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Google Makes Chromecast Available In Korea, Its First Asian Market

Google’s Chromecast has launched in Asia for the first time–but it’s currently only available in Korea. In a post on its Asia Pacific blog, the company explained that Korea was chosen because of the country’s high mobile penetration rate.<p>“Over 80% of YouTube views in Korea come from mobile devices, …

iPad Rumors: iOS 8 to Bring Split-Screen Multitasking

The latest iPad rumor is an exciting one – the prospect of spilt-screen multitasking for the iPad in iOS 8. 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman reported on what he’s been hearing on this topic yesterday:<p>iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple’s iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, …

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iPhone market share in Japan climbs from a quarter to more than a third of all phones sold

Apple’s deal with Japan’s largest carrier, DoCoMo, saw the iPhone’s market share in the country climb from 25.5 percent last year to 36.6 percent in the year ending March of this year, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>. This full-year figure underestimates the current position, as it reflects only six months of …

Columbia University students create software allowing native iOS apps to run on Android devices

For some time now, iOS users have cited the quality and quantity of third-party software available for the platform as an important factor in their choice of mobile devices. Over the years Android has amassed its own collection of apps and users have continued butting heads over which system had …

Nintendo's First App Lands Tomorrow (But Isn't What You Think)

Nintendo is preparing to release its first smartphone app this week. But calm down for a second, this is almost certainly not the app that you think (or hope/dream) it is.<p>The struggling games firm is linking up with Japanese mobile operator Docomo to release an Android app that tethers smartphones …

Google investors press for code of conduct on tax

A group of activist investors are calling on other Google shareholders to press the company to adopt a code of conduct on tax that would bring its corporate structures back in line with its "Don't be evil" motto.<p>"A set of principles to address misalignments between Google's tax strategies and its …