Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
A Nokia branded iPhone? No, its the new nokia phone for next year. It was presented during Nokia's GoPlay event as a glimpse into the future of Nokia interface design. I m sure Steve Jobs must be laughing and feeling on top of the world.
When pressed during the Q&A about the striking similarity to the little Cupertino device, Anssi Vanjoki -- Nokia's Executive VP & General Manager of Multimedia -- said, "If there is something good in the world then we copy with pride." Well, ok then. See what we mean after the break.
Not only Microsoft is copying Apple, even Nokia is doing it too. I m sure Apple's lawyers are preparing crafty legal love letters to Nokia soon.
iPhone had certainly demostrate the recipe to the other manufacturers what features good mobile phones must have for the future. Its going to be interesting to see what new mobile models others will be releasing.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
How do you make meaning? Startups must be motivated with one of the followings:
- Increase the quality of life, changing people's life and making it better for them;
- Right a wrong, finding a problem and fixing it;
- Prevent the end of something good.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Maybe that's why Facebook's fastest-growing demographic consists of people 35 or older: they're refugees from the uncouth wider Web. Every community must negotiate the imperatives of individual freedom and collective social order, and Facebook constitutes a critical rebalancing of the Internet's founding vision of unfettered electronic liberty. Of course, it is possible to misbehave on Facebook--it's just self-defeating. Unlike the Internet, Facebook is structured around an opt-in philosophy; people have to consent to have contact with or even see others on the network. If you're annoying folks, you'll essentially cease to exist, as those you annoy drop you off the grid.
Facebook has taken steps this year to expand its functionality by allowing outside developers to create applications that integrate with its pages, which brings with it expanded opportunities for abuse. (No doubt Griffith is hard at work on FacebookScanner.) But it has also hung on doggedly to its core insight: that the most important function of a social network is connecting people and that its second most important function is keeping them apart.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
The growth had been complemented by the mobile operators' drive to improve coverage in rural market and the adoption of the one-way charging. Up to end of July 2007, there had been an increase of 47.482 million mobile phone users in comparison to end of last year, increasing by 6.783 million monthly. There seems to be no stopping on the growth of mobile users in China.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
It is intuitive, has simple navigation, and was just a dream to play with. I am quite impressed with the simplicity of design and overall performance of the application. These are not easy things to accomplish when taking a website and making it available on a mobile device.
With the iPhone facebook application you can access the following: News Feed, Events, Friend Requests, Profile, Info, Walls, Photos, Friends, email (sent, delete, send), Friend status, friends online, friends photos, search for friends, etc. You can quickly drill down into almost every area effortlessly. This is a dream to use and is very efficient. Have Fun!
You can get to the facebook iPhone application at: http://iphone.facebook.com/
Video Courtesy of Rodney Rumford
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Simple guidelines for preparing good presentation :
1. No more than 10 slides for each presentation;
2. Speak no longer than 20 minutes even if you are given a longer time to speak; and
3. Make sure the font size is 30 points.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Nokia and Motorola both saw a notable rise in their market shares -- their combined share rose almost 10% and this is due to the two companies focus in the low-end mobile phone market in the first half of 2007. Lenovo, in fourth place, is the leading homegrown brand with a 5.7% share, slightly ahead of Sony Ericsson's 4.9% share.
Nokia and Motorola accounted for 57% of the market of mobile phones priced between RMB 500-700. Their share of the market of mobile phones priced under RMB 500 reached as high as 70%.
--Boost in non-voice products: Value-added services revenue grew by 35.5 percent to RMB41,915 billion ($5,516,220,306). In total VAS makes up 25.2 percent of China Mobile’s total operating revenue.
--Mobile music also saw huge growth: In a market rife with piracy, China Mobile and other operators are being wooed big-time by record labels who believe they may be the one last outpost against their ongoing copyright infringement wars. It looks to be paying off for now: CHL’s mobile music service picked up 31 million customers in the last six months, bringing the total number of subs to 48 million. Premium subscribers now total 22 million.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The most important finding is that the Nintendo Wii is just inches away from overtaking the Xbox 360. Microsoft’s next gen console has been in the market much longer than the Wii and can’t seem to penetrate the Japanese market. “fun” is certainly beating out “graphics” by long shot.
I m a big fan of the PS 1, 2 and of course the PSP but somehow it just stopped there after trying out the Wii, its just awesome, simple and fun to play with unlike the more complicated PS 3 games. After a long day at work, what you need is a console that the whole family can play and Wii is surely the choice for me.
And if you want fun and mobile together, you can’t go wrong with the Nintendo DS. Thats why Nintendo is doing amazingly well and the stats above confirm it.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Now Sony Ericsson is rapidly gaining on the beleaguered US manufacturer, posting a 58.6% YoY jump in handset numbers to 24.9m in Q207. Definitely more bad news for Motorola who pioneered mobile handset.
Nokia was the primary beneficiary of Motorola’s market share implosion, recording a 12.9% your-on-year (YOY) increase in unit shipments during Q207, compared with a 2.8% YoY increase in Q107. The Finnish manufacturer’s device volumes reached 100.8m in Q207, only the second time in its history it has surpassed the psychologically significant 100m mark (the seasonally strong Q406 period was the only other time this was achieved). Nokia shipped more handsets in Q207 than all 3 of its closest competitors combined.
Well done Nokia and I look forward to see how Nokia will reposition itself next year with a whole new organization and how it take on the high end market with the entry of Apple's iPhone.
This an extract from PMN’s Handset Industry Insight service, a premium subscription product tracking the quarterly performance of the four largest handset manufacturers (Nokia, Samsung, Motorola and Sony Ericsson) in several areas, including revenues, profits, margins, average selling price, market share and unit shipments. It is published 4 times a year and is available direct from PMN as a premium digital subscription product, priced at GBP 795 per year or GBP 395 to purchase a single issue. (+ VAT @ 17.5% where applicable). You can order on-line here.
Pretty awesome mobile Ad on iPhone. AdMob just launched a new type of mobile ad for the iPhone. The video above shows how the mobile ad works. Instead of directing you to another page when you click on the Starbucks' banner, it immediately brings up a Google Map or pop-up that gives you the location of the stores around the area that you are located.
This new mobile ad feature takes full advantage of the iPhone environment with dynamic sizing, incorporation of google maps, graphics capabilities, etc. Currently the ads are iPhone-specific and will only show up on the iPhone. Admob had just given us a glimpse of what the future is for mobile advertising. Brilliant execution ain't from the world's largest mobile advertising company, Admob. Well done Admob.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The above graph shows that mobile value-added services market share had dropped about 10% since 06Q1 where as online games market share had increased to 29.8% and based on the current trend, iResearch reckoned online game market share is likely to exceed mobile value-added services and becomes the largest internet industry in China very soon.
Monday, August 13, 2007
In the report, Forrester analyst Vidya Lakshmipathy starts off by identifying three primary barriers to the mobile Web’s success: 1) poor usability; 2) hard-to-find content; and 3) costly access. Forrester's contention is that the iPhone knocks down the first two barriers, by "bringing full-featured Web sites to a device that can handle them".
Where Forrester's view seems to diverge from Dave Winer's (and others) is that Forrester sees the zooming, "finger taps and gestures", and scrolling as a perfectly usable way of surfing the Web on a mobile device. Dave Winer regards that as "extra work".
On the content front, Forrester says that "users can input the URL of any Web site (not just “mobile” sites) into an address bar similar to those found on the desktop Web browsers they use today." That's because the iPhone uses the Safari website and also there's a Google toolbar integrated.
Here's a good pictorial illustration from Forrester of the differences between a Mobile Web experience (left) and an iPhone one (right):
Forrester's report concludes that companies should get an iphone, to explore the usability and content factors. But Forrester has a bob each way, because they also urge companies to "keep experimenting" with the traditional Mobile Web. They note that mobile Web content should be "timely, location-aware, and actionable" - in other words it is different to Web content optimized for the PC. So iPhone vs Mobile Web - which is the 'winner'? As with everything, it depends on the context. If a website is nicely optimized for Mobile devices, then it will generally mean less work for the user. So the Mobile Web wins there. But taking the long view, if web designers no longer have to create different types of sites for different devices - then that is optimal for them. You could also argue that over time, it is better for users to have a consistent Web browsing experience - which the iPhone attempts to give them by using a Safari web browser. Also the "no walled garden" factor is a huge plus for iPhone. So iPhone wins on those fronts.
All in all, the iPhone has more going for it than the Mobile Web - but I think both Forrester and Dave Winer would agree that the iPhone isn't quite a Mobile Web killer just yet. Not to mention that the iPhone is only a limited release currently (it's not available where I live).
Guess what, here’s one Chinese farmer who doesn’t quite fit the bill. The man learned how to build robots all on his own without any prior training or education! He uses scraps and turns them into robots.
Here are some of his gems of advice for investors who look at the stock market to make a fortune, culled from various publications, his speeches and writings:
• 'Always invest for the long term.'
• 'Remember that the stock market is manic-depressive.'
• 'Buy a business, don't rent stocks.'
• 'Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.'
• 'Stop trying to predict the direction of the stock market, the economy, interest rates, or elections.'
• 'I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.'
• 'Wall Street is the only place that people ride to in a Rolls-Royce to get advice from those who take the subway.'
• 'Buy companies with strong histories of profitability and with a dominant business franchise.'
• 'It is optimism that is the enemy of the rational buyer.'
• 'As far as you are concerned, the stock market does not exist. Ignore it.'
• 'The ability to say 'no' is a tremendous advantage for an investor.'
• 'If you're doing something you love, you're more likely to put your all into it, and that generally equates to making money.'
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.95 percent to close at 4754.09 points, the foreign-currency denominated B-share index climbed 1.45 percent to close at 320.41 and the Shenzhen Composite Index went up 1.51 percent to 1,348.87.
That made the overall value of the two bourses surpass the 21.087 trillion yuan (US$2.77 trillion) in GDP last year, according to data from the China Securities Journal.
In the Shanghai market, 534 out of 901 stocks closed higher with turnover amounting to 138.09 billion yuan, a slide of 20 billion yuan from the day before.
China Car Times has posted a series of videos profiling the Geely automobile company and its charismatic founder Li Shufu.
Geely, a chinese auto-manufacturer has a huge ambition of rivaling manufacturers from Japan, Europe and US. Their cars are not in the US market as it could not pass the safety test yet but in China, Li Shufu, is an auto-legend and Geely is one of the largest car manufacturer here and guess what they even have their own University.
China is the world's 2nd largest automobile industry and at the pace its growing, the automobile industry will surpass US as the largest market very soon.
The above is the first installment; watch the rest of it here, where there are links to other stories about Geely.
Chinese people were asked which company they think is the most popular Olympic sponsor for the Beijing 2008 games.
1. Coca-Cola - 22.1%
2. Lenovo = 21.5%
3. Haier - 21.4%
5. China Mobile
6. Bank of China
7. Tsingtao Beer
9. Li Ning
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
In Shenzhen, there is a complete and organised industry chain of black-market phones and black-market phones can be categorised into three types :-
1. Smuggled phones which evaded customs duties;
2. knockoffs of famous brands;
3. off-brand phones that use chipsets and high-tech parts without paying patent fees which such fees typically add up 20% to the cost of a phone.
Eric said that while Web 2.0 was based on Ajax, Web 3.0 will be "applications that are pieced together" - with the characteristics that the apps are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, the apps can run on any device (PC or mobile), the apps are very fast and very customizable, and are distributed virally (social networks, email, etc).
Any take on this?
If you missed them, their previous videos covering Social Networking, RSS and Wikis are worth checking out as well.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Jake Brown fell helpless for about 40 feet on the Skateboard Big Air mega ramp during his fifth and final run in Los Angeles on Thursday night.After pulling off a difficult 720 over the ramp's 70-foot gap, he launched up the adjacent quarterpipe and immediately lost control. Plunging face first, his legs pedaling wildly, Brown turned over in the air and landed on his tailbone, with his head and limbs hitting soon after.
He was lying motionless for nearly five minutes before he got up and walked away with minor with only a slight concussion.
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Sunday, August 5, 2007
I have just watched this video interview that was done by Robert Scoble and i had to blog this inspiring and impressive 14 years old Daniel Brusilovsky. At such young age, he has demonstrated extensive technology and internet knowledge which most adults wont even understand what Daniel is talking about. Daniel had used whatever little resources and had turned himself into a Apple's evangelist and spent a great deal of time delivering Apple-focused podcast at AppleUniverse. Who said that we needed all the computing power and the best in class of PCs and network to be smart and knowledgeable, Daniel had certainly proven that all you need are lots of initiatives and passion.
Keep up the good work Daniel and you had certainly inspired me. Its a MUST WATCH video clip for everybody.
Friday, August 3, 2007
The world is moving so fast that its really almost impossible to predict what its like in 10 years from now. Its just getting faster and faster by the day. Believe me, if you were to watch this video clip again in 1 month from now, those stats that you see on the video would had changed dramatically. Enjoy the clip.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
"Making money is not the objective, building a great company is and the money will follow." Interesting philosophy of Jack Ma.
Alibaba is the world's leading B2B marketplace wth more than 3 million members from 200 countries built in just nine years.