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Which browser is most popular on each major operating system? | ZDNet

Collectively, five browsers dominate the web, accounting for 98 percent of all traffic as measured by the latest U.S. Government Digital Analytics Program. (For a discussion of where that data comes from, see the note at the end of this earlier post.)

The trouble with those aggregate numbers is they mash together visits from sites running mobile and desktop operating systems, where the choice of browsers varies greatly. That’s why I was thrilled to see that the good folks at DAP released some new crosstab options this week.

Those new data formats now make it possible to measure browser usage in detail on individual platforms.

For this analysis, I used traffic from May 1, 2016 through June 17, 2016, breaking the results out across Android, iOS, Windows, and OS X. The results are eye-opening. Two overall conclusions are worth highlighting before diving into the details.

First, as open platforms, desktop operating systems have historically encouraged the development of alternative browsers and made it easy to switch. As a result, somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of all PC and Mac users choose a browser other than the default option. Among mobile operating systems, however, changing defaults is much more difficult (and nearly impossible on iOS). That explains the dominance of Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari.

Second, independent browsers are rapidly nearing extinction. A mere seven years ago, Mozilla’s Firefox was a force to be reckoned with. In 2016, its usage is approaching single-digit percentages, with Chrome now crushing it as the preferred non-default browser on desktop platforms. In addition, Firefox Mobile has had little or no success and is a statistical blip on mobile devices.

Source: Which browser is most popular on each major operating system? | ZDNet

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Exclusive: Internal Videos Show Why the Microsoft Kin Cratered | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

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These internal Microsoft testing videos of its ill-fated line of Kin phones demonstrate a product not ready for prime time.

 

Do you remember the Microsoft Kin? It’s okay if you don’t — Microsoft certainly would like for you to forget it ever existed. Kin was a family of phones from Microsoft that launched to much fanfare in 2010, sold incredibly poorly, and that the company killed just 48 days later. Orange juice has a longer shelf life.

The Kin was Microsoft’s attempt to roll out a hip, new phone — you know, for kids. The Kin One and Kin Two were built around media, putting music, photos and social media at the heart of the experience to try and capture the youth market. But it turned out that kids don’t like things that don’t work any better than the rest of us do. That meant the Kin proved to be more or less dead on arrival for a variety of reasons. It was too expensive and had too few apps, for example. But mostly, it just sort of sucked.

 

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Windows 8 Push Arrives on 14 Conde Nast Covers | Media – Advertising Age

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windows 8 promotions on the front of conde nast’s december issues seem to push the boundaries that magazines have long observed.

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Microsoft’s Introduces – Surface

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The cover is also a Keyboard.

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Microsoft Surface specifications

  • Operating system: Windows RT
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Thickness: 9.3mm
  • Display: 10.6″ ClearType HD display
  • Battery: 31.5W-h
  • Connectivity options: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Case: VaporMg case & stand
  • Capacities: 32GB and 64GB

Microsoft Surface Pro specifications

  • Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
  • Weight: 903 grams
  • Thickness: 13.5mm
  • Display: 10.6″ ClearType HD display
  • Battery: 42W-h
  • Connectivity options: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Case: VaporMg case & stand
  • Capacities: 64GB and 128GB

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Ballmer: Windows Tablets by Christmas

While Apple’s iPad runs away with the tablet market, Windows slates are still preparing for battle, with the first wave to appear by Christmas, Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said.

7 new Windows 7 tablets

“You’ll see new slates with Windows on them. You’ll see them this Christmas,” Ballmer said at the London School of Economics, Reuters reports. “Certainly we have done work around the tablet as both a productivity device and a consumption device.”

Tablet watchers could get a taste of what’s to come at a Microsoft event next week, on October 11. Although Microsoft intends to focus on Windows Phone 7, unnamed sources tell Neowin that Microsoft will speak briefly about its tablet plans.

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Exopc Slate

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Windows Based Tablets …

 

MSI WindPad

MSI Windpad 100

Key features:

• 10-inch display
• Windows 7 Home Premium
• Multi-Touch
• Intel’s (INTC) Oak Trail Atom Processor
• 2GB of RAM
• 32GB SSD
• SIM card slot
• 8 hours of battery life
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 3G module will be on some versions
• 2 USB ports
• 1.7 lbs
• Web camera
• HDMI port
• Price: $499
• Availability: Early 2011

 

 

Asus EePad

Asus Eee Pad EP121

Key features:

• 12-inch display
• Windows 7 Home Premium
• High Resolution Touch Sensitive Screen
• Multi-Touch
• CUL V Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
• 2GB of DDR2 RAM
• 32, 64 or 128GB SSD
• 10 hours of battery life
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G
• USB ports
• 1.3 megapixel Web camera
• 1.48 lbs
• Memory and SIM card slots
• HDMI port
• Headphone/Mic Jacks
• Price: $1,000
• Availability: December 2010

Pegatron MasterPad

Pegatron Masterpad

Key features:

• 11.6-inch display
• Windows 7 Home Premium
• Multi-Touch
• Intel Atom N450 processor
• 2GB RAM
• 32 or 64GB SSD
• 5 hours of battery life
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G
• 2 USB ports
• 1.3 megapixel Web camera
• 2.18 lbs
• Memory card slot
• mini-HDMI port
• Price: Not available
• Availability: Late 2010

HP Slate

Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) HP Slate

Key features:

• 8.9-inch display
• Windows 7 Home Premium
• Multi-Touch
• 1.6-GHz Intel Z530 Atom processor
• 1GB of DDR2 RAM
• 32GB or 64GB SSD
• 5 hours of battery life
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional 3G
• USB ports
• Front and rear Web cameras
• 1.49 lbs
• Memory and SIM card slots
• HDMI port
• Headphone/Mic Jacks
• Price: $549 for 32GB model, $599 for 64GB model
• Availability: Late 2010

Hanvon TouchPad

Hanvon TouchPad B10

Key features:

• 10.1-inch display
• Windows 7 Home Premium
• Multi-Touch
• 1.3GHz Intel Celeron ULV processor
• 2GB of DDR2 RAM
• 250GB hard drive
• 3.5 hours of battery life
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 3G connectivity not included
• 2 USB ports
• 1.3 megapixel Web camera
• 1.98 lbs
• Memory and SIM card slot
• Mini HDMI port
• Headphone/Mic Jacks
• Price: $974
• Availability: Unknown

Exopc Slate

ExoPC Slate (Manufactured by Pegatron)

Key features:

• 11.6-inch display
• Windows 7 Home Premium
• Multi-Touch
• 1.66 GHz Intel Atom Pineview-M N450
• 2GB of DDR2 RAM
• 32GB or 64GB SSD
• 4 hours of battery life
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G card slot
• 2 USB ports
• 1.3 megapixel Web camera
• 2.09 lbs
• Memory and SIM card slots
• HDMI port
• Headphone/Mic Jacks
• Price: $624 (32GB model), $724 (64GB model)
• Availability: October 2010

ViewSonic ViewPad

ViewSonic ViewPad 100

Key features:

• 10-inch display
• Windows 7 Home Premium (it’s a dual-boot device that also runs Android 1.6)
• Multi-Touch
• 1.66Ghz Intel Atom N455 processor
• 1GB DDR3 RAM
• 16GB SSD, can expand to 32GB using the MicroSD slot
• 4.5 hours of battery life
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 3G connectivity not included
• 2 USB ports
• 1.3 megapixel Web camera
• 1.9 lbs
• SIM card slot
• VGA port
• Headphone/Mic Jacks
• Price: $845
• U.S. availability unknown, available in Europe in October 2010

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Apple iBook and Microsoft’s Page-Turning Patent

Apple, Amazon, and others have worked hard to simulate the experience of reading a book on a tablet computer, device or smartphone. Specifically, Apple’s iBooks iPad application has a page turning feature that replicates the curling of a page when you flip pages in a book. But Microsoft is claiming that it invented this feature in a patent application, according to a GoRumors report.

The patent application, which was filed in 2009, appears to have been filed with Microsoft’s Courier touch-based tablet in mind. But unfortunately, that project was tabled a few months ago. Essentially, Microsoft is trying to patent making a virtual page turn exactly like a real page.

Here’s an excerpt from the application:

One or more pages are displayed on a touch display. A page-turning gesture directed to a displayed page is recognized. Responsive to such recognition, a virtual page turn is displayed on the touch display. The virtual page turn actively follows the page-turning gesture. The virtual page turn curls a lifted portion of the page to progressively reveal a back side of the page while progressively revealing a front side of a subsequent page. A lifted portion of the page is given an increased transparency that allows the back side of the page to be viewed through the front side of the page. A page-flipping gesture quickly flips two or more pages.

While Microsoft applied last year, it seems that the patent has not actually been awarded to the company yet. But the tablet is dead, so it’s unclear what the benefit would be to Microsoft at this point (besides maybe engaging in a bit of legal patent fun with Apple).

But the action that is being patented seems fairly obvious, which may prevent the patent from being awarded. After all, it is nothing more than an animation of a page being turned, an “invention” which goes back to the days of Guttenberg.

by Leena Rao on Jul 8, 2010

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