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Mobile phones could make sports betting more accessible — and addictive

Jul 10, 2018
Experts caution that widely available and accessible sports betting on mobile phones could lead to an increase in gambling addiction.
The gaming research firm Eilers & Krejcik predicts that in states that adopt it, mobile wagering will make up roughly half of the revenue generated by sports betting operators.
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Instagram Lite debuts, designed for smartphone users in developing countries

Jun 29, 2018
Instagram Lite popped up on the Google Play Store this week. It’s a slimmed down version of Instagram for people in developing countries. It works where networks are smaller, spottier and Android phones are more popular. Instagram Lite is a follower here, Facebook Lite arrived in 2015 and it now has over 200 million users. […]

Is Apple still the one to beat when it comes to smart devices?

Feb 7, 2018
The company's known for its excellent products. But are customers willing to pay the high prices the company is asking?
Apple iPhones on display Feb. 1 at a Corte Madera, California, Apple Store.
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Lithium-ion batteries are about as good as they can get

Dec 7, 2017
But it's just a matter of time before the problem is solved, a UC Berkeley engineer says.
To make lithium-ion batteries better, you have to invent new materials, says Kristin Persson of UC Berkeley.
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New iPhone X sits on a dock at an Apple showroom in Sydney on November 3, 2017
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How Apple and Android took over the smartphone market

Oct 16, 2017
It won't be easy for another company to enter the field.
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Apple’s App Store gets its own upgrade

Sep 20, 2017
Along with releasing its new iOS 11 operating system, Apple also has redesigned the App Store. The new look is meant to make it easier for users to find new apps and increase what is already a big part of Apple’s business. In fact, the service part of Apple’s model — which is dominated by […]

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New phones often mean new accessories

Sep 15, 2017
Retailers love it when new smart phones come out. People buy billions of dollars worth of cases, cables, and more. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Tech hasn't kept up with food stamp users' needs

Sep 14, 2017
A new app makes it easy for SNAP users to check their balances.
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Following the venture capital money trail

Sep 7, 2017
The investments VCs make impact industries beyond Silicon Valley.
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