Sunday, May 01, 2016

Chrome Takes Top Spot From Internet Explore For First Time Ever

After 21 years Microsoft's reign at the top of the browser market has officially come to an end! According to the most recent analytics Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) continued its downward spiral and has officially relinquished the No. 1 spot to Google's Chrome browser. Marking a major milestone not only in IE's 21-year lifespan, but a dramatic changing of the desktop browser guard.

Over the past several years Microsoft has seen Internet Explorer's market share repeatedly dip in favor of up and coming browsers from Google, Mozilla and Opera. However, not once have we seen any of those companies manage to topple Microsoft from the number one spot. According to U.S. analytics vendor Net Applications, during the month of April we saw Chrome do just that.

Net Applications reports that "IE" -- fell 2 percentage points in April, the fifth straight month of a loss greater than a point, and the 16th of any size -- to end at 41.4% of the total global browser user share. Meanwhile, Chrome climbed 2.6 percentage points to take a narrow lead with 41.7%.

Computerworld has attributed IE's decline to Microsoft's August 2014 announcement that users of older versions had to upgrade, in most cases, to IE11, by Jan. 12, 2016. Since the announcement, IE has lost more than 17.1 percentage points of user share, representing a 29% decline.

By forcing customers to upgrade to a newer version of IE -- or alternately, turn to Windows 10 and its default browser Edge -- Microsoft demanded that users change browsers. That had appears to have had a disastrous impact on IE's user share as people rethought their browser choice, and then abandoned Microsoft's browsers for rivals' -- notably Chrome.

Another very plausible cause for users making the change, and one I see as being slightly more likely, is that more users are becoming more familiar with Chrome from the uptake in usage of Google's other services and through Android on their mobile devices. As more companies incorporate Google's services like Drive and Docs, more users are finding it easier to migrate to Chrome and its built in cross functionality. The same with Android users that may in the past have not seen the benefit of using Chrome but now are as they typically have a Google account and use Google's services through Android.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Service Offers Diners Free Uber Rides to Select Restaurants


Gearing up for a night out on the town but don't know where to go? A new service offers adventurous users free Uber rides for trying out new restaurants in the area.The brainchild of 16 year old internet wiz kid Daniel Singer, founder of multiple tech start-up, Cake.af aims to help restaurants fill empty tables while making it easy for consumers to try new establishments.

Customers can sign up for the free service by sending the “cake” emoji to Cake.af. Once they are registered, the team at Cake.af will determine restaurants that have availability/open tables and send an invite to the customer detailing the establishment and the time of the reservation. If the customer accepts the invite, an Uber car will be sent to provide a free ride to the restaurant. If the customer is not interested in the restaurant or available times, they can simply decline the invite. Restaurants benefit by bringing in new customers and the consumers are happy to get free rides to try out a new venue.

“With Cake.af, consumers can feel like a VIP with a car showing up at their door to take them out for a great meal,” said Cake.af creator Daniel Singer. “While they do still have to pay for the food, Cake.af makes the evening easier and less stressful. Restaurants that sign up now have a new way to help fill tables during slow times of the week and consumer are exposed to new dining establishments. It’s a win-win!”

Cake.af is currently available to consumers in three markets including Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco and services and unknown selection of restaurants. Don't worry we are working to see if they have a list of restaurants that are currently available and we will update our posting once they do!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

D-Link Launches New EXO Series Routers With Out of This World AC1900 EXO Wi-Fi Router


Following their recent announcement of the new EXO Series of routers, which are meant to supplement D-Link's existing Ultra Performance Series, D-Link has officially announced availability of their first offering in the series and from the looks of it D-Link has made good on their promise of exceptional design with powerful Wireless AC home networking performance.

The new AC1900 EXO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-879), will be the initial offering in the EXO series. This new out of this world looking router boasts a stylish form-factor, featuring standout color and impressive feature set. With built-in high power amplifiers and 11AC Dual Band Wi-Fi, the DIR-879 promises to deliver fast wireless speeds, improved coverage, and reliable Wi-Fi connectivity to support HD streaming and other demanding applications, all for under $150.

“With the new AC1900 EXO Wi-Fi Router, users can enjoy the extremely fast speeds of 11AC Wi-Fi and proudly display their network hardware,” said Steven Olen, director of product marketing at D-Link. “The EXO series was built for Wi-Fi users who want great performance, premium-design and style at an incredibly affordable price.”


Additional features and capabilities of the AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (DIR-879) include:
  • 11AC Wi-Fi Dual Band Connectivity – Speeds up to 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band and 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band
  • High Power Amplifiers – Provide wider coverage throughout your home
  • Dual Core Processor - To support more devices and apps in your home so you can experience lag free gaming and HD media streaming
  • Smart Connect – Automatically assigns connected devices to the best possible band for optimal Wi-Fi performance
  • Intelligent QoS – Traffic optimization delivers seamless performance for your applications
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup – Push button to easily connect devices to the wireless network
  • Backwards Compatible – Works with existing Wi-Fi devices (802.11n/g)
  • Wireless Encryption – Uses WPA or WPA2 security
  • Easy Setup – Get online in minutes with the Quick Router Setup (QRS) mobile app
    The AC1900 EXO Wi-Fi Router (DIR-879) is available now for $149.99 through most of your favorite retailers and e-tail outlets. Detailed specifications are available online at D-Link’s website.

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Need Help With Your Contracts? New Online Tool Will Review Them For You

    Singing contracts and other legal documents without fully understanding what you are agreeing to can, and often does, have disastrous results. All too often getting a little legal help can save the day. Unfortunately, that help usually comes with a pretty hefty price tag. Enter LawGeex, a new online platform that uses artificial intelligence. to scan and dissect those agreements to offer you a little help finding and detailing those pesky clauses that you may over look.

    LawGeex offers what it calls the world's first contract review platform based on A.I. The goal, it says, is to help businesses and individuals "get a fair deal" before signing an agreement.The service is a pretty straight-forward one, users simply upload one of over 30 supported contract types including employment agreements, NDAs, service agreements, and leases.


    LawGeex's A.I. platform then uses its array of technologies to compare the contract against a database of thousands of similar ones. They then send your contract over to one of their "real life lawyers" to check the results. Finally you'll receive a full report showing you the results of the items they have scanned with flags detailing anything that needs extra attention.

    Explained in simple terms, the final analysis you receive from LawGeex -- which is stated at being delivered within 24 hours, or on the next business day -- aims to ensure that users know exactly what they’re agreeing to. Included in that report are a summary, a contract score, and information such as clause explanations, negotiating tips, and sample language for missing clauses.

    “The driving force behind LawGeex is the belief that no one should sign a contract that they don’t fully understand," said Noory Bechor, the company's cofounder and CEO, a commercial lawyer himself.

    At this time anyone can use LawGeex for free to scan and analyze employment agreements. However, they are working to add additional types of personal contracts, such as residential rental agreements, in the next few weeks, and more free contract types in the coming months.

    For users that are looking for help with other types of agreements, LawGeex covers 30 in all, there are several pricing options including a one time $49.99 review or a $79.99/mo subscription for up to 2 reviews per month.

    Monday, April 11, 2016

    Want to Test The Latest Products From Spigen Inc.? Checkout The Spigen Supder5tar Review Program

    Are you one of those crazed online shoppers that loves buying everything you can get your hands on and then writing meticulous well thought out reviews of those items? Do you love buying new smartphones and equipping them with new cases and accessories? If both of those explain who you are then you might be eligible to get some of those new smartphone accessories for free thanks to the Spigen Super5tar review program.


    Just in case you don't know, Spigen is a phone case maker based out of the US. They make a wide assortment of cases and accessories for all of the latest phones on the market, including Samsung, LG, Apple, HTC and OnePlus. The company has started a new initiative in order to get customer feedback posted to Amazon as quickly as possible. The program is called Super5tar Review Program and what it offers is a free case or accessory if approved, for you to test out and review.

    How Does the Spigen Super5tar Review Program Work?

    So here is the low down on how to get started reviewing your first product. First head over to Spigen’s Super5tar Review Program page and select a case that you’d like to review. They are currently only offering cases for the newest phones on the market, so you'll have options of the iPhone SE, Galaxy S7 and LG G5. Next, fill out the form with your email, birth date, name, country of residence, and you’ll also need to provide your Amazon account profile link.
    To find your Amazon profile link:
    • Log into your Amazon account
    • Click on “Your Account” (Where you would check for your recent orders)
    • Under “Personalization” click on “Your Public Profile”
    • Copy the link in your browser’s address bar and paste it back into Spigen’s form
    • Your Profile link should look like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/XXXXXXXXXXXXX
    Then, if your application is approved, you will be sent the case you chose at signup and you’ll be expected to write an honest review on the cases’ respective Amazon product page within 5 days of the product’s receipt. Of course, you must be over 18 years of age to participate in the review program and you must also agree to a possible minimum processing fee in order to get your case.

    The page says approval is based on your Amazon Review Profile, the actual number of Amazon reviews written, how recently the Amazon account was created, compliance with the Terms and Conditions, validity of email, and country of residence. New products will rotate periodically so be sure to check back to the program page every once in a while.

    Now of course some will question the ethical approach here, even Amazon themselves have apparently raised concerns about the program and have in the past. However, Spigen does state they want an HONEST review. Now having worked alongside many companies in the past and worked for similar projects I can tell you honest doesn't always mean honest. And while they likely won't ask for the product back, negative reviews often mean less opportunity for testing in the future. Saying that, you should definitely be honest and write the best review possible!

    New Windows 10 Roadmap Highlights Several Upcoming Features

    Microsoft has officially released the latest Windows 10 Roadmap highlighting the newest features we can expect in upcoming Windows 10 updates and releases. And while we already know the Windows 10 “Anniversary Update” will be coming this summer, many of the new features found on the Roadmap apparently aren't a part of that update.

    “The Windows 10 Roadmap provides a snapshot of what we’ve recently made generally available, released into public preview, are still developing and testing, or are no longer developing,” Microsoft explains. While this newest Roadmap is meant specifically for Microsoft's business customers, there are still plenty of noteworthy features we may eventually see for consumers.

    Here’s a basic rundown of a few of the highlight:
    • Windows and Android phones as well as "companion devices" such as the Microsoft Band 2 will be able to unlock and authenticate apps on a Windows PC.
    • Connecting a Windows phone to an external touch monitor through Continuum will allow for touch controls on the large display. Windows phones with Continuum will also support laptop-like docks, keyboards and accessories that utilize your phone's cpu and OS to run and act like a laptop.
    • Windows PCs will be able to cast their displays to other Windows PCs making collaborations easier.
    • Windows apps will get a picture-in-picture mode.
    • Remote display for "display-less" devices, so users can seamlessly control Windows 10 IoT Core applications from any Windows 10 desktop PC, tablet, or phone*. In addition, the technology allows Windows 10 IoT Core devices to use remote sensor readings from any connected Windows 10 device.
    Again these new features are being added in addition to the "Anniversary Update" features that we saw highlighted during the Build 2016 back in March. You should also keep in mind that these plans can change, something that Microsoft themselves highlight on their roadmap which also includes a section for canceled features, though it’s currently unpopulated. As for timing, Microsoft isn’t making any promises, and has not yet started testing any of the above features in its Windows Insider builds.

    As to what we should expect in the Windows 10 “Anniversary Update” we already know we will see a few key additions, one of the biggest being Linux /bin/bash-support. This will not be a port or a virtualization. It’s a full Ubuntu command line running natively right in Windows, built in partnership with Canonical. As of right now this is mostly a tool for developers, but cross-platform power users may find this particularly useful as well.

    We also know we will see updates to Cortana, for more efficient and effective use as well as greater app support and better notification support. You can also expect to see the new Windows Ink feature which allows for more stylus and handwriting support. According to Microsoft, Windows Ink puts the stylus “front and center” by introducing the Ink Workspace, a hub of apps that all focus on different things that a stylus can do.

    Of course for you gamers Microsoft didn't leave you out. Microsoft says they will be working to deliver on top fan-requested features like support for multiple GPUs and the ability to turn off v-sync. Game developers will have access to a fully open ecosystem with the Universal Windows Platform, making it easy to bring the games people love to both Xbox One and other Windows 10 devices. With the Anniversary Update, any Xbox One can be a developer kit with Xbox Dev Mode, enabling anyone to develop for the living room. And, the Windows Store will offer a unified store experience for all developers, creating new opportunities to reach millions of new customers.

    Wednesday, April 06, 2016

    Amazon Prime Same Day Delivery Adds 11 New Cities Now Covers 27 In All



    Thanks to a plethora of features Amazon Prime membership has been growing at an astonishing rate. According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, membership grew 51% last year – including 47% growth in the U.S. and even faster internationally – and there are now tens of millions of members worldwide.

    Prime started as Amazon’s unlimited two-day shipping option for subscribers, however over the past few yeas the service has changed significantly and morphed into an all encompassing service. The new Prime has become more of an all-you-can-eat, physical-digital hybrid with access to Prime Videos, music and more.

    One of the latest perks Amazon has begun offering their Prime members is Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery. A feature that allows Prime members to place an order in the morning and receive all Same-Day orders over $35 before bedtime that very same day, seven days a week.

    The service, which initially launched last year, has proved so popular that Amazon has announced today that they will be expanding the coverage area from the original 14 cities to include an additional 11 metro areas. Those areas include Charlotte, Cincinnati, Fresno, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Stockton, and Tucson, plus new areas in Central New Jersey, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and San Diego.


    “Prime was developed to make shopping on Amazon fast and convenient, and millions of members have used Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery to make their lives even easier,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President of Prime. “We keep making Prime better, and as our operational capabilities grow, we will continue to invent and expand delivery options that customers love.”

    Running just $99 a year, Amazon Prime will offer customers unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 30 million items across all categories, unlimited Free Same-Day Delivery on more than a million items in the expanded 27 metro areas, and one and two-hour delivery with Prime Now on tens of thousands of items available in more than 25 metro areas. In addition members have access to unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, more than one million songs and thousands of curated playlists and stations with Prime Music, early access to select Lightning Deals all year long, free secure, unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos and access to more than one million books to borrow with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

    Learn more about Prime FREE Same-Day at www.amazon.com/sameday.

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    Bitdefender Says New Tool Uses 'Trickery' To Prevent Some Ransomware Infections

    With ransomware infections making big headlines these days security researchers are looking at new ways to keep the malicious software from taking over users machines. Unfortunately, in this cat and mouse game the bad guys have seemingly been wining the war! All that may soon change as security researchers test new inventive ways to actually vaccinate machines from possible infections.

    Antivirus firm Bitdefender is one such company that has been taking a new approach as to how it handles ransomware. They have just released a free tool that the company says can prevent computers from being infected with some of the most widespread file-encrypting ransomware programs: Locky, TeslaCrypt and CTB-Locker.

    The new Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware vaccine is an update of sorts to a piece if software that the company designed to prevent CryptoWall infections. As with the previous tool this new 'vaccine' works by taking advantage of a very specific feature commonly used in several piece of ransomware. Those malicious pieces of software actually check to make sure the machine they are trying to attack haven't previously been infected. Bitdefender's Anti-Ransomware vaccine uses those checks against the ransomware by making it appear as if computers are already infected with current variants of Locky, TeslaCrypt or CTB-Locker. This prevents those programs from infecting them again.

    Bitdefender has stated that in its current form the tool can only fool certain ransomware families and is not guaranteed to work as protection against those indefinitely. Therefore, it's best for users to take all the common precautions to prevent infections in the first place and to view the tool only as a last layer of defense that might save them in case everything else fails.

    "While extremely effective, the anti-ransomware vaccine was designed as a complementary layer of defense for end-users who don’t run a security solution or who would like to complement their security solution with an anti-ransomware feature," said Bogdan Botezatu, a senior e-threat analyst at Bitdefender.

    The new tool is available for download on the Bitdefender website.