Ogle – Social Networking’s new Avatar!

Explanations are not needed when one is talking about social networking. Young or old, most Internet users are active members of Facebook, the giant among social networking sites. And with the advent of smart phones, many apps have also cropped up making it even easier for people to connect with each other. However, few have been able to replicate the success of Ogle, which has numerous new users being added to its fold every passing day!


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China Crowned as the World's Largest Smartphone Market

As we all know, China is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that they are also the largest market for smartphones.

According to Strategy Analytics, a global research and consulting firm headquartered in Boston, USA, China has overshot the United States in Q3 2011, to become the world’s largest smartphone market by volume.

This sudden growth in smartphone sales dates back to the previous quarter when the market share in China grew by 58 percent with sales touching 24 million. The US market however fell by seven percent, with just over 23 million handsets sold in the same quarter. (more…)

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One out of two Smartphones you see run Android

Researchers at Gartner now report that one in every two Smartphones sold in the world, run Android. According to their latest study, Android claims a 52.5 percent market share worldwide, in the third quarter of 2011. About a year ago, their market share was a mere 25.3 percent and by the last quarter, it touched a mark of 43.4 percent. Today, with its stunning operating system and a vast collection of devices, Google sits pretty at the top, stealing market shares from almost every other Smartphone.

Smartphone market has been a churning revolution for a while and so, it’s not surprising to see a steep 42 percent in its growth in just a year’s time. As a matter of fact, sale of Smartphones to end users reached 115 million units in the third quarter of 2011! (more…)

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Apple and Android to dominate the mobile game market

For over two decades, Nintendo and Sony have ruled the portable gaming industry literally like kings. But now, winds have started changing direction dramatically!

According to a new research from Flurry, a mobile analytics firm, Android and iOS games have taken a significant lead in the US portable game market in the year 2011.

The study reveals that iOS and Android, which had a mere 19 percent of the U.S. portable game market in 2009 when Nintendo and Sony together had 81%, has grown up to 58 percent in 2011, leaving Nintendo and Sony fighting for the rest of the share. The low price tag of mobile apps and the high adoption rate of new smartphones and tablets seem to have closed the deal for Apple and Android. (more…)

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Ubuntu 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelot, is released!

Canonical just rolled out their newest version of the operating system, Ubuntu 11.10 with the codename Oneiric Ocelot. Ubuntu has a proven track record of releasing updates every six months that include new features, stability improvements and latest versions of the software.

One of the main reasons why we, at QBurst, use Ubuntu on 75% of our computers is the stability it provides. Canonical, the Ubuntu company, has always made sure that their users get updates every six months with a lot of changes. (more…)

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NFC – Making Life Easy

Ever noticed the number of items we carry with us when we go shopping? Our wallet is crammed with cash, credit cards, ATM cards, coupons and loyalty cards; not to forget our mobile phone that is always on hand and never leaves our side even when we are paying for items at the counter. Trying to extract anything from our overloaded wallet while still clutching our mobile phone can be an even more difficult feat. This leaves one wondering how simple shopping would be if we could use, just one object to make all our payments. What if we could use our mobile phone to make payments, instead of different plastic cards, coupons or cash?

With technology advancing at a fast pace, we are almost into an era where we can do just that! In the next five years, we would probably be buying just about anything by simply waving or tapping our mobile phones at the shopping counter.

This technology is called Near Field Communication (NFC) and is expected to create a revolution in coming years. NFC makes it easy to conduct transactions, connect electronic devices and exchange digital content with just a simple touch. This wireless technology allows devices to transfer data over short distances through short waves, a touch or a tap. (more…)

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Creating Google Annotations

Have you ever wondered about an unexplainable change in your traffic, or thought “Why did my traffic spike on this day?” or “Where did all these visitors come from?”

Normally, after scratching your head you would probably go digging through your notes, calendar or spreadsheets to find out what caused the spikes in traffic. If that’s unsuccessful, you might try recollecting an event that triggered it. For example, there could have been a press release that caused a spike on a certain day. Or it could be due to some significant change made to your website like a tweak made to the design / page / content.

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What is new with Android 2.2 Froyo?

As per Google Android’s developer forum, Android 2.2 is indeed a minor platform release including user and developer features, API changes, and bug fixes. A reading on developer features and API changes can be had on Framework API section. Android 2.2 platform is available to developers as a downloadable component for the Android SDK and it includes a fully compliant Android library and system image, as well as a set of emulator skins and sample applications.


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Monitoring Social Media for Building and Maintaining Corporate Reputation

Businesses are embracing social media with a jest never seen before. Companies have realized the marketing/advertising potential offered by these viral networks and are clamoring to make the most of it. Small and large companies alike are striving to establish an online social presence to grab greater market share. The motto seems to be “Get out there before the competition.”

But “being out there” is not all! Social media is all about conversations, and conversations need to be listened to.

Are companies listening to the conversations that go on about them? If they aren’t, they could be in for a surprise. (more…)

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