Google’s Chrome browser is now the most popular browser in the world according to StatCounter. Google Chrome reached a total global market share of 23.6% compared to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 market share of 23.5%. Side Note: Internet Explorer still has the largest global market share if you combine all versions of the browser.
“Google announced Chrome for business exactly a year ago and IT administrators appear to have embraced it in a remarkably short time,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “Looking at the daily stats, Chrome 14 and 15 have been overtaking IE8 at weekends since the beginning of October. However, Chrome 15 overtook IE8 for the first time during the five day working week, in week commencing 5th December. It looks as if people favour Chrome on weekends at home but office commercial use has now caught up.”
StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) from the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.
Now that is all great for the browser but Google is not making a dent in the all important operating system market. The Chrome OS has failed to gather any steam after the initial buzz of the CR-48.… Read the rest
MyGlass for iOS was out yesterday for only a brief moment before it was pulled from the AppStore. No one is sure was this done because Google requested it or was it Apple just being..well.. Apple. Seems it was because the app may have hit stores a little pre-mature. Google has released a major update, dubbed XE 12. The update finally lets Google Glass work seamlessly with iOS devices. This is just one more step for Google in its quest to bring the Google Glass to the mainstream.
Google Glass no longer needs a third-party app to take pictures. You can not just wink. Also Google Glass gets more social. Glassware adds Hangouts, SMS, video calls and YouTube. You can also perform video uploads directly from Google Glass. Glassware for Google Play Music also gets a nice update. You can now look for or play music via playlists.
XE 12 update also lets you screen lock the Google Glass when you take off the glasses. Google also got rid of the “Sent Through Glass” signature from SMS signatures. Unfortunately it is still on emails. Guest Mode was removed in this update so please take Google’s advice and create a demo account.
Private Photo Clouding Badge is a small electronic device linked to an online service that allows you to find photos of you that have been posted online, and then cloud or delete them. It was designed with privacy protection in mind. It’s like having your own EMP at all times but that only works on cameras.
Have you ever been surfing the web and ran into a picture of you that you did not take? Or been on Facebook and noticed you have been tagged in a picture without your permission? You feel your privacy has been invaded. Hopefully you won’t become a meme. You know, where people’s faces get placed with other silly pictures or words. Now a days smartphones are great digital cameras. What is worse they all have always on internet. With just one press your picture could be in the wild. What if there was a way to stop that? Will there soon could be. Private Photo Clouding Badge protect you by using two components: a badge and a website. The badge has two modes: active and inactive. When you want to prevent pictures from being taken, wear the badge on your collar and switch it to active mode. It will use an electronic signal to interfere with the camera and make the photos cloudy.
When you set the badge to inactive mode. Anyone can take pictures of you and whats more; the badge will code the photo.
Love Dropbox but hate having to pimp out your friends and contacts to get more space? The company Connected Data has just the thing for you. They have come up with a device called Transporter Sync. The Transporter Sync gives users Dropbox-like functionality without subscription fees or hassling contacts to sign up for anything. The Sync lets you use any external HDD that is smaller than 4TB.
The Sync does just what it’s namesake says. It synchronizes between all the top operation systems and devices out on the market. It will work with Mac OS® X 10.7 or higher, Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 8 32 & 64 bit. The App will work on Apple iOS 5.1 and higher as well as Android 4.0 and higher. Sorry Linux and Windows Phone. You will be able to start working on a file at work. Save it on a folder. Get home sit on the couch, pick up your tablet and finish working on that same file. The company says you will get seamless syncing between your computer, smartphone or tablet. All of your data is saved locally so they should be very safe. Sync will be available for $99.
Apple did a refresh of their AppStore last week. The focus was on the Games. They have combined all the previous game bundles collections which will be called..wait for it, wait for it..Game Collections. Game Collections is something that should have been there from the start and that AppAdvice does very well already on their site. The organization was much needed. Looking for games was like looking in a mosh pit for an iPhone. These pages are a quick helpful guide of types of games are available. Apple also says the collections will be updated on a regular basis.
We all know Facebook didn’t have the great IPO that it and I hoped for. That however has not stopped them from moving forward on the FacePhone. Alright I maybe exaggerating just a little. There are no plans for a phone from Facebook. They just happen to keep adding fire to the rumor mill. 1st was the redesigned Facebook app itself followed by the App Center. Now they have taken one more very important step. They have hired Apple UI Design Manager Chris Weeldreyer as the Product Design Manager at the company. Chris Weeldreyer was with Apple for over 8 years.
This is not Facebook’s first Apple hire. In face according to TechCrunch, Facebook has over 90 former Apple employees. Only time will tell if this all pans out for America’s favorite family reunion site. It should be interesting to see will Facebook take the Amazon route and custom modify Android or will it make its own OS. It is one of the few companies big enough to get away with doing that.… Read the rest
Facebook adds feature called Find Friends Nearby. Here are the steps to test it out.
Facebook has just added a new feature that lets users find friends and potential friends that are close to them. You can go to http://fb.com/ffn or use the app to test the new feature out. The way it works is you log into Facebook and http://fb.com/ffn or just the Find Friends Nearby section. You can see both your own friends, as well as those you may not know if they are in that that section too at the same time. I think letting users meet new people rather than just the friends you already have makes Facebook more accessible adds favor to a seemingly stale product. It also feels like OK Cupid’s meet now feature. Find Friends Nearby option is available on Facebook’s iOS and Android apps. It’s here: menu > apps > find friends > other tools > Find Friends Nearby, which takes you to a page that looks exactly like the mobile web page. I think Facebook did this to reach as much people as possible. Note however you have to have Location service turned on for your browser for it to work.
The service comes on the heels of Facebook buying a mobile app that helps users discover people near them with similar interests called Glancee. We are not sure if the app is the reason why Facebook has this new feature but so far it works pretty well. Friendshake was to be the name of the new feature but it was changed to Find Friends Nearby. … Read the rest