Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 11 is currently the leader in the browser market with 25.04% market share, according to Internet statistic firm Net Market Share, which has recently released its stats for the desktop web browser market for April 2015.
As clear from the pie chart shown above, IE 8.0 came in second with 16.05 % share, while Google’s Chrome web browser (version 41.0) captured the third spot with 8.86% market share. IE 9.0, Chrome 42.0, and Firefox 37 rounded up the top 5 with 8.10%, 7.69%, and 6.45% market share, respectively. Read more »
Just a couple of weeks after it was made available to external beta testers, the Android version of the live video streaming app Meerkat is officially available for download from the Play Store. The app, however, still carries a ‘Beta’ tag.
If you aren’t already aware, Meerkat allows you to stream live video from your smartphone to all of your Twitter followers at once. The app is already available on iOS, and has got a lot of coverage recently. Read more »
Mobile keyboard company Fleksy has announced that the paid version of its Android app, which usually runs about $2, is now available as a free download for one week, i.e., until 05/07/2015.
You just need to download the free version of the app (remove and re-install the trial version if you already have it), and sign-in to the company’s cloud service, and you will be able to unlock the paid version for free. Read more »
In yet another effort to protect users from phishing attacks, Google has launched a new extension for Chrome browser that the company claims protects their Google accounts. Dubbed Password Alert, the free, open-source extension is also available to Google for Work customers, including Google Apps and Drive for Work.
“The most effective phishing attacks can succeed 45 percent of the time, nearly 2 percent of messages to Gmail are designed to trick people into giving up their passwords, and various services across the web send millions upon millions of phishing emails, every day,” the Mountain View, California-based company said in a blog post. Read more »
BlackBerry has announced a limited period Loyalty Program for its customers in India, allowing them to purchase select BlackBerry 10 smartphones, including the Passport, Z30, Z3, and Classic, at a discount of up to INR 10,000 ($158). They’ll also get assured JPMiles from JetPrivilege.
In addition, the Canadian company is also offering 1 GB data free for 2 months on purchase of the Z3 and 2 GB data free for 2 months on purchase of the Z30, Classic, or Passport. Read more »
The first flash sale of Micromax’s Canvas Spark smartphone, which commenced today at 12 PM on Snapdeal, saw 20,000 units of the device selling out in less than 2 minutes.
“The consumer response for the Canvas Spark has been phenomenal and overwhelming at the same time with the demand for the device increasing every passing minute,” said Micromax CMO Shubhajit Sen. “Our job now is to ensure that the smartphone reaches everyone who has wished for it.” Read more »
Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab A with S Pen in South Korea. While the tablet is available in both 9.7 and 8 inch variants, only the former has been launched. It will, however, be available in both WiFi and LTE flavors.
Specs-wise, the device is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and sports a 1024×768 pixels display. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (which can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card), and packs in a 6000mAh battery. In terms of camera, the tablet features a 5MP rear unit and a 2MP front shooter. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and comes pre-loaded with Microsoft apps. Read more »
US consumer electronics chain Best Buy has updated its official iOS app with support for Apple Pay, allowing customers to pay for purchased items using Apple’s mobile payments service. All its US stores will begin accepting Apple Pay later this year, the company said.
“Today’s consumers have many different ways to spend their money and we want to give our customers as many options as possible in how they pay for goods and services at Best Buy,” the company said in a press release. Read more »
On April 28, US carrier Verizon will begin carrying LG’s new high-end Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch Urbane, according to some leaked promotional material revealed by the website Android Spin.
The smartwatch, which made its way to the Google Store in the US earlier today, carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, where it went on sale just a few days ago. Over in the UK, online retailer Clove is selling it for £260 ($394). As per the leak, Verizon will be selling the device for $350. Read more »
The ZenWatch successor will not be launched until 2016, according to Asus CEO Jerry Shen, who made the comment during the ZenFone 2 India launch event. It’s worth mentioning that back in December last year, Shen had said that the smartwatch, tipped to be called the ZenWatch 2, will be released in Q3 2015,
He also revealed that the wearable will be available in two variants, one for men and the other for women. It is, however, not yet known whether the devices will have different designs or just different straps for customization. Read more »
Just a couple of days after its last update, VLC for Windows Phone has received yet another new version, bumping the application to version 1.3.2 and bringing along some performance improvements as well as bug fixes.
The update not only fixes responsive design and UX issues in Search Pages, it also adds a new back button. The updated app now communicates better with the Windows Phone’s background audio task so it consumes less CPU resources and in turn battery. In addition, the update also brings along fixes to “a dozen of tiny bugs/crashes.” Read more »
LG’s new high-end Android Wear smartwatch, the G Watch Urbane, is finally available for purchase in the UK, where online retailer Clove now has the device in stock, and is selling it for £260 ($394).
The wearable carries a price tag of $365 in South Korea, where it went on sale just a few days ago. It will be available in 13 different countries through Google Store starting tomorrow, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, UK and the US. Read more »
BlackBerry has announced that it is mulling closing its offices in Sweden, a move that would put nearly 100 jobs at stake. The Canadian company is currently in discussions with the employees’ unions there, and a final decision in this regard will only be taken after the talks are over.
“At this time, we are considering the closure of our offices in Sweden. Since this may impact approximately 100 employees, we are now initiating consultations with the employees’ trade unions,” said a BlackBerry spokesperson. Read more »
Microsoft has released an app that enables you to make backup of all your contacts and messages and store it in your phone’s SD card. Appropriately dubbed contacts+message backup, the app is compatible with Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
After installation, you can access the app by heading to Settings on your phone – it doesn’t appear in your regular list of installed apps. The backup it creates is stored in a folder named backup+restore. Read more »
Less than a week after it was rolled out to iPhone users, the WhatsApp voice calling feature has been officially made available to all BlackBerry 10 users, too. The update is currently live, and is available through BlackBerry World.
The update, which bumps the application to version 126.96.36.199, also includes several other bug fixes and improvements, including the ability to instantly search for individual messages (as well as chats and contacts), improved font scaling, and custom ringtone selection. Read more »