Indian smartphone market up 23 pc as global smartphone growth stalls

By on April 30, 2016 at 1:42 PM.

Indian smartphone market up 23 pc as global smartphone growth stalls

India smartphone market grew 23 percent in the first quarter of 2016, surpassing US to become the second largest country in terms of users, even as sales remained flat globally, research firm Counterpoint said. "India which surpassed USA to become the second largest smartphone market in terms of users has continued to register strong demand for smartphones," Counterpoint Research Research Director Peter Richardson said. More →
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Global smartphone growth stalls; only 344 million units shipped in Q1, 2016

By on April 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

Global smartphone growth stalls; only 344 million units shipped in Q1, 2016

Global smartphone shipments remained flat at 344 million units in January-March, impacted by weaker demand in China and Brzail as well as parts of Europe, research firm Counterpoint said today. This is the first time ever since the launch of smartphones that the segment has seen no growth, it said. While three out of four mobile phones shipped on the planet now are smartphones but shipment has "slowed down considerably", Counterpoint said in a report. More →
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Indian-origin researchers develop new coating for smartphone to control spread of superbugs

By on April 27, 2016 at 2:00 AM.

Indian-origin researchers develop new coating for smartphone to control spread of superbugs

In a breakthrough, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a transparent coating for everyday items such as smartphones and door handles that may protect people against deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA and E coli. The discovery could control the spread of superbugs which experts fear are on course to kill 10 million people every year by 2050 -- more than will die from cancer, researchers said. More →
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Solarin, world’s most expensive smartphone to launch next month, priced over Rs 6 lakhs

By on April 25, 2016 at 1:35 PM.

Solarin, world’s most expensive smartphone to launch next month, priced over Rs 6 lakhs

Fancy a device -- dubbed “Rolls Royce of smartphones -- that will set you back by nearly $10,000 (over Rs 6 lakh)? The “most advanced mobile device with highest privacy settings” is not being built in the US or China but in a quite corner in Israel. Called “Solarin,” the high-end smartphone is set to be rolled out May-end by Sirin Labs, a Tel Aviv-based startup that recently raised $72 million to make what it bills as the “Rolls-Royce of smartphones”, technology website venturebeat.com reported. More →
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Heavy smartphone use can make your kid cross-eyed: Study

By on April 22, 2016 at 4:07 PM.

Heavy smartphone use can make your kid cross-eyed: Study

A team of South Korean doctors has found a link between excessive smartphone use and an eye condition in children before the age of five. According to a Telegraph report, doctors at Chonnam National University Hospital in Seoul found that heavy smartphone use has led to children becoming cross-eyed. More →
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India to soon cross 500 million smartphones mark: Ravi Shankar Prasad

By on April 22, 2016 at 10:11 AM.

India to soon cross 500 million smartphones mark: Ravi Shankar Prasad

With proliferation of telecom network and emergence of new business models in the sector, India could be home to 500 million smartphones very soon, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said. "India is changing and evolving for good every second. The government is connecting 2,50,000 gram panchayats with optical fibre and very soon India will be home to 500 million smartphones. These initiatives are bringing people together for mutual growth," Prasad said at Mindmine Summit. More →
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Microsoft builds smartphone case that doubles as secondary touchscreen

By on April 19, 2016 at 8:47 PM.

Microsoft builds smartphone case that doubles as secondary touchscreen

Technology giant Microsoft and Austrian researchers have developed "FlexCase" -- a prototype smartphone that acts as a secondary e-ink display. Microsoft and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria created the device that can act as an extended touchscreen to mobile devices and can power the device, www.techtimes.com reported. The smartphone case prototype can be flexed, tapped and twisted to control the main display. More →
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The world’s smallest Android smartphone is small, probably useless

By on April 19, 2016 at 5:07 PM.

The world’s smallest Android smartphone is small, probably useless

When Apple does something that's against the trend, it sort of becomes the new trend. So when Apple launched the small iPhone SE amid the large Android smartphones, a company took notice and has followed the Cupertino giant. Only thing is, it has taken the term 'small' a tad too seriously, and has launched an Android smartphone that can be considered microscopic by today's standards. Enter Posh Mobile Micro X S240 -- a smartphone with a 2.4-inch screen that even makes the iPhone SE look gigantic. More →
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Here’s how smartphone diminishes your privacy

By on April 19, 2016 at 1:53 PM.

Here’s how smartphone diminishes your privacy

A new study has highlighted as to how smartphone technology is leading to diminished privacy. The Tel Aviv University study argues that "dynamic visibility," in which technological surveillance is combined with personal information volunteered by individuals online, has led to diminished overall privacy. More →
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Study reveals spending more time on smartphones can increase web-dependence anxiety

By on April 8, 2016 at 12:30 PM.

Study reveals spending more time on smartphones can increase web-dependence anxiety

Smartphones have given us unlimited access to the Internet, but also made people over-dependent on it, to the extent that loss of connection while travelling may lead to irritation and anxiety. According to a new study, a greater dependence on Internet leads to the development of web-dependence anxiety. Young people and the better educated, or simply the more information literate, tend to have a greater "smartphone web-dependence," which can significantly increase without reliable and fast access to the internet, says Hui-Jen Yang from National Chin-Yi University of Technology, in Taichung, Taiwan. More →
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