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January 2, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Online sales swelled 10.3% this holiday season compared with the same period in 2012, with massive surges in mobile use, according to the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. During the fourth quarter, mobile traffic made up nearly 35% of all online visits, up 40% from last year, according to IBM. Nearly 17% of digital sales originated from mobile devices, a 46% upswing year over year. Major shopping days such as Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday all enjoyed record online sales, as shoppers were lured by increasingly attractive Internet-exclusive promotions and free shipping deals.
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NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Jon Healey
If you're one of the many lucky Americans to receive a new smartphone this holiday season, congratulations! But watch out for thieves -- and policymakers with bad ideas on how to stop them. In particular, two elected officials in the Bay Area are proposing to make mobile devices less attractive to thieves by making them more attractive to malicious hackers. OK, that's not their intent (I hope). It's just one potential result if a proposal by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and San Francisco Dist.
BUSINESS
December 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Attention procrastinators and the mall-averse, we have good news: You can still find deals for those last-minute gifts, all from the comfort of your smartphone. Here are five handy mobile apps to help you avoid being called a scrooge. 1. Ebay Ebay has been around for years, but it can easily be overlooked. The website rose to prominence as an online auctioning service, but these days, it has become one of the best all-around shopping apps. Whenever users are shopping for a product, they should make sure to search for it first using the Ebay app. There's always a chance the item may be available on Ebay for less than it is at traditional retailers.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri and Andrea Chang
For Raffi Kajberouni, the keys to his Santa Clarita home have become relics. If he locks himself out, no problem. If a friend arrives at his two-story house before him, there's no waiting outside for Kajberouni to arrive. Kajberouni taps his smartphone and his front door unlocks. He can also turn down the thermostat or view his home security cameras from anywhere in the world. "A lot of my friends are jealous," the 31-year-old said. "It's like the home from 'Back to the Future,' but in real life.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The LG G Flex isn't available in the United States, but it could be a preview of what's to come in the world of smartphones. That's because the futuristic devices features two technologies we haven't seen before: a curved screen and a self-healing coat. The LG G Flex is one of the first two commercially available curved-screen smartphones. The phone's massive 6-inch screen curves slightly from its top edge down to the bottom. If you lay it on a table, the top and bottom stick up ever so slightly.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The iPhone 5s has been the top-selling smartphone at each of the four U.S. carriers since launching in September. According to data compiled by Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley, the Apple device has been the highest-selling phone for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in September, October and November. The analyst report was cited by AllThingsD . Prior to the release of the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 5 was the top phone at only one of the carriers, AT&T. The other three carriers were dominated by the Samsung Galaxy S 4. PHOTOS: Top 10 most-talked-about people, topics on Facebook in 2013 With Apple climbing back on top thanks to the iPhone 5s, it now appears the Cupertino, Calif., company may have also found some success with the iPhone 5c. Despite being heavily discounted from various retailers since the day of its launch -- usually a sign of poor sales -- the iPhone 5c has been among the top three selling smartphones at each carrier in September, October and November, according to the Canaccord report.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said a deal has been reached between the agency and mobile carriers that will make smartphone unlocking legal. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agreement will ensure customers are allowed to unlock their devices as well as receive information from their carriers on how and when they can do so. Smartphone unlocking allows users to switch the carriers that provide service for their devices. Some carriers like to keep the devices they sell locked to prevent customers from taking their smartphones to their rivals.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to create computer software, and you feed him for a lifetime. That is how the saying goes, right? A homeless New York City man named Leo Grand released a smartphone app called Trees for Cars on Tuesday, after learning how to code software over the last three months. Grand's story has been documented since August when he was approached by Patrick McConlogue, a professional programmer who offered him two options: $100 or a cheap laptop , programming books and daily computer coding lessons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
NASA's extraterrestrial smartphone has phoned home. The 4-inch-square satellite, PhoneSat 2.4, which uses an off-the-shelf Samsung Nexus S phone running Google's Android operating system, transmitted data back to its Santa Clara University ground station, the space agency announced last week. As the number implies, this is not the first smartphone NASA has hurled into orbit. The first, in April, proved the concept of using commercially available electronics for satellites in low-Earth orbit.
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