by George Heymann

Goin’ mobile

Believe it: Smartphones about to get even smarter

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Special to the Chieftain

There are now more than 100 million smartphone users in the United States, according to the latest comScore report.

But even as smartphone use increases, the devices are undergoing dramatic — and speedy —evolution. Here’s a look at several prominent mobile trends that are emerging:

  • Smartphones are featuring ever-faster processors, Dual-core processors once reserved for the latest super phones are now standard fare on many smartphones. By the end of 2012, manufacturers will need to include a quad-core processor to be considered a high-end mobile device.
  • Large, high-resolution touchscreens are also in high demand on the latest smartphones and tablets. Not long ago, a 4-inch screen on a smartphone was considered large; today, 4-inch-plus screens are fairly common, with a couple of models topping 5 inches and featuring high-resolution, 1280 x 800 pixel displays. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paypal announces Paypal Here, an integrated global mobile payment solution for Android and iOS.

by George Heymann | @techeadlines

Paypal today announced “PayPal Here” a mobile payment solution for iOS and soon Android. The new services utilizes a free smartphone app and an encrypted card reader to enable users to send invoices or accept debit and credit cards, checks and Paypal using one integrated product.

Currently, Paypal Here is in limited release but you can sign up to be notified automatically when it becomes publicly available.

In the U.S. and Canada, the PayPal Here card reader and merchant app are free. You pay 2.70% for swiped transactions and PayPal payments, and 3.5% + $0.15 if you type in the credit card information manually or scan the card using the Scan Card feature.

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Infographic: Are we really safe online?

by George Heymann |@techeadlines

According to a Stanford University study supposedly anonymous data gathered on personal web browsers was collected and then sold. The information from the study was used by to graphically highlight that consumers don’t have legal rights to control how their personal data is shared.

Infographic after the break: Read the rest of this entry »

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Sign the petition: Tell Congress don’t censor the Web

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

Go here to sign the petition.

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Music Purchases are going live in the Android Market mobile app for some U.S. users

by George Heymann


I’ve seen posts today that the music purchases had gone live in the Android Market app for some U.S. users . Unfortunately, I could not see the music tab in the Market app installed on my HTC Sensation 4G app despite it being upgraded to the latest version.

If you’ve already updated to 3.3.11 and still don’t have the music tab don’t despair, the solution may be as simple as flushing the cache and clearing the data for the Android Market app.

From your phones home screen, hit the menu key and select settings. Tap manage applications, select the “All” tab and scroll down till you see Market and select that. Select clear cached, then clear data. Exit the manage application menu and return to the Android home screen. Click on the Android Marketplace app and accept the terms of service.

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Nielsen: Android remains most popular smartphone operating system in U.S. at 43% of market

Nielsen’s third quarter survey of mobile users reveals that Android remains the most popular operating system in the United States, with 43 percent of the market.

Other interesting statistics from the report indicate that while feature phones still enjoy a larger penetration and OS share compared to smartphones 57% vs 43%, the adoption rate for smartphones by age group varies from a low of 18% to as high as 62% for the 25-34 year group.

Check the Nielsen report for additional information.

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10 words that describe my home internet service

By Christine Kane

Boiling down the description of an internet connection to a single word means distilling thought and emotion to bare essences. It is much easier to convey negative feelings, which our language makes easy, with it’s plethora of interjections. Good feelings, on the other hand, are more difficult to express. Below are some examples of terse commentary as they apply to the nebulous world of internet connections.

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iPhone 4S first weekend sales top 4 million

by John Roberts

Technology Market

Apple has announced it has sold over four million of its new iPhone 4S, just three days after its launch on October 14. In addition, more than 25 million customers are already using iOS 5 in the first five days of its release, and more than 20 million customers have signed up for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices. iPhone 4S is available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, and will be available in 22 more countries on October 28 and more than 70 countries by the end of the year.

“iPhone 4S is off to a great start with more than four million sold in its first weekend—the most ever for a phone and more than double the iPhone 4 launch during its first three days,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “iPhone 4S is a hit with customers around the world, and together with iOS 5 and iCloud, is the best iPhone ever.”

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Microsoft completes purchase of Skype

by Anna Schmidt

Technology Market

Microsoft has closed its acquisition of Skype Global. Negotiations of the definitive agreement under which Microsoft would acquire Skype, an Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion were led by investor group Silver Lake and the transaction was originally announced on May 10, 2011. Boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype previously approved the acquisition.

Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies’ efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers. The completion of the acquisition also marks the official introduction of Skype as a new business division within Microsoft.

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Walmart and T-mobile jointly announce $30 no-contract unlimited web and text 4G service plan

Walmart and T-mobile announced plans today for a prepaid wireless plan that will offer “unlimited” web and text (first 5GB up to 4G speeds) and 100 minutes of talk, with no-annual contract.

The plan will be sold exclusively in-store at more than 2,200 Walmart stores and online at and and is expected to launch Oct. 16.

For more information see the full press-release after the break. Read the rest of this entry »

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