Monday, April 28, 2008
China Mobile posted a profit of 24.1 billion yuan ($3.4 billion) in the first-quarter that ended on March 31. Subscriptions rose 6% for a total of 392 million. New accounts accelerated by 33% to 7.6 million per month in the quarter, driven mostly by new business in rural China. China’s eastern cities are near the saturation point, so the company is targeting the countryside.
The government will soon issue third-generation (3G) licenses allowing the support of mobile video, faster mobile internet and other services and will further increase the revenue and profit potential for all the mobile operators in China.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
- 10,000-franc note. U.S. value: $2.33
- 50,000-dobra note. U.S. value: $3.47
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The price range of the property should start from RMB2.5 million upwards. If you think the Chinese are affected by the global economic downturn, think again. Lets not forget, the initial downpayment for the property is 30% of the selling price. With all the administrative and renovation fees thrown in, the Chinese people would easily need to stump up at least half of the selling price to own the property.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Google beat General Electric to the top spot, with the NBC Universal owner's brand value estimated at $71.4bn. The next most valuable brands are Microsoft at $70.89bn, Coca-Cola at $58.2bn and China Mobile at $57.2bn.
The top five remained unchanged year-on-year, with each company recording an increase in brand valuation by between 15% and 39% compared with 2007.
Apple and Nokia crept up in the rankings this year, breaking into the top 10 companies from 16th and 12th place, respectively, last year. (As a result, they bumped Wal-Mart and Toyota out of the top 10.)
IBM's brand value increased by 65% year-on-year to $55.3bn, moving the technology company up three places in the BrandZ list to sixth spot. Apple was the biggest mover in the top 10, and a new entry, moving up nine places to rank seventh, with a massive 123% increase in brand value to $55.2bn.
China brands are moving up the ranking too. With China Mobile maintaining firmly in 5th place in the global study. Other Chinese contenders are China Construction Bank (31), Bank of China (32), China Merchants Bank, ICBC.
Looking at Asia overall Millward Brown concludes: “Established Asia vs Emerging Asia — Chinese Brands continue to get stronger according to the new BrandZ Ranking. Seven brands in this year’s Top 100 come from mature Asian economies: Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong. Their aggregate brand value increased by only 7% in the last year (to $111bn). In contrast, the value of the four Chinese brands that made this year’s BrandZ Top 100 increased by 51% (to $124bn). China Mobile, Bank of China, China Construction Bank and ICBC are only just starting to expand beyond China so they have considerable potential for further growth.”
The full report can be downloaded here (pdf).
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I will be signing up later to check out the quality of the unlimited service. For $9.95 month, its probably the cheapest offer around and its definitely a value for money provided if the calls are of reasonable quality.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Spoofs of famous Apple's famously smug "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC ads are everywhere but none are as funny as this one featuring PS3 vs Wii. I have played on both and my verdict is Wii! If you are considering buying a console, just head straight to the shop for a Wii.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Markets had been expecting a better result: A Factset analyst poll cited by Dow Jones Newswires forecast a 42 % rise in profit.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
This sort of content is almost painful to hear, especially with the perception that these are the feelings of the new generation… But then the video takes a dramatic twist. Check it out!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
It has a pretty respectable list of features, starting with a great resolution touch screen, large screen, comes with a decent auto focus camera better than the iPhone but not as good as the regular Nseries devices.
It has a built in GPS and will support geo-tagging. All of this impressive features packed into a small and compact body similar to N81.
I m not sure whether its really an iPhone killer yet not until i have a test unit with me. I will provide another review once i have test drive it.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
The American Family
Average Expenditure for a week - $341.98
The Japanese Family
Average Expenditure for a week - $317.25
The Italian Family
Average Expenditure for a week - $260
The Kuwaitis Family
Average Expenditure for a week - $221.45
The Mexican Family
Average Expenditure for a week - $189.09
The Chinese Family
Average Expenditure for a week - $155.06
The Chad Family
Average Expenditure for a week - $1.23
Source: ©Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com
Friday, April 11, 2008
The iTunes Store leads the pack with 19 percent, Wal-Mart (which includes the brick-and-mortar stores as well as its online properties) is second with 15 percent, and Best Buy is third with 13 percent. Amazon is a distant fourth at 6 percent, trailed by the likes of Borders, Circuit City, and Barnes & Noble. Rhapsody is in the tenth slot with 1 percent.
The fact that a digital-only retailer has ascended to the top of the sales charts is not unexpected, but it does demonstrate just how much the music landscape has changed since the beginning of the decade. There is a sharp increase in digital music downloads as physical CD sales are drying up fast. Overall, paid downloads accounted for almost 30 percent of all music sold in January, a number that would have been unthinkable just a few short years ago.
The buying patterns had changed drastically with digital downloads as customers are cherry picking what they like instead of buying the whole album and this is certainly not going to sound musical to the record labels who had been enjoying fat margin selling album in CD format. For 2007, that translated into a 10 percent decline in overall music spending according to the NPD Group, and it's a trend that's expected to continue. The future certainly looks very good for digital music distribution and watch out for direct delivery over the air to mobile phones.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
If you have one of the supported phones, download them and check it out.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
She gets a video call from a guy, then puts the phone on the counter, runs away and comes back a few seconds later dressed up in a number of outfits, from an all black lacy number to a school girl uniform.
I knew it was a mobile commercial but for the entire clip, i had almost forgotten it being one and guess nobody did care what the commercial was.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Dove’s Evolution ad is one of the most viral internet videos of all time. It’s been parodied again and this time using a Russian mail order bride theme.
In the original Dove ads, an ordinary-looking woman goes through a time-lapse photo-retouching session which ends in her looking like she could be featured in a fashion magazine spread.
The parody features a gorgeous Russian mail order bride, but instead of her digitally re-touched, the background is.
The ad aims to get the message across that some people—like Russian mail order brides—don’t need any fixing up; they’re so absolutely stunning, that it’s their surroundings that need to be spruced up in order to accommodate her.
For the original Dove commercial, please click on this link.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Companies expect a multibillion-dollar wave of spending on equipment once China awards licenses for 3G service. But Beijing has delayed a decision while it tries to develop its own system to compete with global standards.
China Mobile will be issuing 20,000 phones and 5,000 data cards in Beijing and seven other cities which shall include Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Qinhuangdao.
Forbes says the operator will give away 20,000 TD-SCDMA mobile numbers free and will give way the same number of handsets for nothing, with other subscribers offered discounts of 100 to 200 yuan on their phones.
China has the world's biggest population of mobile phone users, with some 550 million subscribers, and standards decisions could have a far-reaching impact on the equipment market.
Beijing has been trying to create its own standard since 2001, hoping to create opportunities for its telecoms companies and reduce the need to pay license fees to developers of the global standards, known as W-CDMA and cdma2000.