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Google+ Traffic Increases 1,269%

Ever since the “new” social networking site, Google+, has opened their doors to the world, it seems that a lot of people want in.

According to Heather Dougherty, a director of research at Hitwise in the US, “Google+ emerged as the third largest site in the Social Network and Forums category last Wednesday [in the US], a day after the site went from ‘invitation-only’ to ‘open access’ available to everyone,”.

“Opening access created a massive spike in market share of visits for the site, with a 1269% growth from the week ending September 17 to the week of September 24. The site … received nearly 15 million total US visits last week.”

Tim Lovitt, with Google, says, “increasing market share for Google Plus more than 455 per cent compared to the previous week”.

Heather Dougherty added in a blog post on the network’s traffic: “In just one week, Google+ went from ranking as [the] 54th most visited site in our Social Networking and Forums category to 8th place.”

This outstanding jump in Google+ states shows both how many people are interested in joining the site AND how upset people are with Facebook’s recent changes.

 

Firefox 7 Released!

Mozilla released Firefox 7 today that promises to deliver a faster web browsing experience largely thanks to a much improved memory management system.  Some major improvements in this new version of Firefox include speedier start-up times, tab opening, and HTML5 content.

Mozilla was able to reduce Firefox memory usage by as much as 50 percent, which results in faster performance and less chances of the browser crashing. This will be especially welcome to “heavy internet” users that open up a lot of tabs during long browsing sessions.

There are also some new tools that come with this new version of Firefox that will help to allow developers create better web browsing experiences,  including a new version of Canvas that speeds up HTML 5 animations and games.

Check it out now - http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

The Best of the Unknown Web Browsers


Many internet users today know of FireFox, Safari, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.  Little do these people know that other web browsers do exist and that some of them actually provide some competition to the more popular browsers out.

This article will give you the details on the top five “best of the unknown” web browsers out right now.  All of the browsers listed can be used by everyone from an office worker or manager, to a at home user.  Give each browser a try and leave a comment below telling what you think about it.

Lunascape


Lunascape is the world’s only three engine browser.  People that have used this browser have reported a significant decrease in capability issues, display problems, and long loading times.  Back in 2010, Lunascape was 20 times faster than IE8 and to this day keeps up to speed and is even faster than some of the more popular web browsers out!

Download Lunascape

          SlimBrowser

SlimBrowser is a small and secure web browser for Windows packed with many features.  Besides the built in pop-up killer and AD filter (which both work incredibly well), SlimBrowser comes with an intelligent form filler, quick search box, and a auto-login function.

Download SlimBrowser

          Camino

Camino is an open source browser developed to provide the best possible experience for MAC OS X users.  With security features like malware and phishing protection, Camino could be one of the safest browsers out.

Download Camino

          K-Meleon

K-Meleon is an extremely fast and customizable web browser designed mainly for Windows.  It was developed by Mozilla (makers of Firefox).  The browser is free and is open source and is extremely lightweight.

Download K-Meleon

          xB Browser

xB Browser is the most popular free, open source browser in the world.  xB Browser allows you to securely and anonymously browse the internet while bypassing firewalls and website censorship.  This browser is also jam packed with features.  These include, DOM object and cookie protection, cross-site scripting attack prevention, user-agent cloaking, and java proxy control.

Download xB Browser

Give all of these a try.  Leave comments below on which one you like best!

Anonymous Comes Through on Promise

Apparently, the hacking group, Anonymous, has followed through with their promise to “attack” the website of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) today.

Earlier today, the group had threatened to take the website offline for about 6 hours today, or at least twice the amount of time that BART officials took cell phone service offline at some stations Thursday night in order to try to cut down a protest planned.  The attack from Anonymous was scheduled to start at noon today.

Though this didn’t happen.  Around 12:30, the site was running slower than normal and had one small change showing the Anonymous logo on the main page of the site.  Further into the “attack” , it came to everyone’s attention that Anonymous hackers had also aquired and posted a database full of e-mails, addresses, and some phone numbers of accounts found on the BART website.

 

Firefox 6.0 Debuts Ahead of Schedule

Just like Mozilla Firefox 5.0, Firefox 6.0 is being “unofficially” released earlier than expected.  That’s right, Firefox 6.0 is now available for you to download if you so choose although the official release of the update has not been announced.

N0w Firefox 6.0 will not be bringing many changes to desktop versions of the browser (besides some changes in the address bar), changes will mostly be occuring in Android devices.  It is said that the latest version will bring a “fresh visual style in Chrome Gingerbread”.  Other features included in the update are enhanced image scaling and more importantly, the app is now faster and doesn’t use nearly as much memory.

Jump on the release now and download Firefox 6.0

Windows Phone’s to Receive Mango Update

If you own or know about Windows 7 phones then you should know that the operating system was clearly rushed and missing some pretty important features in order to keep “up to par” with Android and iOS.  Well all of these problems will be fixed with a major update from Microsoft called Mango.  Microsoft sent out the update earlier today so users should be expecting to be able to upgrade in the very near future.

There are many things that have been included in this update and one of the main features is that now all phones with Mango on them will have full multitasking capabilities. This was a huge complaint by many users and it made Windows fall behind in the operating system “competition”.  So this update will bring Windows up to par with iOS and Android but for how long?

Some more features that have been included in the update are better live tiles, an all-in-one inbox,  and better browsing with Internet Explorer 9.  Another interesting feature would be the introduction of Visual Search where the user takes a picture and can search the web to find out more about the object. Besides all of these features and upgrades, there are plenty more programs and abilities added into the Mango update and it should help bring Microsoft back into the operating system competition.

Hands on with the Galaxy Tab

 

 

 

Motorola starting off 2011 with a click

Earlier today, Motorola announced that they will be shipping their latest phone, the Motorola Cliq 2.  The new phone will cost $100 with a new contract and about $400 without one.  The phone has a lot to offer and has a very unique design (picture to the left).

As I said, the phone looks pretty sweet and has some neat features. The Cliq 2 will have a 3.7inch touch screen display and will run on the new Android 2.2.  It will also have Adobe Flash support making internet browsing much easier.  The phone will also come with a 2GB microSD memory card although it can be expanded up to 32GB or storage.

Besides the phone, Motorola also released a new app to the Android market.  It’s called DriveSmart and its main purpose is to prevent people from texting or calling while driving. The app is a good concept and seems like it will help (if people decide to turn it on while driving).

Basically, the app will mute notifications for texts and any calls or alarms.  Besides this, you have to option to automatically send a text back (ex: “I’m currently driving and can not talk”) or forward a call directly to a Bluetooth headset or your voicemail. Right now there is a free version that offers all of this but there’s also a $10 monthly version that uses GPS to determine when you should turn the app on and off.  It also gives parents updates on when the driver turns off the app while driving (“overriding it”).

So all in all, the phone and app combination from Motorola looks to be a good start to a good year.  What are your thoughts?

More 4G phones coming to Verizon users

On my blog yesterday, I typed about one of Verizon’s upcoming 4G phones, the DROID BIONIC.  Today’s blog is yet another 4G Verizon phone called the HTC Thunderbolt.

Announced a couple days ago at CES, the Thunderbolt looks pretty impressive.  It has a 4.3 inch touch screen display, front and rear facing cameras and runs on Android 2.2 mixed in with HTC’s Sense 2.0 display.

Looking at the phone, it looks to be a media based smartphone.  A 8 megapixel camera that records in HD is just the tip of the iceberg. Besides this, its wireless DLNA allows the device to stream video and other media to other DLNA devices such as HDTVs.  It also comes with a 32GB microSD card and there is a stand built in the phone to make things more comfortable while watching HD videos.  To top it all off, the phone’s audio is considered surround sound.

All of this on top of a 4G network seems to be pretty impressive.  Looks like we will have a ton of more smartphones on the 4G network coming our way.

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Dual Core Processors on Verizon phones!

At CES on Wednesday, Verizon officially announced a ton of new phones that will be put on their new 4G network which is said to be up to 10 times faster than 3G.  One of the smartphones announced that stood out to me was the DROID BIONIC.  With this being the latest phone in the droid series, it has a lot to offer.

The BIONIC has a 4.3 inch HD touch screen display, and both front and rear facing cameras (rear is 8 megapixels).  The phone will also have an HDMI output so you can watch all of your HD recorded clips on your television as well as purchase HD content and view it in full 1080p.

Besides this, the BIONIC’s most notable feature is its processor.  A new rising feature in smartphones in the upcoming future is dual core processors and the DROID BIONIC will have one with both cores running at 1GHz. To people who do not know what that means, it will be running at about twice the speed of a regular smartphone. The phone will also have 512MB of RAM. These two features alone make this smartphone incredibly fast which will increase speeds while multitasking. To help out with graphics, the BIONIC comes with Adobe Flash Player and HTML 5.

This is said to be a work device so that being said, it will come with corporate email, data security and encryption capabilities.  The phone will also have Quickoffice, full calender management, one-click conference calls, and tons of Google applications/services.

It’s hard to believe that a phone has come this far. Dual Core processor, HD camera, HTML 5, and game graphics that are console quality is insane.  Verizon definatly is setting the bar for smartphones this year.

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