Blogs

iOS 8 Adoption Rate Slower than iOS 7, 6, Hits 7.3% Nearly 24 Hours After Public Release

  • 18 September 2014

Apple began pushing out iOS 8 updates to eligible devices around 1pm ET on September 17, 2014. Unlike with iOS 7, which boasted a wide variety of differences from its predecessor iOS 6, in particular a brand new look and feel, iOS 8 was more incremental in its improvements. These include the ability to add widgets, extensions to share information between apps, and interactive notifications. While reviews of the new OS version have been generally positive, initial adoption of iOS 8 has been remarkably more tepid than the last two iOS iterations – iOS 7 and iOS 6.

Logging Data Part 5: Giving You the Keys

  • 9 September 2014

In our last edition of Logging Data, we introduced Cluster Map Reduce, or CMR. The new tool acts as an alternative to Hadoop and HDFS when paired with a POSIX compliant clustered file system, simplifying the movement of data through the analytical back end, and helping to minimize the dependencies and potential points where the data pull process may slow or stop altogether. Today, we’re proud to provide this tool to the world as a free, Open Source release!

Pre-Apple Event: Latest Versions of iPhone, OS X, iOS Most Prominent in North America

  • 8 September 2014

On September 9, 2014, Apple is expected to announce one or more new iPhone models, along with some news regarding the availability of the newest editions of iOS and OS X. Going into the event, usage-based stats show that Apple has done a noteworthy job managing its own mobile ecosystem from an adoption standpoint.

Q3 UK Tablet Update: iPad Usage Share near 75%, Amazon Sees Sizable Gain Since April

  • 5 September 2014

Similar to the North American ecosystem, Apple iPad users generate the lion’s share of tablet-based Web traffic within the UK. Additionally, Samsung, Amazon, and Google users represent the next-largest UK tablet traffic segments, albeit in a slightly different order than what is observed in the U.S. and Canada.

Logging Data Part 4: New Tools for the Trade

  • 26 August 2014

Thus far, our Logging Data series has focused on the nuts and bolts of our network operations and data infrastructure. While we employ some terrific software and hardware, our proverbial secret sauce consists of the various customizations we employ using these tools. No place was this more evident than during the transition from HDFS to Gluster, and the subsequent porting of Hadoop resources. The team here is well versed in working around issues, so after some brainstorming, the solution pretty much morphed into “Let’s just build something internally that fulfills our needs better than Hadoop.” Not an easy task, but one that our Operations and DI teams took on readily

Amazon Fire Phone Shows Steady, but Slow Growth in North America

  • 19 August 2014

Over two and a half years following the release of its Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon released its first smartphone on July 25, 2014. While the Fire Phone was listed atop Amazon’s Best Seller list for several days in early August, North American usage of the device has grown only incrementally, rather than exponentially, in the three weeks following the smartphone’s launch as an AT&T exclusive.

Q2 North American Mobile Update: Apple Users Drive Majority of Usage, Samsung Shows Greatest Growth

  • 4 August 2014

An earlier UK-based smartphone usage study found that Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry users generated more than 86% of the country’s total smartphone Web traffic in June 2014. The latest Web traffic statistics for North America demonstrate a more diversified market on a brand basis, but Apple and Samsung users remain the biggest smartphone traffic drivers by a sizable margin.

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