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UK Replaces Japan as World Leader in Mobile Use

The United Kingdom is now a global leader in the mobile market, with its residents who consume more data on their phones or tablets than any other country, according to an Of com report on mobile use.

The U.K. uses 424 megabytes of data each month. Second-runner-up Japan uses 392 megabytes per month, and the U.S. places sixth using 319 megabytes of data, The Guardian reports.

Were you surprised that U.K. residents are the highest users of mobile data? Let us know in comments below…

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E-books overtakes traditional paperbacks in UK

LONDON: Days of hardbound and paperback could soon end as e-books take over!

With growing popularity of virtual books which can be downloaded on book reading devices, the real paper books have taken a back seat, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

The online retailer ‘Amazon’ which started selling downloadable books in the UK in August 2010, has sold 114 internet book downloads for every 100 print books this year.

Amazon’s eReader devices, the Kindle range, have been a huge seller in Britain despite the fact consumers pay up to 70 per cent more than those in the USA.

“We hit this milestone in the United States less than four years after introducing Kindle, so to reach this landmark after just two years in the UK is remarkable and shows how quickly UK readers are embracing Kindle,” vice president of Kindle EU Jorrit Van der Meulen was quoted as saying.

“As a result of the success of Kindle, we’re selling more books than ever before on behalf of authors and publishers,” Meulen added.

However, this virtual success has been seen to be disastrous for independent book shops and are almost disappearing from most high streets.

On the other hand, this has proved to be a good move for authors who can publish their books on-line, get direct access to readers and earn a big share of the sale money for themselves.

The most popular downloads in the Kindle store so far this year have been the controversial Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by the British writer EL James.

More than two million digital versions of the sexually charged novels were sold in just four months.

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Red, white and silver limited edition PS3s now out in the UK

Back in April, retailer listings for a Scarlet Red PS3 surfaced on Amazon and Play. Today, the console launches in the UK, and is joined by two other console colors previously exclusive to Japan: Classic White and Satin Silver. Each console comes sporting a DualShock 3 controller, a 320 GB hard drive and about six years of games to catch up on.

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