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March 10, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Many people agree that focusing on a smartphone or tablet is a bad idea when you're supposed to be driving a car, but what about when you're parenting a child? As mobile devices become increasingly absorbing and pervasive, social commentators and researchers worry what effects they're having on interactions between children and distracted caregivers. In a paper published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Boston researchers described what they called the first-ever investigation into the topic.
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April 24, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
A decade ago, as a foreign correspondent traveling through South America, I witnessed cellphone technology's march across the globe-- to a remote corner of the Peruvian Amazon, where even tricycle taxi drivers had them.   Now smartphone technology is completing its own conquest of the developing world. Handheld devices that allow you to browse the Web, or read a book, are now ubiquitous in South America, sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian subcontinent. This week, UNESCO reports on an unexpected consequence of the smartphone revolution: People with limited access to books are reading more, thanks to those tiny, portable screens.
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NEWS
January 25, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
To help cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices further take over your life, Quirky has released the Pivot Power Mini, a power outlet attachment designed to charge as many as four pieces of electronics at the same time using only outlet. The Pivot Power Mini has two traditional grounded outlets and two USB ports. The design folds for easy travel. The price: $24.99 through Quirky's online store . Designed by 23-year-old Jake Zien, the Pivot Power Mini is an after-market version of built-in USB wall outlets now being installed in some homes.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Starting next month, United Airlines will let users watch hundreds of movies and TV shows free on their laptops and Apple iOS mobile devices. The airline said customers with compatible devices will be able to watch more than 150 movies and nearly 200 TV shows without having to pay any fees. To watch the free content, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users will have to download the latest version of the United app. The airline said laptop owners will have to download and install a browser plug-in to watch certain types of content.
BUSINESS
April 29, 2011 | By Joe Flint and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
HBO is going mobile. The pay TV network on Monday will begin offering its subscribers access to watch HBO programming on Android mobile devices and Apple Inc.'s iPhone and iPad tablet. "That device has changed television," HBO Co-President Eric Kessler said this week, pointing to an iPad during an interview at the company's Santa Monica offices. HBO hopes the iPad will kick-start HBO Go, the online viewing option for current HBO subscribers that the network launched last year.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
For Facebook Inc., the No. 1 challenge is making money from mobile devices. And it's warning investors that so far its ad business is not keeping up with the shift to mobile devices, a crucial point as Facebook heads into the last stretch before its initial public stock offering. The Menlo Park, Calif., company's executives have been fielding questions about its mobile advertising strategy during the roadshow this week. Facebook flagged the potential slowdown in advertising growth in its latest filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
NEWS
August 3, 2013 | By Judi Dash
The market is inundated with newfangled stands for smart phones, many of them device-specific. How sweet it is to find a simple, compact stand that works with all models - and without clamps, plug-in ports or messy adhesives. The sleek universal NanoTek Stand from Bracketron has a slim curved aluminum profile with micro-suction foam pads that grip the back of the phone (vertically or horizontally) as well as at the desk top. An assertive tug yanks the stand from the desk and phone with no sticky residue.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Jon Healey
It took new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler just a few weeks to persuade the major U.S. mobile phone companies to make it easier for customers to move their phones and tablet computers to a rival carrier's network. But the new industry principles announced Thursday by CTIA, the wireless companies' trade association, don't give consumers all the rights they should have over the devices they buy. At issue is consumers' ability to "unlock" a phone or tablet from the network it is electronically bound to. Many (but not all)
BUSINESS
December 4, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said her top priority is to get the company serious about mobile. And she was clearly not joking. On Tuesday, Yahoo snapped up a five-person mobile start-up called OnTheAir. It was the second deal Mayer struck to beef up Yahoo's ability to target smartphones and tablets. The acquisition, like that of New York mobile start-up Stamped before it, was mainly aimed at picking up engineering talent. OnTheAir, a San Francisco start-up, enables users to hold live online video chats.
NEWS
October 13, 2010
Might we see iPads popping up in the hands of hospital staff? Well, it depends. Ottawa Hospital in Canada, is distributing hundreds of iPads to doctors and nurses to view X-ray and MRI images and access other medication information, according to "The electronic health record meets the iPad" posted by IT World Canada. However Dr. Satish Misra, writing earlier this year for iMedical Apps, expressed concerns about the use of iPads in hospitals: Can they be properly disinfected?
SCIENCE
March 10, 2014 | By Monte Morin
Many people agree that focusing on a smartphone or tablet is a bad idea when you're supposed to be driving a car, but what about when you're parenting a child? As mobile devices become increasingly absorbing and pervasive, social commentators and researchers worry what effects they're having on interactions between children and distracted caregivers. In a paper published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, Boston researchers described what they called the first-ever investigation into the topic.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By James Barragán
Tia Smith clutched her new phone in one hand and a phone case in the other as she shopped at a West Hollywood Best Buy. She clicked away into her smartphone's tiny screen and searched for the case in other nearby stores. "I'm trying to buy this Otter phone case for my new phone," she said. "But I'm trying to see if Target or Wal-Mart has it for cheaper so they can honor the price match," she said, as she scrolled through Target's mobile site on her new phone. As more people turn to their smartphones and tablets when they're thinking about making a purchase, retailers and marketing companies are rushing to figure out ways to transform these mobile browsers into buyers.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Less than two years ago, disillusioned investors were fleeing Facebook Inc. stock, worried the company would never figure out how to make the leap to mobile devices from personal computers, let alone make money on them. Now, more than half of the giant social network's advertising revenue is coming from ads for its 1.2 billion users on smartphones and tablets. And it's buying WhatsApp after outbidding rival Google Inc. for the most popular mobile app for sending messages on smartphones.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - The $19 billion that Facebook Inc. is paying for a smartphone app, one of the biggest tech deals of all time, made jaws drop even in Silicon Valley, where entrepreneurs tend to have an inflated sense of their own worth. "It's 19 Instagrams," observed serial start-up entrepreneur Adam Rifkin, referring to the $1 billion Facebook paid for the popular photo-sharing app in 2012. But analysts say the purchase of WhatsApp could pay off for Facebook as it takes on Google Inc. and other technology giants in the escalating arms race to be the next big thing in mobile.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2014 | Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook Inc., making its biggest bet yet that its future is in mobile devices, stunned the technology world by announcing it would pay $19 billion in cash and stock for a smartphone messaging app. The giant social network is buying WhatsApp, a mobile messaging service that is immensely popular around the globe and has revolutionized how users - especially young people - communicate. With the app, users can send messages over the Internet rather than via wireless carriers that may charge for the service.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The 2014 Winter Olympics have begun, and once again people can watch the action live on the Web and through their mobile devices. NBC, which has the rights to the U.S. broadcast of the Games, is letting people watch the sporting events through NBCOlympics.com as well as the NBC Sports Live Extra app, which is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices. Live streaming of the events began Thursday and goes through Feb. 23. To watch, viewers are required to have a cable or satellite subscription with one of NBC's participating partners.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
First the Bard on iPad and now an all-digital symphony? In an ad for a European bank, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra played "Carmen" entirely on smartphones and tablets. The 2 1/2-minute spot shows Czech conductor Libor Pesek stepping up to the Prague Public Theatre podium while musicians pull mobile devices from their pockets and behind their chairs - some stacked to appear like flutes, horns and cellos - to play Georges Bizet's famed piece. A behind-the-scenes video explains how ad agency B-Roll wired the 60 musicians on 227 different interfaces via Wi-Fi.
AUTOS
February 18, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
There are already a number of laws on the books in various states designed to thwart so-called distracted driving and teens and texting. But one California lawmaker thinks those laws must change to keep up with technological developments. Under current California law, drivers younger than 18 are already prohibited from talking on their mobile phones, even if they use a hands-free device or mobile service device. Another state law already prohibits texting while driving. But California state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Citing skyrocketing thefts of smartphones and tablets, officials proposed Thursday that California become the first state to require the devices to be sold with "kill switches" that render them inoperable when stolen. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and other lawmakers said they plan to introduce such legislation with the support of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck. L.A. had a 12% increase in mobile-device thefts in 2012, the most recent figures available.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - If you want to get a glimpse of Facebook's future, download Paper, the social network's new mobile news reader. The app for the iPhone is part of what Facebook says is its big push to deliver "the best personalized newspaper in the world. " But it's more than just an app for reading news. It's Facebook reimagined for the smaller screen. Paper doesn't just help users discover news on dozens of topics. It can also be used by users to browse their News Feed, get messages and notifications and search Facebook.
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