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One in five U.S. adults has read an e-book, survey says

This article is pretty much summed up by its title. Since 2010, four times more people prefer e-books to print books. They just make it easier to read books, get them quickly, and they’re more portable. The only time people really prefer print books is when reading to their children in bed. This is great news for products like the Kindle and Nook.

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-pew-ebooks-20120405,0,6814671.story

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Lost phones study pinpoints problem cities

According to a recent study, more phones are proven to get lost in certain cities and mostly at night. The top ten cities of people losing their phones are: Philadelphia, Seattle, Oakland, Long Beach, Newark, Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore, New York, and Boston. It should come to no surprise that some of these cities have some of the highest crime rates in the U.S. Some way to perhaps prevent losing your phone all together if you do misplace it is to download the Lookout app, which sends an annoying scream noise to your phone that is sent from another smartphone or computer.

 

http://www.technolog.msnbc.msn.com/technology/technolog/lost-phones-study-pinpoints-problem-cities-518735

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Samsung ships 5 million Galaxy Note tablet-smartphone hybrid devices

Samsung’s Galaxy Note hit AT&T stores last month and Samsung announced it recently shipped 5 million of these hybrid devices to stores. The Galaxy Note is a cross between a smartphone and a tablet, and includes a stylus pen, 8 megapixel camera, and has a 5.3 inch touchscreen. 5 million may sound like a lot, but really is not that impressive when compared to the 3 million iPad 3’s Apple sold in the first weekend alone.

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-samsung-ships-5-million-galaxy-notes-20120328,0,1509233.story

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BlackBerry may soon capture your eye — and identity

Soon BlackBerrys will be used as a form of ID rather than, say, a normal ID card or fingerprint. This will be due to the use of a biometric template from Iris ID. Iris ID takes a video of your eye, and then still images are captured from the video. The information is stored in the secure area of the BlackBerry, and god forbid it gets stolen, the information can be deleted.

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-blackberry-iris-scan-20120326,0,5323370.story

 

 

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T-Mobile USA to cut 1,900 jobs as it consolidates call centers

T-Mobile has announced that it will shut down seven call centers across the U.S., including one in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., to achieve “competitive cost structures to successfully compete”. From these seven call centers, 3,300 people will be without jobs. In the remaining seventeen centers, about 1,400 more positions will be filled.

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-t-mobile-job-cuts-20120322,0,2117907.story

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Pigs in orbit? Angry Birds Space game explores new frontier

The beloved Angry Birds app has come out with yet another fantastic spin-off to keep consumers happy. The new Angry Birds Space came out yesterday and already has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. The app is fairly similar to the original, except that when users launch the birds at the evil pigs, they are likely to go into orbit a few times before hitting their targets. Great entertainment for young and old.

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-angry-birds-space-launches-to-critical-and-popular-acclaim-20120322,0,4906542.story

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Apple’s App Store receives 26,000 submissions every week

Apple has revealed that it now receives 26,000 mobile app submissions each week… EACH WEEK! That’s absolutely crazy! That number has gone up significantly even from 2010, when they were receiving 15,000 submissions per week. Apple says only about 30% of these submissions get rejected, mostly for failing to meet with developer guidelines. This could be good or bad for people wanting to submit new apps. On the one hand, only 30% are being rejected. On the other, there are SO MANY apps being submitted it may be hard for yours to get looked at right away.

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-apple-26000-20120314,0,4704640.story

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Want to be first with a new iPad? Head to Wal-Mart

For all those wanting to get their hands on the new iPad first, heading to Wal-Mart, rather than the endeared Apple store, might have been a better option. Apple started selling their beloved iPads today at 8am; Walmart sold theirs at 12:01am at many 24hour locations. The 16GB Wi-Fi model in black or white sold for $499.

 

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-walmart-ipad-on-sale-at-1201-am-friday-20120315,0,5108725.story

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Send a tweet, get an AmEx #discount

American Express has teamed up with Twitter to allow users to gain valuable discounts through selected retailers. Now, when users sync their cards by signing in through Twitter, they will be able to earn discounts by using the #AmEx hastag. Some popular stores using this marketing tool include McDonalds, Zappos, FedEx, H&M, Whole Foods, and Best Buy- just to name a few. This is an excellent idea, since tweeting is so simple to do. Customers will now be willing and eager to tweet their favorite stores to gain discounts.

http://money.cnn.com/2012/03/07/technology/amex_twitter/index.htm

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A new, high-definition iPad from Apple

Apple has revealed its new iPad that will be available on March 16th! Notice I used the term “new iPad”, because that’s what Apple refers to it as. Looks like there will be no iPad3. This is similar to the letdown of the anticipated “iPhone 5”, which just turned out to be the iPhone 4s- aka the more souped up version of the iPhone 4. The new iPad will be released for the same prices as the current iPad 2 ($499 to $829 based on storage capacity and Wi-Fi capacity). It will be the first iPad to connect to 4G networks.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/07/tech/mobile/ipad-3-announcement/index.html

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Windows on the iPad, and Speedy

A new app called OnLive Desktop Plus now makes the iPad faster and able to act like your PC at home! The free version allows users to use the entire Windows Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Paint, Notepad, and other great features. The OnLive Desktop Plus version adds Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer, and a 1-gigabit-a-second Internet connection. Crazy! It also allows users to watch Flash videos, including Hulu tv episodes.

 


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/technology/personaltech/onlive-desktop-plus-puts-windows-7-on-the-ipad-in-blazing-speed-state-of-the-art.html?ref=technology

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Nokia to Offer Lower-Priced Windows Cellphone

Nokia and Microsoft have announced plans to come out with Smartphones. These will be made available at a cheaper cost than most Smartphones in the market. Already phones like the Lumia 610 ($250), Lumia 900, and the Lumia 710 have been presented to the market. Microsoft will open local-language online stores that will sell phones, service, and apps in 28 countries worldwide, including China.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/technology/nokia-to-offer-lower-priced-windows-cellphone.html?_r=1&ref=technology

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First non-game apps show PS Vita’s wider potential

The Playstation Vita proves it can compete with the best. No longer are non-gaming apps only for smartphones and tablets. Now the PS Vita offers apps such as Twitter, Netflix, and Flickr.

 

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/22/tech/gaming-gadgets/free-apps-ps-vita/index.html

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Apple, Google and Others in Agreement on App Privacy

The attorney general of California has confirmed that Apple, Google, HP, Microsoft and Research in Motion will agree to upfront and stronger privacy policies to ensure the welfare of consumers. Previously, some apps have used personal data and phonebook entries without the users knowledge. Hopefully now, users will know exactly what they are getting into from the beginning.

 

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/california-attorney-general-reaches-deal-on-app-privacy/

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Guidelines seek to end distractions, social media while driving

Many new cars today have built-in infotainment systems that allow drivers to navigate, listen to music, and even tweet while in the car. However, this can obviously become dangerous, so The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing guidelines to stop drivers from using these capabilities while driving. The proposal includes three phases, including cutting down usage on outside sources of distraction, i.e. plugged in smartphones, tablets, and GPS devices.


http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-transportation-department-wants-ban-on-social-networking-while-driving-20120216,0,4216692.story

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Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion brings more iPad to the Mac

The new OS X Mountain Lion by Apple is set to be released this summer for Macs, iPads, and iPhones. This new software will be available through the Mac Apps store as a digital download. The Mountain Lion will look more iPad-like than standard Macs. Apps will even be able to be used on Apple computers! These apps include messages, Reminders, Notes, Game Center, and Notification Center.

Click here to see a video preview!

 

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-apple-os-x-mountain-lion-announced-20120216,0,407839.story

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview to debut at mobile event Feb. 29

Microsoft is coming out with the new Microsoft 8 OS that is built for both PCs and tablets. This new software is planned to be previewed to the public in Barcelona at the Mobile Web Congress on February 29th. The future Windows Phone 8 is expected to use the same software. As for me, I’ll stick with my Apple products.

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Android’s Iris, a Siri-like service, changes stand on abortion

This article from the Los Angeles Times points out a crazy fact: that until this morning, Iris (Android’s version of Siri) was extremely anti-abortion and very Biblical in its reasoning. Iris is powered by Cha-Cha, which uses “guides” to answer questions that might be sent in. These guides are paid and un-paid, and are encouraged to be as opinionated as possible. But the answers that Iris gives for questions like “Is Satan real?” and “Is rape ever justified?” seem pretty one-sided to the average person. So after much backlash, Iris now answers the abortion question with: “Some people believe abortion is wrong because all human life is sacred. Others argue that it is wrong to bring an unwanted child into a harsh world, or that ‘life’ doesn’t begin at conception, or that other considerations are also important. There is no one simple answer.”

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-android-iris-siri-abortion-20120208,0,5902796.story

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Scanner Apps Turn the Phone Into a Fax Machine

This article points out some great scanning apps for your iPhone and Android. These days big clunky fax machines are just a hassle to have laying around your house. These apps allows you to scan your documents from your phone onto your computer, and actually make it easy to read them! For beginners, the blog suggests the free app JotNot Scanner, but recommends TurboScan, ScannerPro, and JotNot Scanner for Apple products. They cost a few bucks but are worth it. There’s also the CamScanner app for Android which costs $5 for the unlimited version.

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/technology/personaltech/scanner-apps-make-digital-versions-of-paper-documents.html?_r=1&ref=technology

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Photo Apps Move to the Desktop

There are many photo apps out there, CameraBag being a popular choice for Smartphone users. A new desktop app called CameraBag2 has just been released for Mac and PC use. It has a lot of great photo editing options, and it only $24 for a desktop app, or $19 for the Mac version through the Mac App store. Snapseed, another great app for tablets and smartphones, has just released its desktop version. This is another great option at only $20 through the Mac App store. It has lots of photo editing options and even allows you to upload photos straight to Facebook or Flickr.

 

 

http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/photo-apps-move-to-the-desktop/?ref=technology

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Build up your phone’s defense against hackers

This article states the obvious fact that information today is becoming more and more easily accessible to hackers and people wanting your private information. It’s so much easier now to take someone’s personal information because most everyone carries around their smartphone (or regular cell phone) wherever they go, which is like a mini computer filled with personal info.

Some ways to prevent hackers are to yank your battery out, not reply to suspicious texts or emails, and only buy apps from known vendors.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/26/technology/personaltech/protecting-a-cellphone-against-hackers.html?_r=1&ref=technology

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Hackers jailbreak iPad 2 and iPhone 4S

A team of hacker groups have recently figured out how to jailbreak the new iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. The reason people jailbreak their devices in the first place is to run non-Apple-approved software on their devices. It is also not illegal. There are also risks when you jailbreak your device. Jailbreaking voids the Apple warranty and allows software that may make the device unusable.

 

 

http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/security-bullet-in-10000166/hackers-jailbreak-ipad-2-and-iphone-4s-10025260/?tag=mantle_skin;content

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Free Calls with MagicJack: Turn iPad into phone

MagicJack, normally a small USB you plug into your computer to make phone-calls, now has a free app out! This app can be used on the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch. It allows you to make free calls to the United States and Canada using Wi-Fi access. It also allows you to easily call loved ones by importing your iPhone’s contact list.

 

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2012/01/free-calls-with-magicjack-turn-ipad-into-phone/1 

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New AT&T Smartphone plans could prove a better deal

http://moconews.net/article/419-att-raises-fees-on-smartphone-data-but-adds-more-data-to-monthly-plans/

 

AT&T has just revealed that they are increasing monthly rates on their basic Smartphone plans by $5 per month. These plans also have increased the amount of data users can consume per month before being charged for overage. So essentially, these new plans mean more bang for your buck!