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For the first time since 2008, Google’s search market share has fallen below 75%, according to a new report. This small, but startling drop has a lot of people at Google worried. The recent Firefox default search change to Yahoo, along with the growing impact of Facebook Search and Video seem to be slowly challenging Google’s 10+ year dominance in the world of search. 


StatCounter Global Stats reports that in January, Google took 74.8% of US search referrals followed by Bing on 12.4% and Yahoo on 10.9%, its highest US search share for over five years.


Google US Search Stats Drop by 2.5% since November 2014

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According to Business Insider, Jan. 2015 saw Yahoo take back search share for two consecutive months: it has risen from 10.4% in December to 10.9% in the new year. It marks a significant growth. In November, Yahoo’s stake stood at just 8.6%. It’s good news for CEO Marissa Mayer, who made Yahoo’s search functionality one of the main areas to improve. It seems this part of her plan is working as Yahoo has just become the default search engine for web browser Firefox.

“Some analysts expected Yahoo to fall in January as a result of Firefox users switching back to Google. In fact Yahoo has increased US search share by half a percentage point,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “It will be fascinating to see if these gains continue.”
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All Eyes On Apple and Safari

Cullen remarks that the change in default search in Firefox is responsible solely for Google’s decline. “When Firefox usage stats were removed, Google’s losses were erased,” he mentions. According to Cullen, the exact cause of the drop isn’t the most important thing. If anything, it highlights the power of default search engines.

For now, Google is the default search engine for Safari, Apple’s browser. But that deal expires this year. If Apple were to drop Google from Safari, hordes of Mac and iPhone users could be lost from Google’s enterprise. It would be a massive loss. At the very least, it would give Yahoo and Bing an even greater chance to gain ground.

The New Challenger is Facebook Search

And that’s not all that’s putting Google as risk of losing share in 2015. There’s also the issue of desktop usage too: 10 years ago nearly everyone browsed the web predominantly from their computers. But today that’s changing. These days, people access the internet often directly through apps, rendering traditional search engines obsolete. In 2014, mobile exceeded PC internet usage for the first time in history.

The biggest player in the app search market is no other then social giant Facebook that expanded its search offerings last month when it launched the ability to search posts. Now, users can search keywords and get back results from people and pages they are connected to. These changes instantly made Facebook a lot more useful as a search tool because it gives users access to content that’s not getting indexed by Google. This is often content that’s particularly relevant based on personal connections to its creators.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently talked about Facebook’s attempts to increase their search capabilities, saying that “it will create “a lot of value from search over the next few years”, signaling that the company is starting to feel strong enough about its own search offering. “We’re optimistic about our ability to deliver value that only Facebook is able to provide,” Zuckerberg concluded.
Mark Zuckerberg also said that Facebook video is generating more than 3 billion views a day. That’s up from 1 billion daily views Facebook reported in September, a total that at the time prompted many to wonder if Facebook is becoming a challenger to YouTube.

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Facebook owned messaging app Whatsapp is now officially live on laptops and desktop computers.

Few years back alot of users have been using Android emulators like Bluestack to use their whatsapp but good news today Whatsapp has now introduced web browser version of whatsapp.


However,  this web solution is currently available to Google Chrome browser which tells us it's an extension and also it's not really like a full Whatsapp Application. Here's the thing, the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device. So your messages are still live on your phone, only that you can read and reply from your laptop.

Anyways, long story short here's how to install Whatsapp on your web browser for desktop and laptops.

Wait.....If you're doubting if it only works on Chrome, see below image.


 
Let's Go...


  1.  Simply Goto https://web.whatsapp.com in your Google Chrome browser. You will see a QR code 
  2.  Use your phone to scan the code you see in your Chrome web browser to pair them.
  3. Your Whatsapp is now paired with your phone.
Please Note: If you're not fast with the barcode scan, here's what the browser will tell you.


 
Your phone needs to stay connected to the internet for our web client to work, and please make sure to install the latest version of WhatsApp on your phone. 

Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.

We really hope you find web client useful in your everyday lives.

The year 2014 is about to end in less than 5 weeks and i just thought i might give you guys some of the top 20 best cases i've come across for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.


This cases are superb and very affordable too.


(20) Pad&Quill Little Pocket Book for iPhone 6 - $69.99

 


(19) Tech21 Classic Frame - $34.99




(18) Grovemade iPhone Walnut Case - $90

 

(17) Spigen Wallet Case - $15




(16) Adidas $35




(15) FYY Ultra Slim Smart Cover - $7




(14) Obliq Xtreme Tough Case - $35




(13) Versus Leather Wallet case - $20




(12) PureGear Folio - $35




(11) Element Case Soft-Tec Wallet case - $49.99



(10) Tylt Energi Plus - $100

 

Tylt's Energi Plus is a slider case that includes an integrated battery to double the battery life of your iPhone 6. It comes in a few different colors.

(9) Urban Armor Folio - $39.95





(8) X-Doria Scene Grip - $25





(7) Belkin Classic Folio - $34.99




(6) New Trent Alixo Rugged Transparent Case: [scratch resistant/shock proof/dirt proof] - $17.55

 



(5) Lunatik Seismik - $34.95



(4) Rockform Mountable case ranging from $39 - $109




(3) Skech Slimview case - $19

 



(2) Moshi SenseCover case - $45





P.S: The beauty about this case is that apart from the window that shows the caller ID info and time, you can answer calls without opening the case just like you do on Samsung Devices.

(1) Q Card Protective Wallet Case - $31.99

 











These are the cool and solid iPhone 6 cases i came across and i know you're going to make a very wise decision from this list. However if you think you've got a cooler one kindly drop your comment below so i can feature it in the next edition of Best Cases for iPhone 6. Till then, see you on the other side.



P.S: I wanna make something clear this cases are awesome and i haven't arranged them according to their quality or ranking.

Img Src: Cnet and Amazon
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