According to Jay Sullivan, the Mozilla Vice President, Apple Inc. is not too friendly to third-party browsers such as Firefox. The browser will not be available to Apple products like iPhones and iPads until the company makes a decision in loosening the restrictions for iOS browsers.
A report was presented that the rules of Apple make it so difficult for Firefox to build-up its browser on the iOS platform of Apple. Sullivan noted that the current rules are forbidding browsers that are not using the WebKit version of Apple. Additionally, the requirements of Apple’s WebKit prevent the users from setting-up or using any non-iOS app as the default way of managing a browser. The Mobile Safari of the tech giant is the top mobile browser as reported by analysts and surveys, having sixty percent share of all usage of mobile browsing.
It was in September 2012 when Mozilla pulled out its Home app from the App Store of Apple. Currently, Mozilla is not developing a Firefox version for iOS and in fact, doesn’t have any plans of doing so, Sullivan tells.
In addition to this, David Dehgahn of Dolphin Browser commented that the policy of Apple is an inhibiting competition, which is a very critical part in the company’s survival.
Mike Taylor of Opera Software also agreed by saying that giving consumers options on what browser to use is a very important move so to increase the mobile web forward. With the current system of Apple’s way of browsing, users mainly suffer.
A new design for Facebook.
On Thursday, Facebook has announced that they have redesigned extensively the News Feed of the social networking site. This is the front page users see accessing the site.
According to Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, the redesigned News Feed is being described as more visual and lets the users select the topics that are of more importance to them. Additionally, the links to articles and images are a lot bigger compared to the current visuals, which makes it much easier to view especially on mobile screens.
CEO Zuckerberg stated that this design is reflecting the evolution of the News Feed’s design. The redesign does not alter anything regarding the screening algorithm that Facebook uses in selecting what images or links to be showed up on the News Feed of the user.
With the new design, users will be able to trim down the topics they want to view on their news feeds. There’s for photos, publications, brands or celebrities, and there’s for music. The choices are all intended to address the concerns of content publishers and advertisers.
Moreover, the new News Feed is primarily inspired by the prevalence of cellphones. This is more especially noticed on how it is easy to take and share photos through mobile. Figures show that 25% of the posts posted in Facebook last year are all photos, giving them the idea to make the view much larger in the news feed.
At the end, executives of the social networking giant did not openly replied to whether or not it could mean more ads in the News Feed. However, they clarified that the new design would benefit a lot of advertisers because of the bigger space for adverts.
On Wednesday, European regulators have fined Microsoft with an amount of $731 million. This is a punishment for failing to put up with an antitrust sanction, which fortifies the long-established perseverance of EU on fair competition.
Additionally, this huge amount of fine also warned that Europe would not be easily influenced by Facebook and Google to back down from increasing individuals’ online privacy rights. This is a policy that the United States media and tech companies compete, interfering online advertising’s global development.
According to a principal analyst at a tech industry research firm Pund-IT, Charles King, this very event draws attention to the importance of considering laws and customs for global companies. If the companies do not do this, then they’re nearly asking for the kind of punishment EU has charged over Microsoft.
On the other hand, Microsoft has taken over its full responsibility for not being successful in giving its European clients an option of web browsers in distributing about fifteen million copies of is Windows 7 OS, wherein the company cited a technical error. Microsoft had corresponded to do the part in accordance to the 2009 sanction that closed out an extended antitrust inspection handled by the competition commission of EU.
Smartphones selling great for 2013’s first quarter.
According to market researcher IDC, there will come a day that the sales of smartphone s will be outpacing thoe feature phones. This is because of more 4G wireless networks and lower-cost gadgets.
Smartphones are finally on the peak of outpacing feature phones in sales globally.
For several years, there are analysts who have been setting predictions that these smartphones would overtake basic feature phones regarding worldwide profits. A report was presented that manufacturers are estimated to ship 918.6 million devices this year. This estimated figure is also expected to increase up to 1.5 billion in shipments by the end of 2017.
There are two key reasons why this can happen. One is it can surf the Web, access email, and act as GPS navigation devices and check you into your favorite places thru social media apps.
PadFone of Asus will make it big in the market.
If you are trying to come up with a marketable brand that will surely make it big to the market, “PadFone” would not be the first name that you’ll think. However, this amazingly peculiar name worked for Asus.
On Tuesday, Asus announced that it would be continuing to release its PadFone line starting with its PadFone Infinity. Basically, it is a 5-inch LTE smartphone that becomes a 10.1-inch tablet everytime it’s docked into the included PadFone Infinity Station. It is expected to be released this April for 999 euros.
The smartphone/tablet does not look far from the iPhone 5, except that it’s longer and wider. It has resilient metal encasing and is light in the hands. It runs with Android 4.2 and a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with an Adreno 320 GPU. It also has the Super IPS 5-inch screen packs in 1920 x 1080 pixels, which delivers 441 ppi.
For the PadFone Station, it houses a 10.1-inch screen with 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution and will not work if not connected to the smartphone. It also has features such as a 1-mega pixel front-facing camera, an ambient light sensor, Micro-USB 2.0 port, and an e-compass.
The PadFone Station is simply a shell for the phone and has zero functionality unless the two are connected. It houses a 10.1-inch screen with 1,920×1,200-pixel resolution. Other features include a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, Micro-USB 2.0 port, an ambient light sensor, and an e-compass. An added feature includes GSM, WCDMA, and 100Mbps-capable LTE antennas as well as a non-removable 5000mAh lithium polymer battery.
The PadFone of Asus impresses consumers with its high-end specs that’s worth the price. No release date is planned for U.S. yet, but Asus is expecting it be launched in April in the U.K.
On Tuesday, Microsoft has announced that its browser-based email service, Outlook.com, has progressed from its preview stage and currently available in the market worldwide.
It was in July 2012 when Outlook.com was introduced. This is considered as the boldest email move during the time when Google released its Gmail way back 2004. At first, the email service will remind you of Google’s email service as it has a simple interface and mega storage. On the other hand, the email’s People Hub and the look and feel of Windows 8 will give Outlook.com the distinct identity from its rivals.
Primarily, Microsoft has designed Outlook.com as a replacement for its product Hotmail. The name “Hotmail” will not disappear completely, but Outlook.com will be the only consumer-free for Microsoft’s email service.
According to the Senior Director of Product Management, Dharmesh Mehta, the current Hotmail users can change over anytime they want to. Users can still use their @hotmail email addresses, but it will also give the user an option to change it to @outlook.com. However, for those who chose not to change, they will still automatically be upgraded in waves to the new service within the week. Mehta further noted that the process is expected to be entirely finished by summer.
Moreover, Microsoft also announced that within six months ever since the launch of Outlook.com, the email service has drawn in millions of users worldwide.
Sony, the manufacturer of the famous PlayStation, will be having its first PlayStation meeting on Wednesday since 2011.
A lot of people are expecting that Sony will launch ita new console PlayStation 4. On the other hand, the company is also expected to announce something about its PS3. Rumors indicated that Sony will be dropping off the price of the PS3 console.
According to a popular games industry analyst from Wedbush Securities, Michael Pachter, after the PlayStation meeting, people should be expecting Sony to lessen the price for its PS3. Currently, the machine with 500GB is now at $299. However, Pachter considers the company to drop the price at $199 only.
A huge cut off of the console’s price would be impossible. But if Sony will really be launching PS4 within this year, then the company would want to sell as many as PS3 consoles as it possibly can before shifting attention to the new console. The possible effect of this event would likely be that Microsoft will also drop the price of its Xbox 360, the major competition to Sony’s PS3.