Phone Web searches rise
While most netizens in Taiwan still search the Internet using personal computers, the number of searches done on mobile devices has increased rapidly, according to data released yesterday by Yahoo-Kimo Inc (雅虎奇摩), the Taiwanese unit of Yahoo Inc. The Web portal found that 89 percent of Taiwanese Internet users conduct daily online searches using PCs and laptops, while 47 percent search the Internet using smartphones and 23 percent do so from tablet computers. Young netizens favor smartphones, with Web users aged 13 to 19 making up the majority of searches from phones, while users aged between 50 and 65 tend to prefer devices with larger screens, Yahoo-Kimo said.
Microsoft announces tablet
Microsoft Corp on Sunday announced the arrival of its Surface tablet computers in Taiwan, with the 32-gigabyte Surface RT running the Windows RT operating system priced at NT$10,888 (US$364), while the 64GB version sells for NT$13,888. Microsoft’s flagship model, the Surface Pro, is priced at NT$24,888 for the 64GB version and NT$27,888 for the 128GB version. The Pro devices run a full version of Windows 8 and are equipped with a 1920 by 1080 full-HD screen. Both models went on sale at noon on Sunday at 100 Tsann Kuen Enterprise Co (燦坤) and Fayaque Co (法雅客) stores.