IDC: Detachable Tablet Shipments Surge Amid Overall Tablet Decline

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Consumer interest in and purchases of tablets waned in 1Q 2016, according to preliminary market data from IDC. But detachable tablet shipments saw a substantial increase, climbing to 4.9 million units worldwide. That’s triple the units sold in the same quarter of 2015. Worldwide tablet...Learn More

NPD Finds Strong Interest in Smart Home Voice Control

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U.S. Internet users are increasingly turning to smartphones and voice command applications in order to control and otherwise make use of smart home devices and apps, according to the latest market research from The NPD Group Connected Intelligence ¨Connected Home Automation Report,¨ which found strong...Learn More

Sling Local Now to Offer Hyper-Local Content on Roku Devices

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The Sling Local Now hyper-local content offering is now rolling out on Roku devices. The ad-free offering from The Weather Channel, previously available on devices supported by Sling TV, provides current, localized news, weather, sports and traffic updates.  Local Now is available to Sling ¨Best...Learn More

comScore: U.S. Smartphone Penetration Nears 80 Percent

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Nearly 200 million people across the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January, a 79.1% U.S. smartphone penetration rate, according to comScore’s latest MobiLens and Mobile Metrix. Apple’s smartphones continued to be the leading brand, while Google’s Android remained the top smartphone...Learn More

Research Finds Half of Used Smartphones Have Personal Data

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Thinking of selling your used smartphone? Think twice before doing so, and take steps to ensure that all your personal data has been erased. Having purchased 20 used smartphones – five each in Barcelona, Berlin, New York and Paris – Avast Software used free, widely...Learn More

Smartphone Upgrade Trends: Over 30% Keep Phones More Than Two Years

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Smartphones are now present in 86% of U.S. broadband households and have reached similar levels of penetration in mature Western European markets, according to new market research from Parks Associates released in advance of the Mobile World Congress, which will take place in Barcelona February...Learn More

Flurry: Phablet Market Share Grows to 27% of New Activations

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Larger screen phablets have proved popular among consumers despite initial skepticism among industry pundits. To wit: phablets accounted for nearly 3 in 10 mobile device activations (27 percent) in the week prior to Christmas, according to the latest holiday season market data from mobile analytics...Learn More

Report: 5.3-Inch is Preferred Smartphone Screen Size

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Large-screen smartphones have proved popular with end-users as OEMs and vendors have introduced a variety of large-screen handheld devices, such as phablets. So, what is the optimal smartphone screen size? According to new research results from Strategy Analytics’ Mobile Device UX group, U.S. and U.K....Learn More

TDS Launches Cloud-Based Storage Backup

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TDS® Backup Online — It’s back A cloud-based service, TDS Backup Online is accessible from anywhere and includes 200GB of storage. Madison, Wisconsin — Dec. 15, 2015 — Just in time for all those holiday photos, TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is introducing a new cloud-based back-up...Learn More

Cyber Monday Smartphone Shopping Stats: Over One Quarter of Purchases Now by Mobile

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More people made Cyber Monday purchases via smartphones and tablets than ever before, according to market data from Branding Brand. Online purchases via smartphones and tablets accounted for 27 percent of the Cyber Monday total, up 10 percent from the year-ago period. Apple mobile devices...Learn More

IDC: 3Q Global Smartphone Shipments Second-Highest Ever

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Global smartphone shipments totaled 355.2 million in 3Q 2015, the second highest quarterly total recorded, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s up 6.8 percent from 332.6 million in 3Q’14. That said, IDC forecast 3Q’15 global smartphone shipments would increase to reach...Learn More

Report: Microsoft Mobile Satisfaction Sees Big Jump

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Apple, Samsung and Google continue to dominate markets for consumer connected devices, but Microsoft’s focus on improving the overall user experience is paying off, according to Argus Insights. Microsoft’s ¨Delight Index¨ – Argus Insights’ proprietary measure of user satisfaction – has been on the rise...Learn More