This column highlights the most interesting and useful tech news from around the Web.
Link: Juicy Rumor: Apple Looking to Split Up With Intel
"In a breakup worthy of a celeb gossip magazine, Apple
(NASDAQ:AAPL) is exploring alternatives to Intel for its Mac computer chips, according to a Bloomberg
“People familiar with Apple’s research and plans told Bloomberg that Apple engineers believe the processors running on the iPhone and iPad will eventually be capable enough to power the company’s Mac computers. Once the mobile chips become that powerful, it’s likely splitsville for Intel
Link: Amazon Offers $7.99 Monthly Subscription To Amazon Prime
(NASDAQ:AMZN) is now offering users a monthly option for its Amazon Prime service, priced at $7.99 per month, as an alternative to the $79/yearly subscription. It’s the same service as before, offering free two-day shipping, access to a free book monthly from the Amazon Lending Library for Kindle, instant streaming of movies and TV from Amazon’s Prime Instant Videos, and more.”
Link: Instagram Finally Breaks Free of Its Mobile-Only Confines
(NASDAQ:FB) is slowly shedding the "mobile-only" label it gained when it launched almost exactly two years ago. Users of the wildly popular, Facebook-owned photo app are getting Web-based profiles, it was announced on Monday. This sensible, overdue move for Instagram stands to benefits its users, but it doesn't quite go all the way.
“Instagram has been moving toward Web app territory for several months
, but this is the service's biggest step in that direction. In July, the Instagram added the ability to like and comment on photos from the Web version that gets pushed out via Twitter and Facebook. That update also included the ability to follow users when logged into your existing Instagram account in a Web browser. Creating such an account, however, remained a mobile-only feature.”
Link: Google Loses Its Place in the Ranking for Search and Maps in China
(NASDAQ:GOOG) search and maps services ranking in China
dropped to fourth and sixth place in China respectively due to the emergence of new players in the market.
“According to the search engine data
released by CNZZ for the month of October, Google page views for the month declined from 5.1 percent to 4.72 percent due to the entry of Qihoo 360 search engine
, which captured 9.64 percent market share.”
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Link: Rumor: Microsoft Set to Replace Windows Live Messenger with Skype
(NASDAQ:MSFT) is reportedly preparing to replace its Windows Live Messenger client with Voice over IP (VoIP) and chat service Skype. According to sources close to The Verge, the company’s Windows Live Messenger will be moved into Skype and then killed as a separate service in the coming months. If the rumor holds true, this news is expected to be declared soon, perhaps even as quickly as this week.”
“The software giant has not yet commented on the rumors. It seems possible that Microsoft will replace Windows Live Messenger with Skype, particularly when taking into account the release of Skype 6.0 for Windows and Mac OS X last month, which enables users of services such as Hotmail, Outlook.com and Windows Live Messenger to be in touch with other subscribers of those services all in one place.”
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