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Tablet market share has Android on top, Apple playing second fiddle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 2, 2013 6:35 am

Last year was a totally different game, with iOS completely dominating the tablet market share game, this year, not so much. IDC's market share estimates point for the first quarter of 2013 are out, and they paint a very interesting picture.

 

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As you can see, the top tablet OS market share for Q1 2013 has changed from the same quarter of last year. Android now have the top position with 56.5%, pushing iOS into second place with 39.6%. Apple lost quite a lot of ground in the past twelve months, as this time last year they had 58.1% of the tablet OS market share, leaving Android with 39.4%.

 

All of Apple's lost ground is sucked into the vacuum that is Android. Microsoft saw Windows' market share increased from 1% last year, to 3.3% this year. In terms of shipments for the quarter, IDC's estimates peg iOS-based tablets (iPad, iPad mini) at 19.5 million units, and Android-based slates (countless companies and models) at 27.8 million. Windows-based tablets saw 1.6 million units shipped and Windows RT-based tablets shipped just 200,000 units.

Department of Defense employees to soon be granted the use of Apple and Samsung smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 2, 2013 5:37 am

The Wall Street Journal is reporting from sources familiar with the plans, that Department of Defense employees will soon be able to use Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy-branded smartphones on the job.

 

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Apple and Samsung have been trying for a while now to get their products approved for DoD use by the Pentagon, a market that is still to this day dominated by BlackBerry devices. The DoD has over three million employees, so it is a small market - but the turnover on devices would be high.

 

Both companies will reportedly have to go through a bunch of security tests before approval is granted, with one of Samsung's roadblocks being their OS of choice: Android. Android is an open-source OS, and is looked at as being more vulnerable to attack, while Apple's proprietary OS is deemed more secure. BlackBerry are having to go through another security process, as their latest Z10 and Q10 smartphones run the company's new BB10 OS.

'The Matrix Retold by Mom' is a hilarious look at the classic sci-fi movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 2, 2013 4:26 am

I stumbled across this gem on Reddit earlier today, where 'pixelspersecond' introduced his mom to The Matrix, you know, that little sci-fi movie from the 90s that we all know and love? Check it out below.

 

 

It's quite funny to hear someone who has never watched it, explain the movie, because if you had to explain it to someone, it does sound pretty far-fetched. It makes me want to watch the movie again, or introduce it to my sister-in-law who has never watched it. I almost banned her from my life when I found that out.

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Facebook has over 1.1 billion monthly users, 751 million mobile users and over 665 million daily users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 2, 2013 3:32 am

Trace covered Facebook's Q1 earnings earlier tonight, and touched on the social network's insane numbers - but they really do need their own story they're so gigantic. Facebook now have over 1.11 billion monthly active users, and a chunk of those are on mobile.

 

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During March 2013, daily active users passed 665 million on average, and there was a huge 751 million monthly active users, too. The 665 million daily active users (DAUs) is an increase of 26% year-over-year, with the 1.11 billion monthly active users (MAUs) being an increase of 23% year-over-year. Mobile MAUs sitting at 751 million is an increase of a mammoth 54% year-over-year.

 

As you can see, the center of all of this is mobile. Facebook know this, and are pushing out better mobile apps, such as Home. Sure, I use Facebook on my desktop, but I live on it on my mobile - if I'm away from my desktop or notebook, I'm on my Facebook app constantly.

Intel lifts their game with their integrated graphics on Haswell

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 2, 2013 3:15 am

Intel have just taken the wraps off of the new naming on their integrated graphics found in the fourth-generation Core processors, otherwise known as "Haswell". Welcome to the Intel Iris and Iris Pro Graphics. Iris Pro will be available on select CPUs denoted by an R at the end, such as the i7-4770R.

 

Iris is a huge leap over the previous third-generation Core processors, with nearly twice the graphics performance and over three times the graphics performance of the second-generation Core processors.

 

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When Intel compare their fourth-generation Ultrabook part, the Core i7-4558U (a 28W part) gets pitted against the Core i7-4650U (a 15W part) and the third-generation Core i7-3687U (a 17W part) it is a decent distance from them in terms of performance. Compared to the previous-generation part, the new i7-4558U is over twice as fast in 3DMark 11, and around 1.5x the performance in both 3DMark 06 and 3DMark Vantage.

 

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Moving into higher-end of things, we have the fourth-generation Core i7 4900MQ (47W), Core i7-4950HQ (also a 47W part) and the Core i7-4950HQ (a 55W part) compared against the third-generation Core i7-3840QM (a 45M part). As you can see, the new processors' integrated graphics have some great performance gains.

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A closer look at Gigabyte's hot-as-hell Z87 G1-Killer Haswell-based motherboard

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 2, 2013 2:15 am

Gamers Arena have posted a couple of pictures of Gigabyte's upcoming Haswell-compatible motherboard, the Z87 G1-Killer. There's two pictures that we've posted below, check them out.

 

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The first one is a close-up of the motherboard, showing us that there is a lot going on around the CPU socket, with some extra cooling for the VRMs which is great to see. The second shot is a full photo of the motherboard, which has me in goosebumps. It looks awesome, and I want one, now.

Google+ Hangouts get remote desktop feature

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 2, 2013 12:33 am

Google has added a Remote Desktop feature to its Google+ Hangouts. Now you can provide tech support as if you are in the same room as the user. What's really nice about this remote desktop implementation is that Google+ Hangouts still allows you to see and chat with each other. Most remote desktop services don't include video or audio chat.

 

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Hangouts Remote Desktop lets you help others by controlling their computer remotely (with their permission, of course). And because you're both in a Hangout, you can talk with and see each other during the session.

 

It's rather simple to get started. All you have to do is be in a Hangout and click View more Apps > Add Apps > Hangouts Remote Desktop. Since it's based on the same technology used in Chrome Remote Desktop, you can remain reasonably certain that the technology is both safe, secure, and stable.

Twitter updates iOS app, comes with location-based trends and improved Vine playback

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 2, 2013 12:07 am

Twitter has released yet another update for its iOS app, bringing with it the typical feature additions and bug fixes. This specific update brings with it support for location-based Trends, making it easy to view Trends in hundreds of locations.

 

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Other feature additions include the ability to invite friends to join Twitter via the app. Twitter has also instituted numerous bug fixes and performance enhancements. Vine videos now feature improved playback, replies to retweeted Tweets now include both the author and person who retweeted the Tweet, and various other bug fixes have been implemented.

 

You can download the latest version of Twitter for iOS from the App Store.

BlackBerry gains market share at Apple's expense, Z10 appears to have helped

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 1, 2013 11:32 pm

According to data released by Net Applications, BlackBerry picked up a bit of market share in the month of April. Net Applications watches mobile web usage, which is different to normal market share estimates that are based solely on the number of devices sold and in circulation.

 

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Net Application's data shows that BlackBerry gained a small amount of market share. BlackBerry climbed to 1.51 percent for April, up from February's 1.39 percent. iOS, meanwhile, fell by about 1.5 percent to a still-impressive 59.04 percent. Android claimed 26.02 percent of the market, up about one percent.

Microsoft sends out invites for Xbox E3 event, scheduled for June 10

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2013 11:03 pm

Microsoft will hopefully reveal all about the Xbox at their E3 meeting. The Windows maker has officially sent out invites for their Xbox E3 2013 media briefing that will occur on June 10. For those who don't know, E3 2013 runs from June 11 to June 13, so this meeting will take place the day before the show opens.

 

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Due to this invite being sent out, we're not sure just how much Microsoft will unveil at the May 21 event. It's possible that this June 10 meida briefing will be used to get the console into the hands of members of the media, or it could be a time when more details regarding the Xbox are unveiled.

 

We'll be sure to report on all of the news from the event. Stay tuned to TweakTown for all of the latest Xbox news.

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