Internet Explorer falls below 60% of the browser market for the first time

•May 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Well, it had to happen sooner or later, what with all of the browsers available. For the first time ever Microsoft’s Internet Explorer accounts for less than 60% of the browser market. At one point it dominated with 95% of the market in 2003. NetApplications, who published the figure, has IE at 59.9%, Firefox with 24.5% and Google’s Chrome with a 6.7% share (up from 1.7% last year). Safari wasn’t listed.

Gartner analyst Jeffrey Mann, said, “There are more viable alternatives now. Google has been advertising and there are more people using Macs and Apple’s Safari. There is just a great awareness that there are alternatives,” And it might just be that MS is losing loyal users as well.

Yes there is. Microsoft recently had to offer browser alternatives on computers running Windows in Europe.

[Dvice]

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BlackBerry tablet to arrive in 2011?

•May 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Take this with the usual grain of salt, but word is that RIM is working on a tablet device, codenamed the BlackPad or Cobalt. Apparently the device will feature an 8.9-inch display and might even be thinner and smaller than Apple’s iPad.

If such a device is even coming out of RIM, it would be unveiled in 2011, with a 3G connection, Wi-Fi, and might even sync with a BlackBerry smartphone. Now this is mighty interesting. If they play their cards right, this could really compete with Apple.

[electronista]

World’s Largest Curved Plasma TV

•May 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Sure, your home 65 inch plasma television is big, no one is taking that away from you. But it’s nothing compared to this monster plasma recently installed at Japan’s Kansai airport. This behemoth measures 200 inches, approximately 13′ x 10′ or 4m high x 3m wide. How would you like to play games and watch movies on 200 inches of plasma display?

The display is made up of 3 curved plasma displays all joined together. They installed it in the airport to give airport information but also info on traditional Japanese culture, like sightseeing locations and public entertainment within the Kansai area.

We want!

[GG]

Citizen releases new Bluetooth-enabled watches

•May 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Citizen Japan has introduced the I:Virt M series TM84-0351V and TM84-0352V Bluetooth-enabled watches in the Japanese market. With these watches, you can read e-mails up to 210 characters directly on the watch, as well as control your cell phone’s volume, accept or reject calls, display your cell phone’s battery level and be notified of incoming calls.

Both watches are capable of magnifying the text up to 14pt from its original size. The Citizen TM84-0351V sports a leather band, while the Citizen TM84-0352V sports a stainless steel band.

Nothing on pricing yet though.

[Akihabara]

Racing game for iPad uses iPhones as controllers

•April 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

With Padracer your gaming console is an iPad as a display and iPhones as controllers. How cool is that? Though if you don’t already own these things, it could get a bit expensive for you. Basically the iPad is the race track and the iPhones are turned into controllers once connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

All you have to do is steer your race cars by turning an iPhone like a steering wheel. The game is just five bucks at the iTunes store.

[Pocket-Lint]

HP takes over Palm for $1.2 Billion

•April 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Palm has fallen quite a long way since those heady days before the Palm Pre was actually offered. HP has now bought Palm for $1.2 Billion. That’s about $5.70 per share of Palm stock. This will help HP get some firm footing into the mobile segment, with Palm’s entire patent history at their disposal. Can we expect some HP phones as soon as within the next two years?

The deal will be official by July 31 2010 and the Current CEO of Palm, Jon Rubinstein might be staying.

[Engadget]

Art Lebedev’s Battery Mug tells you how hot your coffee is

•April 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Pour your favorite hot beverage into Art Lebedev’s Battery Mug and the indicator on the side will show you how hot the liquid inside is, as long as it’s above 96.8°F. As you drink it, the green indicator will show you how much is left, and if its temperature gets too cool, the green indicators will fade to black.

Art Lebedev does it again, taking something familiar and making it even better. This mug is just $28. You need this right?

Of course you do.

[Art Lebedev]