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Tsunami Makes Waves at Sony Ericsson Concerning Xperia Neo Phone

posted Saturday Apr 16, 2011 by Jon Wurm

Tsunami Makes Waves at Sony Ericsson Concerning Xperia Neo Phone

If you haven't managed to get your hands on the dangerously limited supply of Xperia Neo phones then I've got some more bad news for you. The phone that all Sony fanboys are salivating over will need to wait longer than intended to have their drool wiped off its pristine screen. The recent tsunami has made waves at Sony's factories in the land of the rising sun. This means that if the metaphorical sun in your life was the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play or Xperia Neo phones then QQ. The Xperia Neo was hit the hardest with its major released pushed back from end Q1 or early Q2 next year to Q3 at the earliest.

Xperia Neo has already been introduced to the marketplace in limited quantities. However, due to supply chain disruptions resulting from the situation in Japan, we have shifted the timing of Xperia neo's broader launch and it is now planned for early third quarter.

Sony also expects this to adversely affect sales on all product lines but lets face it, they are already used to losing hundreds of millions on the PS3 so this shouldn't be a big deal. Besides they have bigger things to worry about, like suing GeoHot for jailbreaking the PS3. Why not sue the tsunami while they're at it?

This raises another interesting question. Who or what did more damage to Sony, GeoHot or the tsunami? Give us your answers in the comment section below and hit the break to see the Xperia Neo in action.

Cisco Cuts the Cord on Flip Video

posted Thursday Apr 14, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Cisco Cuts the Cord on Flip Video

Flip Video, the company that made it easy for kids and morons to film and publish YouTube videos of people falling down, will soon be no more. As part of Cisco's consumer-focus initiative a few years back, they purchased the then-popular video camera maker to have another major consumer-facing brand, in addition to its popular Linksys home networking products. They have proven over the past 3 years that they do not quite understand consumer products and they now know that.

As part of a corporate revamp, the customer-facing brands will be phased out or re-evaluated. No evaluation is needed for Flip, apparently, as Cisco has already decided to end the brand. With the popularity of smartphones rising for average consumers, added to the fact that smartphone cameras are now about as powerful as the Flip, it is no surprise that the division saw a marked decline. In an industry it once led, it saw itself fall from the top spot to the likes of Sony and their Bloggie, which is essentially the same product.

Is this a loss for the market or is this for the best? Hit the break to find out my opinion.

Amazon's New Ad-Supported Kindle

posted Wednesday Apr 13, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Amazon's New Ad-Supported Kindle

It's amazing how much Amazon has been in the news lately. First Instant Video booming part of Prime, then their Appstore followed by an Apple lawsuit over said store and now a new Kindle. That's right, there is another Kindle in the works.

What does this model have that the others don't? Ads, of course! Yeah, the new Kindle that is currently in production will be ad-supported. The good news, I suppose, is that the device will be less expensive than previous Kindles. You can also assume it will be lacking in features as well. How much can you save for seeing ads on your eBook reader? A whole $25!

Where and when can you expect ads on your new Kindle? Hit the break to find out.

Nintendo 3DS May Not Be as Popular as First Thought

posted Tuesday Apr 12, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Nintendo 3DS May Not Be as Popular as First Thought

At this point, we all know Nintendo's 3DS has been a hit. Nintendo, however, might be in for a rude awakening if research firm IHS iSuppli's numbers are correct. The firm believes that sales are going to stall out pretty quickly, leaving only 11.6 million units worldwide by the end of the year.

Projecting those numbers out, they are anticipating 70 million units by 2015. While this number sounds big to you and I, it leaves a lot to be desired when compared to the 91 million the classic DS and DS Lite had at the same point in the sales cycle. As of right now, though, the whole family has a total of 136 million units, spread across the original DS, DS Lite, DSi, DSi XL and now the 3DS. The rest of the units have all suffered similar fates.

What does Nintendo think about all of this? Hit the break to find out.

YouTube Channels Set to Take the Spotlight

posted Sunday Apr 10, 2011 by Jon Wurm

YouTube Channels Set to Take the Spotlight

The YouTube we have known since Google purchased them for $1.6 billion in 2006 is set to undergo some big changes by the end of 2011. The 3rd most visited site in the world made $544 million in revenue for 2010 according to Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney and executives have said it is almost profitable. The average time users spend on the site runs about 15 minutes and YouTube is working on a way to get that number up while increasing revenues to $800 million by the end of 2011. They plan to do this by taking the middle road between subscription-based services like Hulu and the structure they have now. The reorganization effort is based around 2 major things: center the users' experience around channels instead of clips and creation of original content rather than licensing it.

Get more of the 411 by hitting the break.

Google's Employment Transition

posted Sunday Apr 10, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Google's Employment Transition

This has been quite a week for Google as far as staffing is concerned. Larry Page, Google founder, returned as CEO on Monday after Eric Schmidt's departure. Page's intentions are to return Google to the start-up feel that created the innovation behind Google Search and Maps. Ironically, as part of that start-up attempt, he is asking execs to sign multi-year deals to stay with the company. It turns out not everyone is interested in doing that.

One example is Jonathan Rosenburg, chief of product development for Google. He has always been open about the fact that he planned to leave Google when his children reached college age and signing a multi-year deal with our future Internet overlords interfered with that plan. He announced he will be leaving after the summer. He said it was only fair to the company to allow them to deal with the restaffing now when the shake-ups are already happening instead of waiting until plans were already being developed.

Eric Schmidt, departed CEO and future coauthor with Rosenberg, said of the leader,

Jonathan is phenomenal–hugely energetic, strategic, a man of real principle who always puts the user first. He's been crucial to our success over the last nine years and I cannot thank him enough for everything he’s done. It's been wonderful working with him–and great fun.

To read what Larry Page had to say and to see what the future holds for Rosenberg, hit the break.

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