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Don't worry. Even Walmart is trying to figure out how to maximize mobile

SAN FRANCISCO — Walmart has been committing serious resources to e-commerce — just take a look at Walmart’s growing list of technology acquisitions — but the retailing behemoth still plenty of work to do. That’s especially true when it comes to marketing to customers and increasing sales through mobile apps.

Mars Cyrillo mobile operating systems CI and T

The future of mobile: Less phone, more operating system

Soon, our devices won’t be turned on or off. Instead, technology will be everywhere, it will always be working, and it will motivate us to do what we like to do.

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65% of parents snoop on kids’ smartphones, and 29% track their location

It’s not just the the NSA or FBI that today’s kids have to worry about snooping on their phones and tracking their locations. Their parents are doing a fine job of that all on their own, thank you very much.A new Harris Interactive poll finds that 65 percent of kids aged 8 to 12 say their parents check their smartphone, while a third of their parents track their locations. Those numbers go down with age, but even up to 17, 43 percent of parents are checking their kids’ phones, and over a third, 35 percent, are doing it without their kids knowledge.As a parent of two teenagers, I find that interesting. I haven’t actually ever checked my 17-year-old daughter’s phone, with or without her knowledge, but I can imagine circumstances in which I’d be sorely tempted.Here’s all the data:[gallery link="file" columns="1" ids="840022,840023,840024,840025"]The media-fueled furor over sexting and other smartphone infractions has certainly had an impact on parent’s behavior with their kids’ mobile devices, but just four percent of teen’s texts involve adult or sexual content, and only two percent contain images. Another two percent of texts from teens contain references to drugs, according to TxtWatcher, which makes a parental spying app that allows parents to keep an eye on what their kids are communicating.According to Harris, A quarter of kids under 17 have a “smartphone contract” with their parents governing what they can or can’t do, and another 19 percent have a curfew after which the device must switched off. For those under 12 with passwords on their phones, just under half must share them with their parents.And in school?Almost half of kids are texting while in class, parents believe, while slightly fewer kids actually admit to it. Which doesn’t, of course, mean that the texts aren’t about legitimate schoolwork questions — although most schools will confiscate devices used in class for a day or two.A quarter of kids aged 8-12 own a smartphone, which rises to 61 percent of teens age 13-18. About 52 percent of adults own a smartphone.

One third of American adults now own tablets

In 2012 younger adults ages 18-29 were equally as likely to own tablets as people in their thirties and forties, according to the study. But that changed in 2013 with the 30-49 group now significantly more likely to own a tablet.


Is Apple really doomed?

As of Wednesday night the stock was down about 3 percent, after having been down as much as 5 percent. And over the past three months, it’s down 22 percent, equivalent to $130 billion in market cap.

IBM launches software that will help corporations go social, mobile

IBM is unveiling software today that is designed to help corporations improve their web presence on mobile devices. The IBM Customer Experience Suite features analytics, commerce, social networking and mobile capabilities designed to help big corporations reach customers on the most popular platforms.