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7 Ways Mobile Apps Are Driving Revenue for Businesses

January 16, 2013 12:08 pm | by Ryan Matzner | Comments

From leveraging specific features like GPS all the way down to the mere fact that people are walking around with Internet-connected computers in their pockets, smartphones open a whole new world of opportunities for marketers at businesses from large and small. The following are some key ways businesses are getting an extra boost via mobile apps.

Apple Offers Installment Payments to Customers in China

January 16, 2013 11:15 am | by CNET | Comments

Apple is trying to make it easier for customers in China to pay for its products. The company has posted to its Chinese Web site a new installment plan, allowing customers who pay 300 yuan (about $48) or more for an Apple product to pay in installments.

Wireless Audio Tech for Outdoor Enthusiasts

January 16, 2013 9:44 am | by ESPN | Comments

Skateboarders, skiers, cyclists and snowboarders are all united by their use of helmets. And those helmet-wearers are further united in knowing that their headgear is not only clunky, but also manages to separate them from their phones and MP3s. Until now.

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This Guy Didn't Steal Your iPhone

January 16, 2013 9:20 am | by Camille Bautista | Comments

Hell hath no fury like an iPhone owner scorned, and one Las Vegas man is bearing the brunt of it. Apple's Find My iPhone app has mistakenly sent dozens of users to Wayne Dobson's North Las Vegas home over the past two years.

Samsung Beefs Up Chromebox With a Core i5 Processor

January 16, 2013 9:09 am | Comments

Chromebox, Samsung's Chrome OS-based mini PC, has been criticized for not packing enough power for its price. Now, it looks like Samsung is responding with a new version of Chromebox that has a much faster processor. Instead of the lowly Celeron processor, the new Chromebox has a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor.

Google Glass to Hit Developers' Hands This Month

January 16, 2013 9:06 am | by Mashable | Comments

Developers who want to get their hands on Google’s Project Glass won’t have to wait much longer. Google announced plans Tuesday to hold a “Glass Foundry” in San Francisco and New York in the coming weeks: Two full days of hacking that will allow developers to get an early look at Glass and start developing for the platform.

Low-cost iPhone 5 to Debut This Summer, Analyst Says

January 16, 2013 8:22 am | by CNET | Comments

Apple could have a busy summer if the latest iPhone forecast from one analyst comes to fruition. The company will launch an iPhone 5S and a revamped version of the iPhone 5 in June or July, predicts KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In an investors note received by MacRumors, Kuo said...

Analysts See Revenue Potential in Facebook's New Search Tool

January 16, 2013 7:45 am | by Reuters | Comments

Facebook Inc's new search tool has strong potential to generate revenue for the social networking company but it is unlikely to challenge Google Inc's supremacy in web search at least in the near term, analysts said on Wednesday. The "graph search" tool, unveiled on Tuesday, lets users trawl their network of friends to find everything from...

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Smartphones Consuming More Data Than Tablets for the First Time

January 16, 2013 5:27 am | by Anita Li | Comments

For the first time, smartphones trump tablets when it comes to data consumption, a new study reveals. Conducted by mobile analytics firm Arieso, the report suggests that smartphone users now "consistently consume" more mobile data than tablet users despite the latter's market expansion.

Ex-CEO Sculley Says Apple Needs to Focus on Cheaper iPhone

January 16, 2013 12:55 am | by CNET | Comments

As rumors resume that Apple is readying a less expensive iPhone, one of Apple's former chief executives believes the company needs to revamp its supply chain to meet demand for cheaper smartphones. As developed nations hit the smartphone saturation point, Apple will have to turn its attention to customers in developing nations...

FAA Seeks to Ban Pilots' Use of Personal Devices While in the Air

January 15, 2013 8:26 pm | by CNET | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration looks to be tightening the screws on what personal devices pilots are allowed to use while in the air. A new proposal, which the agency published in the Federal Register today, aims to stop pilots from using electronic devices for any type of personal use while in the cockpit.

PayPal Strikes A Deal With In-store Tech Company NCR

January 15, 2013 8:17 pm | by CNET | Comments

eBay's payment division PayPal will soon add deeper integration with retailers into its digital wallet that will result in a richer shopping experiences from consumers' phones thanks in part to a new partnership with point of sale company NCR.

Facebook rolls out friends-based search product

January 15, 2013 7:51 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Facebook Inc took the wraps off a new search tool on Tuesday that lets people trawl their network of friends to find everything from restaurants to movie recommendations, an improvement that's likely to increase competition with review websites like Yelp and potentially even Google Inc.

Anti-hacking Law Questioned After Death of Internet Activist

January 15, 2013 6:17 pm | by Reuters | Comments

Lie about your identity on Facebook or delete files from your work laptop before you quit and you could run afoul of a 29-year-old U.S. computer security law that some experts say has been changed so often it no longer makes sense. The U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act has come under renewed criticism...

NASA's Robotic Refueling Demo Set to Jumpstart Expanded Capabilities in Space

January 15, 2013 2:04 pm | Comments

In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM aboard the International Space Station. The investigation may one day substantially impact the many satellites that deliver products Americans rely upon daily, such as weather reports, cell phones and television news.

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