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Android now tops Apple in web traffic, too

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-06 02:00

The operating system Android scored a point recently in its ongoing war with Apple. According to the latest data - for the first time ever - the web traffic generated from Android smartphones and tablets was greater than that of Apple’s mobile devices

The news wasn't entirely a surprise. For some time now, sales of Android smartphones and tablets worldwide have been beating Apple. But Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has waved off any concern by saying Apple dominates when it comes to online traffic. Then he’d ask, where are all those Androids anyway?

"They must be in warehouses, or on store shelves, or maybe in somebody's bottom drawer," Cook would quip. 

Cook will have to retire that joke with the news that Android now beats Apple’s mobile devices in web traffic. Tuong Nguyen is an analyst at Gartner and he doesn’t think Apple users will just switch to Android.

"When you talk about the iOS crowd, they tend to be a more self-selecting crowd," he said. "Users who have more income or are more engaged with their technology and devices."

Pai-Ling Yin is the co-founder of the Mobile Innovation Group at Stanford. She says the real turning point will be when greater Android web use turns into more money.

"Just because they’re using it more doesn’t mean you can get them to pay you more," says Yin.

She says Apple users still buy more apps and goods online and so, from a business perspective, can be seen as more valuable.

Rosetta goes into orbit around comet

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 01:00
In a historic first, a European spacecraft arrives at a speeding comet after a 10-year chase.

Would-be students 'have no plan B'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 00:56
More than half of students in England and Wales have no back-up plan if they fail to get the grades they need, finds research for Which? University.

VIDEO: Virtual reality brings news to life

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 00:46
Journalist and film-maker Nonny de la Pena has been using virtual reality to help tell news stories.

VIDEO: Energy market riggers 'to face jail'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 21:55
Plans to make rigging energy markets a criminal offence are being outlined by the government.

Tory 'war' and F1 Bernie's 'cheek' - front pages

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 21:44
Baroness Warsi's resignation as a minister over the UK's stance on the Gaza conflict makes the front pages, while papers digest the first TV debate on Scottish independence.

Plane bomb hoax suspect still held

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 21:44
Police are continuing to question a man on suspicion of making a hoax bomb threat on a passenger plane from Doha to Manchester Airport.

Man struck and killed by police car

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 21:37
A man dies when he is struck by a police car in Reading as it attends a burglary during the early hours.

Killed general was true hero - US

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 21:26
The US military pays tribute to Maj Gen Harold Greene, killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan on Tuesday, as a true hero.

Heart charity in inequality warning

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 21:14
People living in Belfast are three times more likely to die from heart disease than those in the south of England, a charity claims.

Cameron faces fresh Gaza pressure

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 21:04
The Liberal Democrats are calling for the suspension of arms export licences to Israel, adding to the pressure David Cameron is facing over Gaza following Baroness Warsi's resignation.

Kerry in talks plea amid Gaza truce

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 20:50
John Kerry tells the BBC that Israel and the Palestinians must take advantage of the Gaza truce, as the two sides prepare for talks in Egypt.

China earthquake toll nears 600

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 20:35
Almost 600 people are now known to have died in the Yunnan earthquake, officials say, as residents are evacuated from barrier lakes.

Apple and Samsung drop non-US cases

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 20:08
Smartphone and tablet rivals Apple and Samsung agree to withdraw all legal cases against each other outside the United States.

East Ukraine dangers increasing - UN

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 19:59
Civilians in eastern Ukraine are facing increasing danger as the conflict continues, the UN warns, hours after heavy fighting erupted in Donetsk.

GOP Sen. Pat Roberts Fends Off Tea Party Challenge

NPR News - Tue, 2014-08-05 19:26

The veteran Kansas Republican senator defeated radiologist Milton Wolf, who fashioned himself in the mold of Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

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MH370 sea search contractor named

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 19:18
A Dutch firm has been chosen to carry out the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Australia announces.

UK to explore Bitcoin use - Osborne

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 18:05
The government is to explore the role that digital currencies such as Bitcoin could play in the financial system and whether they need to be regulated.

Russia gang in 'largest data breach'

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 17:49
A Russian group hacks 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses, in what is being described as the "largest data breach" ever.

US firms to invest $14bn in Africa

BBC - Tue, 2014-08-05 17:38
US President Barack Obama reveals that US companies are planning $14bn of investment in Africa at the inaugural US-Africa Leaders' Summit.

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