18 September 2013

Mobile Internet Use 2013; Sony's Stick Inferior to Chromecast

Smartphones and tablets -- mobile internet taking off --

Cell Internet Use 2013 | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project: "63% of adult cell owners now use their phones to go online, a figure that has doubled since we first started tracking internet usage on cell phones in 2009. In addition, 34% of these cell internet users say that they mostly go online using their cell phone. That means that 21% of all adult cell owners now do most of their online browsing using their mobile phone—and not some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer."

Why Sony’s $150 Set-Top-on-a-Stick Can’t Compete with Chromecast | Variety: ".... users may opt for Chromecast on the bet that more content partners will be added soon. Another shortcoming of the Bravia Smart Stick: It works only with Sony’s 2013 Bravia television line."

YouTube starts testing Chromecast support for third-party websites — Tech News and Analysis: "YouTube is starting to let users beam videos to their Chromecast devices from any website."

US carriers signal launch iPhone 5s inventory will be 'grotesquely' low
Apple Insider
Seemingly confirming rumors that Apple will not to provide adequate inventory of the iPhone 5s this weekend, a new report reveals that carriers are facing "grotesquely" low inventory for the device's launch. Preorder. Sources from U.S. carriers who spoke with ...

See all stories on this topic »Google Expands Digital Wallet Offering
Wall Street Journal
Apple notably eschewed NFC in its latest iPhone update, striking a blow to the technology, which many have hoped would help speed payments at stores. Google'sapp update suggests it may be readying a version to use on Apple devices, though the ...

Google eyes big change in online tracking for ads
USA TODAY
Google's move will be closely watched by the ad industry because the company is not only the leader in online advertising, its Chrome browser is now the world's most popular, having surged ahead of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox and ...

Microsoft Boosts Dividend by 22%, Sets $40 Billion Buyback
Wall Street Journal
He wants to shift the company from a focus purely on software that is downloaded onto personal computers or on corporate computing networks, into something of a hybrid of rivals Apple Inc. and Google Inc. Microsoft is refashioning more of its software ...

How Apple's iTunes Radio will rock the world
CNET
This human approach is very Apple. After all, the iTunes Store, which despite attempts by Amazon and Google remains by far the biggest digital music marketplace, relies on people to select which artists get featured, and that can make a new album or track.

Apple's big bet on iOS 7 gaming ...
CNET
There's a good reason why a significant portion of Apple's iPhone announcement last week was dedicated to showing off the flagship iOS game series Infinity Blade. That's because with iOS 7 -- rolling out to the public Wednesday -- and the new A7 chip's ...

Microsoft Bing's New Look, Tools
InformationWeek
Some Microsoft shareholders have grown skeptical of Bing, which has lost billions of dollars over the years. According to comScore, Microsoft's search engine accounted for only 17.9% of U.S. Web searches in August, a distant second behind Google's ...

Tiger Global Ups Investment in Creator of WordPress.com - Digits - WSJ: "...Automattic’s profile is rising in the wake of Yahoo'sYHOO +1.00% $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr in May. Despite limited revenue, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer said she was eager to acquire the blogging service for its growth and its mobile footprint. Automattic’s blogging platform, WordPress, also has scale. It is used by 19.9% of all Web sites, according to the company. The figure represents about a 3 percentage point increase since the beginning of 2012. Automattic makes the bulk of its revenue from monthly, premium subscription services for individuals and businesses."

Google buys Bump, focuses on mobile file sharing
Computerworld
Computerworld - Google is buying the mobile startup Bump Technologies, makers of the popular app that enables users to transfer photos, videos and files just ...
ZDNet (blog)
Perhaps Google feels it's sufficient to match Apple in this respect, but it does feel ... This is just as well, as it's not a cheap accessory: Amazon UK was selling the ...
Wall Street Journal
Steve Ballmer's long-awaited and long-worded memo Thursday joins a family tree of Microsoft documents with a rich history. Burrow through the web long ...

Wall Street Journal

Microsoft Unveils Latest Bing Improvements
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Microsoft's effort to get Google users to adopt the Bing search engine seems to have taken a lower profile lately. But there's plenty of changes still coming, ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Amazon: Vinyl Record Sales Up 745% Since 2008
ReadWrite
In the era when it seems like all of our music has gone digital, Amazonreports an interesting ... Amazon would have you believe that one of its product features is ...

ReadWrite
Apple once again tops the ACSI satisfaction index as consumers ... "Microsoft's revamped Windows 8 operating system does not seem to have ...

Box.com Melds Google and Microsoft Into Document Engine of the ...
Wired
Sinofsky spent years overseeing the fortunes of Microsoft Office, the software ... tool called Box Notes that seeks to race both Microsoft and Google to the future of ...

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