Apple, BlackBerry, Microsoft

When the tech market cries ‘unfair’, look behind the numbers

The Marketjpg Share prices are the barometer of market sentiment about companies, but when investors complain that the market is being "unfair", one needs to look beneath the numbers. That’s one argument where in Research in Motion(RIM), Apple and Microsoft would agree. When the share price of RIM recently reached a new seven-year-low, dipping below $17 for the first time since 2004, it represented not only a massive 75% fall from its high for 2010, but also a 30% drop from the day ...

Facebook

Eight risks Facebook could be outsourcing to investors with an IPO

Mark Zuckerberg Mark Zuckerberg is everywhere: interviews on prime time US and foreign TV, features in leading newspapers and magazines -- it's one almighty PR push: Facebook is prepping for an IPO. The reason for the publicity blitz is that once Facebook files for an IPO, it enters a quiet period during which it can't make any public statements that could be construed as marketing the company's stock. But why now? That's also carefully managed. Facebook doesn't want to leave too much money on ...

Apple

Apple should be allowing real browser competition in iOS

Rotten_to_the_Core_by_HaZel2388 Google recently launched its redesigned search app for the iPad. It features a smart, innovative design and could, with just a few extra features like bookmarks, easily become the best browser alternative to Safari on iOS. The reality, though, is that while Apple allows browser apps like the Dolphin Browser that use iOS’s built-in WebKit framework or Opera, which renders all the content on its own servers to get around Apple’s rules, none of these can be used as the ...

Mobile

Five mobile trends to look out for in 2012

NFC The mobile landscape of 2012 is ripe with possibility. Globally, it’s estimated that 5.3-billion people have mobile phones. This means that there are more people picking up a mobile phone every morning than lifting a newspaper. Increasingly, it's not only to make calls and send texts either -- mobile data traffic is trebling every year. Mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones became the highest-selling consumer electronic device category in 2011, amounting to 115-million units in Q3 alone -- according ...

News

Charlie Sheen tweets his number to 5-million+ followers

Hollywood bad boy, Charlie Sheen, has joined the league of celebrities who commit Twitter faux pas. Sheen accidentally tweeted his mobile phone number to his more than 5-million followers. Sheen who was in the eye of a controversial storm with his network due to outburst that resulted in his axing from popular television show Two and half men was attempting to DM Justin Bieber. The actor was apparently dinning at Guy Savoy in Las Vegas when he sent a message ...

Gearburn

Not a Review: Gobii digital photo frame

Most of us need a digital photo frame like we need a hole in the head. In the era of flat panel TVs that we can effortlessly beam images to, or that we can stuff with USB cards filled with an endless supply of inane holiday snaps, or crossing-the-harrassment-line staff party pics, minute details of bloody baby showers and simpering soft-focus wedding pictures, digital photo frames -- even cheap photo frames such as this one from Gobii matter no more ...

News

Steve Jobs biography tops Amazon’s 2011 best-seller list

Steve Jobs Despite being a late entry into this years book market, the 630 page authorised biography of Steve Jobs has emerged as Amazon’s most bought book of 2011. Taking into account both sales of traditional hard-copies of the book and downloads onto Amazon’s Kindle e-readers, Walter Isaacson’s comprehensive and candid telling of the life of the iconic co-founder of the world’s most successful tech company has shot to the top of the list, Amazon announced. Though initially slated for a Christmas release, following ...

Gearburn

New BlackBerry — pic leaked

Images of the Blackberry Milan, the next generation of mobile phones from beleagured manufacturers RIM, have been unceremoniously leaked to the unsuspecting public. While specifications for the Milan are yet to be released, the image paints a clear picture of what to expect from this beautiful-looking BlackBerry. The Milan is part of the new range of smartphones which will rock out with the new BBX OS (now BB10 after losing a trademark spat), first announced at the BlackBerry DevCon in ...

News

YouTube for Schools stops kids watching cat videos, unless they’re educational

The world’s most popular video-sharing platform has rolled out a school-friendly version in an attempt to ensure that learners don't get "distracted by the latest music video or a video of a cute cat, or a video that might not be appropriate for students". According to an official blog post, YouTube for Schools is "a network setting that school administrators can turn on to grant access only to the educational content from YouTube EDU". Explaining the importance of the project, ...

General Tech

With updates being promised, is the Kindle Fire another failed ‘iPad Killer’?

The Amazon Kindle Fire Facing a slew of complaints from early adopters, Amazon is promising an update for its much hyped Kindle Fire tablet, the New York Times reports. The question remains, however, what does this mean for the much-vaunted device's future? "In less than two weeks, we're rolling out an over-the-air update to Kindle Fire," a company spokesman is quoted as saying by the newspaper. As the company presents reviews of the Fire on the website, one would understandably believe them to be overarchingly ...

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