Android is lord of the tablets
Figures from Gartner say that while tablet sales grew 68 per cent in 2013 it appears that Android is the big winner. Big G said that worldwide sales of tablets to end users reached 195.4 million units in 2013, a 68 percent increase on 2012. Sales of iOS tablets grew in the fourth quarter of 2013, iOS’s share declined to 36 per cent in 2013. This is because tablet growth in 2013 was fuelled by the low-end smaller screen tablet market, and first time buyers rather than those who want to mortgage their house to buy another overpriced toy.
Google Glass gets upgrade to android 4.4 KitKat
Google Glass Explorers will soon have their wearable computers upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat, according to a recent report by Glass Almanac. If so, the futuristic headset is in line for maybe its biggest software upgrade since arriving in limited quantities with Android 4.0 for beta-testing Explorers last February, though Google has pushed out minor, monthly software updates to Glass over the past year. Glass Guide Teresa Zazenski broke the news last week in a private Explorers forum, saying that Google will continue with the regular updates, but may reduce their frequency “because bigger updates just take more time.” “In fact, we’re working to move Glass from Ice Cream Sandwich [Android 4.0.3] to Kit Kat to make the Glass experience smoother and just plain better,” Zazenski wrote in her message, as published by Glass Almanac. “This change will make it easier for us to bring you more useful updates and it’s something we’re really excited about.”
Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta hands-on review
Mozilla recently released the latest beta of its Firefox browser for Windows 8, and we downloaded it to a Windows 8.1 tablet to take it for a spin. As this is a beta, it is available to download directly from Mozilla’s website, rather than from the Microsoft Store. That said, we found the beta remarkably stable and polished – much more so than many of the release versions of apps we have tried from Microsoft’s Store.
Twitter sends password reset emails by mistake, admits it hasn’t been hacked
Social network Twitter sent a number of password reset emails on Monday evening due to a system error. The firm contacted users with the sort of messages usually seen when attackers are taking over accounts. Twitter’s email has been shared on the microblogging website, of course, and picked up by the Recode website. The missive presented itself as one of those ‘you’ve been hacked’ emails, and informed users about their scorched logins. “Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter,” it said. “We’ve reset your password to prevent accessing your account.”
Microsoft adds machine learning, big data capabilities to Office suite
Redmond-based software giant Microsoft bolstered big data, machine learning and mobile capabilities in its flagship productivity offerings at the annual Sharepoint conference this week. Microsoft’s message is clear: contextual awareness, integration and collaboration, rather than the traditional siloed model of working, is the productivity style of tomorrow’s workplace. Microsoft announced a slew of new technologies on Monday for its Office 365 offering including new APIs, a much-improved mobile SDK and embedded collaboration features throughout the suite. But the company also previewed new Office features that it hopes will help keep the company ahead of rivals in the productivity apps space, including Google.
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Financial services sector attracts most cyber-crime, says PwC study
Cyber-crime is still the second most common type of economic crime reported by financial services respondents after asset misappropriation, a survey has revealed. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey, 39 per cent of financial sector respondents said they had been victims of cyber-crime, compared with only 17 per cent in other industries. However, PwC believes the real proportion of cyber-crime could be higher than many organisations realise. “In our experience, financial services organisations do not always identify and log the cyber element of economic crime experienced,” said Andrew Clark, partner in PwC’s forensics practice. “This leaves them exposed to cyber threats in spite of any existing cyber defence: if cyber crime is not being accurately tracked, the true risk of cyber-crime cannot be fully grasped and understood.”
Adidas launches gaming platform powered by social media starring Lionel Messi
Adidas has launched a new online gaming platform dubbed #fastorfail starring footballer Lionel Messi, which is powered by social media and offers one fan the chance to get to Rio for the Fifa World Cup.
Guardian digital revenues hit £70m
The Guardian is expected to report an increase in digital revenues of more than a quarter to almost £70m in the last year, as the future of its national newspaper titles is secured for the forseeable future following a £619m cash injection. Guardian News & Media – the publisher of the Guardian, Observer and the theguardian.com – will report a 25% rise in digital revenues from £55m to almost £70m in the year to the end of March 2014. The Guardian’s monthly web browsers stand at more than 80 million, less than half that of the world’s largest newspaper site Mail Online, which says it expects to hit £60m in revenues by the end of September.
Luxury brands using more visual-heavy social media, new research shows
Ledbury Research has released its new ‘Global Luxury Themes’ report, highlighting common themes across 40 luxury brands in the last six months. The report found that Luxury brands are communicating increasingly through visual-heavy social media. The “Power of pictures” is a key theme identified across the activities of the 40 international brands with a lot turning to Pinterest and Instagram as new platforms to build on, after already heavily investing in Facebook and Twitter.