Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Apple is definitely on a roll. Michael Dell actually commented during the Apple's turbulence years that Apple should liquidate all his assets and return whatever thats left on the table back to all the investors and shareholders. I m sure this comment must had been hard to swallow for Michael now that Apple has a market cap 3 times larger than Dell Computers.
2008 will surely be another exciting year for Apple as I m sure Steve Jobs and team must had prepared themselves for another exciting year and I m looking forward to MacWorld in Jan as Apple had just confirmed that they will be announcing a new Apple laptop. Viva Apple.
Here is the latest official 3rd installment.
and in case if you havent seen the earlier two parts, here is part 1 and 2.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Kicking off immediately, passengers will be able to send and receive sms and mms with the Mobile OnAir system, while those with mobile Internet access can receive and send emails.
“During the second half of the trial, passengers will be able to make and receive phone calls, with the service being regulated to maintain passengers’ comfort and well-being,” SlashPhone said. “At the end of the six-month trial, Air France will examine the feedback and comments made by customers to determine whether to launch this service on all its flights.”
Aircraft is still the only safe haven from mobile till now. While there are some good of having mobile service on aircraft, there are still alot of other practical considerations that need to be taken into account. What do you think?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Foreign passengers would still need to fill in the entry form but surely this is going to be a great news for everybody as immigration and custom clearance will be more efficient and faster.
Friday, December 21, 2007
The opening up of China's domestic and international basic telecoms service this month, comes under its commitment to the World Trade Organisation, but also comes ahead of an expected change in the Chinese telecoms landscape next year.
The Chinese government is planning to shake up the local telecoms market as part of the licensing of 3G in country. One of the most likely scenarios would see second placed mobile operator, China Unicom, split up and sold to fixed-line giants China Telecom and China Netcom.
Unicom's operates a GSM and CDMA network and has dedicated engineering teams for each. So a separation of operations could make it easier for Unicom to find strategic investors for each of the businesses.
Speculation is rife that a merged Unicom CDMA and Netcom network will roll out CDMA2000, while China Telecom will launch WCDMA or TD-SCDMA using Unicom's GSM network.
Leading carrier China Mobile is widely expected to commercially introduce the homegrown Chinese-air-interface TD-SCDMA, but analysts are not ruling out the possibility that China Mobile will also pursue WCDMA.
However, it is likely that the allocation of 3G licences in China, whenever that happens, will be the only thing to put an end to the rumours, as it will likely be the catalyst for restructuring. The Beijing Olympics in August of next year are seen to be an attractive even to launch 3G services around.
Last month it emerged that Vodafone has plans to use the government led restructuring of the telecoms market to increase its presence in the country. The carrier intends to use its 3.3 per cent holding in China Mobile as leverage to extend its reach in the world's largest mobile markets.
Vodafone chief executive, Arun Sarin, said that that the Big V's $13bn stake in China Mobile could be used to take advantage of local opportunities. One of the likeliest options could potentially see Vodafone exchange its holding in Chain Mobile for a bigger stake another company.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
"DN subscribers can purchase the Nokia 6120 third generation phone on the paper's website, and by signing up for a 199-kronor (31-dollar, 21-euro) monthly call plan can freely surf the daily's website by simply hitting a special "DN" button.
"Many people (in Sweden) think it's complicated (to Internet surf on their mobile phones) and they don't know how much it costs," the paper's head of marketing Johan Othelius told DN. "Now we're removing that obstacle," he added.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Japan, the country where you can earn your 4 year degree from a device that fits into your pocket. Amazing.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Well, the company is so confident that it’s invited bloggers and journalists across Europe to ‘torture-test’ the ‘indestructible’ mobile phone and publicize the results on its campaign blog. Check out the video below and you will agree that this is not your ordinary mobile phone.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Check out the video below to see what kind of tech you are getting for RMB 1990 (US$270), and check out the shaking feature to answer the call. It may seem to be a more advanced and cheaper knock-off but I m still going to stick with the original Apple iPhone.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
"Beneath its high-tech sheen, the success of Alibaba.com relies on the old-fashioned shoe leather method of door-to-door salesmen. The company employs an army of foot soldiers stationed throughout China and other parts of the globe who call on local businesses and teach their owners how to upload product photos, manage customer inquiries and maintain their online presence.
Because labor in China is cheap, Alibaba.com can afford to deploy a field sales staff of about 1,900 people to recruit new factories to join the Internet revolution." Maybe its old-fashioned and low tech but it works in China. The recipe to China isnt just about high technology, its the local understanding of the market and being able to be there at the right time to seize the opportunity like Alibaba.
Monday, December 10, 2007
During his keynote address at the annual Nokia World conference, Nokia president and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo announced Nokia Comes With Music, a new program enabling consumers to have access to a year of unlimited free music downloads via mobile handsets bundled with its Ovi web services platform. And guess what, at the end of the 12-month cycle users may keep all the music they download even if they choose against continuing their premium subscription.
Comes With Music will initially launch with Universal Music Group International as Nokia had indicated that they are in the midst of negotiating with other major record labels.
Jupiter Research analyst Mark Mulligan said in a blog that the offering “puts Nokia exactly where they should be: at the forefront of innovation in the mobile music space.”
“Due to their scale and newly acquired aggressive Internet strategy, Nokia are in a unique position to turn the mobile music market on its head,” he wrote.
Friday, December 7, 2007
The survey found that Asia Pacific mobile users are very receptive to mobile marketing especially with mobile coupons and status alerts over purchases. The high usage of smartphones in Asia, especially in China and India, gives mobile marketers more options for executing campaigns, concluded the survey.
The survey said half of those interviewed expressed at least moderate interest in mobile marketing, while 13% indicated high interest for reasons of immediacy and convenience.
Mobile users are more likely to have experience with sweepstakes/voting and receiving information about new products than with other mobile marketing applications. The study said they were most interested in mobile coupons, status alerts about accounts or purchases, alerts on special sales and sweepstakes.
The greatest potential was seen in India and China, followed by Hong Kong, where mobile users already have participated in such programs.
Not surprisingly text message usage is high, accounting for more than 60% of the region's users. This translated into a large addressable audience for SMS-based marketing, the study noted.
The findings were based on a survey of 1,901 mobile users in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Korea.
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Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
My Location feature takes information broadcast from mobile towers near non-GPS equipped mobile phones to approximate the device's current location on the map down to about 10 city blocks.
"It's not GPS, but it comes pretty close (approximately 1000m close, on average)," the Mountain View, Calif.-based search giant explained on its website. "We're still in beta, but we're excited to launch this feature and are constantly working to improve our coverage and accuracy."
The My Location feature is currently available for most web-enabled mobile phones, including Java, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Nokia/Symbian devices. However, it is not yet compatible with Apple's iPhone.
For a more detailed explanation of My Location and a visual demonstration, please check out the video below.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Since its birth in 1981, when the first mobile telephony network was switched on in Scandinavia, the mobile phone has become one of the world's great success stories.
It is difficult to imagine how a modern economy could function without mobile telephony and a number of recent studies have shown that the mobile phone is having a hugely positive impact on the economies of emerging markets. Even young kids have mobile these days.
Although global mobile penetration - the number of mobile subscriptions worldwide - has reached 50 per cent, this does not mean that half of the 6.6 billion or so people in the world now have a mobile phone.