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PLAYFIRST Inc., a leader in mobile games for families and friends, and Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc., a leading media and entertainment research firm, have announced results from the annual Tablet and Smartphone Gaming, Magid Media Futures study.

According to the study, the tablet has emerged as the mobile platform of choice for gamers: 61 million total gamers prefer the platform, and that number has increased nearly 70 percent year-over-year. Sixty-nine percent of all tablet owners regularly play games, and of those tablet gamers, 31 percent are buying in-game virtual goods, spending an average of $48 each in the last 12 months. This means in-game virtual good spending for tablet games is about $914 million, nearly three-times the share of smartphone in-game virtual good spending, which stands at $341 million.

Despite lower spending, the study shows that consumers continue to embrace the smartphone for gaming with a total of 54 million users playing games on their smartphones, nearly a 50 percent year-over-year increase. Nineteen percent of smartphone gamers are paying for in-game virtual goods and are spending $32 each on average.

"Despite its strong growth in the last three years, mobile gaming is still at the beginning stages of its global expansion on smartphones and tablets," said Marco DeMiroz, president and CEO of PlayFirst. "Because it's so easy and convenient, mobile gaming has become a mainstream consumer entertainment pastime, right alongside watching television and movies. In fact, it is replacing traditional home entertainment as tablets offer a rich and compelling user experience."

"We started seeing the emergence of the tablet as a huge gaming platform last year," said Mike Vorhaus, president of Magid Advisors. "Now tablet gaming growth is pushing big increases on in-game virtual goods spending and driving big revenue. The tablet is really the TV of video - the great majority of tablet owners love tablet gaming, and the tablet is becoming their go-to device for gaming."

The Magid Media Futures report also shows that gameplay has emerged as the number one entertainment activity on tablets. The average tablet gamer downloaded nearly 25 games in the last 12 months, and one out of five of those are paid games. In comparison, the average smartphone gamer downloaded nearly 20 games in the last 12 months.

According to the study Android continues to make headway but iOS still leads in total number of gamers. iOS gamers are slightly more likely to play games, purchase games and buy in-game virtual goods compared to Android users, and iPhone users are more likely to pay for smartphone games by a wide margin.

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ACCORDING to Bownty, the daily deal aggregator, mobile spending among Brits has shot up in the first six months of 2013.

Thanks to an increasing number of smartphone and tablet users, Bownty saw a 25 per cent increase in mobile purchases between January and June this year. More than 40 per cent of transactions made through Bownty, which sources daily deals from over 100 sites including Groupon, Living Social and Wowcher, took place on a mobile device, compared to a third in January.

According to the website, Brits use their mobile phones to spend more than £500,000 on daily deals in an average day, buying everything from restaurant vouchers to beauty treatments.

"This rapid growth shows that more and more consumers are willing to spend money through their mobile devices, with shopping on the move becoming a reality," says Steffen Frolund, Founder and CEO of Bownty.

"At Bownty, our 'mobile first' strategy reflects the increasing importance of mobile commerce, and we are always looking for ways to improve the mobile user experience,"

"With the number of UK smartphone users set to continue to rise, we expect mobile transactions to overtake desktop spending before the end of the year," continues Frolund.

Bownty recently conducted research into 'One Day in Daily Deals', looking at deals sold across the UK on 10 June. This investigation showed that on an average day, Brits spent more than £1.3 million on national and local deals.

"Daily deals and vouchers lend themselves perfectly to mobile, as they are quite often impulse buys. If you see a great offer on your phone, you don't want to wait until you get home to buy it on your desktop," concludes Frolund.
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NOKIA recently asked 2000 festival-goers what they worried about most when hitting up the likes of Glastonbury or Wireless...

· 60% of under 24's surveyed confessed to being worried about losing their pricey smartphone at a festival this summer
· Half of those surveyed under 24 worried about the battery life of their smartphones and other gadgets lasting without a charge.

So they have brought out the Nokia 206.....

· Surprisingly affordable at under £40

· Battery life of up to 47 days so you don't have to worry about charging

· Fast & efficient internet access

· 1.3 megapixel camera perfectly adequate for Social Snapping

· Packed with social networking apps such as Facebook, Twitter & Whatsapp for sharing those amazing moments

· Solid Nokia build quality

· Stylish and lightweight

· Available from £39.95 at Carphone Warehouse

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SOUNDBOOK from Bayan Audio is a small yet powerful, portable wireless stereo speaker sporting a range of functions, that's ready to play when you are.

Simply open the cover and in seconds you'll be amazed by the rich, clean audio delivered by this compact, beautifully designed device.


Soundbook works both as a speakerphone and FM radio - perfect for whether you're on the move, in the office or at home. What's more the very latest Smart Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology has been combined with aptX codec to ensure the widest connectivity and enhanced performance, allowing you to make the most of your media. In addition, auto-pairing NFC makes connecting to compatible mobile devices a simple touch, and TDMA noise rejection ensures clear, uninterrupted streaming whilst the built-in battery is ready to power your playlist with up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Coming in two classic color options - Silver/ Turquoise or Charcoal/ Burnt Orange, Soundbook is designed without compromise using materials that are both tactile and precision-made. Attention to detail is intrinsic to both its build and superior sound quality.

The elegant aluminium casing and ballistic nylon cover/stand with concealed FM antenna add strength and integrity as well as marking out Soundbook's distinctive look.

Key Features

* Up to 10 hours streaming wireless music on a single charge

* Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology for maximum compatibility

* Advanced audio compression technology for more detailed sound via aptX

* Integrated FM radio with 'invisible' aerial

* Built in Microphone for hands-free conference calling

* Auto connect / pairing with Smartphones or Tablets with NFC

* Solid aluminium casing with flip-back case and stand

* TDMA noise rejection eliminates interference from other electrical equipment around you so you can continue to enjoy your music

* Priced at £149.99 including VAT.

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RUNWARE, which designs smart devices for Smartphones, has launched the Runalyzer blue chest strap for iPhone 5.

This heart rate monitor is a must to measure and improve your sports activity.
This new heart rate monitor uses new Smart Bluetooth technology embedded in Smartphones, MP3 Players and the latest tablets, i.e. iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 5G, iPod nano 7G and iPad 3.


It has compatibility with the most popular applications. Therefore the Runalyzer blue works with more than one hundred applications such as 321Run, iSmoothrun, Endomodo, RunKeeper, Runtastic, ...
Among available sports activities: walking, running, cycling, mountain biking, roller-skating as well as alpine and Nordic skiing! An application like Runtastic gives you your heart rate and 'locates' you on the ski slopes! Available features include heart rate, heart rate zones but also distance, altitude, speed, calories burned, voice sports coaching announcements can even alternate with your favorite music!
The Runalyzer blue has improved user friendliness, it runs for up to 18 months with a single battery on a daily use basis, thanks to Bluetooth Smart. This technology enables direct communication with the smartphone without additional receiver. Lightweight and ultra-thin, flexible and comfortable, you will forget this chest strap during your sports activity.
Jean-François Laurent, sales director at Runware states: "our reseller partners and distributors expected a comprehensive range to satisfy all iPhone users, but also iPod and iPad owners with the maximum compatible apps available completed by a wide selection of armbands designed for sports. "

There are a range of sports armbands: for all iPhones, from 3G to 5, in two sizes (Small and Medium / Large) and in several colors including pink that happens to be very successful with young women.
The new Runalyzer blue belt works directly on Bluetooth Smart products. It is sold at suggested retail price of 74 USD. Runware sport armbands, popular for their comfort, are priced from 24 USD.
More than ever, Runalyzer blue measures your sports training performance and contributes to improve them
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