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Opera: Mobile users enjoy shopping online the most on Sunday

Mobile shoppers tend to spend the most on Sunday, with November through February not surprisingly the most active months for shopping. Retailers have created mobile versions of websites and online stores, trying to woo users to spend money while browsing the Internet on their smartphones and tablets.


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"Online shopping has become a major force in global markets," said Larry Moores, Opera Software VP for Consumer Mobile Reporting and Analytics, in a statement. "And, with the holiday shopping season upon us in the United States, we see mobile's share of that market accelerating."


Desktop traffic to e-commerce sites peaks on Mondays and remains popular throughout the week - and drops on weekends - as people are enjoying their time off, spending it out and about. It's possible customers also browse for items on Saturday and Sunday, and then make purchases at their desktop on Monday.

Chick-fil-A restaurant rolls out mobile payment app for customers

Chick-fil-A has rolled out mobile ordering and mobile payments, so customers can pay for meals without the need for cash or debit and credit cards. Once the free app has been downloaded, customers can preload funds, providing them with more flexibility. Mobile ordering allows customers to choose entrees, side items, sauces and beverages - with full customization allowed.


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The app is now available for download from the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Android Play store.


"This literally puts the ordering process in the customers' hands," said Khalilah Cooper, Chick-fil-A digital order strategy leader. "Mobile ordering is all about giving customers the flexibility and choice to order what they want, when they want it, and how they want it. It's perfect for any customer who is short on time, and it's also convenient for families with children who want to customize a large order and avoid standing in line at the front counter."

Freescale promises 15W of wireless charging technology for devices

Freescale Semiconductor is teasing some very impressive next-gen wireless charging technology, which is capable of delivering up to three times the power that current wireless charging standards provide.


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The new technology can provide up to 15W of power according to Freescale, which is up from the 5W found on current wireless charging technologies. The company adds: "This targeted solution includes two 15 W ICs: the WPR1516 receiver chip and accompanying MWCT1012 transmitter chip. Developers can get to production quickly by using available corresponding firmware libraries, which provide the core functionality required to implement state-of-the-art wireless charging systems. The solution also includes an advanced application programming interface that can be utilized to modify or adjust library functionality, allowing for the addition of custom application code and a highly tailored and differentiated end-product".


Freescale's 15W wireless charging solution will be made available in Q1 2015, but it will be up to device manufacturers whether they support Freescale solutions in their upcoming products.

Growing reliance on smartphones, tablets over PCs, laptops

The shift from desktop PCs and laptops to smartphones and tablets isn't necessarily new, and will only continue in the future. More than 50 percent of users will turn to their smartphone or tablet for online activity instead of a laptop or PC, according to the Gartner research group.


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Each new generation of mobile devices, with wearables also entering the mix, are becoming more intuitive with voice and gesture input.


"The use pattern that has emerged for nearly all consumers [including workers], based on device accessibility, is the smartphone first as a device that is carried when mobile, followed by the tablet that is used in longer sessions, with the PC increasingly reserved for more complex tasks," said Van Baker, Gartner research vice president.

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Apple rumored to be working on another 4-inch iPhone

The latest rumors on Apple have the company rumored to be working on a new 4-inch smartphone, which is a surprise considering the company just moved away from the 4-inch iPhone for the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6, and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.


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WCCFTech is reporting from Japanese sources that there is a plan to replace the iPhone 5C with a new 4-inch smartphone, something that would feature Apple's Touch ID sensor. Apple is said to continue its smartphone standardization with the 4-inch iPhone, having three sizes of iPhones going into the future: 4-inch, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch.

Intel spending billions to boost progress in mobile tech development

Intel continues to invest billions of dollars into mobile hardware development, with a specific focus on smartphones and tablets. ARM is enjoying success in mobile as the US and global markets are saturated with countless products - and while Intel is essentially late to the game - hopes to spend some money and try to get back into the competition.


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The company also has diversified its efforts in the mobile hardware market, creating business relationships with Chinese companies to manufacture new CPUs for mobile products. Intel is investing $1.6 billion spread over the next 15 years for a new manufacturing facility in China that will focus on mobile chip production.


Intel also hopes that its facility can be used by third-parties, such as Apple: "It makes sense because Intel likes to make manufacturing facilities in technically sophisticated markets, which China is," noted Dean McCarron, Mercury Research principal analyst. "If someone like Apple were to approach Intel and say we want this custom phone part, it's obvious Intel will build it."

Apple rumored to launch the iPhone 6S alongside Watch early next year

The latest rumors about the Apple Watch are surfacing, where some are suggesting Apple will launch the new iPhone 6S alongside its first wearable when it launches early next year. This would break its tradition, where it launches flagship iPhones each September.


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We've heard that Apple wants to cut down its smarpthone update cycle next year, which hints toward the company preparing the release of a single handset, so in this case the iPhone 6. Six months or so later, the company would launch its true flagship, the iPhone 7. So if the iPhone 6S does see the light of day with Watch, it could be a tweaked iPhone 6 Plus, which makes sense.


The Mail Online reports: "The new schedule is expected to stagger the releases of two devices in 2015 to capitalise on sales. Apple could release the iPhone 6S to people who want to upgrade to a slightly cheaper model, before announcing its flagship iPhone 7 in the autumn". I don't see why the iPhone 6S would be the "cheaper model", as it could start offering multiple handsets like its competitors do. When it comes to the iPhone 7 though, I think we'll see some changes, big ones.

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Galaxy S6 to feature 8-core CPU, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.0 Lollipop

According to a new leak, the Samsung Galaxy S6 might feature an 8-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop.


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The rumors are coming from a leaked AnTuTu benchmark, displaying the "SM-G925F" handset, that should be the Galaxy S6. Samsung is reportedly designing the Galaxy S6 from scratch, after the not-so-great seller that is the Galaxy S5. There should be two versions of the Galaxy S6 on offer, one that features the aforementioned 8-core processor that Samsung will build in-house, while the other Galaxy S6 will feature a Qualcomm processor.


If Samsung wants to gain back missing customers, or sell a boatload more Galaxy S6 handsets, I think we need more than just pure hardware. Offering stock Android handsets would be a big start, as they'd secure the Nexus crowd, and some radical new technology and features wouldn't go astray, either.

OnePlus 2 rumors suggest Snapdragon 805, 16MP camera, 3300mAh battery

It looks like the OnePlus 2 is shaping up behind closed doors, something that should feature a 5.5-inch display, either 1080p or QHD (2560x1440). It should also feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor, backed up by Adreno 420 graphics.


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The OnePlus One handset featured a Snapdragon 801 processor, so it's a nice upgrade on its predecessor. Continuing with the internals, we should see the company plugging in a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing snapper, 32GB of on-board storage, and a 3300mAh battery. We should see it launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, as most flagship handsets will next year.

HTC rumored 'Hima' high-end Android smartphone to launch in March 2015

The first whispers of the upcoming successor to HTC's One M8 have been floating around for a few days now, with it coming with the One M9 moniker. Now we're hearing about the HTC "Hima", the company's purported upcoming flagship smartphone.


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Hima will feature a 5-inch 1080p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (with a 2GHz quad-core processor, and 1.5GHz quad-core processor), 3GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 13-megapixel "UltraPixel" front-facing snapper, VoLTE/CA/LTE Cat. 6 support, a 2840mAh battery, and Android 5.0 with HTC Sense 7.0 splashed on top.


We don't know whether this Hima smartphone will arrive as the One M9, or whether it will feature a different name, but we know it's coming and it should be unveiled at MWC 2015 which takes place between March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain.

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