Despite our recent disdain for Google, there's no denying the Mountain View, Calif.-based company is a juggernaut when it comes to web traffic. It totally dominates search and its YouTube subsidiary, which has just announced a brand new milestone, is equally unstoppable in the online video market.
The YouTube team claims the service "now has more than a billion unique users every single month", which is a phenomenal figure. The service, which was started back in 2005, has been growing steadily since inception and was purchased by Google in 2006, perhaps saving the video company from being litigated out of existence.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 14:54
Some sellers have raised the price of Office 2010's lowest-cost multi-license package after Microsoft discontinued retail sales of the suite.
Giant online retailer Amazon.com, for example, now lists what Microsoft called the "Full Packaged Product" (FFP) of Office Home & Student 2010 at $170, $20 higher than the former list price, representing a 13 percent surcharge.
Another seller on the site pegged Home & Student 2010 at $250, or 67 percent above list.
But Amazon also sells Office Home & Business 2010 for $278 and Office Professional for $400, or 1 percent and 20 percent under list, respectively.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013 14:53
Apple today released iOS 6.1.3, an update to its mobile OS which contains "improvements and bug fixes". Perhaps the most importantly though, Apple has finally fixed the lock screen (aka. passcode) bug which allowed potential miscreants to bypass lock screens protected by a password.
The flaw allowed users to circumvent the lock screen by following a series of steps (YouTube video). The exploit -- simple enough to perform in seconds -- involved placing (and immediately canceling) an emergency call followed by pressing the lock button twice.
The unfortunate bug was introduced with iOS 6.1 and has remained present since its January 28 release. However, last month we mistakenly reported that iOS 6.1.2 resolved the lock screen flaw. Despite a small number of news outlets making this claim, that wasn't the case.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:36
For all the griping over Windows 8's omitted Start menu and other UI inelegancies, the biggest knock against the OS has arguably been its comparatively weak app catalogue. PreApps, a site that previews new apps before they hit the market, wants to change that.
The Boston-based startup only launched in January, but it has already forged a partnership with Microsoft. The deal will enable Windows developers to interact with potential users while building their apps, helping programmers build buzz and implement feedback-driven refinements as they approach an app store release.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:47
Avid Skype video users on Windows Phone 8, now is the time to get your hair did -- HD video is now possible employing "higher-end" WP8 devices, such as the Lumia 920, HTC 8X, and Samsung Ativ S.
"Lower end handsets" will have to settle for VGA video, though Microsoft says call quality across the board was improved in update 2.4. All WP8 handsets will enjoy People Hub integration, meaning you can jump right into Skype calls from your contacts list, rather than having to independently open the app.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:45
In today’s super-connected world we no longer have to store data solely on our desktop machines. We can now dump it into “the cloud” and access it seamlessly from any of our devices no matter where we are. It’s convenience on a grand scale but one that brings new concerns on the flipside – a lack of control over our own data.
In the wake of the Megaupload fiasco, today we bring news of another event with the potential to chip away further still at Internet users’ confidence in remote storage.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 13:44