Android’s Robot Overtakes Opera and Safari as World’s Most Popular Mobile Browser

Robot, Android’s native browser has become the most popular mobile web browser, overtaking Opera’s mobile browser, as revealed by StatCounter’s data.

StatCounter’s mobile browser stats for the period Feb 2011 to Feb 2012 shows that both Robot and Safari, the iPhone’s native browser, are growing in terms of popularity. However, the Android browser saw an impressive growth, overtaking both Nokia’s browser and Safari in May 2011, and most recently overtaking Opera as well.

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File-sharing Sites Cut Back on Sharing in the Aftermath of Crackdown on Megaupload

Just days after the US Justice Department closed down Megaupload, other popular file-sharing services have abruptly cut off the sharing of movies, games and other software through their servers.

File-sharing services, also referred to as digital lockers, enable users to easily upload, store and share large files on a server in the internet cloud. This includes movies, music, gaming applications, software tools, multimedia presentations and the like.

But digital locker companies  have not come up with a good way to consistently stop copyright infringement and as the result, they are often used as the platform to download copyright infringing materials, from the latest software to the latest Hollywood blockbusters.

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Huawei Unveils the World’s Slimmest Android Smartphone

At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas today, Huawei unveiled the Ascend P1 S, which it claims is the world’s slimmest smartphone.

Running on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the Ascend P1 S is only 6.68mm thin; in comparison, the Motorola RAZR is 7.1mm thick and the Samsung Galaxy S II is 8.49mm thick. In addition to its super slim form factor, the Ascend P1 S is also the fastest and most compact smartphone in its class, with a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM.

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iPhone 4S Users are the “Hungriest” Data Consumers: Study

According to a new study by Arieso, owners of Apple’s new iPhone 4S are using almost twice as much data with their devices than iPhone 4 users, and almost three times as much as iPhone 3G users.

Michael Flanagan, the chief technology officer at Arieso noted that “I use the iPhone 4 myself and when I first heard of the iPhone 4S features I was not compelled to rush out and get one. However, the data usage numbers I am seeing make me wonder what I am missing.”

The report, which was covered by Reuters, indicate that this doubling in data usage may be due to increasing use of online services like the virtual personal assistant Siri, which was bundled with the iPhone 4S.

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Malaysia Airlines Rewards Customers for Flight Bookings on Facebook

From now until March 31 2011, passengers of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) can earn 1,000 “Enrich Miles” when they book their air tickets via the MHBuddy app on Facebook. Enrich is a loyalty and frequent flyer programme of MAS with 1.9 million members worldwide.

MAS launched its MHBuddy app in February 2011, which allows its customers to book tickets, select seats, access travel itinerary and also, flight check-ins. The app taps into users’ social graph i.e. share travel plans and experiences with family and friends on Facebook, identifying who might be sharing the same flight, among others. The app was developed for MAS by SITA Lab.

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3 Billion iPad Apps Downloads Leave Android In The Dust

iPad users have cumulatively downloaded an estimated 3 billion apps since Apple launched the hugely popular device on April 3, 2010, according to a report by ABI Research, a US-based market intelligence company.

It took iPad users took nearly a year and a half to reach the 3 billion downloads mark; iPhone users took as long as two years before being able to reach that level. In comparison, Android tablets only have around 440 million downloads thus far.

According to the report, Android still trails greatly behind the iPad mainly because Android tablets in the market are still using older versions of OS, which disadvantages users from enjoying the better effects of apps produced from more advanced software development kits.

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Mobile VoIP Users Tripled in 2011

Mobile voice over IP (VoIP) usage is on the rise with the number of subscriber tripling in 2011, growing from 9 million in 2010 to 29 million, according to a new report from In-Stat.

According to the report, with the increasing market, thanks to the expanding number of smartphone users, many providers are introducing services, which includes to some degree, mobile VoIP.

The report quotes Amy Cravens, a senior analyst at In-Stat as saying: “While VoIP is a well-defined market, mobile VoIP is still in its infancy, with most offerings only being developed over the past several years, and because it’s in its nascent stage, there are significant opportunities for companies to develop the market.”

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KL Eateries to be Wi-Fi Ready

The Kuala Lumpur City Hall will soon mandate that all new restaurants provide WiFi to their customers, according to a report by The New Straits Times today. This requirement will be a mandatory prerequisite for food operators when they apply for their license to open a new restaurant or when existing operators renew their license. However, the report states that the requirement would only apply to restaurants owners operating on premises bigger than 120 sq m in floor size.

Those expecting the service to be free should not hold their collective breaths, though… the outlet operators are given the choice to provide Wi-Fi to their customers for free or for a reasonable fee.

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Myemail service provider Tricubes starts 2012 on the right footing

After the financial lifeline thrown its way courtesy of the 1 Malaysia email project a.k.a myemail in April last year (and the controversy that ensued), Tricubes Berhad can look forward to start 2012 on a positive note: it has been awarded a RM6 million contract by the Home Ministry to maintain the Royal Malaysian Police’s (PDRM) mobile systems for two years starting January 1.

The project, which will be to maintain PDRM’s Enhanced Mobile Management System (EMMS) and Mobile Card Acceptance Device (MCAD) will be spearheaded by TricubesNCR JV Sdn Bhd, which is 70% owned by Tricubes Berhad.

Tricubes, which was appointed as PDRM’s traffic fines collection agent last November expects the award “to contribute positively to the earnings and net assets per share of the group from the financial year ending 31 March 2012 and is not expected to have any material effect on the gearing of the company”, as stated in a filing to Bursa Malaysia today.

The Malaysian Insider reveals that Tricubes has also approached the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the Road Transport Department (JPN) and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to use its controversial myemail billing system and will begin pilot trials soon.

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Top 5 Tech Themed Movies of 2011

2011 brought with it a whole slew of films from the Hollywood movie factory (and others); some were captivating, some tugged at our hearts while others made us wish we hadn’t wasted our precious hours watching them.

Here are the top 5 sci-fi/tech themed movies that we at GreyReview feel are the ones worthy of mention (and repeated viewings).

1. Rise of the Planet of the Apes

This movie succeeds because of one man: Andy Serkis. His portrayal of Caesar the super-intelligent ape (albeit through the use of a mo-cap suit) makes him the most compelling protagonist in recent films. Serkis gives an astounding physical and emotional performance worthy of an Oscar. The special effects from the wizards at WETA are phenomenal and adds to the realism of the scenes. Definitely one for the Blu-Ray library.

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