January 25, 2013

This week in digital: The most expensive tablet, Twitter launches video service and Panda update 24 rolls out

Written By Martin Sandhu
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Microsoft unveils the world’s most expensive tablet
As the 2013 tablet war continued this week, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro. Rather than running an operating system designed specifically for tablets, the Pro will run the full Windows OS so users won’t be limited to simply using apps. The device will have the capability to run full programmes such as Office and Photoshop.

It comes at a price though, the 64mb Surface Pro will cost around £566, with the 128gb model retailing at £630, making it the most expensive tablet yet. However, it won’t have a sim slot, which unlike rival Apple’s iPad, will limit use to wi-fi only.

The Surface Pro is set to launch in the US next month.

Twitter launches Vine
On Thursday Twitter announced Vine, a new standalone mobile service which allows users to create and share short, looping videos.

Videos on Vine have a limit of six seconds, making them very similar to animated gifs.

An official Twitter blog post said “Like Tweets, the brevity of videos on Vine inspires creativity. Now that you can easily capture motion and sound, we look forward to seeing what you create.”

Currently the app is only available for the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Latest Google Panda update rolls out
Google announced it’s first Panda update of 2013 this week, via it’s official Twitter feed.

According to tweet the update will have a noticeable impact on around 1.2% of English websites. It’s the 24th update for Panda, which will celebrate it’s second birthday next month.

…but Googles market share continues to fall
Figures released by Experian Hitwise this week show Google’s market share dropped to below 90% for the second month running last month. Whilst it clearly still has a monopoly over UK searchers, Bing and Yahoo are beginning to claw back some of their share.

Google took 88% of the 2.7bn search engine hits in December 2012, it’s lowest in five years. Microsoft came (a very distant) second with just under 5%, followed by Yahoo at 4%.