The Weekly Record: Iomega answer Bonnie Tyler’s call and Firefox overtakes IE

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

The Iomega Superhero Backup and Charger gives us an excuse for some geekery and cheese this weekWe’re finally back from an extended Christmas break with news about O2 giving away credit, Sony launching a new phone and a chance for me to reference Footloose.

Mobile operator O2 Ireland will give away over €10 million worth of free credit in the first six months of the year.New prepay customers joining the O2 network and O2 customers upgrading their phone can avail of €20 free credit every month until June when they top up each month by €20. The offer also includes two free cinema tickets. The offer is available to all customers who move their number to O2 prepay from another network or purchase a new prepay connection in January. Existing prepay customers will be able to avail of a €5 free credit offer between January and March. Every time an O2 Prepay voice customer tops up by €20 or more in one go, they will receive €5 credit instantly.

Firefox overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to become the number one browser in Europe in December 2010 according to StatCounter. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats found that in December, Firefox took 38.11 percent of European market share, compared to IE’s 37.52 percent.
“This is the first time that IE has been dethroned from the number one spot in a major territory,” said Aodhan Cullen, chief executive of StatCounter. “This appears to be happening because Google’s Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share.”
Google Chrome in third place is gaining market share in Europe and has grown to 14.58 percent compared to 5.06 percent in December last year. In North America IE still retains a clear lead in the browser market with 48.92 percent followed by Firefox on 26.7 percent, Chrome on 12.82 percent and Safari on 10.16 percent.

Dell has agreed a €100,ooo deal to enable Irish web hosting firm LetsHost.ie to offer cloud hosting in both the shared and virtualised server markets.  The company worked with Dell to build its offering on EqualLogic and PowerEdge servers  The deal provides LetsHost.ie with the storage backbone to power its cloud hosting offering. LetsHost.ie can replicate data across multiple data centres, providing security and availability of customer data.

Amongst the many launches from CES in Las Vegas this week was the announcement from Sony Ericsson of the Xperia arc smartphone. The Android based device is the first of a new generation of Xperia smartphones to be announced in 2011. The Xperia arc is just 8.7mm at its thinnest part, has a 4.2” multi-touch screen and an 8.1 megapixel camera.

Canon has introduced a brand new line-up of imaging products, launching five new cameras and ten new camcorders. Following 2010’s expansion of Canon’s video range, both professional and consumer camcorder lines are further enhanced. The new range includes the professional XA10, as well as a raft of consumer models, including the LEGRIA HF G10 – the first of a new LEGRIA HF G-series. New, enhanced HD models have also been launched into the LEGRIA HF M-series and the LEGRIA HF R-series, while the LEGRIA FS400 series launches as Canon’s smallest-ever standard definition camcorders.

And finally… There’s good news for iPhone users as Iomega has launched a new dual backup and charger that automatically protects an iPhone user’s contacts and photos while recharging the batter. Every time you charge your phone, the wonderfully named Iomega SuperHero Backup and Charger will automatically back up contacts and photos on an iPhone or multiple iPhones. The device is particularly useful if users lose their phone as it allows them to restore their contacts and photos to a new iPhone by docking it in the SuperHero and selecting the restore button.  More importantly this gives me an excuse to include this video.


That song was of course originally used in Footloose for a game of chicken involving tractors, no joking, but in order to live up to the lyrics a man would need to be the entire Justice League of America. Enough of that tangent, back to the charger. The new Iomega SuperHero Backup and Charger for iPhone is now available worldwide for €69.90.

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