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>> Apple's iPhone 5s beats out 3 Samsung phones for top selling model

Apple's iPhone 5s 16GB was the top selling smartphone model in the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest data from ABI Research. Samsung holds the next three spots on the top selling smartphone model ranking with its Galaxy S4 Euro 16GB i9500, Galaxy S3 i9300 16GB and Galaxy S4 LTE i9505. Apple rounds out the top five with its iPhone 4s 8GB, ABI notes. Read more

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>> Procter & Gamble among top brand for mobile-social marketing campaigns

Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Budweiser were among the top brands for mobile-social marketing initiatives in the first half of this year, according to Mobile Marketer. Mobile photo sharing and video were the most used tactics for social media campaigns, which are moving toward newer platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat and Pinterest, the publication observes. Read more

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>> Report: Apple to boost battery life in iPhone 6 models

Apple is expected to boost the battery life of its 4.7-inch iPhone 6 by 15 percent over the iPhone 5s, according to a Chinese report cited by Apple Insider. In addition, the 5.5-inch phablet iPhone 6 is expected to have 2,500 mAh battery capacity, a big jump over the iPhone 5s but still less than Samsung's Galaxy S5, according to the report. Read more

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>> Google Glass banned in UK movie theaters

Google just introduced its Google Glass prototype in the U.K. last month, but already there is a move to ban the device in movie theaters, The Independent reports. Movie theater operators are concerned that unscrupulous patrons might record pirated copies of films, the newspaper relates. "Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not," says Phil Clapp, chief executive of the Cinema Exhibitors' Association. Read more

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>> Firefox, Safari lose ground to Google in browser wars

Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari are losing ground to Google in the competition for desktop and mobile browser users, according to data from Net Applications cited by Computerworld. Google reported a combined desktop-mobile browser user share of 22.6 percent in June, 1.5 percentage points higher than in April. Mobile browsing has increased nearly 6 percentage points over the last 12 months, a growth of 52 percent, the report notes. Read more

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