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Apple Stores Get Almost as Many Visitors as Disney's Theme Parks

Apple Stores Get Almost as Many Visitors as Disney's Theme Parks | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Let's call it Apple Store Magic Techdom

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Renaud Munier's comment, February 13, 2013 6:35 AM
Maybe a new business model for Apple: let visitors pay the entrance to the Apple Stores:-)
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Cisco Projects 13x Growth in Global Mobile Internet Data Traffic from 2012 - 2017

Cisco Projects 13x Growth in Global Mobile Internet Data Traffic from 2012 - 2017 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

 Nearly Half of All Cellular Traffic Will Be Off-loaded to Fixed or Wi-Fi Networks by 2017; 4G Expected to Support Nearly 10 Percent of All Mobile Connections by 2017

 

The expected steady increase in mobile traffic is partly due to continued strong growth in the number of mobile Internet connections (personal devices and machine-to-machine applications), which will exceed the world’s population (United Nations estimates 7.6 billion) by 2017.

*An exabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes.

The forecast’s annual run rate of 134 exabytes of mobile data traffic is equivalent to:

134 times all the Internet Protocol traffic (fixed and mobile) generated in the year 2000, or30 trillion images (e.g., via MMS or Instagram) — 10 images daily from each person on earth for one year, or3 trillion video clips (e.g., YouTube) — one video clip daily from each person on earth over one year.

The projected 2012 to 2017 global mobile data traffic increase represents a compound annual growth rate of 66 percent. The incremental amount of traffic being added to the mobile Internet just between 2016 and 2017 is 3.7 exabytes per month, which is more than four times the estimated size of the entire mobile Internet in 2012 (885 petabytes per month).

During the 2012 to 2017 forecast period, Cisco anticipates that global mobile data traffic will outpace global fixed data traffic by a factor of three. The following major trends are driving global mobile data traffic growth:

More mobile users: By 2017, there will be 5.2 billion mobile users (up from 4.3 billion in 2012).More mobile connections: By 2017, there will be more than 10 billion mobile devices/connections, including more than 1.7 billion M2M connections (up from 7 billion total mobile devices and M2M connections in 2012).Faster mobile speeds: Average global mobile network speeds will increase seven-fold from 2012 (0.5 Mbps) to 2017 (3.9 Mbps).More mobile video: By 2017, mobile video will represent 66 percent of global mobile data traffic (up from 51 percent in 2012).
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We're talking 134 x the total amount of data carried by the internet in 2000

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LinkedIn's revenue growth is impressive and premium subs are only a little piece

LinkedIn's revenue growth is impressive and premium subs are only a little piece | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It's split between Talent Solutions, which are tools for corporate recruiters, Marketing Solutions, which is advertising and job listings, and Premium subscriptions, which are sold to salespeople and job seekers to make connections.

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And I'm still not a premium member

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BlackBerry Investors Might Want To Take A Look At This Palm(RIP) Pre Chart

BlackBerry Investors Might Want To Take A Look At This Palm(RIP) Pre Chart | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

BlackBerry was up 15% on Feb 4th after it got a ringing endorsement from Bernstein Research. Bernstein slapped a $22 price target on the stock based mostly on the notion that investors don't fully appreciate how big the BlackBerry 10 launch will be.

 

The 15% jump is the just the latest in a series of big days for BlackBerry which was trading close to $6 at its lowest point recently.

 

But before people get too excited about Bernstein's note, or BlackBerry in general, take a look at this chart of Palm when it tried to resurrect its fortunes.

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Call it a "Pre"cedent as we say in french. BB aware !

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The Google Fund for the French Press

The Google Fund for the French Press | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

This agreement ends — temporarily — three months of difficult negotiations. Now comes the hard part.

According to Google’s Eric Schmidt, the deal is built on two stages:

“First, Google has agreed to create a €60 million Digital Publishing Innovation Fund to help support transformative digital publishing initiatives for French readers. Second, Google will deepen our partnership with French publishers to help increase their online revenues using our advertising technology.”

As always, the devil lurks in the details, most of which will have to be ironed over the next two months.

The €60m ($82m) fund will be provided by Google over a three-year period; it will be dedicated to new-media projects. About 150 websites members of the IPG association will be eligible for submission. The fund will be managed by a board of directors that will include representatives from the Press, from Google as well as independent experts. Specific rules are designed to prevent conflicts of interest. The fund will most likely be chaired by the Marc Schwartz, the mediator, also partner at the global audit firm Mazars (all parties praised him for his mediation and wish him to take the job).

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Good insight from Monday Note on this deal, and congrats to Marc Schwartz !

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CHART OF THE DAY: The Curious Case Of Apple's Flattening iTunes Revenue

CHART OF THE DAY: The Curious Case Of Apple's Flattening iTunes Revenue | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"Apple, if it were just a media company, would be pretty fearsome. Its iTunes business is on pace to do $8 billion in annual revenues.

 

But, fund manager Eric Jackson at Forbes noted something interesting about iTunes this quarter. It was flat on a sequential basis, despite the fact that Apple added 75 million new iOS devices. iTunes revenue was $2.1 billion.

 

Over the last four quarters iTunes revenue is basically flat going from $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion. Meanwhile, iOS devices have gone from 365 million to 529 million, a significant jump. Pulling further back, as we did in this chart, over the last 11 quarters, iOS devices are up 5.3X, while iTunes is only up 2X."

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Bizarre, bizarre...

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SSH Backdoors Found in Barracuda Networks Gear

SSH Backdoors Found in Barracuda Networks Gear | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

A variety of the latest firewall, spam filter and VPN appliances sold by Campbell, Calif. based Barracuda Networks Inc. contain undocumented backdoor accounts, the company disclosed today. Worse still, while the backdoor accounts are apparently set up so that they would only be accessible from Internet addresses assigned to Barracuda, they are in fact accessible to potentially hundreds of other companies and network owners.


Barracuda’s hardware devices are broadly deployed in corporate environments, including the Barracuda Web Filter, Message Archiver, Web Application Firewall, Link Balancer, and SSL VPN. Stefan Viehböck, a security researcher at Vienna, Austria-based SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab., discoveredin November 2012 that these devices all included undocumented operating system accounts that could be used to access the appliances remotely over the Internet via secure shell (SSH).

 

Viehböck found that the username “product” could be used to login and gain access to the device’s MySQL database (root@localhost) with no password, which he said would allow an attacker to add new users with administrative privileges to the appliances. SEC Consult found a password file containing a number of other accounts and hashed passwords, some of which were uncomplicated and could be cracked with little effort.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Oops. Looks like some have been around for almost 10 years...

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Tumblr Has 700,000 Visitors Per Employee – Way More Than Twitter, Facebook, Or Google

Tumblr Has 700,000 Visitors Per Employee – Way More Than Twitter, Facebook, Or Google | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"According to Comscore, it had almost 100 million worldwide visitors in December. What's particularly impressive about that huge number is that Tumblr only has 145 employees."

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lean management

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Nouvelle année record pour les dépôts à l’OEB

Le cru 2012 a été encore meilleur que le précédent à l’Office européen des brevets (OEB). L’organisme intergouvernemental regroupant 38 pays qui gère l’enregistrement...
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iTunes Is A Bigger Business Now Than Apple Was In 2004

iTunes Is A Bigger Business Now Than Apple Was In 2004 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"Analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco has crunched the numbers on the iTunes Store—which now includes the original music service as well as the App Store and iBookstore. He concludes that it's a $12-billion-a-year business for Apple and the app developers, music labels, and TV and movie studios who sell through it.

 

Consider this: In its 2004 fiscal year, Apple pulled in a total of $8 billion in revenues."

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$12 Bn a year

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the total growth of Apple between 2004 and 2012 is astonishing ...
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A new battery that could revolutionize wearables

A new battery that could revolutionize wearables | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
A young battery startup called Imprint Energy has designed a new type of battery that uses zinc and can be screen printed. It’s innovation could enable entirely new types of wearable electronics.
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Global telco revenues hit $2trn but growth slow

Global telco revenues hit $2trn but growth slow | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"According to Ovum, 60% of the $2 trillion-plus revenues generated last year went to mobile operators. In addition, the analyst firm identified mobile broadband as the "single largest opportunity for telcos to claw back revenue," predicting that the sector will grow by 19.2% annually and generate $122.9 billion in incremental revenue between 2013 and 2016.

There is some good news for the fixed-line firms though. Other segments reporting double-digit revenue growth over the next five years will include public cloud, Ethernet, IPTV and managed/hosted IP voice, Ovum predicts.

Infrastructure vendors, meanwhile, will have to position themselves carefully to generate revenue increases of their own. With service provider revenues overall experiencing low single-digit growth, capex is likely to be constrained."

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Cloud Infographic – Big Data Universe

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Universe | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Via Cloudwatt
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Who are the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012?

Who are the top 1% most viewed LinkedIn profiles for 2012? | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Here is the email I received earlier today. Like 1.999.999 other Linkedin members including Barack Obama (see infographic)

 

"

Hi Philippe,

 

Recently, LinkedIn reached a new milestone: 200 million members. But this isn't just our achievement to celebrate — it's also yours.

I want to personally thank you for being part of our community. Your journey is part of our journey, and we're delighted and humbled when we hear stories of how our members are using LinkedIn to connect, learn, and find opportunity.

 

All of us come to work each day focused on our shared mission of connecting the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. We're excited to show you what's next.

With sincere thanks,

Deep Nishar

Senior Vice President, Products & User Experience

"

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Extremely proud and grateful until I realized that
1/ I am one among 2 million (okay, including Mr Obama)
2/ I still am the product

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The 41-Year History of Email

The 41-Year History of Email | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Take a look at how email officially clicked and has become a major part of our lives,consuming 28% of our workday.

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Above 40 your supposed to enter wisdom, aren't you ?

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103% of Smartphone operating Profits are owned by just two vendors

103% of Smartphone operating Profits are owned by just two vendors | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

According to Canaccord Genuity, Samsung and Apple have 103% of the smartphone market's profits. They are basically the only two companies making money manufacturing phones.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

it was "only" 2/3 rd 2 years ago, now almost everyone else is bleeding money.

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Human hearing beats the Fourier uncertainty principle

Human hearing beats the Fourier uncertainty principle | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

People can simultaneously identify the pitch and timing of a sound signal much more precisely than allowed by conventional linear analysis. That is the conclusion of a study of human subjects done by physicists in the US. The findings are not just of theoretical interest but could potentially lead to better software for speech recognition and sonar.

 

Human hearing is remarkably good at isolating sounds, allowing us to pick out individual voices in a crowded room, for example. However, the neural algorithms that our brains use to analyse sound are still not properly understood. Most researchers had assumed that the brain decomposes the signals and treats them as the sum of their parts – a process that can be likened to Fourier analysis, which decomposes an arbitrary waveform into pure sine waves.

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Humain Brain vs. Fourier + Gabor : 1-0

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Exclusive: Nest has raised another $80M, now shipping 40K+ thermostats a month

Exclusive: Nest has raised another $80M, now shipping 40K+ thermostats a month | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Smart thermostat startup Nest has closed on a round of $80 million, we’ve learned, and the funding was done at a post money valuation of $800 million. Google Ventures led the round, and Venrock participated as a new investor, according to our sources. Nest is currently listed on Venrock’s site.

The company has raised this round to continue its growth; it’s now shipping 40,000 to 50,000 of its learning thermostats per month. If the company’s growth continues at this current rate, Nest could reach a shipment rate of 1 million thermostats per year by the summer, say our sources. Note, that’s shipments, not sales, though the figures are clearly closely related.

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Global Warming: this is getting super hot !

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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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FCC Chief Calls for Gigabit Internet in All 50 States By 2015

FCC Chief Calls for Gigabit Internet in All 50 States By 2015 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"There should be at least one community per state with 1Gbps Internet, to drive innovation, Genachowski said..."

 

Cities around the U.S. will have gigabit-speed Internet access by 2015 if the FCC's wishes come true.

 

All 50 states should have at least one community where consumers can get 1Gbps or faster Internet access by 2015, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said on Friday. Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., he called the new push for fast networks the Gigabit City Challenge.

 

Gigabit-speed Internet access stimulates technology innovation and associated economic growth, Genachowski said.

"The U.S. needs a critical mass of gigabit communities nationwide so that innovators can develop next-generation applications and services that will drive economic growth and global competitiveness," Genachowski said, according to an FCC press release. He cited Google's new network in Kansas City and a fiber network built by a local utility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he said Amazon.com and other companies have created more than 3,700 new jobs over the past three years.

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One order of magnitude

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Fleur Pellerin veut créer une filière Big Data à Paris

Fleur Pellerin veut créer une filière Big Data à Paris | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Lors de la cérémonie des vœux de l'Afdel, Fleur Pellerin a confirmé la création d'une filière Big Data dans le cadre de Paris Capitale du numérique.

Via Cloudwatt
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Ça devient intéressant !

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This Amazing Mist Touchscreen Lets You Play Fruit Ninja On A Wall Of Water Vapor

This Amazing Mist Touchscreen Lets You Play Fruit Ninja On A Wall Of Water Vapor | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

A Russian company called Displair has brought its bizarre, wholly innovative vaporizing projector machine to this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and the gizmo is unlike anything else at the enormous tech convention: Basically, you can connect a touchscreen device to a projector, which puts out a touchable image of your device's screen onto a constantly misting wall of vaporized water. You can then interact with the device by running your finger on that wall of mist. It's a strange and totally innovative way to interact with a typical tablet or computer.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Serious vaporware

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Philippe J DEWOST's curator insight, January 18, 2013 11:37 PM

This is true vaporware

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The size and weight of a 5MB hard drive in 1956

The size and weight of a 5MB hard drive in 1956 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

It's an incredible image that falls in the annals of both technology and aviation history as it's a 5MB hard drive being loaded onto a Pan Am plane in 1956. it weighs one ton.

Although there's no details with the photo on how much this hulking monster of early computing costs or where it was heading, it's pretty safe to say it's a huge novelty for the crew, who look down in awe at the forklift and its load. Happily we have also advanced in our airline cargo technology.

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The "Big Data" term was definitely coined in the '50s ...

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Photo : un disque dur de 5 Mega en 1956...

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Deezer attracts more paid subscribers in 2012 than Spotify

Deezer attracts more paid subscribers in 2012 than Spotify | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Rude Baguette - France's Startup Blog - 2013 will certainly be the year of the war between Deezer & Spotify - figures show it will be a tight race.
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This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells

This Guy Is Teaching Your iPhone To Detect Bad Breath ... And Other Smells | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"a tiny San Francisco startup, Adamant Technologies, is trying  to give your iPhone the senses of smell and taste, too.

The company has created a computer chip that works with a bunch of tiny sensors that "can take the sense of smell and taste and digitize them," explains Sam Khamis, Adamant's founder and CEO.

This is not about turning your smartphone into some kind of scratch-and-sniff thing that emits scent. It's about letting your phone or computer or other medical devices smell for themselves.

This was a pretty tricky problem to solve. A computer can easily identify a chemical in the air, but put a bunch of them together and it's stumped. For instance, humans can tell when there's pizza and chocolate chip cookies in the same room. Computers have a harder time with that."

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This may stink IMHO

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