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Amazon undercuts Google's cloud prices - providing you can pay up front

Amazon undercuts Google's cloud prices - providing you can pay up front | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Amazon has introduced a way to pay for cloud infrastructure that undercuts Google – provided you're willing to shell out up front towards at least one year of use.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has changed the way it charges for its Reserved Instance (RI) compute infrastructure on its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). EC2 customers pay for Reserved Instance infrastructure whether they use it or not, unlike EC2's On Demand Instances.

The charges for Reserved Instances are no longer split into light, medium and heavy usage but instead reflect how much a user is willing to pay up front.

Users can chose to pay no up-front costs, or some or all of the costs up front, and must commit to paying for one or three years of usage. A table produced by the cloud portfolio management company RightScale summarises the available payment options below.

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Weird Point About The Video Gaming Console Market

Weird Point About The Video Gaming Console Market | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

As you can see, the price of a PC has fallen, significantly through the years. And yet, the price of a gaming console has risen. Why is this? Thompson speculates, "Incumbents are driven by their best customers to add more and more features that drive up the price, causing the incumbents’ product to move further and further away from the average customer’s needs."

As the price goes up, it becomes less appealing. One of the great things about Nintendo in the 80s was that it was an affordable computing device. These things are no longer relatively affordable.

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Rethinking #shufflepuck with #AppleTV in mind

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Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple

Billion is the metric for 2014 in mobile according to Gartner & Apple | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

ULTRAMOBILE YEAR AHEAD: Gartner has updated its annual device forecasts for PCs, tablets, and mobile phones for the new year. On the whole, the research outfit thinks sales of all of these devices combined will grow by just over 7% in 2014, which would be a re-acceleration in growth compared to the 4% growth achieved between 2012 and 2013. 

Mobile phones, both feature phones and smartphones, will dominate in terms of sales volume, with expected annual sales of almost 1.9 billion. But it will be the "ultramobiles" category, in which Gartner includes tablets, hybrids, and flip-form devices, that will set the pace for growth, with increased sales of nearly 54% during the year. We feel this is a function of growing demand for "phablets," or devices that carry a screen size somewhere between the standard 5-inch smartphone and the 8-inch tablet. Phablet shipments have already skyrocketed in key markets for mobile growth like China and India. PC sales, meanwhile, will continue to be hampered by the mobile movement. Gartner thinks PC sales will decline 7% in 2014. 

ONE BILLION ANDROID DEVICES! If 2013 was the watershed year for Android in terms of market share, then 2014 will be the year Android solidifies its stronghold on the global mobile market. Gartner estimates Android will sell 1.1 billion devices for the year. They also confirm that Android blows past Apple in terms of installed base, with 1.9 billion active Android devices already in use. With slowing growth in mobile uptake in developed markets, expect Android to make massive waves with new, lower-income users in emerging mobile markets, where most new customers are priced out of the premium device market dominated by Apple. (Gartner)

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Ultra Mobile year ahead... Nearly 2 Bn handsets forecasted in 2014 and 1Bn Android devices. Meanwhile Apple passed the $10Bn sales mark on the App Store.

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The PC Industry Implodes Before Our Eyes

The PC Industry Implodes Before Our Eyes | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It's ugly out there for the traditional PC makers. IDC says PC sales fell 14 percent in the first quarter on a year-over-year basis. That's worse than its forecast of a 7.7 percent drop. 

This is the worst quarter for PC industry since 1994 when IDC started tracking sales. So, that pretty much makes it the worst quarter in history. 

IDC blames Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system for alienating consumers. The new tile-based interface is too weird for consumers, says IDC. 

Instead of buying new laptops or desktops, people are buying tablets and smartphones which serve as good-enough alternatives.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

More than a paradigm shift...

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Larry's comment, April 11, 2013 3:00 AM
Microsoft is the main culprit !
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More New Androids Than Babies, And Other Surprising Mobile Facts [Infographic]

More New Androids Than Babies, And Other Surprising Mobile Facts [Infographic] | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For example, every day more than 1.3 million Android devices are activated — which is way more than the 300,000 babies born daily. Users now spend more time each day surfing the web or on their mobile apps than they do watching television.

 

There are more than a billion smartphones in use around the world, and age is no barrier — teens, adults and seniors are all well represented among their users.

 

More than 60% of the apps in the Apple app store have never been downloaded (not even once)

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On average, people check their phones 150 times a day... and a few other surprising mobile facts

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Cloud open doors for telecoms

Cloud open doors for telecoms | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"In addition to connections, for carriers, jumping into cloud computing offerings can be a way to make additional revenue with services. “Many have stepped up to provide end-to-end cloud solutions,” DeCarlo pointed out. “Telecom companies have more than just the network; most also have significant data center infrastructures and deep expertise in virtualization. They can leverage this to create complete end-to-end cloud solutions, particularly in areas like IaaS.”

 

Indeed, there are opportunities available for carriers that decide to include cloud in their portfolio. DeCarlo highlighted that cloud services could give carriers more than just a source of replacement revenue for services whose margins are declining rapidly. “On-demand service can introduce a whole new set of prospects to the carrier’s services and open up new market growth sectors to the provider,” she said."

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and this time, we're not talking backdoors (see Barracuda's SSHGate)

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Android Completely Owns The Chinese Smartphone Market

Android Completely Owns The Chinese Smartphone Market | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Android's share of the Chinese smartphone market ended the third quarter at 90 percent.

According to Analysys International, Android's share is up from 83 percent a quarter prior and 58 percent a year ago.

With the Chinese market now accounting for a quarter of global smartphone shipments, Android's dominance there is driving its widening lead in global smartphone platform market share.

In China, Android's gain has mostly come at the expense of Symbian, Nokia's antiquated platform that will eventually disappear as Nokia shifts its product offerings on to Windows Phone.

Interestingly, despite its dominance, Google only offers limited support for Google Play in China and Android apps are usually downloaded in third-party app markets.

Apple, meanwhile, has never really gained traction after a weak market entry on only one of the country's major providers. The iPhone 5 will be available on two carriers, but as of now will not be distributed by the largest carrier, China Mobile. Additionally, while many Chinese consumers may fawn over iPhones, they are simply out of reach financially for a substantial part of the market.
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European Mobile: The Future's not Bright, it's Brutal

European Mobile: The Future's not Bright, it's Brutal | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
New analysis by the Telco 2.0 team shows that the mobile industry’s combined revenues from voice, messaging and data services in the EU5 economies (UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy) will drop by nearly 20Bn Euros, or 4% per year, in the next...
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Samsung's Mobile Market Share Is Tumbling

Samsung's Mobile Market Share Is Tumbling | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Based on IDC data charted for us by BI Intelligence, Samsung’s market share is getting eaten not only by Apple, representing the high-end smartphone market, but most notably from low-end phone makers in China including Lenovo, Huawei, and Xiaomi, which has come out of nowhere to become the biggest smartphone maker in China and the third-biggest in the world.

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This chart explains the current shakeup at Samsung, and illustrates how Android FragmentaDominated in a mere 4 years 

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"Made in USA" Smartphone OS share surges from 5% to 97% in 8 years

"Made in USA" Smartphone OS share surges from 5% to 97% in 8 years | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This morning, former analyst and venture capitalist Mary Meeker releases her in-depth look at the state of the web at Re/code’s CodeCon conference.

The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner also hints at up-and-coming startups and uncovers digital trends with an array of surprising stats.

 

 

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Domestic SmartPhone OSes require either a domestic hardware champion, or a domestic platform champion capable of Open Sourcing and deploying at massive scale in what is now a totally crowded space.

Amazing to see how fast both Symbian and BlackBerry disappeared...

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Interesting chart about "dumbphone" vendors evolution

Interesting chart about "dumbphone" vendors evolution | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
The evolution of the non-smart phone market. Who will be around in 3 years to still make them?
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It took Nokia only 5 years to lose its software sovereignty and become irrelevant in thsmartphone market. What about the dumbphone one?

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last figures on smartphone market share in the US reveal a surprising decline for Android #chart

last figures on smartphone market share in the US reveal a surprising decline for Android #chart | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the three months ended in February, Apple had 38.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, up from 35 percent for the same period ending in November. Android fell to 51.7 percent over the same period, down from 53.7 percent.

The United States is not the world, but it is a leading market for smartphones. So, it's worth paying attention to these trends.

Apple has been able to eat into Android's lead thanks to increased distribution and lowered pricing. The iPhone wasn't available from Verizon until February 2011, four years after it debuted on AT&T. It later joined Sprint, then some regional carriers, and this year it's going to T-Mobile.

Apple offers the iPhone at a variety of prices on Verizon and AT&T, from $0 to over $400. A free-on-contract iPhone has made it an option for more people.

Android is a great operating system available on a number of excellent phones, some with gigantic screens. It's odd that it's gone flat. It's not just a U.S. phenomenon for Android, either.

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What Happens To Old Smartphones

What Happens To Old Smartphones | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

MarketWatch estimates that all of those old phones sitting around are worth $34 billion. (That's allphones, not just smartphones.)

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What do you do with your old smartphones ?

Those who will address consumer inertia like ReCommerce solutions have indeed a nice market opportunity.

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One Of The Biggest Stories To Watch In 2013

One Of The Biggest Stories To Watch In 2013 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For years, people have been predicting the death of Microsoft's Windows dominance. And in the last two years, it's finally happened. The rise of iOS and Android have made Microsoft's operating system significantly less important. 

Luckily for Microsoft, this hasn't meant the death of its business overall. Thanks to the strength of its Office franchise and its Servers and Tools business, Microsoft is still very healthy. 

But, there's no escaping that Windows is what drives the whole company. CEOSteve Ballmer calls Windows, "the heart and soul of Microsoft from WindowsPCs to Windows Servers to Windows Phones and Windows Azure." And that heart is beating a little bit more weakly today than it was in say, 2005. 

This chart from Asymco earlier this year illustrates the decline of Microsoft's Windows monopoly as Apple has risen. There are other illustrations of the same thing here and here.

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Uncharted territories

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Is It Time To Conclude That Android Gadgets Are Bought By People Who Don't Actually Do Anything With Them?

Is It Time To Conclude That Android Gadgets Are Bought By People Who Don't Actually Do Anything With Them? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

For the last couple of years, sales of Android-based smartphones have been smoking every other kind of smartphone, including the iPhone. Android phones now account for nearly 75% of the global smartphone market. The next closest competitor is iPhones, which have about 15% of the market.
In the U.S., Android is clubbing iPhone 53% to 34%.

 

Given such a disparity in phone sales and usage, you would think that things people do with smartphones--smartphone-based activities--would be equally dominated by Android.
But they aren't. They're not even equal.
In fact, iPhone users completely dominate Internet-based smartphone activities.

 

A recent survey of mobile web usage found that a staggering 60% of mobile web visits came from iOS devices, while only 20% came from Android. A study IBM did of Black Friday online sales showed much the same thing--except that it was even more skewed.

 

iOS (iPads and iPhones) accounted for nearly 20% of Black Friday sales. Android devices, meanwhile, accounted for only 5.5%.

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In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable

In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

From PewResearchCenter — Trends in News Consumption: 1991-2012

 

While traditional news platforms have lost audience, online news consumption has been undergoing major changes as well. Nearly one-in-five Americans (17%) say they got news yesterday on a mobile device yesterday, with the vast majority of these people (78%) getting news on their cell phone. Among smartphone owners, nearly a third (31%) got news yesterday on a mobile device.

 

The second major trend in online news consumption is the rise of news on social networks. Today, 19% of the public says they saw news or news headlines on social networking sites yesterday, up from 9% two years ago. And the percentage regularly getting news or news headlines on these sites has nearly tripled, from 7% to 20%.

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