Chrome becomes Africas favourite browser

first_imgAdvertisement The latest statistics on web browser usage has shown Google Chrome take the lead in Africa, while Internet Explorer is nosediving.Chrome’s usage has increased to 39 per cent of African web surfers, while Firefox trails with 37 per cent. Internet Explorer however has dropped from 29 per cent usage last year to 18 per cent. – Advertisement – The figures have been produced by Pingdom and show Chrome to be the most popular browser in four out of six regions around the world. Africa and South America are the only regions where Firefox version 3.6 is still in the top 10.The report said: “The choice of web browser is for some a very personal decision. Perhaps you have your own personal favorite and try to convince others about its merits.“For now it seems like the flavor of the year is Google Chrome for a big chunk of users. This may change, but probably not anytime soon.”Pindom used web browsing usage share numbers from StatCounter, which are based on visitor statistics averaged from more than three million websites. The sample consisted of 17.1 billion page views.Credit: HumanIPOlast_img read more

Samsung to launch Tizen Smartphones in India and Russia

first_imgAdvertisement A new report  from The Wall Street Journal is hinting that the first wave of Tizen-based smartphones might be heading to India and Russia.The journal claims that Samsung is planning an event in Moscow in the weeks ahead, where the company is expected to launch its first smartphone powered by Tizen OS.The report suggests that the rumored Moscow event will see the unveiling of the Tizen smartphone in the same format as Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy flagship events. – Advertisement – It should be noted that Samsung ditched Android for its wearable devices and launched Tizen-based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches at the MWC.The Tizen consortium includes giants such as Intel, Fujitsu, Samsung, LG, Huawei, and European mobile carriers Vodafone and Orange. While we’re still waiting for the first Tizen-powered mobile phones, Samsung announced the first Tizen-based device, the NFC and Wi-Fi-enabled mirrorless NX300M camera, in November last year.In April Samsung in an attempt to lure developers introduced a $1.25 million prize for Gear App Challenge for developers to create apps specifically for its Tizen-based smart wearables.Source: ndtvlast_img read more

Bad news Hackers Are Remotely Locking Apple Devices

first_imgAdvertisement Mac and iPhone owners in Australia woke up to their Apple devices being remotely locked through Apple’s Find My iPhone service with a message demanding payments for their device to be unlocked.The owners woke up with their devices displaying a message that they have been hacked by ‘Oleg Pliss’ and to send a payment to a PayPal account to get the device unlocked.i was using my ipad a short while ago when suddenly it locked itself, and was askiwhich I’d never previously set up. I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it’s still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by ‘Oleg Pliss’ and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to lock404(at)hotmail.com) to return them to me.It is not yet clear how the devices are being hijacked, but it most likely involves users having their Apple IDs hacked due to weak passwords or a phishing attack – Advertisement – Using access to an Apple ID, a hacker could permanently lock you out of your device, see any data stored in iCloud and permanently lock you out of your Apple ID.It is advised that you enable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID, update your older, weaker passwords on iCloud and be sure to use a passcode on your iOS device as those devices with a passcode cannot be remotely locked.Source: www.iclarified.comlast_img read more

LG Reveals 4 Affordable Smartphones

first_imgAdvertisement LG had a good 2014, posting record quarterly shipments and doubling its annual profits. The company released some eye-catching smartphones (and smartwatches), but much of its success came down to solid, affordable mid-range devices.With Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry’s biggest event, taking place next week, LG has revealed four new mid-range products ahead of time that will be important for its continued success in 2015.The devices range from four-inches (Joy), to 4.5-inches (Leon), 4.7-inches (Spirit), and five-inches (Magna). Each is available in 3G and LTE flavors. – Advertisement – The three larger phones are all powered by a 1.2GHz chip (3G models) or 1.3GHz quad-core chip (4G versions) with Android (5.0) Lollipop installed out of the box. The main difference is each one’s camera and battery capacity.The LG Magna, Spirit and Leon each offers an eight-megapixel rear camera, which drops to five-megapixels on the 3G model. The Magna packs the highest quality front-facing camera (five-megapixels), followed by the Spirit (one-megapixel) and Leon (VGA camera).The Joy is the entry-level model, with a choice of 1.2GHz quad-core or 1.2GHz dual-core processors, and a five-megapixel rear camera and front-facing VGA on both versions.LG often debuts new features and design ideas with its high-end devices first. True to form, a number of settings from its top phones made their way into this mid-range line-up, including the hand-triggered selfie timer ‘gesture shot’, and ‘glance view’ for pulling up important notifications.There is no confirmed price for the phones at this point, but you can be sure they will be significantly cheaper than the likes of Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s soon-to-arrive Galaxy S6. The four new LG phones will begin hitting the retail market in “selected” countries from this week, the Korean company said.“For millions of consumers around the world, the deciding factor on which smartphone to buy isn’t how fast or how big it is but how balanced it is. With our new mid-range smartphones, more and more customers will be looking to LG for their next handsets,” commented Juno Cho, head of LG Mobile, in a statement.last_img read more

York v Fleetwood Town 745pm SKY TAKE TWO

first_img[dropcap]M[/dropcap]iracles do happen in football.Just ask the supporters of York FC – the ‘Minstermen’.Just a few months ago for them it was a case of All I Want For Christmas is to escape relegation…..York were third bottom of League Two at Christmas and frankly things were looking a little grim but Nigel Worthington’s team have shown the most remarkable turnaround.They have kept 10 clean sheets in their last 12 league games and now haven’t lost in 17 league games.It’s been a run of form that has propelled them into the play offs – in the end, quite easily, as they finished a full nine points clear of eighth placed Oxford. It’s amazing what winning games can do to your league position (if that’s not stating the bleeding obvious) and a lesson for all teams that hope is not lost at the Christmas halfway point of the season.York face Fleetwood Town in the first leg of their play off semi-final (LIVE SKY 7.45pm). It’s take two – as this rain was due to be played on Saturday night before the rain stopped play.It’s one win a piece in their two games this season – interestingly both wins coming away from home!HEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Max last 10 only)Feb 2014 English Two Fleetwood 1-2 YorkOct 2013 English Two York 0-2 FleetwoodDec 2012 English Two Fleetwood 0-0 YorkOct 2012 English Two York 0-2 FleetwoodApr 2012 Blue Sq York 0-1 FleetwoodAug 2011 Blue Sq Fleetwood 0-0 YorkFeb 2011 Blue Sq York 1-0 FleetwoodAug 2010 Blue Sq Fleetwood 2-1 YorkThe play offs so far have shown us to expect cagey games, particularly in the first leg matches and I think the same is on the cards for this one.As such I’m backing the draw at around 9/4.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-10 points)6 points DRAW at around 9/4 with Star Sports RUNNING RETURN (MAY): LOSS 2.25 POINTSRUNNING RETURN (YEAR): LOSS 116.95 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Chelsea v Stoke

first_img[dropcap]G[/dropcap]ood result last night with the ‘both teams to score recommendation’ which was safely ticked off by half-time in the Derby v Watford game.The Premier returns today and at 5.30pm Chelsea have the chance to pull clear on the turn for home when they welcome Stoke to Stamford Bridge.I called Trevor Harris on the Star Sports trading desk at lunchtime to ask for the prices on this one – but before getting the price-I played a little game.I guessed what the price was on Chelsea.I said 2/9 and it was 2/7, so better than I thought.There is a little moral to this story…. and that is TAKE A VIEW yourself. How many punters get the prices FIRST and THEN try and work out where the value is ???If you don’t already – do it the other way round. Work out what prices you think a team/player/horse should be and then bet accordingly when you get the actual prices. It’s much more fun and puts the skill back into sports betting.On the basis that I think Chelsea should be a 2/9 shot and I’m getting 2/7 that should probably be my bet for today but it’s a little skinny (even for me !!).However, I can’t see anything other than a Chelsea win – Stoke have lost all six of their previous Premier League trips to Chelsea.Chelsea v StokePremier League5.30pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Mar 2015 Premier Hull 2-3 ChelseaDec 2014 Premier Chelsea 2-0 HullJan 2014 Premier Hull 0-2 ChelseaAug 2013 Premier Chelsea 2-0 HullFeb 2010 Premier Hull 1-1 ChelseaAug 2009 Premier Chelsea 2-1 HullFeb 2009 Premier Chelsea 0-0 HullOct 2008 Premier Hull 0-3 ChelseaSep 2007 Carling Cup Hull 0-4 ChelseaDec 1999 FA Cup Hull 1-6 ChelseaTEAM NEWSChelsea (from): Courtois, Cech, Ivanovic, Luis, Fabregas, Zouma, Ake, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Drogba, Remy, Costa, Matic, Willian, Cuadrado, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Blackman, Loftus-Cheek.Stoke (from): Begovic, Butland, Shawcross, Wilson, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Bardsley, Pieters, Teixeira, Cameron, Whelan, Adam, Nzonzi, Sidwell, Ireland, Arnautovic, Diouf, Walters, Crouch.In terms of a bet HT/FT Chelsea at around 5/6 on Star Sports looks too tempting to resist.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK CHELSEA TO BE WINNING AT HT/FT for 10 points at around 5/6 with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 101.22 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Tuesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 16 August RACING MOVERS2.30 RiponThello 4/1 > 11/42.45 KemptonEntrench 7/1 > 4/17.00 WolverhamptonBryght Boy 7/2 > 9/48.20 TipperaryCanny Tom 10/1 > 3/1CHAMPIONS LEAGUEUEFA Champions League Play-Off 1st Leg19:45 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 2 HD13/2 Steaua Bucharest 4/9 Man City 16/5 DRAWBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_imgBET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 5 November HORSE RACING12.40 HuntingdonIniesta 7/2 > 11/41.45 HuntingdonEl Presente 15/8 > 5/44.20 CorkLackaneen Leader 9/4 > 13/8LIVE PREMIER LEAGUEPremier League14:15 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD2/5 Man City 13/2 Arsenal 4/1 DRAWPremier League16:30 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD6/4 Chelsea 21/10 Man Utd 21/10 DRAWlast_img read more

Star Sports Greyhound Derby JONATHAN HOBBS

first_imgJONATHAN HOBBS: We are at a rainy Towcester with At The Races Greyhound expert Jonathan Hobbs where he talks about his love of greyhound racing, his background, why he loves the sport so much, what can be done to promote greyhound racing and the future of the sport.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

SIMON NOTT Thats just nuts

first_imgWhen our little girl first started to eat solid food, we decided, as parents, that we’d introduce her to as many flavours as possible by sharing what we were eating. It was away from home while attending a wedding that we gave her some scrambled egg. In front of our very eyes her lips swelled and her face turned blotchy. I must have looked a sight running around Market Harborough looking for a doctor, luckily antihistamine did the trick and she was soon back to normal. It could have been a lot worse.A few weeks later, we realised it really could have been, tests at the allergy unit in the local paediatric ward showed that she was not only allergic to egg but more worryingly, peanuts. Peanuts is the one that gets the bad publicity. Allergic reaction to peanuts can be fatal, terrifying for a parent and such a risk that we now carry adrenaline pens with us wherever we go.Luckily these days, sadly due to its growth for reasons unknown, there is a huge awareness of peanut and other allergies. Our local playgroup and school have a ‘no peanut’ ban in place to help protect those who suffer from it, as the kids grow older, they will be educated to the dangers they may face before the heightened risk of adult life. It starts young too, our little girl already asks anyone trying to give her food from a packet to ‘read the back to check for nuts and eggs’. We as parents are very grateful for the awareness shown, especially as people with an allergy to peanuts amount to an estimated just 0.6% of the population.The huge worry for any sufferer is that they run the constant risk of encountering something potentially lethal to them that’s harmless to, and enjoyed by, 99.4% of the population.It was the 0.6% that caught my eye and prompted me to write this blog. While I understand that many different figures have been thrown out there 0.6% is also the figure I read for people considered ‘Problem Gamblers’. That leaves 99.4% of the population that either aren’t or aren’t interested. That latter being the section that might scoff at the 0.6% dismissing them as lesser mortals because they suffer from the illness of gambling addiction. I hasten to add, probably in a no more a sinister manner that someone throwing handfuls of peanuts into their mouths at a bar watching incredulous as the allergy sufferer freezes, rabbit in the headlights fashion at the sight of their salted snack nemesis within touching distance.Of course, the peanut allergy is a physical medical condition, while gambling is a mental one. Neither of the 0.6% no less potentially lethal. Neither should be dismissed. While our little girl is a school she’ll be protected from peanuts by a ban on them. Nobody expects a child to be aware of the real potential risks, so a ban is best. By the age of 18, she and the rest of the alumnus will be aware of the danger peanuts can cause a small minority of people and respect that.Then she’ll be on her own, nobody is going to ask for draconian measures on the production and consumption of peanuts, of course she’ll totally expect warnings of their presence. Preventative measures are in place to avoid peanuts where possible, the law is there to clobber any business that flout the rules on awareness and medical help at hand if the worst happens. Nobody blames the person for being allergic to peanuts and the sufferer doesn’t blame the peanut industry for existing.You know where this is going don’t you?The 0.6% of the population aren’t to be blamed for their illness either. Nobody would ever advocate encouraging children to gamble at school but educating children on the potential dangers of gambling surely should and would be embraced. Betting and gambling have been part of the fabric of the UK for centuries and is likely to remain so. Given that 99.4% of the population are either indifferent or enjoy it as part of their normal lives, just as peanuts, means that awareness not prohibition should be the order of day. As with peanuts, suppliers, that is gambling companies should be legally obliged to warn of the dangers, free help should be at hand for anyone who fears they are becoming addicted, absolutely nobody should be stigmatised as being weak as a result of their cry for help. Neither should the other 99.4%, including the indifferent, be stigmatised either. As parents to our little girl, peanut allergy is huge to us. I know that for people that suffer or families that have lost loved ones, the tragic results of gambling addiction is huge to them too. Both groups can and should expect awareness of their respective plight but it’s just not reasonable to expect the same degree of or interest or huge changes in the behaviour of those unaffected.My original opinion on FOBT machines was that an adult should be able to make an adult decision about playing them or not. I’ve had my mind changed, I’m now of the opinion that high-stakes machines that prey on addiction with no long-term chance for the players are wrong. Those that campaigned for the limits to be reduced have won a fair and just victory. The industry is also now self-regulating advertising so taking positive socially conscious business decisions, but how far should it go?Rather than happily accept those concessions the more vocal and militant of the 0.6% appear to have the bit between their teeth. Whilst it is imperative that every effort should be made to protect the vulnerable, there is only so much responsibility the betting industry can and should accept. Be them by government or self-imposed, responsible changes have been made by bookmakers. Maybe it’s time for an industry-wide rear-guard reaction of a positive PR campaign rather than capitulation into ever more needless draconian restrictions?Simon Nott Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! 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