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How retail stores track your in-store movements via smartphone –without you connecting to their WiFi

NORDSTROM, an American fashion retailer, is known for its high-touch customer service, which has engendered customer loyalty ever since it was founded to supply prospectors for the Yukon gold rush. It has a liberal returns policy, employs non-commissioned…   [Close up portrait of a young stylish teenager woman using a…

One in five young adults admit to using smartphone during sex

Why pay attention to sex when you can text? A number of Americans appear to suffer separation anxiety regarding their smart­phone, so much so that they even bring it into the bedroom. A survey released Thursday found nearly one in ten smart­phone owners admitted to having used their phone during…

New smartphone extension helps you find your lost cat

Lost your cat? Your grandmother? Or are you injured in a car crash, unable to call for help because your phone battery is dead? Never fear, a mobile solution is near. Inventors and manufacturers at the world’s biggest mobile fair in Barcelona showed off new inventions to make the ubiquitous…

Lost smartphones mined by finders: Symantec

SAN FRANCISCO — Lost smartphones are likely to be mined for valuable information by strangers who find them, according to the results of a sting operation conducted by computer security firm Symantec. Symantec intentionally “lost” 50 smartphones at shopping centers, bus stops and other public places in cities in the…

Weird and wonderful gadgets wow world’s top IT fair

Water-powered clocks, eye-controlled arcade games and pole-dancing robots: this year’s CeBIT tech fair, the world’s biggest, showcased gadgets ranging from the useful to the downright nerdy. Can’t be without your tablet computer or smartphone even when nature calls? Dutch company “phoneclip” has pioneered a small but strong device that can…

Smartphone meets tablet as makers look at big picture

BARCELONA — Mobile phone makers used to sell the ‘small is beautiful’ concept but at this year’s world mobile fair, some are inching towards tablet sizes amid a shift towards a new hybrid category. South Korean maker LG’s new Optimus Vu for example, has a five inch display, much larger…

Nokia eyes China in smartphone comeback push

Mobile phone giant Nokia on Monday looked to a launch in China to help it stage a comeback in the fiercely competitive smartphonemarket after a dismal 2011. On the opening day of Mobile World Congress, where tens of thousands of executives from the industry have gathered, the phone maker said it would push its…

Consumer Electronics Show foretells electronic ‘war of ecosystems’

LAS VEGAS — The annual Consumer Electronics Show ended Friday, leaving gadget lovers with visions of a “Matrix” like world in which the Internet surrounds them no matter where they go. Makers of everything from cars and refrigerators to televisions, smartphones and software pitched innovations heralding the arrival of connected…

Smartphone addicts starting to feel the pain

Users of smartphones and tablet computers are starting to get high-tech blues, as increasing numbers of the tech savvy are coming down with ailments from “text neck” to “text thumb injury”. Health experts in Britain have warned that strain injuries stemming from long periods spent staring at small screens and…

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