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17 Dec 12 Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade now available on Google Play


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For those who are looking for a unique new Android gaming experience with familiar characters, Square Enix’s recently released Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade might be just the right choice. If you are used to the full on Final Fantasy experience, this might not be to your liking, but if you’re new to the social gaming platform and the types of games it includes, you will probably enjoy this game.

In Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade, you are working with others. Each player has their own ship, and you can form brigades with other players. Teams can take on bosses and get valuable gear to level up. Work to collect cards featuring Final Fantasy characters, join with your friends to defeat the boss, explore quest areas, and enjoy regular events. Like many other social multiplayer games for Android, this game uses the Mobage social gaming platform.  It is available for free from Google Play.

Currently the English translated version of this game is only available on North America. It’s hard to say when and if it will be available anywhere else.

Have you tried Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade? What do you think?

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Article source: http://www.androidauthority.com/final-fantasy-airborne-brigade-now-available-140434/

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13 Dec 12 Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, Galaxy S II Plus possibly spied in Chinese …


Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, Galaxy S II Plus possibly spied in Chinese certification

Samsung has been pushing an ever-growing number of its mid-tier phones to larger screen sizes, and there’s further evidence that it’s not about to stop. Following some rumors, both the Galaxy Grand Duos and Galaxy S II Plus appear to have been spotted going through China’s TENAA certification process. The Grand Duos seen here isn’t likely to reach the US given its lack of compatible 3G, but it looks to have a Galaxy S III-based design that’s still relatively fresh for the category. Claims have it mating its namesake dual SIM slots with a 4.5-inch (if just 800 x 480) screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and cameras similar to its bigger cousin.

As for the Galaxy S II Plus? While it should have 3G that works with ATT and Canadian carriers, we’re not anticipating much pressure to bring the S II Plus to North America when the device at TENAA closely resembles the 4.3-inch original, especially if talk of a modest 1GHz dual-core chip proves true. We’ll need an official announcement, or further leaks, to know whether the S II Plus or the Grand Duos are enough to lure in new buyers.

Article source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/12/samsung-galaxy-grand-duos-galaxy-s-ii-plus-possibly-spied-in-china/

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28 May 12 Chrome takes over as world No. 1 browser


Google’s Chrome has been kicking some serious butt in the browser wars lately. It recently raced past Firefox to become the No. 2 browser in the world, and now, according to one measure, it has beaten Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to reach the top spot.

According to StatCounter, a Web analytics service, Chrome last week eclipsed IE worldwide, coming in with a 32.76 percent share to IE’s 31.94 percent.

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The numbers are close, but there’s no mistaking the trends. Internet Explorer has been in steady decline, while Chrome’s adoption has grown at almost the same pace.

Interestingly, Firefox had been losing share, but its decline has stabilized since the first of the year.

The numbers are very different when you look at North American and U.S. markets.

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In North America, IE still holds a healthy lead over Chrome, at 32.76 percent to 25.86 percent. In the U.S., gap is wider – IE has 37.81 percent, while Chrome has 23.83 percent. Also in these markets, Firefox’s decline has reversed and it’s showing an uptick.

Still, the trends are clear and if they hold, you can expect Chrome to eventually pass IE in North America and the U.S.

Of course, the StatCounter numbers are just one metric. And they look very different from the browser share numbers compiled for April by NetApplications.

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The StatCounter results were foreshadowed by the Royal Pingdom report I wrote about last month. There, you could see Chrome racing past Firefox globally to challenge Internet Explorer.

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Even with the launch of Windows 8 later this year, I don’t see much to halt Internet Explorer’s long, slow slide. It’s likely being kept afloat in the U.S. by corporations who lock down their Windows PCs, but even that appears to be changing. Barring some unforeseen shift, Chrome looks like it’s on a steady march to become the new top browser.

[Spotted via The Next Web]

Article source: http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2012/05/chrome-beats-internet-explorer-to-take-the-top-browser-spot-worldwide/

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28 May 12 Chrome takes over as world No. 1 browser


Google’s Chrome has been kicking some serious butt in the browser wars lately. It recently raced past Firefox to become the No. 2 browser in the world, and now, according to one measure, it has beaten Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to reach the top spot.

According to StatCounter, a Web analytics service, Chrome last week eclipsed IE worldwide, coming in with a 32.76 percent share to IE’s 31.94 percent.

StatCounter-browser-ww-weekly-201120-201220

The numbers are close, but there’s no mistaking the trends. Internet Explorer has been in steady decline, while Chrome’s adoption has grown at almost the same pace.

Interestingly, Firefox had been losing share, but its decline has stabilized since the first of the year.

The numbers are very different when you look at North American and U.S. markets.

StatCounter-browser-na-weekly-201120-201220

StatCounter-browser-US-weekly-201120-201220

In North America, IE still holds a healthy lead over Chrome, at 32.76 percent to 25.86 percent. In the U.S., gap is wider – IE has 37.81 percent, while Chrome has 23.83 percent. Also in these markets, Firefox’s decline has reversed and it’s showing an uptick.

Still, the trends are clear and if they hold, you can expect Chrome to eventually pass IE in North America and the U.S.

Of course, the StatCounter numbers are just one metric. And they look very different from the browser share numbers compiled for April by NetApplications.

netapp412

The StatCounter results were foreshadowed by the Royal Pingdom report I wrote about last month. There, you could see Chrome racing past Firefox globally to challenge Internet Explorer.

browser-usage-worldwide-April

Even with the launch of Windows 8 later this year, I don’t see much to halt Internet Explorer’s long, slow slide. It’s likely being kept afloat in the U.S. by corporations who lock down their Windows PCs, but even that appears to be changing. Barring some unforeseen shift, Chrome looks like it’s on a steady march to become the new top browser.

[Spotted via The Next Web]

Article source: http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2012/05/chrome-beats-internet-explorer-to-take-the-top-browser-spot-worldwide/

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23 May 12 Google Chrome Becomes World's Most Popular Web Browser


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Google Chrome overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the world’s most popular web browser for a full week for the first time in its history.

The Chrome browser enjoyed a weeklong surge in use between May 14 and 20, according to StatCounter.

Asia and South America contributed heavily to Chrome’s traffic boom, with Internet Explorer and Firefox remaining North America and Europe’s dominant web browsers.

In India, Chrome held an 8 percent lead over Firefox, the country’s second most popular browser.

Chrome briefly surpassed Internet Explorer for weekend usage in the past, but the new surge is the first time it has taken the world’s top spot for a full week.

Chrome overtook IE in early May and unlike previous occasions, has yet to cede top spot back to Microsoft’s browser, StatCounter reported.

StatCounter’s findings are based on analysis of 3 million websites, with the company analyzing 15 billion page views each month.

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Article source: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2178481/Google-Chrome-Becomes-Worlds-Most-Popular-Web-Browser

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21 May 12 Chrome takes over as top worldwide browser


Google’s Chrome has been kicking some serious butt in the browser wars lately. It recently raced past Firefox to become the No. 2 browser in the world, and now, according to one measure, it has beaten Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to reach the top spot.

According to StatCounter, a Web analytics service, Chrome last week eclipsed IE worldwide, coming in with a 32.76 percent share to IE’s 31.94 percent.

StatCounter-browser-ww-weekly-201120-201220

The numbers are close, but there’s no mistaking the trends. Internet Explorer has been in steady decline, while Chrome’s adoption has grown at almost the same pace.

Interestingly, Firefox had been losing share, but its decline has stabilized since the first of the year.

The numbers are very different when you look at North American and U.S. markets.

StatCounter-browser-na-weekly-201120-201220

StatCounter-browser-US-weekly-201120-201220

In North America, IE still holds a healthy lead over Chrome, at 32.76 percent to 25.86 percent. In the U.S., gap is wider – IE has 37.81 percent, while Chrome has 23.83 percent. Also in these markets, Firefox’s decline has reversed and it’s showing an uptick.

Still, the trends are clear and if they hold, you can expect Chrome to eventually pass IE in North America and the U.S.

Of course, the StatCounter numbers are just one metric. And they look very different from the browser share numbers compiled for April by NetApplications.

netapp412

The StatCounter results were foreshadowed by the Royal Pingdom report I wrote about last month. There, you could see Chrome racing past Firefox globally to challenge Internet Explorer.

browser-usage-worldwide-April

Even with the launch of Windows 8 later this year, I don’t see much to halt Internet Explorer’s long, slow slide. It’s likely being kept afloat in the U.S. by corporations who lock down their Windows PCs, but even that appears to be changing. Barring some unforeseen shift, Chrome looks like it’s on a steady march to become the new top browser.

[Spotted via The Next Web]

Article source: http://blog.chron.com/techblog/2012/05/chrome-beats-internet-explorer-to-take-the-top-browser-spot-worldwide/

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21 May 12 Google Chrome Now the No. 1 Browser in the World


Google‘s Chrome web browser just passed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the most-used browser in the world, says the latest data from a digital analytics service.

Although Chrome has edged out IE before for short periods, the last week marks the first time Chrome was the No. 1 browser for a sustained period of one week. Exactly 31.88% of the world’s web traffic was done on Chrome, according to StatCounter, while IE is a close second at 31.47%.

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Although the difference is slight, Chrome has been trending up for some time, while IE has been trending down. IE is still the top browser in many regions, including North America, but Chrome is extremely popular in both India and South America — the latter being a region where Google’s Orkut social network also has significant market share.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

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IE is still king in most other regions, though, for obvious reasons: It’s the default web browser for Windows machines, which still constitute about 90% of the world’s computers. Tech-savvy Internet users tend to prefer Chrome, however, due to its minimal user interface and loading speed.

The browser trends are expected to continue at least until the general release of Internet Explorer 10 later this year. IE10 is tied to the launch of Windows 8, and it may introduce a wild card into the browser game.

While the desktop version of Windows 8 will support third-party browsers just like Windows has in the past, there’s some question whether certain Windows tablets will limit their functionality, in effect forcing users toward using IE10 if they want the abilities of a full web browser.

SEE ALSO: Google Confirms It’s Working on Chrome for Windows 8

While StatCounter’s numbers, which are based on page-view data on 3 million websites, are often seen as a reliable barometer on browser popularity, other services that look at unique visitors to determine market share tell a different story. The most recent numbers from Net Applications, for example, show IE with a commanding lead of 54% to Chrome’s 19%. Mozilla Firefox is slightly more popular, at 20%.

Which data do you think is more reliable? Have your say in the comments.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, andrearoad

This story originally published on Mashable here.

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/google-chrome-now-no-1-browser-world-111324988.html

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24 Apr 12 Which browser is the most popular? That depends on where you are


Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, once the dominant Web browser by far, long ago lost its huge lead. First Firefox ate into its numbers, and now Google’s Chrome has become a solid contender.

But as a new study by Royal Pingdom indicates, no one browser rules globally. In fact, which browser is considered the most-used varies by region. Chrome, Firefox and IE each take the No. 1 spot depending on location, according to data collected earlier this month.

Among the findings:

• Internet Explorer dominates in two of the world’s six regions: North America and Oceania, which is primarily Australia and New Zealand. In North America, the various versions of IE are used 40.4 percent of the time, compared to 24.1 percent for Chrome and 21 percent for Firefox.

In Oceania, IE has a smaller lead: 35.5 percent compared to No. 2 Chrome’s 33.9 percent. Firefox is third with 22.6 percent.

• Europe has the closest browser horse race, with Firefox in the lead with 30.6 percent, IE at 29.2 percent and Chrome at 29.1 percent. This may have to do with the European Union’s insistence that Windows users be given a choice of which browser to use when setting up a new computer. Microsoft has a special version of its OS for Europe that presents a selection screen during setup, and these numbers indicate it may be having the desired effect.

• Chrome has a huge lead in South America with a whopping 48 percent, the largest share of any top browser in any of the regions. IE is No. 2 there at 28.9 percent, while Firefox is 20.8 percent.

• Chrome also is tops in Asia at 36.4 percent, followed by IE at 33.9 percent and Firefox at 24.3 percent.

• Firefox has the lead in Africa with 39.5 percent. Chrome comes in at 29.3 percent, and IE takes third at 25.7 percent. This is the only region where Internet Explorer comes in behind both Chrome and Firefox.

But something very interesting happens when you look at specific browser versions, as opposed to browser types. In all the regions except North America, Chrome 18 is the most-used browser. In North America, it’s Internet Explorer 9 at 20.2 percent. That version consistency is due to Chrome’s silent and frequent updates – the browser is updated in the background, without users ever knowing. With both IE and Firefox, new versions are announced and require a restart of the browser, giving users the chance to say no if they prefer.

Interestingly, the most recent version of IE is not the dominant version in all regions, illustrating Microsoft’s ongoing issue with getting its users to adopt the latest software. IE9 is tops in North America, Europe and Oceania. In the other three regions, it’s IE8. (Microsoft can be thankful that at least IE 6 shows up way at the bottom of the list in only Asia and Africa.)

The Royal Pingdom numbers are in contrast to those generated monthly by Net Applications, a popular source for browser data. There, from data aggregated globally this month, IE has a 53.83 percent share overall.

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Update: Mozilla today released version 12 of its Firefox browser. Like Chrome, Firefox now has silent updates.

Article source: http://blog.seattlepi.com/techblog/2012/04/24/which-browser-is-the-most-popular-that-depends-on-where-you-are/

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24 Apr 12 Chrome 18 is world’s most popular browser, Internet Explorer 9 leads in North America


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Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/chrome-18-world-most-popular-browser-internet-explorer-034552207.html

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24 Apr 12 iOS, Android Chip Away at RIM’s Market Share


Apple’s iOS has maintained a lead over Android as the top mobile operating system in North America since January, though both platforms have gained market share this year at the expense of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, according to new data from mobile ad network InMobi.

The report, which is based on ad impressions on InMobi’s network, revealed that iOS had 37 percent market share in North America for the first quarter of the year, up from 33 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011. Android, meanwhile, took second place for the quarter, garnering 34 percent share, up from 32.5 percent during Q4 2011. RIM’s BlackBerry, meanwhile, took the third spot, dropping 4.6 percent since the fourth quarter – from 11.9 percent to 7.3 percent this past quarter.

“Apple maintained its lead over Android and further increased its share of impressions and handset dominance; the new iPad certainly helped its overall position,” Anne Frisbie,  InMobi’s vice president and managing director for North America, said in a statement. “However, we know that fierce competition is created across the operating systems when new devices enter the market and this time last year Android surpassed iOS globally.”

InMobi’s report states that Apple devices took the top three spots as the most prominent handsets in North America during this past quarter. The iPhone accounted for 19.7 percent share of impressions, while the iPod made up 12.2 percent and the iPad totaled 4.9 percent.

Globally, however, Nokia devices had the highest number of impressions at 35 percent, the report states. Nokia’s global market share has decreased slightly since the last quarter though.

“We will see further disruption if devices such as the much anticipated Amazon smartphone and Google tablet hit the US market this year,” Frisbie said. ”Momentum surrounding Windows 8 could also change the market significantly.”

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Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403405,00.asp

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