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After the downright failure of the HTC ChaCha and Salsa, rumors of a new Facebook phone have been in the works for quite some time now. It has been said that HTC and Facebook are teaming up again to create round two of the Facebook phone but this time will will sport the Facebook brand instead of HTC.
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As of February 2012, nearly half (or about 49.7 percent) of U.S. mobile subscribers now own a smartphone, according to a new Nielsen report.

That’s a 38 percent increase over last February, when only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.

Two companies are dominating the market — and it’s not Microsoft or BlackBerry-maker RIM, who formerly claimed large shares of the market. Nielsen revealed that the majority of U.S. smartphone subscribers (about 48 percent) are using Google’s Android devices, while 32.1 percent are using Apple’s iPhone. The rest of the market is made up of BlackBerry owners (11.6 percent) and users of “other” smartphones.

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California’s Office of the Attorney General has gotten agreements from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, and Research In Motion to improve privacy protections on mobile apps.

Under the agreement, the companies will ask developers to include privacy policies in their apps so that users will be informed about the data that apps will access and what will be done with the data before they download the apps.

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Based on age alone, it would not be news that younger consumers are much more likely to own a smartphone than older consumers. But when you throw income into the equation, it becomes a completely different story.

To start off, overall smartphone penetration stood around 48 percent domestically by the end of January, according to a new report from Nielsen Wire.

People 24 to 34 are most likely to own a smartphone, but those 55 to 64 making more than $100,000 are also front-runners.

The age group with the highest levels of smartphone ownership was the 24- to 34-year-old demographic with 66 percent of respondents acknowledging that they own a smartphone. In fact, 8 out of 10 people in this group got them in the last three months.

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Most modern smartphones have a problem – their battery simply doesn’t last long enough, especially with heavy usage. As the smartphone screens get bigger and bigger, the battery drain increases, but now Arman Ahnood, a researcher at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, has an elegant solution: smartphone screens with built-in solar cells.

According to Ahnood, only 36% of the light produced by an OLED display is projected out and the rest is wasted. This wasted light, which is scattered or “bleeding” from the edge of the display, can be harnessed with photovoltaic cells, built into the screen itself.

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Secularly speaking, Christmas is about three things: Engorging oneself at massive holiday dinners, sitting awkwardly with family members you only see annually, and the presents. Oh, yes, the wonderful, wonderful presents.

For the first time during Christmas period, more than a billion apps have been downloaded, according to a study.

Analytics firm Flurry said 1.2 billion apps were downloaded in the last week of December.

Activity was buoyed by the facts that many users received new devices for Christmas and firms offered discounted apps over the holiday period.

The US was responsible for nearly half of the downloads, followed by China and the UK.

Apple does not disclose such figures but Google confirmed that more than 3.7 million Android devices were activated over the Christmas weekend.

Estimations are that more than 175 million Android and iOS apps were downloaded during the period from 11 am to 11 pm on Christmas day, with more than a quarter of a billion apps downloaded over the entire 24-hour period. That’s nearly twice the amount of apps downloaded on a single day than ever before.

What’s more, Google’s latest iteration of Android (Ice Cream Sandwich), one of the company’s most anticipated software releases, was made available to the masses just before Christmas. And, of course, Apple’s iPhone 4S sales aren’t showing signs of stopping.

So if you didn’t find a smartphone under the tree this Christmas, fret not: There’s always next year.