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Roundup: Windows Phone outsells iPhones? Google revokes Glass some invitations, teen sells app for $30 million, more



Windows Phone vs. iPhone: According to research firm IDC, Windows Phone is beating out iPhone in seven countries: Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukrane, "rest of Central and Eastern Europe." So what does this mean, exactly?  Huffington Post

Facebook OS: It's baaaack. Stories about the Facebook phone just won't go away. Latest speculation is that Facebook is coming out with its own Android-based operating system. We'll find out April 4 at an announcement event.

Now you see it, now you don't: Google has revoked some invitations to purchase its futuristic Glass for $1,500, because some didn't follow all the rules when they applied.   NBC News

Your boss could always be watching: Even if your boss isn't in your cyber social circle, he or she could still track what's being said online with an app called FireMe! So beware what you post! ABC News

Keep tabs with old phones: People Power's free app called Presence can use an old iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a security camera, perfect for watching your kids or pets, or check in on elderly people who stay at home.  Los Angeles Times

Fitness app for the rest of us: Not everyone is a fitness enthusiast. For the more casual fitness fans, try Cody, which focuses more on "stories" behind the activity instead of distances and numbers.

BMW next to work with apps: Having in-car apps is the latest shift in automotive trends, as more manufacturers are are partnering with app makers for the "next big thing." BMW recently announced plans to add several apps, including Glympse, Audible, Rhapsody and TuneIn.   New York Times

Teen sells app to Yahoo for $30 million:
Yahoo has purchased a news reading app called Summly that was created by a British teenager when he was 15. Nick D'Aloisi sold the app for $30 million, plus a job at Yahoo. NPR

T-Mobile offers new plans: T-Mobile announced a new strategy where users can purchase popular phones for lower upfront cost, and with no service contracts. For instance, you can get an iPhone 5 for $100 up front, with $20-a-month additional payment for two years. Other phones like Samsung Galaxy S4 and BlackBerry Z10 will be available with similar payment plans. You don't have to sign up for a long-term service contract, but you'll have to pay off the balance for the phone if you send the service.    New York Times

What does your gadget say about you? How would people judge each other on what electronic devices you use? For instance, Apple devices are frequently seen as "high end" and users may be considered as extroverts who enjoy spending money and see themselves as "high maintenance."

[Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 10:34am]


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