Tuesday, September 30, 2008
It took just five quarters to amass the latest billion additions which had taken many years to reach the 1st billion, says Informa. There will be four billion mobile subscriptions globally at the end of 2008, according to the latest forecasts from Informa Telecoms & Media.
However, the rise of global mobile subscription numbers is set to slow, with Informa suggesting the five billionth subscription will be signed up during 4Q 2011, with worldwide penetration reaching in excess of 70 per cent.
Only in Africa will penetration at the end of 2011 be below 50 per cent with most of the major countries surpassing at least 70% by then. It is obvious that the mobile industry will see a slowdown in growth as it is simply untenable for the extraordinary growth witnessed over the last 18 months to continue after all in many developed countries, it has reached critical mass.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
China Mobile has been in on/off talks with Apple ever since the iPhone was launched. The talks broke down in January but resumed again in July.
Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s meteoric rise to fame from an obscure government official in a very cold place to a bona fide rock star known worldwide continues unabated. Ordinarily, I’d take this as just some politician bashing by a celebrity. But the thing is, Gina Gershon looks so freakin’ much like Sarah Palin that by the end of this (which involves the actual “stripping”) it’s hard to tell who’s who and which part is the joke.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The Vodafone commercial is shot in candid-camera style, where little boys ‘innocently’ expose and take advantage of attractive women. Ordinary guys like you and me would had been slapped and yelled at for doing any of these things, but the kids get a smile and hug instead, because they’re adorable. The commercial tagline drives the point home: “Some things work only until a certain age. So make the most of being young.”
Friday, September 26, 2008
CNBC has put together a quick slideshow list of the top 10 largest Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in US history. The size and magnitude of Lehman's bankruptcy is unimaginable making the 2nd largest bankruptcy of Worldcom seems small in comparison.
10. United Airlines; Assets: $25.2 billion; Date Filed: Dec. 9, 2002
9. Pacific Gas and Electric; Assets: $29.8 billion; Date Filed: April 6, 2001
8. Global Crossing; Assets: $30.2 billion; Date Filed: Jan. 28, 2002
7. Refco; Assets: $33.3 billion; Date Filed: Oct. 17, 2005
6. Financial Corp. of America; Assets: $33.9 billion; Date Filed: Sept. 9, 1988
5. Texaco; Assets: $35.9 billion; Date Filed: April 12, 1987
4. Conseco; Assets: $61.4 billion; Date Filed: Dec. 18, 2002
3. Enron; Assets: $63.4 billion; Date Filed: Dec. 2, 2001
2. Worldcom; Assets: $103.9 billion; Date Filed: July 21, 2002
1. Lehman Brothers; Pre-Bankruptcy Assets: $639 billion; Date Filed: Sept. 15, 2008
via Biggest Chapter 11 Cases [CNBC]
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I hope you enjoy this movie and share it with those who are close to you. Its truly meaningful and inspiring.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Amazon will optimize a new version of the Amazon MP3 application for the T-Mobile G. Users downloading music from the store will require a WiFi connection, but they may search, browse and listen to samples anywhere across T-Mobile's network footprint. Amazon MP3 prices its 100 bestselling songs at 89 cents, with more than 1 million more songs available at the same price point; its 100 bestselling albums are $8.99 or less, with most albums priced from $5.99 to $9.99, and more than 80 percent of its album catalog priced at $8.99 or less.
This is one of Obama's new anti-McCain ads shows a old "brick" looking Motorola cell phone to illustrate how old the Republican candidate is.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Its officially out!! T-Mobile will be introducing G1, the world's 1st Android powered mobile phone. Here is the official press release from Google :
Introducing the T-Mobile G1 with Google, the first phone powered by Android, an innovative mobile software platform. Available for T-Mobile customers spanning two continents, the T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes popular Google services such as Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube and others.
With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Web Search,
T-Mobile customers can now get instant answers on the go to all of their questions and stay connected in more ways than ever before. The T-Mobile G1 is also the first phone to provide access to Android Market, where customers can find and download unique applications to expand and personalize their phone to fit their lifestyle.
Key Features will include:
· Intuitive user interface and hinged touch screen that slides open to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard
· Convenient trackball for one-handed navigation
· Three color options in the U.S. - white, brown and black
· One-click contextual search to instantly find relevant information with a touch of a finger
· Full HTML Web browser and zoom function that expands any page section by simply tapping on the screen
· One-touch access to popular Google applications including Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube and others
· Google Maps provides map information, satellite imagery, local business info and driving directions as well as MyLocation to let users know where they are; Google Maps Street View syncs with the built-in compass on the phone – an industry first – to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand
· Google Maps Street View for virtual street-level exploration while on the go
· Rich HTML email client, which seamlessly syncs e-mail from most other POP3 or IMAP mail services, including Gmail; displays photos and graphics right along with the text
· A beta version of Android Market for access to new, innovative software applications to personalize your device to fit your life from games, music and on-the-go shopping
· At-Launch Applications:
o ShopSavvy: designed to help people do comparative shopping
o Ecorio: developed to help people keep track of their daily travels and view what their carbon footprint looks like
o BreadCrumbz: enables people to create a step-by-step visual map using photos; customers can create their own routes, share them with friends or with the world
o Amazon MP3 Store (pre-installed on device): enables people to search DRM-free, full-track MP3 music and download that music from Amazon directly to their device using a Wi-Fi connection
· Built-in support for T-Mobile’s 3G (HSDPA) and EDGE network as well as Wi-Fi; T-Mobile G1 will seamlessly transfer between 3G and accessible Wi-Fi networks including T-Mobile HotSpot locations worldwide
· Built-in support for YouTube allows customers to enjoy the website’s originally-created content, easily navigate through YouTube’s familiar video browsing categories or search for specific videos
· Built-in instant messaging client with support for Google Talk, AOL, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger
· Support for advanced text messaging features to easily flag, delete or move groups of messages and keep track of group conversations through threaded text messaging
· 3-megapixel camera with photo-sharing capabilities
· Music player supports MP3, M4A (iTunes AAC, DRM-free), AMR, WMA, MIDI, WAV, OGG Vorbis
· Pre-installed 1 GB Micro SD memory card that can hold approximately 500 songs (device supports up to an 8GB memory card)
· 11 pre-loaded songs including tracks from The Helio Sequence, Kinski and Flight of the Conchords
· GPS capabilities
· Voice recognition, voice dialing and speakerphone
· GSM/GPRS/EDGE/Wi-Fi and UMTS/HSDPA
· Up to 130 hours standby, up to 5 hours talk time
· Dimensions: 4.60” x 2.16” x 0.62”; Weight: 5.6 ounces; Display: 3.17 inches
What I find most odd about the reported details of the G1 to date is its price of $199.
At this price point Android goes directly up against the iPhone which has been around for around 15 months and has sold millions of units. In addition, the iPhone has a slicker interface and is much “sexier”. As Android will be addressing a very similar market to the iPhone, i.e. early adopter, wealthy, high tech users thus, it's unlikely that we will see Gphones in the emerging or mass markets any time soon.
So T-Mobile and Google are going to need to work harder to persuade punters not to buy an iPhone. Much as alpha geeks salivate at the prospect of applications on their mobile, normal mobile users wont care less.
Alongside today’s T-Mobile G1 announcement, Google has also released v1.0 of the Android SDK to the masses. With this release, developers can make sure the compatibility of their development.
Unfortunately i m not able to provide much review of the phone as i have yet to try it out myself. I would love to get my hands on one as I m sure its going to be made available soon in China.
For demonstration on how Google-powered Android apps work pls check out the video below.
For specific information on pricing and availability, please visit www.t-mobileg1.com.
"Swype will let you swipe your finger across the keyboard when writing. No more lifting your fingers, no more pressing the wrong letters. It will even have support for stylus too, so you will be kind of ice-skating on the surface of your handset. There’s predictive text too and there are lots of editing choices."
Monday, September 22, 2008
Some mind boggling losses from the last few weeks of Wall Street madness. Here's a list of the losses in market capitalization for 25 of the biggest financials since their rough peaks in October 2007.
Keep in mind that these companies are not exactly emerging small cap coys but rather blue chips some of which had already been kicked out of the Dow Jones Industry average.
These losses include:
1. A I G -Then: $178.8 billion... Now: $5.46 billion. Down 96.95%
2. Bank of America -Then: $236.5 billion... Now: $123.4 billion. Down: 47.82%
3. Citigroup -Then: $236.7 billion... Now: $76.34 billion. Down 67.75%
4. Merrill Lynch - Then: $63.9 billion... Now: $30.2 billion. Down 52.74%
5. Fannie Mae - Then: $64.8 billion... Now: $0.45 billion. Down 99.3%
6. Morgan Stanley - Then: $73.1 billion... Now: $41.1 billion. Down 43.78%
7. Wachovia - Then: $98.3 billion... Now: $19.44 billion. Down 80.22%
8. JP Morgan Chase - Then: $161 billion... Now: $130.2 billion. Down 19.13%
9. Capital One Financial - Then: $29.9 billion... Now: $16.9 billion. Down 43.48%
10. Washington Mutual - Then: $31.1 billion... Now: $3.64 billion. Down 88.3%
11. Lehman Bros. - Then: $34.4 billion... Now: $0.80 billion. Down 97.6%
12. Goldman Sachs - Then: 97.7 billion... Now: $40.6 billion. Down 58.7%
13. Wells Fargo - Then: $124.1 billion... Now: $111.25 billion. Down 10.35%
14 National City - Then: $16.4 billion... Now: $2.8 billion. Down 83%
15. Fifth Third Bancorp - Then: $18.8 billion... Now: $7.9 billion. Down 57.6%
16. American Express - Then: $74.8 billion... Now: $37.5 billion. Down 49.87%
17. Freddie Mac - Then: $41.5 billion... Now: $0.16 billion. Down 58.7%
18. Suntrust Banks - Then: $27 billion... Now: $16.07 billion. Down 58.7%
19. BB&T - Then: $23.2 billion... Now: $18.4 billion. Down 20.69%
20. Marshall & Ilsley - Then: $11.6 billion... Now: $4.48 billion. Down 61.3%
21. Keycorp - Then: $13.2 billion... Now: $5.68 billion. Down 56.97%
22. Legg Mason— Then: $11.4 billion...Now: $4.96 billion. Down 56.49%
23. Comerica— Then: $8.3 billion...Now: $4.74 billion. Down 42.89%
24. Countrywide Financial: Then: $11.1 billion...Now: $0.00 billion. Down 100%
25. Bear Stearns— Then: $14.8 billion...Now: $ 0.00 billion. Down 100%
Together these 25 companies alone have lost investors a total of $992,690,000,000 over the last 12 months... or nearly 1 trillion dollars.
Texting while driving is more dangerous than being under the influence of alcohol or marijuana.
U.K. researchers used a driving simulator to test motorists between the age of 17 and 24, and found their reaction time was slowed 35 percent as they sent or received texts. Comparably, it only dropped 21 percent under the influence of marijuana, and 12 percent after consuming alcohol.
Texting drivers also saw their steering control suffer at a 91 percent degradation, and had trouble maintaining a safe distance from the cars around them.
We'd just like to let this study's researchers know that if they ever need to do further testing involving drunk and stoned subjects operating driving simulators, they should immediately contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The video ad was conceived to launch Nokia’s new phones, gaming service and music store. This is one of my favorite video that i always used for my keynote speeches and presentation. The short video clip of 2 1/2 minutes manages to cover the impact that four screens - movie, TV, computer and cell phone screens have on our lives. It was a pretty amazing accomplishment in just 2 1/2 minutes, considering the scope the commercial covered.
The movie screen starts off as socially interactive as people meet in the cinema. TV and computers, however, did the opposite leading to people withdrawing into their own worlds. Nokia hopes that cell phones will be able to bring the community spirit back again.
I m sure by the end of the clip you will agree that the powerful 4th screen had brought us back out to the community and re-engage ourselves with the world and sharing what ever we see and experience. In fact, i had used my Nokia N95 8G to capture the birth of my new baby girl, Arianne both on photos and video clips and posted them on a special blog at PrincessArianne.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The new Bonds underwear commercial stars an Australian YouTuber who became a star for his skills and tricks with soccer balls. Kane’s YouTube account is full of videos of him busting all sorts of cool moves with a soccer ball, freestyle.
This goes to show you how our world is changing. From famous bloggers to stars and models that were discovered on YouTube and Myspace. It’s easier than ever before to promote yourself when you have real talent.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.
'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.
You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life! You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS ....
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.
But! wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, and REACH 50 andMAKE IT to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!
You get into ! your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST ; 92.'
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3.Keep learning! Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain stayidle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's family name is Alzheimer's .
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5.Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them , at every opportunity.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
"LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS WE TAKE, BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY."
If you have any great moments, you are welcome to share with all of us.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Check it out! The latest commercial has Bill, but no Jerry. It actually drives home that a lot of people use a PC and not everyone looks like Apple’s PC character. Inspiring and intelligent...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sony Ericsson is in discussions with the large music labels about the service which would be a perfect added value product for it’s popular Walkman phones.Despite producing some of the higher quality music phones Sony Ericsson has seen a decline in market share recently and analysts feel they are now being pushed into the “all you can eat” music service by competitors.
There is no doubt that bundling unlimited music downloads will help sell mobile phones but Sony will have to pursuade networks such as EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG (current partners in the pay as you download PlayNow Arena operated by Sony Ericsson) that unlimited downloads are a viable business model.
Nokia’s planned service includes DRM so if Sony Ericsson can offer unrestricted downloads they would gain an early advantage over their competition.
With all the hypes on unlimited music download, i m not sure whether both Sony Erisson and Nokia will see big money as there is little the service could do to immediately prop up their revenue. I m not even sure whether phone buyers will fork out the extra money to pay for the music download service especially they can rip it off from the internet and CD for free at the present moment. Lets see....
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
With the first Android-powered handset launch by T-Mobile on the 23rd sept, Google’s finally getting around to showing the OS up and running on a live handset although not mentioning the maker of the handset but its a known fact that HTC will be the 1st to use the Android software.
They showed the goods today at Google’s Developer Day today in London, the video is not on high res though but i m sure you get the feel of it and hopefully the high res clip will be out soon.
Forbes China short-listed 194 mainland cities from a pool of 652 candidates with an annual GDP above 19 billion yuan in 2006.
Of the top 42 cities, 10 are from Jiangsu province, nine are from Zhejiang and seven are from Guangdong. Cities in the Yangtze River Delta rated well, despite the gloomy global economic outlook, the survey said.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
At 955am sharp today (16 Sept 2008), baby Arianne Foo was borned into the wonderful arms of both me and my wife. I m already a dad twice and this is my 3rd time becoming dad again. Its a feeling thats hard to explain and i dont think there will ever be a word to describe my joy and happiness. You can check out for more info about my new baby at Princess Arianne's blog that i had started just days before her delivery.
Its going to be a great Christmas gift as the service will be pre-installed on pay-as-you-go and contract handsets and will offer users unlimited music downloads for the first year and definitely first of its kind in world.
Prices are unavailable at present but according to Nokia market research indicates that customers may be willing to pay up to £300 for handsets with unlimited downloads included.
Monday, September 15, 2008
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Friday, September 12, 2008
Beginning in the second week of October, China will start issuing one year multi-entry F visas, making it far more convenient for those traveling to China on business to enter the country. The new measures will certainly be the best welcome news to China-bound business people visiting the country. For those who had left the country, this is your opportunity to make a come back to China.
Honestly, i dont get it. Here are two elderly men who were practically talking about discount shoes for almost 1 minute and it was not until when both of them got out of the shoe shop that the started talking about Microsoft. And, don’t forget the gratuitous subtitles for the Spanish-speaking onlookers. What’s that all about?
And for that Jerry Seinfeld gets $10 million! Thats easy money for him of course. I m disappointed with how the ad came out as i had expected more from Microsoft. If this was what they could do to counter the Apple's Mac vs PC campaign, they havent done enough. At least Apple’s commercials, which highlight Windows as old and stodgy compared to the young and hip Mac OS X, talk about computing and it hits the message hard and clear.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The handset has many features for the mobile professional. It's capable of push e-mail and instant messaging, and there's an Office documentviewer built-in. Users can also surf the Web with the HTML browser and check the news on the RSS reader.
The handset also has a dual slider design and it sports a 2.8-inch screen that can automatically adjust depending on how the user is holding it. There also a 5-megapixel camera that has Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, video recording capability, and a flash.
Monday, September 8, 2008
2007 may not have been “the year of mobile marketing,” but with the iPhone launch and other under-the-hood improvements, mobile marketers moved past the experimental stage. Still, compared to other interactive platforms, in 2008 mobile will remain small in overall spending.
eMarketer forecasts that worldwide mobile marketing and advertising spending will reach $19 billion by 2012. Its good growth, but not great if you compare it with the total Global Ad Spend which should be between $600-750 billion.
True market maturity will require huge investments of money, time, talent, and negotiation among brands, agencies, mobile carriers and mobile service providers.
A recent report published by Screen Digest predicts that mobile media ad spending in the US will increase from $88 million in 2008 to $700 million over the next 4 years. The report, titled “Mobile Media Advertising Opportunities: The Market for Advertising on TV, Video and Games“, also predicts that more developed mobile markets, such as Japan and South Korea, would have higher ad revenues than the US for mobile TV, gaming, UGC and VoD services.
Juniper research predicts that mobile ad spend will pass $1 billion in 2008 driven by mobile TV and reach $7.6 billion by 2013. The report also estimates that mobile TV will be the most lucrative service in mobile advertising by 2010 ($2.5 billion in 2013), while idle-screen advertising will become an important part of mobile advertising (reaching $500 million in 2013).
According to Juniper, China and the Far East will remain the largest regional market for mobile adspend with revenues reaching more than $2.1 billion by 2012. Until critical issues such as lack of inventory, reach and common metrics are resolved, advertisers will not commit big budgets to mobile advertising.
Data pricing structures, handset and mobile web usability, content quality and the lack of audience metrics to measure effectiveness are preventing mobile advertising from reaching its market potential.Although the promise of millions of iPhones and other devices to deliver a mass mobile media audiencein the US is great, it remains more promise than mainstream reality.
Only 15% of responding ad executives in the Screen Digest study said that they had used mobile advertising. Similarly, more than six out of 10 responding agency executives in a December 2007 study by iMedia said they would not put a large portion of their 2008 online budgets into mobile.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
10% : Average economic growth per year for the last 15 years
$1.3 trillion : Beijing's total foreign exchange reserves
800pc : The increase in output per head over the last 30 years
3rd : In 1978, China was 23rd in the league table of trading nations; last year it was third
45% : The rise in the value of the Shanghai stock exchange since February
15% : Average growth in exports per year between 1990 and 2005
1st : China is the world's largest consumer and producer of steel, cement, colour televisions and meat
60% : Thirty years ago, more than 80 per cent of the Chinese population lived in the countryside; today, less than 60 per cent do
$18 billion : The total trade deficit the US ran up with China in March alone
Saturday, September 6, 2008
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Monday, September 1, 2008
Being hailed as the world’s smallest karaoke cube, Hi-Kara measures 70x70x70mm and features a 2.4” LCD screen which displays lyrics. It also comes with a headset that can be shared between two people.
Cant see why mobile operators and manufacturers in China cant jump onto this business idea afterall karaoke is a big business in China. I m sure the mobile phones can be karaoke-enabled easily and songs to be downloaded straight into the mobile over the air or even sideload it from the PC.