Facebook Wants To Cut Clutter

The website that has now more than 1 billion users is, once again, revamping their design. The new design or “template” is designed to cut useless clutter from Facebook’s “News Feed” and in return keep users happy as Facebook receives most of their income from users clicking on advertisements.


Facebook announced the changes during a media event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California. They also mentioned that the web version would start to roll out on Thursday, continuing over the next couple of weeks if not months. Facebook also announced that they are in the middle of updating their iOS and Android application and that we would begin to see the revamped versions in the coming weeks.

The news feed is sometimes the only page you will see when logging into Facebook and for that reason, we think, Zuckerberg wanted to revamp Facebook’s most-visited page as soon as possible.

“I think that there’s this important and social place in this world for this customized newspaper,” Zuckerberg said.

Apple’s iPad Contributes To 89% Of Global Tablet Traffic

A new study has found that 89% of the World’s internet traffic on tablet’s has come from Apple’s iPad. Research firm comScore announced a Device Essentials analytics service earlier this week reporting on digital traffic by device. The study uses “census-level information from tagged web page content” to reveal device usage. The report found that Apple’s iPad dominated across 13 geographies tracked, accounting for more than 89% of tablet traffic across all markets.ccording to the report, the iPad makes up the highest percentage of total non-computer traffic in Canada with 33.5 percent. Brazil is second with 31.8 percent, though it should be noted that non-computer devices comprise less than 1 percent of traffic in the country. Though Android tablets are way behind the iPad in terms of traffic, Android smartphones led the iPhone with 35.6 percent of smart phone traffic, compared to Apple’s 23.5 percent. comScore’s data also suggested that iOS users are more likely to access the Internet over a Wi-Fi network than are Android users. 47.5 percent of iPhone traffic occurred over Wi-Fi networks, as opposed to 21.7 percent on Android phones. The vast majority, 91.9 percent, of iPad traffic took place over Wi-Fi, while Wi-Fi usage on Android tablets made up 65.2 percent.


comScore data

Last month, research group Nielsen published a study that found the iPad has an 82 percent market share of tablets in the U.S. The Samsung Galaxy Tab was second with a 4 percent market share.

A number of analysts expect Apple to lead the tablet market for the “foreseeable future.” As of earlier this month, Apple had sold 25 million iPads in the 14 months since the device’s launch and is on track to sell more than 8 million units this quarter.

iPad Being Spent With More Than PC, T.V, Radio, Book Reading [Survey]

The iPad is having a large impact on today’s population. The iPad is even being blamed for the slowing of the PC consumer market. A new survey by Google’s AdMob shows iPad use is taking the place of a wide variety of other activities. The survey of 1,400 tablet users was held by Google’s AdMob, which consistently referred to those being interviewed as being “tablet users”, rather than iPad users. “Tablets are growing in popularity and changing the way that we consume content,” the report noted. “People are spending considerable time with tablet devices and using them to play games, browse the web and search for information. Growth in the tablet market is only accelerating with companies releasing new products, and media companies and developers creating content specifically for these new devices.”

The report did not include that there are over 65,000 unique titles available for Apple’s iPad, while there are about two dozen available for Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet platform. Something the report did include though, was that a reported %68 spent at least 1 hour on their tablet each day, and that %82 of them primarily use their iPad at home. Only %28 of the interviewees said their tablet was their main computer, whereas %77 said that their desktop or laptop decreased after they started using a tablet.

More than half the people interviewed said they spend more time on their tablet than reading books or listening to the radio, while more than quarter reported spending more time on a tablet than using the computer or phone, and a third said they spend more time on their tablet than watching T.V.

92% Of Clorox Employees Picked iPhone Over Other Smartphones

According to a report by Compuerworld, the company, Clorox, stopped issuing Blackberry phones & gave the employees a choice between 3 other smartphones: Apple’s iPhone, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, or Android phones. Of the 2,000 smartphones the company has issued under the new plan, 92% of them are iPhones. The remaining 8% is broken down into 6% for Android and 2% for the Windows Phone 7. RIM‘s Blackberry had been the most popular phone for business work because of its centralized management security credentials. However had largely become a cloud service, making the device itself less important.

“We live in public cloud for mail and messaging,” explained Clorox’ chief information officer Ralph Loura. “I don’t have to worry about security because I don’t sync data to the iPhones. It remains in the cloud. “My job is about how to be the chief risk officer, yet provide choice and flexibility. It’s about putting apps and logistics in the cloud and pushing the user interface to the edge,” Loura said.

Apple Set To Become Samsung’s Biggest Customer With $7.8 Billion In Contracts

Apparently Apple is ready to sign contracts with Samsung that would provide Apple with $7.8 billion in parts for their mobile devices this year. If this deal takes place, it would make Apple the Korean company’s largest customer.

The paper also said that Samsung will supply Apple with liquid crystal displays, mobile application processors and NAND flash memory chips used for the U.S. company’s iPhones and iPads.

If the contract pushes through, Apple will become Samsung’s largest customer, the paper added.

The Apple-Samsung relationship is quite interesting as Samsung is battling Apple with their Samsung Galaxy Tab & their Android-powered smartphones. Let’s see if Apple, indeed, will become Samsung’s largest customer. 🙂

What’s your opinion?

Angry Birds HD Receives Update!

With Christmas coming closer & closer, developers all around the world are giving gifts to iOS gamers by either discounting apps, updating apps, or even making “Christmas Special Apps”. Now you can be even more happy, as Angry Birds HD has just gotten its latest update! 🙂

The 1.5 update includes 15 brand new levels, & a new theme called Frontier Badlands. In addition to the new levels, there is also a new Golden Egg Level. 🙂

Rovio, the creator of Angry Birds, has also added a new bird known as “The Mighty Eagle”. The Might Eagle basically helps you on the levels that you are stuck on. It can also be used if you are out of levels to play. The Might Eagle is available as an in-app purchase for $0.99

Here is the exciting video…

What are your opinions about the 1.5 Update? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments! 🙂

Angry Birds Hits A Stunning 10 Million Downloads For iOS Devices!

Rovio, the creator of Angry Birds, has announced that they’ve reached a stunning 36 million Downloads so far, this figure includes 10 million downloads for the iOS platform alone. These are some incredible figures. We all know that Angry Birds is a legend on the App Store. Rovio is headed for reaching 100 million downloads on the Android platform, as of right now Tetris already has a whooping 100 million downloads.

Angry Birds definitely deserves a place in the App Store Hall of Fame, I bet we all know that. Not only is Rovio planning on developing a Christmas version for the game, they’ve also recently announced that Angry Birds is coming to the xBox 360, PS3, & the Wii sometime in 2011! Next year, Rovio has announced another version of Angry Birds for the Smart phone. This will supposedly take away the “Spot-light” from the Birds & give it to the Pigs… 🙂 Exciting!

The PlayStation Phone

It’s hard to believe that what we’re looking at is real — but we assure you, the picture above is in fact the PlayStation Phone you’ve long been waiting for. As we reported back in August, the device you see is headed into the market soon, likely boasting Android 3.0 (aka Gingerbread), along with a custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform. The device snapped up top (and in our gallery below) is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it’s still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons. For Sony buffs, you’ll be interested to know that there’s no Memory Stick slot here, but there is support for microSD cards.

Read More: http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/26/the-playstation-phone/?utm_source=engadget&utm_medium=twitter

Rival Expects Apple iPad To Dominate In 2011.

Apple should sell 22.5 million iPads in 2011, controlling half the 45 million tablets likely sold. The prediction comes from an unlikely source: ViewSonic, maker of an iPad rival. ViewSonic, maker of the just-released ViewPad 7, hopes to get 10 percent of the remaining non-iPad tablet purchases – or around 2 million units.

ViewSonic’s Asia Pacific president, Alan Chang, believes tablets will eventually force the phase-out of netbooks in Taiwan. The company’s 10-inch iPad alternative now uses Android, but will also offer a Windows 7 version.

The Taiwan-based company’s comments are conservative when compared to analysts’ expectations for iPadsales in 2011. Apple may sell nearly three out of every four tablets purchased in 2010, slipping to just over 61 percent of sales by 2012, according to one hardware analysis firm. Speaking of potential rivals, iSuppli recently announced it will take time for others to catch up to Apple.

Read More: http://www.cultofmac.com/rival-expects-ipad-to-dominate-in-2011/66245?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+cultofmac/bFow+(Cult+of+Mac)&utm_content=Twitter


Rovio Didn’t Give Permission To Microsoft… WP7

Microsoft got into a bit of trouble today, as they showed Angry Birds, as an app, on the front of their Tips Page. Rovio, the developer, told fans that Angry Birds was put up on the Front Page without their permission or contend. The company later admitted that it “mistakenly posted” the content & took it down immediately.

Microsoft is expected to launch Windows Phone Marketplace with about 2,000 apps & has been in a race to get as many titles as possible. Some titles take advantage of Windows Phone 7 specific features like Bing maps, but many such as Foursquare and Seesmic are primarily ports. Rovio so far has been dedicated almost exclusively to iOS and only recently posted its first Android app, a port of Angry Birds.