Windows XP still second in world PCs
Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system has overtaken its older sibling Windows 8 for the first time in terms of internet usage worldwide, according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. The company's research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, also finds that despite Microsoft's ending of support in April this year, Windows XP refuses to die and remains the world's second most popular operating system version. However, for the first time globally, the combined total of Windows 8 and 8.1 (14pc) overtook XP (12.9pc) in August. The newer operating system overtook its sibling in Ireland in June. Windows 8.1 is on 10.2pc here ahead of Windows 8 on 6.9pc.
First disruptors event to take place
Ireland's first disruptors conference will take place at the Marker Hotel in Dublin's docklands tomorrow. The Silicon Valley Bank-sponsored event will include a range of speakers including Claire Lee, head of corporate ventures at the bank, and Margaret Molloy, the New York-based chief marketing officer at branding firm Siegel+Gale. The event will examine how the fastest growing firms in the world are deploying disruptive business techniques and ask where the next business opportunities lie as well as where the funding is going. It will also focus on how traditional businesses can fight off the disruptors and the chaos they can cause.
Mobile operators battle net neutrality
Vodafone and Telefonica used a technology conference in Spain this week to call for the EU to focus less on new rules for phone companies and more on Facebook and Google to reduce their dominance. The carriers are battling so-called 'network neutrality' proposals, championed by Internet companies, that they say will hurt business and discourage new products such as driverless cars. The proposals are meant to prevent carriers from blocking access to some websites.
Netflix overhauls Facebook sharing
Netflix is aiming to help subscribers to its on-demand film and television service rediscover the shared experiences offered by traditional scheduled broadcasting, with a major overhaul of the way it works with Facebook. Rather than automatically update Facebook with their viewing habits, after they finish watching a film of television programme, Netflix subscribers who have connected their account to the social network will now be shown a gallery of their closest friends' pictures and asked to directly recommend it to one of them.