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Android Users Eat An Average Of 870MB Of Data A Month

According to research from NPD Connected Intelligence, Android users use only 870MB of cellular data per month, and 2.5GB of WiFi data per month. This doesn’t come as a big surprise, considering most Android users are average people. But the interesting part is how it’s broken up by age.

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Tim Cook apologizes: “We Are Extremely Sorry” about Apple Maps

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook proved once again that the company under him is taking a different course when it comes to admitting mistakes. He did the right thing today, went out and said “We Are Extremely Sorry”  about the half-baked Apple Maps that have been the source of endless fun for the competition lately.

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As far as that competition goes, Tim Cook even points to a couple of alternatives you can use, while Apple works feverishly on improving its brand new area of expertise, which was born after the fight with the Mountain View crew over integrating turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps on iOS.


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Google Chairman on Apple patents: ‘there are plenty of prior arts’ and patents shouldn’t be used to block sales

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is making his way around Asia, and he expanded on remarks made yesterday in Tokyo at the Korean launch of the Nexus 7 today.

Schmidt said Apple “is actually a very good partner. Our two companies are literally talking all the time about everything.” However, he added, “With respect to Apple patents, the best thing we can tell there are plenty of prior arts and I don’t want to go beyond that…”

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LG Makes The Optimus Vu II Official – 2GB RAM, Bigger Battery On Board

The LG Optimus Vu, which launched on Verizon as the LG Intuition with Verizon earlier this month, was undoubtedly a strange device. Taking a page from Samsung’s – ahem – note book, LG created the Vu for the phablet market, but decided to go with a somewhat awkward 4:3 aspect ratio, adding to the device’s laundry list of quirks.

Well, the Korean manufacturer has just officially announced the Vu’s successor – the Optimus Vu II. While it’s a bit surprising to see a follow-up on the Vu this soon, the device looks alright on paper, and offers a few key spec improvements over its older counterpart.

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Google Play Services Can Now Be Installed Manually From The Play Store

Just after initially unveiling Google Play Services, Google has made the APK installable directly from the Play Store.

For those who missed the announcement, Google Play Services is an APK rolling out automatically to devices running Android 2.2+ that will allow Android apps to easily integrate with Google services like Google+. At present, the app (which is in version 1.0 “Asiago”) includes components and relevant client APIs for OAuth 2.0 authentication, Google+ sign-in, and Google+ +1 buttons. Google assures users that “we anticipate more Google services to be continuously added, so be on the lookout for these updates.”

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Firefox OS 2013 market share pegged at 1%, platform will need time if it wants to compete with Android

Google’s Android smartphone OS is facing a lot of challengers in the low-cost smartphone segment, from Huawei, ZTE, Samsung and Nokia at the vendor end to Mozilla coming from its position in browser software. But for the short term it appears that there is little for Android to worry about from any single contender. Research out today from Strategy Analytics notes that one of these, Firefox OS, Mozilla’s mobile effort, will only sit on 1% of all global smartphone shipments in 2013, versus 67% for Android, and it could take up to two years for it to turn that around.

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To be fair, Firefox has made some headway with carriers and OEMs with its low-cost focused smartphone OS — those that backed the company’s mobile OS efforts in July include Telefonica, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom and ZTE. The low-cost, sub-$100 device smartphone segment is a growing one, with Deloitte projecting there will be 500 million of these sold this year alone.

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Apple has filed a patent for wireless inductive charging mat for iPhone, other mobile devices

Apple has shown interest in building an inductive charging mat that would allow users to dock, charge and sync their portable devices by simply placing them on top of the accessory.

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The details come from a newly published Apple patent application discovered on Thursday byAppleInsider. The filing, entitled “Device Orientation Based Docking Functions,” describes a “docking device” that would allow devices to be placed on top of it.

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