Internet Wars: Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer & Samsung beats Apple to mobile top-spot

Website analytics company StatCounter have revealed its latest report covering global trends of internet access and software popularity. Dubbed ‘Internet Wars’ the report contains two major power shifts: in terms of mobile internet access Samsung has overtaken Apple whilst Chrome have has stolen Internet Explorer’s browser crown. See below for a full break-down of the report:

Mobile: Samsung & Chrome lead the way

In terms of mobile vendors the changes have been somewhat expected. 12 months ago Nokia was the number one vendor for connecting to mobile internet but they’ve now dropped to third place as Samsung overtakes Apple by a small margin.

In terms of mobile browser usage the global market shows Android’s default browser out in front with 29% compared to Safari’s 25%; but in the US and the UK the Apple products are clear leaders – taking 55% and 48% of the market share respectively.

This is a direct reflection of mobile OS trends where Android are ahead globally (38%, up from 26% last year) but with the US and the UK showing a pretty clear preference for the iOS. In the US Apple takes 55% and Android 39%; in the UK Apple gets 48% and Android has 30%. The UK also proves to be a bit of a hold-out for Blackberry – holding on to a respectable 15% of the market.

Browsers & Operating Systems: Internet Explorer beaten, but Windows remains dominant

The browser wars have seen Google overtake Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time in June this year, with Firefox and Safari taking third and fourth place respectively. Chrome took 34% of the market, compared to IE’s 32%.

StatCounter’s report also took in the balance of power with operating systems, showing Windows 7 actually increasing its internet usage share to 51% despite the fanfare-launch of Windows 8. And 12 years after its launch, Windows XP is still hanging in there with 21% of the global market, comfortably above Apple’s consistent third-place OSX (over 7% share).

In the UK specifically Windows 7 still keeps its top-spot with a 49% market share, but – unlike in the global market – Mac’s OSX takes second place with 11%, beating out Windows XP’s 10% share.

It was also revealed that despite reports of Facebook’s declining appeal amongst teenagers the site has still managed to increase its market share – at least in terms of referall traffic, the metric that StatCounter uses.

Social media: Facebook still king, though UK has a soft spot for Twitter

Worlwide Facebook has increased its referral influence from 61% in June 2012 to 71% in June 2013. Other social networks still barely register on this scale – with StumbleUpon falling from 9% to 5%, Pinterest taking the number two slot with 8% and Twitter taking up third place with 7%.

In the US Pinterest had a far more dominant position, climbing to a healthy second place in terms of referral traffic with 22% of the market share compared to Facebook’s 52%; whilst in the UK it was Twitter that took the number two spot, with 16% of referral traffic compared to Facebook’s 62%.

However, it should be noted that referral traffic – whilst a useful metric – is by no means the be all and end all of social media influence.

A recent essay by Ethan Zuckerman for the Atlantic pointed out that whilst Facebook may dominate in terms of

Adobe completes $600M purchase of Neolane

Calif. (AP) — Adobe Systems Inc. said Tuesday that it has closed on a $600 million purchase of Neolane, a French company that provides technology for marketing campaigns.

Adobe, which makes Photoshop and other creative software and is shifting its business to a subscription model, said that Neolane would bolster its digital-marketing services.

The San Jose, Calif., company already has digital marketing services, including analytics and targeting. Neolane’s technology, meanwhile, helps companies manage marketing campaigns on the Internet, email, social media and mobile devices, as well as through call centers and direct mail. It has more than 400 customers around the world, many of whom also used Adobe services.

When it announced its plans for the deal last month, Adobe said buying Neolane would not significantly affect its results this year. The company couldn’t estimate the effect of the acquisition on future earnings.

Adobe’s stock closed Monday at $48.28, up 28 percent this year.

Supermicro® 12x GPU FatTwin™ and Scalable High-Performance Server, Blade, Workstation and Storage Solutions at Siggraph 2013

Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing exhibits its lineup of systems optimized for computer graphics and interactive techniques at Siggraph 2013 in Anaheim, California this week. Server, blade, workstation and high-density storage solutions optimized for 3D, CG, VFX, render farm clusters, video wall control, VDI, CAD/CAM and advanced visualization applications will be highlighted at the show.

“Increased adoption of computer generated content and 3D visualization in media, entertainment and research fields is driving demand for higher performance computing and mass storage solutions,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Our enterprise-class server, workstation and storage solutions support the widest range of graphics and simulation intensive applications with up to five GPUs in our SuperWorkstations, six GPUs in our 2U SuperServers, twelve GPUs in our FatTwin and twenty GPUs in our SuperBlade. With Supermicro’s 4U high-density, high-bandwidth 72 external hot-swap 3.5″ HDD storage server, instant access and high availability of even the largest files or data sets streamlines workflow and enhances productivity.”

Computing and Storage Solutions include:
SuperServers

  • SYS-F627G3-FT+ / G2-FT+ 4U FatTwin™ with 4x hot-plug nodes supporting 12x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors (3x per node). Available with front I/O and 2x 3.5″ or 6x 2.5″ hot-swap HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies.
  • SYS-2027GR-TRF 2U SuperServer® supporting 6x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 256GB memory and 10x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1800W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.
  • SYS-1027GR-TRT2+ 1U SuperServer® supporting 3x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 512GB memory and 4x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1600W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.

SuperBlade®

  • 7U SuperBlade® Solution – The all-in-one SuperBlade features redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and high bandwidth connectivity through network switch modules, including 56Gb/s FDR IB (SBM-IBS-F3616M), FC/FCoE (SBM-XEM-F8X4SM), 10GbE (SBM-XEM-X10SM) and 1/10GbE (SBM-GEM-X3S+). SBI-7127RG-E Blade supports 2x GPUs or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 1x SSD or 1x SATA-DOM and onboard BMC for IPMI 2.0 support. 10x blades in 7U SuperBlade® chassis scale to best density (120x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors and 120x CPUs) and performance (188 TFLOPS theoretical) per 42U SuperRack®.

SuperWorkstations

  • SYS-7047AX-TRF 4U/Tower Hyper-Speed workstation features hardware and airflow optimizations to enhance the performance of dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 150W TDP). BIOS customization provides auto-recovery failsafe operation, adjustable frequencies, voltages and memory latencies. Supports up to 512GB memory, 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays, remote server management tools and features 1280W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (95%) digital switching power supplies.
  • SYS-7047GR-TRF Ultimate performance and expandability with support for up to 5x GPU or 4x Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory and 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%) power supplies.
  • SYS-7037A-i High-end, whisper-quiet (24db) workstation supports dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and optional 4x 2.5″ internal HDD/SDD bays.
  • SYS-5037A-i Entry-level, single processor workstation supporting Intel® Xeon® E5-1600/2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and

ASUS’ RAIDR Express PCI-e SSD is compatible with both legacy and UEFI BIOS

These days, it’s fairly easy to find a PCI Express-based SSD to transform one’s desktop — Angelbird, Fusion-io, Micron and ASUS will sell you one, just to name a few. That said, the last of those three has just revealed a new entrant that will certainly catch the eye of many, as the RAIDR Express claims to be the first PCI-e SSD to be compatible with both legacy and UEFI BIOS. The so-called DuoMode feature is joined by 240GB of storage space, sequential 830MB/s read and 810MB/s write speeds and a reported 620,000 hours mean time between failure (MTBF).

You’ll also find the latest LSI SandForce controller, Toshiba-built 19nm MLC flash, and 100,000 4K read/write input/output operations per second (IOPS). The bundled RAMDisk utility allows users to dedicate up to 80 percent of a computer’s available RAM for use as a high-speed virtual drive, and if you needed any further proof that it’s fast, look no further than in the video after the break. Curiously, ASUS isn’t talking pricing just yet, but it should start shipping in the very near future.

Revealed, Microsoft SkyDrive Allow Skype and Tapped

A document reveals how Microsoft is working with U.S. intelligence agencies to read messages from users, including helping the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) secret unlock code Microsoft, Australia Guardian reported on Friday (07/12/2013).

Confidential documents obtained by the Guardian of Edward Snowden, U.S. intelligence whistleblowers, said the level of cooperation between Silicon Valley and American intelligence agencies in the last three years.

The document, among others, suggests, Microsoft helped the NSA to read the conversation at the new portal Outlook.com by giving the company secret code. NSA has access to Outlook.com including Hotmail before the messages are written in the form of a code (encrypted).

Microsoft is working with the FBI this year that the NSA get easier access to the data warehouse via Prism SkyDrive which has 250 million users in the world.

Microsoft is also working with the FBI to the intelligence agencies “understand” the issues that potential Outlook.com that allows users to use the e-mail alias for them.

In July last year, nine months after Microsoft bought Skype, the NSA is proud to mention that the NSA has been able to increase the amount of video that they can access through Skype as much as three times through the Prism program. The materials obtained from Prism program routinely accessed by the FBI and CIA. One of the documents referred NSA has the name “team sport”.

Snowden documents also reveal the tension between Silicon Valley and the Obama administration. Leading technology companies lobbying the government to be allowed to express the depth of their cooperation with the NSA to address customer concerns in terms of privacy.

Corporate leaders are not trying to claim that they have collaborated and worked with intelligence agencies like NSA documents mentioned in the argument that the process is carried out according to the lawsuit.

In a statement, Microsoft said, “If we increase the capacity (upgrade)-prudok and updating our products, we are not exempt from having to comply with applicable laws, both now and into the future.”

Microsoft reiterated his argument that they provide the customer data “only in response to government requests, and we only serve the demand for specific address or identity”.

Last June, the Guardian reported that the NSA claims to have “direct access” program through the Prism system leading internet companies including Microsoft, Skype, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo.

Try Browser, Can Direct Voucher Rp 50,000!

Although less popular among netizens, the browser application (browser) Internet Explorer apparently still prevail as the most widely used browser.

Based on the results of research from Net Applications, between December 2012 and January 2013, the number of Internet Explorer users scored 55.14 percent in January.

While Firefox and Google Chrome remained in a two and three, which stood at 19.94 per cent and 17.48 per cent.

In detail, IE10 get 1.29 percent of the market, while IE9 was 20.93 percent and IE 8 is still the best value for Microsoft with 23.54 percent.

Although the youngest position, IE10 recently earned the most secure browser (Read: Adu Safe, IE10 Defeat Firefox and Chrome).

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