Ep 29 of 2011
Last week saw the short messaging social network Twitter turn 5. How it seems like twitter has been with us forever.
5 years ago, on July 15th, 2006, Twitter, then called Twittr, opened to the public and was described as “a new mobile service that helps groups of friends bounce random thoughts around with SMS.”
It’s time to look back over the last financial quarter and see how the major tech icons are placed.
Last week also saw Google's 36 percent revenue surge, smash Wall Street's expectations, sending the Internet giant's shares up more than 12 percent. The world's largest Internet search engine turned in a strong quarterly profit that exceeded forecasts, as it benefited from growth in businesses ranging from mobile to online video. Shares of Google were up 12.3 percent at US$594.50 in after-market trading, marginally above levels at which the stock began earlier this year.
After a five months of jagged ups and downs, Apple stock overtook a record set on Feb. 16, 2011. Last week, after hitting an intraday high of $365, the stock closed at $364.92, up $7.15 (2.0%) . The previous high close ($363.13) were both set nearly five months ago, on Feb. 16, 2011.
When it came to product shipment in the last quarter, Apple and Lenovo PCs made huge gains while those by HP and Dell remained flat. Shipments by Acer, formerly the world’s second largest PC maker, fell 22 percent placing it in fourth spot while Lenovo’s shipments jumped 22.5 percent. Lenovo was the third largest computer maker in the world, behind Dell and HP.
Apple’s PC shipments to the US grew 8 percent to 1.8 million, defying the weak consumer market there, while shipments by leaders HP and Dell fell 1.2 percent and 9.8 percent respectively on last year’s figures.
According to research firms Gartner and IDC, Apple had just over 10 percent share of the US PC market. However it remained outside the top five across the world.
This week on
Tech Talk Radio
Apple compensates a user for iPhone tracking, also the company aligns Australian app prices with that in the US. Doorknocker offers fake NBN services in Hobart, ACMA has published a draft report on the findings of its inquiry into telco customer care and complaints, Adam was a view from the hammock, and a special birthday mention to a well-known tech company who just turned 5. So do you know who it is?
First up, here’s Dr Ron with this week’s news round up from the Tech Talk Radio news desk.
This week's App of the Week:
Apple iPhone: CBA PropertyGuide
The Property Guide app helps anyone looking to keep on top of the property market make smarter property decisions with ‘augmented reality’ insights in to almost any Australian home, anytime, anywhere. The app uses ‘augmented reality’ technology where rich data, which may include past sales history, current property listings and recent sales, is mapped on to a real world view through the iPhone’s camera on more than 95 per cent of residential properties in Australia.
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