Instagram reaches 700 million users

Instagram has reached a milestone of hitting 700 million monthly active users in two years. With the popularity of social media, Instagram is not left behind as it took only four months to add up 100 million users since attaining 600 million in December. Instagram’s speed in increasing users is remarkable fast the past four months in comparison to jumping from 500 million to 600 million which took six months.

Launched in October 6, 2010, Instagram took more 28 months to have its 100 million users. After 13 months from March 25, 2014, the social media giant garnered 200 million users. In 27 months, it reached to 500 million from December 10, 2014 to June 21, 2016.

In March 2012, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock. Part of the plan would be to managed Instagram independently.

The number of Instagram users tells the world that it is becoming one of the most visited social media websites. Instagram is now more than twice the users of Twitter.

“Growth was driven by a number of factors, including our ability to better connect people with their friends on Instagram,” said a spokesperson of Instagram. “We also took steps to simplify and improve our sign-up process, which helped bring in new people from all over the world.”

Here’s part of the Instagram announcement of the achievement:

We’re thrilled to announce that our community has grown to more than 700 million Instagrammers. And the last 100 million of you joined faster than ever.

We’ve made it even easier for people across the globe to join the Instagram community, share their experiences and strengthen connections to their friends and passions. With new features like Stories, live video and disappearing messages in Direct, people now have more ways than ever to express themselves and feel closer to what matters to them.

Google Duo rolls out worldwide

 

Google’s video calling app rolled out around the world. With the demand for fast communication using smartphones, Google opened the Duo to be accessible to anyone. Google also improved with the feature of having the audio-only calling for users around the world.

Google wants to be a step ahead of its competitors. Google made Duo to compete on Apple’s FaceTime, but with major differences. Duo is available for both iOS and Android powered devices while FaceTime can only be utilized among Ios users. Duo is standalone app that is not connected to Androi OS while FaceTime is built into dialer.
With the new feature of audio calling only, users can now communicate without hesitation minding about how they appear in video.

Absolutely, expect more features to be added in Duo for users to be fully satisfied.

Release of Super Mario Run, Nintendo Still Suffers Revenue Lag

 

Super Mario Run brings Nintendo’s star character to its largest audience yet, might encounter some revenue lag. Globally, Super Mario Run was realised on 15th December, which is free to try the first three levels and there is $10 charge to unlock remaining 21 stages.

The debut of Super Mario Run noted top download rankings in 62 countries and but was highest grossing game in five countries only, reported by researcher at SensorTower. Shares of the company, Nintendo dropped 5.6% in early trade in Tokyo, which swept off near about $2 billion in value. DeNA Co., which helped Nintendo to develop the game title, experienced a share price fall of 7.9%.

An analyst at Iwai Cosmo Securities Co, Tomoaki Kawasaki, said –   

“Having a fixed price tag means profit will be limited because smartphone games make big money through free-to-play features,”

“Still, the low revenue rankings, especially in Japan, may be because the game was released only” a few hours ago, he added.

The game was released at 1 PM on 15th December in New York and 3 AM Friday in Tokyo, stated Nintendo. It came seventh in revenue rankings in the U.S. and 107th in Japan, which is world’s second and third-largest app market.

The actual competition of Super Mario Run is with Pokemon Go, which pocketed more than 500 million downloads and made more than $600 million in its first three months itself, according to App Annie.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if players choose to see how much enjoyment they can wring out of those first three levels as possible before making the decision to drop $10,” said Randy Nelson, head of mobile research at SensorTower.

The possible mistake Nintendo did was by not releasing Super Mario Run for China, which owns quarter of all app revenues. Further by introducing the app first for Apple devices brought in a panic for Android users, which accounts for two-thirds of world’s 2.3 billion smartphones.

Duterte and Philippine Presidential Election, 5th most-talked Topic on Facebook 2016

 

Facebook, the social media giant recently disclosed its annual list of most discussed and shared topics for the year on their network. Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Election was the 5th most talked about topic globally, while US presidential election grabbed the top place under the list.

According to Facebook, the annual list were measured on how often a topic was mentioned by users on Facebook posts throughout the year, starting from January 1st and ending 8th December 2016. Before disclosing the list, the posts with most mentions were evaluated in a combined way and ranked to make a snapshot of the year on the social media network.

“To put this list together, mentions were analyzed in an aggregated, anonymized way and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook,” it said.

Here are the Top 10 global topics shared and discussed on Facebook 2016:

  1. U.S. Presidential Election
  2. Brazilian Politics
  3. Pokémon GO
  4. Black Lives Matter
  5. Rodrigo Duterte & Philippine Presidential Election
  6. Olympics
  7. Brexit
  8. Super Bowl
  9. David Bowie
  10. Muhammad Ali

Facebook further released a list of top 10 Live Videos, here is the list:

  1. Candace Payne, Chewbacca Mom
  2. Ted Yoder, Soundscapes
  3. Buzzfeed, Countdown to the next presidential election
  4. Atlanta Buzz, People are lining up to hug police officers in Dallas
  5. NBC News, Election results
  6. Under the Hood, Video of a truck completely carved out of wood
  7. Viral Thread, Population count from US to CA
  8. CNN, Election results on Empire State building
  9. Dena Blizzard, Pokemon Go for moms “Chardonnay Go”
  10. Super Deluxe, Election map

“Googligan” Android Malware Hacks 1.3 Million Google Accounts since August

 

A security firm called Check Point from Israeli recently announced that 1.3 Million Android devices have been infected with “Googligan” since August 2016. Cybercriminals are using the spyware to target devices running on Android 4.0 and 5.0, which accounts to 74% of entire mobile device using the Google-Powered OS.

“Googligan” are said to steal Email ID and authentic data stored on phone to get access to data from Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Drive, G Suite and more, which is an alarming flaw.

Check Point said –

“We are seeing a shift in the strategy of hackers, who are now targeting mobile devices in order to obtain the sensitive information that is stored on them.”

It all begins when a user downloads and installs app that is Googligan-infected or by clicking on any malicious links available while using the app. Once installed, the spyware uses a process called as rooting (VROOT and Towelroot) to get access to phone running on Google Android OS version 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich, KitKat, and Jelly Bean) and version 5 (Lollipop).

Asia is highest affected with “Googligan” steal accounting 40%, followed by Americas with 19% and 12% are affected in Europe. Check Point examined the server logs and discovered that 30,000 apps were being downloaded by infected phones every day. The total number has reached to 2 Million so far and many of the businesses Google Accounts have been breached too.

Not only attackers can gain control over devices but can also rate app on behalf of victim and generate revenue with fraudulently installing apps from Google Play. The threat has already been reported to Google, but the giant has not responded to the AFP query immediately.

2016 Apple WWDC live: What’s the Start Time of Apple event, Siri and AI goes bigger

Every year, the giant company Apple calls thousands of developers and journalists to announce all interesting things it has been working on and the event is known as World Wide Developers Conference. WWDC 2016 is scheduled to start at 10 AM in San Francisco on Monday, June 13th.

Although there will be many exciting updates coming from Apple at the event, the big news is said to come for Siri and Al. The voice-activated digital assistant for iPhone Siri entered the market with a huge hit five years back. But Siri is lagging behind especially when other tech savvy jockey is building smart “chat bots” and performable voice-controlled home system with more challenging AI features. Now, at WWDC Apple is expected to show off an upgrade to Siri as sale of its flagship iPhone are slowing, everyone is looking for something really big from company to come.

Over the years, Siri has gained many abilities; however AI is something that is still behind and requires some key features to make up. The giant has been working of expanding Siri’s capability to work directly with third-party applications and searching for Web. At the event we will also get to see Google, Facebook, Amazon and other networks racing to bring digital services compatible for consumer’s shopping, chatting, automating and anything that makes everyday task easier.

Chris Monberg, co-founder of Boomtrain that develops artificial intelligence software for online retailers says:
“Google Now has kind of eaten their lunch.”

He believes Google Assistant, which is a personal virtual assistant just like Siri is offering more useful reminders, suggestions, and idea about weather and traffic, what to do on a night out, and pretty much anything you can think off, mainly because it keep tracks of email and other data coming from Android to further crunch with Google’s powerful servers and algorithms.

Also Amazon’s Echo home speaker has huge fan following that follows informal voice commands, and does simple things like ordering for pizza, coffee, flowers or book taxi to airport. All above mentioned major companies are dealing to bring intelligent “bots” into the voice and text-messaging services for chatting purpose.

Apple’s Siri is still competitive for people using Apple product and services. Also it is the clearest aspect of Apple’s AI program. Other rivals such as Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc’s Google are still racing hard in their own digital assistants. Conversely, the WWDC event is a great chance for Apple to display its technical powers.

The only challenge Apple’s Siri is facing is lack of context and accuracy when compared to Google search and it needs to improve on interactive voice response, according to Andy Yang, CEO of 500px. Another announcement that might come for Siri is about the speaker that runs on it. Bringing technology into voice assistant is the biggest battle and let’s see what’s in store of the consumers at WWDC event airing San Francisco: 10 a.m.; New York: 1 p.m.; London: 6 p.m.; Beijing: 1 a.m. (June 14); Sydney: 3 a.m.

How to watch WWDC 2016 live stream

Apple will host the WWDC live stream of the event live on its website at 1:00 PM ET on 13 June. Apple enthusiasts will be able to catch up on the latest info by the dedicated WWDC app, which is free for iPhone and iPad users .

Verizon Black Friday 2015 Ad and Sales: Verizon Wireless Crazy Deals on Samsung S6 Edge +, Ellipsis Tablet, LG V10, Motorola Droid and more Smartphones Deal

Verizon Wireless has something to offer for its customers on Black Friday 2015. One of the most desirable phones in the market today is being offered for $1533/month for 24 months for qualified customers when purchased in retail stores.

Verizon also provides the avenue to select other unit such as the LG V10 for only $13.33/month for 24 months. The Samsung Galaxy Note5 costs for only $12.33/month for 24 months.

Verizon also tries to entice the shoppers by allowing them to get $100 off retail price on select Android smartphones. Plus, switch and get $300 when you trade in a smartphone.

At Verizon, Black Friday shoppers can avail the New Ellipses 10″ Tablet for only $49.99, Exclusively from Verizon. Moreover, Save $40 on FitBit Charge Wireless activity Wristband now at $89.99.

Handsets

Samsung Galaxy S6 ($676): $3.16 per month
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge ($672): $7.16 per month
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ ($768): $15.33 per month
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 ($696): $12.33 per month
Motorola Droid Turbo 2 ($624): $5.16 per month
LG V10 ($672): $11.33 per month

Tablets

Ellipsis 10 ($199): $49; requires two-year contract
Ellipsis 8 ($79): $49; includes $25 Google Play card; requires two-year contract

Gadgets

Nest Cam Wi-Fi Video Camera ($199): $169
Mophie Powerstation ($79): $39
Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker ($129): $119
Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition ($299): $249
Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones ($299): $249
UE MegaBoom Bluetooth Speaker ($299): $249
Fitbit Charge Fitness Band ($129): $89
Mophie Powerstation Plus 8x with Micro USB or Lighting Port ($149): $99

The deals on the UE MegaBoom speakers, Fitbit Charge and Mophie Powerstation Plus 8x will be offered Tuesday Nov. 24 through Monday Nov. 30. All of the other deals run from Nov. 26 through Nov. 30.

Verizon is the place to be during Black Friday for it provides the best savings.

Microsoft Office available in Android phones

The wait is over for the Microsoft Office lovers. Microsoft officially launches Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android Smartphones after five weeks of beta evaluation time.

Microsoft has announced that starting today, Android tablet and phone users can now download the current versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint to their gadgets.

For some time, the software giant has been studying about the possible availability of the Office to the Andriod users around the world.

Despite the differences of Android handsets, Microsoft was able to release Office for Android Phones after a relatively small time of public beta period, said Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office Client Applications and Services.

“We are so grateful to our preview users, and with their help we were able to test the apps on over 1,900 different Android phone models in 83 countries,” he wrote in a June 24 Office Blogs post.

“During the preview, we heard from thousands of these users, and over the last few weeks we were able to incorporate a lot of their feedback into the apps we’re launching today,” continued Koenigsbauer.

Majority of the tablet and phone users are using Android as the operating system of their handsets. It paves the way for the users to have satisfaction while using their gadgets through the availability of Microsoft office.

Apple Spring Forward Event sets on March 9

The most anticipated Apple event of the year is scheduled on Monday, March 9 at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Francisco. The event dubbed as “Spring Forward” starts at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.

Apple’s event is expected to focus on the new product Apple Watch. Apple is anticipated to launch its new project called the “Apple Watch”.

The giant tech will tell the public more details about the smart watch that will compete with the existing products from other tech companies. Apple Watch is here to compete with the recently-launched Pebble Watch.

In order for Apple Watch to be marketable, the pricing is necessary in the launching. To attract and convince customers to purchase the watch, the price is one of the key elements. Of course, the features that distinctively separate Apple Watch from the others will be given emphasis.

Aside from the pricing, the design of the Apple Watch is likely to be revealed. Apple is known for its unique and appealing designs.

Three models of the Apple Watch are expected to come out: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. Moreover, one of the major concerns of the consumers would be the battery life. Apple will address the battery life issue in the event.

According to reports, Apple will also introduce the 12-inch MacBook Air and Apple TV updates.

Pebble watch reaches $6 million worth of pre-orders

The new Pebble Time smartwatch has already accumulated 30,000 pre-orders, valued over $6 million. The smartwatch was launched on Kickstarter today and it reached beyond the expectations of many.

The Pebble Time watch costs about $200, which features a long battery life, color screen and simple timeline interface.

According to Kickstarter, Pebble is the fastest project ever to raise $1 million on Kickstarter.

The Pebble time is operated using three buttons on top. Each button moves the watch timeline, in which the user can organize events in different ways. The top buttons take the user back in time whil th ecenter button enables to move through present tasks. Also, the bottom button displays future events.

Kickstarter’s goal of $500,000 was reached in 17 minutes of pre-order Time. The estimated delivery of the pre-ordered Time watch is on May 2015.

Pebble Time: specifications

The Time comes in three colours:

Black watch case and silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel
White watch case and silicone band with silver PVD stainless steel bezel
Red watch case and silicone band with black PVD stainless steel bezel

Here are the headline specs:

Always-on, daylight readable screen with a great backlight
Up to 7 day battery life
Use any standard 22mm watch band
Water resistant and durable
Tactile buttons for easy eyes-free clicking
Silent vibrating alarms
Step tracking with Misfit and Jawbone
Language and international character support (Chinese coming soon!)
Timeline will work on Pebble and Pebble Steel (exact date TBD)
Works with iOS 8 on iPhone 4s and above
Works with all Android 4.0+ phones including Samsung, HTC, Sony, LG, Google, Motorola, Xiaomi and more

Customers have the desire to own a Pebble Time because it is compatible with iPhone 4s and other iPhones running the latest version of iOS. It works also with all Android 4.0+ phones.

Are you going to buy your own Pebble Watch?

DOJ wants telcos to install “kill switch”

DOJ wants telcos to install “kill switch”

Manila, Philippines – On Tuesday, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima urged telecommunication groups to add “kill switch” software on their smartphones to address the issue of cellphone theft and to safeguard the privacy of users.

With the “kill switch” feature, a stolen smartphone could no longer be used because it deactivated immediately when other users take control of it.

“Consumers who work hard and save money for their phones only to be victimized by criminals will benefit from this small effort by our telcos,” De Lima said in a statement.

However, De Lima acknowledged that such a legislation will compel telcos to adde the feature to the phones, reiterating that the DOJ can only recommend to the telcos.

The “kill switch” technology feature of a cellphone has been found out to be effective in the United States and in London.

De Lima said that it is the responsibility of the company to implement the feature and it doesn’t need a law to be crafted.

The secretary of the DOJ also said that it is the responsibility of the telecommunication companies to prevent crime and to make sure all users are protected.

NBC Super Bowl Ads To Hit Tumblr Too

The Super Bowl ads will also appear on Yahoo’s Tumblr. All the TV commercials can now be found in one place, but only after those are aired over the television. One main benefit for the fans is to watch instant replay after the ads are played on the television. They can find it on Tumblr.

While launching the Tumblr page for the Super Bowl commercials, NBC Sports digital said the ads will immediately be made available on Tumblr after the airing during broadcast of the game on February 1 in Glendale, Ariz.

As of now the dedicated ads page, NBC Sports carries content created by the marketing media of NBC Sports apart from some of the re-blogs of NFL-related Tumblr posts. However, on the game day this page will become a hub for the Super Bowl TV ads.

Not to forget that the NBC Sports will also be live streaming Super Bowl XLIX to tablets, smartphones and desktops, but not all the ads shown here will be the same as that of TV broadcast.

NBC Sports Digital has also explained it very clearly that only the TV ads will be made available on the Tumblr page. This will give the online viewers an opportunity to look at what the larger audience are viewing and talking about.

Senior VP and general manager of digital media for NBC Sports, Rick Corde, said they recognize their TV commercials are a must-see content and they have chosen Tumblr to do this as it is a visually rich and socially friendly platform to showcase the Super Bowl TV ads. It is one another way to connect to the digital audience in a seamless manner.

He added further that they are optimistic about the new Tumblr page and this is the first step for them in coming up with more robust NBC Sports destination on Tumblr. This will be a great new for the fans too who like watching the commercials.

Apart from the Tumblr page, viewers can see the ads on several other places too such as on YouTube, Hulu and on Facebook too.

Lately it has been seen NBC is trying to push its digital offerings around the Super Bowl of 2015 and it is learned without any surprise that the digital ad sales for it have doubled since 2012.

Earlier in a press conference the VP of sales and marketing for NBC Sports Group and NBCUniversal News Group, Seth Winter, had said the digital ads were sold out and they wished to have more assets to advertise around.

Why not, as one of the biggest draws of Super Bowl are its ads.

In 2012 NBC Sports Digital created a similar page too for the Super Bowl XLVI broadcast and it was dubbed as Super Bowl Ad Blitz. More than 1.83 million ads were watched then via video-on-demand.

Do share your own views with fellow readers whether a Tumblr page is what required when the YouTube channel is more popular. Use the below given comment box.

CES 2015: Samsung unveils 4K TV with SUHD screens, and Tizen

The giant-tech firm Samsung captured the attention of the crowd to a Consumer Electronics Show 2015 press conference by opening up with the 4K TV.

Samsung believes that TV would be better through a new class of TV screens called SUHD or Samsung’s version of Ultra High definition display.

The SUHD would offer better and superior picture than the current UHD screens. This means a brighter picture and improved contrast with colors. The SUHD screens is based on Samsung’s nano-crystal semiconductors that would be part of the company’s flagship in the coming months.

Samsung showed the SUHD picture in a 59 inch and wide screen models. This is a move by Samsung to make the TV screens more appealing to the customers.

“Customers want the UHD experience,” said Samsung EVP Joe Stinziano.

Samsung also announced the Tizen software, which the company has been developing in the recent years so that it would not be dependent on Android, will be the future of smart TV models.

According to report, Samsung has 60% UHD TV market.

Santa Tracker, Google vs NORAD

Santa is preparing to deliver gifts for all good boys and girls in the world on the Christmas Eve. Now you can track Santa’s location with the use of Santa trackers. NORAD Tracks Santa and Google’s Santa tracker is having a competition again on tracking Santa’s whereabouts.

Tracking Santa started on December 24, 1955, when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could call Santa Claus. There was a number written for them to call, but it was misprinted and calls were forwarded to Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Harry Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give gifts to all children who called in. By then, a tradition began and continued until now.

North American Aerospace Defense Command, the joint U.S.-Canadian organization that monitors the skies of North America for threats, has been tracking Santa every Christmas Eve since the mid-1950s. In 2007 NORAD enlisted the help of Google Maps and Google Earth to make sure Santa stayed on course. After a long year together, the alliance ended in 2012. NORAD dropped Google in favor of Microsoft and Bing Maps. Google made its own way and launched its own Santa tracker, and thus the trackers war began.

NORAD Tracks Santa website (noradsanta.org) is translated in eight different languages and it has a mobile version. This application is available in the Windows, Apple and Google Play Store.
Being left out, Google tried to come up with its own Santa tracker.

Google’s Santa tracker (santatracker.google) launched its very own website and app for Android phones and an extension for Chrome.

Firefox drops Google for Yahoo

Firefox dumped Google as the default search engine in favor of Yahoo. After ten years of being together in the business, Firefox decided for a change.

Firefox didn’t disclose the reason behind the move of choosing Yahoo, instead of the long-time partner Google. However, the rise of Google Chrome, which is a direct competitor of Firefox, could be an assumption. Or probably, Yahoo has more offer.

Yahoo replaces Google as the default search engine for Mozilla’s Firefox Browser, according to the company’s announcement Wednesday. Yahoo remains to be in the third spot when it comes to the search engine war, behind Google and Bing.

For Yahoo, this means that more traffic would be acquired and more advertisers to be lured. There are some 100 million searches in Firefox browser every year, according to Mozilla.

Mozilla’s three year contract with Google that’s worth $1 will end this coming December. While Google has its own browser that even surpassed Firefox in the recent years, Mozilla wants to survive as a non-profit that relies on revenues from search.

The current five-year contract with Yahoo and Mozilla will significantly impact Yahoo. CEO Marissa Mayer has been aggressive in focusing on the search. She called it “a key growth area for us”.

Fry’s Black Friday 2014 ads leaked: Opening hours, Deals, Discounts on laptops

Fry’s Electronics will play a major role in the upcoming Black Friday bonanza. The the giant electronics retailer competes with BestBuy and other stores on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Fry’s Electronics Doorbuster begins at 5:00 PM Thursday, November 27. Black Friday hours for Fry’s starts at 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM Local Time, applied to all Fry’s Electronics locations. Online Deals starts at 5:00 AM Thursday Pacific time.

Fry’s Black Friday Promo Code deals will only come through email to those who sign up at their website.

After signing up, Fry’s directs the consumers to the Fry’s daily deals which includes the Black Friday. There are plenty of electronics items that Fry’s has to offer to the shoppers.

The HP Dual Core Processore for Multitasking costs for only $198, shipping and handling free. This is a 15.6″ Notebook with AMD E1-2100 Dual Core Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, with Windows 8.1 operating system.

It is also a great catch for shoppers on the Asus F551MAV-DB02-B Notebook which costs for only $228.00. The item features Intel Dual Core N2830 processor, 15.6″ screen, 4GB Memory, and 500GB Hard Drive.

Fry’s offers also the Dell Inspiron 15-35420 Notebook for $448.00. The Dell Inspiron features Intel Core i3-4030U, 4GB, 15.6″ screen, 1TB HardDrive and with DVDRW.

There are numerous Fry’s daily items to get through their stores and online this week and on Thanksgiving week.  The items above are available from November 14 to 20 only.

Globe vs Smart iPhone war: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus (16 GB) plans and contract free

Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, Inc are intensely battling for supremacy in the Philippine smartphone market, specially the newly released iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Both parties revealed their respective prices and started accepting pre-orders for the flagship Apple products, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.

Globe and Smart are expected to unveil the newest iPhones on November 14, Friday. Without a doubt, iPhone lovers need to intently compare the plans of the giant communications. However, some iPhone lovers are totally devoted to a certain company regardless of the small descrepancy of prices.

Here are the Globe and iPhone prices with plan.
Globe 16 GB on the company’s website
globe-plan

Smart 16 GB on the company’s website
smart-plan

 

Contract Free Comparison

Globe P37,500 while Smart can be cash out for P 36,700.

Google stocks tumble as profit slightly dips

On Thursday,  news came from Google that in the past quarter its profit margin had dipped a bit since the previous year, even though the revenue did reveal a positive increase.

During the third quarter, around 5% of the net profit did plunge down in the very same period, a year back to around to $2.8 billion, whereas the revenue saw a rise of around 20% to $16.5 billion.

The Google shares felt the abrupt tumble down tremor, 2.3% to $512.20 due to the result during the after hours, which greatly disappointed Wall Street.

At the 24/7 Wall, finance blog, Paul Ausick, stated that the revenue of Google did go down below expectation and undoubtedly the revenue from the end of “paid clicks” was furthermore, high end disheartening.

The expenditure of Google, to top it all is quite high, which spends around $2.4 billion for its data centers.

Patrick Pichette the chief finance also stated that the technology giant did perform well and had quite delivered quite a good performance in the present quarter. He also continued stating that the organization was enthralled and excited about their developments in advertising and other emerging businesses which they were involved in.

Patrick Pichette said that the costs got a bit higher because they were insistently hiring during that stage and had around 3,000 jobs added so that the firm’s headcount could reach up to 55,000.

While in the area of online advertisement, undeniably, Google has been a leader, yet we have to admit that it is facing loads of challenge from remarkable companies such as Facebook.

As per the recent research done by eMarketer, a research firm, it is expected that Google will vaguely raise its online advertising market share to around 32.4% in the present year. While on the other end, Facebook will grab to around 8% of its share. Nevertheless, at the same time, we cannot ignore the fact that Google, is not doing well with its market share in The U.S., as per the research firm.

Also quite early during this week, Google ramped to mobile arsenal, and brought in some advancement with its Nexus line range with some new smart phones and tablet. It also unfolded the news that it had restored Android software as dubbed “Lollipop.”

Moreover, Google also declared about the commencement of streaming media player for videos, movies and music, which through the Android TV device permits its users to play games.

This definitely provides Google and its Android partner’s greater layout to give battle against Apple, which has also successfully launched two advanced iPhones with large screen and revealed about its new iPads this Thursday.

Omid Kordestani, who was declared officially as Google’s chief business officer, stated that the company has undergone continued momentum in its core business section together with few enthralling innovations in several areas.

RPN 9 acquires CNN brand

MANILA – Radio Philippines Network channel 9 (RPN9) has acquired international Cable news channel CNN’s brand.

Owners of RPN9 led by Ambassador Antonio Cabangon-Chua entered into a partnership with CNN of Time Warner Inc. With this partnership 9TV network, formerly Solar News TV will be rebranded as CNN Philippines starting January 2015.

Solar TV Network Inc. and BusinessMirror president Benjamin Ramos confirmed the reports that 9TV will be rebranded as CNN Philippines. “We confirm report that 9TV will be rebranded as CNN Philippines,” he said.
Online news network Media Newser Philippines earlier reported that the partnership will see 9TV carry CNN’s international news coverage and current programs to free TV. In return, 9TV will generate reports on the Philippines for CNN.

It added that both networks will also share their reporting to various CNN bureaus for big stories.The partnership between RPN9 and CNN is expected to be formalized within the week and the deal is expected to be formally announced in a press conference in October 14 in Manila.

The entry of CNN Philippines with partnership with 9TV could provide a competition to top two TV network ABS-CBN and GMA.

RPN9’s franchise was estimated to cost P800 million while IBC 13’s physical assets and franchise was valued at P1.2 billion.

Smart extends free internet to subscribers

 

Smart Communications, Inc. chairman Manny V. Pangilinan announced in his Twitter account the extension of free internet until January 5.

Smart had announced that starting October, the company expands its free internet offer to all of the prepaid subscribers and also all the postpaid and broadband subscribers.

In his Twitter account, Pangilinan said, “TY for the overwhelming response to #SmartFREEInternet. Our early Christmas gift to our loyal and new subs – offer now extended to Jan. 5.”

He also tweeted, “Even better – free Internet now open to ALL prepaid, postpaid & broadband subscribers of Smart, TNT 7 Sun #smartFREEinternet for All.”

On top of the free Internet offer, all subscribers can also get “unli” “all-you-can” Facebook access – including sending messages via Facebook messenger and viewing of videos embedded in the social networking site.

In the official website of Smart, the tagline in its offering says, Now Open to All Prepaid, Postpaid, and Broadband Subscribers.

In addition, Charles A. Lim, executive vice president and head for wireless consumer business at Smart.“This is our way of thanking our subscribers as well as a response to the requests of our postpaid and broadband subscribers to be included in the special offer. It is part of our overall strategy in accelerating mobile Internet adoption and usage in the country,”