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Global mobile phone sales declined in 2012

San Francisco, Feb 14 - Market research firm Gartner said in its latest research that worldwide mobile phone sales declined in 2012 for the first time since 2009.

"Tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market this year," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

According to the research, with smartphones continuing to drive overall sales, worldwide mobile phone sales to end users totaled 1.75 billion units in 2012, a 1.7 percent decline from 2011, reported Xinhua.

Demand for feature phones remained weak in 2012 and was down by 19.3 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2012, said the research. It is expected to keep falling in 2013.


Google to buy e-commerce firm

Google to buy e-commerce firmSan Francisco, Feb 7 : US e-commerce company Channel Intelligence has announced that it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Internet search giant Google.

"For over 10 years, we have focused on making it easy for consumers to find and buy products online and help our clients grow their business. We've worked with Google for years, and look forward to the great things we will be able to do together," Channel Intelligence said Wednesday in a blog posted on its website, reported Xinhua.


Apple iTunes Store sells 25 bn songs

Apple iTunes Store sells 25 bn songsSan Francisco, Feb 7 : Apple has announced that its online iTunes Store has reached a new milestone, with more than 25 billion songs purchased and downloaded since the store's debut 10 years ago.

"We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the No. 1 music retailer in the world," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, in a statement Wednesday.

He said that over 15,000 songs are downloaded on average per minute, reported Xinhua.


Apple becomes largest mobile phone vendor in US: Report

Apple becomes largest mobile phone vendor in US: ReportSan Francisco, Feb 2 : Apple overtook Samsung to become the largest mobile phone vendor in the US in the fourth quarter of 2012, a report said Friday.

In its latest report, research firm Strategy Analytics estimated that Apple shipped 17.7 million mobile phones in the US for a record 34 percent share of the market in the fourth quarter of 2012, making the tech giant the No. 1 mobile phone vendor by volume in the US for the first time ever.

Samsung, Apple's arch-rival, shipped 16.8 million handsets for a 32 percent market share in the country, reported Xinhua.


Apple's flat quarterly earnings beat estimates

Apple's flat quarterly earnings beat estimatesSan Francisco, Jan 24 - Apple Wednesday reported flat earnings in its most recent fiscal quarter, and the result slightly beat analysts' estimates.

In its fiscal 2013 first quarter that ended in December 2012, Apple posted a net profit of $13.1 billion, the same as the year-ago period, reported Xinhua.

Earnings per share were $13.81, compared to $13.87 in the same quarter of the previous year.

Apple's revenue in the quarter reached $54.5 billion, representing an increase of nearly 18 percent year on year. (IANS)


Apple plans to manufacture Mac computers in US

Apple plans to manufacture Mac computers in USSan Francisco, Dec 7 : Apple plans to manufacture some of its Mac computers exclusively in the US, according to Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook.

Cook made known the move of the tech giant company in an interview with the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) anchor Brian Williams. A preview of the interview is available on the website of NBC.

"We've been working for years on doing more and more in the United States. Next year, we'll do one of our existing Mac lines in the United States," Xinhua quoted Cook as saying.


Facebook rolls out new messenger app

Facebook rolls out new messenger appSan Francisco, Dec 5 - Social networking giant Facebook has rolled out its new messenger app, allowing mobile phone users without Facebook account to sign up the service with a phone number.

With no Facebook account and email address required, app with the new feature will be first available to users of phones running on Google's Android platform in India, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela and South Africa, reported Xinhua citing the company.

The sign up option using phone number will be rolled out globally and its version for users of Apple's iPhone as well as other smartphone platforms are also under way, said Facebook.


Microsoft to build experimental biogas-fueled data center

Microsoft to build experimental biogas-fueled data centerSan Francisco, Nov 20 - Microsoft will build an experimental biogas-powered data center in the US state of Wyoming in March 2013, in an effort to enable its data centers to be less reliant on the traditional power grid, US media reported.

The data center will be powered by a 300kw fuel cell that uses biogas from a waste water treatment plant and will be "the first zero carbon data center", Sean James, Microsoft's senior research project manager, told technology news website GigaOM in an interview.


Intel CEO to retire next year

Intel CEO to retire next yearNew Delhi, Nov 20 - The new service tax regime will have a significant positive impact on cross-border transactions, global audit and consulting firm BDO has said.

Under the tax regime that came into effect in India from July 1, 2012, all services, except 17 activities listed in what is known as the "negative list", are taxed. The "negative list" covers services provided by the government, the Reserve Bank of India, foreign diplomatic missions and those related to essential commodities or the service sector like agriculture, education, healthcare, sports and entertainment.


Dell buys software firm Gale Technologies

Dell buys software firm Gale TechnologiesSan Francisco, Nov 17 : Computer maker Dell has announced that it has acquired Gale Technologies, a provider of infrastructure automation software.

Gale Technologies offers software that can help customers turn discrete compute, network and storage resources into integrated solutions featuring self-service and automation, reported Xinhua.

Without disclosing the financial terms of the deal, Dell said it plans to keep Gale Technologies' employees and will continue to invest in additional engineering and sales capability.


Apple sells three million iPads over weekend

Apple sells three million iPads over weekendSan Francisco, Nov 6 - Apple announced Monday that it sold three million iPad mini and fourth generation iPad when the products went on sale this weekend.

Apple didn't disclose how many of the three-million sales were for the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad. CEO Tim Cook said the smaller iPad were almost sold out.

"Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad," Xinhua quoted him as saying.

"We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We're working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand," Cook said in a statement.


Apple quarterly profit misses estimates

Apple quarterly profit misses estimatesSan Francisco, Oct 26 : Apple reported its latest quarterly results as the company beat analysts' expectations on revenue but fell short on profit.

For the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter ended Sep 29, Apple posted quarterly revenue of $36 billion and net profit of $8.2 billion or $8.67 per diluted share, reported Xinhua.

Analysts had expected the company to report $8.75 per share in profit on $35.8 billion in revenue.

According to Apple, it sold 26.9 million iPhones in the quarter, an increase of 58 percent year over year. A total of 14 million iPads were sold during the quarter, a 26 percent increase compared to the same period last year.


Microsoft unveils Xbox Music

Microsoft unveils Xbox MusicSan Francisco, Oct 16 - Microsoft has unveiled Xbox Music, which combines free music streaming, music subscription and purchasing into an all-in-one service.

The company said it will first roll out the service Tuesday on its Xbox 360 video game console and later in October on personal and tablet computers and smartphones.

Xbox Music will come pre-installed as the default music player for the Windows 8 operating system that is to be officially launched Oct 26, Xinhua reported Monday.

With the new service, users can listen to streaming songs for free, from a catalog of over 30 million titles, on PCs and tablets running on Windows 8.


Shabnam Asthana to be first PR expert from India to address PRSSA 2012 National Conference

Shabnam Asthana to be first PR expert from India to address PRSSA 2012 National Conference	San Francisco (U. S.), Oct. 8 : The city of San Francisco will play host to the PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) 2012 National Conference from October 12 to October 16.

This year's event will focus on the theme "Bridging The Gap".

A significant feature of this event will be the presence of Shabnam Asthana, an Indian, among the distinguished panel of speakers.


Apple starts production of smaller iPad: reports

Apple starts production of smaller iPad: reportsSan Francisco, Oct 4 - Mass production of a smaller and cheaper version of Apple's iPad tablet computer has started, media reports said Wednesday.

Asia-based LG Display and AU Optronics have already began manufacturing the LCD screens for Apple's new device in September, Xinhua quoted The Wall Street Journal as saying.

Apple has kept the screen size of its iPad unchanged at 9.7 inches since the product debuted in January 2010.

In comparison, a smaller Apple tablet will feature a 7.85-inch liquid-crystal display with a lower resolution than the latest iPad, according to the Journal.


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