Daily Archives: November 1, 2012

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Facebook Confirms Testing New Timeline Design

Facebook confirms it is testing new Timeline design with just one column for posts – The Next Web.

Facebook recently started testing a new version of its Timeline design that cuts the number of columns for posts from two to one. While there are still two columns, the left one is for items shared on a user’s profile (Wall posts, status updates, and so on) while the right one is for everything else you want on your profile (boxes for Friends, Photos, Places, and so on).

In fact, the column on the left is made wider to accommodate all posts while the column on the right is narrower but still manages to include active modules. Facebook manages to pull this off by simply making the content on the right taller instead of wider (for example, the Friends box is 3×3 instead of the current 2×4).

Here’s how the new design looks, courtesy of Inside Facebook:

We reached out to Facebook to confirm this isn’t just a glitch, and boy were we thankful it isn’t. “This is a new design Facebook is testing with a small percentage of people to make navigating timeline even easier,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Next Web. Great, now roll it out to me so that I can finally scroll down someone’s Timeline without feeling like my eyes are playing ping pong.

This is how Timeline should have looked like from the start. It’s seriously annoying to keep jumping between posts on the left and right sides, not to mention trying to figure out the chronology of them.

Playing devil’s advocate, there are some minor flaws with this change. First of all, there’s no longer a line down the center that is supposed to make the profile look like a “timeline,” although I doubt many users will care. Furthermore, the right-column is empty if you scroll down too far, which results in quite a bit of wasted space.

Nevertheless, I’m personally hoping this test goes well and that Facebook decides to move all users to this new look.

Image credit: Marcelo Terraza

 

Source: The Next Web

IE9 passes 20% market share, Firefox falls below 20%, Chrome loses users second month in a row – The Next Web

IE9 passes 20% market share, Firefox falls below 20%, Chrome loses users second month in a row – The Next Web.

October 2012 was quite a month in browser land. Microsoft shipped IE10 with Windows 8 last week. Google lost share for the second month in a row. Mozilla had to pull Firefox 16 due to a security hole, but recovered rather quickly. After all that, the latest market share numbers from Net Applications show that IE was the only big winner last month.

Between September and October, Internet Explorer gained an impressive 0.50 percentage points. Firefox meanwhile lost 0.09 percentage points, Chrome fell a sizeable 0.31 percentage points (more than in September), and Safari lost 0.05 percentage points. Even Opera managed to gain 0.01 percentage points.

At 54.13 percent, Internet Explorer seems to be growing once again, ensuring it won’t lose half the market share pie anytime soon. Windows 8 is out, and since Windows 7 won’t be getting IE10 anytime soon, it’s all up to the new operating system to keep things moving forward.

IE9, the latest and greatest from Microsoft until last Friday, captured 20.11 percent of the market last month (up by 0.66 percent percentage points), passing the one-in-five mark for the first time. IE8 lost a sizeable 0.41 percentage points, but it’s still the world’s most popular browser. IE7 fell 0.19 percentage points and IE6 fell 0.37 percentage points (losing everything it somehow managed to gain the previous month). Everyone can’t wait for it to fall below the 5 percent mark, but that won’t happen for a few more months; even Microsoft wants it to die; but China isn’t letting that happen.

At 19.99 percent, Firefox has once again lost its title for owning one-fifth of the market. Firefox 16 only captured 5.84 percent, but that’s simply because it hasn’t had a full month of availability yet. Firefox 15, which is at 7.82 percent, lost 3.09 percentage points, Firefox 14 dropped 2.13 percentage points, and Firefox 13 dipped 0.16 percentage points. Firefox is doing quite well in pushing new versions to its users, but it’s still nothing when compared to Google’s Chrome.

At 18.55 percent, Chrome is still just behind Firefox. I said previously that September’s 0.27 percentage point drop was likely just a blip, but clearly I was wrong. Right now, it’s not looking as likely as before that Chrome will pass Firefox, though I’m still confident it will happen sooner rather than later.

Chrome 22 captured an astounding 15.02 percent of the market, up 13.25 percentage points. Chrome 21 meanwhile fell 13.63 percentage points, Chrome 20 dropped 0.11 percentage points, and Chrome 19 dipped 0.03 percentage points. The majority are now on the latest version, and yet Chrome 23 is just around the corner.

I said previously that I expected IE9 to pass IE8, for Chrome to pass Firefox, and for IE10 to start a steady growth, all before the end of the year. The first one is going to be close, the second one is looking shaky, and there’s nothing yet to indicate one way or the other for the last one.

Net Applications uses data captured from 160 million unique visitors each month. The service monitors some 40,000 Web sites for its clients.

Image credit: Hugo Humber

 

Source: The Next Web

The Spooky Side Of Cybersecurity – Infographic

Fear comes in many forms, and on Halloween things get creepier and crawlier than usual. But for some of us, the scariest thing of all has nothing to do with snakes and spiders — and everything to do with cybersecurity.

Lax attitudes towards online accounts have led to major digital break-ins for years, which is why content security software Trend Micro realized we should all be a little bit more scared of password protection and less scared of heights and elevators.

The company found that one in four of us use the same password, or a variation, for all our accounts. One in four people in the U.S. also don’t bother to back up files.

SEE ALSO: ‘Password’ Tops List of Worst Passwords of 2012 [VIDEO]

More alarmingly, 60% of people are sharing personal information such as their birthdays or family members online, and only 32% keep tabs on their children’s social media profiles. And 14% of people surveyed have already had a social media account hacked.

So this Halloween, don’t just fend off the werewolves and vampires. Keep hackers at bay by reading the infographic below:

What’s your biggest digital security fear? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Mashable.com

Shoppers To Retailers: Focus On Cyber Monday – Infographic

Fancy parties, presents, home cooked meals — there’s a lot to look forward to as the holiday season approaches. But the American public has a message for retailers: not so fast with the Christmas decor; focus on preparing for Cyber Monday instead.

According to a new survey of 2,346 American adults, 75% think stores shouldn’t put up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. That same number of people think stores should focus on Cyber Monday preparations, and dedicate a website to Cyber Monday shopping only — just in case the immense traffic causes a popular online shopping destination to crash.

What’s more, many shoppers (73%) hope stores redirect their energy into mobile apps to make shopping-on-the-go more reliable. (In fact, numerous studies and surveys predict mobile shopping will grow tremendously in the coming years).

SEE ALSO: 10 Tips to Avoid Cyber Monday Scams

Retailers might be wise to heed these requests, especially since Cyber Monday is surpassing Black Friday. Last year, Cyber Monday sales topped $1.25 billion in the U.S., up 22% from 2010.

Earlier this month, a survey showed 51% of shoppers are more likely to shop online this year because of the bad economy, and 31% of those people said they’ll also stay away from physical stores because shoppers might be too aggressive.

Of the 75% who will shop online, 69% will access the sites through their home computer, 17% will use their work computer, 44% will use an app or website through their tablet and 34% said they’ll shop using their smartphone.

Stores will still likely dive into early decorating even after learning this information. But it’s interesting to note how much importance shoppers place on having stores’ websites function during the holiday shopping season; percentage-wise it’s up there with the much debated issue of early decorating.

The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of SOASTA, a web performance and analytics company that gets major websites ready for Cyber Monday. shopping. It surveyed 2,346 adults, age 18 and older, between this Sept. 17 and Sept. 19.

Where did you do your holiday shopping last year? Tell us in the comments below.

Source: Mashable.com

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