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Nokia has just reported is results for Q1 2013 with sales of $ 7.6 billion and a loss per share of $ 0.03 — a mixed result compared to analyst estimates, who had expected a loss per share of $ 0.05 on revenues of $ 8.65 billion (€6.6 billion). That estimated loss per share is effectively half of what it was a year ago, when Nokia posted a loss of $ 0.08 per share. Analysts had also estimated that Nokia would report sales of 5.6 million Lumia devices for the quarter, and there Nokia was right on target. The company has been building out the range of handsets it’s been selling in the last quarter, extending further into midrange and less expensive models. These are small but encouraging signs. To put these Lumia sales numbers in to context, a Reuters survey estimates that in the same quarter, Samsung has shipped 61.6 million smartphones, while Apple has shipped 36.9 million. In its Q4 2012 results Nokia posted better-than-expected results, with 4.4 million sales of its new Windows Phone Lumia smartphones and sales of $ 10.7 billion, but it also warned of a weaker Q1. At the time, Nokia said it expected operating margin to be negative 2%, plus or minus four percentage points, citing “competitive industry dynamics” that have negative impact on smart devices and mobile phones. In other words, ever more competition from Apple and Samsung, which continue to keep a stronghold on smartphone sales, even as Windows Phone models, led by Nokia, are seeing gains. Indeed, Nokia noted that although Lumia smartphones continue to “ramp up” this may not offset larger consumer demand or the wider economic environment. It also noted last quarter that it expected Location & Commerce non-IFRS operating margin in the first quarter 2013 to be negative “due to lower recognized revenue from internal sales, which carry higher gross margin, and to a lesser extent by a negative mix shift within external sales.” CEO Stephen Elop announced in February that its mapping division would rebrand as “Here,” dropping the Nokia name, partly so that it could better target cross-platform business. Indeed, not only does it power Amazon’s location services, but Nokia’s maps are also available for Android and iOS, in addition to Windows Phone. More to come
Warby Parker Opens Retail Store In NYC, With Boston Up Next, Beats Google & Amazon To The Offline Punch
Hip online eyewear startup Warby Parker has, over the last two years, been partnering with boutiques to open “stores-within-stores,” or small Warby Parker showrooms, where customers could try on their eyeglasses in 3-D. These showrooms popped up in L.A., Nashville, San Francisco and many others. Today Warby Parker officially announced its first, flagship retail store in SoHo in New York City.
April Fools’ Day is tough. Believe us. We know. It’s 24 hours of fake news, bad jokes and Gangnam Style references. But not all of it is the internet equivalent to lining a toilet with plastic wrap. Sometimes, good stuff manages to slip through the proverbial cracks in the web. After the break, check out some of the holiday’s highlights. If you dare.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “Veoh has once again beaten the record companies; in fact it has beaten them in every round, only to have been forced out of business by the attorneys fees it expended to do so. I guess that’s the record companies’ strategy to do an ‘end around’ the clear wording of the DMCA ‘safe harbor’: outspend them until they fold. Back in 2009 the lower court dismissed UMG’s case (PDF) on the ground that Veoh was covered by the DMCA ‘safe harbor’ and had complied with takedown notices. The record companies of course appealed. And they of course lost. Then, after the Viacom v. YouTube decision by the 2nd Circuit, which ruled that there were factual issues as to some of the videos, they moved for rehearing in UMG v. Veoh. Now, in a 61-page decision (PDF), the 9th Circuit has once again ruled that the statute means what it says, and rejected each and every argument the record companies made. Sadly, though, it did not award attorneys fees.”
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judgecorp writes “The Russian search engine Yandex has beaten Microsoft in the search engine rankings, taking fourth place behind Google, China’s Baidu and Yahoo, according to ComScore. The result won’t be encouraging for Microsoft, which will also be disappointed to see Bing behind its partner Yahoo.”
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Samsung’s full results aren’t scheduled until January 25, but its Q4 financial estimates are looking promising – says Samsung, the company had a record profit of $ 8.3 billion. If that number’s too big to visualize, try looking at it from a different perspective: the Korean company sold nearly 500 smartphones per minute, in addition to
mikejuk writes “Every January it is traditional to compare the state of the languages as indicated by the TIOBE index. So what’s up and what’s down this year? There have been headlines that C# is the language of the year, but this is based on a new language index. What the TIOBE index shows is that Java is no longer number one as it has been beaten by C — yes C not C++ or even Objective C.”
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Samsung Galaxy SIII Beats iPhone 4S To Be Top-Selling Smartphone Globally In Q3; iPhone 5 To Be Top In Q4: Analyst
The Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone overtook Apple’s iPhone 4S to become the world’s best selling smartphone in Q3, according to figures from analyst Strategy Analytics. The analyst does not expect the Galaxy SIII to hold the number one handset title next quarter — in Q4, it’s predicting the newer iPhone 5 will out-ship Samsung’s flagship.
In case you haven’t noticed, rapper Dr. Dre has his own line of headphones. They’re called “Beats By Dre” and until now, they were made in concert with the company Monster. Apparently that has changed now and Beats are its own thing now, and that’s good. I’m not a fan of Monster products, but that’s a story for another day.
I went on a bit of a tirade on Twitter about how Beats were replacing your old overpriced pieces of crap with new overpriced pieces of crap, so the company reached out to me and asked if I’d check them out and review them. I obliged.
Tata Consultancy Services on Friday reported strong revenue and profit growth in the third quarter, citing a pick-up in discretionary spending by customers.
No matter which way you cut it, the Android-based Wikipad gaming tablet — dubbed as much despite not having any connection to Wikipedia — is unusually expensive. As a 10.1-inch Android tablet, it’s comparably priced with the leaders of the market (of the Apple and Samsung variety). The obvious problem comparatively with the big dogs: visibility. What is Wikipad, anyway? And who made it?
“This is our first product into the market,” consummate salesman and Wikipad CEO James Bower told us in an interview earlier this week — yes, the company’s name is shared with its first product. “We’ve self-funded the whole concept to this point with a couple of us founders. No VC money or anything,” he said (the company did, however, just close its first round of venture capital funding for marketing costs, post-development). Bower’s company took the idea of an Android-based gaming tablet with a proprietary, physical (and removable) gamepad from concept to reality in the last year, first revealing the tablet at CES 2012. “We’ve been able to accomplish a lot very efficiently and very effectively to this point,” Bower said, in reference to the approximately 80 people who created the device.
That said, despite our positive hands-on time with the Wikipad (even in its prototype state), $ 500 is a heck of a lot of money to plunk down on an unproven device from an unproven company. The argument gets harder when you remember Sony’s PlayStation Vita — an arguably much nicer device with a far larger library of gaming content that costs half the Wikipad’s price at $ 249.99. Bower doesn’t see the logic in this argument. “It’s double the price, but it’s also double the size,” he pointed out. “If you buy a tablet that’s seven inches, you can get a $ 199 tablet — it’s called a Google Nexus or a Kindle Fire. If you’re gonna get a full 10-inch tablet, a tablet to this quality, you’re gonna spend $ 499 to $ 749 … if we were talking about a 7-inch device or a 5-inch device, and we were at this price point, then it’d be a different story.” Admittedly, the tablet — as a standalone device — isn’t too shabby. But will it woo consumers away from the likes of Apple and Samsung? Bower hopes as much, but we’re not so sure.
Gallery: Wikipad hands-on
Research In Motion reported a net loss of $ 235 million for the second quarter on revenues of $ 2.9 billion.
Nokia and Samsung aren’t the only phone makers embracing Microsoft’s next-generation mobile OS. Today, HTC unveiled a pair of colorful handsets that have Windows Phone 8 in their names.
With Windows Phone 8 reportedly launching on October 29, the rumor mill has been working overtime lately. The latest Windows Phone 8 rumor comes courtesy of The Verge and concerns HTC. Apparently, HTC’s Windows Phone 8 devices will come with support for Beats Audio, which isn’t all that surprising to hear considering that HTC has
There may be a debate concerning which tablet between the third-gen iPad and the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the better choice for consumers, but when it comes to profit margins, IHS has found that Samsung is the clear winner. A preliminary teardown performed by IHS shows that Samsung is making a pretty healthy margin on
CIStud writes “A new poll conducted of IT industry executives and integrators shows a divided and unsure industry regarding which presidential candidate is better for Information Technology to prosper. The poll, conducted by JZ Analytics on behalf of CompTIA, shows ‘Not Sure’ winning in four out of five areas. President Obama holds and edge over Mitt Romney in every category, including which person is best for the IT industry in terms of tax policy (remarkably), access to capital, tech exports, education and privacy.”
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Cisco beat fourth quater analyst expectations with net sales up 4% compared to last year. Overall revenues were $ 11.7 billion with reporting of 47 cents per share. For the year, net sales were $ 46.1 billion , up 7% compared to last year. Analysts had forecast a profit of 45 cents a share, on revenue of $ 11.62 billion, according to FactSet. Looking ahead to its fiscal first-quarter, analysts expect a profit of 46 cents and revenue of $ 11.67 billion, or year-over-year growth of 4%. Net income for the year was $ 8 billion. Cisco CEO John Chambers warned analysts back in May of a “cautious IT spending environment” and a “very slow painful progress” in a market recovery. But that may been an over cautious view for the telecommunications giant. Most noteworthy is the growth in data center revenues. Revenues were up 90% compared to last year. Revenues compared to last year were up 42%. Chambers cited its unified data center strategy as a driver for the company’s growth. He referred to the company’s focus on unified network, compute and storage as a driver for the growth. Chambers made a point of discussing VCE, Cisco’s partnership with VMware and EMC to offer converged infrastructure environments. He said orders were up 58% compared to last year. Story is developing. We’ll continue to update as mor news comes available.
Yelp today reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2012, its second ever financial report as a publicly-traded company. Overall, the reviews site showed continued top-line revenue growth and a smaller net loss than it has posted in the past — a performance that bested the estimates of Wall Street analysts.
HTC has scaled back its role in Beats Audio, with the headphones manufacturer buying back half of HTC’s shares in the company as the smartphone firm struggles to find its feet once more. Described as “a realignment of their business agreement” the deal will see Beats buy 25-percent of HTC’s 50/50 holding, ending up with
Beats increases its share ownership to 75%, lets HTC keep majority stake, ‘commercial exclusivity in mobile’
Although HTC and Beats are just shy of the one-year anniversary of their 300 million dollar partnership, it looks like the two are again growing apart. In a letter to shareholders today, it’s been announced that the original owners of Beats plan to buy back 25 percent of its own shares, for a total ownership stake of 75 percent. That said, HTC will still retain nearly 25 percent of the remaining shares for itself, ensuring that it remains the largest external shareholder. As the release puts it, this new setup “provides Beats with more flexibility for global expansion while maintaining HTC’s major stake and commercial exclusivity in mobile.” All in all, it seems like this is more about shifting priorities given recent news like Beats’ MOG acquisition, but it wouldn’t make eventual breakup all that unsurprising given the partnership’s mixed results. For now, you can hit up the press release for all the details.
Sure, we’re often mistaken for some of hip-hop’s illest emcees in our day-to-day lives, but the sad truth is that Engadget’s editorial team could use a little help with our flow. Thankfully, technology has come to the rescue, yet again — this time in the form of AutoRap, the latest app from the people who brought you such mobile blockbusters as I am T-Pain and Songify. Those who’ve spent time with either of the aforementioned apps know what to expect from this latest addition to the Smule family: talk or rap into your iPhone or Android device, tap the button, and then wait for the magic. AutoRap will go to town, or as Smule puts it: “turn[ing] speech into rap and correct[ing] bad rapping.”
Talking and rapping are the two primary modes here. With the former, you simply speak into your phone, and the app chops your voice and buries it in a whole mess of autotuney goodness. There’s a pretty broad handful of songs at present, including 30 premium tracks from the likes of Snoop Dog, the Beastie Boys, Outkast and Kud Cudi — naturally, if you want access to those, you’re gonna have to pony up some cash, or earn some credits doing things like watching instructional videos or filling out auto insurance quote forms. The free tracks mostly get the job done, however.
More official details are emerging from Beats Electronics’ acquisition of MOG, and they paint a considerably messier picture of the deal than we saw just a day ago. HTC (which has a big stake in Beats) has confirmed that the move into streaming music was worth $ 14 million — not a whole lot considering that MOG had raised $ 33 million through its entire independent lifetime. The low price might come as the result of Beats being very surgical with its deal. The Jimmy Iovine- and Dr. Dre-founded outfit is taking control of the core audio service as a separately-managed company, while the ad and music blog components are mostly left untouched. MOG’s loss of independence is coming on a very ignominious note as a result, but it could be good news for subscribers anxious about the service’s future as well as HTC phone owners wondering just where Sense UI’s Beats integration might go next.
wasimkadak writes “This robot hand will play a game of rock, paper, scissors with you. Sounds like fun, right? Not so much, because this particular robot wins every. Single. Time. It only takes a single millisecond for the robot to recognize what shape your hand is in, and just a few more for it to make the shape that beats you, but it all happens so fast that it’s more or less impossible to tell that the robot is waiting until you commit yourself before it makes its move, allowing it to win 100% of the time.”
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Two gadgets enter, one leaves. It’s that simple. Welcome to the TC Gadget Review Battle where two competing products are pitted against each other. No wishy-washy conclusion based on an arbitrary numbering system, just a reliable buying recommendation.
Bowers & Wilkins is making a smart play for consumer electronics. The 50-year-old British audio company just released the $ 200 P3 headphones, joining the $ 550 over-the-ear P5 and the $ 179 C5 in-ear headphones. The new set promises much of what the P5 offers for more than half the price. It is, in a sense, a headphone for the MP3 crowd. This new set hits a crowded market dominated by several big brands. This includes Beats By Dr. Dre, which also has a very similar $ 200 set of headphones, the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD.
So which one is better? Which one is worth your money? That’s the goal of the TC Gadget Review Battle. Only one can get our recommendation. Can the new comer best the market leader?
We must be smack-dab in the middle of audio week, because even GSM giant AT&T is bestowing the fantastic phonic prizes for your possible procurement, with four Beats Bundles up for grabs. What is this bundle of Beats? It’s a set of wireless over-ear headphones (on the right) alongside your very own Beatbox portable audio player (left). Of course, AT&T is putting this all together to celebrate the launch of its five-episode web miniseries, “Daybreak,” which debuts tonight immediately following the finale of “Touch” on Fox and runs for five weeks. So make sure you hook us up with a comment below and check out the show tonight. Good luck!
angry tapir writes “The U.S. Department of the Interior has picked Google Apps to provide cloud-based email and collaboration applications to about 90,000 staffers, choosing Google’s services over Microsoft’s Office 365. Google had sued the U.S. agency in 2010, claiming its requirements for the contract tilted the scales unfairly toward Microsoft. Google eventually dropped its lawsuit last September.”
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The U.S. Department of the Interior has picked Google Apps to provide cloud-based email and collaboration applications to about 90,000 staffers, choosing Google's services over Microsoft's Office 365.
With the announcement that the Kindle Fire has grabbed 54.4% of the Android Tablet market, it’s clear to see that Amazon’s Trojan Horse strategy paid off. As I wrote back in December, the Fire is Amazon’s way of making all of their offerings “real.” Movies, books, and games were Amazon’s core competency back when all of that stuff was on disks and on paper and that core competency is repurposed now for the Information Age.
That’s what all of the other Android tablet makers missed: people don’t want general-purpose devices anymore or at least general-purpose devices in tablet form. There is little need to be “productive” on a tablet when consumption is why most people buy them. Sure someone out there is SSHing into their servers and editing documents in Pages, but the average user plops down on the couch with the iPad and calls up some IMDB or some NSFW Reddit, not a text editor.
Samsung Electronics became the world’s biggest mobile handset vendor for the first time ever in the first quarter of 2012, capturing a quarter of the global market and overtaking struggling Nokia, according to data released Friday by London-based research firm Strategy Analytics.
Microsoft revenue grew across most of its businesses in the third quarter, with the exception of its entertainment division, but profit fell slightly, the company said on Thursday.
eBay just reported stronger than expected first quarter 2012 earnings today. Revenue increased 29% to $ 3.3 billion, compared to the same period of 2011. Non-Gaap earnings came in at $ 0.55 per diluted share. Analysts expected earnings of $ 0.52 per share on revenue of $ 3.15 billion. Net income came in at $ 570 million for the quarter.
“The first quarter was a strong start to the year for us with momentum continuing in our Marketplaces, PayPal and GSI Commerce businesses,” said eBay President and CEO John Donahoe. “We believe that innovation in retail today is technology driven, and consumers are embracing smarter, easier, better ways to shop. We are enabling commerce in this new retail environment, supporting and partnering with sellers of all sizes and giving consumers worldwide the ability to shop anytime, anywhere, for whatever they want.”
Despite all the hype, opening up the API, and recently scooping up a music streaming service, we might have seen the end of Beats brand plugs being bundled in with HTC phones. Martin Fichter, a product executive for the phone manufacturer, told CNET that “If they want a Beats headphone, they’ll buy it directly,” suggesting that the lure of the in-the-box pair just wasn’t strong enough for those with a penchant for bass. Perhaps this explains why the whole “Enable Beats” option embedded on the new One series no longer requires the brand’s headphones to activate it? Still, if true, the move seems a surprisingly quick turn around on what was originally a much vaunted collaboration. That, or contractual obligations further up the food chain are drawing to a close.
Despite the strong branding power of HTC and Beats Audio, HTC does not have any plans to continue backing in Beats headphones with future smartphone handsets. The idea was incorporated with the recent Rezound phone, but apparently HTC realized that hardly swayed anyone to buy the phone. When customers shop for a new smartphone, the
tsamsoniw writes “Over the past three weeks, Chrome has beaten out Internet Explorer as the No. 1 browser in the world — but only on Sundays. In fact, according to data from StatCounter, Chrome usage is higher on weekends than it is during the work week, whereas IE usage drops on Saturdays and Sundays. Evidently, end-users prefer Chrome at home, which might be helping the browser get a foothold at work.” (So apparently it’s not just a freak occurrence.)
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It’s not often that device codenames serve as a direct mission statement, but with the outing of the One V, neé Primo, first-timers are getting an entry level HTC-welcome. The Ice Cream Sandwich-laden handset, running a Sense 3.6 overlay, hearkens back to the design of the Legend, with a black-ish gray, aluminum unibody, hardware keys (three for back, home and apps) and prominent chin jutting out below its Gorilla Glass-coated, 3.7-inch WVGA LCD display. The company hasn’t specified the exact CPU powering the phone, but we do know it’s a 1GHz single-core affair buffered by 512MB RAM. Storage-wise, you’re looking at a paltry 4GB onboard with plans to augment that capacity via 25GB of Dropbox, as there’s no available microSD slot. Beneath its sealed enclosure lies a 1,500mAh battery, quadband GSM and WCDMA radios, in addition to support for GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. Directly benefiting from the manufacturer’s recently announced ImageChip, is its 5 megapixel rear shooter, outfitted with an AF f/2.0 lens and capable of recording 720p video. There’s no front-facing camera to be found on the unit, although situated as it is on the lower end of the consumer spectrum, that’s to be expected. Check after the break for HTC’s video preview.
HP has returned to its Spectre teasing, following up on last week’s brief ultrabook glimpse with, well, another brief ultrabook glimpse. Set to be unveiled at CES 2012 this coming week, details on the new laptop are still in very short supply, though we do now know that it uses Beats Audio and has an increasingly appealing [...]
Here it is — the final piece in your all fabric New Order cover band. This $ 30 wearable drum machine brings a much needed edge to ThinkGeeks existing collection of soft-circuit “instruments.” You can choose from seven different drum kits, including the ubiquitous 808 and a palette of chip tune effects. The T-shirt’s integrated recorder lets you build loops up to three minutes long and endlessly layer on the sounds. Just keep piling ‘em on until your old-school hip hop homage has become an impenetrable wall of noise that washes over you as you walk down the street, proclaiming your geekdom in rhythm. And, of course, the included mini amp cranks all the way up to 11. Check out the videos after the break to see MC Lars and Dex Fontaine demo the capabilities of the personal percussion pullover.