AdMob: iPhone Internet Use Sees Major Growth Spurt in August

first_imgAccording to the latest data from mobile advertising company AdMob, traffic from Apple’s iPhone on AdMob’s advertising network almost doubled in August. Apple’s iPhone saw the fastest growth of all smartphones worldwide, closely followed by the Samsung Instinct. It is also noteworthy that the top 5 smartphones in the U.S. generated 54% of all smartphone traffic. The iPhone is now responsible for 7.8% of all smart phone traffic in the U.S., up from 5.2% last month. It’s important to note that this does not necessarily reflect the actual market share of the iPhone, as iPhone users, thanks to the ease of use of the iPhone user interface, are probably spending more time online on their devices than most other smartphone users. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois What About Nokia, Palm, Motorola, and Rim?While Nokia devices were responsible for just over 62% of all smartphone traffic worldwide, none of Nokia’s smartphones ranked in the top 20 in the U.S. Palm’s Centro, on the other hand, looks like a major boon for the company, as it is only trumped by the Blackberry Pearl when it comes to traffic volume. Motorola, which does not have a single smartphone ranked in the top 20, still dominates the mobile traffic rankings with its RAZR V3. which was responsible for 3.7% of all mobile Internet use worldwide in August. The iPhone was the 17th most used phone on the mobile web and generated 1% of all worldwide traffic, up from 0.6% in July.The iPhone is clearly growing quickly in the U.S. and now that Apple seems to have gotten its supply chain under control, chances are that it will continue on this track. However, it is also important to point out that, in the overall market, Apple is still only a small player. Most users, according to AdMob, are still accessing the mobile web on a RAZR. Tags:#news#web last_img read more

As Instagram Grows More Complex, Can It Maintain the Love?

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#mobile#Multimedia#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Popular iPhone photo sharing app Instagram captured the hearts of nearly five million users this year despite, or perhaps because of, a surprising lack of features. The super-simple photo app let you apply filters and post out to other networks. It didn’t let you do much more than that.The company has slowly added features over recent months and today unveiled a new version of its app with three big new features that could make a big difference in the ways we use Instagram. Those changes are upgraded user biographies, hashtag autocomplete and a new page to view all the photos you’ve clicked “Like” on in the past. Can Instagram keep its clean simplicity while adding more and more features? Time will tell, but these changes look to me like good ones so far. First, user bios now include a URL field and a text field that you can populate with info and a link to another page on the web where Instagram users can learn more about you. That makes sense, as it’s useful to be able to find out who a person is that started following you or Liked one of your photos – but it also removes some of the mystery of the experience. There was something a little intriguing about seeing someone Like your photo, clicking through to their page and still knowing nothing more about them than you could learn from their timeline of dreamy, filtered photos from somewhere in the world. Right: The new Instagram profile pages are beginning to look more and more like some of the company’s competitors’ profile designs.Hashtag autocomplete is something that the Twitter iPhone app has offered for some time and the feature is an attempt to get users to contribute photos and comments to a stream of topical conversation. It is, no doubt, added at least in part so that the commercial partners Instagram hopes to monetize will have some more solid ground in order to monitor their interests. If it catches on, though, it will also likely lead to some very interesting photo-discussions about topics of interest around the world. Especially once Instagram finally launches an app on more affordable Android devices (right now it’s iPhone only) then it could become a service used to capture (and perhaps unfortunately over-filter) a photographic record of history unfolding.The app now stands at an odd place between simplicity and a growing list of features.Finally, the addition of a bookmarked-photos page in the form of a “photos I’ve Liked” view is a good move towards making Instagram feel more permanent and less fleeting. It’s a cool feature for sure. How many of us use this app for quick capture but then make sure to send our best photos to Flickr as well, as that feels more permanent? This new feature adds an increased feeling of permanence to the photo-viewing experience.The whole ethos of Instagram has been about speed, simplicity, lightness, a dreamy haze and a light layer of brief social interactions. There’s still almost no web presence to refer to your photos there, you can’t search for your photos or other peoples’ photos. The app now stands at an odd place between simplicity and a growing list of features. Will that mix serve it and its users well? Will the startup that did so well building a simple social mobile user experience do as well at growing its app up? Time will tell. Related Posts last_img read more

Woman killed in downtown Columbia crash

first_imgA deadly crash over the weekend has left a woman dead.Katie Paul, 25, died Saturday night after she and Patricia Beasley, 25, were hit on Ash Street in downtown Columbia Saturday morning just after midnight.According to Columbia police, Kelsey Stephens, 25, was driving east on Ash at Eighth Street, and hit Paul and Beasley while they were walking south across Ash on the east side of Eighth.Law enforcement said it’s still investigating whether Stephens was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.At last check, Beasley was in critical condition.last_img read more

World Cup, 1st Quarterfinal: South Africa vs Sri Lanka- Factbox

first_imgSri Lanka hold the edge with 29 wins out of 59 games against South Africa in ODIsAfter a gruelling 42 games in the league stage, top eight teams are now ready to lock horns in the knockout stage – slated to begin with Sri Lanka’s exciting clash with South Africa in the first quarterfinal of the ICC World Cup on Wednesday.Eight Quarter-finalists On one hand where South Africa will be eager to get rid of the ‘chokers’ tag and come good against their opponents, Sri Lanka will be counting on their World Cup experience and red-hot form to get the better of the Porteas in the quarterfinal.Here’s a look at the facts on the World Cup quarterfinal between Sri Lanka and South Africa scheduled at the Sydney Cricket Ground:SOUTH AFRICACaptain: AB de VilliersCoach: Russell DomingoSquad: AB de Villiers(c), Hashim Amla, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock(wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander, Rilee Rossouw, Dale Steyn.Results so far at 2015 World Cup(Played 6, Won 4 and Lost 2):- Beat Zimbabwe by 62 runs. (David Miller and JP Duminy starred in a record 256-run fifth wicket stand to sink Zimbabwe)- Lost to India by 130 runs. (Could not contain India’s top order and imploded while chasing)- Beat West Indies by 257 runs. (De Villiers blasted a 66-ball 162 not out and they shot out West Indies in 34th over)- Beat Ireland by 201 runs. (Centuries by Amla and Du Plessis set the tone for another huge win)advertisement- Lost to Pakistan by 29 runs (D/L method). (Bowled out Pakistan in 47th over but faltered in chase)- Beat UAE by 146 runs. (Solid middle order batting laid foundation for easy win)Best performances:AB de Villiers (417 runs): Enhanced his 360-degree batting reputation with scintillating shot-making. Third in the run-getters’ list with a mind-boggling 144-plus strike rate.Morne Morkel (13 wickets): Outshone pace colleague Dale Steyn, generating disconcerting bounce from lively pitches to trouble opponents.Key to beating Sri Lanka: Proteas will need to negate Kumar Sangakkara’s red-hot form and see through Lasith Malinga’s tricky overs.SRI LANKACaptain: Angelo MathewsCoach: Marvan AtapattuSquad: Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Upul Tharanga, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Seekkuge Prasanna.Results so far at 2015 World Cup(Played 6, Won 4 and Lost 2):- Lost to New Zealand by 98 runs. (Blown away by breezy knocks from Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson)- Beat Afghanistan by four wickets. (Jayawardene century helps them escape a potential upset)- Beat Bangladesh by 92 runs. (Centuries by Dilshan and Sangakkara set up big win)- Beat England by nine wickets. (Sangakkara and Thirimanne hit tons to chase down a 300-plus target with ease)- Lost to Australia by 64 runs. (Glenn Maxwell’s 53-ball 102 trumps Sangakkara ton)- Beat Scotland by 148 runs. (Sangakkara and Dilshan hit tons in facile win)Best performance:Kumar Sangakkara (496 runs): Became the first batsman to hit four successive World Cup centuries and looks unstoppable.Lasith Malinga (11 wickets): Getting better with every match while sending down toe-crushing yorkers and slow bouncers with characteristic regularity.Key to beating South Africa: Sri Lanka need to contain dangerous AB de Villiers and bat around veteran Kumar Sangakkara.South Africa vs Sri Lanka(head-to-head)The two teams have faced each other at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Total Played(ODIs): 59South Africa: 28Sri Lanka: 29Tied: 1No Result: 1Last ODI: South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 82 runs at Hambantota on July 12, 2014.last_img read more

CPFSA Formalising Mentorship Programme

first_img Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey, says the agency is currently formalising a mentorship programme, through which young children can be guided by positive role models. “We want to create a culture where every person sees a child as his or her own. By this, we are engaging persons to create a community of protectors; persons who will help to care and protect our children,” Mrs. Gage-Grey added. Story Highlights Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage-Grey, says the agency is currently formalising a mentorship programme, through which young children can be guided by positive role models.Speaking at the launch of Sarah’s Children, an advocacy group formed to protect children and the elderly from abuse, at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel & Spa in St. James on March 8, Mrs. Gage-Grey said “we will recruit big brothers and sisters who will be matched with our children”.“We want to create a culture where every person sees a child as his or her own. By this, we are engaging persons to create a community of protectors; persons who will help to care and protect our children,” Mrs. Gage-Grey added.The CEO said children must be protected from harm, so if a parent is neglecting his or her child, “your role is to reach out to that parent and give them as much support as possible. If we do this, we would have lessened the chances of a child being exposed to danger”.She noted that last year, the Government launched the Child Development Agency (CDA) Cares, a volunteer programme which “seeks the assistance of the public in mentoring our children”.“We can do this by adopting a home, sponsoring a child or giving service to children in the care of the State. This, we believe, can be the breakthrough in transforming the lives of our children,” Mrs. Gage-Grey said.The CEO noted that persons can assist with transforming the lives of children through the Foster Care programme.“Foster care is a legal process that allows non-biological parents to provide for children in State care in a stable environment, which contributes to their overall development,” Mrs. Gage-Grey said.She further pointed out that children who have been placed in foster care are usually those who have been abused, orphaned, abandoned, neglected or cannot be cared for by their parents or relatives.“We have the short-term foster care, which allows children to be placed temporarily with families while alternative arrangements for accommodation are made,” Mrs. Gage-Grey said.“Then there is the permanent foster care, which provides children with an opportunity to be placed with families on a long-term basis until they are ready for independent living. There is also the kinship fostering, which allows children to be placed with relatives on a long-term or short-term basis,” she added.Mrs. Gage-Grey pointed out that there is a list of criteria to be fulfilled before one can become a foster parent, a prerequisite to ensure that children are not placed in an at-risk situation.“One has to be a responsible adult in good legal standing, who exhibits good parental qualities. That person must also be between the age of 25 and 65 years. However, consideration may be given to persons over 65 years if the individual is a relative of the child,” she explained.The CEO said that it could either be a single individual or a couple, and that placement with a single man is only done if the applicant is related to the child, or in exceptional circumstances.“There must also be evidence of a suitable accommodation for a child, taking into consideration the community on a whole,” Mrs. Gage-Grey said.“The prospective parent must also be gainfully employed or have a steady income to meet the needs of the family. There should also be a willingness to undergo a medical examination,” she added. The CEO said children must be protected from harm, so if a parent is neglecting his or her child, “your role is to reach out to that parent and give them as much support as possible. If we do this, we would have lessened the chances of a child being exposed to danger”. last_img read more

Childrens representative says ministry is fundamentally responsible for sex assault victim in

first_imgHolly Moore, Laurie Hamelin, Brittany HobsonAPTN NewsBritish Columbia’s Representative for Children and Youth said her office will be closely following the province’s Ministry of Children and Family Development’s (MCFD) response to over-represented Indigenous youth in care in the wake of a disturbing RCMP video.“My first reaction was heartbreak and disgust but then I started having feelings of, ‘How could this happen, when did this happen and what’s the impact on the young person?’” Jennifer Charlesworth said in an interview with APTN News.“This child was in the care of the ministry so the ministry is fundamentally responsible for that.”APTN obtained a video of a 17-year-old Indigenous girl being interrogated for two and a half hours in 2012 after she reported a sexual assault to her foster parent.The woman, now 24, has filed a lawsuit against the MCFD and two individual social workers saying she was punished for reporting the alleged assault. The suit alleges no “meaningful” investigation was done and that her alleged attacker was not interviewed by police.Charlesworth said the fact that MCFD social workers were present during parts of the interview and did not intervene was disturbing.MCFD social worker Siobhan Stynes is accused in a March 11, 2019 civil suit of characterizing the youth in the video as a habitual liar which led police to disbelieve her.Read the first statement of claimFormer MCFD social worker Robert Riley Saunders is alleged to have siphoned off funds meant for vulnerable Indigenous clients.Read the second statement of claimNeither have responded to multiple requests for an interview.Forty-five youth are now involved with Charlesworth’s office in relation to the alleged fraud at MCFD.She said advocates are helping the youth on many levels to cope with the fallout from the alleged scheme. Some were left homeless, drug-addicted and even sexually exploited according to the statements of claim in multiple individual lawsuits and one class-action.Read more:‘Were you turned on by this at all?’: RCMP officer asks Indigenous youth during sexual assault reportMMIWG Inquiry head says RCMP interview video is ‘typical’ of what they heard from families and survivorsCharlesworth said she will be monitoring the ministry’s response to the video and it may become an impetus for providing compassionate early intervention for young Indigenous women.She said her office is focusing on the number of Indigenous young women between the ages of 15 and 18 with multiple issues and concerns similar to those of the 17-year-old in the video.“I’ve been very concerned about the well-being of a particular cohort of Indigenous young women,” she said. “So this is one child’s experience and it’s devastating but it’s actually not a unique experience.”“It really speaks to a broader systemic and the ugly underbelly of ongoing racism and the impact of colonization.”hmoore@aptn.calhamelin@aptn.calast_img read more

The US China and Japan will drive a recovery in l

first_imgThe US, China and Japan will drive a recovery in luxury advertising, with TV taking about 30% of the total spend.The three key markets will account for almost 80% of the increase in luxury goods ad spend between now and 2018, according to media buyer and ad market forecaster ZentihOptimedia.It says there will be a 2.9% increase in luxury ad spending this year, after a 0.5% decline last year. There will be3.9% growth next year.The main categories in the luxury sector are cars, beauty, fashion, watches and jewellery. Most of the new spend will be directed towards internet campaigns and in 2018 it will overtake print as the largest medium for luxury ads.Between now and 2018, TV’s share of the luxury market will fall from 31.3% to 29.7%.“Luxury advertisers are having to respond to consumers’ changing expectations,” said Vittorio Bonori, Zenith’s global brand president. “Consumers are now looking for luxury experiences that are personal and relevant to them, and targeted brand communication is central to creating this extra brand value.”Zenith monitors luxury ad spend in 23 markets around the world.last_img read more