A year ago, it was Blackberry that ruled the corporate world. Every professional not only used, but owned a Blackberry. But it’s true; a year’s change will make a big difference in the technology.
According to a recent report launched by Strategy Analytics, the market for tablets is topped by iOS by Apple. Even in the corporate world, around 768 IT professionals still believe Apple’s iOS is the most preferred mobile platform. The Blackberry accounts for 29 percent connectivity, Android’s for 21 percent network connectivity. Although Windows are least preferred, they still account for 18 percent connectivity, and Nokia’s Symbian for 3 percent.
The iOS user interface is based on direct manipulation, with multi-touch gestures. Also the controls consist of switches, sliders and buttons. In addition, the response is also immediate with a fluid interface.
Today, you will never find a professional without Smartphones or tablets in hand. Most businessmen use Apple’s iOS as their mobile platform to connect with the network. They consider these mobile devices on corporate networks for additional security. However, the mobile platform by Google, Android, is considered to be the least secure.
Android market share has showed significant improvement in the ground over the past few years. Within 1 year, its share rose from 29.1 percent to 39 percent. But the king of tablets is still Apple with a share of 58 percent. Furthermore, Apple sold more than double the amount of iPads in the 4th quarter of 2012, compared to 2011. Many manufactures released multiple android tablets. Although Apple is still at the top of the list, Android seems likely to become a strong rival for them within few years.
The tech giant Apple enters the field of textbook publication to make education easier than ever before. All of us have gone through the hassle of carrying a hefty bag full of books to schools, but the next generation would not have to continue from where we left. New Digital Textbooks by Apple are about to make the dream of book-free education come true. Apple and major text book publishers have been working together to bring up the concept of Digital publication and the result could be seen in few days. People who have used internet would know how useful e-books are. E-books can be accessed through iPads, laptops or desktop computers, no matter where you are. Digital publishing of textbooks would work the same way e-books do.
Students can walk into classrooms with portable iPads in pockets and access any textbooks according to their syllabus. Students would also be provided with options to create their own textbooks using applications included in iPads. The launch date of Digital textbooks has not yet been announced but the whole world is waiting for the new invention to hit the market. Digital textbooks would save lots of money spent on text books and materials. Hence, the new invention would be a boon for students belonging to financially weak families. Apple is planning to take off the new invention with more than 35,000 e-text books. IBooks2 is the application that would be used to access e-textbooks on iPads. This particular application can be downloaded free of cost. The cost of e-textbooks would vary based on the subjects but the price would be marginally lower than the traditional text books.
The search giant Google is all set to accelerate its revenue in upcoming years. No one would need an explanation about the dependency of Internet users on Google. Everyone who goes online uses Google for one purpose or another. Google’s search engine revenues are way higher than you can ever imagine. Google is paid for each re-direction that it makes and every advertisement that it runs. Mobile advertising banners are money generating machines for Google. Since several models of Smartphones are bumped into the market everyday, internet users rely on Google to compare the features of each Smartphone in order to pick the best one from the Lot. The Smartphone companies pay Google every time when the search engine takes the user to the manufacture’s website. Smartphone manufactures like Apple, Samsung and Motorola pay Google for the advertisements that the search engine showcases on each search page. A recent survey reveals that Google earns 7 dollars on every Smartphone that is sold over the Internet.
Google generated 509 billion US dollars from the segment of Smartphones and Mobile apps. Since the demands of Smartphones are increasing day by day, Google can ripe more fruitful revenue in coming years. Google has estimated to increase its mobile advertisement revenue to 914 million US dollars in 2012. The range of growth in mobile ad revenue was rapid for Google since 2003. Google enjoyed a revenue growth of 3 percent in 2010 which jumped to 7 percent in 2011 and 13 percent of growth is expected in 2012. If the demand of Smartphones goes on like this without a dip, Google is going to make 26 percent of its total revenue just from the segment of Smartphones and Mobile apps.
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are home for the majority of Internet users, but these sites are banned in China. Internet users in China have protested several times against Internet regulations, but no remarkable changes have been made so far. Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter had personally requested the government of China to unblock Twitter, but the country is not at all ready to compromise on Internet regulations.
Weibo is the most popular social networking website in China but it does not have an English version. Chinese people can stay connected with each other, but the doors for global communication through social networking websites are always closed. Twitter in China is blocked using stubborn Internet filters and firewalls. There are few ways of bypassing the connection through these security gates. Few people in China install proxy programs on their computers to go online without any restrictions. Internet filters work based on geographical IP addresses. If an IP address belonging to China sends a request for Twitter, the IP filter blocks the connection. Proxy programs fool these IP filters by bypassing the connection but the usage of proxy programs are even restricted in several parts of China.
It’s not just the social networking sites but even several informative websites are kept away from the Internet users in China. Statistics about internet and social media usage clearly show that the usage of Internet and social networking sites in china are comparatively low than any other country because of these restrictions. Internet regulations and censorship in China are becoming tougher as days go by.
Apple has tightened their belts to set a tough stage of competition with Android Smartphones. Lack of iPhone’s availability in the market has always been a success ladder for android smart phones for so many years. Several new iPhones are launched every year but before the demand of those iPhones reach a peak, the availability of those models become scarce. Apple did not have sufficient retail outlets in many countries to promote the sale of iPhones. Customers think of buying an Apple iPhone, but since they do not find iPhones in the market, they go for alternatives. Apple iPhones are sold through several websites but not being readily available in stores, this was always a bottle neck.
Apple has launched its latest iPhone 4S in several countries, including China. According to statistics on iPhone usage in china, more than 70 percentage of the population use smart phones. Samsung and Android Smartphones hold a major share in the market. The Chinese New Year, celebrated on the 23rd of January, has always been a booming period for the market of Smartphones in China. Apple has filled the shelves and racks of mobile stores in China to ensure big sales during the holiday season. iPhone 4S launched by Apple has conquered the world market in no time. Newly bundled features, a stunning look, excellent performance etc of the latest iPhone has impressed all its users across the globe, and now China is on target. Wide acceptance of iPhone 4S has taken Apple iPhones to new heights in the world of Smartphones.
Internet has influenced the life of everyone in one way or another. Nowadays, you would hardly find a person who does not go online at least once a day, but people in china do not follow this trend. Reports reveal that 60 percent of the China’s population does not use Internet and the other 40 percent are given limited access to Internet. China is the country with the largest population in the world. Hence, the 40 percent of their population means a lot to the world. Strict internet regulations and a censure system imposed by the Chinese government is one of the major reasons for the Internet usage in china to fall back. There was even a time when people in China who use social networking websites were asked to register their real name with the local police for security reasons.
The security threshold has not yet been liberalized, but somehow the Internet usage in china is on the rise. Statistics about China’s Internet usage from trusted sources reveal that the number of Internet users are increasing yearly since 2008 by 12.5 percent. There were 298 million Internet users in China by the fall of 2008. At the end of 2011 there were 517 billion. Internet connection in china is very slow when compared to other parts of the world because the data packets sent over the web have to travel through several censors. Nowadays, Internet users in China have started using VPN servers and Proxy connections to access blocked and restricted websites. These third party tools have put China’s government in a great trouble because blocking proxy connections is not a child’s game.
The competition between Google’s android smart phones and Apple’s iPhones has now taken on a new face. Apple iPhones ruled the market with no opponents for several years until Google released android phones. A wide variety of applications, an amazing look, user-friendly navigations etc that are offered by android phones attracted large numbers of smart phone users and the demand of apple iPhones was huge in no time. Operating systems used by both these smartphone giants made the big difference. Developers claim that android OS is more stable, user-friendly and reliable than Apple’s imac, whereas fans of Apple iPhone disagree to it. Till the fall of 2011, Android smart phones had acquired 61.6 percent of market share when Apple had to satisfy with just 25.1 percent but the arrival of Apple iPhone 4S has been a threat for android smart phones.
A recent survey reveals that 45 percent of customers who bought new Smartphones by the end of 2011 opted for Apple iPhone 4S rather than getting an android smartphone. This change in trend has accelerated the market share of Apple to 44.5 percent by limiting the demand of android phones to 46.9 percent. It’s true that android users download more applications for their smart phones than iPhone users, but this statistical data does not signify that all the applications released by android are useful. The reason for the high number of downloads can also be taken the other way around. Android users might be downloading more applications because the majority of such apps are not satisfying their needs and they are trying to find better versions. Whatever the reason may be, the growth in the demand of iPhones would have tied the genius of android to the chairs to come up with something new to regain the market share.
Now technology blends with fashion to let you explore the World of the Web. Portable USB pen drives offering Internet access are not new on the market, but a trendy cufflink letting you go online can make news. Wi-Fi cufflinks hit the market in recent days with tremendous features. You can wear this cufflink on your shirt to boost up your glam and use it as an Internet hotspot when you want to go online.
You may have seen pens working as digital cameras, buttons of shirt acting as microphones or a walking stick turning into a modern machine gun in James Bond’s movies. Now you can also have such a magical device to surprise others in real life. WiFi Cufflinks do not look any different from the ordinary cufflinks available in the fancy stores, but they have a hidden USB interface and a Wireless connection. You can open up a CAP and plug it into a USB port and start surfing at lightning speed. You can use these modern Cufflinks to create Hotspots, which means all the WiFi enabled devices surrounding you in a particular range can go online at the same time. You can connect your smartphones, iPADs, iPods or laptop to the Internet without making any physical connection with the main computer to which Cufflink is connected.
Wi-Fi Cufflinks include a 2 GB storage space. You can save images, data or a presentation file in this Cufflink in James Bond style. Several websites are offering Wi-Fi cufflinks at reasonable prices. You can place the order online and get the device delivered to your door step. Isn’t that amazing?