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It's a sight that's all too common, now: teenagers never looking up, glued to their cellphones every hour of the day. Text messages may seem like the major culprit for this behavior, but a new report shows that one in four teens use cell phones as their device of choice when browsing the web. According to a study by Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, mobile access to the Internet is pervasive among teenagers. Instead of using desktops or laptops, most rely on their phones to go online. The survey of teens ages 12 through 17 found that 78% have a cellphone, with nearly half of those being smartphones.
When you walk through the well-appointed door of a high-end luxury shop, you’re prepared to pay a premium for what is known as “an experience:” good service, free champagne, and all the little odds and ends that are attendant to buying, say, a keychain that costs more than what I make in a month. Translating those perks to a smartphone is tough--people go online for sales, not experiences. Or so goes traditional thinking on mobile e-commerce. To Barbara Rybka, who spent a decade in Silicon Valley before becoming Gucci’s digital director, it seemed like kind of a cop out. “If you look at the average luxury shopper, they consume most information through their mobile devices--even more so than the average smartphone user,” she tells me.
Pretty soon you will be able to wirelessly charge your phone while eating a Big Mac, if tests go as hoped in Europe. Select McDonald’s locations in Europe are testing a Qi-based wireless charging system from PowerKiss. If you have a Qi-supported phone you will be able to put your device on a table and it will automatically start recharging as you eat lunch. Smartphone and devices that are not Qi-supported can plug in a PowerKiss ring to recharge the device. The restaurants testing the PowerKiss recharging system will have the technology hidden inside tables. It reminds me of those days when McDonalds offered free wi-fi to attract customers.
A recurring stereotype regarding wireless provider customer support is that your calls will be directed to a representative in India. For the most part you’d be correct. Tracfone’s stable of wireless providers all outsource customer care to India, and T-Mobile’s recent decision to ship jobs overseas means that millions of Americans will reach a foreign representative if they call support.
Loyalty of iPhone owners in both the United States and Europe experiences first ever decline. Zoom For the first time since the iPhone's inception, the percentage of the smartphone's owners who say they will definitely or probably buy another Apple handset has declined.
Pipsqueak is a smartphone for kids being developed by Yip Yap . They’re currently raising money on Kickstarter for the durable phone, a device that connects to a parent’s smartphone through Bluetooth and makes calls from the parent’s number. Parents can also route calls straight through to the child’s phone, so they feel like they’re getting calls. While it also functions as a music player, the key trait of this phone is its durability; unlike touchscreen phones, it’s designed to handle being thrown around, being played with, and getting dirty. Support Pipsqueak on Kickstarter if you want to see it on retail shelves. Yip Yap
The smartphone market is a cage match, and all manufacturers are fighting for every last percentage of market share. However, the past few months have seen little activity as far as changes in smartphone market share. Since June, there hasn’t been a significant increase or decrease in market share other than a couple of percentage points at most. According to research firm ComScore, the US smartphone field in September was virtually unchanged from where it was in June , even down to smaller platforms like Symbian and Windows Phone .
Ed Conway ( @edconwaysky ) is the economics editor for Sky News and the author of The Real Economy . He recently wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook explaining why he was done with the company. Ed gave us permission to reprint his letter via an email from his new Samsung .
La industria del smartphone es cosa de dos: de Samsung y de Apple, aunque mucho más del surcoreano que del californiano. Samsung ha ampliado su ventaja sobre Apple en el mundo de los smartphones (35% frente al 17%) en el tercer trimestre del año, y ellos dos sobre el resto. Y Nokia cae al sexto puesto de la lista de vendedores de teléfonos inteligentes, según las cifras proporcionadas por IDC. Es la primera vez desde 2009 que una sola empresa supera la barrera del 31% de mercado, como es el caso de Samsung. Respecto al año anterior, las ventas de la firma coreana de smartphones se han doblado, mientras que las de Apple han crecido un 57%.
By Erin Griffith On October 22, 2012 When Wendr launched in July as “Foursquare for the future,” its app was the classic minimally viable product. The company amassed 10,000 users, which is enough to show that the concept is good, but not enough to appeal to brand advertisers, which is Wendr’s ultimate goal. “There was a bit of empty room syndrome,” founder Sam Zises says of the first version. Wendr shows users what their friends’ plans are for that evening, making it more useful for hangouts than, say, Foursquare, which only tells you what your your friends are doing at that moment.
If you are really lucky, you work for a company that has both these things going for it: Your customers are embracing their new superpowers, and your company is responding with a growing collection of smart touchpoints. Let's break down what we mean by each. The rise of super-powered customers Although a radioactive spider has not bitten your customers, many now have superpowers. At this moment, some are learning how to order a bottle of perfume at 60 miles an hour, without taking their eyes off the road.
Computerworld - The computer industry and the customers it serves have proven to be extraordinarily slippery during the past 45 years. Though there have been plenty of mundanely accurate predictions of market share, technology development and adoption rates, the predictions that stick in the mind are those that demonstrate spectacular misjudgment, misunderstanding, overly optimistic hyperbole, self-delusion or wishful thinking. At the time they're made, predictions that are grossly mistaken are rarely recognized as gaffes of historic proportions.
XM Gravity’s Happiness App March 27, 2013 | 4:45 pm As we noted in our 10 Trends for 2013, more people are coming to recognize the link between health and happiness and taking proactive steps to improve both at once. Indonesia-based digital agency XM Gravity, a JWT company, recently created a mobile app designed to keep employees feeling happy, connected and cared for. The app’s “Mood” function asks users to choose one of nine emotions (excited, mad, relaxed, etc.); executives or HR personnel will seek out people who consistently specify negative moods in an effort to fix the situation. A “News” section features fun announcements (free ice cream, movie screenings, company trips).
As Google, Apple, Paypal, Mastercard and the entire banking community fights over mobile money , we decided to look to the power users to find out what the near future of monetary exchange might look like. The World Bank’s treasure trove of open data on mobile banking is a well stocked pantry for the data hungry. Welcome to our first data snack and enjoy the graph we created below. Percentage of Population Using Mobile Money Separated by Income Levels We looked at the top ten countries in percent of population having used their phones to send and receive money.
Mobile transaction platform tPago is expanding across Latin America to cater for the unbanked, its parent company GCS International has announced. As you may know, it has been operating in the Dominican Republic since 2010, and will now be available to users in Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador and Puerto Rico. Mobile payments are an attractive and fast-growing segment; according to Pyramid Research, the number of users of mobile transaction platforms in the region will reach 140 million in 2015, a huge jump from 18 million today. This is the market that tPago intends to capture, on the heels of its good results in the Dominican Republic where it has agreements in place with local banks and mobile carriers. According to GCS, its brand has already processed 10,800,000 transactions in the country, or over $69 million in only 25 months.