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Nook Color pushes the sale of Nook over Kindles, Amazon frowns.

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A study by IDC revealed that tablets’ sale actually decreased in the early part of 2011. This is due to the short supply of iPad 2 as well as the early March launches for iPad 2 and Android tablets, which had forced some consumers to wait until those tablets came out. However, IDC projected a stronger Tablet market for the year as iPad 2’s supply fills up and competing Android tablets drop in price. The research company actually increased its projection of tablet sales for 2011 from 50.4 million to 53.5 million Tablets.

Sales of E-readers are also increasing by 24 percent year-to-year to 16.2 million, with 3.3 million sold in the first quarter, although the figure is even lower than the figure of Tablets sold in 2010, which clocked in at 19.5 million. Device that’s spearheading E-readers’ growth also is something that blurs the line of Tablets and E-readers: Nook Color. Analysts at IDC said color-based Nook helped Barnes & Noble win the e-reader sales for the first quarter of 2011. With 3 million Nook Color sold in just 4 months, it’s no surprise really. New touch E-ink based Nook Simple Touch should help B&N extend the lead, as there’s little in horizon for Amazon until its release of Hollywood/Coyote tablets in the fall.

Picture source: Engadget



Daily Round-Up: Lucky 7! July 7th, 2011.

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7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. 7. Pretty good day for me too.

Anyway, off to the round-ups, you lucky people!

The Moment: Major ISPs give users “six strikes” for copyright infringements. It’s an interesting idea, and the move that everybody can really agree to. The idea is simple – Copyright holders will continue to look for copyright infringements on torrent sites and other sites on the Web. Major internet providers will continue to give their customers privacy so ISPs won’t have to supply copyright holders with information on copyright infringements unless the Court requires them to. In a meanwhile, copyright holders will “ping” ISPs with notice if they see users on the network downloading/uploading any copyrighted work without permissions. Users will get First and Second notice as a warning via e-mail that directs them to know more about the copyright issue. Users will get third and fourth notice the same way, except they will be in the more noticeable forms such as pop-up alerts. Fifth and sixth notice will bring “mitigation measures,” which include throttling, forcing violators to visit landing page that tells violators to settle the matter with the ISP and others. This doesn’t stop people from spoofing IP address, or jumping from ISP to another ISP to avoid any trouble with the violation. But if ISP can act in a reasonable way (they can’t cancel your internet service or prevent you from sending e-mails or consulting with doctors online so that’s a start), this can be a better way than suing the heck out of everyone to get money that they will probably never fully get to begin with.

“My Bold, Cold, Bald Picks”: This will increase piracy short-term, but will eventually lead to more reasonable relationships between content consumers and creators. Given that even reaching sixth strike has a light consequence, it’s not hard to imagine people moving more toward piracy since they don’t have to worry about getting sued by MPAAs and record companies. But in a more factual way, people who usually pirates software or contents separate into two groups: Those who actually buy a lot more content than those who don’t and those who are too poor to buy legal contents anyway. For the first group of people, one study revealed that people who pirates download 10 TIMES the amount of music downloaded by people who don’t pirate.  Piracy actually exposes people to more musics and artists, eventually pushing people to legally buy albums and singles of artists that they gave a listen via torrents.  For the second group of people, teens are main factors in piracy. It’s partly because they’re more tech-savvy but mainly because teens usually get a little allowance. A lot of teens have a very fickle musical taste and listen to songs that are “hot,” which changes almost every week. With little allowances that they have, they cannot buy all songs that they want to put on their iPods and iPhones. So what do they resort to? Piracy. Same thing applies to most of the contents that are pirated such as movies and games.

So, two groups of people who pirates are either those who will not buy legal contents, or those who already buy enough legal contents. This means content creators really have a little need to crack down on piracy. While I don’t advocate for the full-on legalization of piracy, relaxing on piracy probably will also cut the consumer backlash MPAAs and RIAAs of organizations get when they sue ordinary people for millions of dollars just because they uploaded couple songs.

Okay… running late here. Off to the links…:

Facebook Vibe seen, music service coming to Facebook? This really makes Facebook look like MySpace now.

Steve Ballmer will deliver CES 12 keynote. Perhaps with the sneak peek of Windows 8? Rumor says that Windows 8 will be  released next April anyway.

Apple loses “appstore” copyright lawsuit against Amazon. Judge declares Apples’ App Store not famous enough, or renowned, or prominent. App Store is not famous enough, and Kim Kardashian is?

Another Moment: Google Maps updated on Android, enables offline map viewing. Here goes TomTom and Garmin. (Maybe Garmin can try Nuvifone 2?)

Swype on iOS. Only if you are jailbroken. There’s a reason to try JailbreakMe.

iAD facing competition as competitors woo companies. Seriously though, million dollar fees to start iADs are way, way too high.

iPad HD coming this year, with Final Cut Pro and Aperture? I don’t know how fingers can do sensitive image editing work? Maybe they will have Mighty Mouse compatible with iPad soon? (iPad in Eee Pad Transformer form would be awesome, actually)

Virgin Mobile’s $ 25 unlimited data/text, 300 minutes plan will have a price hike to $ 35. Still one of best deals you can get if you’re using a smartphone. Especially when a competitive plan for Verizon costs close to $ 130.

App Store hits 15 billion downloads, and $ 2.5 billion given to developers. Android Market just hit 5 billion last week, so there’s your bar right there, Android.

Government arrests 15 people from Anonymous. Five of them are under 18. That’s some hot young IT prospects right there… In a meanwhile, AntiSec is hacking more organizations. This hacking spree just won’t stop!

Sony will include “PSN Pass” in first-party games, which links PSN account with the game CD. This bans people who bought used CDs to play online games, although I’m pretty sure people will find a way.

Investors accuse RIM of using the split of CEO/Chairman as a “stall tactic” to prevent them from suggesting more changes. The company is falling apart on the outside and on the inside.

In brief: Toshiba Thrive in stock for $ 430Verizon already controls 32% of iPhone 4 data usage in the U.S….Xoom may get Android 3.2 which nobody knows what it is (Ice Cream Sandwich should be 4.0)…SpongeBob Twitter Adventure! More cheaper iPhone rumorApple releasing Lion on July 14th?..2Pac Albums on iTunes!


Unlocked HD2 for $ 260, EVO 4G for $ 30 at Radio Shack… Fallout New Vegas for $ 10 at Best Buy…Fieldrunners HD for Android free on Amazon…FIFA 11 for $ 24, NCAA Football 12 with $ 20 gift card for $ 57 at Amazon…

4000 XBox Live points along with your Windows Phone for a penny…Samsung Bluetooth handset for $ 4 after $ 20 rebate…Refurbished Sandy Bridge Dell XPS desktop with 8GB of RAM, i7 CPU, and Radeon HD 5770 for $ 649…


Happy 7/7 day and good night!



Remember This?: MySpace!

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MySpace was famous around four years ago. I remember my old middle school friends almost forcing me to join MySpace. They asked me every day “Oh, John. You should get MySpace! It’s like totally cool.” So, I made one. What a mess it was.

Awful... Just awful

I didn’t like keeping a good care of my “homepage,” so I left it pretty much unchanged. But there was still a lot of mess. For instance, when I tried out new apps, MySpace automatically created a section for that specific app. This means plenty of “Truth Box”/”Best Friends” types of apps clogging up my homepage. In fact, the first thing about Facebook that I was impressed with was that it was so clean. All apps were tucked under little categories in the upper left corner. Center space of my window was reserved only for what my friends’ and I said or did. This meant a great deal for me who often writes long, and lot (In fact, that was the main reason I got a blog). On Facebook, people can see my thoughts and opinions clearer than on MySpace, where your activities and statuses competed with music players, annoying wallpapers and apps. I was also able to notice much more of my friends’ activities on Facebook than on MySpace because I got so distracted by shiny, colorful items on MySpace to actually finish reading my “news feed.”

When I actually visited other people’s’ page on MySpace… oh my God. No offense to many but some of them created sites for people with ADHD. Flashy backgrounds, loud heavy metal/hip-hop musics that auto played as soon as the page showed up, and many other elements bothered me so much that I did not even go to others’ pages for years. And it was slow as hell. Partly because of my old computer, but MySpace pages took close to a minute to load fully. MySpace mobile app, which thankfully had a better, cleaner interface that it had become my go-to app for social networking until I joined Facebook, was much faster, and more efficient than the actual desktop site.

When I joined Facebook, I remember being shocked about how fast everything is. My wall loaded up in less than ten seconds. I can go to my friends’ profiles without taking a minute break! Everything on Facebook was amazing.

I was a latecomer to Facebook, but Facebook seemed better than MySpace in every ways. Facebook was a lot faster, cleaner, and deeper. Lot of my friends thought too. Lot of others thought as well. My feed right now (which I had not visited for more than one and a half-year) is basically empty. Occasional posts are posted, but most of them are from Twitter or Facebook (I linked my Twitter for my MySpace about two years ago). Lot of other posts and updates are by bands that I am a “fan” of or by the White House. The last status update that I have seen from my friend was from 20 days ago.

MySpace has been gone through lots of overhauls in recent years, with its logo changes to its decision to allow people to log in from Facebook and Yahoo accounts (which signaled the end of long journey of MySpace, in my opinion), and its design changes. But it has become so unnoticed by the media that the news MySpace got sold for $ 35 million was barely a blip. In fact, for my Moment that day, I had IBM developing an instantaneous memory as my “Moment.” Bigger news of the day was that people can send out Google + invites to other people.

Now, it’s sold to the Simplify Media for $ 35 million, which is about 10 times less than what MySpace was bought for back in 2004 by News Corp. Its user base has been cut by more than a half, from 120 million to 50 million (most of them, like me, who are too lazy to delete their profiles) in the span of 3 years. MySpace’s staff, which at its peak was more than 1,600 employees, will be reduced to less than 100 employees by the end of this year. It seems like MySpace is stepping on the same road that Friendster went through and it’s hard to see how MySpace may bounce back. But just as we cheered for Facebook as an underdog, we do root for an underdog. Oh wait, there’s that thing by Google called Google + that’s better than MySpace and even Facebook in some regard? Never mind. I’m jumping ship to Google+.

P.S. Sad state of MySpace. You know what sites have more traffic than MySpace? YouPorn, CNET, Google Turkey, IMDB, Ask, Tumblr, etc. This was once the site that was the second most popular website in the U.S. back in 2006, even more popular than Google. Just sad.


Written by Geek Park

July 6, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Average teens watch 7 hours of mobile video a month, breezes through the 2GB cap

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A study on teen media usage was released by Nielsen this week, and offers some interesting facts on the media usage especially related to new data caps that will be implemented by Verizon on the July 7th. According to the study, an average mobile subscriber of age 12-17 watched 7 hours and 13 minutes of mobile video a month during the 4Q of 2010, although it was not shown how much were done on the Wi-Fi. 7 hours and 13 minutes is far above the average of 4 hours and 20 minutes spent by the general population.

GaGa Music video was the most popular video content, with 54% of teens watching at least one music video a month on mobile devices. Considering that watching 7 hours and 30 minutes of videos a month on the 3g network equals to about 1.5 GB a month, which leaves a very little room for anything else with the 2GB cap, this does signal a trouble for teens that will be put into a tiered plan. This is more so for 4G phones, which use more bandwidth to stream higher-quality videos. So, your solution? Sign for unlimited plans before they are gone for good on July 7th.

Also, according to the survey, average teens send out 3,364 texts a month, which doesn’t include IM’s or video chat (used by 26%) or Skype, meaning that plenty of LOL’s and OMG’s goes through wireless networks every month. Teens talk on the phone the least beside the seniors, however, with 515 minutes spent talking in a month. Seeing a trend here? Lots of datas, texts, but little minutes. Virgin Mobile’s $ 25 plan, which include unlimited texting, data, and 300 minutes, would fit very well with teenagers’ needs… Hopefully other carriers follow suit.

Source: Nielsen

Written by Geek Park

June 28, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Daily Round-Up!: June 28, 2011 – Afternoon Edition

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Here’s all the links, news and rumors you need to get through the end of your day.

Consumer Report says T-Mobile’s G2X beats iPhone 4 in camera testing. I guess it’s time for “Consumer Report is biased!” or another improved-camera on the  iPhone 5 rumor. FWIW, Atrix and Thunderbolt also bested iPhone 4 in the same test as well.

Microsoft Office 365, which is a workplace version of Microsoft Office Web Apps, launches at the rate of $ 6 ~ 27 a month, which is much more than $ 0 that Google charges for Google Docs. You can look at comparisons of two products here.

Google + revealed! Circles! Squares! Groups! Apps! Yay! Google also tries its hand at unifying its expansive product portfolio with wdyl (What do you love?)

Upgrades Vaio Z costs $ 1,899… And we thought Samsung Series 9 (at $ 1,500) was expensive.

Dish buys Terrestar, company that went bankrupt about a month after releasing its FIRST smartphone.

Windows Phone 8 to be named Tango? No hardware buttons (which seem to be a trend, BTW) in Mango phones? (Well, you do need the power button… Only way you can turn on the phone without the button involves unicorn tears and extra magic)

DRAM prices are falling by the wayside, dropping 6% this month. In a meanwhile, DDR3 will remain a leading standard for RAM for three more years, iSuppli reports so no worry, upgraders..

Apple releases $ 49 Thunderbolt data transfer cable. USB 3.0 Data transfer cable, FYI, costs $ 4.

Upgrade to Motorola’s XPRT/Droid Pro coming soon, with Gingerbread?

Glasses-free 3D for $ 179! Hooray! Wait, but 3DS cost $ 249 and can do much more than this PMP… but this PMP does have a great 8-inch screen.  Interest for 3DS has declined by 27% in the course of a year, BTW.

Google to face a 295 million euro (that’s $ 422 million) lawsuit over anti-competitive practices. That’s a huge chunk of money for me and you, but a small chunk of money for Google which has close to $ 6 billion on hand




Can Pac 12 create a Web-based network partnered with Google (Google’s owners are Stanford grads) or Apple?

12% of U.S. population has an e-reader while 8% of U.S. population has a tablet; 3% have both. Surely the low price point of Kindles and Nooks contributed. But does Nook Color count as an e-reader or a tablet? 

Windows 8 manufacturing by April? Time to upgrade again, I guess…. Here’s Microsoft’s big push toward the tablet market

NVidia announces GTX 570M and 580M, which will be included in Alienware’s M18x as well as MSI GT780R. Both has Optimus, which means you can surf the Web for five hours even with those power-munching graphic cards. I’m pretty sure the price of laptops with those GPU’s will be somewhere around eleventy billion.

In brief: Gameloft releases its second-half 2011 lineup, still filled with copy-catsNook Color gets location-aware Angry Birds, beating Nokia, although Angry Birds for Nook Color still costs $ 3…FCC says wireless industry is competitive, guess that it didn’t see Verizon’s new tiered data plans….Google Testing Flash to HTML5 converter called Swifty, although it won’t convert Flash games or videos as much of HTML5 proponents would’ve hoped for Opera with Ver. 11.5, without those lovely potato ads (will benchmark Opera 11.5 against Chrome 12 soon)… Thunderbird 5 launches with Tab-dragging, add-ons management and other enhancements.

For your deals of the day…: Sensation unlocked for $ 479! Droid Charge for $ 129 for new customers! (originally $ 299)

ASUS Transformer 32GB + Earphones + 8GB Micro SD Card for $ 499! 8GB RAM for $ 45 After rebate! Noise canceling headset for $ 10!

Galaxy Tab 32GB for $ 529, $ 70 off! Viewsonic GTablet for $ 250 on Woot!

If deals are not on the page, go to the next page.









Written by Geek Park

June 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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