• 24Nov

    Investors were upset that Yahoo! Inc.’s (YHOO) quarterly results showed a sharp drop in display advertising revenue. And, based on its forecasts, that will not get any better soon. The Yahoo! trouble is not an isolated case. Display rates have started to collapse across the industry, making a chance for Internet advertising to expand as fast as it has over the past decade impossible. That represents trouble for tens of thousands of businesses.

    Yahoo!’s revenue fell 7% in the second quarter compared to last year, drifting down to $1.22 billion. Wall St. focused mostly on one comment:

    Iconic Brands That Just Vanished

    GAAP display revenue was $472 million for the second quarter of 2013, a 12 percent decrease compared to $535 million for the second quarter of 2012.

    At the same time, there was no evidence that Yahoo!’s audience fell, so the yield from the average display ad fell considerably.

    Yahoo! holds a special place among America’s Internet companies. In the United States, according to research firm comScore, it had a monthly audience of unique visitor that was above 192.9 million in May. That put it a very close second to Google Inc.’s (GOOG), which was 193.5 million. Because of its huge size, the trends set by Yahoo! almost certainly represent those of most of the balance of the industry.

    States That Drink the Most Beer

    The bane of display advertising today is that so many Web properties have decided to stake their futures on content delivered on small devices, which include, primarily, smartphones. All of the evidence indicates that advertisers will pay less for messages they post on these smaller screens. Actually, the amount marketers will pay for this content environment is much, much less than for traditional display ads that appear on personal computers (PCs). In an attempt to chase the online content audience as it migrates away from PCs, Internet companies have badly damaged future revenue prospects. The trouble is that people will watch content on smaller screens whether online content sites like it or not.

    Most experts hope that falling display ad rates can be offset by the increase in video content on the Internet. Advertisers will pay a great deal more for video ads than display ads. So, there is a rush to create this sort of programming. But the likelihood that video can balance the drop in display rates appears unlikely.

    Beyond Google’s YouTube, the amount of video posted on the Internet by large content companies is relatively small. In May, Google sites had 154.4 million unique video viewers, driven almost exclusively by YouTube. These visitors spent an average of 437 minutes on Google sites in May. After that, video viewership at other sites drops very sharply. For example, Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) sites had 45.2 million unique video viewers in May. The average time these viewers spent watching video on Microsoft sites was only 36.9 minutes, barely more than a half-hour TV show.

    Internet advertising may remain at current levels in terms of volume, but the monetary yield from these ads likely will never return.

  • 23Nov

    Facebook shares rallied an impressive 30% Thursday, allowing the stock to book its best one-day gain ever. And while shares remain about 10% below the May 2012 IPO price of $38, analysts are predicting that Facebook is finally on its way to reaching, and even crossing, that threshold.

    “Facebook delivered its strongest quarter yet as a public company — results that we think could be thesis-changing for many,” said Doug Anmuth, a JPMorgan analyst who boosted his price target to $44 a share from $35.

    Investors and analysts are most impressed by Facebook’s growing strength in mobile advertising — a part of the business they were initially most concerned about since Facebook lacked a clear strategy for mobile advertising despite the rapidly growing number of people using Facebook on their mobile phones and tablets.

    “One year into Facebook’s mobile advertising efforts, mobile has increased from zero to 41% of total ad revenue,” Anmuth highlighted in a note to clients.

    While the improvements have been gradual, Facebook blew everyone away this past quarter by generating 50% more in mobile ad revenue than what Wall Street was expecting.

    Even after that stellar quarter, analysts say growth should remain strong as Facebook continues to shift toward more social ads that will become increasingly valuable to advertisers.

    Analysts at JMP Securities, who increased their share price target to $38, said that social media giant’s second-quarter results suggest that “Facebook is increasingly becoming a ‘must buy’ for advertisers.”

    Goldman Sachs analysts were also excited by Facebook’s significant improvement in mobile advertising. They put a bullish price target of $46 on Facebook shares.

    “We continue to believe Facebook is at the center of the mobile ad revolution and see considerable opportunity for it to drive higher pricing on its ad units as brand and direct marketers alike take advantage of its broad reach and precise targeting,” said Goldman analyst Heather Bellini.

    As Facebook (FB) shares surged, a number of investors were getting in on the action. Over 360 million shares of Facebook had exchanged hands Thursday, more than seven times the stock’s average daily trading volume.

    The day’s surge pushed the value of Facebook to more than $80 billion, up from just over $60 billion as of Wednesday’s closing bell.

    Facebook’s advance was also getting plenty of attention on Twitter.

  • 15Nov

    In addition to announcing second-generation Nexus 7 and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google today also announced the existence of which is a smart Chromecast shaped dongle instead Nexus Q. Chromecast shaped stick that utilizes an HDMI port on the television to run Chrome OS version is simple and will integrate several Google services such as YouTube, Google Play Music, Play Video, and Google Chrome both applications in mobile, tablet or laptop.
    Chromecast works like a second screen. If someone such as looking at a YouTube video on your phone, laptop, or tablet and then touch the button Chromecast available in the Chrome browser, it is a television that has been installed sticks Chromecast will play the video as it is displayed on the phone screen. In addition Chromecast can also accept input from a variety of devices that will be played simultaneously turns, for example, from cell phones and play video from laptop playing a movie. Besides Google Play Music and Video, Netflix app (in the U.S.) are also supported by this Chromecast.
    Chromecast control can be done from the phone, for example, adjust the volume or change the video played. Chromecast also allows playback of video ‘removed’ from the phone to the tablet and will be passed from the last time the video is played.
    Google Chromecast also able to play music like a DJ. This service can access Google Play Music and Pandora. In addition it can also display tabs Chromecast Chrome on television to view photos or videos on Google+ or Vimeo for example. Chromecast also create opportunities through Google Cast application development SDK for Android, iOS and Chrome. To run Chromecast, the television must have an HDMI port plugs plus a blank as a resource for Chromecast mealui microUSB.
    Chromecast can be purchased at a price of just USD 35 and is now becoming available in the United States. In addition Chromecast can also be purchased from the Play Store, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com. Currently no information when this gadget will be available in Indonesia.

  • 13Nov

    IDG News Service – Intel says it will increase of the battery life of tablets and hybrid PCs that use its microprocessors, with new low-power Haswell chips that will start shipping later this year.

    The chip maker said Tuesday that its upcoming Core Y series chips will run at 4.5-watts using a metric called SDP (scenario design power), roomates measures the power used to dissipate heat while running certain apps on mobile and touch devices.

    That’s a lower figure than Intel was aiming for initially, Intel spokesman Dan Snyder said via e-mail. Intel previously said it would release the Core Y chips with a 6-watt SDP.

    Intel’s use of SDP has been Criticized, however, since it differs from the used and accepted, Instant-TDP (Thermal Design Power) metric. TDP Intel counters that may not be applicable on devices such as tablets, Because they differ so much in design from laptops. Rivals such as Advanced Micro Devices disagree.

    Tablets and PCs hybrid with the 4.5 watt Core chips will offer more than nine hours of battery life on active usage, Snyder said. Intel also Announced Y 6-watt Core processors for PCs fitted with fans.

    Claimed that Intel has the fourth-generation Core chips based on Haswell offer up to 50 percent longer battery life and up to twice the graphics performance than their predecessors Ivy Bridge.

    The Y Core chips will ship to device makers in the coming months, Snyder said. However, the company Declined to comment on when tablets and hybrids based on the chips would Become available. Tablets and hybrids running on Intel’s third-generation Core i3 and i5 chips based on Ivy Bridge are already available. Intel also offers the Atom processor for tablets; faster the Core processors are more power hungry though.

    The Y-series chips are vital for Intel, roomates needs to grab a larger share of the tablet market as PC shipments decline. Intel is also trying to bridge the divide via laptop-tablet Haswell, targeting the chips at hybrids with detachable touchscreens and keyboards. The market today is dominated by ARM, Whose processors are used in most tablets and smartphones.

    The first Core processors Y joins a lineup of Haswell processors that include a dual-core Core U laptop chips, roomates draw 11.5 watts to 15 watts of power. Intel started shipping in June also other quad-and dual-core Haswell chips for desktops and laptops. Including PC makers Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Acer have Announced laptops and hybrids based on the Haswell chips Announced in June.

  • 13Nov

    CEB TowerGroup recently named Hyland Software a Best-in-Class enterprise content management (ECM) vendor for insurance companies in three categories in its evaluation of ECM solutions providers in the space. Hyland was named Best-in-Class for: User Experience, Enterprise Operations Support and Enterprise Support.

    The report identifies both current and future market drivers, identifies the needs of the industry and lists notable solutions providers. CEB TowerGroup selected vendors based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of each vendor’s solution features and functionality, understanding of customer needs and implementation of leading practices to maximize efficiency and ROI.

    “Selection as a Best-in-Class solution within CEB TowerGroup’s insurance vendor review verifies the relevance and ongoing benefits ECM solutions can provide insurance companies. It illustrates Hyland’s ability to offer insurers a solution that can streamline their processes, enabling them to run more efficiently and cost-effectively across their entire organization,” stated Cheryl Nulman, Hyland’s insurance industry marketing manager.

    CEB TowerGroup named Hyland Software’s OnBase a Best-in-Class solution for:

    • User Experience,  for its attributes that directly contribute to enhancing the productivity of employees across the organization
    • Enterprise Operation Support, for its attributes that support and facilitate business operations enterprise-wide
    • Enterprise Support for Hyland’s influence and ongoing relationship with customers

    “Our industry expertise, coupled with the high-value we place on customers’ feedback helps to create leading solutions to meet insurers’ needs. Our agile approach increases our viability in the industry and ensures an advanced solution offering,” Nulman said.

    “As insurance executives evaluate new IT products to support their business needs, many are overwhelmed by the volume of technologies available,” said Aaron Kissel, executive director, CEB. “CEB TowerGroup is the only advisory group qualified to evaluate such a broad range of insurance technology tools and to help insurers navigate the increasingly complex landscape.”

    *Technology Assessment Disclaimer– CEB does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our CEB TowerGroup publications and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors rated “best in class.” CEB TowerGroup research publications consist of the opinions of CEB TowerGroup’s analysts and should not be construed as statements of fact. CEB disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

    About Hyland Software

    For over 20 years, Hyland Software has helped our more than 11,500 lifetime customers by providing real-world solutions to everyday business challenges. That dedication is why Hyland realizes double-digit growth, and why 98 percent of our customer base continues to renew its annual maintenance. Our customers see the ongoing value of partnering with Hyland and continue to work with us year after year.

    Seamless integrations with policy administration, core administration and claims management systems speed processing times across the entire insurance lifecycle from underwriting to policy services to claims, which increases customer service. Using OnBase, insurers are able to increase profitability through accurate and consistent underwriting decisions while decreasing response times and costs associated with claims.

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  • 13Nov

    Website analytics company StatCounter have revealed its latest report covering global trends of internet access and software popularity. Dubbed ‘Internet Wars’ the report contains two major power shifts: in terms of mobile internet access Samsung has overtaken Apple whilst Chrome have has stolen Internet Explorer’s browser crown. See below for a full break-down of the report:

    Mobile: Samsung & Chrome lead the way

    In terms of mobile vendors the changes have been somewhat expected. 12 months ago Nokia was the number one vendor for connecting to mobile internet but they’ve now dropped to third place as Samsung overtakes Apple by a small margin.

    In terms of mobile browser usage the global market shows Android’s default browser out in front with 29% compared to Safari’s 25%; but in the US and the UK the Apple products are clear leaders – taking 55% and 48% of the market share respectively.

    This is a direct reflection of mobile OS trends where Android are ahead globally (38%, up from 26% last year) but with the US and the UK showing a pretty clear preference for the iOS. In the US Apple takes 55% and Android 39%; in the UK Apple gets 48% and Android has 30%. The UK also proves to be a bit of a hold-out for Blackberry – holding on to a respectable 15% of the market.

    Browsers & Operating Systems: Internet Explorer beaten, but Windows remains dominant

    The browser wars have seen Google overtake Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time in June this year, with Firefox and Safari taking third and fourth place respectively. Chrome took 34% of the market, compared to IE’s 32%.

    StatCounter’s report also took in the balance of power with operating systems, showing Windows 7 actually increasing its internet usage share to 51% despite the fanfare-launch of Windows 8. And 12 years after its launch, Windows XP is still hanging in there with 21% of the global market, comfortably above Apple’s consistent third-place OSX (over 7% share).

    In the UK specifically Windows 7 still keeps its top-spot with a 49% market share, but – unlike in the global market – Mac’s OSX takes second place with 11%, beating out Windows XP’s 10% share.

    It was also revealed that despite reports of Facebook’s declining appeal amongst teenagers the site has still managed to increase its market share – at least in terms of referall traffic, the metric that StatCounter uses.

    Social media: Facebook still king, though UK has a soft spot for Twitter

    Worlwide Facebook has increased its referral influence from 61% in June 2012 to 71% in June 2013. Other social networks still barely register on this scale – with StumbleUpon falling from 9% to 5%, Pinterest taking the number two slot with 8% and Twitter taking up third place with 7%.

    In the US Pinterest had a far more dominant position, climbing to a healthy second place in terms of referral traffic with 22% of the market share compared to Facebook’s 52%; whilst in the UK it was Twitter that took the number two spot, with 16% of referral traffic compared to Facebook’s 62%.

    However, it should be noted that referral traffic – whilst a useful metric – is by no means the be all and end all of social media influence.

    A recent essay by Ethan Zuckerman for the Atlantic pointed out that whilst Facebook may dominate in terms of user figures, the influence it create tends to be fairly insular – with links spread amongst individuals that are already friends. Zuckerman counterpoints this with Reddit – which is far less popular in terms of actual user figures but might be considered more influential as it manages to  spread content amongst strangers, reaching further flung areas of the web.

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  • 12Nov

    California: Google is rumored to be opening for Google TV streaming service. The tech giant is said to be developing a streaming service similar to cable TV services, such as Hulu or Netflix.
    Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, according to sources who declined to be named. The source revealed that Google has approached several media companies to discuss licensing and television program content. Google wants to provide more services to Google TV via channels such as television package, but by using a broadband connection.
    Google TV audience of streaming content will not require registration and subscription requirements as well as cable television service. Google TV so users will not be charged monthly. Google TV is not much different from the Apple TV. But the Apple TV first implement streaming TV service.
    Google seems to need to fight hard to make it happen because just like the Apple TV earlier, the problem of security issues and also the reluctance of media companies to cooperate with Web TV newcomers a big challenge.

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  • 10Nov

    Google and Fraunhofer IIS deliver the first movies with a true 5.1 channel surround sound experience from Google Play. The immersive sound quality consumers have come to expect from TV, Blu-ray disc or DVD is now available with movies streamed or downloaded from Google Play directly to their Android devices running 4.1 or later. Google chose HE-AAC Multichannel as Android’s only surround sound codec due to its open-standard nature and excellent bit-rate efficiency.

    When connected to a surround sound system and TV with an HDMI cable, Android users will be able to play high quality audio and video from their smartphones and tablets in surround. On the go, Android devices will play movies in great stereo quality and selected Nexus products will also include the Fraunhofer Cingo virtual surround rendering technology, which will play movies in realistic surround sound on earphones or tablet stereo speakers.

    Android’s HE-AAC Multichannel implementation includes full support for loudness and downmix metadata commonly known from the broadcast TV world, as well as other features that allow the sound to be tailored for an optimum user experience in any listening mode and environment.

    “Google Play movies in 5.1 HE-AAC Multichannel sound are the first realization of our vision of bringing true theatrical surround sound to mobile devices,” said Robert Bleidt, Division General Manager at Fraunhofer USA Digital Media Technologies. “The Google and Fraunhofer partnership creates a tremendous value for consumers by offering one format that delivers a high quality experience both in-home and while mobile. Consumers may experience surround sound over headphones while on their way home from work, and finish the movie in true, exciting surround in their living room,” he added.

    HE-AAC Multichannel is part of the Fraunhofer FDK AAC codec library for Android since version 4.1 and a required feature of all Android-compatible devices. This software makes open-source Fraunhofer implementations of the MPEG audio codecs AAC, HE-AAC, HE-AACv2, and AAC-ELD available to the Android community.

    HE-AAC is today’s most efficient high-quality surround and stereo audio codec deployed in over 5 billion devices and used in TV, radio, and streaming services worldwide. The codec is natively integrated into most operating systems, streaming platforms and consumer electronics devices. In addition to its unique coding efficiency, HE-AAC has the dynamic ability to change audio bit-rates seamlessly in order to adapt to changing network conditions as consumers stream content to a variety of devices. It can be used with any adaptive streaming technology including MPEG-DASH, Apple HLS, Adobe HDS and Microsoft Smooth Streaming.

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  • 09Nov

    Supply chain management software maker E2open Inc (EOPN.O) expects its revenue to hit $100 million for the first time next fiscal year, after replacing its dependence on BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) and PC makers with a host of new customers.

    Chief Executive Mark Woodward said he expected E2open, which went public a year ago, to boost its sales in the 12 months to February 2015 after adding up to 20 new enterprise customers in the current fiscal year.

    “We do $80 million (in revenue) this year and we grow 30 percent next year. That should get us there,” Woodward said in an interview, referring to the $100-million revenue target.

    E2open, which makes cloud-based software designed to assist companies in managing their supply chains, has more than doubled its annual revenue in the five years since Woodward took charge. Revenue in the fiscal year to February 28, 2013, was $75 million.

    The company’s shares have risen about 35 percent since they began trading on the Nasdaq on July 26 last year.

    Three of the six analysts covering E2open have a “strong buy” rating on the stock. The other three rate it “buy”, according to Thomson Reuters data. The company has a market capitalization of $460 million.

    With a customer base that includes Coca-Cola Co (KO.N), Unilever Plc (ULVR.L), IBM (IBM.N) and Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O), E2open has been diversifying to cut its dependence on any one large customer.

    Last year, that customer was Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry (BBRY.O).

    Woodward said he expected BlackBerry’s contribution to E2open’s revenue to fall to less than 3 percent in the current fiscal year from nearly 15 percent last year.

    BlackBerry, which pioneered on-the-go email with its handsets and messaging systems, has slipped into tough times as it struggles to keep pace with nimbler rivals.

    Woodward said BlackBerry’s quarterly shipments of about 7 million units were between a quarter and a third of the volume contracted when it became a customer of E2open four years ago.

    “Their usage of our systems, just because they are selling less handsets, has come down dramatically,” said Woodward.

    E2open has, on average, signed up 17 enterprise customers in each of the last two years. In total, it has 76 enterprise customers – those which buy E2open’s software as well as pay for access to its network of suppliers and trading partners.

    Computer maker Dell Inc (DELL) brought in 22.5 percent of E2open’s revenue in fiscal 2011. Now, it accounts for less than 5 percent – even though its contribution in dollar terms has risen, Woodward said.

    “The original deal that we signed with Dell was for $3.2 million for three years,” he said. “The last bill we signed with Dell was for $3.2 million per year.”

    British mobile telephone company Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L) (VOD.O) is the largest customer for Foster City, California-based E2open, having contributed 12.1 percent of the company’s revenue last fiscal year.

    Another customer, Seagate Technology LLC (STX.O), held a 9 percent stake in E2open as of December last year.

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  • 08Nov

    The Water Proofing

    Sony Xperia Z’s lips at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas in early January. Because this phone has the security features that is waterproof.

    U3-436-SonySmartphone dimensions 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm screen has 5 ˝. With such a wide screen, the display explores the experience is more freely, though it would be difficult to operate with one hand. Smartphone flat box shape does look pretty, it’s just feels less comfortable grip. This smartphone is also layered glass on each side. Those who would like smartphones bodied clean, need frequent cleaning traces of the hand attached to the glass. Dressings glass also makes it feel a little slippery when held.

    The placement of the power button and the volume of the right middle, making it easy to reach buttons when holding, either left or right-handed. Micro-USB port, a micro-SIM, microSD, headset jack and has a special cover so that water does not enter into these holes.

    Sony Xperia Z screen uses the Bravia Engine 2. 1080 × 1920 pixel image displays sharp colors. When used under strong light, the screen can still display a good image. This screen does not use IPS panels, so that the sharpness of the picture is only valid when it is in plain sight. Once tilted, the color looks a little foggy. The screen has wet finger tracking, so it can still operate even if your fingers wet. But, when in the water, he still does not respond to touch.

    One more thing to note is hot. When using a smartphone intensive, especially when connected to the internet, so it feels very hot. Although the heat was tolerable hand, the heat is quite disturbing because the effect on Li-ion 2300mAh battery that is growing quickly depleted. This substantial battery can last all day with moderate internet usage. In addition, the Sony Xperia Z also has stamina mode that turns off the internet when the smartphone is not active. Internet will be active again after Sony Xperia Z used.

    This smartphone’s camera using RS 13 megapixel Exmor sensor, the resulting image is quite good. Sony Xperia Z adds many exciting features, such as burst and HDR function. There are also picture effects such as panoramic images and a variety of filters to be creative with the pictures taken. One favorite is the sketch effect. The camera is also capable of recording HD quality video.

    Audio business, Sony presents the expiration monaural speaker and stereo sound with headphones. The resulting sound is quite crisp innate headphones in ears, though not too special. While the default mono speakers generate sound quite comfortable to hear. In tests conducted PCplus, Sony Xperia Z can still operate despite being dipped into the water. Turn on the music, until a call. It’s just the sound of the speakers so there selantang usually after dyed. Wait three hours, the speakers back to normal.

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