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iPhone Users Performed Better Than Others on ‘Test of Wits’

As it turns out, iPhone users are generally better at the problem solving game ‘Test of Wits’ than any other smartphone users. In Ladbroke’s small survey of 1000 smartphone users, iPhone users averaged 94 seconds for the brainteasers while Google users were second with 99 seconds and Blackberry was last with 118 seconds.


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Our Ten Best Stories From 2013

open libraryBefore the countdown and champagne on the final day of this year, we’d like to take a moment to share what you’ve been reading this year on Appnewser. It’s an eclectic list full of useful tips and great conversations.

We’re looking forward to another year of great app stories, so here’s our toast to new tech and our great Appnewser readership.

  1. Best iPad Stylus for Writers
  2. 5 Memory Cleaners Apps for Android
  3. How to Convert ePub Books for Use on Kindle
  4. How to Convert Your Handwriting Into Digital Text
  5. Send Free International Texts With These Apps Read more

Christmas App Downloads Are Growing Slower Than Ever

The season of gifting is also a rewarding holiday for app developers who often see major spikes in downloads of their work. This year, however, the tradition is slower than years past, indicating a market saturation of mobile devices. For mobile users, this could mean that they are knowledgeable with the app store and apps that they know and like; it’s no longer a season of exploration, but a time to acquire the well tested apps that are familiar and useful.

The statistics come from Flurry analytics, who emphasized that app downloads are still higher than ever this holiday season, despite a major growth of downloads compared to years past:

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Study Shows Consumers Willing to Pay $5 for Private, Ad-Free Apps

ProtectMyPrivacyPrivacy is the price most consumers pay for free apps, and that’s not always desirable. If given the choice, most consumers would want to opt out of data tracking in order to maintain privacy, and for now that price appears to be a $5 per app. With an average of 23 apps per users, the US app market could rake in around $16 billion – much more than today’s typical in-app advertising with brings in $.15 or less per download.

These numbers come from a recent study by economists at the University of Colorado, Scott J. Savage and Donald M. Waldman. In their study, they were able to evaluate the price of privacy based on the type of information users were willing to pay to keep private or untracked: Read more

US Consumed Twice as Much Mobile Data in 2013

phonesecurityAs we’re approaching the year’s end, it’s nice to reflect on the big growth of mobile media, whose maturity is ushering in a world of changes for how we consume media. In fact, the growth has been so immense data consumption has nearly doubled in the past year.

According to analysis from wireless carrier consultant, Chetan Sharma, US consumers are using approximately 1.2 gigabytes of data each month compared to 690 megabytes this time period last year. For comparison’s sake, that’s about 1,200 photos each month compared to last year’s 690 a month.

It’s definitely a golden age for mobile devices – the number of mobile subscriptions has grown to be nearly the same number of humans on the planet. All of that means that this holiday season has been a well spring for online shopping: Read more

Tablets Make Up Less Than 5% of Internet Use

Kindle Fire HDXTablets make up very little of the globe’s Internet usage each month even as their popularity soars. New figures from StatCounter show that tablets account for just under 5 percent of monthly web browsing.

Desktops continue to make up the bulk of the world’s web surfing–around 76 percent last month–while smartphones accounted for about 19 percent. Read more

Black Friday? Thanksgiving Day Online Sales Up 20%

Credit CardOnline shopping on Thanksgiving increased by almost 20 percent over last year with mobile driving about a quarter of those sales, according to an IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark report.

Mobile was up across all categories. It accounted for about 43% of all Thanksgiving online traffic, a 32 percent increase over last year; and mobile drove 26 percent of sales, up by nearly 50 percent. Read more

Smartphones and Computer Use Are Hurting Our Sleep

tech seepA recent study from the National Sleep Foundation found that 95% of those surveyed reported using electronic devices right before sleep – despite its unhealthy side affects.

According to Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep.” Read more

Saudi Arabia is the Most Active Country on Twitter and You Tube

twitter usersAccording to the latest findings at Business Insider, Saudis are the most active on Twitter, with 41% of the total population microblogging on the public platform. Indonesia and the Philippines are very close behind.

Saudis are also the most active viewers on You Tube.  Approximately 286 million users are viewing You Tube programming like UTURN, an equivalent of The Daily Show. Read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Tops Nielsen’s SocialGuide This Week

walkingdeadThe Walking Dead  topped Nielsen’s SocialGuide, a weekly list that highlights the top television shows that are being tweeted about week-to-week. The show is currently in its fourth season.

The Twitter TV analytics tool measures activity across 239 TV channels. SocialGuide releases a weekly Top-10 list of the television shows that are garnering the most social attention. We’ve listed the top 10 shows from last week after the jump. Read more