March 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM ET
That fella you bump into on the street with his eyes glued to his smartphone may just as likely be reading a news story as sending a text message. A new report says 27 percent of Americans now get their news using mobile devices, something that's helping to increase news consumption nationally, despite a continuing decline in subscribers to print publications. So there's that.
Cash is king, except when it comes to iPad 2 trade-ins: If you're want to trade your iPad 2 for the new model, make sure you're getting not only the price you want, but the right form of payment as well.
Oh! And just hours after Apple's release of its newest iPad Friday, the highly sought-after gadget became a sleek new weapon in the online scammer's arsenal.
Speaking of Apple, No. 16 in the iTunes App Store's "Top Grossing Apps" is a thing called "Girl With Clothes." We have some inkling about why this app is such an overnight success. It's probably the monster $160 price tag -- though the vague promise of "intense sexual content" probably doesn't hurt, either.
Meanwhile, Microsoft's process for sharing information about security vulnerabilities in its products is underfire after a roadmap for exploiting a severe, recently discovered flaw appeared on a hacking website in China. Awesome.
Hey! AT&T is giving up on appealing an $850 award won by an iPhone user in small claims court, and is sending him a check. Who saw that coming?
And as BuzzFeed's John Herrman observes, the five weirdest stories of 2012 happened all in one day!