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Smartphones May Be The Fastest-Spreading Tech Man Has Ever Produced

Smartphones May Be The Fastest-Spreading Tech Man Has Ever Produced

Adriana Lee

Are smartphones the fastest-spreading technology that mankind has ever created? The historical data seems to suggest as much. MIT’s Technology Review published three charts (below) showing the U.S. market penetration of nine key technologies since 1876. (You may know that landmark year — it’s when Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.) The data — which was aggregated from ITU, ...

More Than 208M Phablets to Ship Annually in 2015; HTC, Huawei and LG Models Launching This Year

More Than 208M Phablets to Ship Annually in 2015; HTC, Huawei and LG Models Launching This Year

Todd Haselton

Samsung’s Galaxy Note will be the catalyst for a new era of devices that combine the large screens of tablets with smartphones. The device is lovingly referred to as a “phablet,” combing the word “phone” and “tablet,” and has already been successful on a global scale. ABI Research said in a report Wednesday that it expects more than 208 million such devices to ship annually by 2015 and...

Study Suggests 70 Percent of Mobile App Users Pay "Nothing or Very Little" For Apps

Study Suggests 70 Percent of Mobile App Users Pay "Nothing or Very Little" For Apps

Mark Hearn#TB

A recent study conducted by ABI Research notes that 70 percent of mobile app users spend "either nothing or very little" on mobile applications. ABI's study suggests that the mobile application market relies heavily on big spenders as opposed to casual consumers. The highest spending three percent of all app users account for about 20 percent of the mobile app market. It isn't that the...

Amtrak Spending $7.5 Million to Replace Old Ticket Hole Punchers with iPhones

Amtrak Spending $7.5 Million to Replace Old Ticket Hole Punchers with iPhones

Mark Hearn#TB

Government-owned Amtrak, which oversees that nation's railroad services has been training its conductors to use an iPhone ticket scanning application. Amtrak has plans for around 1,700 conductors to use the app across the country by late summer, while it's currently being used on routes from Boston to Portland and San Jose to Sacramento. Under this new system, passengers will be able to...