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Apple are having problems getting wireless carriers to agree to their terms on selling iPhones, with Bloomberg reporting that Apple "is missing out on a chance to court as many as 2.8 billion new smartphone customers, many of them in Asia, as wireless-service providers balk at conditions imposed by the iPhone maker and drag their heels in signing on as partners".
Bloomberg has estimated that Apple have agreements with around 240 carriers across the world, but main competitor Samsung has agreements with over 800 carriers. Big carriers such as China Mobile and Japan's NTT DoCoMo have objected the "high costs of subsidies needed to make the device affordable or other terms they find unacceptable".
This will mean that Apple will have to make the deal more appealing, or risk losing out on countless customers in emerging markets. This is where a cheaper iPhone would help, or if Apple decide to change their ways. Up until now they've not had to worry about this, but with their stock prices absolutely tanking, and sales sputtering to a stop, this is the time when Apple needs to change.
HTC's sales in February weren't too flash, dropping 44% year-over-year when compared to 2012, but things are starting to actually look up for the Taiwanese company.
The HTC One is the savior here, but there is still going to be a battle against the Galaxy S4, but sales of the HTC One have been good in March. Moving into April, HTC sales grew again, by a decent 26% giving the company sales of around $642 million. Two months of continuous growth isn't much, but if HTC can use this current state of growth to continue pushing, they could dig themselves out of this hole.
HTC have an internal target of around $2.3 billion, so we have a long way to go yet.
We've followed the Aereo legal battles for several weeks now, mainly because we feel it's an interesting new service that can bridge the gap between Hulu and Netflix and TV. CBS alleges that Aereo is infringing on their copyright by illegally rebroadcasting their signal. Courts in New York have ruled that this isn't the case.
Ahead of Aereo's launch in Boston, the company has filed a complaint against CBS to keep it from filing lawsuit in the new market. CBS has vowed to file another lawsuit in Boston, saying "we will sue, and stealing our signal will be found to be illegal in Boston, just as it will be everywhere else." Unfortunately for CBS, this hasn't been the case.
Aereo's spokeswoman Virginia Lam:
In response to the CBS companies' repeated threats to sue Aereo in every market that it enters, Aereo today filed a declaratory judgment action in New York naming CBS, its Boston affiliates, and its wholly owned and operated companies located in Aereo's initial expansion markets. The fact that CBS did not prevail in their efforts to enjoin Aereo in their existing federal lawsuit does not entitle them to a do-over in another jurisdiction. We are hopeful that any such efforts to commence duplicative lawsuits to try to seek a different outcome will be rejected by the courts.
Microsoft has announced that over 250 million people are using its cloud storage service, SkyDrive. SkyDrive has received heavy integration into the latest Office, so it's no wonder that usage numbers are up. But just how quickly are they increasing? Microsoft says that 50 million new users have joined since Windows 8 launched in October.
It's been a very busy year for SkyDrive and we'd like to thank all of you for helping us improve the service through your feedback, tweets, Facebook posts, and comments. The service continues to grow: since October 2012 when Windows 8 launched, 50 million more people have started using SkyDrive, helping us reach an important milestone - over 250 million people are now using SkyDrive as the new place to save their files.
Microsoft released the above infographic detailing a brief history of SkyDrive. If you haven't already signed up, Microsoft is still offering 7GB of free storage, which is more than competitors Google Drive and Dropbox.
Google's stock is sure doing well, especially in light of Apple's recent stock values. Today's closing of $861.55 sets an all-time high for Google's stock and ushers in the question as to whether or not Google is going to be the next Apple. After hours trading has brought the stock price up to $863.50.
These recent gains have resulted in Google's market capitalization eclipsing that of Microsoft, placing the company in second place behind Apple. Analysts have put a price target of $1,000 for the company's stock. But, will it make it that high? Or will Google's stock go the way of Apple's?
We'll have to wait and see. However, Google seems to be spending more money on the innovation side of things, creating new markets and products such as Glass. These should ultimately help keep the company on top.
It's no secret that Acer's head of Chinese business, Linxian Lang, is not a fan of Windows RT. He even voiced his opinion on Microsoft building its own RT hardware, stating that the company would "eat hard rice." It appears that those sentiments run deep within Acer with the company's president now speaking out about RT.
While speaking at a company event last Friday, Acer president Jim Wong said that while the company has an extensive RT release plan, it had decided to take another look at things when Surface RT was released. "The plan for an RT tablet is ongoing," Wong said. "To be honest, there's no value doing the current version of RT."
So while we still might see an RT tablet from Acer, it most certainly will not be in this quarter, or maybe even the next. My guess is that Acer will announce or release an RT tablet sometime in Q4 just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy.
This morning we are getting a look into how ASUS performed during the first three months of 2013. The short story is that the company saw a revenue of $3.5 billion which stemmed from strong Tablet sales. ASUS was able to parlay that $3.5 billion in revenue into a solid $202 million in pure profit.
The company did see a significant drop in PC Component and Notebook sales over the same time period in 2012 and 2011, the company says that those drops were offset by tablet sales. Asus sold a whopping 3 million tablets during the first quarter of 2013.
Continuing with the good news, Asus has managed to gain a stronger foothold in the US and has increased its market share from 17 percent in 2012 to an impressive 23 percent already this year. This makes up the seventh straight quarter that ASUS has managed to grow revenue, as well as market share, but analyst are predicting that the company's performance will flatten out during the 2013 Q2 timeframe.
Anti-child abuse ads go next-gen, use lenticular printing to show different ads based on the height of the person
A very interesting new awareness campaign is hitting the streets, in the hope of stopping child abuse, as well as help their victims find support. The ANAR Foundation have begun using lenticular printing, which has allowed them to create outdoor ads that appear differently to adults and children.
If an adult walks past, the display will read "sometimes, child abuse is only visible to the child suffering it". But, if viewed from the average height of a ten-year-old child, the advertisement is very different. The image of the child is changed to that of an abused child, and includes ANAR's hotlin number, telling kids "if somebody hurts you, phone us and we'll help you".
This type of advertisement seems perfect for kids who are in danger at that moment, where they might have been kidnapped for example, or if their parents or guardian, or someone close to them, has been abusing them and they didn't know how to reach out to someone.
It looks as though BlackBerry might have some hope left as an analyst says the new BlackBerry Q10 is seeing strong sales in Canada. Peter Misek of Jefferies claims several "store checks" in Toronto show the "BlackBerry Q10 has been selling extremely well and has been sold out or seeing limited availability."
This is good news for BlackBerry who has been losing market share in recent years. It also goes to show that there are plenty of users who still want or need a physical keyboard. Misek has a Buy rating on BlackBerry stock with a price target of $22, around $6 higher than the current stock price.
The Q10 features a physical QWERTY keyboard, 3.5-inch display, and 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It's definitely not the fastest device out there, but one of the few remaining with a physical keyboard.
The two popular internet memes, Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat, are both making even more internet headlines this morning after word that their trademark holder has filed suit against Warner Bros for unauthorized use. The memes were featured in the popular online children's game Scribblenauts.
Scribblenauts is developed by 5th Cell Media, which is a subsidiary of Warner Bros, and is said to have used the memes without any permission from the trademark holder. While this is a very serious matter, one cannot help but sit back and laugh as they watch Warner Bros get a taste of their own copyright lawsuit medicine.
Since it is Friday, I have included a video below of the original Keyboard Cat below for your enjoyment!