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Let's face it, we're living in an Android and iOS world and the rest of the mobile platforms are simply witnesses. That's not to say one platform is better than the other, it's just a numbers game, and the numbers show that Android and iOS accounted for 96.3 percent of all smartphone shipments in the world in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). Even worse for competing platforms like Windows Phone and BlackBerry is that the leftover market share is shrinking -- in the same quarter a year ago,... Read more...
Conventional wisdom in years past was that hackers didn’t bother to exploit Apple’s OS X operating system because its relatively insignificant market share didn’t warrant wasting resources to exploit it. The reasoning was, why bother with OS X when Windows was pushing over 90 percent of the worldwide OS market? However, in recent years, Apple has seen an uptick in Mac sales and pretty much dominates the field when it comes to notebooks priced over $1,000. The higher sales profile for Macs running OS X also means more attention from nefarious parties that are ready to strike. The latest report from... Read more...
Want to try out a new recipe? Head over to Pinterest. Need some fashion tips? Once gain, take a look at Pinterest. Are you looking to install more iOS apps on your mobile device? You guessed it -- stroll on over to Pinterest, where you can now install iOS apps onto your iPhone or iPad device. Appropriately enough, they're called "app pins." "Let’s say you’re Pinning workout inspiration to your Marathon Training board. If you see a fitness app that helps you reach your goals, you can download it right from Pinterest," Pinterest explained today in a blog post. It's an interesting pairing, and one... Read more...
HTC's desire to jump into the smartwatch category has been ongoing for some time now, though it's taking a patient approach in hopes of avoiding a product failure. Newly leaked information also suggests that HTC isn't interested in releasing a run-of-mill Android wearable that will blend in with the rest. Instead, the device will run a home brewed OS that supports both Android and iOS phones.That's coming from Upleaks, which posted a bunch of details on the device, including its codename "PETRA." It will be HTC's first wearable and it will run the company's own RTOS. We're not sure what that stands... Read more...
With the rise of online services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and host of others, consumers looking to “cut the cord” have plenty of options to select. However, ditching entrenched series like cable and satellite often means giving up such “luxuries” as network television broadcasts (ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.) and live sports channels like ESPN. Plugging rabbit ears into your HDTV can mostly solve the former, but the latter is a bit more troublesome. Dish Network is hoping to come to the rescue with its new Sling TV service that was announced last month and was available via an invite-only system... Read more...
Apple absolutely made the right decision to upsize the display on its iPhone with the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The evidence is everywhere, from the generally favorable reviews to staggering sales figures and record busting quarters. It's also in the market share data -- for the first time in two years, iOS hopped in front of Android in the U.S. Actually, it's more like a virtual tie, with iOS snagging 47.7 percent of the market and Android ever-so-slightly behind at 47.6 percent. But even if you don't want to concede that a 0.1 percent difference constitutes bragging rights, it's... Read more...
Not only is the market for Android handsets far from being saturated, its growth each year seems to suggest that a shipment ceiling doesn't exist. We know that's not correct, but wherever that ceiling rests, the market hasn't found it yet. In fact, after splashing the market with 780.8 million Android smartphones in 2013, consumers responded by purchasing over a billion more in 2014. It's the first time that Android smartphone shipments have topped 1 billion units in a single year, and in doing so, Google's open source operating system now accounts for 81.2 percent of all smartphones, up from 78.9... Read more...
Microsoft Outlook is finally coming to iOS and Android – but in actually, we should really say that Acompli is coming to iOS and Android. Microsoft bought Acompli back in early December, and hailed the app, which “provides innovative ways to focus on what’s important in your inbox, to schedule meetings, and work with attachments and files.” Microsoft promised to take the best of what had been built into Acompli and combine it with the work already undertaken by its existing Outlook team. Outlook's calendar integration What we now have is a rebranded app that carries the Outlook name and gives users... Read more...
Keeping up with your Twitter feed is about to get easier, thanks to new feature called “recaps.” Twitter will keep an eye out for tweets (from accounts that you follow) that are particularly noteworthy and put these recaps at the top of your Home timeline.The idea behind recaps makes sense: trying to keep up with Twitter’s Home feed can be overwhelming, and unless you’re glued to it, you’re going to miss tweets that you would have wanted to see. Twitter hopes to spot those tweets, based on “engagement and other factors,” and will put them on your Home timeline under a “While you were away,” heading.... Read more...
Star Trek’s universal translator is coming closer to fruition, and we have companies like Microsoft and Google to thank for the advances in this field. Microsoft’s Skype Translator, which is currently in beta, translates Skype video chats in both English and Spanish. Now, Google will soon update its Translate app for iOS and Android with two new features that we first told you about over the weekend. The first new feature is the new conversation mode that makes real-time translation and conversations “flow faster and more naturally.” Users first select the two languages that will be spoken and... Read more...
Google has a slick remote access tool that Android users have been using to connect to their PCs since April. Now that Chrome Remote Desktop is available on iTunes, iOS users are free to see what all the fuss is about. The Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS puts your PC Desktop on the small screen. Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS lets you control your computers from an iPhone or iPad. (Of course, CRD also lets you control one PC from another computer or Android phone, too.) The touch nature of the app means that some actions are a little tricky (typing, for example), but by and large, it makes for... Read more...
Windows Phone has captured roughly 2.5 percent of the global smartphone market, and its fortunes don’t exactly look promising in the face of cutthroat competition from the likes of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Considering that Microsoft has a darling property in its portfolio like Office, one would expect that the folks in Redmond would devote its time and resources to ensuring that the productivity suite shined the brightest on Windows Phone. However, as we’ve seen in the past few months, Microsoft has devoted the majority of its resources into making Office look and function better on iOS... Read more...
Since their launch in 2011, Google Chromebooks have gained a reputation for being pretty barebones, packing in little more than the required amount of performance to get someone through their everyday tasks without much frustration. But, that impression of "barebones" changed a bit this past summer, when Acer released the first Core i3-equipped Chromebook: the C720.The fact that a Chromebook now featured a true Intel notebook processor was impressive, but perhaps more so was the simple fact that Intel was beginning to show a bit of a commitment to the platform.... Read more...
Having trouble taking good looking photos with your smartphone or tablet? So do a lot of people, though that hasn't stopped the majority from posting their snapshots to Facebook anyway. Ah, but don't be surprised if the quality of pictures on the world's largest social playground starts to improve. Why? Apparently Facebook has decided to do its users a solid by auto-enhancing newly updated pictures.The social networking site told TechCrunch that this new feature has already begun, though currently it only applies to users who upload photos from an iOS device -- Android support is coming soon. For... Read more...
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