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Continued: Short Circuits: 'Red 2' on video, Android gains, headphones for all ages

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Android accounted for 81 percent of smartphone shipments during the third quarter of this year — the first time it has owned more than 80 percent of the market, according to research firm International Data Corp. During the same period a year ago, Android represented just under 75 percent of smartphones shipped.

A total of 211.6 million Android phones were shipped during the third quarter, far outpacing the 33.8 million phones using Apple’s operating system, iOS, which amounted to 12.9 percent of the business.

While owning only 3.6 percent of the market, the Windows operating system also saw a big gain from a year ago, when it accounted for 2 percent of smartphone shipments. Blackberry’s system over the same period dropped from 4.1 percent to 1.7 percent.

San Jose Mercury News

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Headphones for all ages Maxell’s Cut the Rope DJ-style headphones, designed with kids in mind, have an orange and green design with frog characters (named Om Nom) on the outside of both padded ear cups. They produce dynamic sound for a low price ($25, www.maxell-usa.com).

Toys ‘R’ Us lists the recommended ages for the headphones as 5 to 10, but they don’t have restricting volume levels. Each speaker has 40mm drivers and a 106dB sensitivity level for anyone wondering. They connect to any media device with a standard headphone jack.

Maxell’s black DJ Style bass headphones (also available in red) also have 40mm drivers in each padded ear cup with a 110dB sensitivity rating. The price-friendly adult headphones won’t break the bank ($29.50) and produce decent sound but look great. Leather style ear cups are super comfortable and fold up for easy portability.

McClatchy News Service

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