Miranda Ventura, 11, plays games on her Apple iPod Touch device in her bedroom in Santa Clara, California, in 2011. Photo by Tony Avelar/The Christian Science Monitor
New Year, New Devices: The latest news on all things Apple and Android, and an update on broadband on planes from the Monitor’s Innovation team
A very techy Christmas: 50 million new phones and tablets activated
Christmas week saw a record 50 million iOS and Android devices activated, and more than 1.7 billion apps downloaded, according to analytics firm Flurry. On Christmas Day alone 17.4 million new devices were unwrapped.
Next Mac Mini might be ‘Made in USA’
Apple CEO Tim Cook said earlier in December that the company would produce some Mac computers in the US in 2013, but he didn’t say which ones. A new rumor from Taiwanese tech magazine DigiTimes says the Mac Mini will be moved stateside.
FCC paves the way for better in-flight broadband
The FCC approved new rules on Friday that will make it easier for companies to offer broadband Internet on airplanes. The FCC has authorized in-flight Internet on an ad hoc basis since 2001, but the new rules will provide a framework for licensing companies to provide it.