24 January 2014

Google, ISPs, Video Quality Report

Google is watching all ISPs, and they are going to give the public a ranking of every ISP

Google Starts Ranking ISPs Based on YouTube Performance | DSLReports, ISP Information: "... Google has posted a new video quality report. Right now the report is simply a series of slides explaining how video gets delivered to you, but ultimately Google is going to start logging ISP connection speeds and ranking them based on YouTube streaming performance...Ultimately Google will list the best ISPs in each region based on YouTube performance, and when ISP subscribers are able to watch 90% of the YouTube videos in HD (720p) at consistent quality, that ISP will be branded as "YouTube HD Verified...." See also Netflix's Open Connect CDN

After Moto X, Moto Go, Motorola launching $50 smartphone: Great specs, lowest price | Northern Voices Online: "... now the company is going to do even better in terms of pricing of its smartphones by coming out with as low priced as $50 smartphone in the market. Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside Woodside says, “We’re going to look at that and just delivering on that value promise is super important. I mean why can’t these devices be $50? There’s no reason that can’t happen so we’re going to push that.” So get ready for the party pretty soon."

IBM sells its x86 server business to Lenovo for $2.3 billion | Business Tech - CNET News: ".... companies like Google and Facebook make their own servers rather than buying them already manufactured. And at the same time, Amazon Web Services and rival offerings led many customers away from buying their own machines and instead renting services from others better able to build this large-scale server infrastructure. IBM is the second-place server maker after Hewlett-Packard, as measured by Gartner's estimates of third-quarter revenue, with Dell in third place. IBM's sales accounted for 22.9 percent of a $12.6 billion market, with HP at 27.6 percent and Dell at 16.4 percent. IBM's share had dropped 18.9 percentage points from the year-earlier quarter...."

Microsoft, in midst of CEO search, needs a plan for the mobile future
Washington Post
... pushes to get its mobile Windows products into consumers' hands. They've attacked with prime-time product placement, products aimed at several market segments and ad campaigns that set smug Windows phone users apart from the Apple-Android wars.

Apple iPhones to Come Out With Bigger Screens
Wall Street Journal
The people said Apple plans an iPhone model with a screen larger than 4½ inches measured diagonally, and a second version with a display bigger than 5 inches. Until now, Apple's largest phone has been the 4-inch display on the iPhone 5. Both new ...

Apple Customers Bought More Expensive iPads In Q4
The 2011-era iPad 2, which Apple sells for $399, registered at just 5% of all iPad sales. It is heavier and bulkier than the iPad Air, doesn't have Retina Display, and includes an outdated processor. With the two iPad Minis coming in at $299 and $399 ...

Apple Mac team to reunite for the big 3-0
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The biggest reunion of the team that developed the original Apple Inc. Macintosh computer is taking place in Silicon Valley this weekend, at the same auditorium where the little machine that changed the course of ...

Apple: We're fixing the 'white screen of death'
(CNN) -- Since Apple released iOS 7, its completely revamped operating system for the iPhone, reviews have been mixed but mostly positive. However, a glitch that has quietly plagued iPhone users — the "white/black screen of death," a bug that abruptly ...

Microsoft lawyer suggests non-US data storage for overseas users: FT
Chicago Tribune
Microsoft, along with Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Google Inc, Twitter Inc and others jointly called in December for reforms in the way governments use internet surveillance, lobbying for more transparency and a ban on bulk data collection. But the ...

Microsoft-bound Nokia business sees sales slide
HELSINKI (AP) — The Nokia handsets business that Microsoft is due to take over saw sales continue to slide in the fourth quarter as its Lumia smartphones failed to draw business away from larger competitors like Apple and Samsung....

Apple gobbled up the most chips in 2013 -- is that bad?
PCWorld (blog)
Apple outspent Samsung on semiconductor purchases by more than $8 billion in 2013, as it snapped up more chips than any other company in the technology business. According to IHS Technology, Apple spent $30.3 billion on semiconductors alone in ...

Apple and Google want your body
Computerworld (blog)
The next battleground in the unyielding Apple versus Google war will be health, as the two tech giants push their vision of wearable computing into the sector -- and both firms want your body, as well as your mind. Apple and Google want your body ...

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