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Phone sales numbers

The first thing that comes to mind when I look at the latest IDC Mobile Phone report is: who is buying all of these phones? Is cell phone turnover that high these days? Also take into account that these are just quarterly results.

Top 5
1. Nokia
2. Samsung
3. LG
4. Apple
5. Research In Motion

Despite the number shipped (110 million) Nokia is in trouble and they’ve been in trouble for a while now. The Symbian OS is flawed and it’s traditional European stronghold market is under fire from increased competition. Nokia has the most to lose. Unfortunately the good old days are over. Keep building quality phones, cut staff, and other costs, ditch Symbian, and learn to live with a smaller market share.

The biggest gains will come from Apple (obviously) as they continue to penetrate new markets and sign agreements with local carriers. They aren’t concerned so much with overall units shipped in comparison to profits. So long as they continue to sign profitable agreements with international carriers willing to bend to their will, Apple will continue their methodical approach to entering certain countries.

Research In Motion (RIM) is also looking good. While they aren’t going to be number 1 with their current phone offerings they are positioned well to stay in the top 5. The handset viewed as the business person’s smartphone is a strong competitor to the Apple iPhone. Growth should continue but not as the same rate as Apple.

Expect Samsung and LG’s numbers to drop going forward. While Samsung might hang on in the short term with the success of the Galaxy line it won’t for long. I would expect compelling handsets from HTC and Sony Ericsson to put a dent in their units shipped.

For consumers, let’s hope cheaper, non-contract phones flood the market for our hard earned money. New features, cheaper voice and data plans, and don’t forget, awesome phones.

LaCie on board with bigger drives

LaCie has upgraded their d2 external storage with some bigger drives. 4 TB? Try 6 terabytes. Thanks to Western Digital and their latest drives. Claiming to be the fastest 2 drive RAID on the market we can only assume for the time being. Supporting USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 hit up the LaCie website for more.

China: Mine’s Faster

China: Yoink! I think I’ll just take that title of possessing the world’s fastest computer from you Americans.
USA: Fffffuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!

Yes, it’s happened. The Chinese have built a faster computer than the U.S. earning them bragging rights. I wonder how long it will take them to respond? Early numbers report that the Chinese supercomputer is approximately 30% faster than the previous number 1. Nvidia can be partly to blame for supplying over 7,000 graphics cards to aid in powering the computing beast. If you’re interested in upgrading your current video card this nVidia power monger will cost you $2,500 (and yes it does run Crysis, very well).

China has been creeping up the supercomputer rankings in recent years in a bid to boost national pride. Forget investing in your crumbling infrastructure, government corruption, and environmental pollution and start churning out those over sized foam hands with “We’re #1″ printed on them. So what does one do with a 2.507 petaflop processing computer? Prepare for Cataclysm?

Risky Surfing

On a regular surfing day we all come across a few questionable sites tempting us to click the link with enticing keywords. We’ve all learned our lesson in one way or another but statistically some domains are more riskier than others. A recent study rated sites based on their risk level and exposure to malware and guess who came out on top?

Vietnam domains (.VN) supposedly are the most prone to risk at 29% That number may not be surprising but the increase over last year’s number (0.9%) should be concerning. A significant increase over last year has to make security experts wonder, what the heck is going on with .VN domains? Russia (.RU) is down at number 5 with 10% of sites deemed to be risky.

So what was the most safe? Think of tentacle porn and go to your happy place. Japan (.JP) with 0.1% of sites deemed risky. Although content originating from Japan is already NSFW but you already knew that. Cyber criminals are opportunistic as ever and sites can go up and down in the blink of an eye. Happy surfing!

Tablets get wrong pricing

The success of the Apple iPad had competitors jumping into the market like hotcakes. All boasting more features, better product, and more but what it really comes down to is dollars. While all the bells and whistles may make non-Apple products attractive the pricing just isn’t right.

Pricing has always been a competitive advantage of Windows based pc’s over Apple computers. Unfortunately the numbers have not translated when it comes to tablet computing. The latest HP Slate is predicted to be priced at $799 and aimed at corporate America. That’s not even close to the same price region as the iPad. Why would I spend more on a tablet device? The features are just not compelling enough.

The next offering is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. At $499 the price is just right but hold on, it’s only a 7″ device while the iPad is 9.7″ While Samsung has a better chance at cutting into Apple’s pie it’s not a slam dunk by any means. If it was a $100 cheaper you’d see a lot more conversions.

In the grand scheme of things tablet computing is a small percentage of overall computing sales. The decision consumers have to make is whether features or pricing matters. With the prevailing economic situation it won’t be hard to see what consumers will choose.

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