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Roundup: Apps for kids, your Google brand, phone maker rankings, more



Budget HTC 8S not planned for U.S.: Although HTC introduced the budget version of its new Windows Phone 8, the manufacturer has announced that the 8S won't be released in the United States. Instead, they're focusing on its flagship Windows Phone 8X.  Engadget

Phone manufacturer rankings: Apple overtook LG to move into the No. 2 spot among all U.S. mobile phone manufacturers. Samsung still holds onto the top spot.


What's your online brand? Monitor your online reputation and make sure your personal life is  "clean" using the Brand Yourself app.


How much is too much? Some gadgets have come with some high price tags. Here's a look at 15 overpriced gadgets of all time.


iPhone as a business tool: From photos to video to marketing, here's a look at how to use an Apple iPhone successfully in your business.


Closing the gap: Although Apple's App store revenues far exceed that of Google Play, the global sales gap is decreasing between the two. Google saw an increase of 311 percent since January.


Are you a frequent traveler? Navigate airport terminals like a champ with the iFly app for iOS and Android with information of over 700 airports around the world. 

Love-hate relationship: In this day and age of instant communication, your cell phone helps you to be constantly connected. But a report says that maybe these devices are making you too available. "Cell owners have become extremely attached and attuned to their phones, but many express ambivalence about that attachment," Aaron Smith, lead author of the report, said in a statement. "They love — and love to hate — the convenience and connectivity their phones afford."

Fun apps for kids: Keep your kids occupied with these fun apps, including Angry Birds Star Wars and Where's My Perry. Some are even a little educational.


iTunes update and more: Apple released some software updates, most notably the new iTunes 11, Remote app upgrade and new iCloud control panel.


Windows 8 and newspaper apps: Some newspaper apps, including the New York Times and USAToday, are showing how effective the Windows 8 interface can be to present news content.





[Last modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 8:25am]


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