MSG91 extension allows sending text messages straight from Excel or Google Sheets

MSG91 Goes International, Introduces New Interface and Multiple Add-onsA new add-on for Microsoft’s Excel and Google’s Sheets from messaging company MSG91 will users to send text messages directly from spreadsheets that they’re working on. Plug-ins and add-ons are gaining popularity, especially with power users that spend a lot of time in office apps and programs, and a messaging extension that can leverage a spreadsheet’s data can be very useful. Read more

Facebook introduces Donate Now button on pages and links for nonprofit organizations

facebook app donate nowFacebook has brought a new button to their mobile app and website that will make it significantly easier to donate to your favorite nonprofit organizations. Previously, the company had donate buttons for certain organizations that would allow you to quickly make a one-time donation with whatever credit card you had on file with Facebook. This button expands that, but makes things a little less intuitive. Read more

India’s smartphone market continues to grow with cheap, large phones leading the way

top phones indiaIndia is a key market for many smartphone manufacturers, but it’s a drastically different landscape compared to places like the US or some other European countries where high-end, premium devices typically account for the bulk of sales. Most India buyers are looking for more affordable devices, which is why smartphones like the Moto G have been so successful in the past, and why we’re seeing Google keep their Android One initiative alive.  Read more

New ‘Play-Doh Jam’ game hits the Play Store with simple, addictive gameplay

play doh jamA new Play-Doh Jam game has been released onto mobile app stores from Backflip Studios (with Hasbro’s licensing, of course) that aims to offer a simple experience with Play-Doh balls. There’s really not much you can do with Play-Doh in the context of a game besides rolling it up into a ball and crashing into stuff, anyway.

The game is extremely simple, and all you have to do is guide your ball of clay across obstacles from your finger. The more things you roll over, the bigger your Play-Doh ball will grow. There are different monsters in the game, as well as tons of items, and a few different stages to play on, so there’s a decent amount of content to keep you or your kid engaged for a while.  Read more

Samsung’s global market share continues to dip, falls over 5% from last year

global market share 2015 Q2Samsung’s Galaxy S6 doesn’t look it’s moving the needle in a positive direction for the company, as the latest market share numbers show Samsung’s global dominance continuing to slip to Apple and cheaper Chinese OEMs.

In Q2 of 2014, Samsung held 26.2% of the global market, more than doubling Apple’s market share. This year, Apple has steadily increased their market share to nearly 15% while smaller vendors like Huawei and Xiaomi have scooped up more of the low end, leaving Samsung with just 21.9% market share. That’s over a 5% drop from a year ago, which is pretty substantial. Read more