Mobile Minutes: Apple Music; Smartphone use in Britain; Tablets’ woes; HTC sales plunge
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App Store has record July
One month after unveiling its new streaming music service, Apple has locked in 11 million trial members, company executives tell USA TODAY. “We’re thrilled with the numbers so far,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that sum 2 million have opted for the more lucrative family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.
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?Smartphones finally more popular than PCs in the UK, thanks to selfies, 4G
Over the past year in the UK, smartphones have finally supplanted laptops as the dominant and most popular way of accessing the Internet. A full two-thirds (66 percent) of people in the UK now own a smartphone, up from 39 percent in 2012—and more importantly, they are spending almost two hours online every day on their smartphones.
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Tablet computers have a big problem
Few people want them, according to new IDC figures. It was just over five years ago that we were waiting with bated breath for Apple’s tablet computer.
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HTC expects loss five times wider than estimates as sales plunge
HTC Corp. forecast a quarterly loss five times more than analysts’ estimates, driven by plummeting sales as the smartphone maker cedes market share to Xiaomi Corp. and Huawei Technologies Co.
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