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Nokia has made it's investors proud by announcing that they have "delivered better than expected results" in Q4 2012 and have sold a whopping 4.4 million Lumia phones.
Q4 2012's 4.4 million sold is a whopping leap over the mere 1 million Windows phones it sold in Q4 2011. The sales are also 1.5 million units better than what was sold in Q3 of 2012.
This year marks the first year of the Windows based Lumia with an astounding 14.3 million of the phones being sold worldwide. The company also revealed that its Devices and Services division also achieved profitability, which beat the gloomy outlook Nokia set for itself at the beginning of Q4.
I'm sure if you went back to this time last year and told someone that some crowd-funded site like Kickstarter would be cranking through $274 million by the end of the year, they'd laugh at you, well, not anymore.
Kickstarter's 2012 stats show that total pledges amounted to $319,786,629 with a total collected amount hitting $274,391,721. Total backers sat at 2,241,475 - page views and unique visitors were also mammoth with 709 million and 86 million respectively. The $319 million number is huge as its a 221% increase year-over-year compared to 2011.
The $274 million total collected amount is a huge 238% increase year-over-year, total backers are up 134%, and the pageviews and unique visitors are up 279% and 252% respectively. Kickstarter is really kicking some serious ass right now.
Research in Motion (RIM), the company behind the huge BlackBerry range, are already in trouble and this news is not going to help them one bit. Samsung have slowly but surely taken the consumer market into their hands after Apple's sticky hands got all over it, at least in shipment volume, and now it looks like Samsung have shifted aim to RIM's corporate users.
Samsung are investing heavily in enterprise devices that sport higher levels of security and reliability, the opposite of what consumers need badly. Various governments and corporations aren't too sure on BlackBerry 10, and are now looking for alternatives, which is where Samsung comes into play.
Chief Product Officer for Samsung Mobile USA, Kevin Packingham, said during an interview with Reuters:
The enterprise space has suddenly become wide open. The RIM problems certainly fueled a lot of what the CIOs are going through, which is they want to get away from a lot of the proprietary solutions.
Our latest poll had almost 7,000 people who answered, "Has Apple ($AAPL) seen its best days? Are they now on a downtrend?"
It's rather clear that TweakTown readers believe that Apple has indeed seen its best days, with 78% of readers voting that the tech giant is now on a downtrend. Some disagreed with 14% of our readers answering no to the poll question, while 8% were still sitting on the fence with their judgment on the matter.
According to reports, Nokia's factory in India has been raided over an unpaid tax bill. The taxes owed amount to 3000 Crore INR - or $542 million and have not been paid by the Finnish company to the Indian government.
The news comes from confirmation from two factory employees and a spokesperson, who all confirmed the raid to the Economic Times. The Nokia spokesperson told the publication "yes, raids are on. I will call back". A statement from Nokia that The Next Web received says "operations in Chennai are continuing unaffected. "Nokia's commitment to being a good corporate citizen is firm and unwavering: we always observe applicable laws and rulings in the countries where we operate."
CES 2013 - Panasonic's Live @ CES 2013 event is now live - and we're greeted with the prospects of multiple products being announced by the Japanese electronics giant.
CES 2013 - Samsung are about to start their CES 2013 Press Conference in a matter of minutes and we're here to bring it all to you live. What could they unveil? A new lineup of Ultrabooks? Some new Smart TVs? More of a tease of their new Ultra HD 4K TVs? Something completely new? We'll find out soon enough!
CES 2013 - Sorry for the delay, but we're now live with the press conference!
Intel is talking AIO and the design they just showed features a battery in the back, meaning no wires on the desktop. It can be laid flat on the table and touched from any direction. Intel has dubbed this idea "bringing back family game night."
It looks like Google chairman Eric Schmidt is travelling to North Korea, and will take along former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson as well as Google Ideas creator Jared Cohen and Richardson's advisor, Dr. KA Namkung.
The trip is said to be a humanitarian mission, and reports of Schmidt's trip started to pop up last week and the US State Department soon had concerns over the trip where they cited political sensitivities relating to North Korea's recent satellite launch. The entire reasoning behind the trip isn't clear, and we don't know what Schmidt and Richardson will be doing in the country.
No media is allowed on the trip, with Richardson set to offer a briefing to media at the Beijing Airport on January 10th.
Lenovo will split into two new groups - Lenovo Business Group and Think Business Group - effective in April
Ever since its acquisition of IBM's personal computer business back in 2005, Lenovo have done quite well for themselves, but it looks like that's not enough. According to an internal e-mail from CEO Yang Yuanqing, who admitted that despite trying, the Lenovo brand is still only doing well in the mainstream and low-end markets.
The Think brand is the company's best performer in the high-end market, and is the only brand that can compete against Apple in the high-end market. Yang has announced in the same e-mail for the sake of better brand positioning and better efficiency that Lenovo will split into two new groups: Lenovo Business Group (LBG) and Think Business Group (TBG).
The fresh start will begin on April 1st, where LBG will be headed by Senior Vice President of Mobile Internet Digital Home, Liu Jun, who will put all of energies into mainstream consumer and business desktops, laptops and tablets, as well as smartphones and smart TVs. TBG will be have current Senior Vice President of Product Groups, Dr. Peter Hortensius at the helm.