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Love for gadgets goes mobile

More Americans are getting gadgets, and they’re increasingly sporting devices they can take wherever they go.

According to a recent survey, 85 percent of American adults own a cell phone, making it the most popular kind of consumer electronic. Younger people are overwhelmingly dependent on mobile phones: 96 percent of adults under 30 own a cell phone, according to the survey done by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a nonprofit research group.

Mobile is also increasingly important to people buying PCs. Just more than three-quarters of respondents said they own a computer, almost unchanged from 73 percent in 2006. While more still have a desktop — 59 percent compared with 52 percent who own laptops — the notebook is gaining in popularity while desktop ownership slumps. Back in 2006, nearly 70 percent of those polled said they owned a desktop, while only 30 percent had a notebook.

The survey polled 3,001 U.S. adults on land-line and mobile phones. It was taken from Aug. 9 to Sept. 13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


» Nestle USA is recalling some packages of Nestle Raisinets that may contain peanuts, putting those with an allergy at risk if they consume them. The 10-ounce "fun size" bags were sold to Target, Shop Rite and Don Quijote stores in the U.S. Nestle says the recall applies only to candy with the 02015748 production code and UPC number of 2800010255. People with peanut allergies are advised not to eat the candy. Purchasers can call Nestle at 800-478-5670 for a refund. The company says not to return the candy to stores.

» Colombina S.A. of Miami is recalling certain 14-ounce and 28-ounce bags of Mega Pops brand lollipops because they could contain traces of foreign particles. The company has received one unverified report of a minor injury associated with one of the recalled lollipops, but it believes the particles do not pose a health risk. The lollipops were sold nationwide. Details by phone at 888-317-3686.


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