Category Archives: Jan 2013

Twitter to launch Advertising API

There is strong speculating that 2013 will be the year that Twitter will earn $1 billion in advertising revenues. Not only that but Twitter is finally gearing up to launch its advertising API some time in Q1. Aimed at large advertisers and their agencies, it will give them the ability to launch scaled-up campaigns across the social network, and it also opens the door to more sophisticated targeting and analytics tools in the process.

I worry about this, since twitter is a free service meaning they have to make money at the expense of our data. Is Twitter moving towards Facebook where issues around ownership of data and photos becomes a problem.

I guess the only way we will find out is later on, if twitter changes its terms of service.


Behind the Apple Share Price

Apple’s share price tumbled on news of its last quarters financials. 800,000 Apple shares worth $300 million were executed in 17 second intervals, just before the announcement. Coincidence. Inside information.

Many financial bloggers have offered an alternative explanation for Apple’s decline, suggesting the company has run out of growth prospects, highlighting flat quarterly earnings, as reported in comparison to the quarterly income statements from last year.

However, Apple’s earnings for the winter quarter of 2012, included an extra, 14th week. This extra week is added to Apple’s fourth calendar quarter (Apple’s fiscal Q1) every five or six years. That means Apple’s revenue was $4.2 billion in the recent December quarter versus $3.3 billion in the prior-year period. On an equal week basis, revenue in the quarter rose 26.7%. So much for a decline.

Lets not forget Apple’s sizable $132 billion cash pile, the $2.5 billion distribution to shareholders and $2 billion allocated to the company’s stock buyback plan. As part of being a well managed company, Apple defers revenue for Mac and iOS devices, totalling $7.274, it has sold in order to provide free software updates over the course of those products. This aspect adds great value to the longevity of a hardware purchase. This revenue is counted as net sales over the next 8 fiscal quarters.

Apple also declares US tax expenses on its cash holdings in advance, even though it doesn’t have to pay those taxes until it chooses to bring those earnings into the US. In the December quarter, Apple deferred $1.179 billion in income tax expense, resulting in a total of $14.712 billion in tax expenses that Apple has preallocated, but not actually paid. This means should Apple bring the money back into the USA, there will be no further tax expense.

Due to the above, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Apple’s share price stabilise after 2 quarters. By then we should also have seen the release of new products from Apple and its competitors. And hopefully we will see something special.

Huawei Ascend P2 – super slim

UnwiredView reports that the Ascend P2 is expected to offer a 1.8GHz quad-core Huawei HiSilicon K3V2 processor, a 4.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera. It’s also said to feature a large 3,000 mAh battery, which will be packed into a “wafer thin” form factor.

This phone sure looks good but my only concern with the thin design is that battery life could be awful. It’s about time smartphones were given a battery that can last 2 days of heavy use.


11 million of You Photograph your Food!

Come on, own up, have you taken a snap of your plate of food, then uploaded it to a social website or Flickr?

Search for food on Flickr and it returns 11 million entries. Seriously !

However, restaurants are fighting back in some areas, as they do not want the mood destroyed by camera happy people. You see if it the photo was discreet, flash off then perhaps it wouldn’t be so bad. But nowadays people bring tripods, or table pods and create a scene.

To combat this, some restaurants are quickly asking the patrons into the kitchens whereby they can photograph their food without disturbing the other guests.

I think we really need to sort the root cause of the problem out and stop photographing your food, but then why should we. My ice cream looks magically.

RIM might sell Hardware Division

In the news is the story that RIM might sell its hardware side. To be honest I didn’t find this a surprise. The company is going through some tough times and if the transformation to BB10 isn’t a success all options would naturally have to be considered.

So if the hardware division is sold, is this a bad move. I don’t think so as there are other companies that can manufacture state of the art hardware. Not add the BB10 software and you could be left with something special.

However, what is really important is the services Blackberry can provide as an Eco system and as a wider picture. It has worked out that apps are important, and has offered cash incentives for developers to submit apps. The numbers of apps being submitted are substantial. It will be interesting to see on the day of the announcement, just how many apps are available, the quality and range.

Personally I would like Blackberry to survive as we need more competition. Lets see what happens at the end of this month.

Blackberry Enterprise Server news

BlackBerry’s just replaced its Mobile Fusion brand with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. BES 10, which is now available for download, that not only supports the upcoming fleet of BB 10 phones and existing BlackBerry hardware, but Android and iOS devices as well. With the software, businesses can use a web-based interface to manage applications and data on company-issued devices or personal hardware that’s welcomed into the fold.

Here is a video explaining more.

Archos iPad Keyboard

Archos has brought out a slim Bluetooth keyboard cover for the iPad.

It’s 5mm thick and weighs 240g which apparently makes it one of the thinnest and lightest Bluetooth keyboards. It also has a number of iPad key shortcuts which is very handy. And all for the price of $80.

Recently there seems to be a number of iPad keyboard covers being released from Zagg and Logitech too. Problem is it does make the combined package really heavy but I suppose if you need a proper keyboard then this might work for you. Personally, I find the iPad on screen keyboard fast enough.