For many years, Rosetta Stone was the de facto language learning software, primarily found on Windows and Macs. But with the rise of free mobile language apps that crowd into its educational territory, the company has had to come with new and inventive ways to maintain its customer base and establish a presence beyond laptops and desktop PCs.
Despite having 87 million paying subscribers around the world, Spotify can't afford to rest on its market-leading laurels. While it's one of the most popular and well-regarded music streaming platforms in the world, a new front in this constant war is opening up, in the form of your car's radio.
While Facebook used to be a place to bicker publicly with your friends and relatives about politics and religion, it was perhaps inevitable that the sheer size of its audience would invite bad actors to do bad things, like wholesale personal data theft and mass-produced propaganda, the latter of which may be influencing the outcomes of national elections and referendums around the world.
With about 2.2 billion monthly active users, Facebook is arguably the largest public forum on the planet,... Read More »
You're fighting for a cause that affects your community. Maybe you feel your city needs dedicated bike lanes in a specific area or a new theatre downtown or a moratorium on oil drilling. Whatever the cause, you can now enlist the aid of Facebook to shine a light on it.
Currently rolling out to users in the US, a new Facebook tool called Community Action is designed to help you drum up support... Read More »
Back in 2008 Google released its first version of Chrome for Windows. That year Microsoft's Internet Explorer owned the web browser market that year, topping a 66 percent share.
But Google's web browser is based on an open-source platform and gives users access to huge number of extensions to augment their browsing experience. By 2010 Google brought the Chrome browser to Linux and MacOS, and by 2012 it appeared on the Android mobile platform. A couple of years later Chrome arrived... Read More »
UC Browser Review: It's fast and popular, but can you trust Alibaba's desktop web browser to keep your data safe?
From UCWeb -- a subsidiary of Alibaba Group -- the creation of UC Browser goes back to the relatively distant past of 2004. The current version of UC Browser positions itself as a fast, resource-light web browser. And while UC Browser is one of the most popular browsers in the world by usage and tries to be all things to all people, it ultimately failing to excel in any one area.
The web browser does have pluses. The download speeds of... Read More »
As Google has said many times over the years, speed is brutally important on the Internet. If web pages takes just a few fractions of a second too long to load, browsing that website can feel a little frustrating. That inconvenience, even though it should barely register, can still motivate a site visitor to go elsewhere -- perhaps to your competitor. But websites aren't the only digital service where microseconds matter.
SwiftKey, the maker of a third-party virtual keyboard for... Read More »
In a way, online security has its own circle of life. People create website accounts with bad passwords and no authentication checks, they get hacked, experts explain how you can protect yourself, some people listen, but we eventually circle back to old habits, and the cycle begins anew. But perhaps with over 20 million passwords now out in the wild, internet users will begin taking their personal online data more seriously.
We're only a few weeks into 2019, and new battle lines in the virtual assistant war are already being drawn -- though not in the ways that you might expect.
While Apple, Google and Amazon continue to commit billions to extending and perfecting their conversational AIs -- which users can interact with for everything from ordering a pizza to arranging a vacation -- Microsoft announced at a press event this week that it's pulling back on its ambitions for Cortana,... Read More »
When you have well over two billion monthly active users like Facebook does, purging bad actors from your social network isn't something that you'll need to do only once. It's simply too big of an idea marketplace to ignore, so it will constantly be a target. So in the wake of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company has continued to scrub and scrape deeper into the fake news networks that have been constructed by Kremlin-backed entities.