Google Chrome becomes the top browser globally

posted 27 May 2012, 02:29 by Ares Neophytou   [ updated 18 Oct 2012, 23:51 ]

In the week of May 13, Google Chrome has taken first place in world wide browser usage, with 32.76% share.  These statistics are based on 15 billion page views in StatCounter's network.

Internet Explorer is now following with 31.94%, and Firefox with 25.47%.  Using the same figures, Chrome overtook Firefox in December 2011. 

Google Chrome is winning ground rapidly because of its
  • simplicity
  • speed
  • security
  • automatic update
These features have not gone unnoticed. In February 2012, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the State Department would start deploying Google’s Chrome browser to all of its offices. Google Chrome started being installed on computers on February 14th.

Google Chrome becomes the top browser globally


Targeting Mobile? Browser or App?

posted 27 May 2012, 02:02 by Ares Neophytou   [ updated 18 Oct 2012, 23:52 ]

As more and more companies are trying to create a mobile presence, the question of whether to develop a browser based website or an app becomes important. The emergence of HTML5 which promises to recreate the app experience in the browser is making things more complicated.

But if one had to take a decision currently, what are the pluses and minuses of each different path?

Browser is better for
  • keeping your cost low and not having to write a different app for iPhone, Android and possibly Windows
  • delivering text based content, with some pictures and navigational links
  • reaching a wide audience, even people with older devices
  • immediate updates
  • selling things and not sharing a substantial part of your revenue with the app store owner
App is better for
  • accessing what the phone can see with the camera, how much you shake it, or for making the phone vibrate
  • designing a beautiful interface with colors and textures, and providing a better touch experience
  • using phone location to take appropriate action, such as dialing a number
  • reaching a wide audience and simplifying your billing process, if you don't mind paying a share of the revenue
  • developing games

Targeting Mobile Browser or App

Credit: Wireless Week 

Cloud storage and document management

posted 9 May 2012, 06:47 by Ares Neophytou   [ updated 18 Oct 2012, 23:52 ]

The official launch of Google Drive in the end of April sparked a discussion in the tech community on cloud storage and its increasing business appeal.
Individuals have already been using Dropbox, Box and other cloud storage services for a while to store photos, videos and other personal files.

Companies are also exploring the potential of cloud storage.  Cloud storage indeed has benefits for corporations:
  • Scalability
  • Reliability
  • Low cost
  • Remote back up facility
  • Remote access to office documents for mobile employees
  • Access to documents using any type of device, including PCs, tablets and smart phones.
One of the main concerns of corporations is data security.  That is why it is advisable for companies to use reliable providers who can guarantee data security and continuity by their size and procedures.

A company should look into cloud storage providers that allow sophisticated access privileges by data type and user category.  It is also important to have a provider who in addition to storage can offer other productivity tools, such as email, calendars and document editing, in order to offer a unified solution to their employees.

Software providers should also make sure that solutions like Document Management Systems are build around or are compatible with cloud storage, in order to allow their clients to reap the benefits of the cloud.

Cloud storage

Your next PC: your smartphone

posted 9 May 2012, 02:51 by Ares Neophytou   [ updated 16 May 2012, 06:22 ]

With quad-core processors coming to smartphones soon, an old question becomes increasingly pertinent: Will the smartphone replace the PC?

The first serious attempt came in 2011, when Motorola launched the Atrix Lapdock, a shell that allowed its dual-core Atrix smartphone to be used as a laptop. The transformation of the smartphone interface into a laptop interface was based on Motorola's Webtop, a concept that has been under development for several years.

This year, London-based Canonical released its latest version of Ubuntu Linux, a user friendly Operating System that is already used by 20 million people a day.  The firm is now turning its efforts on "Ubuntu for Android", an app that will make high-end android phones behave like a PC when docked to a monitor and keyboard.  

Canonical expects high-end Android phones to start doubling as PCs by the end of 2012.

Appropriate device availability and the fact that software is increasingly consumed as a service using browsers on thin clients, are leading us to the conclusion that people will soon be able to use their smartphone as their main PC device.

This will have serious implications for both consumer and corporate IT, including the potential for substantial cost savings.

Your next PC: your smartphone
Credit: Canonical

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