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Watchdog Groups Not Happy With Border Mobile Phone Searches

Apparently, there has been an increase of mobile device searches by border agents at American entry points lately, and watchdog groups are already raising concern about it. They are particularly not happy with a couple of recent incidents -- one that happened at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in the city of Houston in Texas, and another one at the Los Angeles International Airport. 

 

Survey Reveals People Want More Emojis To Choose From

Emojis are fun. They are a really cool way you can express yourself and let the other person you are talking to know that you have a fun personality. A couple of years ago, Swyft Media reported that around 6 billion emojis are sent out on a daily scale. Perhaps this is a big reason why developers are always taking time to release a new set of icons for users to enjoy. 

 

Fitbit’s Acquisition Of Pebble, Plus Other News On The Wearables Sector

Fitness tracker giant Fitbit has completed its acquisition of Pebble, one of the first breakout brands in wearable devices. Fitbit had to pay a sum of $23 million in order to get the assets as well as intellectual property of Pebble, according to a press release.

App Spending Continued To Increase In 2016

While it is true that mobile users based in the United States spent more dollars than ever on iPhone mobile apps last year, one category has significantly stood out in 2016 -- Entertainment apps. Indeed, consumer spending on entertainment has increased by a whopping 130 percent year over year, according to a new report published by Sensor Tower

 

Fortune: Apple Is This Year’s Most Admired Company In The World

Fortune has recently published its latest list of the most admired companies across the globe, and like how it fared last year, Apple comfortably owns the number one spot. It is interesting to note that the last twelve months have not been smooth sailing for the tech giant.

BlackBerry Files Lawsuit Against Nokia Over Patents

According to a report published by Bloomberg, BlackBerry is apparently suing Nokia, claiming that the Finnish phone brand is in violation of as many as 11 of BlackBerry’s patents in various offerings to major US mobile operators such as AT&T and T-Mobile.

Why Do We Like Taking Selfies, But Can’t Stand Other People Taking Selfies?

There is actually a term for that -- selfie paradox. And it is coined by Sarah Diefenbach, a psychology professor who, along with colleague Lara Christoforakos, recently endeavored to learn more about why today’s mobile users are taking more selfies than ever, while at the same time, admitting that maybe taking selfies is kinda overrated.

 

Facebook Deploys Weather App (Quietly)

It turns out that the world’s most popular social media platform has decided to start rolling out (albeit quietly) a full weather forecast feature within its main mobile app and its desktop site. This new addition to Facebook can be accessed easily from News Feed or the app’s More menu, that part that takes you to Friends, Events, Groups, and Pages, among many others. Users can get a full week’s forecast within the weather section, with weather information courtesy of Weather.com. According to Facebook, the new feature is actually an updated version of its weather greetings.

Apple Vs. Samsung Case Heading Back To District Court

The highly publicized case between two of the biggest phone makers in the world (Apple and Samsung) is headed back to where it all began -- the district court of the city of San Jose in the state of California.

Google’s AMP Now Lets User View, Copy, And Share A Publisher’s Own Links

This week, Google has started deploying an update to Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), now allowing users to view, copy, and even share the publisher’s own links, instead of the AMP URL. Apparently, some publishers have complained to Google that their traffic was reduced because of the changing of their own URLs to those that had Google in the name when being optimized for easier viewing on mobile devices. 

 

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