Bing, Microsoft’s attempt to take on Google directly. When it first launched there was quite a bit of fanfare and its market share grew quickly. It didn’t exactly hack away at Mountain View’s dominance, but it certainly made a small dent. Since then, things have slowed down and other players have asserted themselves in the global search battlefield. While Baidu has been riding high for quite some time, Yandex is a relative new-comer to the leader board. And, somewhat surprisingly, has already surpassed Microsoft for global market share according to stats provided to us by comScore. Though the margin is small, the Russian company saw more searches performed through its site than Microsoft in both November and December of 2012. The difference is small enough that those positions could swap again but, where as Bing has seen its numbers plateau over the last six months, Yandex has continued to grow. Of course, neither is anywhere near challenging Google which accounts for roughly 65 percent of the search traffic according to comScore’s numbers and both only see about half the traffic of the number three competitor, Yahoo. Microsoft can still claim one victory over Yandex in the number of unique searchers, though. If you’re curious for more we’ve put the entire chart after the break.
Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets will cost $ 600 to $ 700, while Windows RT tablets with ARM mobile processors will be $ 200 to $ 300 cheaper, says Lenovo’s head of North American operations, David Schmoock. In an interview with Bloomberg, Schmoock says, “RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points.”
It’s true that a $ 300 price on a 10-inch Windows RT tablet would significantly undercut Apple’s latest iPad, which starts at $ 499. But the same can’t be said for the current crop of lower-priced 7-inch Android tablets like the $ 199 Nexus 7, a price point that is essentially impossible for Windows RT OEMs to hit if rumors of an $ 85 licensing charge for Microsoft’s OS are true. These are the first details about…
Microsoft is killing off the use of its Metro design name to describe a tiled interface in Windows Phone and Windows 8. We brought you news of the change earlier today, but a tipster has provided an internal memo sent to Microsoft employees confirming the move. In it, Microsoft reveals that “discussions with an important European partner” led to the decision to “discontinue the use” of the Metro branding for Windows 8 and other Microsoft products — one that employees must adhere to immediately.
The Windows team is “working on a replacement term” according to the memo, “and plans to land on that by the end of this week.” Until then, employees have been advised to refer to the Metro style user interface as the “Windows 8 style UI.” The…
If Sony’s German site is to be believed, then it’s safe to say the outfit’s had a change of heart recently. According to a revealing spec sheet on the website, there’s now a T13 Ultrabook model with one of Intel’s latest chips on board. Just last week, Sony announced the Euro-bound T13 would be sporting a last-gen Core i3-2367M CPU, but the recent finding shows an i5-3317U variant (you know, the one on Sammy’s Series 9) could be in the works. Still, it’s unknown whether this Ivy Bridge-packing VAIO would replace its Sandy Bridge sibling or if it’s just going to be a complete different offering. We’ll have to wait and see.
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The Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha we wrapped our mitts around last week didn’t tell us much about RIM’s big QNX-based OS update (being loaded with PlayBook OS 2.0 and all), but Crackberry forum user Biggulpseh seemingly has the deets that the folks in Waterloo weren’t ready to reveal. So-called internal documents reportedly detail a tilt-senstive lock screen that pushes notifications to the user based on the device’s movement (called “cinnamon toast”), a screen-sharing ability to ramp up the productivity of video calls and a robust video editor resulting from RIM’s acquisition of JayCut last year. Biggulpseh says the images come from a “trusted source,” and are part of a document that outlines upcoming features for the benefit of the firm’s employees. Ready to dive in and let your imagination run wild? Hit the source links below, just don’t forget your saliferous spices.
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The IP-revealing security flaw in Skype’s systems that emerged late last month was discovered in 2010 according to Stevens Le Blond, one of the researchers behind the exploit from French institute INRIA. Le Blond told the Wall Street Journal that the team first discovered the flaw in November 2010, and was able to track the city-level location of more than 10,000 Skype users over a period of two weeks. Despite the fact that the research was published more than six months ago Skype has still not patched the vulnerability, with code uploaded to GitHub a week ago bringing the exploit to the attention of the public.
Le Blond also takes issue with the statement released by Skype in response to the flaw. “By calling it a ‘new tool’ it…
Note: This isn’t the whole graphic. Anybody could have figured out this is what happened in the franchise if there were only four games, click HERE to see the whole thing.
In its 25-years of existence spanning 16 games, it’s hard to keep track of what the hell happened when in the Zelda universe. Thankfully, now there’s a timeline from Nintendo to explain it all and put your mind to rest so we can all sleep at night. “I have been sleeping at night.” Sleeping…or staying up late masturbating? Because your roommate says otherwise!
Hyrule Historia – The 100%, Official, Confirmed Zelda Timeline!! Finally! [glitterberri] via The Official Zelda Timeline, Now With Added Detail [kotaku]
Thanks to Malandros, ben, Jordie and M-Sac, who don’t particularly care what happened when just so long as it DID happen so they can play the games. You bring up an interesting point.Related Posts:
Note: This is nowhere nearthe whole graphic (apparently the future is loooooooong), click HERE to see the whole thing.
This is a giant infographic designed by Michael Hobson featuring sci-fi movies and television shows based in the future and what humanity has to look forward to during a particular period. SPOILER: nothing good. Just sayin’, if I had died yesterday I wouldn’t be complaining. Get it? I’d be too busy watching you all undress as a ghost! OMG OMG — I saw this one dude that looked like he had tits on his back. I went in for a motorboat but my face went right through him!
The Future According To Films [visual.ly]
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Flickr maintains a live count of the cameras being used on the site, updating constantly with the latest models, showing trends, and so on. And if you head over to the Apple-branded cameras, you find an interesting, though not particularly surprising, statistic: almost nobody is using the iPad 2′s camera. Out of however many million of these things were sold, there are only 22 active iPad 2 camera users on Flickr. 22!
And really, why would you use the camera? It’s low-resolution, bad in dim light, and of course it’s on the back of a damn tablet. The sad thing is that it could be fun to use, but Apple just didn’t think a quality component there was necessary. Oh well, maybe they were right. I don’t see myself using a tablet camera much whether it’s crappy or decent.
The new Android tablets have better cameras, to be sure, but even the five-megapixel one on the Xoom is no star performer. I say up the sensor size, limit it to 1280×720, and focus on clarity and low light.
It’s not often that we get word of a new gadget by way of an SEC filing, but Barnes & Noble has broken with tradition with an 8-K report that reveals its intentions to introduce a new e-reader. The form, filed earlier today, says that the company “indicated it expects to make an announcement on May 24, 2011 regarding the launch of a new eReader device,” and goes on to say that the form was filed “solely to satisfy the requirements of Regulation FD.” Said regulation was instated back in 2000 to address concerns over insider trading. All that sounds good to us, but we wish there was a clause that required them to include a spec sheet. Considering the Nook Color just got Froyo, is it possible we’ll be seeing a Honeycomb version come the 24th? It looks like we’ll just have to wait and see.
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