Early data from StatCounter indicates that Yahoo could get a usage bump from a deal to be the default search provider.
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Microsoft may be phasing out usage of both 'Nokia' and 'Windows Phone' in its advertising and marketing materials as soon as this holiday season.
Microsoft has put a lot of dollars and effort into Windows Phone, even going as far as to buy Finnish handset firm Nokia in order to gain traction in the smartphone space. But despite this investment Windows Phone's usage share has grown from about one percent to around two percent over the past 12 months.
Nokia's back-end mapping services will make their way to Toyota's navigation systems from 2014, in a deal that will see the company duking it out with mapping rival Google.
Nokia slips in the latest global smartphones rankings, a sign that the company's mobile fortunes have not yet hit bottom. Its Proustian battle wages on.
Google search enables hackers and industry competitors to gather information for targeted attacks, so companies should regulate employee sharing online and usage of free services.
Microsoft news round-up for this week includes a possible new Nokia Windows Phone, tidbits on the Xbox dashboard fall preview, new comScore search data and more.
Searching via mobile browsers has surpassed the traditional desktop tool in terms of frequent usage. Thus, Google has added some serious improvements to its mobile optimized search tool.
Nokia India is working on a location based recommendation service for places near you. The feature is called Search and will compete with other similar services like Yelp and Foursquare.
The last 12 months have seen a huge increase in the usage of digital media in Thailand, and Bangkok in particular.This year, we're beginning to see a response from companies, not just big brands like Central, Nike, Starbucks and the usual suspects, but the kind of business that could genuinely benefit from the use of Twitter, Facebook, search engine optimization, social ads and other Web 2.
Trash talking your competitors is nothing new (Apple and Adobe have been at it for a while, with Google joining in on occasion), but we've had an ugly spate of it this year - from Google derailing the Future of Search event by accusing Bing of copying (and Bing's Harry Shum drily snarking back by accusing Google of click fraud) to (notice a pattern?) Google pre-empting Nokia's deal with Microsoft by repeating a Nokia insult to Siemens and Benq.
Nokia is on the lookout for a replacement for current chief executive, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, according to an online report posted today.The report, published in the Wall Street Journal Online, cites "people familiar with the matter" as the source of the information and suggests that it is Nokia's failure to make an impact on the smartphone market that is behind the Finnish company's search for a new CEO.
Microsoft sent a bunch of its top search execs to San Francisco on December 2 to show off more of what's part of the Bing 2.0 fall refresh of the company's search engine. Some of these enhancements are here (in beta form) today; others are coming over the next few days. Even more interesting are some of the stats the Microsoft execs shared about usage patterns for Bing.
Google has released a version of its voice search application for users of Symbian Series 60 handsets.Series 60 is mostly used in Nokia smartphones such as the E71 but also in some handsets from other manufacturers such as Sony Ericsson.
Over the last couple of years, one of Nokia's big focuses has been on social location technology and services and I suppose it is a natural evolution in the usage of GPS technology. There have been a number of services from Nokia such as Vine, Friend View, enhanced Ovi Maps, and now Lifecasting and I have to honestly say I stopped using them after a few attempts because I personally found little value in them and never thought they were worth the hit in battery life to keep the connection and GPS receiver up or intermittently updating. I think the idea sounds great, but how many of us actually wander around the city looking for friends and people to meet up with? If I am going to meet someone then I just call them up and we work out the details of the meetup spot rather than fumble around on a phone (both parties would have to have supported services) trying to find their GPS coordinates on a map. Shoot, we could just use Twitter or text messaging too if I didn't want to talk on the phone.
Security researchers have intercepted a fake Flash Player update creating a Firefox add-on that spies on a target user's Google search results.
One of the primary functions I perform on my smartphones is listening to podcasts, which I actually listen to much more than music. Nokia has an excellent Nokia Podcasting application that lets you subscribe and download podcasts with and the iPhone has iTunes integration so syncing podcasts over is fairly simple. There are a couple of 3rd party apps for Android, but I was very pleased to see Google launch their own podcatcher called Listen. Listen lets you search, subscribe, download, and stream podcasts to your Android-based device.
Users can now filter photos by whether they're available for reuse, commercial reuse, reuse with modification, or commercial use with modification when searching through Google Images.
Microsoft's new search engine, Bing, saw a brief spurt of popularity in the UK before its usage levels fell, according to the web monitoring service Hitwise.Hitwise research director Robin Goad wrote in a blog post on Monday that, "since the initial launch hype, traffic to the site has declined".
Surprisingly, there has not yet been a dedicated (non-Java) Twitter client for the S60 platform even though S60 leads the world in market share. There was a very tightly controlled private beta of Gravity going on for a month or so, but I didn't get a chance to try it myself. This morning Gravity went public and I immediately downloaded and installed it on my Nokia 5800 XpressMusic device. After about an hour of usage I can say this application gives me the BEST Twitter experience on a mobile device. I have tried several iPhone and Windows Mobile applications, but find the speed, animations, functionality, multiple client support, and more to be so much better on the 5800.
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