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comScore numbers reveal over 20% desktop market share for Bing in the US

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There is no doubt that Google is the undisputed king of the online search market, but it looks like Bing is slowly and steadily capturing market share, at least in the US. According to latest numbers from research firm comScore, Microsoft’s search engine has captured 20.1% of the US desktop search market, which means that it now powers 1 in every 5 desktop searches in the country.

As expected, Google is at the top with 64.4% market share, while Yahoo, ASK and AOL round-up the top five with 12.7, 1.8, and 1.1% market share respectively. “In total, 18.9 billion explicit core searches were conducted in March, with Google Sites ranking first with 12.1 billion (up 11%), followed by Microsoft Sites with 3.8 billion (up 12%),” the research firm said. Read more »

This year’s April Fools prank accidentally broke Google’s own security

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Every year, search giant Google comes up with something special for April Fools Day, and this year was no exception, with the company’s website coming out reversed. However, what’s different this year was that the prank inadvertently broke the website’s security.

“The prank compromised the site’s own security by omitting a crucial header that makes it vulnerable to user interface redressing attack, such as click-jacking,” said UK research firm Netcraft, which was the first to discover the vulnerability. Read more »

New WhatsApp update enables Google Drive backup option

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Last month, we reported that WhatsApp was working to integrate Google Drive backup to let you save a copy of messages and multimedia to Google’s cloud storage.

Now we can confirm the upcoming WhatsApp update build 2.12.45 brings exactly that feature. To enable it, you will have to first allow WhatsApp to access the Google Account on the Android phone. Read more »

Samsung employs a kitty to promote the Clear View Cover for Galaxy S6 & S6 edge

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The latest Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge promo video is focused on the official Clear View Cover for the duo of devices. In order to showcase the sleek accessory, the Korean giant employed a rather fluffy looking Persian kitty.

Samsung’s Clear View Cover for the Galaxy S6 family allows users to handle phone calls and notifications without opening the case. Read more »

Project Loon, Google’s effort to deliver Internet from sky, close to rolling out thousands of balloons

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Google has said that its Project Loon, which involves beaming 4G mobile Internet from helium-filled balloons, is close to launching thousands of balloons. The project has been underway for a couple of years now.

“We’re getting close to the point where we can roll out thousands of balloons,” said project leader Mike Cassidy, adding that such a number is necessary to deliver reliable Internet access to users in remote areas where no other means to connect to the Internet are available. Read more »

Chrome OS update brings new Launcher with Google Now integration

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Google has released a major update for Chrome OS, which brings with it several changes. For starters, there is now a new Chrome OS Launcher, which has better search experience, voice search, and Google Now integration.

Other than that there is also a new Files app, which has been updated with new Material Design interface. Other changes include a new Calculator app, support for password-protected ZIP files, and default typeface on all Chromebooks being updated to Roboto Latin, Greek and Cyrillic scripts. Read more »

OnePlus Power Bank to arrive in India by the last week of April

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OnePlus has teased its very own 10,000 mAh Power Bank back in mid-March and promised to launch it in the Indian market by April.

Now the company is preparing to introduce its new accessory for the Indian market. Set to arrive in the last week of April, the 10,000 mAh power bank is already being sold in the US for $15. Read more »

Lenovo working on Lollipop tablet with 64-bit MediaTek chipset

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Earlier this year at MWC 2015, Lenovo had announced two Android tablets powered by MediaTek mobile chipset – Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70 and Lenovo Tab 2 A8. Both packing different set of specifications are set to arrive later this year for select markets.

The popular upleaks has posted that Lenovo is apparently working on an Android tablet housing a 64-bit quad-core MediaTek MT8735 chipset announced earlier this week and will run Android 5.1 Lollipop. Read more »

DoS attacks spotted exploiting recently patched Windows vulnerability

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Just days after Microsoft released a patch for a critical remote code execution vulnerability, CVE-2015-1635 (MS15-034), it has been spotted being exploited in the wild by researchers at the SANS Institute.

“Denial of Service (DoS) exploits are widely available to exploit CVE-2015-1635, a vulnerability in HTTP.sys, affecting Internet Information Server (IIS),” noted Johannes Ullrich, Chief Technology Officer of the SANS Internet Storm Center. The vulnerability affects Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2. Read more »

Google Play Services update gets rid of pesky Android Wear notification

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If you’ve used Android Wear with your phone, you’d have noticed the annoying persistent notification that sits in your phone’s notification drawer, telling you that an Android Wear device has been connected to your phone. As if you wouldn’t notice the watch sitting on your wrist.

With the latest Google Play Services update, Google has gotten rid of the notification. This means there isn’t another notification sitting permanently in your notification drawer that you couldn’t get rid of anymore. Read more »

Snapchat has gone after 6discover app on Windows Phone

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Snapchat is one of those odd niche services that has really exploded in popularity. To stay truly trendy it has really been branching out recently with interesting features, such as sending money and a cool new rich-media content platform, called Discover.

All of this, however, has remained inaccessible for Windows Phone users. Snapchat has really decided to distance itself from the OS, but a few third-party developers have been working hard to bring the experience to Windows users. One such effort is 6discover, an app that lets you access Snapchat’s discover media on a Lumia device. In a recent development, its creator has been under a lot of heat to take the app down, form no other than Snapchat. Read more »

WhatsApp has hit 800 million users and is expanding strong with upcoming voice calls on Windows Phone devices as well

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Despite its modest birth WhatsApp has become a veritable force in the messaging realm and has been growing in popularity exponentially over the past few years. Yesterday, Jan Koum, CEO and co-founder of the mobile messenger, shared on his Facebook page that the product has reached yet another veritable milestone – 800 million monthly active users.

Last August, this number was around 600 million and this January – 700 million. At this rate of about 25 million new active users per month, the service could very well exceed 1 billion, by the end of the year. Needless to say, this is a huge achievement and the exponential growth of WhatsApp has become even more impressive after Facebook paid a hefty $19 billion and took the platform under its wing in February 2014. Read more »

The new Star Wars Battlefront video game trailer is mind-blowing

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Electronic Arts released a trailer of the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront video game. The blockbuster title will hit the shelves later this year, on November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Star Wars Battlefront blends first-person and third-person action with mind-blowing graphics. Read more »

Huawei P8 VIP Service will offer same-day replacements in the UK

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Huawei unveiled the P8 a couple of days ago. The flagship smartphone is headed to stores soon, and it looks like the Chinese company has a surprise prepared for its customers in the UK. The leaked image you can see below is complemented by a rumor saying UK-based buyers of the P8 will get “VIP Service”.

What this means is that you’ll get same-day courier replacement if you have a faulty unit. According to a source inside Huawei, customers will be able to call a special number and speak to a customer rep who will diagnose the problem. If the issue is covered under warranty, then a new handset will be dispatched immediately, with same-day or next-day arrival (if the call happens after the cut-off time for the same-day option) at the customer’s doorstep. Read more »

Office universal apps are headed to Windows 10 for phones before the end of April

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The new touch-friendly Office universal apps have made their debut on the Windows 10 preview builds in February, but so far they’ve only been available for tablets, laptops, and desktops.

However, before April is over the same Word, Excel, and PowerPoint universal apps will make their way to the Windows 10 preview for phones, which itself was released a couple of months ago. Read more »