Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Yahoo results

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Well Mr Market has liked Yahoo’s decision to fire 1,500 workers. The shares are trading up by about 5% in after market.

The purge outlined Tuesday represents a 10 percent reduction in Yahoo’s payroll of about 15,000 employees. It’s the second time in nine months that Yahoo has resorted to mass layoffs in what so far has been an ineffectual effort to rebound from a financial funk that has left its stock price near a 5 1/2-year low.

Things got worse in the third quarter as Yahoo earned $54.3 million, or 4 cents per share. That was a plunge of 64 percent from $151.3 million, or 11 cents per share, at the same time last year.

Remember, Microsoft were prepared to pay up to $35 a share under the original deal. Yahoo now trades at $12.

Mac Mini RIP?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Gizmodo reports that the Mac Mini has ceased shipping to some retailers and may be cancelled altogether. Does Apple have a replacement in mind, or is it planning to simple let the Mac Mini go the way of the Dodo?

I have a Mac Mini, as do several people I know. All of whom hooked it up to HDTVs in their living rooms. It provides a great fully featured juke box/computer/internet device for the living room at not too high a cost.

The story brings to mind Cringely’s recent musings on the subject of Apple. He talks about the recently released MacBooks and MBPs and then goes onto this:

Back on July 21st in his regular conference call with industry analysts, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said that Apple’s profit margin would likely shrink from 34.8 percent in the just-concluded quarter to 31.5 percent in the quarter ending in September. “We’ve got a future product transition that I can’t discuss with you today,” Oppenheimer said as he spelled out the reasons for the anticipated profit reduction. “One of the reasons that we see gross margin being down sequentially is because of a product transition.”

What kind of Apple product could be expected to come along, taking a $244 million profit hit for the company? It certainly isn’t any of the products we’ve discussed so far, nor is it the iPhone 3G or the new iPod Touch, which have both been publicly dissected and found to have gross margins in the 56 percent range.

It’s something else that was probably intended to be announced this week but wasn’t.

Apple has also just released Q4 earnings a few minutes ago.

The Company posted revenue of $7.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.14 billion, or $1.26 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $6.22 billion and net quarterly profit of $904 million, or $1.01 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 34.7 percent, up from 33.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 41 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

“Apple just reported one of the best quarters in its history, with a spectacular performance by the iPhone — we sold more phones than RIM,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We don’t yet know how this economic downturn will affect Apple. But we’re armed with the strongest product line in our history, the most talented employees and the best customers in our industry. And $25 billion of cash safely in the bank with zero debt.”

What has Apple got in store? Maybe Robert has some thoughts?

Dell to leave Limerick?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Dell just announced the sale of a call centre in El Salvador. An announcement about its Irish operation could soon follow. Keep an eye out. As I said last month, Dell leaving Limerick, or indeed Ireland, is inevitable. The job losses will be substantial.

New MacBooks and Pros

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Gizmodo and Engadget are live blogging the event. Let’s see what happens.

Update: Ok, I’m not going to live blog the live bloggers but I will add the most important bits.

Nvidia has been confirmed, the 9400m.

Multi touch glass trackpad.

New MacBook Pro unveiled. Looks nice. Solid state drive option too. Two graphics cards! Removable hard drive. Shipping today. $1999 for lower end, $2499 for higher end.

Next: Macbook Air:

We’re putting the 9400M in the Air, adding a 120GB hard drive, and we’ve got a 128GB SSD as an option — in addition we’re putting in a mini display port

Next: New 24 inch LED display.

Next: MacBook

As expected, same design as the Pro, but smaller.

The new MacBook Pro.
The new MacBook.
The new LED display.

The F-35B

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Whatever about the ultimate purpose of planes such as this (killing people), they sure are impressive pieces of technology. If only we put the same innovation (and billions) into more constructive endeavours.

New Macbooks

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Finally it is confirmed, Apple will unveil new MacBooks and MacBook Pros on October 14.

I can’t say I’m not tempted to upgrade my existing MacBook Pro.

Hurricane Ike satellite photo

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Hurricane Ike as it would appear from space:

Hurrican Ike satellite photo

Scary.

Twitter testing

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I’ve been playing with Twitter for the past few days. It’s certainly an interesting tool, and one that I have been enjoying.

You can follow me here: http://www.twitter.com/gavinsblog

Gustav from space

Monday, September 1st, 2008

I took a screen grab of the satellite images of Gustav as it nears the Louisiana coast. Man it’s huge. If you use Google Earth’s measurement tool, it is about 1,000km by 900km in size. The green is the radar signal.

Gustav Google Earth Sep 1

In this picture I measured the circumference of the main part of the storm, it came at over 3,000km.

Gustav size - 3,000km

On this picture you can see the distance between the two red marks, it’s almost 1,000km.

gustav4

And here it is without the labels…

gustav2

Cuil.com search engine

Monday, July 28th, 2008

So I’ve been fiddling around with this latest upstart, which promises much. Believe it or not the name is based on the Irish word… though I’m not sure if it’s the word for ‘goal’ or on the fictional character Fionn.

CNN have a story on it today, the most read today too.
I searched for my full name, but my own weblog was not in the top ten. Hmm.

I think it’s a case of wait and see.

Danny Sullivan has an in-depth look at the new search engine.

Carling iPhone

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Eamonn points to the rather good Carling iPhone app:

iPhone 3G

Friday, July 11th, 2008

I had a mess around with it today, a colleague in work got one. Hmm. It is rather nice, not much different to its predecessor. Would be handy for blogging, among other things.

Should I, or shouldn’t I?

Firefox 3 and Colbert

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

The Colbert bump is real. Firefox proved it.

…we looked at downloads of Firefox 3 by users within the U.S. – and then we drilled down to a minute-by-minute view to see what, if anything, could be detected. At minute 23 of the broadcast, Colbert said, “Firefox 3 just got the Colbert Bump.” What happened next?

We saw a big spike in downloads exactly one and two minutes later…

Here is the video:

And if you’re not already using Firefox 3, I highly recommend it.

Google Lively

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Annoying music… anyways…

So is this Google entering the virtual world Second Life market? Will it work? Will they do an Orkut/Google Video on it?

*Big Brother tone*

You Decide.

Ireland.com relaunches

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Er. What exactly is the newly relaunched Ireland.com supposed to tell me, exactly? It’s still in Beta apparently.

It’s a nice site and all that, but why will I be visiting it in the future? I can’t think of a reason. No RSS feeds that I can see either.