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Google’s UK search market share dips under 90%

AMD Drops Prices of Athlon II and A-Series Processors

Google’s UK search market share dips under 90%

Google’s market share for search in the UK has dipped under 90% for the first time in five years. During October Google captured 89.33% of searcher’s eyeballs, which still make it the UK’s dominant search player by a long shot. These latest figures came from Experian Hitwise a web traffic analysis firm.

In October Microsoft's Bing, Yahoo! and Ask search all enjoyed slight gains in their usage by the public. Most notable was Bing's increased popularity rising from 3.98% in September to 4.71% in October.

Windows 8 was only just released at the end of October and it is expected that it will bring a further uplift in figures for Bing in the coming months. Bing is the default search engine in Windows 8 and user inertia may get people to stick with it, if its search results are perceived as on a par with Google’s.

In closely related news Google has just implemented some tweaks to its search pages. US users are getting the new design first which offers users "a bit more breathing room, and more focus on the answers you're looking for" or to you and me; it just looks a bit different.

Source: Hexus

AMD Drops Prices of Athlon II and A-Series Processors

Last month DigiTimes reported on upcoming price reductions of older generation of AMD APUs. According to their sources, AMD was going to reduce prices of socket FM1 processors by as much as 35%. Lately AMD updated their official price list.

However, the cuts were not as big as expected. On the other side, AMD also slashed prices of all Athlon II dual-, triple- and quad-core parts by at least 14%. The most heavily discounted CPUs are Athlon II X4 640 and X2 265. Their prices were cut by 31% and 30% respectively. Remaining Athlon II X3s and X4s received 14.5% — 21% price reductions, and they are now firmly in the Pentium price range. The prices of dual-core Athlon II and A4-Series products were lowered to $36 to $48 range, which positions them against Intel Celeron line. Yesterday's price cuts also included one "Piledriver" APU, A4-5300, which is now 11% cheaper. In addition to A4-Series products, AMD shaved a few dollars off the prices of A6-3670K, A8-3850 and A8-3870K first-generation APUs.

Two Athlon II processors were removed from the pricelist, possibly because they were discontinued. These are Athlon II X3 445 and X4 638.

Below is the complete list of affected processors with old and new prices:

Source: CPU World

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