Sure, there are many ways in which you can evaluate the strength of a relationship between one individual and another. But for Robin Dunbar, a British anthropologist who hails from the University of Oxford, looking into mobile phone calls made between two people might be a good place to start. With the help of some colleagues, Dunbar reviewed about six billion mobile phone calls made by 35 million users in an unrevealed European nation all throughout the year 2007. Dunbar believes that how often you call your family or friends is a pretty good indicator of how good your relationship is with them.
Google recently unveiled Purchases on Google, a new feature that allows consumers to purchase items directly from mobile search ads. Specifically, mobile users will be able to see a BUY button in certain promoted search results on mobile, directing them to a page where they can purchase the item being advertised.
Despite urgings from companies, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided not to increase the spectrum reserve for the upcoming spectrum auction happening in 2016. This means that those parties (especially T-Mobile) will just have to do with the current amount of reserved airwaves when they participate in next year's wireless auction, which could be the last the FCC is expected to hold for a long time.
According to the latest research findings regarding mobile user behavior (courtesy of Forrester Research), it appears that today's consumers spend more than 85 percent of their time on smartphones using mobile apps. Furthermore, it seems that most of that time, around 84 percent, is spent using just five non-native apps users have downloaded and installed from the App Store.
Of course, those five apps vary depending on each mobile user. As many may have expected, some top five lists may consist of social media apps or game apps, while some may be using mainly apps that provide instant messaging services.
Latest estimates indicate that there are around 2.6 billion smartphone users in the world today. And even though recent trends appear to suggest that the growth of the mobile population in more developed regions like North America and Europe has began to slow down, there is no sign that it has stopped growing altogether.
In an increasingly mobile world, it was kind of inevitable. And now Google, the foremost expert on web searches, is confirming it -- searches done on mobile devices are now surpassing those made via personal computers.
Earlier this year, Google had revealed its plans to make changes to its search algorithms, specifically giving importance to a website's mobile friendliness as a factor that would affect its ranking. This simply means that websites that are optimized for viewing in mobile devices could see their rankings improve.
Now, Google is making good on its word, and has officially begun the deployment of its mobile friendly updates. According to recent tests, the newly updated search algorithms could dramatically affect more than 40 percent of websites owned by Fortune 500 companies.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is working on finalizing a new policy that will let the federal government share wireless spectrum with various telecoms entities. One direct result of this new policy is that new airwaves will be made available for use to smartphone users.
The new set of guidelines were voted unanimously just recently by the FCC, effectively approving the sharing of spectrum, specifically the 3.5 GigaHertz band. For those not in the know, this particular section of the airwaves have been previously used by the United States military forces for radar.
Yes, the holiday season can be overwhelming. You spend a little cash here, or buy something nice there, and next thing you know, you are over your budget. If you want to take better control of your holiday spending, or just try to make it through the holidays afloat, you might find the following apps useful.
Expensify (available for free to all Android and iOS users)
As its name suggests, the Expensify app lets you track and detail your every expense each month. It supports mileage costs, receipt scanning, hourly payment rates, and even allows users to share expense reports through email.
Palo Alto Networks, a California-based network security company, has discovered a new family of malware called WireLurker that could threaten 800 million Apple devices today. According to Palo Alto Networks, WireLurker is the first of its kind that can easily infect iOS apps the way a regular computer virus could. The company added that WireLurker is only the second malware family known that can affect iOS devices via OS X, the operating system used in every one of Apple's Mac computers. What WireLurker does is monitor any iOS-run device that is connected through USB with an infected OS X computer. It then downloads third-party apps into the iOS device. As stated in Palo Alto's 30-page report, the malware can steal all sorts of data from any device it infects, and even asks for updates from the attacker's server, which means it is always in development.
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