Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nokia Debt Cut to Two Grades Above Junk by Moody’s

It still amazes me that today's leading companies think they can rest on their old ways or products without constant innovation....

"’s biggest maker of mobile phones, had its debt rating cut to two steps above junk by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited “a severe weakening” of the Finnish company’s market position.

This deterioration has been caused by a loss of competitiveness of Nokia’s Symbian-based smartphone portfolio and the transition of its operating systems to the Windows Phone platform,” Moody’s analyst Wolfgang Draack said in the statement, which also cited “increasing price pressure and gaps in the company’s mobile-phone portfolio that are now being filled.”
The company’s handset shipments declined 20 percent to 88.5 million in the second quarter, the lowest quarterly volume in five years, as it fixed inventory problems and struggled to roll out new models. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cinema advertising

It seems after spending $18 for a movie you should not have to sit through 20mins of commercials... Oh so wrong... We are soon to see a lot more commercials in theaters... Cinema advertising -- the dollars that advertisers spent to sell their products in theaters -- rose nearly 13% to $658.2 million in 2010

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Need to test drive this new mobile

Shin Jong-kyun, told reporters on Wednesday, "we expect to release the Galaxy S II in the US market sometime in August." 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A deep optical image of the afterglow of the gamma-ray burst GRB 090429B, arguably the most distant object known in the universe.The light from this object has been traveling towards us for about 13.2 billion years, or 96% of the age of the universe. Since the universe is not static but expanding, today this object is much farther away than 13.2 billion light-years - more like about thirty billion light-years.  source

time to read something that does not have computer code in it...

British author John Love just sold his debut novel, Faith, to Nightshade Books, and it has a huge widescreen premise that sounds like the perfect mix of space battles and politics.
Top image by Jabraniho, via Concept Art Forums
"a sci-fi mix of Moby Dick and the classic movie Duel, in which an unknown, invincible, Kafkaesque alien ship has returned 300 years after breaking one galactic empire to now threaten the human Commonwealth, and the best and brightest minds that are sent in a invincible ship of their own to stop it, with the only problem being that those best and brightest are also some of the Commonwealth's most twisted sociopaths and if they win, the human empire may find itself in more danger than ever."

Monday, July 18, 2011

Guitar Oscillations Captured with iPhone 4

Image Aliasing of Plane Propellers in Photos and Video

The End of Paper

interesting trivia from my daily phone message -- if uncoiled, the DNA in all the cells in one body would stretch 10 billion miles - from earth to pluto and back....

Largest tsunami recorded

The largest tsunami recorded to date was the Lituya Bay megatsunami, which occurred on July 9, 1958, when a landslide caused more than 1 trillion cubic feet of rock and ice to fall into the narrow Alaskan inlet of Lituya Bay. The resulting tsunami was measured at 1,720 feet, 470 feet higher than the roof of the Empire State Building...


Friday, July 8, 2011

Atlantis blasts off for the International Space Station on Nasa's last space shuttle mission

Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit today on Nasa's last space shuttle voyage.

Best ride for the last 30 years comes to an end..

What would Don Draper do?

nice chart from a cool site about charts

The Connected States of America, a Visualization of Cell Phone Data

nice motion tracking

Public space travel for NASA is over...

Only 4 astronauts for Atlantis launch because we have no way to rescue them if something goes wrong... public space travel for NASA is over...  though i am sure the military will still have a way to orbit...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Zynga files for a $1 billion IPO

 Zynga on Friday filed for a $1 billion IPO. Along some staggering numbers, including that the company had already earned $90 million in profit in 2011, the filing revealed what sort of compensation the executive board earned in 2010. The biggest highlight regarding pay on the sheet is that Executive VP Owen Van Natta, a Myspace veteran, earned an enormous $43 million in 2010....