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15 Jun 12 Android Tablets Beating Out iPad in Business and IT: Report


Apple’s iPad may still be considered the king of tablets in many quarters, but new research data casts a shadow of doubt over how long that will continue.

android apple tabletIn fact, a full 44 percent of first-time tablet buyers in business and IT plan to purchase an Android device in the upcoming 12 months, compared with just 27 percent planning to go with an iPad, according to a new study from IDG Connect (IDG Connect is part of IDG, which owns PCWorld.com).

“The rise in tablet usage and increasing prevalence of BYOD is set to have a fundamental impact on IT and business over the next few years,” said Kathryn Cave, editor at IDG Connect, in a press release announcing the results. “These findings signify changes in work mobile consumption and market leadership in the tablet arena.”

Only Three Percent Opt for Windows 8

To conduct its research, IDG Connect recently surveyed 3,124 IT and business professionals around the globe.

Seventy-one percent of respondents said they already own a tablet, and 51 percent of those reported having an iPad, IDG Connect reported.

For future purchases, though, Android was clearly the preferred choice, with 44 percent of respondents saying they’d choose a device that uses the Linux-based operating system. Only three percent of respondents said they’d opt for Windows 8, and 21 percent said they weren’t sure.

Global Variations

The research results are even more interesting when broken down geographically.

In Africa, for instance, 44 percent indicated they’d choose an Android tablet, compared with only 21 percent planning to buy an iPad. Similarly, in Europe, only 23 percent of new buyers said they plan to buy an iPad, compared with a full 49 percent who have set their sights on an Android tablet.

Those in North America and Australia/New Zealand, interestingly, showed the lowest preference for Android tablets, with only 30 percent of North American buyers and 35 percent of those in Australia/New Zealand choosing them over iPad.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/257664/android_tablets_beating_out_ipad_in_business_and_it_report.html

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


Internet monitoring firm Pingdom on Monday released a new report on global Web browser share by browser version. The company found Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 to be the most popular browser in North America with a 21.2% share, and it was closely followed by Google Chrome 18 at 20.2%. Internet Explorer, however, featured a combined total of 40.4% of the North American browser market. Globally, Pingdom found that Chrome 18 is the most popular browser with a 25.6% share, leading Firefox 11 with 15.8% and Internet Explorer 9 and 8 with 15.7% and 14.6%, respectively. Microsoft’s browser has the largest worldwide market share when all versions are combined, followed by Chrome and then Firefox.

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Article source: http://www.bgr.com/2012/04/23/chrome-18-is-worlds-most-popular-browser-internet-explorer-9-leads-in-north-america/

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10 Apr 12 Report: Chrome Doesn’t Win Weekend Browser Battle After All (But Still Popular …


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Remember last month, when StatCounter noticed that Chrome surged to briefly (for one day only!) become the world’s most popular web browser? Well, another key finding in its report had to do with the time of day Chrome usage peaked – according to StatCounter, Chrome seemed to be used more on weekends. The implication, of course, was that people were forced to use Internet Explorer at work, and used Chrome when they had the freedom to choose.

Today, new data has emerged to dispute StatCounter’s specific claim of Chrome’s jumps in weekend usage, but that backs up the overall claim that Chrome is the people’s choice when outside of work.

Of course, Microsoft took issue with StatCounter’s earlier claims, delving deep into the methodology of various services providing insight into browser share. As many of you know, StatCounter’s methodology can skew the data a bit. For example, StatCounter doesn’t adjust for pre-rendering (loading pages in the background which the user never sees and may never even click on), nor does it “geoweight” the data to paint a more accurate picture of worldwide usage.

Instead, with StatCounter, it’s all raw data. Microsoft said that if browser share had been weighted appropriately, it wouldn’t have been such a close race – IE would be at a 45% share for the month, not 35%, compared with Chrome’s 24% share, not 30%.

While it’s important to note the discrepancies in how share is measured, Microsoft failed to note that no matter how you slice the pie, IE’s share has been steadily dropping over the years.

(I believe they also said wah, wah, wah, but decided to edit that part out before posting).

Well, today, there comes a bit more data to throw into the mix from search-targeted ad network Chitika’s network, which took a sample from its network of hundreds of millions of unique impressions across the U.S. and Canada. Specifically, the firm was interested in whether or not, as StatCounter had claimed, Chrome was a popular weekend browser.

As it turns out, in Chitika’s view, the answer was no.

To be clear, this data set looks only at two North American markets, making it less of an apples-to-apples comparison with StatCounter, which based its data on 15 billion page views (4 billion in the U.S.).

Still, some interesting findings, whether or not you fully buy into whether Chitika sees things all that accurately. For starters, the firm could not prove that Chrome’s popularity spiked on weekends. But it did discover that IE saw peak use from the beginning of the day (EST) towards the lunch hour and early afternoon, when its share of browsing would sit above 50%. Chrome, meanwhile saw pickup in the late afternoon, maxing out in evenings, often peaking above 20% at these times.

Chrome’s peak use was 24.6% throughout the week to IE’s average peak use of 55.3%. And no, Chrome never – even briefly – topped IE in terms of overall share.

While Chitika couldn’t back up StatCounter’s findings specifically, its differently sourced data does back up an overall emerging trend here: IE is still the browser often used at work, while Chrome is popular when you clock out. Tear apart the methodology if you will, but now that’s multiple sources showing that IE’s dominance still seems to come from business use, not choice.

Article source: http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/10/report-chrome-doesnt-win-weekend-browser-battle-after-all-but-still-popular-after-work/

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21 Dec 11 DealerTrack, Internet Brands Form Automotive Data Joint Venture


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DealerTrack Holdings Inc. (TRAK) and new media company Internet Brands Inc. said they will form a joint venture that will provide automotive data to the North American automotive retail market.

The new entity, Chrome Data Solutions LP, will …

Article source: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20111220-714956.html

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