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What urban people want from their smartphones (study)

We want same-day delivery. Restaurant ingredient checkers. Virtual play connectors that join us with far-away friends in real-time games. Digital assistants who analyze our performance and give advice. And in-stock detectors that will tell us if the product we want is in the store.

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Apps want to be free, and we love ads (report)

In 2011, 80 percent of apps were free. Today, 90 percent of apps are free, with monetization provided via good old we-gather-an-audience-and-sell-its-attention strategy that has worked since the dawn of modern media.