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Staunch Chrome and Firefox users aren't going to like this statement, but Internet Explorer has won the browser war, or so it seems. It wasn't always a foregone conclusion that IE would win. After the demise of Netscape, Firefox emerged as the first legitimate threat to IE's throne, and then Chrome came along and started gaining market share as if destined to finish the job. Now nearly five years later (from Chrome's debut), browser shares seemed to have plateaued. According to tracking information provided by NetMarketShare, IE commands a 55.83 percent share of the browser market, followed by... Read more...
Just as it's been for Facebook, mobile's proving a game changer for Twitter, the microblogging service that's home to over 200 million active users. In light of this, research firm eMarketer bumped its forecast for Twitter's ad revenue to $582.8 in 2013 before nearing $1 billion next year. That's up from $288.3 million in 2012 and $139.5 million 2011. More than half of Twitter's ad dollars -- about 53 percent -- will come from mobile advertising this year, eMarketer says. What's so remarkable about that figure is that Twitter generated virtually nothing from mobile ad revenue in 2011. Image Source:... Read more...
eBay announced that it's restructuring its fees for sellers on its online auction site, the timing of which has everything to do with Amazon recently raising fees for merchants on its e-commerce portal. As the price of doing business through Amazon goes up, eBay hopes to attract disgruntled sellers looking to jump ship. In order to do that, eBay needs to make its online auction site a more desirable location to sell products, which entails lowering fees and making its fee structure less complicated. Both are on the top of eBay's agenda. Rather than a tiered fee structure, eBay is transitioning... Read more...
If you want to know why the PC market is struggling, just look at the rapid rise of Internet connected devices. Sure, a desktop or laptop system offers far more functionality than a smartphone or tablet, and PCs aren't going the way of the dodo bird, but at the same time, mainstream users mostly interested in checking their Facebook feeds and firing off the occasional email can do so with a mobile device. Let's have a look at the numbers. According to recent data by NPD Group, there are 500 million Internet connected devices just in U.S. homes alone. The number of connected gadgets per U.S. Internet... Read more...
Three days ago, EA launched the latest version of SimCity. Opinions of the game itself have varied widely. Pre-launch reviews were generally positive, though a number of publications criticized the heavy reliance on multiplayer, small city sizes, and the fact that other players can deliberately sabotage hours of careful work. All other characteristics, however, have been overshadowed by the game's disastrous launch performance. How bad is it? Bad enough to make Diablo 3's launch look good. To date, EA has disabled online features, forced the game to run slowly, and implemented login queues. It... Read more...
Maybe in another 10-15 years we'll press our finger to our tablet or smartphone to have our temperatures taken and to record other vitals, which will then be uploaded to a doctor who will email us his or her prognosis. It sounds terribly impersonal, but then again, what's so great about sitting in a waiting room for an hour, just to be called in to have to wait another 45 minutes before you're actually seen by a doctor? Regardless of what the future holds, there appears to be strong interest in virtual doctor visits. Cisco on Monday announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems... Read more...
Have you found yourself feeling sad, depressed, or even unusually angry lately? Maybe you need to stop checking Facebook for awhile. A joint study conducted by two German universities found that Facebook envy is a real thing, and perhaps as many as one out of three people actually feel worse and less satisfied with their lives after visiting the site. The researchers said that vacation photos were the No. 1 cause of resentment, accounting for more than half of all envy incidents. After that, social interaction was the second biggest cause of envy, as Facebook users compare the number of birthday... Read more...
China isn't just the most populated country in the world, it also boasts the most Internet users. That's not surprising since it's only logical for those two traits to go hand-in-hand, but the numbers are staggering nonetheless. For example, China's online population grew 10 percent last year, adding 51 million additional users. That brings to the total number of Internet users living in China to 564 million, or about 249 million more than the offline population of the United States. If China's online users formed their own country, it would be the third most populated territory in the world, behind... Read more...
Each year, it seems as if Amazon outdoes itself in terms of holiday sales. As brick-and-mortar stores lose their luster, traffic becomes more annoying, and fuel prices continue to soar, kicking back and handling holiday shopping online just seems entirely more reasonable. And evidently, Amazon has become a role model for every other online e-tailer to follow. A recent survey has cited Amazon as the best, most preferred place for shopping online, while JC Penney suffered the largest fall in customer satisfaction of any major online retailer. Up-and-coming flash sites like Gilt.com and RueLaLa.com... Read more...
Black Friday always leaves something of a black mark on Americans, and consumers in general. It's really a weird, tragic event to celebrate. We usually spend all of Thanksgiving recognizing all that we have to be thankful for, and perhaps not even 24 hours later, some consumers head to big box shops to trounce one another in an effort to get more, more, more. It's all a bit beyond us, truth to be told, but evidently the masses aren't hearing any of that logic. Instead, they're spending even more, and so long as that trend continues, you can bet that retailers aren't going to stop forcing employees... Read more...
The campaign team for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney prepared a transition website in the event he won the election. We know this because the site accidentally went live for a short period of time, and though it was quickly taken down, there are no mulligans on the Internet. Taegan D. Goddard, founder of political website Political Wire, seized the opportunity and nabbed a handful of screenshots of the Romney website before it was taken offline. On the main page is a tagline that says, "Smaller, Simpler, Smarter. Believe in America," along with a quote emphasizing Romney's excitement and mission... Read more...
If you’re still buying paper books at the bookstore, you might have a hard time with this one: athlete autographs are going digital. That’s right, trying to catch your favorite player’s attention is no longer the only way to get him to sign memorabilia. Start-up Egraphs.com is offering digital autographs from MLB players that pair audio with your signed image. Image Credit: Egraphs.com What with social networks, Egraphs make a lot of sense. Buy an Egraph for $25-$100, and you can share it on Facebook. The process is pretty simple, and it gives you a chance to share a little more... Read more...
In America, you can't have your cake and eat it to, but in Scandinavia, you can. Allow us to explain. Throngs of HBO content lovers have requested that HBO allow its HBO Go services to be paid for on a per-user basis, but in America, HBO forces you to have a pay-TV subscription to HBO before it's ever an option. It's one of the longstanding ills of television: you buy the pack of channels, or you get none. But in Nordic lands, things have been rolling a bit differently for some time now, and that's continuing with HBO. The first HBO branded service will be available in Sweden, Norway, Finland and... Read more...
In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who has ever used Facebook or is even slightly familiar with the Internet, there are a lot of liars on the world's most popular social playground. Millions, in fact. According to the company's 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Facebook contains as many as 83 million "false" accounts. Not all of those are outright fakes, or "undesirable accounts" intended to violate the company's terms of services (like spammers). Facebook also counts "false" accounts as those "where users have created personal profiles for a business,... Read more...
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