Sony updates the Folding@Home App to support non-Sony phones and Android Lollipop

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Many of us have allowed our home PC’s to be used for the Folding@Home project that utilises the PC’s idle time to investigate the mechanisms of protein folding, aiding medical research into Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases among others. Owners of Sony smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat have previously been able to run the relevant Android app on their devices, and now Sony has updated the app to be compatible with Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. Perhaps even more importantly, even non-Sony smartphones can run the app thanks to this latest update.


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Japan’s flip phone market grows for the first time in seven years at the expense of smartphones

samsung_w2014_flip_phoneJapan’s wireless industry is unique in that their carriers typically charge more for smartphones than any other country, but they also charge the least for basic phones, like flip phones. This has caused a pretty strange event in Japan where flip phones have actually grown in shipments for the first time in seven years. Inversely, that has caused smartphone shipments to decline as more and more people revert back to internet-enabled flip phones to save money.

Flip phones grew 5.7% in 2014, while smartphones shrunk about 5.3%. Smartphones shipments still hit about 27 million phones while flip phones only made up 10 million units, so if we’re looking at a pure volume standpoint, smartphones don’t have anything to worry about it. However, for manufacturers, it’s a tough market to penetrate if you’re trying to sell the latest and greatest touchscreen device. Companies like Panasonic have already left the smartphone market in Japan despite being a native Japanese company.
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Study reveals that teens who use smartphones and computers excessively are less likely to fall asleep

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A new study found on the BMJ Open Journal suggests that teenagers who use smartphones, computers and other electronic gadgets excessively prior to sleeping are likely to harm their sleep schedule. This isn’t exactly the revelation of the millennium, but the findings shed light on how it could impact the future of the teenagers. 
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279 million smartphones shipped in Q1 2014, 34% had over 5-inch displays

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Year over year, smartphone shipments saw a decent increase from last year. In Q1 2014, 279.4 million smartphones were shipped globally, which showed a roughly 29% increase from the first quarter of last year. Oddly, though, shipments fell 5% in Q4 from 2013, which is usually a pretty strong quarter for all sales markets, considering all of the holidays in the last three months of the year. Sales were still great, they just aren’t improving like everyone would expect.
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Smartphone shipments passed the 1 billion mark in 2013, Android smartphones accounted for almost 800 million

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IDC’s latest numbers are in, and 2013 was a pretty big year for smartphones. For the first time ever, smartphone shipments passed 1 billion total phones, which is an incredible achievement. Android smartphones accounted for just shy of 800 million devices. Android and iOS were (obviously) the two major forces behind driving this growth, as both operating systems accounted for 93.8% of smartphone shipments total last year.

For the fourth quarter, we saw some pretty positive growth, too. Android shipments grew 40.3% year-over year, second only to Windows Phone. However, in terms of pure numbers, Android shipping an incredible 226.1 million devices compared to Windows Phone’s 8.8 million. iOS actually saw some pretty slow growth year-over-year, coming in at around 6.7%.
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[Deal] 20% off tablet, smartphone accessories on Best Buy’s site

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Just pick up a Nexus 7 in white? The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3? Or how about just any smartphone or tablet? Well, Best Buy is currently holding a sale on select accessories for smartphones and tablets. The 20% off sale covers cases, screen protectors, Bluetooth keyboards, bags, chargers, and more. There are some great deals going on and many of the items would make a great gift.. for yourself! The sale is only online and runs through Christmas day. Head on over to the source link below to view what items are on sale.

Source: Best Buy

Android smartphones account for over 80% of all phone shipments in Q3 with phablets making up 21% of those shipments

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Believe it or not, Android smartphones are still continuing to gobble up more market share. According to IDC, Android smartphones accounted for a ridiculous 81% of all phones shipped in Q3 (a good chunk of that was likely Samsung, too). All in all, Android shipments grew 51.3% year-over-year, and the smartphone market overall grew about 40% year-over-year. IDC also notes that of the 211.6 million phones shipped, roughly 21% of them were phablets, or any device over 5.7 inches in screen size. That’s up from 3% a year ago, which I think is partly because of the popularity of larger devices and partly because most manufacturers are at least offering gigantic devices now, where it was mainly just Samsung with their Note II a year ago.

Windows Phone also saw an incredible growth, improving shipments 156% year over year. Unfortunately, Windows Phones accounted for 9.5 million devices, which is an incredibly small number compared to Android’s 211 million, but hey, progress is progress. Either way, the smartphone market shows no signs of slowing down, and I think we can expect even bigger numbers after the holidays this year.

source: IDC