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Google's Attack on MS Office
Google intensifies competition against MS Office. On October 31, 2013, Google introduced Android 4.4 KitKat. It is Google's newest Android mobile operating system which includes Quickoffice, a
Microsoft Office substitute. Android 4.4 features anadvanced photo-editing suite. It can be used n both smartphones and tablets. With KitKat’s Photo Editor you can alter the geometry, saturation and applied filters. On top of that, you can always revert back to the original image regardless of your editing alterations. (more)
Microsoft Competes Google Docs.
By building multi-author, live editing into Office Web apps, Microsoft escalates offensive against Google Docs. Microsoft's updated product, Web-based Office 365, makes it possible for multiple users to simultaneously edit the same online Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document.
Modern Web Design Styles:
A Comprehensive Analysis & Showcase
What is a ‘modern web design’?
How many design styles are out there?
How should they be classified?
The advancement of technology in the IT industry, particularly the web, in the last decade has resulted in important changes in web design area. A website which was created in the beginning of the new millennium appears somehow lackluster today, thanks to the new techniques and concepts which have emerged recently.
Image Background Transparency in GIMP 2
All of you interested in web design and especially in image retouching tools have heard of GIMP for sure. GIMP stands for 'GNU Image Manipulation Program'. It is a graphics editing package and unlike other similar tools, such as Adobe Photoshop, is a freely available open source application. The latest version of GIMP (2.8.6) was released in June 21, 2013.
In this article, I intend to explain in more detail yet in a simple way how to make the background of an image transparent in GIMP 2.8. There are already plenty of resources out there on the web covering this subject, both as videos and written materials. However, finding the right source takes a lot of time.
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by: A. Ekbatani
Google's Attack on MS Office
Google intensifies competition against MS Office. On October 31, 2013, Google introduced Android 4.4 KitKat. It is Google's newest Android mobile operating system which includes Quickoffice, a Microsoft Office substitute. Android 4.4 features an advanced photo-editing suite. It can be used n both smartphones and tablets. With KitKat’s Photo Editor you can alter the geometry, saturation and applied filters. On top of that, you can always revert back to the original image regardless of your editing alterations. Furthermore, images can be exported from Photo Editor in different sizes and file formats.
Quickoffice was purchased in June 2012. Since then Google has been expanding it continuously. MS Office has a dominance on the business market; neither Quickoffice or Apple's iWork suite can compete with Microsoft Office on features. However, it does not guarantee that Microsoft can maintain its position for ever.
Rockstar's War Against Android Phone Makers
In the tech industry, patent disputes are a very common affair. However, the latest case, where Rockstar filed a patent lawsuit against Google and seven other Android phone makers, seems to be the biggest one. Rockstar Consortium Inc. (originally named Rockstar Bidco) is an organization formed by a consortium including Microsoft, Apple and Sony to negotiate licensing for patents acquired from Canada-based telecom Nortel that went bankrupt in 2009. Other companies in the consortium include RIM, Ericsson and BlackBerry. At a week-long auction held in New York in June 2011, Rockstar Bidco ultimately won the auction by biding the astonishing sum of US$4.5 billion against Google’s $4.4 billion bid. The $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola in 2011, was considered as a Google’s response to its failure to get patents in the Nortel auction.
In November 1, 2013, Rockstar launched an all-out patent attack on Google and seven other makers of Android smartphones - Samsung, AsusTek, HTC, ZTE, , Huawei, Pantech, and LG Electronics. According to this lawsuit, these companies have infringed on a great amount of former Nortel patents purchased by Rockstar.
Phone Makers Market Share in October
In our June, 2013 updates, we reported that Apple Safari was in pole position regarding mobile market share among the five leading companies in the branch. Although the situation is the same according to October statistics, Safari has suffered almost 2 point decrease (from 57.85 % to 55.88 %). On the other side, Android Browser continues its uptrend. It has enjoyed around 3 point increase since July (from 20.51 % to 23.45 % in October). In the third position is Opera Mini (6.91 %) which will be apparently be overtaken by Chrome in coming months. Chrome market share has been doubled since July (from 3.72 % to 6.85 %). BlackBerry follows these joints by 1.70 %.