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What If Mark Zuckerberg Stepped Down as CEO From Facebook?

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg

What will happen if Mark Zuckerberg steps down as the CEO of Facebook? Will the company collapse or it can improve under the leadership of a capable and an ‘experienced’ CEO? Well I think there are more positive aspects of his stepping down as CEO. There are historical incidents related to this, which are in support of my ideology.  Stepping down as CEO by the founders has mostly helped the companies. Examples are the well known Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Alarmingly and disastrous slide in the stock prices have resulted into the half the price of IPO when it all started. Facebook’s major investor Peter Theil sold off nearly all the stock worth $400 million. Is this the end of cool guys’ making headlines? Will he ever make cover page news again? Well, yes of course! But only if he steps aside as CEO for now and give the control of the company in a safer and an experienced hands.

At some point of time one should concede that he is not capable of doing things as things have become large and vast. Zuckerberg is only 28 and has no prior experience. Handing over the CEO post to a more authentic and able person wont be about ignoring the responsibility but will be a future securing step. Tech giants as I mentioned earlier, like Apple, Google, and Microsoft have gone this way, ceded control and it turned positive.

The Apple Incident

Isn’t it surprising that how can a man get fired from the company he founded himself? Well it was not over. He returns to the company he founded after a gap of 12 long years. And that return was so triumphant that still that return is considered to be the key incident in making company ‘the most valued company’ of all time. What happened here? When Jobs was not experienced enough to handle the fastest growing company he had to quit. Later when he returns triumphantly it brought all the laurels and all the optimism to the company. Being dethroned from the same company Steve Jobs founded was no shame. He started from the beginning. He founded NeXT which turned to be the next turning point for the Mac OS and other software of Apple Inc.

The Google Incident

Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google. When the business turned huge he headhunted the perfect CEO in his 20’s while enjoying the executive power himself. Eric Schmidt served as a CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011 and Page-Brin continued to learn from him, and actually retained the control of the company with themselves. In 2011 Page was ready to take the helm as CEO. Not to forget that in regime of Schmidt Google saw its transformation form a mere search engine to a powerful global tech house.

The Microsoft Incident

Bill gates was also among the few who step aside from the CEO voluntarily. Gates became the Chief software architect while his old friend Steve Ballmer was made CEO. And now the record of Ballmer is also astonishing as I believe all is depended on the release of much anticipated Windows 8.

 

So, these are the examples of some CEOs exit which at some stage turned to be positive for the company. But lastly it is not my company and it will not work according to my notions. I believe there are more intelligent people sitting out there at Facebook headquarter. My best wishes to the Facebook’s billionaire for his cool company. I often remember the dialogue from the movie ‘The Social Network’ goes “Money, or the ability to make money, doesn’t impress anyone around here.”So true. 

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Apple’s $1,049,343,540 victory over samsung

Apple Samsung Ruling

Last year, Apple claimed in a lawsuit that Samsung violated some of the designs and technology that made up the iPhone and iPad. These include features like rounded corners of the user interface, much talked about pinch zoom, and a rubber band feature. On the contrary Samsung denied this and countersued and accused Apple of infringing on some of its patents.

However the jury has found five of the six patent filed by Apple which have been violated by the Samsung.

Now that Apple has won its patent claims against Samsung, the company has to pay Apple $1.05 Billion as a monetary damage.

There were more than 700 questions regarded alleged infringement by both the companies.

How Google is also blown by this verdict

The verdict comes as a major blow to the entire Android community. Samsung is one of the strongest Android player and Google has been quietly providing its own quiet support to Samsung. The most important part of this verdict is that now Apple has a special morale to sue all other Android devices maker which will affect Google directly.

Android is not free anymore

Many of the Android users are already paying a license fee to Microsoft, now will also have to pay an additional fee to Apple. Hence Google’s free Android operating system will not be free anymore.

Company’s statement after the ruling

Apple said

                 “The lawsuit between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values.”

While the Samsung statement came as

        “Todays verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple but as a loss for the American consumers. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices”

Well, I personally believe its not all over yet. But at present Tim Cook must be rejoicing with the ruling in favor of his company.

iPad popularity sends laptop component makers to cloud

The world’s two biggest laptop assemblers are seeking shelter in the cloud as Apple Inc’s iPad threatens the future of personal computers.

Quanta Computer Inc and Compal Electronics Inc, the Taiwanese companies that together make half of all portable computers, are turning to servers and the tablets that access them.

Revenue from building notebooks for clients such as Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc at Taoyuan, Taiwan-based Quanta fell last year for the first time since the company listed in 1999 as the US PC market declined for the first time in a decade.

Sales of the iPad, cheaper and lighter than most laptops, have forced a slowdown in the $233 billion PC market, pushing the assemblers to chase orders from Google Inc and Amazon.com Inc for servers and tablets.

The Taiwanese companies are taking a cue from their customers. Dell is cutting its reliance on PCs and HP considered spinning off the business, seven years after International Business Machines Corp ( IBM) exited the market.

“The golden era for notebooks is over,” said Arthur Liao, an analyst at Fubon Financial Holding Co in Taipei, who rates Quanta an add and has no rating on Compal. “Quanta and Compal need to diversify into cloud computing devices like tablets and servers if they want to survive and grow.”

The success of iPads and other tablets has accelerated the growth of the cloud. Unlike PCs, tablets don’t store reams of data, but rather rely on frequent access to remote servers to run their applications, stream videos and music, and tap into all manner of other data.

Cloud computing

Sales at Quanta, the world’s biggest laptop assembler, from cloud-computing products will climb 80 per cent this year as Google and Amazon boost orders, said Kirk Yang, an analyst with Barclays Plc. Compal last year more than doubled the proportion of its revenue from devices other than notebooks, said Jimmy Chen, an analyst with Masterlink Securities Corp in Taipei.

Sales of cloud-computing products, including servers, tablets such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Internet routers, at Quanta will account for 13.4 per cent of revenue this year from 8.7 per cent last year, Yang said. Analysts estimate revenue growth will be 9 per cent this year after dropping 1.3 per cent last year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Quanta Chief Financial Officer and spokesman Elton Yang declined an interview request.

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“Quanta and Compal recognized a while ago that notebook growth is slowing and they needed to look for new products,” said Chen, who rates both companies hold and estimates that combined they made about half the world’s laptops in the past decade. “Moving into cloud devices is new and risky territory for them, but it’s a move they need to make.”

Quanta’s shares have climbed 20 per cent this year in Taipei and Compal’s have added 8.6 per cent, compared with a 7.8 per cent advance in the benchmark Taiex index.

With social networking sites such as Facebook Inc, Google and Twitter Inc gaining in popularity and more people using the Internet to buy and store music and data, demand for servers continues to climb.

That same can’t be said for PCs. Global computer shipments climbed 0.5 per cent last year to 353 million units, trailing the 7 per cent rise in sales volume for servers, according to researcher Gartner Inc. Significantly, server revenue gained even higher, at 7.9 per cent, Gartner said, indicating average prices increased during the year.

Reign of PCs

Computer prices have declined annually since 2008, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The average price on Dec. 31 was $660.07, compared with $786.90 on Dec. 31, 2008.

Tablet shipments will almost double to 119 million units this year, while computer shipments will climb 4.4 per cent, according to Gartner. Sales of smartphones, which also can access cloud-based services, will climb 34 percent this year to 660 million units, according to IDC Corp.

In the past seven months, Google has announced more than $700 million of spending on Asian data centers, which are large warehouses that host its servers. That’s because increasingly more users in the region are accessing sites such as YouTube from handheld devices, Asia-Pacific President Daniel Alegre said in an April 3 interview.

Amazon, the largest Internet retailer, almost doubled capital spending last year to $1.9 billion, according to Bloomberg data. The Seattle-based company boosted technology and infrastructure expenses to support its Web services, Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said Jan. 31.

Apple products

“The reign of the personal computer as the sole corporate access device is coming to a close,” Stamford, Connecticut- based Gartner said March 12. “By 2014, the personal cloud will replace the personal computer at the center of users’ digital lives.”

Compal, based in Taipei and lagging only Quanta in laptop assembly, is the manufacturer of Acer Inc’s Iconia tablet. Compal boosted revenue from non-notebook devices such as tablets, all-in-one PCs, televisions and smartphones, to 16 per cent of sales last year from 7 per cent the year before, Masterlink’s Chen estimates.

That figure may climb to about 20 per cent this year, though the company’s decision not to manufacture servers makes Compal less diversified than Quanta and more at risk from the notebook- industry slowdown, Chen said.

Compal Chief Financial Officer Garry Lu, who also is the company’s spokesman, didn’t answer calls seeking comment. Besides servers for Amazon, Quanta is manufacturing the online bookseller’s Kindle Fire. The device was the second-best selling tablet in the fourth quarter behind the iPad, according to DisplaySearch Inc.

Quanta also is the biggest assembler of Apple computers and laptops, making it an indirect beneficiary of the iPad, which has helped Apple lure consumers to its Mac devices from Microsoft Corp’s Windows-based models, Liao said. Apple accounted for 24 per cent of Quanta’s revenue in 2011, and that should climb to 34 per cent this year, he estimated.

“Cloud computing is their future.” Barclay’s Yang said. “The challenge is that it’ll take a few years to get there.”

iPhone 5: Expectations and Truth Behind Rumours

Six months have passed since the latest version of iPhone was announced. Now its time for the rumors to take off about the next versions of iPhone probably will be called iPhone-5.

Major software and hardware improvements are expected from this latest version of i-Phone.

Design: 

It is believed that the newer version of i-Phones will be redesigned completely. Though the screen size will be of 3.5 inches. But the body will be sleek, yea very sleek.

Internal Specifications: 

With an improved A5X Processor, the iPhone-5 will have a 1GB of RAM.  The iPhone 4S currently includes the dual-core A5 processor which was included in the iPad 2 earlier.

May be iOS 6 🙂 

A newer version of iOS which will definitely improve the user experience and will give a high def gaming experience too. Faster apps will also add dimensions to the new iPhone.

The all new i-Phone

Expected Launch :

If trade analysts are to be believed Apple will launch this all new i-Phone in the October this year.

Personal Verdict :

Whatever may be the advancements in the performance, Apple needs to lower the prices of its products. True quality never comes cheap but it should think of the middle economic classes rather than concentrating on the elite sections of the society. After all the middle class are in majority. If Apple succeeds in luring the middle class, I am sure there will only Apple products which will be used all around. 🙂

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The All New IPAD 3

was known as Apple iPad Wi-Fi in the beginning of 2012.

not a GSM device, it will not work on any GSM network worldwide.

2G Network N/A
Announced 2012, March
Status Available. Released 2012, March 16th
Dimensions 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4 mm
Weight 652 g
Type LED-backlit IPS TFT, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 1536 x 2048 pixels, 9.7 inches (~264 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating
Alert types N/A
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Card slot No
Internal 16/32/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
GPRS No
EDGE No
Speed No
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0 with A2DP
USB Yes, v2.0
Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, having autofocus
Features Touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection
Video 1080p@30fps, video stabilization
Secondary VGA, 480p@30fps, videocalling over Wi-Fi only
OS iOS 5.1
Chipset Apple A5X
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU PowerVR SGX543MP4 (quad-core graphics)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, compass
Messaging iMessage, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML (Safari)
Radio No
GPS No
Java No
Colors Black, White

feautres
– iCloud cloud service
– Twitter integration
– MP4/MP3/WAV/AAC player
– Photo viewer/editor
– Audio&video player/editor
– iBooks PDF reader
– Google Maps
– TV-out
Standard battery, Li-Po 11,560 mAh
Stand-by Up to 720 h
Talk time Up to 10 h

IOS 5.1 Became Familiar Quickly To Its Users

The users have made it a history by quickly updating to the latest update release of  iOS 5.1. yes this is really true.

david smith, creator of the app audiobooks (an app available for both iphone and ipad as free and even paid variant with almost 10000 weekly downloads showed this statistics of the users who downloaded this app ever since the release of apple new os on march 7.

the graph clearly shows that after 14 days release of this OS 5.1 61 percent of users downloading this app were using it, comprising of only 18 % to be using it on old OS 5.0. the rest were those users who were not eligible for the upgrade to OS 5

The suspected reasons for the quicker adoption of the latest iOS updates may be the addition of over-the-air (OTA) updates that was introduced with iOS 5, and thus the users are not bothered about connecting their device to the computers for this update.this definitely is a good news for the developers as they can also implement new OS related features in their apps faster and drop support for older OS versions that don’t support these features.

Since this is the data of one app so will have to wait for  few may data to look upon to get a clear idea of all this and have an exact view about this.

for now it seems this OS is winning overs the users Over The Air….