Thursday, January 31, 2008
Acquiring Motorola comes with a burden to turn around the platform that had created all the problems for Motorola and thats not an easy task. This could be the main reason why a real offer hasnt been tabled. What do you think? DO you think Motorola is best to carry on without their troubled handset business?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The Finnish company unveiled in December the ``Comes With Music'' program, which will allow customers to buy a phone with a year of unlimited access to millions of tracks included in the purchase price. Nokia agreed to offer tracks from Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group, and is in talks with other major labels.
sell music downloads to subscribers to help lift average revenue per user. Nokia's shift into services has caused concern among phone companies about how revenue is spread among the players.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Personally i like the 20 percent rule that Google allocates to its staff to do its own things inside Google. Alot of the good ideas in Google for example, Google news were a result of the 20 percent rule. Something other companies should consider as this would improve and increase innovation within the company.
On top of good innovation, Googlers have access to unlimited good food and during their free time, they can go to the gym and burn all the calories.
One other thing i like about Google is even though Google is such a big company now, it still maintain a high level of startup spirit that promotes ambitious ideas, fast responses and big achievements. This is something pretty much lacking in most big giant corporations.
You dont need to come from top engineering schools to submit your application to Google. If you have lots of passion with what you are doing, lots of energy, you understand the product space and you want to build good products, Google will be more than happy to have you. By the way, I m not from Google but believe me, Google is a cool company to work.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
You can see from the picture above that its tiny printer almost the size of a regular mobile phone and it will be retailed at about $150. Once connected to a phone or camera by Bluetooth wireless or the USB port, the printers need less than a minute to churn out 2-inch-by-3-inch pictures, which can be peeled off a backing and used as stickers. Sheets of paper for the device will cost about 40 cents each, less if bought in bulk.
I m not surprise that someday the printer will be integrated with the mobile phone. All you need to do is to snap a picture or open up a PDF file and out it comes into a hard copy from the mobile phone.
Monday, January 21, 2008
If the claims are true, Nokia phones will have a direct link to Facebook which i m sure will improve the already good user experience available on current facebook's interface for mobile.
While this is still categorised as "rumor" but it makes alot of sense for both companies to be talking to each other. The Nokia-Facebook deal would give the social network instant big-time mobile distribution: Nokia is the world's largest maker of mobile phones and Nokia will have a bigger exposure to the US market as majority of Facebook's users are coming from the US.
With the OVI strategy in place and a new reorganisation that had just been completed on the 1st Jan 2008, Nokia has a big task ahead. Moving from a device manufacturer to an internet company requires more than just a strategy and acquisitions. Its interesting to see how the whole fairy tale story at Nokia will develop in the next few years.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Its pretty amazing even till these days with Beijing Olympic just around the corner, Chinglish is still widely found all over the place. It can be all that difficult to get people with good English to have it properly translated. Its still good old China but believe me, its improving rapidly.
Fionne, thanks for having the shot taken and emailed to me. Keep the good stuff coming ok.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Lynx had created a bunch of "weapons of mass seduction" which include a "Fit Girl Finder" soundboard that can be used, for example, to play the sound of a car being unlocked while standing next to an expensive vehicle. Another converts a phone into an on-the-go Spin the Bottle device. A third is a soundboard that guys can transform into a harmonica or "body-piercing scanner."
The campaign was born out of a need to translate Lynx, which promises to attract girls with its scent, into a digital world where scent doesn't exist. Mobile is certainly versatile to create anything and i must say that Lynx and its agency had definitely created something unique thats worth the acknowledgement. Who says that scent cant be virtually spread?
Lynx's Agency worked with mobile application developer Golden Gekko on the development of the utilities. They can be downloaded at www.lynxeffect.com or by texting a short code. Lynx hopes for viral distribution by enabling users to send links to the application from phone to phone. In order to ensure at least 85 percent of the market could download the application, Lynx created up to five versions of each app to be compatible with handsets.
These applications are actually compelling and fun because I think they will work at least starting up a conversation with the girls. You should go download it and try it yourself. Good luck.
Check out the 4 video clips below to see how the Lynx guys do it and have it a good laugh and my favorite one would be the last clip. Wouldnt it be great if my mobile could help me find the right girl?
Thursday, January 17, 2008
1 . I don’t love doing much except for interviewing and blogging and my family. I’ve run the books at UserLand Software. I hated that. I’ve tried managing people at PodTech and found that I wasn’t particularly interested in doing more of it (which is one reason why Rocky’s going to play a key role in the development/production of the network — it’s important that we build a strong team, but I’d rather focus more of my energies on getting great content than on finding and keeping great people).
2. Building a diverse set of income requires a sales crew and attention to client happiness. It’s one thing to take care of one sponsor. It’s a whole nother thing to make magic happen for a wide range of sponsors. That takes a team of professionals. I don’t have the time, nor the skills, to build a world-class sales team and if I took the time that’d cause me to take my eye off of doing my videos, which would be the life-blood of the organization.
3. Setting up a business requires a ton of other tasks. HR. Banking. Invoicing. All the other drudge work that takes time away from doing interviews, going on photowalks, reading feeds, hanging out and networking with industry leaders, etc that leads to great content.
4. Doing a business is stressful on everyone involved. Om Malik’s heart attack had an impact on me. So did Marc Orchant’s death. Life is too short and if that means I leave a few million on the table because I gave up equity in my own thing, so be it. I’m happiest when behind a camera talking with someone like Doug Engelbart or taking Patrick, my son, to MacWorld. Anything other than that I’m going to outsource, ala “the Four Hour Workweek.”
5. Brand extension is hard when running your ass off to build your own business. For instance, I want to build communities that lead to interesting events. But if I did my own business, running an event team would have to wait until I got my business on solid ground. That could be a year or more. That would mean opportunities lost. Fast Company and Inc have awesome event and marketing teams — I’ve been to their events and if I wanted to build a team like that it’d take capital, time, and talent that I don’t have.
6. Getting access to things, when running your own business, is tougher. Yeah, I can get access to a lot of things, but did Steve Jobs invite me to attend his keynote at MacWorld? No. If I was part of a bigger team with a more established brand, would it be more likely that I’d get invited? Yes.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
There is no CD/DVD drive. That’s because the machine will wireless install software, including hefty programs such as Mac Office 2008. Jobs said Apple has made it easy to install software wirelessly, without a compromise. With Wi-Fi turned on, it will have five hours of battery life.
Apple is taking orders today online and it will ship in two weeks.
In terms of the U.S. smartphone market share from Gartner, that means Apple is strong at 19.5 percent in its first quarter, compared to 39 percent for RIM. Palm has 9.8 percent. Motorola has 7.4 percent, Nokia is 3.1 percent and everyone else is 21.2 percent. Steve believes that the latest figures that is scheduled to be released will be even more promising.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
These new features provide iPhone users with a desktop-like Google web application experience in terms of ease-of-use, speed, and feature richness but optimized for the iPhone.
On Monday, the yuan hit a new high against the US dollar smashing the 7.26 mark to reach 7.2566 yuan to one dollar, which marked an appreciation of about 12 percent since the currency’s peg to the greenback was loosened in July 2005. The yuan is likely to appreciate by around eight to 10 percent against the dollar in 2008, according to Qiu Qingdong, a Beijing-based economist with Guodu Securities, whose estimate was similar to those given by other analysts. My advise to you is to keep your money in yuan or RMB instead of US dollars.
Source : AFP
Monday, January 14, 2008
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Global SMS traffic during the 2007/2008 New Year period increased by 30 per cent over the same period last year, research revealed today. Figures from messaging and charging company Acision suggest that global phone users sent a staggering 43 billion text messages to wish their loved ones a happy new year.
The most astounding growth figures came from developing markets. India's 220 million mobile subscribers sent over a billion text messages representing a 300 per cent increase on daily traffic levels.
The Philippines retained its title as the text messaging capital of the world, sending a remarkable 1.39 billion text messages from a subscriber base of just 50 million.
Millions of people have chosen this new way to deliver their best wishes to their loved ones. It’s time efficient; sending texts out singularly is faster and easier than a phone call, email or card. Those with phones who allow it can even super-charge those attributes by writing one message and sending it out as a mass text.
But, above all, it’s another indicator of how much more impersonal our contact with others is. The inauthenticity, the effort, the willingness to devote a certain amount of time, money and energy on expressing our care for those we love.
Isnt mobile supposed to be the real denominator to bring us closer together in the lowest cost and fastest way or have we been sucked into the powerful device that we had ended up becoming more dependent on it and remote from everybody?? With 43 billion SMS sent and received, arent we supposed to be closer to each other??
Thursday, January 10, 2008
This is a really down to earth version of the world's second richest man to be driving off to work on his last day in a Ford by himself. I know this video is specially made for him for the occasion but still its cool to see Bill taking up different chararaters here in this video. Believe me after the watching the clip, you will have a different opinion of the geek who gave us the operating system on our PC.
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This rather unfortunate moment was captured live via a mobile phone by one of the guest who was attending the auspicious function.
Infidelity of course is not limited to China, but Hu Ziwei did, in her upset state of mind, mention China negatively in her comments in the clip.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
The market capitalization of the 10 largest companies today in China is $1.8 trillion, whereas the market capitalization of the 10 largest companies in India is only $0.5 trillion.
China has received more than 10 times the total foreign direct investment as India ($700 billion versus $68 billion).
The Chinese GDP expressed in US dollars is three times the Indian GDP ($2.5 trillion versus $0.8 trillion). On a purchasing power parity basis, the Chinese GDP is two and a half times the Indian GDP ($10.2 trillion versus $4.2 trillion).
China’s current account balance is positive and growing strongly, while India’s has meandered and recently gone negative.
China produces 3 times the electricity of India; more than 4 times the oil; and more than 1.5 times the natural gas. On the consumption side, China consumes more than twice the oil of India and almost 1.5 times the natural gas.
Approximately 1/3 of the world’s population is either Indian or Chinese, but the populations of China and India are quite different from each other.
Labor and Income Distribution:
China and India have roughly equal acreage of arable land, but China has a much smaller portion of its people in agriculture than India (45% versus 60%). China has twice the proportion in industrial jobs (24% versus 12%), and a similar portion in service jobs (31% versus 28%).
China has a lower rate of urban unemployment (4.2% versus 7.8%) and far fewer below the poverty line (10% versus 25%) – although we don’t know how reliable that may be. Both have about 1/3 of total income in the hands of the top 10% of households.
Literacy is dramatically different. Only 61% of Indians over the age of 15 can read and write, while nearly 91% of Chinese over 15 can read and write. The development and therefore economic value of women is higher in China where 86.5% are literate, whereas in India only 47.8% of women are literate.
The religious composition is dissimilar.
India has numerous regional languages with English as the official government and business language. China has one basic language with regional variations. Mandarin Chinese is the standard language.
India’s legal system is based on English common law while China’s is based on civil law derived from the Soviet Union and continental European legal principles. India’s judiciary reviews legislation, while China’s legislature retains the right to interpret its laws. India accepts compulsory International Court of Justice jurisdiction, while China does not.
India is a multi-party democracy. China is a single-party controlled state.
China has more than 3 times as many cell phones as India and 7 times as many land lines as India.
China spends 4.3% of its GDP on its military versus 2.5% by India. In total US dollars, the Chinese military budget is five times the size of the Indian military budget.
From almost every metric, China and India are very different countries. They are neighbors. They are important and disruptive to the old order of things. They are interesting investments, but they are a unified portfolio concept that could lead to unwarranted conclusions and allocations. Both have great investment values that need to be considered separately.