This column highlights the most interesting and useful tech news from around the Web.
Link: Can Google Compete With the Next Generation of Search Engines?
"Over the past 14 years, Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG) has set the standard for online search. The ability to access expansive amounts of information on a global scale and deliver links full of information to our fingertips was, and is, revolutionary.
“On an average day, Google crawls through 20 billion web pages, and serves 100 billion searches every month. These numbers will only continue to increase, as data increases exponentially. It’s no secret that this data overload is causing a lot of problems.”
Link: A Microsoft 'Xbox Surface' Tablet Could Bridge PC-Mobile-Console Gaming
(NASDAQ:MSFT) is reportedly building its own 'Xbox Surface' gaming tablet, which could give the company a true mobile gaming strategy.
“Microsoft officials declined to comment, but the rumored 7-inch tablet could incorporate a custom ARM processor as well as 'high-bandwidth RAM suitable for gaming tasks,' The Verge reported
on Tuesday. In June, the site published
what it believed to be the specs of the device, which included 288MB of RLDRAM 2 and a screen resolution of 1280 x 720.”
Link: Based on Traffic Alone, Netflix Handily Beats Amazon and Hulu
(NASDAQ:NFLX) may have had a tough time with investors, but it’s still a big hit with consumers, with none of its competitors even coming close to it in terms of usage: That’s one of the key takeaways of Sandvine’s
new Global Internet Phenomena Report, which points out that Netflix now accounts for 33 percent of peak residential downstream traffic in North America.
(NASDAQ:AMZN) video service on the other hand, which is widely seen as its biggest competitor, only causes 1.75 percent of peak residential downstream traffic. Other competitors fare even worse in Sandvine’s report: The network management company sees Hulu causing 1.38 percent of residential peak downstream traffic, with HBO Go barely registering with 0.52 percent.”
Link: Samsung Preparing to Reveal 'Radical Brand Makeover'
(PINK:SSNLF) is said to be preparing a reveal for a new brand image at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, so says a a report from Australia's Channel News.
“The South Korean conglomerate is apparently planning to unveil a 'complete new look' that will compete with Apple's
(NASDAQ:AAPL) 'vibrant international brand image. The report suggests that Samsung has obtained the help of a design team that has previously worked with Nike
(NYSE:NKE) on branding.”
Link: AT&T Slightly Boosts Dividend; Announces New $14 Billion Tech Build-Out
“Telecom giant AT&T Inc.
(NYSE:T) on Wednesday announced a small raise to its quarterly dividend payout and unveiled plans for a new $14 billion investment to upgrade its wireless and wireline broadband network operations.
“The Dallas-based company lifted its dividend by 2.3%, marking the 29th consecutive yearly dividend increase. The new dividend of 45 cents per share (up from 44 cents) will be paid on Feb. 1, 2013 with an ex-dividend date of Jan. 8, 2013.”
Link: Apple Inc. Set to Beat Revenue Estimates for 2013: MS
“Apple Inc. has released its 10-K filing, detailing increased capital expenditure (CapEx) and off-balance sheet commitments, which Morgan Stanley
(NYSE:MS) equity research
analysts believe will boost full year 2013 revenue beyond consensus estimates.
“Apple Inc. earlier this year, published a long list of its supply chain, exhibiting high levels of off-balance sheet commitments, including materials for manufacturing products. The commitments are indicative of the company’s plans for massive product development, while the CapEx will boost the long term growth of the iPhone maker.”
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