Thursday, May 31, 2007
The Surface computer is able to recognize physical objects from a paintbrush to a cell phone and allows hands-on, direct control of content such as photos, music and maps. Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a dynamic surface that provides interaction with all forms of digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Twenty-nine percent of survey respondents have clicked on an ad on a mobile phone and 21 percent have participated in a contest or promo on a phone. But this potential has yet to be tapped completely as 48 percent of respondents said that they would accept ads on their phone in exchange for a free service or chance to win a prize.
1. Miss Japan - Miss Universe 2007
2. Miss Brazil
3. Miss Venezuela
4. Miss Korea
5. Miss USA
Miss Universe 2007 was anything but predictable this year especially with huge underdog Miss Japan winning. Two of the big favorites, Miss Venezuela and Miss Brazil were in but controversy hovered over the competition following Miss USA making the final having fell on stage during the evening gown competition.
She was booed when she took on the stage to answer question. Its a real pity for her but let's get real, you don't fall in the Miss Universe competition and move on to the final five.There was already much controversy surrounding the USA delegate due to tensions between host country Mexico and a hotly contested US policy on immigration. Miss USA was a 4th runner up.
Venezuela shockingly came in as the 2nd runner up. Miss Korea was the 3rd runner up and heavy favorite Miss Brazil taking 1st runner up.
Miss Japan, a huge underdog took the crown. Riyo Mori, a 20-year-old ballet dancer from Shizuoka Prefecture has been selected as the 2007 Miss Universe Japan. Its great for Japan and Asia afterall its been a while since an Asian won the Miss Universe pageant.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
You can download it here. Thanks John.
Its an initiative by The New7Wonders Foundation and its calling on all citizens of the world to support it. The Foundation was created in 2001 by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber, with a mission to protect humankind's heritage across the globe. The initial stages of the New7Wonders campaign were financed by Weber himself, aided by a small number of committed N7W Members. Fifty percent of all net revenue raised by the New 7 Wonders Project is to be used to fund restoration efforts worldwide.
The results will be announced on July 7, 2007 -07.07.07, join the N7W Society now and vote for the new 7 wonders. Lets all make history together.
My 7 wonders are :
1. The Acropolis
2. The Colosseum
3. The Angkor
4. The Great Wall of China
5. The Petra
6. The Stonehenge
7. The Taj Mahal
You will be wondering why i havent voted for the Pyramids. The Pyramids had been made an honorary 7 wonders of the world by the Foundation thus its an automatic choice by the people of the world. Let me know what you had voted and what are the 7 wonders of the world that had inspired you.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Footage from today’s race will be available for viewing on Joost, along with footage from all of the Indy 500 races dating back to 1990. Just tune in to the IndyCar Series channel on Joost. If you still do not have Joost invite, drop me a comment.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
8. Varying ad sizes for each phone—With so many phones on the market, screen size, supported formats, etc are all different. Therefore multiple creatives will be needed. The Mobile Marketing Association has developed a complete mobile marketing guidelines with the hope of easing such complexity.
9. Don’t do mobile just because you can—Make sure you’re doing it to appeal to your customers where they already are, and integrate it well with your other campaigns.
Create your own fun games with just a few steps! Simply upload your image, select the game template and start playing! I m sure you will enjoy this Paris Hilton got kicked game from Pictogame.
See how far can you kick Paris, I managed to kick Paris some 100,180 meters. How about you?
Friday, May 25, 2007
The report states that search, display, classifieds and lead generation all continue to grow at a healthy rate with an increase in both performance-based and CPM or impression-based pricing. Consumer advertisers continue to represent the largest category of internet advertising spending.
It should be noted that mobile advertising hasn't even started to appear in these numbers yet.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
The deal will give China a roughly 8 percent stake in Blackstone. Gone were the days that investments were only going one way from the US to China. Now its China investing in the US. China had been investing abroad for years now and with more than $1.2 trillion in foreign reserves they can practically buy up many countries' economy and still have spare change.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
None could ever imagined that a 96-word post from a powerful blog can easily stir even the financial markets. Here are the words from Engadget:
"This one doesn't bode well for Mac fans and the iPhone-hopeful: we have it on authority that as of today, the iPhone launch is being pushed back from June to... October (!), and Leopard is again seeing a delay, this time being pushed all the way back to January. Of 2008. The latest WWDC Leopard beta will still be handed out, but it looks like Apple-quality takes time, and we're sure Jobs would remind everyone that it's not always about "writing a check", but just how much time are these two products really going to take?"
The lesson is simple, the business world will never ever underestimate the power of blogs again. Always be sensitive and conscious with what you blog and most importantly substantiate your facts. Great power comes with great responsibility.
13-year old founder and chief executive, Anshul Samar spoke about his business plan and intended to talk to VCs to raise funds for his Silicon Valley gaming startup Elementeo. The confident and fast talking entrepreneur confidently proclaimed, touting his new fantasy role playing board game which he believes will change the way kids learn chemistry by injecting fun into education. He exudes confidence, vision and a passion to change the world. He’s more articulate than many CEOs four times his age.
Well done Anshul and I wish you all the best in achieving your revenue of US$1 million next year. This is truly inspiring and i hope it will inspire you too.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
"How do you sum up the power and potential of Web 2.0 in a 271-second video? By moving really, really fast. When Michael Wesch, who teaches cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, made “Web 2.0… The Machine Is Us/ing Us,” he’d been working for months on an academic paper that would explain new Web tools. As he struggled to define concepts like hypertext, tagging, mashups, and wikis, he had an epiphany: He was working in the wrong medium. He needed to use the tools of Web 2.0 to explain Web 2.0. Anthropology — humans studying the experience of being human — is a recursive discipline, and Wesch’s is a recursive video, cutting quickly between screenshots that show him bookmarking Web sites with del.icio.us, creating a blog with Blogger, and posting pictures on Flickr."
Enjoy the video.
I m not a great cook myself as all that i can possibly prepare are simple microwaveable food and the really simple instant noodles. Anything more daunting would be a nightmare. I m lucky to have my own personal chef, FC who is next best in Shanghai. So i do understand the agony that Andrew was going thro. For teresa, its more than just agony as she was clearly one of those who had never walked into a kicthen before. hahaha.
For his effort, I think he has earned admiration from all of us and believe it, the food turned out fine and instead of chinese, it was more of a chinese fusion. Take a look at the pictures of the dishes below though i must apologise for the poor quality of the shots as we had started eating before shooting the dishes. Guess we were so hungry afterall the dinner only started after 10pm.
The awesome finger licking chinese marinated chicken wings (best of the 5 dishes)
Diced sirloin steaks with tomatoes
Chinese glass noodles with minced meat (spaghetti bolognaise chinese version)
Creme de la creme century eggs (oversteamed though), I kinda of ate the most. haha
The last dish was Clear Soup but somehow the soup didnt turn out the way we wanted it. Andrew is a real pro when comes to preparing chinese soup. I had it before and it was at the highest quality like those my mom would prepare everyday for us.
Bottom line, I would give it an eight out of ten (8/10). Well done bro and your sweet heart too.
The almost look alike between the Mercedes C vs Chinese designed Geely Merrie 300 above are just blatant copies of their more established counterparts. Spot the difference with more pictures below.
Rolls-Royce Phantom vs Hongqi HQD
BMW 7 series vs BYD F6
BMW vs BYD
Honda CRV vs Laibao SRV
Toyota Prado vs Dadi Shuttle
Smart vs Chinese Smart
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Remove Scratches From Anything Using Toothpaste - video powered by Metacafe
Pretty Amazing stuff, this kid managed to remove scratches from a CD by using toothpaste. All you need to do is spread toothpaste all over the CD and clean it off after 5 minutes and you will find your CD back to the original condition again.
What about it's price? This "delicacy" costs 198 Yuan per 500 grams, but its paws are slightly more expensive as they are sold for 300 Yuan each. A staff of the supermarket explained though many shoppers were just curious, sometimes the crocodile meat were selling fast and could fetch few thousand Yuan.
54 animals were being approved for breeding for consumer purposes by the government, and believe it or not, the crocodile is one of them.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Gas Stations And Phones... - video powered by Metacafe
Take a look at this video and you will know why you are not supposed to be using your mobile at the petrol station. By doing so, there may be a chance of igniting the gasoline vapor. To demonstrate it, a man placed 3 bits of cards and a crushed cooking foil on a pan. A little of petrol is then being poured onto them. He started making several calls using his mobile phone near the pan, and eventually the cards and cooking foil burns up. Imagine if this happen in a petrol station, it wouldn’t be just a small burning. Be responsible, switch your phone off when you’re in a petrol station.
This is a clear sign and endorsement that mobile marketing is heading for prime time as more and more bigger players are coming into the space. Mobile marketing will play an important role in the overall marketing mix strategy. The acquisition of TSM will definitely add value to AOL's subsidiary Advertising.com which will allow them to provide a more comprehensive interactive marketing mix strategy.
Mobile marketing is certainly here to stay but the road ahead isnt going to be an easy one as there are lots of challenges ahead. With the internet giants playing a more active role in mobile marketing, I m sure this will speed up the time needed to resolve the many issues surrounding mobile marketing. Its going to be interesting to see how each of them tackle and resolve the issues.
The key findings of the report are as follows:
-As of March 2007, there were about 39 million active wap users in China, they used mobile handsets to access WAP sites in last six months. About 90% among them are internet users as well, they access internet via PC in last six months.
- 60.8% of WAP users are from the eastern part of China, 24.1% from middle part and 15.1% from western part.
- About 9.7 million, or about one forth of total WAP users, live in Guangdong Province.
- 26% users pay RMB 11-20 yuan per month for WAP usage, 23% users pay 21-50 yuan and 20% users pay 6-10 yuan.
- 48% users used WAP search in last six months, 40% played WAP games, while the most popular service is ringtone and image download (63%).
- 65000 WAP websites and 260 million WAP webpages in China.
- Baidu, Sina, Sohu, Tencent and Netease are all among ten most popular wap sites, others include wap sites by Kongzhong, 3G.net.cn, Yicha.cn(wap search), Lxyes, and China Mobile Monternet.
China's growth in wap users will continue to grow exponentially and with the introduction of 3G in the coming months, and better mobile internet access and even greater mobile internet user experience, dont be surprised to see the wap users surpassing the 100 million mark next year and it wont be long before it will surpass the pc as the main device to access the internet.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
To get your free copy of Bejeweled Deluxe do the following:
- Go to the Bejeweled Deluxe site and click the Buy Now link located on the middle of the page.
- Once you get to the checkour page enter the coupon code coupon code FREE4MOMS
Once you’ve done this you will get a download link. Remember to write down your order number as you’ll need it to register your software.
Advertising revenues for the first quarter of 2007 totaled US$31.8 million, representing a 43% increase from the same period last year.
EGPRS network makes the online speed up to four times faster than GPRS. At present, most of the newly launched mobile phones on the market support EGPRS and China Mobile started to sell customized EGPRS mobile phones from April 23.
Shanghai Mobile said that the traffic fee for EGPRS is the same with the existing fee for GPRS.
EGPRS is a form of EDGE which enables data connections at speeds up to 474 kb/s. EGPRS opens up possibilities for connecting to data networks on mobile phones, making it faster and more convenient to stream video and download larger files.
Monday, May 14, 2007
- Mobile phones have really taken off in China in a big way with mobile subsribers crossing the 500 million mark by next year. (there are more mobile phones in China than the population of US)
- Wap advertising is also on the increase with several Admob and Madhouse-a-likes sprouting up as well as a raft of mobile search companies. The mobile advertising and marketing industry is poised for growth.
- more than 120m Chinese subscribers have tried Wap and about 30 million or more use it regularly.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Check out this video that shows a number of stats about the Internet pornography industry. It is staggering how much actual money flows through porn and how many people are involved in the industry:
Sex is the most popular searched word on the search engine
89% of porn is created in the U.S.
$2.84 billion in revenue was generated from U.S. porn sites in 2006
72% of porn viewers are men
Usually the porn industry innovates first and key features make their way to more mainstream sites. But over the last couple of years, many of the new ideas around web applications, like user generated content, video sharing, etc., went mainstream first and are now hitting the porn sites. You can check out these latest user generated porns inclusion at Pornotube (YouTube clone for porns, as well as a few others like EroShare and ScrewTube.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Its traffic exploded after the release of its first 2-minute clip, The Landlord, starring Will Ferrell. The video drew almost 24 million views. This would be in YouTube’s top three of all time.
Go check it out.
Its a good blog and it's very well thought through and has a wealth of useful facts to support the arguments. I strongly recommend all of you to read it.