The company has paid out over $4 million in bug bounties since the program’s inception
Now into its fifth year, Google’s bug bounty program has already seen the search engine giant pay security researchers in excess of $4 million for identifying security vulnerabilities in its various products. And according to a recent post on the company’s Online Security Blog, over $1.5 million was paid out in 2014 alone, with the largest single reward during the year being a whopping $150,000. Still not impressed? Well, neither is Google.
Just when you thought Android might have peaked in terms of market share, BAM, it rises again. According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Android climbed to an 83.6 percent share of the global smartphone market in the third quarter of 2014, up from 81.4 percent during the same quarter a year ago. The continued rise leads one to wonder exactly where the ceiling is for Google's mobile OS.
Microsoft, which first flirted with smartwatches through its Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) initiative all the way back in 2004, is rumored to be on the verge of re-entering the smartwatch market. A new report suggests that the company could launch a wearable device within the next few weeks.
You can run Microsoft Office on multiple platforms, and the same goes for some of the other products and services the Redmond outfit offers, such as OneDrive and Skype. With that kind of attention being paid to cross-compatibility, might we expect Microsoft to release its Internet Explorer browser on other OSes as well? Not in the near future. As it stands, Microsoft isn't planning to port IE over to Android or iOS in the mobile space.
Following our Microsoft and Google successes and failure stories, we’ve heard some of you clamoring for an Apple Successes and Failures list. Since it also happens to be Apple's big week for its WWDC event, we decided now would be a good time to oblige and reflect on Apple's history. Yes, we’re the biggest PC fanboys around, but we can’t deny that Apple has had some financially successful computing devices.
Separate Docs and Sheets apps are now required for creating and editing documents
A new version of the Google Drive app hit the Play Store and App Store on Friday. In a move Google had telegraphed a couple of days earlier with the release of standalone Docs and Sheets apps for both platforms, the latest Drive app no longer lets you edit documents.
iOS users spent five times more than Android users on Christmas
IBM revealed some interesting statistics about holiday spending in a thinly veiled attempt to draw attention to its Digital Analytics Benchmark, which IBM claims is the industry's only real-time, cloud-based digital analytics platform that tracks millions of transactions and analyzes terabytes of raw data from around 800 retail sites across the nation. So, what did IBM find?
The No. 1 PC maker is also No. 3 in smartphone sales
Life is good for Lenovo. The OEM figured out the secret formula for thriving in a technological landscape that finds itself in a midst of a transitory phase, and as such, it grew its desktop PC shipments last quarter by 1 percent when the industry averaged a 6 percent decline. Laptop sales went up 8 percent, and as for the mobile handset sector, Lenovo is now the world's third largest smartphone vendor.
Android's lead over iOS is diminishing in the U.S.
No matter where you pull your data from, it all points to Google's Android platform being the most popular mobile operating system on the planet, and usually by a wide margin. However, things get a little more interesting when you zone in on specific territories, including the United States where iOS appears to be quickly gaining ground on Android. The gap between the two is now less than 8 percent on smartphone devices, according to data derived from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA.