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After the iPhone: Apple eyes Time Warner and TV for its next act
Apple wants to diversify beyond its signature product, and has considered buying the owner of HBO and Warner Bros movie studio – but that’s not all, folks When you’re the biggest company in the world, with a lead product that is arguably the most successful consumer electronic product of all time, (...)
[The Guardian]

Small talk: Electronic media keeping kids from communicating with parents
It happens in many households. Kids are tapping on their cell phones or are preoccupied by their favorite TV show as their parents ask them a question or want them to do a chore. Unlike previous research that has relied on self-reports by parents tracking their children's media usage, a new (...)
[Science daily]

Google's plan to kill passwords
Google is hoping its new 'Trust API' technology could kill off traditional typed passwords on smartphones. Sponsored: Drivers Will Be Furious When This Finally Happens If you drive less than 50 miles a day, this new rule will shock (...)
[CNN Money]

Jolla announces new limited edition Jolla C smartphone
Jolla C is the first ever Sailfish OS community device, with a limited 1,000 units available for our developer and fan community. It is expected to ship in July 2016. Jolla C is used by Jolla developers and community members, and its users will naturally get all the latest vanilla Sailfish OS (...)
[OSNews]

Five of the best meditation apps
Boost your mindfulness and try to rise above digital distractions with these apps to carve out time for peaceful reflection The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones (...)
[The Guardian]

Microsoft layoffs signal definitive end of Nokia adventure
Microsoft is signalling the end of its Nokia experiment today. After acquiring Nokia's phone business for $7.2 billion two years ago, Microsoft wrote off $7.6 billion last year and cut 7,800 jobs to refocus its phone efforts. Microsoft is now writing off an additional $950 million today as part (...)
[OSNews]

Microsoft hangs up on phone workers
Microsoft reveals plans to cut up to 1,850 jobs as part of efforts to scale back its smartphone business.
[BBC News]

How ?pictures? of cigarettes can set economic policy
Premise is using crowdsourcing and low-end Android phones to collect real-time information on economic indicators like food prices for the World Bank.
[CNN Money]

China's first bendable smartphone comes with a catch
Read full story for latest details.
[CNN Money]

Google's Project Ara is about more than just modular phones
Ara is going to be the first ever phone that Google is making itself (it has already made laptops and a tablet, among other things). And even though what I saw last week was just a prototype, it was working well enough that I believe Google can fulfill its promise to release a consumer product (...)
[OSNews]

Using cellphone data to study the spread of cholera
While cholera has hardly changed over the past centuries, the tools used to study it have not ceased to evolve. Using mobile phone records of 150,000 users, a new study has shown to what extent human mobility patterns contributed to the spread of a cholera epidemic in Senegal in (...)
[Science daily]

Google rethinks Ara modular smartphones
Google revises its plan to make smartphones with swappable parts, to limit the kind of modules that can be bolted on.
[BBC]

Slice of the action: smartphone game Fruit Ninja to be made into film
Halfbrick Studios, the makers of the billion-selling fruit-slicing game, have announced plans to convert it into a live-action family comedy Mobile phone game Fruit Ninja is to follow The Angry Birds Movie into cinemas, in a move sparked by the latter’s impressive box-office results. According (...)
[The Guardian]

Coming to a screen near you… the 20 best new social apps
There are plenty of great social apps jostling to be the next smartphone hit. Here are some of the contenders The most popular social apps – Facebook and WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, as well as Twitter and Snapchat – have hundreds of millions of people using them. They’re not in any (...)
[The Guardian]

Huge profits in store for firm that can make a great leap in battery technology
The problems of storing and carrying energy for our gadgets and homes are proving difficult to solve. But a breakthrough is sorely needed From the phones in our pockets to the cars on our roads, almost everything with an electrical circuit needs a battery. But while the rest of the technology (...)
[The Guardian]

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