“Disruption is democratizing what was once wholly owned by influencers at big institutions.” -David Karp, Tumblr CEO
Smartphone sales are booming and this year alone nearly 920 million smartphones will be shipped, according to research firm IDC. In all, 1.5 billion smartphones will be shipped by 2017 and they will make up two-thirds of the worldwide mobile phone market.
Smartphones have become such a daily part of our lives that we use them for everything from email to instant messaging, online banking to mobile payments, watching videos to gaming.
But some companies have been building new features and software to take the smartphone revolution to a whole new level. The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month was a chance for tech companies to show off some unusual uses. Here’s our list of the 10 coolest ones.
Google may be toying with the idea of getting into the wireless business, according to a report.
The search giant recently had discussions with Dish Network, the satellite-TV provider, about a potential partnership in the wireless space, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter.
The sources also pointed out that talks were in early stages and may not evolve into a partnership.
Google and Dish Network did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Young, Confident and Leading
Having so many of the world’s under-25 generation out of work has long-term political, social and economic consequences — and economic leaders have been stumped as to what to do about it. It is therefore encouraging this week to see so many members of Generation Y taking matters into their own hands and writing the next chapter of global economic history.
Taking that plunge is never easy, and is especially admirable when the only tool many young entrepreneurs outside the U.S. have are rusty entrepreneurial instincts from childhood business play. They are taking a risk in an often unfavorable economic climate without collateral for financing or previous experience in the fields of their business ideas.
The Happiest Entrepreneurs Aren’t Where You Think They Are
Imagine a place where high-impact entrepreneurs and young people are offered sufficient amounts of skills development to become successful entrepreneurs, and where risk-taking and personal initiative in one’s career is the norm, not the exception.
Would those be entrepreneurs living in Silicon Valley perhaps? Not so.
Some entrepreneurs are interested in making processes more efficient. Others are looking for ways to save people money. Still others are hoping they can save the world. Whatever their motivation, entrepreneurs have the ability to inspire others with their creative way of taking a problem and finding a solution.
In an effort to find the most innovative new companies, Startup Open, an annual competition, invites 50 companies to vie for the opportunity to present their business plans to experienced entrepreneurs, and gain insight from the experts.
“Young companies need encouragement and recognition at the earliest stages. They are emerging heroes who will eventually generate jobs and economic growth for their communities,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of Global Entrepreneurship Week Startup Open.
So, what are some promising new startups this year? Check out the list!
Hard core gamers are calling in sick today; tens of thousands of them were up late last night playing “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” the new first-person shooter game from Activision Blizzard. This morning the video game company announced that the game “shattered pre-order records set by last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” saying it’s “on its way to a historic launch.”
That means we can expect even bigger numbers than last year’s game, which sold over $400 million worth of copies in its first day. We’ll see if it maintains that momentum and can hit $1 billion faster than Modern Warfare 3, which hit that milestone 16 days after launch. Analysts expect ‘Black Ops II’ to dominate holiday sales, as the franchise has since 2008; last holiday season it comprised 14 percent of game sales.
New speculation is already circulating thatApple is planning a trial production of an “iPhone 5S” — just as the paint is barely dry on new updates of the iPhone and iPad.
According to a report from Digitimes — a Taiwanese technology website that has a mixed track record when it comes to making accurate Apple predictions — the iPhone maker will begin producing a new version of its smartphone in December, and increase the volume of production in the first quarter of 2013.
Microsoft’s “Halo 4” sold $220 million worth of games in the first 24 hours. At $60 a pop, that’s 3.7 million copies in just one day. That beats the record “Halo 3” set in 2007 of $170 million in first-day sales.
Microsoft said the first week of sales are on track to top $300 million, which is exactly what “Halo 3” did five years ago. With those one-week sales numbers still coming in, Microsoft said that the latest game is on track to surpass its predecessors one-week global sales, but it’s not able to say by exactly how much.
However, “Halo 4” is about to face a formidable rival: On Tuesday, Activision Blizzard launches a massive rival game—”Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”
The upcoming tech reality TV show, titled “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley,” will air Nov. 5 on the Bravo network. It will give viewers a glimpse of just how competitive the start-up scene is, said Zuckerberg, who is the executive producer of the program.
Facebook is buying a portion of patents from Microsoft for $550 million in cash, patents which Microsoft recently acquired from AOL, the company said Monday. Microsoft originally acquired rights to 925 U.S. patents and patent applications from AOL and a license to AOL’s patent portfolio, which includes 300 additional patents that were not for sale, according to a press release from Microsoft.
Ever since Facebook’s purchase of Instagram, there’s been a lot of speculation about how other tech giants would react. One of the most popular theories floating around out there, of course, involves Google. Will it sweep in and try to snatch up Pinterest?
Priceline’s stock has shot up 57 percent this year but in order to keep investors coming back, the travel-booking site has to hit the ground running in its new battlefield — mobile bookings. Whether it’s due to people being on the go, last-minute bookings or both — mobile is where it’s at.