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August 1, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Driven by surge in multitasking and the widening ownership of tablets and smartphones, U.S. adults are expected to spend 2 hours, 21 minutes a day this year on their mobile devices doing things besides making calls. That's the equivalent of about one in every 10 minutes. The estimate, released Thursday by the research firm eMarketer , marks the first time that mobile-device usage will surpass the time devoted to Internet browsing on laptop and desktop computers. When considering people using multiple devices at once, the firm counted both.
June 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to soon receive an official recommendation to allow fliers to keep their tablets and smartphones turned on during takeoffs and landings. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that an advisory group formed to investigate whether or not the FAA should continue to ban the use of electronics during the critical part of the flight is writing a recommendation to allow a broader use of devices. The official recommendation may not come until September, but the group is reportedly planning to suggest the FAA allow the use of the gadgets in an "airplane mode," which turns off radio signals, during the entire flight, according to the New York Times . PHOTOS: Top music subscription services The FAA hasn't said what the next steps will be after it receives the recommendation, but it said "consumers are intensely interested in the use of personal electronics aboard aircraft.
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)
February 5, 2011 | By Andrew Zajac, Washington Bureau
Add diagnosing soft-tissue injuries to online banking, e-mail, video games and thousands of other applications available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The Food and Drug Administration ushered in the era of mobile diagnostic radiology Friday, approving software for viewing images and making medical diagnoses from MRIs and CT, PET and SPECT scans on several of Apple Inc.'s popular hand-held devices. The FDA reviewed image quality and checked studies with radiologists under variable lighting conditions and determined that the Apple devices running Mobile MIM software offered clear enough images for diagnostic interpretation.
May 18, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
The Federal Communications Commission is stepping into the simmering privacy debate over location data collected through cellphones and mobile devices, announcing a forum next month on the issue that could lead to rules governing the coveted information. The FCC has authority over cellphone towers, which Apple Inc. and Google Inc. said they used to help pinpoint the locations of users. Such data are valuable to retailers and advertisers to pitch services and deals near a customer at any given moment.
November 13, 2001 | Reuters
Nokia, the world's largest cellular phone maker, and consumer electronics giant Sony Corp. said they will work together to create a set of open standards for interoperability between mobile devices. At the Comdex technology trade show in Las Vegas, Sony President and Chief Operating Officer Kunitake Ando said the two sides will seek to create standards for content downloads, user interfaces, digital rights management and messaging services.
April 14, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Nine television broadcasters said they formed the Open Mobile Video Coalition to accelerate the development of programs for mobile devices. The broadcasters represent more than 280 TV stations and reach 95 million U.S. households. They include Belo Corp., Fox Television Stations, Gannett Broadcasting, Gray Television, ION Media Networks, the NBC & Telemundo Television Stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Broadcasting, the coalition said.
April 8, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn and David Sarno
In a direct attack on Silicon Valley rival Google Inc., Apple Inc. unveiled its new mobile advertising system Thursday and promised to deliver a new generation of compelling interactive ads to its devices. Chief Executive Steve Jobs announced Apple's iAd advertising network as one of a raft of features coming later this year to its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch line. By building an advertising system into its products, Jobs said, Apple is hoping to tap into a nascent but potentially lucrative market: the growing number of consumers who are picking up a cellphone when they want to access the Internet.
November 5, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
As shoppers gear up for another mad holiday scramble, smartphones and tablet computers are emerging as Santa's electronic helpers. And if the big guy up north isn't in touch with the times, shoppers are. Stuck in a humdrum economy and facing continued high rates of unemployment, consumers are increasingly finding that their mobile devices can come in handy. With a gadget in hand, shoppers can compare prices, research gift ideas, redeem electronic coupons and watch for special deals.
August 25, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Paying for a shopping spree by waving a smart phone may be more exciting than swiping a credit card, but according to Consumers Union, it might not be as safe. The nonprofit testing and information organization, which publishes Consumer Reports, called on regulators Tuesday to implement protective standards on mobile payments. Federal law currently shields credit or debit card holders from many charges associated with lost, stolen or misused cards. But without industry-wide rules for "digital wallet" providers, consumers could risk losing money through fraud, merchant disputes or processing mistakes, the group said.
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