2015: Year of phablets, mobile apps and emojis, says Flurry

'Phablets' like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, above, witnessed massive growth in 2015 After tracking 3.2 trillion sessions over the course of 2015, Yahoo-owned analytics company Flurry has revealed overall mobile app usage rose by 58% during the year with personalisation apps witnessing the biggest growth of 344%. Meanwhile phablets - large…

Sweden has 150% ‘smart device’ penetration. Over twice as high as Italy

North/South divide: Sweden leads the way in European smart device adoption New research today from Yahoo-owned Flurry reveals the differences in smartphone habits across Europe. Tracking over 725,000 apps across 564 million devices in Europe, the survey showed that Sweden has the highest smart device penetration with every man, woman and…

Yahoo launches messaging app to compete with WhatsApp, Snapchat

Not sure the world exactly needs a new messaging app. But that's exactly what it does have now thanks to the launch of Livetext. Having decided to refocus its brand on mobile and video after losing ground in the search engine market, Yahoo (when did it drop the exclamation mark?) unveiled its new messing app to a…

Greenpeace says tech companies need to push harder for renewable energy

According to a new report from Greenpeace, tech companies - especially Amazon - need to do more to overcome resistance to renewable energy from stubborn monopolies. “Tech companies are increasingly turning to the smart choice of renewable energy to power the internet, but they're hitting a wall of stubborn monopoly power companies that refuse to…

iPhone 6 tops Yahoo tech searches for 2014

Yahoo has released its top searches for 2014 and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the iPhone 6 tops the search queries for tech - and comes in third over all. Here's the list - yep, apparently people are still using Yahoo for search: 1. iPhone 6 2. PlayStation 4 3. Samsung Galaxy S5 4. iPad Mini 5. iPhone…

Yahoo dump… umm, Yahoo

Yahoo has announced that it is to "sunset" (shutdown) three more of its services including, most intriguingly, Yahoo itself. When Yahoo launched a couple of decades ago it was designed to be a "directory" of websites - an early search engine in the days before everyone used Google. Now though, clearly realising that the company…

Yahoo develop Maps software that gives the “most beautiful” route

Bored of your commute? Looking for a slightly more interesting journey? Yahoo might soon be able to help. Researchers at the company have come up with an algorithm that will plot you a route based on the "most beautiful" journey between A and B. Its pretty clever how it works. According to Technology Review, Yahoo…