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Mobile internet access accounts for 13% of global traffic

Mobile now accounts for 13% of internet traffic, up from 4% in 2010, and now makes up a majority of traffic in some emerging markets, according to new research looking into mobile internet access. The internet trends report from Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist Mary Meeker showed that mobile internet access was booming in emerging markets such as India where consumers who have never owned PCs are buying smartphones.

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06/12/2012  |  Full story...

Top smartphone operating systems worldwide

Google's Android mobile operating system made up 75% of the global smartphone market i the third quarter of 2012, far ahead of Apple's 14.9%. Nokia's Symbian platform and Research in Motion's Blackberry mobile OS fell 77% and 35% respectiveley.

Top smartphone operating systems worldwide. Google's Android mobile operating system made up 75% of the global smartphone market i the third quarter of 2012, far ahead of Apple's 14.9%. Nokia's Symbian platform and Research in Motion's Blackberry mobile OS fell 77% and 35% respectiveley.

02/12/2012  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence November 2012

Digital Strategy data - Digital Intelligence November 2012

As we come towards the end of 2012, research shows that this year really has been the year of the smartphone. According to Gartner, global sales have risen 47% year-on-year, much to the benefit of Samsung and the Android platform primarily. But Apple has still managed to capture more of the investment in mobile advertising. Indeed, mobile advertising is looking increasingly attractive as research shows that viewer ad recall is much higher on the handheld device than on TV or the web. A great benefit as more consumer start to research and purchase physical goods through the mobile channel.

And as the developed world equip themselves with the latest devices for the poorer developing markets Google is starting to offer a simple Free Zone mobile service to capture the 'next billion' Internet users.

It also looks like Facebook has weathered the potential storm of its third stage of share sales with a rising stock and increasingly healthy looking business as the year draws to an end.

Read November 2012

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Global mobile trends: Apple beating Samsung in mobile ad battle

Apple has widened its lead over Samsung in terms of global ad impressions, despite the growing popularity of the Korean manufacturer’s devices, according to a new report.

20/11/2012  |  Full story...

Apple drags Google into Samsung patent case

Apple has launched a new patent claim against Samsung and Android, dragging Google into the ongoing copyright battle for the $219 billion global smartphone market. The move marks a significant escalation in the battle between Apple and Samsung, which many have viewed as a proxy legal war with Apple’s real rival Google. Under the new accusations, Apple claims Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system breach its patents.

08/11/2012  |  Full story...

Google revamps desktop search with ‘cleaner’ look

Google is updating its desktop search engine, offering what it claims will be a ’simpler, cleaner’ feel than before more closely aligned with its mobile and tablet versions. The most significant change is the removal of the sidebar to the left of the page. The same options (such as Web, Images, Maps, Shopping) are now displayed in a bar along the top.

07/11/2012  |  Full story...

Global mobile trends- Android now on 3 in 4 smartphones

Google’s Android mobile operating system made up 75% of the global smartphone market in the third quarter of 2012, far ahead of Apple's 14.9%, according to new data. The study from market analysis firm IDC attributed the jump in market share to the faltering market reach for Nokia’s Symbian platform and Research In Motion’s Blackberry mobile OS. According to the study Google Android smartphone shipments increased by 91.5% during Q3 2012.

05/11/2012  |  Full story...

iPad mini unveiled 23rd October?

Apple has sent out a number of press invites to a secret event on October 23rd, hinting at the launch of its much-anticpated iPad mini launch. The digital cards' text reads: "We've got a little more to show you". The event will take place at California Theatre in San Jose, California. Rumours suggest the new model will feature a display that is 7-8 inches (18-20cm) in size, putting it in competition with the likes of Amazon's Kindle Fire and the Goolge Nexus 7.

17/10/2012  |  Full story...

Google boss: Apple battle is ‘good for consumers’ (Video)

Google's and Apple's smartphone platform war is the defining fight for the industry today’ according to Google’s CEO Eirc Schmidt. Speaking at the All Things Digital conference this week, Schmidt said that the rivalry between iOS and Android was much more important than the war between Apple's and Microsoft's desktop platforms.

Watch the video in full below (Runtime: 1 hour 10 mins):

12/10/2012  |  Full story...

BBC splits iPlayer with standalone online radio service

The BBC has launched 'iPlayer Radio' as part of an overhaul of its online audio content, splitting it from its TV content. The new service will see audio content taken out of the existing BBC iPlayer and instead offered as part of a separate service on desktop and mobile. The service will highlight snippets from BBC output, including associated video content.

Watch a demonstration of how the service works below:

09/10/2012  |  Full story...

Toys R Us debuts family-based online movie service

Toys R Us has launched a family-orientated online movie service, powered by Rovi, as the retail giant looks to expand its digital presence. is currently available to PCs, Macs and other Flash compatible devices, with an app planned for the Tabeo soon, as well as Blu-ray players, HDTVs and other mobile devices including iOS and Android.

08/10/2012  |  Full story...

Android catching iPad in US tablet market

One in four US adults now owns a tablet computer, with Android catching Apple’s iOS iPad, according to a new report. The study, from the Pew Internet and American Life Project indicates that about two-thirds of those who own tablets bought them in the last year.

05/10/2012  |  Full story...

Samsung sues Apple over iPhone 5 patents

Samsung has filed a new lawsuit against Apple, claiming its new iPhone 5 device uses eight patents developed by the South Korean company, without a licence. The move marks the latest battle between the two phone makers, as the smartphone war intensifies. The companies are locked in a struggle for supremacy in the global smartphone market, leading to legal cases in courts in as many as 10 countries.

03/10/2012  |  Full story...

Google overtakes Microsoft as second biggest tech firm

Google has overtaken Microsoft in terms of share value, and leaving the internet giant trailing only Apple as the second wealthiest tech firm in the world. Google’s shares surged this week, increasing by nearly 1%, taking its market capitalisation to £154.1bn ($249.1bn). The rise pushed Microsoft into third place, with a market worth of £152.9bn ($247.2bn). But both companies remain far behind Apple, which is worth an astonishing £382bn ($618bn).

03/10/2012  |  Full story...

Angry Birds sequel: Will 'Bad Piggies' fly or flop?

Rovio has launched a sequel to its hugely popular Angry Birds game, ‘Bad Piggies’, as the app maker hopes to match the ad-funded success of its predecessor. Going live today (27th September) and avaialble iOS, Android and Mac, the free ad-funded game turns the franchise on its head by letting the fans play as the pigs with new gameplay. In Bad Piggies, instead of shooting with a slingshot, players build vehicles that help the characters get the birds' eggs. The company said it was hoping the new game would breathe additional life into its brand.

Watch a gameplay trailer here:

27/09/2012  |  Full story...

Google ‘yet to submit maps app to Apple’ for iPhone 5 users

Apple’s heavily-criticised new mapping system looks set to remain the only location app on the iPhone 5 for a while longer, as Google revealed it has not yet submitted its mapping service for inclusion on the App Store. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has admitted that no move has been made to put the Internet search engine giant's map application on Apple's latest smartphone operating system, iOS6.

25/09/2012  |  Full story...

Amazon debuts Cloud Player in the UK- streams all songs for £22 a year

Amazon has launched its Cloud Player in the UK, offering an online backup of all their songs purchased from the online retailer. All MP3 files purchased from Amazon are automatically stored in Cloud Player for free and there is no charge for importing a further 250 songs from iTunes or elsewhere.

Watch a video explaining how the service works below;

25/09/2012  |  Full story...

Apple faces backlash over new iPhone mapping technology

Apple’s new mapping technology, which replaces Google Maps, has come under fire from users and businesses alike for a myriad of inaccuracies and misplaced landmarks. Amongst a wide range of complaints surfacing on Facebook and Twitter include missing towns (Stratford-upon-Avon and Solihull), wrong locations (Uckfield in East Sussex) and satellite images of various locations, particularly in Scotland, being obscured by cloud. Some smaller roads and lanes do not even have road names and numbers in the UK. There is also no built-in information about public transportation.

21/09/2012  |  Full story...

Facebook tests ‘AdSense-style’ mobile ad network for 3rd parties

Facebook is testing a new mobile ad network, running ads targeted according to user data on third-party apps and mobile websites for the first time. The new platform will see Facebook expanding beyond its website to syndicating ads across the web and on mobile apps, essentially offering a rival to Google’s AdSense ad network.

The move comes as the social network comes under increasing pressure from investors to make more money from mobile ads.

19/09/2012  |  Full story...

Android gains on Apple in global mobile ad market

Android has notched a second consecutive month of ad share gains on iOS in August, now taking 43% of global served mobile ad impressions compared to 57% for Apple, according to new research. The study, from mobile marketing and advertising technology firm Velti, indicates that in July, Android held 42 percent of ad impressions compared to 58 percent for Apple. This comes on the back of the news that Samsung sold more devices than Apple and other manufacturers in Q2 2012.

18/09/2012  |  Full story...

iPhone 5 revealed: 4G, longer screen and a £529 price tag

Apple has unveiled its latest iPhone, offering 4G connectivity, a longer screen and improved hardware and software, all for £529. Apple said the handset would work on Everything Everywhere's (EE) 4G LTE network in the UK. The handset will ship on 21 September and is powered by new A6 processor that is twice as fast at graphics and processing, while RAM memory will double to 1GB. However, it does not feature a NFC (near field communication) chip to allow it to make touchless payments. In addition, the handset does not offer wireless charging like Nokia's Lumia 920.

Watch the trailer here:

13/09/2012  |  Full story...

Facebook ‘a mobile company now’- Zuckerberg admits IPO 'missteps'

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has made his first public appearance since the companies tumultuous stock market float in May. Speaking at the TechCruch Disrupt event in San Francisco, Zuckerberg declared: “We are a mobile company now.” He conceded one of the group’s “biggest mistakes” was its earlier decision to focus on the mobile web rather than native apps, adding a new Android app would be available “soon”. He vowed that Facebook will make more money on phones than on desktops.

Watch a video of part of the interview below (source: IDG)

12/09/2012  |  Full story...

Apps dominate mobile travel traffic in US

US iPhone and Android users are increasily relying on apps, rather than mobile websites, to get their travel information while on the move, according to new research. As the summer travel season comes to a close, Nielsen looked at the usage of travel-related mobile apps and websites during June 2012.

11/09/2012  |  Full story...

Microsoft hires 1,000 staff for China expansion

Microsoft is recruiting over 1,000 additional employees in China this year and boost research and development spending by 15% as the software giant looks to boost its mobile reach in the highly lucrative region. Microsoft is promoting its Windows 8 mobile operating system but came late to the market and trails Apple Iand Google, whose Android system is widely used in China. In China nearly 400 million people surf the Web using mobile phones and other devices.

11/09/2012  |  Full story...

Smartphone wars- Apple and Google to own 80% share of global market by 2016

Apple and Google will dominate the smartphone market in coming years, accounting nearly 80% share of the smartphone market by 2016, according to a new report. The research, from IHS iSuppli Wireless Communications, said that Nokia's Symbian operating system will be practically nonexistent by next year as a result of the smartphone merger between the Finnish giant and Microsoft.

10/09/2012  |  Full story...

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