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drag2share: Android Is Solving Its Fragmentation Problem

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/Gi-hSi9TVEA/how-android-is-overcoming-its-fragmentation-problem-2013-9

Android is turning the corner on fragmentation. 

Of all Android devices globally, 45% are now using Jelly Bean, the latest major update to Android (versions 4.1 and above). Only 31% are on Gingerbread (Android 2.3 versions). This is a big improvement over previous platform distribution numbers: 

  • Three months ago, when we last covered the Android landscape, 33% of Android devices used Jelly Bean.
  • Last September, only 1% of Android devices were running Jelly Bean. And 59% were still running Gingerbread. 

Android Distribution Platform 1

Superseded versions of Android are fading from prominence. Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread are still found on about half of Android devices, but they’re losing share and ancient versions like Froyo, Eclair and Donut are disappearing from view. These trends spell relief for developers who complained about having to support outdated Android versions. 

(The expectation is that Android’s newest version, Kit Kat, will be released in mid-October.)

Wireless operators and device makers are notoriously bad at helping Google execute its updates. 

For that reason, Google is no longer relying only on Android updates to channel major software imp! rovement s. It has also begun rolling out updates to Android in a piecemeal fashion through the various applications and services it controls, particularly the Google Play Services app pre-loaded on Android phones. 

In reality, Google Play Services is much more than an app. It has broad permissions and effectively acts as a kind of quasi-operating system, allowing Google to introduce improvements without having to wrangle carriers and manufacturers.

Google Play Services is compatible with nearly all Android versions still in circulation. 

Download the chart and data in Excel.  

Android Distribution Platform 2


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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 news No Comments

China’s Now Using Drones to Deliver Packages

Source: http://gizmodo.com/chinas-now-using-drones-to-deliver-packages-1245039645

China's Now Using Drones to Deliver Packages

China’s getting more serious about the drone business with arrival of a new kind of delivery service. A Shenzhen-based courier service called SF Express is currently testing “high tech” drones that can deliver packages to remote locations. Thanks to a built-in navigation system, these drones can go where trucks can’t.

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Facebook Is Riddled With Click Farms Where Workers Generate 1,000 Likes For $1

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/xJLbpbXoNgE/how-low-paid-workers-at-click-farms-create-appearance-of-online-popularity-2013-8

the guardianHow much do you like courgettes, the green vegetable Americans call zucchini? According to one Facebook page devoted to them, hundreds of people find them delightful enough to click the “like” button – even with dozens of other pages about courgettes to choose from.

There’s just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand “likes” at his “click farm”. Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year.

The ease with which a humble vegetable could win approval calls into question the basis on which many modern companies measure success online – through Facebook likes, YouTube video views and Twitter followers.


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Friday, August 2nd, 2013 news No Comments

drag2share: Android’s Insane Fragmentation (GOOG)

source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/IlUbNxclxz8/chart-of-the-day-androids-insane-fragmentation-2013-7

Android is a seriously fragmented operating system, and it’s only getting more fragmented.

OpenSignal, which makes an app that measures network performance, produced the following chart on the state of Android based on its users. It used the last 682,000 downloads of its app to produce the chart.

It says there are 11,868 distinct Android devices, up from 3,997 Android devices last year.

While this sounds like a mess for developers, Google has 1 million apps in its Google Play app store for Android. That’s more than Apple has for its App Store. So, the fragmentation isn’t turning off developers.

And the fragmentation of Android is the reason it’s the most popular smartphone operating system in the world. Handset makers have used thousands of versions of Android to push the operating system around the world.

Android fragmentation


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Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 news No Comments

Tag Management Becomes a Key Component of Big Data Strategy – eMarketer

source: http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Tag-Management-Becomes-Key-Component-of-Big-Data-Strategy/1010052

Improved analytics is cited as No. 1 benefit of tag management system

As tag management systems gain popularity, the platforms offer a streamlined approach to tagging, giving marketers more control over tags and fostering tags’ role in the collection and interpretation of digital data. On behalf of Tealium, a tag management system provider, Forrester Consulting surveyed US digital marketing decision-makers in May 2013 and found that more than nine in 10 said data integration was the next step in the evolution of tag management.

Among respondents who had actually implemented a tag management system, Forrester found that the greatest number, nearly three-quarters, said improved analytics implementations—making digital data more digestible—was a benefit of the system. Another 69% cited better marketing agility, pointing to marketers’ ability to assert more control over tagging, rather than needing to work through the IT department. Slightly fewer, 63%, cited better website performance, speaking to the potential to improve load times with streamlined tagging.

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 news No Comments

Meet Utilite, a $99 quad-core ARM-based PC running Ubuntu

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/15/meet-utilite-a-99-quad-core-arm-based-pc-running-ubuntu/

Meet Utilite, a $99 quadcore ARMbased PC running Ubuntu

That box you see above? It’s a quad-core ARM-based PC running Ubuntu called Utilite. The desktop system, made by Compulab, will be available next month starting at $99. While there are plenty of Android dongles built on ARM SoCs out there, few (if any) can truly offer a PC-like experience. The company — best known for its Trim Slice, Fit-PC and MintBox products — wants to change this.

Utilite packs a single, dual or quad-core Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 MPCore processor (up to 1.2 GHz), up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM (1066MHz), an mSATA SSD (up to 512GB), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, HDMI and DVI-D outputs, two Gigabit Ethernet sockets, four USB 2.0 ports, one micro-USB OTG connector, audio jacks (analog and S/PDIF), a micro-SD XD slot and two ultra-mini RS232 interfaces — phew!

Rounding things up is support for OpenGL ES, OpenVG and OpenCL EP plus multi-stream 1080p H.264 on-chip decoding. All this fits in just 5.3 x 3.9 x 0.8 inches (135 x 100 x 21mm) and only consumes 3-8W using a 10-16V supply (unregulated). Those are impressive specs for the price, and the system sure looks positioned to compete favorably with some of the x86 boxes out there.

 

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Monday, July 15th, 2013 news No Comments

Pentagon report: Chinese hackers accessed F-35B and other advanced US weapons systems

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/28/china-hacking-advanced-us-weapons/

Pentagon report China hacked F35B and other advanced US weapons systems

Many of the Pentagon’s most advanced weapon systems — including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and PAC-3 Patriot missile system — were compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a classified document obtained by the Washington Post. The list of weapons was part of an earlier DoD report condemning Chinese cyber-espionage activities, but had been confidential until now. Other systems hacked are said to include the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), the Navy’s Aegis ballistic-missile defense system, the F/A-18 fighter, V-22 Osprey and the Littoral Combat Ship used for shore patrol. Many of these form the foundation of defense systems from Europe to the Persian Gulf — and their breach goes a long way towards explaining Washington’s unprecedented dressing-down of China.

 

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 news No Comments

ActiveHours Gives You Your Paycheck Early, Free of Charge

Source: http://lifehacker.com/activehours-gives-you-your-paycheck-early-free-of-char-494182110

Sometimes payday can’t come early enough. Bills come too soon or an emergency occurs and you need money you don’t have. Advanced paycheck services allow you to get your money sooner, but they generally come at a high cost. ActiveHours provides you with your paycheck when you want it, and they won’t charge you a cent.

ActiveHours exists to help hourly workers get paid early when they need it. If you work a job tracked by the hour and use an electronic clock-in/clock-out system, you can sign up. From there you enter your hours and provide your bank’s information (if you have privacy concerns, read this). Once ActiveHours verifies your information, you can get your next paycheck deposited directly into your bank account early. If you don’t want all of it up front, you can select a specific number of hours for early payment instead. When your paycheck gets deposited into your account on payday, ActiveHours will remove only the forwarded money. You don’t have to pay them anything, but they operate on a donation system so you can support them if you like.

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 news No Comments

What is BitCoin?

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5803518/what-is-bitcoin

What Is BitCoin?Maybe you’ve heard of BitCoin—it wants to shake the entire global economy. And some people think it might! It’s online money—an alternative to dollars and euros. Well what’s that mean? It’s complicated, but we break it down.

BitCoin is a digital currency…

BitCoin is not real money. It’s an online “currency”—virtual tokens that can be exchanged for goods and services at places that accept it, the same way you’d give someone a dollar for a cookie.

…with mega aspirations…

In their YouTube manifesto, BitCoin’s creators say they’re going to revolutionize global finance the way the web changed publishing. So! Kind of a lofty goal, aiming to be a global currency up there with (or replacing) the dollar. Right now, that’s still the pipiest of pipe dreams.

…that’s exchanged via P2P…

When you write your friend a check, money from your account is withdrawn from your bank, and then transferred to her bank, and then she withdraws it as cash (maybe). With BitCoin, there are no middlemen (other than the users that comprise the network itself). Money goes straight from you to whomever, through the BitCoin P2P system, with no intermediary agency passing along the chips.

…and generated by its users…

This is where it starts to get a little weird! Unlike traditional currency, that’s backed up by something, (be it gold, silver, or a central bank), BitCoins are generated out of thin air. Through a process called “mining,” a little app sits on your computer and slowly—very slowly—creates new BitCoins in exchange for providing the computational power to process transactions. When a new batch of coins is ready, they’re distributed in probabilistic accordance to whomever had the highest computing power in the mining process. The system is rigged so that no more than 21 million BitCoins will ever exist—so the mining process will yield less and less as time goes on, and more people sign up. This makes the whole system a lot sweeter for early adopters.

…to be spent at the few places BitCoin is accepted…

Not many places accept BitCoin at the moment, unlike traditional currency. But! There’s decent incentive for small businesses to use it—it’s free to use, and there aren’t any transaction fees. At the moment you can buy the services of a web designer, indie PC games, homemade jewelry, guns, and, increasingly, illegal drugs. If the internet is the Wild West, BitCoin is its wampum.

…or converted into real money.

Just like you can trade in yen for dollars, you can swap your BitCoins with other users for several “real world” currencies. And right now, the BitCoin is trading very high! As I write this, one BitCoin is worth $7.5. Not too shabby at all.

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Thursday, May 19th, 2011 news No Comments

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