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Arise Sir Jonathan Ive, iPhone designer

Jonathan Ive, the British-born designer who’s been responsible for the design of many Apple products, has been awarded a Knighthood in the 2012 New Year Honours list “for services to design and enterprise”.

He’s been in his current Apple role since 1996.

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Intel announces new chips for netbooks

The tablet hasn’t killed off the netbook, according to the latest news from Intel.

It’s announced the availability of the latest Intel Atom processors, which had previously been code-named ‘Cedar Trail’.

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Over 300 million people access Facebook via a mobile app

The number of active users who access Facebook every month via a mobile application has just passed 300 million, according to Benedict Evans from research company Enders Analysis.

He notes that Facebook announced 350 million mobile users in total a few months ago, from an overall total of 800 million users.

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Millions of Apple and Android devices activated at Christmas

Both Apple and Google have enjoyed a very busy Christmas when it comes to mobile devices.

Andy Rubin, Google’s Senior Vice President of Mobile, announced that 3.7 million Android devices were activated worldwide on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. He’d confirmed a daily activation rate of 700,000 Android devices earlier in December.

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Mobile ads will account for over 15 per cent of online advertising spending by 2016

Berg Insight has calculated that the global mobile marketing and advertising market will grow in value from €2.6 billion last year to €17.2 billion in 2016, which is the equivalent of growing by 37% each year.

This will correspond to 15.2% of the total online advertising market in 2016 and 3.8% of the global advertising spend across all media.

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