, etc.., are more than 18% more likely than overall women to have a smartphone, and smartphone adoption by moms has grown 64% in the last two years. According to “21st Century Mobile Mom Report” indicates 53% of moms say they purchased a smartphone as a direct result of becoming a mom. Simply put American Mom's love their American Smartphones. During a mother's transition to motherhood, the most important features of a mom’s phone change from her address book and text messaging to her camera, up 78% to #1, and video camera, which increased by 167% to #2. Shopping ranks as the No. 1 way most moms (81 percent) use their smartphones.


    Did you know....American Mom's are in love with their Smartphones


    Carey Witmer, EVP/President, Meredith Parents Network said. “Today's moms are media omnivores and controlling their voracious diet is so important to them that they are constantly creating new rules about how and when media intermingles with their busy lives via their various devices, screens and networks.”


    Other Nielsen studies are reporting that more than 68% of American Moms that moms use their smartphone like HTC One X, BlackBerry Bold 9790, etc, For shopping, 46% of moms also claim the most convenient time to receive information about a product is when they are in the store and another 62% of American Mothers use shopping applications to research or compare store pricing. Moms are using Smartphones from everything ranging from health and wellness to Social Networking such as Twitter and Facebook. Mom’s three top smartphone activities include reading social newsfeeds, updating their social status and d reading answers to posted questions.


    Some other interesting facts about moms and their Smartphones include:


    • 81% of moms said shopping was the #1 way they use their Smartphone.
    • Moms have an average of 13 applications loaded on their phones.
    • Two-thirds of moms say that less than half of their applications are for their kids.


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  • The idea for a “Smartphone” was conceptualized as early as 1973 by Theodore George Paraskevakos introduced combing intelligence, data processing and visual display screens with telephones. The first Smartphone was created in 1994 but the term was not officially coined until 1997 by a Swedish Corporation known as Ericsson. Here's some more interesting and fun facts about Smartphones.


    Top 10 Interesting Facts about the Smartphone


    1.) Android Smartphones are currently the most popular in Japan with more than more than 55% of its users in the country vs. 39% for the Apple iPhone. In other countries Android's popularity includes 41% in New Zealand, 40% in the United States and more than 38% in China but unfortunately it does not dominate in any other surveyed country except Argentina.


    2.) However, the Apple iPhone has a substantial lead in Switzerland with more than 52% iPhone users vs. 23% of Android users. Other countries where the Apple iPhone is extremely popular is Australia where 49% are iPhone users vs. 25% of Android users, Canada has 45% of iPhone users vs. 23% of Android users and 23% of Blackberry users and France has 43% of iPhone users vs. 25% of Android users. Android continues to be the most popular Smartphone operating system, with 38 percent of Smartphone consumers owning Android devices. However, while Android also leads among those who recently purchased a new Smartphone, it is the Apple iPhone that has shown the most growth in recent months.


    3.) More than $187.51 is spent on manufacturing Smartphones including Android and the Apple iPhones. The screen and the memory are the most expensive components of a Smartphone and more than 1 billion Smartphones are expected to be used worldwide by 2016.


    Top 10 Interesting Facts about the Smartphone


    4.) More than 90% of applications that are downloaded are not used more than 10 times,61% of Smartphones are used for games and more than 9% have downloaded a health or fitness applications.


    5.) More than 68% of Smartphone users have accessed maps on a Smartphone is via an application, more than 27% of the 4 billion mobile phones worldwide are Smartphones. Other interesting facts include more than 25% of Smartphone owners go online mostly on their phones and 35% of adults in the United States own a Smartphone.


    6.) According to Gartner Group mobile devices will pass PCs as the access device of choice by 2013. 53% of mobile users would share their location to receive more relevant ads. More than 50% of mobile users watch 3 hours and 37 minutes of video on their phones per month according to Neilsen and more than a 1/3 of American teenager’s text at least 100 times per day.


    7.) There are more than 1.08 billion Smartphone users in the world, out of which, 91.4 million are from the United States. With more than five billion mobile phone users in the world, 1.08 billion are Smartphone users. Of those 1.08 billion users more than 89% of Smartphone users use their smart phones throughout the day, more than 92% of Smartphone users use their Smartphone to send text messages to other phones and more than 84% of users use their Smartphones for browsing the Internet.


    Top 10 Interesting Facts about the Smartphone


    8.) More than 62% of United States Smartphone users are between the ages of 25-34 years old, 50% of Android Smartphones and 43% of Apple iPhone users are younger than 34 years old and 53% of Smartphone users are male and 47% are female.


    9.) The average Android Smartphone users consume the highest amount of data at 582 Mbs a month, while iPhone4S owners on consume 492 Mbs of data a month on average. Whereas Apple iPhone users download the maximum applications per month, which is 48Mbs. Downloading applications is the most popular data usage activity for smartphone users. Singapore has the highest Smartphone application rate.


    10.) On an average day a Smartphone users will spend 25 minutes browsing the Internet, 17 minutes on Facebook or other social networking websites, 13 minutes a day playing games or downloading applications, 16 minutes listening to music, 11 minutes making phone calls, 10 minutes text messaging and 3 minutes taking photographs.




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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    HTC  has just confirmed that a hardware problem is causing Wi-Fi connectivity issues with their HTC One X smartphone.  To verify if your One X smartphone is defective... simply run the Wi-Fi  squeeze test if the signal strength improves - it confirms that the device is defective.


    HTC confirms wifi hardware problem with their One X


     


    The company is obviously faced with a tough hardware problem. A software update isn’t the answer. This isn’t the first time HTC has had Wi-Fi signal problems. Awhile back its HTC Sensation suffered from antenna design problems.


    HTC has stepped up early and accepted blame. In a public statement a company rep said: "After investigating isolated reports of Wi-Fi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the Wi-Fi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future. HTC is committed to making sure every customer has a great experience and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused while we conducted a thorough investigation."


    This statement describes the production changes going forward, but there still doesn’t appear to be a plan for dealing with the defective phones already in consumer hands.  Everyone is covered by the warranty replacement protection, so if you think your phone has the problem, take it back to the point of purchase right away. Don’t let the warranty period expire.


    We hope HTC takes their corrective action one step further and provides protection for this defect to One X owners on an unlimited basis. What’s to say the problem couldn’t pop up in these phones at a later date?




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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    The founder of one of Europe’s leading illegal movie-streaming sites confessed and apologized for his crimes and got his sentence cut in half by a German judge.  Deutsche Welle reported that 39-year-old Kino.to founder “Dirk B.” has been sentenced to 4.5 years in jail. He could have been ordered to spend 11 years in prison, but received a reduced sentence after confessing to his copyright infringement crimes.


    Jail time and fines for Kino.to founder


    Millions of eager viewers downloaded movies and watched them on the latest smartphones including the iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy2, HTC EVO 


    Many viewers also used tablets like the New iPad/iPad 3, Samsung Tab, Motorola Xoom and the HTC Flyer 


    Dirk B. will have to pay a $4.7 million fine to cover 1.1 million instances of copyright infringement. While in operation, Kino.to is estimated to have brought in as much as $8 million in advertising revenue.


    Most recently, law enforcement officials in Sweden first raided The Pirate Bay in 2006, and the company’s founders were eventually sentenced to jail and forced to pay millions in fines. The service remained online, however, and it is still operational today.   “The Swedish district attorney Fredrik Ingblad initiated a new investigation into The Pirate Bay back in 2010. Information has been leaked to us every now and then by multiple sources, almost on a regular basis. It’s an interesting read,” The Pirate Bay said on its blog. “We can certainly understand why WikiLeaks wished to be hosted in Sweden, since so much data leaks there. The reason that we get the leaks is usually that the whistleblowers do not agree with what is going on. Something that the governments should have in mind – even your own people do not agree.”




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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    An intentional autopsy on a MacBook Pro Reveals a few shocking results


    The folks at iFixit got their hands on a final version of Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina Display this week, and what did they do?   They tore it apart.   Here are a couple of things they found:


    • Samsung SSD and Hynix RAM cannot be upgraded. You’ll have to decide upfront how much capacity you’ll need over the life of your MacBook Pro.
    • The battery is glued to the housing and the display is fused into the assembly. Replacing the battery or the display will be expensive.

    Maybe the amount of power packed into the MacBook Pro will somewhat make up for this criticism. The laptop is packing 95% of juice. That’s enough for seven hours of power. Even for some of the smartphones and tablets out there that kind of battery life is a stretch.






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  • By Adhurim Murtezai


    Verizon Wireless is the first major U.S. carrier to announce details on a data sharing plan. Verizon is calling theirs “Share Everything Plans”, which package shared voice minutes, text messages and data. Smartphones, tablets and feature phones are all eligible devices.


    Verizon Wireless wants to “Share Everything” with customers


    Share Everything Plans include unlimited minutes, unlimited texting, video and picture messaging, and a data allowance for up to 10 Verizon Wireless devices.  In addition, the Mobile Hotspot service for all wireless devices is included.


    Costs start at $30 per device for basic cell phones and $40 per device for smartphones. 1GB of shared data will run $50 per month and include unlimited voice calling and text messaging.


    For $100 plus the monthly fees for each device, up to 10GB of data per month can be shared between devices. Unlimited voice and SMS are included.


    “Customers asked, and today Verizon Wireless delivered an industry first,” said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless. “Share Everything Plans are the new standard for wireless service.” Verizon Wireless’s Share Everything plans become available on June 28th. Both existing and new customers are eligible.




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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    According to a new study by ABI Research, the demand for handheld gaming devices has been on the decline since 2008. The numbers will probably be flat through 2017, but demand will continue for the devices, probably as a niche market. The study reports that both the Sony and Nintendo gaming platforms are losing ground as more gaming apps are developed for cell phones and tablets – devices with a growing market share.


    Gaming Market Segmentation


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    Another report authored by NewZoo - Mobile Games Trend Report found that of 60,000,000... 49% of console gamers play games on their cell phone while 33% play on their tablets.    The uptake of tablets is having its impact on games, from a consumer as well as a business perspective. Of the 60 million console gaming tablet users, an average 42% already plays games on mobile device screens.  View an interesting Infographic on the usage of cell phones and tablets for gaming.


    Gaming Market Share


    Key Take-Aways


    Fresh 2012 data


    • Number of Mobile Gamers jumps 35% in US year-on-year totaling 100 million
    • The US counts 21 million tablet gamers
    • Growth in EU, based on five countries is lower: 15% or 70 million mobile gamers
    • Share of in-game spending continues to rise: 90% in US, 79% in Europe for both iPhone and iPad.
    • 4.2 million iOS games are downloaded per day in the US. 2.4 million in key EU territories. Review 2011 data
    • Share of mobile gamers that spends money is highest in Asia (47%) followed by the US (36%).
    • Europe and Emerging markets show lower “conversion” at 26%.
    • A slight majority of paying mobile gamers is male. 58% in US, 65% in EU.
    • 22% of American mobile gamers use mobile games as extension of a game played on a different platform.

     


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    While both Sony and Nintendo are expected to ship more than 38 million handheld gaming devices in 2013, that’s significantly lower than the 47 million that were sold at the peak of their popularity in 2008.


    Here’s what senior ABI analyst Michael Inouye said about the future of the gaming device market: “Mobile devices will compete with dedicated handheld gaming devices, but select consumer segments like core gamers and those individuals who do not want or have a smartphone or tablet will still provide some demand,” “The addition of mobile gaming is not necessarily a zero sum situation; in fact, many feel there is plenty of room in the gaming market for both portable and mobile gaming.”




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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    The business networking website LinkedIn has confirmed reports that some of its users’ passwords have been stolen and leaked on the Internet. According to Finnish security firm CERT-FI, a forum member in Russia has claimed responsibility for stealing 6.46 million encrypted LinkedIn passwords and posting them online.   In fact, with the quad processing power provided by today top brand cell phones and tablets like the:


    The theft of six million LinkedIn passwords


    Apple iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and iPad 3


    Blackberry Touch 9900, Blackberry 9790, Blackberry 9360, Blackberry Torch and the Blackberry Playbook


    Samsung  S3, Samsung S2, Samsung S2 X, Samsung  S2 LTE, Samsung Note and the Samsung Tab


    HTC  Evo, HTC One X, HTC one S, HTC One V, HTC Amaze as well as the HTC Flyer and HTC Jetstream


    Motorola Razor, Motorola Defy  as well as the Motorola Xoom


    Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710


    LG Optimus L7, LG Optimus Pro, LG Optimus 4G LTE and LG Optimus Pad


    Sony Xperia U, Sony Xperia Play, Sony Xperia Ray


    could have easily been used by the hacker to perpetrate the cybercrime.


    It is recommended that all LinkedIn users change their passwords as a precautionary measure. If you use that same passwords on other sites (as most people do), you should change it on those sites as well.


    We want to provide you with an update on this morning’s reports of stolen passwords. We can confirm that some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts. We are continuing to investigate this situation and here is what we are pursuing as far as next steps for the compromised accounts:


    1. Members that have accounts associated with the compromised passwords will notice that their LinkedIn account password is no longer valid.
    2. These members will also receive an email from LinkedIn with instructions on how to reset their passwords. There will not be any links in this email. Once you follow this step and request password assistance, then you will receive an email from LinkedIn with a password reset link.
    3. These affected members will receive a second email from our Customer Support team providing a bit more context on this situation and why they are being asked to change their passwordsThe theft of six million LinkedIn passwords.

     


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    It is worth noting that the affected members who update their passwords and members whose passwords have not been compromised benefit from the enhanced security we just recently put in place, which includes hashing and salting of our current password databases.


    We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our members. We take the security of our members very seriously. If you haven’t read it already it is worth checking out my earlier blog post today about updating your password and other account security best practices.




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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    While RIM wrestles with marrying its BlackBerry Playbook with Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS, one Dutch developer (named “Gamer109X”) decided to find out if a third option would work. He installed Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS onto RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook.


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    Surprisingly, the result is a tablet that seems pretty responsive. For those curious to know what a Windows Phone tablet might look like, watch  the following  video of the developer’s PlayBook running Microsoft’s Window Phone OS. Gamer109X said he plans to release his own Windows Phone build for the PlayBook to the public in the coming months.



     


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    If you believe Microsoft’s last position on the tablets, they have no interest in bringing Windows Phone to tablets. That position might be irrelevant once Microsoft’s Windows 8 platform is released. If you think about it, there is no reason to put Windows Phone on a tablet, but Windows 8...




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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    HTC and Apple are battling it out in a patent dispute.   As a result, shipments of the HTC EVO 4G LTE and HTC One X smartphones have been held up by United States Customs as part of an International Trade Commission investigation.


    Apple vs HTC Battle


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    This action has caused Sprint to delay the launch of their EVO 4G LTE device indefinitely. AT&T is reporting that its supply of HTC One X will be taxed due to the ongoing fight between HTC and Apple. Before the phones can clear U.S. Customs, the ITC will need to determine if HTC’s latest handsets are in compliance with an earlier ruling.


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    While HTC has carved a reputation as a leader in mobile technology and devices , it is also gained notoriety for being pretty slow with bringing cell phone accessories and tablet accessories to the market. Industry leading manufacturers continue to provide the greatest selection of top brand accessories from Bags and Sleeves, Batteries, Bluetooth Headsets and Bluetooth Car Kits, Car Holders, Cases and Skins, Data Cables, Earbuds and Headsets, Keyboard and Protectors, Memory Cards, Screen Protectors, Speakers and Docks as well as Stylus and Pens


    A spokesman from HTC said, “The US availability of the HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE has been delayed due to a standard U.S. Customs review of shipments that is required after an ITC exclusion order. We believe we are in compliance with the ruling and HTC is working closely with Customs to secure approval. The HTC One X and HTC EVO 4G LTE have been received enthusiastically by customers and we appreciate their patience as we work to get these products into their hands as soon as possible.”


    Sprint had planned a May 18th launch of the EVO 4G LTE, a customized version of the One X. It was going to be available for $199.99 on contract. AT&T launched their version of the One X earlier this month. The device now shows as out of stock on the AT&T website.



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