Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Evolution of the Games Console - video powered by Metacafe
It’s hard to believe video game consoles have been around for more than 30 years! The video shows the evolution of this entertainment gadget from the Magnavox Oydessy in 1972 to the most recent Wii. Each of these were the very latest technology of their time. My first video game console was a CBS Coleco Vision which my dad bought it back in the early 80s. It was no where near the quality of today's game technology but at the time when i had it, it was probably the coolest thing.
Do you remember the very first Nintendo back in 1985? It was a best selling video game console - 62 million units worldwide. Yet, the graphics look positively childish today. Evolution is good - today’s coolest game console will soon enough become dated and we will move on to the next entertainment leader. Enjoy the evolution.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Social networking now accounts for almost 40 percent of worldwide mobile web traffic, topping the 60 percent mark in some countries including the U.S., South Africa and Indonesia, according to browser development firm Opera Software's first "State of the Mobile Web" report.
Based on the aggregate, anonymous traffic patterns of more than 44 million cumulative Opera Mini users worldwide, Opera reports that full web surfing represents close to 78 percent of all traffic, far outpacing content on WAP and .mobi sites--in the U.S. market, MySpace is the most visited mobile web destination, followed in descending order by Google, mobile social networking service MocoSpace, Yahoo and Facebook. Among the top 100 sites visited by all Opera Mini users, almost a quarter of all traffic directs to content portals or search engines.
I love Opera Mini, its free and great user experience for my Nokia N95 & N82 and I spent a great deal of time browsing on it especially accessing my mobile email and updating my Facebook.
For more on the report of Opera, you can view the report here.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
The latest stats from Nielsen Online show a significant decline in month-over-month unique visitors to Facebook in the US. In April, traffic fell to 22.4M uniques, down from the 24.9M reported in March. Year-over-year traffic growth decelerated from 98% to a much more modest 56%. MySpace also saw a modest decline (from 60.3M to 58.7M), while LinkedIn continued its torrid growth from 7.8M uniques in March to 8.6M in April.
Are users getting tired with Facebook and the rest of the other social networking sites? How many times do you access Facebook or Myspace or any other social networking sites? Are you seeing a drop in activity from your social friends? Is Facebook fatigue finally upon us?
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The chart was taken on the 19th June, one week after the WenChuan earthquake during the 3 minutes of silence to remember and mourn for the victims of the catastrophe. Its a clear sign of unity taken voluntarily by all the internet users in China showing a respect and regards for both that had lost the lives and also for all the affected victims. This is truly unprecedented.
Michael Zhao made a 9 mins video on the May 12's Wenchuan Earthquake with English subtitles.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Not sure whether this would be a hit as most people would buy a device for a longer term ie not to buy and dispose them. Mobile phone these days is like our personal item and its not something that we want to change or buy and dispose instantly. I wouldn't mind buying one for temporary use if i had left my mobile phone at home or that i m traveling to the US and i need to have a 2nd phone for local access.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The ads will be similar to those that currently appear on websites but will be smaller and there will only be one ad per page. They will use the pay-per-click model and will require that the ad is linked to a mobile-specific landing page.
There are 4 ad sizes approved by Google for mobile. The sizes and the file size limits are below. The images must be in either .jpg, .gif, or .png format.
Alexandra Kenin, product marketing manager on the Google Mobile Ads team and Sanjay Agarwal, software engineer will talk more about Google Mobile Ads in the video clip below.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the National Development and Reform Commission, and the Ministry of Finance had jointly confirmed the issuing of three 3G licenses after the completion of the telecom industry reorganization.
Chinese officials has also confirmed to merge Netcom and Unicom while China Telecom will be taking over China Unicom's code-division multiple access (CDMA) network creating 2 new full-service providers to compete directly with China Mobile.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
By Tuesday this week, foreign companies had donated 1.2 billion yuan ($175 million) in cash, plus supplies worth 108 million yuan ($15.5 million), according to the government.
Despite that, nationalistic Chinese Web surfers who react angrily to any perceived slight to their country have accused foreign companies of failing to provide enough help.
A posting on popular search engine Baidu.com's blog service listed corporate donations and said they were smaller than those after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Comments on online bulletin boards criticized McDonald's Corp., Yum Brands Inc.'s KFC restaurants, Toyota Motor Corp., Nokia, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Corp. and French retailer Carrefour SA.
In fact Sina has created a page on their site providing latest updates on how much had been donated and even ranked them with the company's logos. This is really pathetic and making a mockery out of the whole idea of donation. I m sure many of you would agree that making donation isnt like a competition but whats happening in China is everybody is now competing as to who can donate more. And when your donations arent substantial enough, you will be made a subject of humiliation.
There were several catastrophes that had taken place all over the world from Sept 11, the Asian Tsunami and even the latest typhoon that had hit Myanmar killing more than 100,000 victims. What about donations to Myanmar? The devastation in Myanmar is probably of a bigger magnitude but nobody seem to talk about it now as the media coverage had shifted to China. I admit its difficult time for everybody especially for the victims but the media had certainly played a big role in turning this into a mockery.
I worked in a multinational based in China who had made several contributions to the Sichuan earthquake both monetary and also indirect contributions like mobile phones and SIM cards. On top of making a direct monetary contribution, our company and its staff had initiated a company-wide project to collect donations from all the employees.
Booths were setup in all our offices to collect donations from the staff. The company had also created special bank account to allow us to make direct donations from our bank account. The company had also committed to match dollar for dollar for all the donations coming from the employees. If these were not good enough, i m not sure what can be regarded as sufficient. And i m sure all the other foreign companies based in China are doing all they can to help out the victims afterall most of the employees are local Chinese who may have friends or relatives living in the affected areas.
The focus now should be on the survival and rebuilding of the affected areas. Life must continue no matter how difficult it may be for the victims and credit must go to everybody who are involved in the rescue efforts especially the Chinese goverment who had been playing the major role from day 1.
Jeremy Gutsche, founder of Trendhunter, a high rated speaker had posted a really good video clip of his keynote that you guys have to see. The sample kicks off part way through his thesis, giving a decent overview of his topic, ‘Unlocking Cool’. Though its not a full version of the keynote, you can get a feel of how interesting his keynote will lead you to.
Here’s a sample of his content from last year:
Friday, May 23, 2008
Fisch discusses global shifts occurring and the impact globalization will have on education, from kindergarten to higher education.
Thanks to the upgrade to video, his message became a viral internet phenomenon.
Since its release, the video has been updated with a second clip, titled “Did You Know?” As a result of its success, Fisch launched the Shift Happens Wiki to supplement the videos. He also published The Fischbowl, a blog with her personal views. In case if you havent seen it before, its a great video that you can check it out below.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Hitwise released the latest statistics for search engine share in the United States for April 2008. Google has again hit a new high, jumping up 0.65% from the prior month's high, to 68% of the US search market. Microsoft and Yahoo hit all-time lows -- though Yahoo, at least, only drops by 0.1% further from its low last month. Microsoft dropped about 0.4%.
The four major search engines stack up as follows:
Yahoo: 20.3% (unrounded, 20.28%)
Microsoft: 6.3% (unrounded, 6.26%)
Ask: 4.2% (unrounded, 4.17%)
Here are the past data of how they had performed over the years. Clearly Google rules the world of search.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The Chinese government uses four mechanisms -- DNS blocking, reset commands, URL keyword blocking and content scanning to prevent Internet users in the country from reaching blacklisted Web sites or content.
If the Chinese government finds that a user has downloaded forbidden content, it breaks the connection and prohibits the user from establishing communications with the site. These blackouts can last anywhere from two minutes to an hour.
The Chinese government justifies its Internet monitoring efforts by telling the public that it is keeping online information "wholesome" and free of threats such as sexual predators. Online pornography is not as pervasive in China, and users are less likely to stumble upon it.
Malicious activity including phishing scams, bots and zombies is less common in China than in the United States. China represented 7% of the Internet's malicious activity, while the United States represented 31% during the second half of 2007. One rationale for the Chinese Internet monitoring system is to keep hackers at bay.
China produces 4% of the world's spam, while the United States is the origin for 42% of all unsolicited e-mail. China decreased its spam volume by 131% in the second half of 2007, largely by reducing the number of bot-infested computers.
The China Next Generation Internet is an IPv6 backbone that the Chinese government is using as a testbed to develop IPv6 services, including distance learning and telemedicine. IPv6 is an upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol that features enough IP addresses for the Chinese population.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Here is the screen being broadcast over every non-news foreign channel on my cable system in China. Except for BBC and CNN who are still permitted, all the Chinese channels are either broadcasting their own news on the earthquake, or rebroadcasting CCTV's news.
With this service, Nimbuzz enters a market already dominated by established mobile VoIP clients Fring and TruPhone. Fring, like Nimbuzz, incorporates IM capability with multiple IM networks and VoIP calls. TruPhone allows you to make VoIP calls to TruPhone users and traditional phones, without the IM features of Fring and Nimbuzz.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Well the Japanese arcades now have a weirder and more sophisticated version. Having improvised from useless stuffed animal prizes, they are now offering a delicious live lobster!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
CASEE runs an online mobile advertising exchange at Casee.cn which resemble Admob business model in which advertisers can bid for ad space, and WAP site operators can offer inventory. The two-year old company reports that it serves over 500 million ads a month on 3,000 WAP sites in China.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Rescuers continue to race against time to find survivors after the strongest quake to hit China in 32 years jolted southwestern Sichuan province, demolishing buildings and trapping tens of thousands beneath the rubble.
The rescue teams had finally arrived at the epicentre of China’s devastating earthquake last night and began searching for survivors in the ruins of buildings under which thousands of people are feared to have been buried.
Xinhua earlier reported that the death toll had risen to 14,866. An unofficial tally of deaths in individual communities as reported by the news agency over several days put the toll at 19,565.
Nearly 26,000 people were still buried under debris and another 14,000 missing. More than 64,000 people sustained injuries.
Al Jazeera correspondent Melissa Chan reports from Sichuan on the rescue efforts following China’s deadly earthquake:
For those who are looking to contribute to current aid efforts underway, you can now donate money to the Red Cross Society of China which has formed a disaster relief working group to be dispatched to the earthquake-stricken Wenchuan County in Sichuan.
They have also published an emergency relief hotline, along with bank account information to receive donations to assist their cause:
Account name: Red Cross Society of China
For those who want to donate in RMB: you can send money to the RMB account at the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China branch below:
人民币开户行: 中国工商银行 北京分行东四南支行
For those who want to donate in foreign currency, you can send money to the foreign currency account at the CITIC Bank branch below:
Hotline: (8610) 65139999
Online donations: Red Cross Society of China website: www.redcross.org.cn
Click the tab for online donations
You can visit ESWN as they have put up a compilation of pictures from the Earthquake.
They are others who are still experiencing some after shock in areas of Chengdu and Chongqing according to some of my friends who were living in those areas but situation has remained calm and many had chosed to stay outdoor for fear of another earthquake. In Shanghai, business as usual as Shanghai is located way too far from the epicenter and lets pray and hope for the best for the all the victims and please head over to my earlier blog at MOBIZ to make donations to the earthquake's victims.
The beautiful Bei-Chuan before the earthquake
Bei-Chuan after the earthquake, totally devastated...
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
For those who want to donate in foreign currency, you can send money to the foreign currency account at the CITIC Bank branch below:外币开户行：中信银行酒仙桥支行外币账号: 7112111482600000209
Globe Telecom has the rights to the iPhone in the Philippines, and Optus will offer it in Australia.
"Beijing airport’s new Terminal 3 — twice the size of the Pentagon — is the largest building in the world,” the NY Times says adding it is also the world’s most advanced.
The building was designed and constructed in four years to reflect traditional and modern China, surrounded by red and colours that reflect Imperial China and featuring ceilings that resemble dragon scales. As is only appropriate, the whole thing was designed under the guidance of a Feng Shui master.
The magnificent $3.8 billion terminal can be seen on video embedded below.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Nokia kept its top position, slightly increasing market share to 41 percent in the three months ended March 31. Samsung Electronics in South Korea remained at No. 2 boosting its market share to 16 percent while U.S. handset maker Motorola fell below 10 percent but stayed in third place.
Demand remained strong in emerging markets, particularly in Africa and Asia. Korean vendors LG and Samsung were the star performers, growing two to four times faster than the industry average.
Motorola slumped and is in real danger of being overtaken by LG, whose market share rose to 8.6 percent from 7.2 percent at the end of last year, according to the report.
The research firm predicted that 290 million handsets will be sold worldwide in the second quarter, an increase of 12 percent over the same period in 2007 but a decrease of 14 percent compared with the previous three months.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
There is absolutely no smoking in schools, hospitals or government offices, as well as at all 37 Olympic sites, including indoor and outside stadiums, training facilities and the Olympic village. Hotels, restaurants and bars face a partial ban, with smoking and no-smoking areas required.
The rules expand restrictions first introduced in 1995 to include health clubs, museums, ancient temples and government offices.
Its a great milestone for China though many of the non smokers here would had prefered that the smoking ban be applied nationwide. Most Chinese smokers can be so insensitive and unreasonable as they take no step whatsoever to consider the surrounding when lighting up their cigarettes.
The government should take stricter measures in the nearest future to ban smoking in all public areas and to provide greater awareness to the danger of smoking. Lung cancer is the No.1 killer in China and people ought to know this and take the necessary step to quit once and for all.
Jazeera also reported about efforts to quit smoking in China:
Friday, May 9, 2008
Just in case if you haven't seen the 1st version, i had also included the clip below.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
2. Wikipedia $7 billion
3. Craigslist $5 billion
4. Betfair $5 billion
5. Mozilla Corp $4 billion
6. Yandex $3 billion
7. Webkinz $2 billion
8. LinkedIn $1.3 billion
9. Habbo $1.25 billion
10. Oanda $1.2 billion
11. Linden Lab $1.1 billion
12. Kayak $1 billion
13. QlikTech $850 million
14. Ning $560 million
15. Slide $550 million
16. TheLadders $500 million
17. Stardoll $450 million
18. Ozon $450 million
19. Thumbplay $400 million
20. Glam $325 million
22. Tudou $300 million
23. Efficient Frontier $275 million
24. Zazzle $250 million
25. Spot Runner $250 million
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The mobile phone division lost $418 million during the quarter, nearly 80% more than the $233 million it lost during the same period last year. Motorola only sold 27 million handsets in the first-quarter, as it saw its share of the global market fall below 10%, down from the 22% of market share it had in 2006.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Xiaonei is owned by Oak Pacific Interactive (OPI), a holding company with a number of online communities. The backing gives it a larger financial warchest than Facebook itself, and sets the scene for a showdown with the American company. Facebook has just started to get serious about entering the huge, fast-growing Chinese market.
The lead investor of this big round is Softbank, Japan and the CEO, Masayoshi San, an iconic Japanese investor will be joining the Board of OPI.
Xiaonei's features include include multiplayer gaming and wireless services for mobile users. In the college market, Xiaonei.com claims a dominant market share, but hasn’t released any specific user data In a report cited via Pacific Epoch, Xiaonei had 22 million registered users and 12.7 million daily users by March with a 280 million page views.
With the size of the investment, Xiaonei certainly has lots of options to further expand itself into the Chinese market to fend off any possible competitors. They are in great financial shape after this big round but I think Xiaonei has alot to buck up if they want to compete head on with Facebook who has a more robust and dynamic social networking platform.
Whatever the outcome, lets all congratulate OPI for reaching another milestone for raising the biggest investment ever in China. They certainly know how to nail down their investors.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Advertising these days are all about engaging with your customers, and our favorite chewy Mentos had taken web interactivity to a new level with their latest microsite "Mentos Kiss Cam". Have a look at the site and its brilliantly executed. You will probably cringe when you see the kissing action but it's actually quite funny AND more importantly, the "technique" used to engage with the customers, to create some interaction is actually quite interesting. But you must see and try it !!! Use your webcam to kiss the girl (or the man) in the video.
Well done to their Ad guys who had conceptualised the whole idea.
All the usual features are enabled - chat, presence, getting calls from Skype users or through SkypeIn - for everyone, but for those in seven lucky markets (Brazil (Rio de Janeiro), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) there’s also outbound Skype-toSkype calls and SkypeOut functionality enabled.
The software is in beta release at the moment. I had just installed and tested it and i must admit that the user interface is what i would had expected sharing resemblance to the skype on my notebook. Decent user expererience with acceptable call quality over my wifi network, but the quality over GPRS is as lousy as you can imagine. So don't bother giving it a try.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Microsoft offered $33 a share, and Yahoo countered with $37 a share. The talks went nowhere from there. Microsoft was also concerned with the lack of friendly integration and other major strategic problems, including the email monopoly that would arise from the merger of the two companies, as well as any outsourcing ad deal Yahoo might sign with Microsoft archrival Google before Microsoft completed an acquisition.
At several points during the last few weeks, Yahoo execs had asked for over $40-a-share to consummate the deal, a price which Microsoft rejected. Yahoo’s Yang subsequently called Ballmer with the lower $37 price, which was discussed today.
$33 had been a good deal for Yahoo as it was a good premium. The acquisition would had improved the morale of Yahoo's staff and also prop up their stock price even further. With the acquisition being called off, Yahoo would definitely have a tougher time ahead and its stock price should dive when its traded tomorrow.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
The charger comes with a very thin adapter which you place on the back of the phone and all you need to do is place your phone on the pad and it will charge, wirelessly.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Nokia Comes With Music is expected to launch in the second half of 2008 on a range of Nokia devices in selected markets. The concept bundles ‘free’ music into the price of the hardware, so that buyers of selected Nokia devices can download tracks to mobile or PC via Nokia Music Store for 12 months. At the end of the one year period, they can keep their downloaded tracks for good. Thereafter, they can purchase additional tracks from the Nokia Music Store, or move on to a Nokia “unlimited access” subscription service.
Source : Nokia PR