Why Mobile Feature-Phones Have Strong Demand

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 6.1 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2011 (4Q11). According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped 427.4 million units in 4Q11 -- that's compared to 402.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. The 6.1 percent year-over-year growth was higher than IDC's earlier forecast of 4.4 percent for the quarter, but weaker than the 9.3 percent growth in 3Q11. "The mobile phone market exhibited unusually low growth last quarter, which shows it is not immune to weaker macroeconomic conditions worldwide," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst at IDC. The introduction of high-growth products such as the Apple iPhone 4S, which...

By David H. Deans, 17 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America.

Can Apple Maintain its Mobile Smartphone Lead?

Has Apple dropped the price of some of its smartphone inventory, purely in an attempt to win back market share lost to other vendors during 2011? According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, Apple has overtaken Samsung during the last quarter of 2011 -- but it's not clear if it can maintain that lead. Almost 25 percent of the 149 million smartphones shipped worldwide in Q4 were Apple iPhones. While Apple overtook Samsung to reach the number one position, the Korean giant has increased its market share four-fold since Q1 2010 -- that's from 4.7 to 21.7 percent. According to Juniper's...

By David H. Deans, 14 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Smartphones.

Are They Crazy? Digium Enters The Phone Game With Asterisk IP Phones

DigiumphonesWhen I first saw the news today, my immediate reaction was: Seriously? Digium is coming out with phones??? In a rather fascinating move in an already extremely crowded market, Digium announced today that they will be producing "Digium Phones", a new line of IP phones specifically targeted at users of Asterisk and Switchvox (both Digium products). They tout among the benefits:
  • Crystal clear HD Voice
  • Simple setup and installation
  • Tightest integration with Asterisk
  • Built-in & custom applications
  • A built-in "app engine" JavaScript API

There will be three models available:

  • D40—An entry-level HD IP phone with 2-line keys. Priced at $149.
  • D50—A mid-level HD IP phone with 4-line keys and 10 quick dial/BLF keys with paper labels. Priced at $179.
  • D70—An executive-level HD IP phone...

By Dan York, 01 February 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, VoiP.

Google: Can it be Everything to Everyone?

Google is the new Microsoft but boy are they faster than Redmond ever was. Part of the reason has to do with the search engine leader’s access to the eyeballs of almost every human on earth via its home page but another reason for the blistering speed of the company has to do with the speed of innovation – which I recently described as (Moore’s Law*Metcalfe’s Law)/Patent Lawsuit Activity.

What we saw happen to Microsoft is telling. As they expanded into market after market like IPTV...

By Rich Tehrani, 30 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Google, Industry, Mobile.

Indian Court decision in Vodafone tax case good news for investors

The judgement of India’s Supreme Court on 20 Jan in the Vodafone tax case, removes (at least for now) some of country-specific risk that has been holding back investment by multi-national companies in India. Reduction in perceived risk is likely to encourage more investment in India by multi-national companies, particularly as Indian growth is driven to a greater extent than many other economies by...

By Rob Bratby, 23 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: India, Industry, Mobile.

Megaupload founder arrested as US shut down popular file-sharing site

The founder of one of the world’s biggest file-sharing websites, Megaupload, has been arrested for running the website that breaks US online piracy laws.

Kim Dotcom (also known as Kim Schmitz) and three others now face extradition hearings and prison after the US Department of Justice sent New Zealand police to seize their 'playboy lifestyle' homes on Thursday.

More than $8 million in cash, luxury cars and guns were also seized after search warrants were granted around...

By Dani Millward, 20 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Piracy.

Google shares fall on disappointing results

Google shares plummeted yesterday following news that the search giant’s performance for Q4 2011 had come in below predictions.

Despite reporting a 27% increase in revenue, Google shares fell by 10%. In the last three months of 2011, it reported revenues of $10.6bn, with net profit increasing by 6.4% to $2.7bn.

Meanwhile, Microsoft posted flat earnings, reporting $6.62bn over the quarter, following strong business demand for software and services and a successful Christmas period for the Xbox games...

By Matt Henkes, 20 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Industry.

11 Things Yahoo Must Do Now That Yang Has Stepped Down

As reported on TMCnet yesterday, Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo! has stepped down from the board to pursue other interests. We have a great deal to thank Yang for – as the first company to categorize the web and build out many free services, society has benefit greatly from what Yahoo has more or less given away for free.

That is the positive – the negative is the company has eroded top management and investor confidence for many years. Not to mention the botched Microsoft acquisition some years...

By Rich Tehrani, 19 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Entertainment, Industry, Marketing.