Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

As I mentioned back on 13 December 2011, about once a month a robotics or cybernetics related article crossed my inbox that really piques my curiosity.  True to my word, I was perusing some of the myriad updates from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that’s kicked off today in Las Vegas and I came across the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0.   Continue reading

Mobile shopping dominance

Mobile shopping

92%

Perhaps one of the most interesting statistics to cross my inbox this year is today’s data point.  Retail analysis firm RichRelevance recently released a study based on 3.4 billion shopping sessions between April and December 2011, during which Apple’s market share grew from 88% to 92%.   Continue reading

Facebook for Android

Android Facebook DAU58.3 million (58,300,000)

For the first time since its launch in September 2009, the Facebook app for Android has surpassed the daily active users of the Facebook app for iPhone.  As of December 17 the Android app captured 58.3 million users while the users of Facebook’s iPhone app totaled 900,000 less or 57.4 million users.   Continue reading

Android Market milestone

Android phones10 billion (10,000,000,000)

Two days ago Google announced that the Android Market had reached a historic, albeit largely symbolic and almost entirely irrelevant, milestone – 10 billion downloads.  From the time the platform was released in mid-2008 until July, 2010 approximately 1 billion apps were downloaded.   Continue reading

Android global presence

Android phones52.5%

Android is crushing the competition and now owns over 50% of the global smartphone market (52.5% to be precise) – double from this time last year.  The growth comes largely at the expense of every non-iOS mobile platform, although Apple did fall slightly to 15% of the world-wide market in Q3.   Continue reading

American mobile application penetration

Smartphones50%

According to a report published yesterday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project (a part of the Pew Research Center), 50% of adult mobile phone owners have applications (or “apps”) on their devices.   Continue reading

Google unwraps Ice Cream Sandwich

Android Ice Cream SandwichThere are some titles you simply cannot resist when they present themselves to you, regardless of how corny or overdone.  After some months of feverish anticipation, Google released their Android 4.0 operating system dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich. Continue reading

The mythical GDrive

Genview Ponce De Leon at the Fountain of Youth

Much like the Fountain of Youth (a legendary spring that reputedly restores the youth of anyone who swims in its waters) the cloud-based Google drive or GDrive has been the stuff of tech lore for the better part of the past ten years. Continue reading

Amazon announces new Kindles

In a press conference this morning, Amazon officially announced their new tablet – Kindle Fire.  Months of speculation – including this post by yours truly – have led up to this release by the online retail and services giant. Continue reading

90 days worth of titles

Earlier today I was reviewing the usage statistics for this blog and was struck by some of the word patterns that emerged.  Obviously when Steve Jobs announced his departure from an active management role at Apple, there were a number of posts in that vein as one would expect.  However, there were quite a few other trends so I pulled all of the posts from the past quarter and dropped the titles into Wordle to see what else would emerge. Continue reading