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Big Changes Coming for Digg Users

March 22nd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Internet

As one of the big innovations of the first half of the new millennium’s first decade, digital enterprise Digg has served its users with the ability to ‘digg’ pages that they like in an effort to leverage the Web 2.0 interface and share content. Changes are said to be coming from the company now that will mean they are getting rid of their standard Digg Bar, a content viewer made with iFrame technology. The iFrame system has caused a great deal of controversy for the company since it first came out last year because of technical issues that gave users a time they did not enjoy, a bad business move for the Digg brand name. Instead, the company seeks to turn to an area that more users will likely appreciate: browser extensions. These small pieces of code offer much of the same function as the iFrame method offered to users, but makes the process more friendly, easier to use and less of a drain on critical system resources. The add ons will be updated soon, according to Mark Rose, the Digg CEO, and the Digg Bar will also be gone from the site. Domains that were banned over the course of 2009 will be unbanned, another move that many analysts in the social media industry are not all keen on. The argument is that the unbanning of these sites may lead to a great deal of ‘junk’ news on a site designed to feature user supported news, but according to Rose there will be special filters set up to sift through items that may be against the Digg terms of service.

Google Android Grabbing Up More Market Share

March 3rd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted in Telecommunications

In the battle for supremacy over which mobile operating system will reign supreme for the smart phone industry, up and comer Google Android is proving to be more potent than many analysts had at first believed. The growth, so far, of the mobile OS has been impressive in terms of its speed, although many in the media say that the company has not taken on as quickly as it could have considering the company which is putting it out. While initial growth may be been ponderously slow thanks to the massive power the Apple iPhone OS has had over the market up until Android’s release, things are now beginning to look a lot different. According to the numbers being released by industry gold standard metrics firm ComScore, Android is out performing all of its competition – something that may come as a shock to many observers in the smart phone world. According to their analysis, Android grew its market share by 5.2 per cent in the United States market for mobile devices between November 2009 and February 2010. Apple, on the other hand, experienced a relatively tame drop of a tenth of a per cent. Palm and Microsoft have lost by 1.8 per cent for Palm and 4 per cent for Microsoft. Other than Android, only RIM managed to increase its market share and even then, it only did so by 1.3 per cent.

These numbers paint a grim picture for the competition of Android as the OS seems to be entering a real growth phase and knowing the way Google has managed to dominate nearly every niche it has entered in recent years, Apple may be in for a major shock very soon.