AS app makers hold off Windows Phone struggles to break catch 22
Finland, Mar 26 Apps, apps, apps! That is the main challenge that Microsoft and Nokia, who are trying to claw back market share from Apple Inc's iPhone and Google's Android in the red hot smartphone market, face now. And so far the going does not look too good for the challengers and their warhorse Windows Phone platform.
Online advertising spend nears £5 billion
London: Brands in Britain spent almost 5 billion pounds ($8 billion) advertising online in 2011, with video ads and marketing on social media platforms driving growth to its biggest increase in five years against a weak economic backdrop. Britain has led the way in moving advertising money to the internet from traditional media such as newspapers and radio and the latest report by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) put growth for 2011 up 14.4 percent, with a similar rate expected this year.
Tough times in the US China iPad smuggling game
San Francisco/Hong Kong: Early on the morning of March 16, Wong Tat joined a line of about 100 people waiting for the launch of the new iPad in a chilly rain outside an Apple store on the outskirts of San Francisco. When the doors opened, he was among the first to buy his quota of two iPads - the maximum Apple Inc allows per person. Then, sporting a bright red cap for easy identification, Wong began to direct a stream of people toting their new tablets to a silver Mercedes SUV in the parking lot.
Nokia's Lumia 900 A good high end smart phone with relatively few compatible apps.
The Lumia 900 is proof that although Nokia and Microsoft teamed up under duress, as their competitors forged ahead to redefine mobile computing, the partnership makes sense. Nokia has built a high-quality and striking handset, and Microsoft has made a refreshing and likable operating system to run it. Unfortunately, the apps to run on that OS are in short supply.