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Amazon’s £159 iPad rival Kindle Fire HD unveiled

Amazon has unveiled three new versions of its Kindle Fire tablet, as the online retail giant looks to take on Apple’s iPad and Google’s new Nexus 7. The new version, called ‘Kindle Fire HD’, will also use a partly ad-funded business model. The devices come with ads, called "special offers" that appear when screens are locked and in the corner of the home screen, helping Amazon keep prices low.

07/09/2012  |  Full story...

BBC iPlayer offers mobile downloads to watch on the tube

The BBC has updated its iPhone and iPad app, allowing mobile downloads as an alternative to streaming for the first time. Until now, programmes could only be downloaded to PCs and Macs for later viewing. The move opens up a new way for people to watch BBC content on the move. Starting this week on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, users can download shows from BBC iPlayer over Wi-Fi in advance by adding them to a ‘download queue’.

05/09/2012  |  Full story...

Baidu strengthens Chinese internet marketing with browser and cloud launch

Chinese internet marketing giant Baidu is stepping up its product portfolio with major launches in cloud computing and a suite of mobile internet browser tools. Baidu is now looking to markets beyond China and revenues beyond search, directly competing with European and North American mobile, search and hosting firms. Baidu has launched a mobile browser, with aims that 80% of China’s Android handsets will have downloaded Baidu Mobile Browser by the end of the year.

04/09/2012  |  Full story...

Top 10 smartphones worldwide

Samsung lead the way in 2012, with the largest increase (5%) in market share betwee Q2 2011 and Q2 2012. Manufacturers such as Apple and ZTE made significant increases over the measurement period. The previously popular brand Nokia suffered the biggest dip in market share with a 3% decrease.

Top 10 smartphones worldwide. Samsung lead the way in 2012, with the largest increase (5%) in market share betwee Q2 2011 and Q2 2012. Manufacturers such as Apple and ZTE made significant increases over the measurement period. The previously popular brand Nokia suffered the biggest dip in market share with a 3% decrease.

03/09/2012  |  Full story...

Amazon snubs Google Maps for Nokia in new Kindle Fire

Online retailer Amazon has partnered with Nokia to provide mapping services for its new Kindle Fire, representing a significant snub to Google. Reuters reports that the new tablet device will have an integrated mapping feature and the partnership with Nokia help the company avoid using Google Maps. Amazon revealed that the original Kindle Fire is now sold out and the Kindle Fire 2 is expected to be announced at an event on 6 September 2012.

03/09/2012  |  Full story...

Google reacts to Apple’s patent victory over Samsung

Google has responded very cautiously to the ruling in Apple’s patent victory over Samsung in the US, a ruling that could affect its Android operating system. Google released a statement on Sunday, in the wake of a ruling by a jury that Samsung had infringed on multiple Apple software and design features.

29/08/2012  |  Full story...

Apple seeks US ban on 8 Samsung phones after patent victory

Apple is seeking a ban on eight Samsung phones in the US, after winning a landmark $1bn copyright lawsuit. The move could have an impact on owners of Samsung phones, as the company could be forced to make major software and hardware changes, and help Apple’s battle for dominance against Google’s Android operating system, which accounts for two-thirds of the global market.

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28/08/2012  |  Full story...

Facebook- Instagram deal approved… for £150m less than original price?

Facebook has finally been given the go ahead to buy Instagram, but the deal is now three quarters of its original value to the mobile photo application firm. The Federal Trade Commission confirmed this week that it had closed its competition investigation into the acquisition, without taking any action.

24/08/2012  |  Full story...

Google and Oracle forced to publish list of paid bloggers

Google and Oracle have been ordered to reveal the names of those it pays for writing articles and blogs, following a dispute between the two technology giants. The order was issued by Judge William Alsup, the judge who presided over Oracle's original lawsuit against Google over its Android operating system.

24/08/2012  |  Full story...

Cloud storage wars- Microsoft revamps SkyDrive

Microsoft has revamped its SkyDrive online storage system with new features as the firm aims to rival the likes of Dropbox, Apple, Amazon and Google in the rapidly growing cloud storage market. The firm is also set to launch an Android SkyDrive app in the near future. The move forms part of Microsoft’s sweeping interface changes which are occurring in preparation for the up-coming release of Windows 8.

16/08/2012  |  Full story...

Top 10 smartphones- Samsung extends global lead over Apple and Nokia

Android-based devices are outstripping Apple globally in terms of popularity, with Samsung leading the way, according to new research. The findings, from Gartner’s second quarter 2012 market share data, showed that Samsung shipped 30% more smartphones in the quarter than the same period in 2011, extending its lead over Nokia and Apple.

16/08/2012  |  Full story...

Smartphone trends- Samsung extends lead over Apple in Europe

Samsung continues to lead European smartphone market, and the Galaxy manufacturer now has five of Britain’s top 10 best selling handsets. Samsung has increased its European market share to 45 per cent, while RIM has found its share in the UK fall to 10.9 per cent, compared to 21.6 per cent at the same point of last year, according to market data company Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

07/08/2012  |  Full story...

Sky debuts pay-as-you-go online movie service

Sky has launched Now TV, its pay -as-you-go online TV service Now TV, offering movies from 99p or £15 for a month’s subscription. The service will initially be available for PC, Mac, and selected Android devices, with iOS devices due to get it later in July. It will come to Xbox, PS3, and Roku before the end of the year.

17/07/2012  |  Full story...

Mobile trends in Argentina- Smartphones and tablets taking bigger share of web use

Mobile use in Argentina is on the rise, with Android accounting for the largest share of mobile webpage views, while iPads lead the tablet market, according to new research. The study, from comScore, looked at connected device usage in Argentina from its Device Essentials service. The report found that digital media consumption via connected devices (including mobile phones, tablets, etc.) accounted for 2.1 percent of all Internet page views in March 2012. Of this non-computer traffic, mobile phones drove 70.4 percent of traffic, while tablets accounted for 25.2 percent.

13/07/2012  |  Full story...

Google’s £169 tablet to launch in UK without music, film or magazines

Google's Nexus 7 tablet is due for launch in a couple of weeks, but the internet giant has admitted the iPad rival will go on sale in Europe without access to the Play Store’s music, magazines or TV shows after it failed to agree deals with the rights holders. Announced last month, the Nexus 7 features a smaller 7-inch screen than the iPad, and will cost just £169 for the base model. It goes on sale on July 19 in the US and Europe. However, the ability to access TV shows, music and magazines will remain exclusive to the US for the initial launch period.

06/07/2012  |  Full story...

Top smartphone platforms: US

Nearly 110 million people owned a smartphone in the US at the end of May 2012. Google Android is the most popular platform for smartphone owners with 50.(% share of users. 5 years after the first iPhone release, Apple now holds a 31.9% share of the smartphone market.

Top smartphone platforms: US. Nearly 110 million people owned a smartphone in the US at the end of May 2012. Google Android is the most popular platform for smartphone owners with 50.(% share of users. 5 years after the first iPhone release, Apple now holds a 31.9% share of the smartphone market.

04/07/2012  |  Full story...

Top 5 smartphone and OS systems in the US

Samsung still leads the way in the US smartphone market, but Apple is the fastest grower, accounting for nearly 1 in every 3 devices, according to new research. comScore has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending May 2012. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.7 percent market share.

04/07/2012  |  Full story...

Adobe drops Flash support for Android

Adobe will discontinue development of Flash for Android 4.1 this summer, starting August 15th, as the firm looks to focus on the new HTML5 technology for video, app and rich media displays in the future. Adobe confirmed in a Friday blog post that "there will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1."

04/07/2012  |  Full story...

Google launches iPad rival ‘Nexus 7’

Google has launched its first own-brand tablet computer, taking on Apple, Amazon and Microsoft in an increasingly crowded and fast-growing market. The company has partnered with Taiwanese manufacturer Asus to launch the Nexus 7, a 7in tablet computer built around Google's popular Android software. Priced at $199 (£127), Google's Nexus 7 is both more affordable and physically smaller than many of its rivals. Like the Nexus 7, Amazon's Kindle Fire has a 7in screen and is priced at £127.

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29/06/2012  |  Full story...

Google launches Nexus Q cloud media 'ball'

Google has launched Nexus Q, a social streaming device that lets users play content from their Google Play account from the cloud direct to their home stereo and TV systems. The ball-shaped device has a built in 25w amp so it can pair with speakers. It can also be integrated with existing home entertainment set up and A/V receiver, whilst the Nexus Q also supports NFC, Bluetooth and WiFi, and runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, with 1GB RAM and 16GB local storage.

Watch a video explaining how the service works below:

29/06/2012  |  Full story...

Google helps manage workers on the move with mobile app

Google has launched Maps Coordinate, a paid-for mobile app designed to help companies track and manage workers on the move. The location-based tool combines Google’s mapping technology and Android smartphones to deploy offsite staff effectively depending on their locations.

Watch a video explaining how the service works below:

25/06/2012  |  Full story...

Mobile traffic ‘converting at rate of 3.1%’- study

Mobile is accounting for 7.85% of all online sales in the UK, according to new research. The study, from Affiliate Window’s second annual m-commerce white paper, looks at mobile growth trends. On average across all mobile platforms, mobile raffic is converting at 3.1%, and 10.94% of traffic is now mobile (including tablets).

25/06/2012  |  Full story...

Android Phones in India- smartphones and social media fuel web growth

Social Networking is one of the top activities for smartphone users in India, fuelled by the simultaneous growth of social media and smartphone adoption in the country. Social networking apps offer seamless integration with other phone functions enabling instant photo sharing, updates, and website links and more.

18/06/2012  |  Full story...

Google opens AdWords to 300,000 apps via AdMob integration

Google has integrated its AdMob mobile platform with AdWords, allowing purchases across both networks from a single dashboard. The move adds about 350 million mobile users, 300,000 mobile apps and 12 countries to AdWords' reach. AdWords currently reaches two million websites, so the move is likely to make Google's mobile ad services more attractive to advertisers as they have a broader reach.

11/06/2012  |  Full story...

Google revamps Maps with 3D technology

Google is updating its mapping service with 3D technology, as the internet giant looks to counter Apple’s decision to drop its service from its iPhone and iPads. The new service will offer zoomable, three-dimensional cityscapes, complete with top and side level views of buildings, streets and landscaping. The new features include 3D enhancements to Google Earth, a portable device for taking "street view" panoramic photos and offline access to Google Maps on Android phones.

Watch a video demonstrating how the service works here:

07/06/2012  |  Full story...

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