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Apple posts record Q1 results, promises ‘exciting new things’

Just days after its market value briefly went past the $400-billion mark, Apple released its financial results for the first quarter of 2012 revealing record quarterly revenue and profit. The tech giant posted quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06-billion. Highlighting its increasing global dominance, the company reported that international sales accounted for 58% of its revenue in the quarter. The record profits come on the back of massive sales growth in a number of ...

BlackBerry

The big BlackBerry shuffle

RIM The new year has started with some pretty big tech upheavals. The tech and mobile industry is heaving with new products, new deals, and now new CEOs. Research In Motion, (RIM), makers of the BlackBerry solution, announced on Sunday that the founders and co-CEOs of the company Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie had resigned, and that Thorsten Heins, a former Siemens executive who joined the Canadian company only four years ago would take over as CEO with immediate effect. RIM was ...

Mobile

Android least secure, BlackBerry remains king [Report]

Check Point, the IT security solutions company, conducted a survey of 768 IT professionals in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and Japan to gather data about mobile trends in enterprise. The survey found that iOS came out on top as the most common mobile platform connected to corporate environments, which is hardly surprising given its current market share, but it only just edged it over BlackBerry. Participants reported that Apple iOS (30%) and BlackBerry (29%) were the most commonly used mobile ...

General Tech, Tablets

Ultrabooks set to grow faster than tablets [Report]

Ultrabooks are big news at the moment. The ultra-thin, high-performance computing devices were among the stars of the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The latest research from Juniper Research, a firm that specialises in tech analysis, suggests that it’s not just hype either. According to the firm "shipments of Ultrabooks will grow at three times the rate of tablets over the next five years". This does not, however, mean that ultrabooks are set to overtake tablets as ...

Mobile

Wikimedia, Orange to offer free Wikipedia in Africa, Middle East

The Wikimedia foundation is teaming up with mobile giant Orange to provide access to Wikipedia – without incurring any data charges. The project is reportedly an extension of a partnership forged between Orange and the Wikimedia foundation in 2009. The net result of that partnership, Orange claims, was “the world’s first mobile and internet partnership to expand the reach of Wikimedia’s projects through channels on Orange mobile and web portals in Europe”. The partnership, will see the two providing access to the ...

Future Trends

5 Signs that tech in 2012 will be nothing like we thought

2012-human fingers Apple launched its Macintosh personal computer in 1984 with its much published TV campaign "Why 1984 will not be like 1984". The campaign used an unnamed heroine to represent the coming of the Macintosh as a means of saving humanity from conformity. The slogan played to ones emotions of standing up against ‘Big Brother’, IBM at the time, by buying a Mac. More importantly it served to announce the fact that after the arrival of the Apple Macintosh that 1984 ...

News

YouTube offers big cash prize to budding filmmakers

Everyone’s got a story to tell, so the old saying goes. It seems YouTube believes it too. The world’s most popular video-sharing site is offering US$500 000 for you to tell your story. The competition, called Your Film Festival, is open to anyone with an internet connection and encourages users to submit "a short-story driven video". According to YouTube, the entries can be in "any format -- short film, web-series episode, TV pilot -- and any genre". After a period of ...

Venture capital

VC funding is not a blank cheque with no strings attached

Blank Cheque Receiving venture capital (VC) funding is a significant accomplishment for any entrepreneur as it takes months of hard work and negotiation. Some entrepreneurs believe that once they have secured a funding commitment from an investor, they will have carte blanche with the cash and can report back to their investors as and when it suits them. Nothing could be further from reality. A VC will not write you a cheque for the full amount allowing you to spend it as you ...

News

Facebook, Twitter & Myspace remind Google, ‘Don’t Be Evil’

Engineers from Facebook, Twitter and Myspace took matters into their own hands after being excluded from Google's new social search. Search Plus Your World, unveiled earlier this month, allows social content such as photos and posts from the people you follow on Google+ to be included in regular Google search results. The functionality also aids the discovery of people related to a particular search. The addition to Google search sparked an antitrust debate from Facebook and Twitter who argued that ...

News

Indian PM joins Twitter

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has joined Twitter, reportedly as part of an attempted bid to boost his communication with the country’s young people. The move comes as Singh’s government forges ahead in its attempts to censor "objectionable material" on social media. According to The Next Web, the account will function as on official communication channel between Singh and the Indian people in much the same way as the @whitehouse and @Number10gov accounts do in the US and UK ...

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