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Americans use smartphones more than computers, and other news for Feb. 12, 2014

Steve Jobs' famous prediction that we are moving into a Post-PC era has come to pass according to a report from Nielsen [via Engadget]. In its most recent Digital Consumer Report, the research group found that a whopping 65 percent of Americans owned a smartphone in 2013 and that smartphones are now more common than games consoles and digital cable TV, at 46 percent and 54 percent adoption, respectively.

Furthermore, Americans now spend an average of 34 hours per month using mobile apps and mobile web browsers, but only 27 hours a month getting online with their PCs. Other interesting stats from the report reveal that 29 percent of Americans own a tablet -- up from just 5 percent two years ago -- and the average American owns four tech devices.

In other news:

  • Thirty years ago, Jobs buried a Lisa mouse in a time capsule at the Aspen International Design Conference in 1983. It has now been dug up. Cnet has video of the dig.
  • Mac (and PC) Firefox users could soon see ads in the browser. Mozilla is thinking of adding sponsored tiles on its new tab page. The sponsored tiles would be a source of revenue for the nonprofit and would only be shown to new users until they have browsed enough to populate the tabs page with tiles that are relevant to them based on their browsing history.

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