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Microsoft Internet Explorer Pushes Beyond Second Screen To Companion Web

Microsoft Internet Explorer Pushes Beyond Second Screen To Companion Web

“We’re at a tipping point with connected devices,” a recent blog post from Microsoft Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer team reads. “Every day, 3.6 million mobile devices and tablets are activated worldwide. That’s over five times more than the number of babies born each day!” They’ve got a point, but it is a sad irony for Microsoft that so few of those mobile devices run their software.

But Microsoft has sold more than 70 million Xbox 360s and has a very TV-centric followup, the Xbox One, coming in November. As Forbes.com contributor Tristan Louis points out in today’s post on Smarter TVs, ”the upcoming battle for the living room is a chance to redeem itself and turn its fortune around.” The parody video that Louis refers to shows all of the instances of the words “TV,” “television,” “sports” and “Call of Duty” in the launch announcement. Although the announcement raised the ire of hard core gamers, the emphasis on TV (and perhaps the two things TVs are most used for, watching sports and playing Call of Duty) must have been highly intentional.

Games have been Microsoft’s route into the living room, but that strong association is now an impediment to its more generalized assault of the living room. Non-gamers are probably thinking more about the future AppleApple TV than about the Xbox as their upgrade path to interactive TV. In response to this perception, Microsoft has launched a new program called “Companion Web.” The idea is to facilitate real time interactions between different devices. And because Microsoft has no footprint to speak of in the world of mobile, they are now trying to emerge as a unifying force between iOS and Android.

The problem Microsoft is trying to solve (other than the risk of their own irrelevance) is that “the majority of sites on the web are built for only one device at a time.” The user can search for related information to what they are watching on their TV, for instance, but real time it ain’t. And content owners can make second screen experiences, but they have tended to be operating system (and sometimes even device) specific. Microsoft is after a more generalized solution that does not impose an unmanageable burden on developers.

“Regardless of who makes the device or software that powers the device, the Companion Web enables the internet to bridge the gap between these devices,” the IE blog post reads. “For developers, Companion Web represents an opportunity to reuse code that works across multiple scenarios, enabling greater reach and ways to engage an audience. For consumers, Companion Web means you’ll seamlessly move from one device to the next, interacting with your photos, videos, music, movies, television shows, files, and more.”

Companion Web would seem to be a more generalized version of the Xbox SmartGlass, which also allowed you to interact with your TV via Windows devices and select iOS and Android devices, but only on very specific games and content. The promise of the Companion Web is of a much broader range of experiences that the user could have between devices.

So far, Microsoft has released three such “Companion Web experiences” working with outside developers. I became aware of the program through Luke Wroblewski who has created a version of his Polar app that works in this companion manner with Internet Explorer. As you can see in the video below, Polar uses IE’s snap mode to assign a “sidebar” portion of the screen (in this case a Surface tablet acts a s a proxy for a Windows 8/Xbox One enabled TV) to itself while the user uses the balance of the screen to watch Futurama.

Wroblewski demonstrates the ways that you can find polls with Polar about Futurama and watch the results update in real time while you are watching the show. You can imagine something like this being a lot of fun for big live TV events like the Oscars or the Super Bowl, where the amount of real time activity would be high and seeing how other people are reacting becomes part of the entertainment. Similarly, you can make up your own hashtags for polls in Polar so that the reactions you are monitoring are only a select group of people. Either way, mass or niche, the real time linkage with the content on the big screen really extends the idea of the Polar app by making these interactions available to a room full of people—each potentially interacting with their own mobile devices.

And, important to note (since this is IE, after all, that we are talking about) that this all uses standard open web technology. Specifically, Wroblewski tells me, Companion Web uses web sockets to create the real time connections between devices. He says, “you can make a connection between pretty much any two ‘modern’ Web browsers regardless of device.” One of the other really interesting things about the Polar demonstration is that, as I described in a recent post, it uses a multi-device web page that enables all kinds of input (touch, mouse and keyboard) depending on device. And in the Companion Web experience, all all of these inputs can be used to control the connected screen.

What the other “modern” browsers don’t have that Internet Explorer 10 has is this snap mode. If there was one thing that iOS 7 should have copied from Windows (instead of all that flatness stuff) it would have been snap mode. So these Companion Web experiences will work across virtually all devices (because they use standard web tech) but the Xbox One will retain an advantage of being the only way to uses these “companions” on the screen simultaneously with other activities. And Polar, I think, has shown how this could become a really powerful feature.

The other two Companion Web experiments released so far do not make use of this snap mode feature. DailyBurn, see video below, uses a smartphone or tablet to get real time data related to workouts you view on your TV. This app is clearly trying to appeal to users who may need some constructive excuse to get an Xbox One.

Mix Party, introduced in the (purposely?) obnoxious video below, allows people at a party to create real time, collaborative playlists with their phones. As with Polar, the real time aspect of this is part of the entertainment value. I’m not sure if DailyBurn is intended as a solo experience or if multiple people could monitor their own individual performance of a shared video workout or not, but Mix Party and Polar clearly have real time, fact to face interactions in mind.

What is interesting to me about this strategy is that there are some extra capabilities that Microsoft has built into IE 10/Xbox One (and likely will build more) that will give it an advantage as an app enabled web TV platform, but the apps developers write will also work well on all devices. This strategy of “progressive enhancement” is a comfortable one to developers because it keeps their options open. Allowing for these entropic possibilities is a smart way to get developers on board, which, in turn, could be the means to Microsoft’s resurgence through the big screen.

Microsoft Denies Spying Issues Skype

Microsoft Denies Spying Issues Skype

CALIFORNIA – Microsoft has denied allegations that the government says it gave the United States (U.S.) direct access to a number of Microsoft products, including SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, for the U.S. government (U.S.).

Reported by Read Write, Tuesday (16/07/2013), the software giant’s rebuttal to respond to a report in The Guardian, which has channeled suspect Skype user data into the monitoring program PRISM National Security Agency (NSA) since 2011.

Microsoft confirmed the company has clear principles in responding to government demands for user information related to law enforcement and national security issues. Perusahana consumers insist only provide data in response to legal process and only permitaan adhere to certain accounts or identification.

“We appreciate our commitment to the user and in accordance with applicable law very seriously, so we provide only to respond to consumer data due process. To be clear, Microsoft does not give the government direct access to SkyDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, or Microsoft products the other, “explains Microsoft.

In the end, Microsoft said, when companies update product liability law, may in some circumstances have to retain the ability to provide information in response to requests by law enforcement or national security.

“That’s why, we argue that additional transparency will help everyone understand and debate the important issues,” said Microsoft.

Opera’s State Of The Mobile Web Report: Majority Of Indonesian Opera Mini users migrate to Android

Opera’s State Of The Mobile Web Report: Majority Of Indonesian Opera Mini users migrate to Android

Opera, which is one of the leading providers of web browsers in the world, yesterday (24/7) through the official website has just released its latest infographic reports relating to one of its products namely Opera Mini which states, increasing the number of Opera Mini browser users in Indonesia are turning to the Android platform in mid-May 2012 to May 2013. This report shows the number of Android smartphone users in Indonesia are using the Opera Mini browser on the device.

At least that’s the conclusion of a report released by the Opera releases infographic “State of the Mobile Web Report”. In the report, there are some brief conclusions that can indicate the condition and situation of smartphone users in Indonesia in the use of web browsers – especially in the Opera Mobile web browsing on Android smartphone devices.

In the report mentions, after the number of smartphone users continues to rise in Indonesia, Opera Mini has recorded a growth of 182% of all smartphone platforms. Specifically for the Android platform, it turns out Opera Mini managed to increase the number of users up to 46% of the total increase of 189% over the past year.

Opera Mini in the report claims of the various options available browsers – especially on the Android platform, Opera Mini remains an option for some users with varied reasons. Many users assume the Opera Mini browser has been very familiar to many users of the service and the availability of data compression feature that is known to provide a faster cruising needs. In addition, Opera Mini is also recorded growth of data consumption on Android users who access the Opera Mini also grow up to 218%, this figure is much higher than the consumption data from other platforms.

Another conclusion is no less interesting is the report released by Opera Software stated, of the total amount of consumption data obtained, as many as 36% of consumption data obtained from access to a variety of popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and so forth, followed by sites such as e-commerce, media, and a variety of other websites that charge a percentage amount of the consumption data. Facebook specifically for social media, as much as 68% of users managed to “donate” the number of page views on the Opera Mini browser on their Android devices.

Compact and simple system that brought the Android platform turned out to have a role on the growth of Opera Mini users on the Google’s platform. It is believed by the release of Opera The report also stated that Android users in Indonesia using the Opera Mini browser surfing 83% more than users running Opera Mini on other smartphone devices.

Of the report may actually be concluded, that there is only reporting an increase in migration of users of Opera Mini for the Android platform that can be a concern, but also the condition of the mobile web users in Indonesia was enough to get special attention from the internet industry abroad. Of this report is also expected to become a benchmark for the industry in the internet world that Indonesia is arguably one of the market is important for the development of the internet industry in the whole world.

Compete with Microsoft, Google Destroy Copy Paste Systems

Compete with Microsoft, Google Destroy Copy Paste Systems

California – Now Google browser users can copy and paste the various forms of documents and slide sheets from Gmail to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides or otherwise more easily. Unfortunately, to be able to feel the system copy and paste from Google this, the user must have the Chrome browser.
The browser engine giant announced on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 when the company had a massive overhaul copy and paste system. “With Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Chrome browser users can copy and paste text and images between all documents, spreadsheets or tables, and presentations as well as for different types of files,” Google wrote in his blog. Google claims that copied and pasted the format will remain the same.
Copy and paste system not unlike the way Google copy paste that is commonly used to keyboard shortcuts through or from the right-click menu. Users can also copy images from applications on the computer and insert it directly into the document, spreadsheet or presentation slide.
To compete with Microsoft Officenya Microsoft, Google did provide another alternative for users who do not have the Chrome browser with the web clipboard. However, how to copy and paste his work is not as easy as on the Chrome browser. There are eight steps that need to be done.
First, select the section to be copied. Second, click on the Edit menu, and select Web clipboard. Thirdly, click the Copy to clipboard web. When the user has reached the destination file, the user enters the fourth stage click the Edit menu and select Web clipboard again. Users will see an option that previously be copied.
Fifth, Place the cursor where the user wants to insert content. Sixth, select another Web clipboard from the Edit menu. In the seventh stage, the user will select the parts to be inserted with pilhan various formats, such as plain text or HTML. Finally, select the appropriate format and finish.

Yahoo Acquisition of Chinese Startup

Yahoo Acquisition of Chinese Startup

Beijing – Yahoo Inc. back shopping. A pioneering company alias startup from Beijing so the target. Is Zletic, a company that provides data analysis services purchased Yahoo social network on Thursday (July 18, 2013). However, the acquisition value is not known how many.
In its website pages, Zletic was pleased to acquire this. Founder Zletic is Hao Zheng, a former employee of Yahoo China. Hao Zletic founded only a year ago.
One of Yahoo spokesperson stated, with this acquisition, the eight employees Zletic will be brought to the office of research and development of Yahoo in Beijing.
This is Yahoo’s acquisition of the 19th under the control of Marissa Mayer. Yahoo under control Mayer likes shopping startup. Mayer wants Yahoo to focus on the realm of mobile and new generations still.
Some time ago Yahoo acquired wide startup Summly, Xobni and Tumblr. Tumblr purchased with cash worth U.S. $ 1.1 billion.

Yahoo! to Live Stream Video of Second Quarter 2013 Earnings on Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo! to Live Stream Video of Second Quarter 2013 Earnings on Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) will live stream a video broadcast of the company’s second quarter financial results on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. Pacific/5 p.m. Eastern. The live stream will be broadcast from Yahoo!’s Sunnyvale studio and will be available exclusively on Yahoo! Finance at finance.yahoo.com.

The video will be archived after the event athttp://investor.yahoo.net and will be available for 90 days following the broadcast.

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Twitter Sensor Feature Release Pornography

Twitter Sensor Feature Release Pornography

San Francisco – Twitter introduced reforms for iOS and Android application on July 17, 2013. The update was a method of censorship of sensitive content, such as pornography and violence, which appeared in the early post-twit.
If Twitter states that an image or a video containing sensitive issues, Twitter will display a label containing the message. Users must click if you want to see the media.
Message in the label reads, “Media in circulation could contain sensitive content. Twit media settings can be set to inform you if the media contains sensitive content.” Then the user can click “View,” or “Always show my sensitive media.”
New features began to appear in the July 2013. Users can also tag pictures or video as a medium sensitive to the setting. So, Twitter can give a warning to others before they click the image or video that you post.
This is a simple way to keep Twitter users more comfortable and not bothered with unwanted content. Especially for the user of Twitter among children and adolescents.

Internet Wars: Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer & Samsung beats Apple to mobile top-spot

Internet Wars: Chrome overtakes Internet Explorer & Samsung beats Apple to mobile top-spot

Website analytics company StatCounter have revealed its latest report covering global trends of internet access and software popularity. Dubbed ‘Internet Wars’ the report contains two major power shifts: in terms of mobile internet access Samsung has overtaken Apple whilst Chrome have has stolen Internet Explorer’s browser crown. See below for a full break-down of the report:

Mobile: Samsung & Chrome lead the way

In terms of mobile vendors the changes have been somewhat expected. 12 months ago Nokia was the number one vendor for connecting to mobile internet but they’ve now dropped to third place as Samsung overtakes Apple by a small margin.

In terms of mobile browser usage the global market shows Android’s default browser out in front with 29% compared to Safari’s 25%; but in the US and the UK the Apple products are clear leaders – taking 55% and 48% of the market share respectively.

This is a direct reflection of mobile OS trends where Android are ahead globally (38%, up from 26% last year) but with the US and the UK showing a pretty clear preference for the iOS. In the US Apple takes 55% and Android 39%; in the UK Apple gets 48% and Android has 30%. The UK also proves to be a bit of a hold-out for Blackberry – holding on to a respectable 15% of the market.

Browsers & Operating Systems: Internet Explorer beaten, but Windows remains dominant

The browser wars have seen Google overtake Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time in June this year, with Firefox and Safari taking third and fourth place respectively. Chrome took 34% of the market, compared to IE’s 32%.

StatCounter’s report also took in the balance of power with operating systems, showing Windows 7 actually increasing its internet usage share to 51% despite the fanfare-launch of Windows 8. And 12 years after its launch, Windows XP is still hanging in there with 21% of the global market, comfortably above Apple’s consistent third-place OSX (over 7% share).

In the UK specifically Windows 7 still keeps its top-spot with a 49% market share, but – unlike in the global market – Mac’s OSX takes second place with 11%, beating out Windows XP’s 10% share.

It was also revealed that despite reports of Facebook’s declining appeal amongst teenagers the site has still managed to increase its market share – at least in terms of referall traffic, the metric that StatCounter uses.

Social media: Facebook still king, though UK has a soft spot for Twitter

Worlwide Facebook has increased its referral influence from 61% in June 2012 to 71% in June 2013. Other social networks still barely register on this scale – with StumbleUpon falling from 9% to 5%, Pinterest taking the number two slot with 8% and Twitter taking up third place with 7%.

In the US Pinterest had a far more dominant position, climbing to a healthy second place in terms of referral traffic with 22% of the market share compared to Facebook’s 52%; whilst in the UK it was Twitter that took the number two spot, with 16% of referral traffic compared to Facebook’s 62%.

However, it should be noted that referral traffic – whilst a useful metric – is by no means the be all and end all of social media influence.

A recent essay by Ethan Zuckerman for the Atlantic pointed out that whilst Facebook may dominate in terms of user figures, the influence it create tends to be fairly insular – with links spread amongst individuals that are already friends. Zuckerman counterpoints this with Reddit – which is far less popular in terms of actual user figures but might be considered more influential as it manages to  spread content amongst strangers, reaching further flung areas of the web.

Facebook offers the dummy’s guide to mobile advertising

Facebook offers the dummy’s guide to mobile advertising

Facebook Inc’s mobile advertising success offers a ray of hope for Internet companies trying to make money within the confines of the smartphone’s small screen.

The social network’s 75 percent surge in mobile ad revenue in a span of just three months not only doused skepticism on Wall Street and Madison Avenue about Facebook’s business prospects, some say it could serve as a how-to guide for other Web companies navigating a world where the phone and tablet have fast become the screens of choice.

Facebook’s “Newsfeed” ads, which inject marketing messages straight into a user’s content stream and are tailored for mobile devices, were the stars behind the social network’s stunning numbers on Wednesday.

“You’re going to see a lot of companies transitioning and trying to emulate this model because it’s working so well. That’s why last night was a true watershed moment,” said Ben Schachter, an analyst at Macquarie Research.

Internet company executives have long been concerned that mobile advertising is inherently less lucrative than traditional desktop PC advertising, due to the smartphone’s limited screen size and possible consumer resistance to a flood of ads on their devices.

Companies from Google Inc and Yahoo Inc to upstarts such as Snapchat are searching for the right formula to monetize mobile services. While Google has developed a mobile ad business generating an estimated $10 billion a year in revenue, it remains much smaller and less lucrative than Google’s desktop search advertising. Analysts expect Google to generate $60 billion in annual revenue this year.

That wholesale exploration of “native ads” – or marketing messages intended to blend with a users’ personal content, rather than stand out as an ad – has met with varying success.

Twitter, which pioneered the concept of the in-stream ad even before Facebook, may also be well-positioned to benefit from mobile ads. “Sponsored” messages now pop up abruptly in the middle of streams of tweets, but analysts say the frequency is much lower on Facebook newsfeeds.

More than half of the privately held company’s revenue will come from mobile ads this year, reckons Clark Fredricksen, at industry research firm eMarketer.

Some are just getting into the game. This week, LinkedIn Corp, the network for business professionals, rolled out in-stream ads on mobile and PC versions of its service. Yahoo has experimented with similar types of ads, and acquired blogging hub Tumblr for $1.1 billion in May, in part to jumpstart efforts at developing new formats.

But it’s Facebook, which a year ago had zero mobile revenue, that has most aggressively promoted its mobile advertising business to Madison Avenue – with seeming success.

“Compared to other companies, nobody has come right out and said mobile is our sole focus now,” said Angela Steele, CEO of Ansible, part of advertising holding company IPG. “Facebook put all their eggs in one basket.”

FOLLOWING SUIT

One longstanding question has been how much tolerance consumers have for ads that disrupt their stream of content. Facebook said it has steadily increased the number of ads in the news stream without noticing a drop in user satisfaction.

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that, on average, ads now account for 5 percent or one in 20 “stories” in the newsfeed. That ratio could now provide a baseline for calculating success, prompting other Web companies to raise the frequency of ads in their streams.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if other companies would look at that and follow suit,” said Ansible’s Steele.

Hussein Fazal, the CEO of AdParlor, which manages advertising campaigns on Facebook, guesses that the social network must have gradually opened the spigot, gauging user reaction and adjusting the stream all the while.

They seemed to have hit on the right formula, but it’s one that differs across platforms, he said.

“The reason Facebook can do it is, the rest of the content that’s there is so engaging that you don’t mind one out of every 20 ads,” he said. “If you have a newsfeed that’s not so engaging, and you keep seeing ads, then it doesn’t work.”

Plus, the more ads in the stream, the less users will click on them, which can dampen ad prices, he added.

Facebook’s seeming success on mobile devices contrasts with Google’s more gradual improvement in that area. The No. 1 Internet search engine has gradually managed to narrow declines in its overall ad rates from the mobile effect, but last quarter they reversed and went down again, disappointing investors.

Google has avoided news stream ads entirely in its Google+ social network. Instead, its mix of mobile search ads, video ads and innovative formats such as “click-to-call” have delivered what RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Mahaney estimates is a $10 billion annualized run rate for its mobile business, about four times as much as Facebook.

But mobile has driven down the average cost of Google ads, and some industry watchers consider the transition a long-term threat to the search giant. But other analysts say recent changes to the way it sells ads to marketers, blurring the distinction between the mobile and PC, could help bolster rates.