Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Video: Chinese green plans for electric cars stuck in neutral shift

There are those who keep pushing the idea that China today is a new capitalist super power, where everything is done right and everything is perfect. Here's evidence #14332 that taking a closer look changes the whole picture:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Apple to Amazon: All your profits are ours, Amazon: suck eggs

The headline is pretty much a summery of what happened today in response to Apple's attempt to confiscate profits from companies selling on their app-store. Talk about an aggressive corporation using its monopoly, where's the regulator exactly? In bed with the evil corporation? Lobbied and paid for within a certain party?

Sidestepping Apple: From Amazon to Condé Nast, Companies Rethink App Strategies

For some reason, buying at Amazon a tablet that is not an iPad begins to make a hell of a lot more sense.

Asus Eee tablet, that's right!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Apple hoards more cash than GDP of 126 countries, 76.2 Billion dollars

Hey, guess which "green" company is making a ton of money on backs of cheap chinese labor while this nation is suffering from massive unemployment...

For Apple, a $76 Billion Dilemma
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL - News) has built up a $76.2 billion cash hoard. Now the question is what the company intends to do with the money pile.

On Tuesday, the Cupertino, Calif., company disclosed cash, including short-term and long-term marketable securities, for the quarter ended June 25 increased 15.8% since March to $76.2 billion. That's more than the gross domestic product of 126 countries, including nations such as Ecuador, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka and Costa Rica, according to data from the World Bank.

The gigantic sum on Wednesday prompted some investors to call for it to use some of the cash for dividend payouts. "If they can't find ways to use it to grow, they should be returning it to shareholders," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Asset Management, which owns Apple stock.

[More from WSJ.com: Apple's Lion Brings PCs Into Tablet Era]

Asked to comment, an Apple spokesman referred to a long-standing policy as outlined by Chief Executive Steve Jobs last October. "We strongly believe that one or more very strategic opportunities may come along that we can take that we're in a unique position to take advantage of because of our strong cash position," he said at the time.

The cash puts Apple at the head of a pack of large technology companies that have been stockpiling cash in recent years. Microsoft Corp., for example, has built up its cash levels to $60.9 billion, including equity and others investments as of March. Google Inc. has $39.1 billion and Cisco Systems Inc. $43.4 billion by a similar measure as of their latest reporting periods.

Many corporations have accumulated cash because of economic uncertainty over the last several years.


I believe in capitalism, but what exactly is Apple doing with all that cash?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Blogger to be renamed to "Google Blogs"?

Just hope they don't change the blogspot domain, because that'll be a killer to hundreds of thoughsands of functioning existing sites out there.

Google to retire Blogger & Picasa brands
Say goodbye to the Picasa and Blogger names: Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products, Mashable has learned.

The move is part of a larger effort to unify its brand for the public launch of Google+, the search giant's social initiative.

Blogger and Picasa aren't going away, of course -- they're two of Google's most popular products. Instead, according to two sources familiar with the matter, Google intends to rename Picasa "Google Photos" and Blogger will become "Google Blogs."

Several other Google brands are likely to be affected, though our sources made it clear that YouTube would not be rebranded. The technology giant shut down Google Video, its failed web video service, in May.

The move isn't without precedent; Google acquired JotSpot in 2006 and rebranded it as Google Sites in 2008. In 2007, Google acquired VOIP platform GrandCentral and relaunched it as Google Voice in 2009.

The future of TV: internet, internet, internet

I know a few people who have cancelled Cable/Dish and were relying only on internet and netflix subscription for entertainment. What are the chances that actual TV channels will be internet only and be the default channels of future viewers?

Half of TVs to Have Internet Connectivity by 2015
About 47 percent of total flat-panel televisions shipped in four years will have Internet connectivity, as manufacturers bet on the expansion of Netflix and direct-to-consumer offerings from content producers like Time Warner’s HBO.

This figure, about 138 million units, is up from 25 percent of flat panels with WiFi capability shipped this year, according to a quarterly report by DisplaySearch, a unit of research firm NPD group. By the end of 2015, more than 500 million connected TVs will be shipped, according to DisplaySearch.

It may be no coincidence then that Netflix jumped to an all-time high on Tuesday, the same day as the release of this report. Investors also seemed to cheer the announcement from the leader in Internet streaming that it would be expanding into Latin America. The company had previous success with its first international move into Canada.